Archives for September 2017

Father Sentenced In Baby’s Death

In Raleigh County, the father charged in the death of a 5-month-old baby girl has been sentenced to five years of probation. The boy was found underneath his mother’s body in November of 2015. At the time, police say Ariel Bennett had a blood alcohol level of .289. Police say it was her husband, Andrew who had provided the alcohol to her. Investigators say the floor of the Bennett’s home was so littered with trash, it was difficult to see the floor itself. Andrew Bennett pleaded guilty to Gross Child Neglect Creating Significant Risk of Serious Bodily Injury or Death. The usual one to five year sentence was suspended under a deal reached with prosecutors.

Miller Joins Justice Administration

Ron Miller has resigned his seat in the West Virginia Senate to work on agriculture issues in the administration of Gov. Jim Justice.
Miller, a Democrat from Greenbrier County, resigned Thursday.
West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt says in a news release that with Miller’s hiring, “we are moving full steam ahead to grow agriculture in our state.”
Miller was elected to the Senate in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

Mine Safety

A West Virginia-born nominee for U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration secretary of labor is not getting the support of Senator Manchin. The Democrat released a statement Wednesday and said he does not believe Wheeling native David Zatezalo is the right man to lead the agency and will not vote for him. Zatezalo is a former mining executive and Manchin pointed out the half a dozen mining deaths in West Virginia so far this year and the 12 nationwide.

Car Crashes into Doctor’s Office

On Wednesday somedone crashed into a Beckley’s doctor’s office. According to WVVA TV, It happened at 2:30 pm at the Doctor’s Immedicare building on Harper Road. The Beckley PD, Fire Dept and JanCare Ambulance all were sent at the scene.

Greenbrier New Coach

The Greenbrier East Boys Basketball team has a new coach, it’s Bimbo Coles. He will replace Jim Justice who resigned a few weeks ago. Coles graduated in 1986, and played for the Spartans. He went on to Virginia Tech and was a 3 time first team All Metro Conference selection. He was selected in the 2nd round of the NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. WVVA TV reports that Coles was with 5 different teams, and spent 15 seasons in the league.

WV American Water Co

West Virginia American Water Company and one of its insurance providers have come to a deal to cover class action lawsuit claims. The payments will be made to those who were affected by the January 2014 chemical spill into the Elk River supply. Starr Indemnity and Liability will pay out more than 22-million dollars.

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Housing Hot In Beckley

Beckley is labeled one of the fasting growing housing markets of the year by Nationwide’s Health of Housing Markets. The rise is attributed, in part, to bigger enrollment at WVU. Experts say both residential and commercial activity has picked up this year.

Humane Society Could Use Help Finding Cats Homes

They’ve taken in hundreds and hundreds of cats in the past three months at the Greenbrier Humane Society and now they could really use help getting homes for many. Many have been adopted, but others have had to go to rescue facilities in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Officials say they have not had to euthanize any and are looking for potential forever homes for the animals. The Humane Society is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM. It’s closed Sunday and Monday.

Manchin Opposing Trump Pick For Top Mine Safety Official

West Virginia U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is opposing the confirmation of a former coal company CEO to become the nation’s top mine safety official.
Manchin says he doesn’t believe David Zatezalo, President Donald Trump’s nominee, is suited to oversee the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, which implements and enforces mine safety laws and standards.
Zatezalo, of Wheeling, West Virginia, retired in 2014 as chairman of Rhino Resources after serving in several top posts. He joined the Lexington, Kentucky-based company in 2007.
He repeatedly clashed with federal regulators when the Obama administration tried to boost industry-wide enforcement after 29 miners died in the April 2010 explosion at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia.

Fall colors

Don’t blink or you might miss some brilliant fall colors. Elevations above three-thousand feet are already approaching their peak colors. The season’s first fall foliage report released this week by the Division of Tourism and Division of Forestry says the best viewing in Pendleton, Tucker, Greenbrier and Randolph Counties.