Archives for September 2016

Floods get more help

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration has awarded more than $1 million in grants to small businesses devastated by floods in June. Tomblin spokeswoman Jessica Tice says almost $1.1 million has been approved for 122 businesses through the RISE West Virginia grant program. The businesses employ 772 employees combined. Two months ago, Tomblin introduced the program that aids small businesses with up to $10,000 grants.

Discovery Kingdom

Discovery Kingdom Child Care will take over control of the West Virginia Public Employees Day Care center. The care center has had a rough go financially and was slated to close in early December. Discovery Kingdom’s owner says she hopes they can make the transition well before the December 2nd scheduled closure date.

Bridge shutting down

The Camp Creek Bridge in Clay County is being shut down. The bridge was not in very good shape before the June 23rd flood, but the damage from the rushing water was enough to do it in. The PFC Abraham G. Sams Memorial Bridge will officially shut down this afternoon at 5 p.m. Pedestrian traffic will still be allowed.

New Poll

The race to be West Virginia’s attorney general is about as close as they come. A new poll from the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group shows a single percentage point separating the two candidates. Republican incumbent Patrick Morrisey is leading 37 to 36-percent over Democrat Doug Reynolds. Previously, a GOP poll showed Morrisey with an eight-point lead.

EPA plan

The West Virginia-led fight against the federal EPA’s plan to reduce carbon emissions will be heard in a federal court today. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments today in Washington, DC. The group of more than two-dozen states against the plan to force the reduction of emissions by 30-percent over the next 14 years argues that the EPA has overstepped its bounds. West Virginia Solicitor General Elbert Lin will lead the arguments.

crash

The Barbour County Sheriff’s Department has yet to determine what caused a double fatal accident on Saturday. The crash happened along Route 38 near the Tucker and Barbour County line. Two people were killed in the single car crash.

Sports

West Virginia’s major college football programs are showing mixed results so far this season. WVU hosted BYU in Morgantown and escaped with a 35 to 32 win. The final score was not as good for Marshall, which was handed a beat-down in Huntington by one of the best teams in country, the Louisville Cardinals. The Mountaineers are a perfect three and oh while the Thundering Herd is one and two.

More Flood money

More flood recovery money is heading to West Virginia. U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced Friday that nearly one-and-a-half-million dollars is being granted by FEMA to help with school repairs. It will be used by the Kanawha County Board of Education for Emergency Protective Measures to alleviate immediate threats to lives, public health and safety.

Traffic

Traffic will be down to one lane in each direction beginning this week on Interstate 64 in Huntington. The work near the West Huntington exit is entering its next phase. There will also be overnight closures in the area. The nearly three million dollar bridge reconstruction project will not be wrapped up until next August.

Fashion Scene closing doors

After being a Fairmont mainstay since the 1980s, The Fashion Scene will soon be closing its doors. The news came about when the clothing store’s owner, Rina Potesta, decided to retire after owning the business for 36 years. “It’s time for me to go,” Potesta said, laughing. “I’m sad, but everything comes to an end. I’m 77 years old. I’m past retirement age.”