Archives for October 2017

New Representation For Greenbrier County

Greenbrier County has a new state Representative. Jeff Campbell was named to the job on Monday by the governor. Campbell has been a teacher in the county for 16 years and ha also worked in broadcasting and for WVU. He was appointed after Stephen Baldwin was chosen to take over the Senate seat held by Ron Miller, when the governor named Miller as agriculture liasion in his cabinet.

State Starts Drug Testing For Needy Families Program

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says it has begun drug screening applicants for its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

The screening requirement began last week.

It’s part of a three-year pilot program approved by the Legislature last year and has received federal approval.

According to state officials, applicants for the welfare assistance have to complete a drug screening questionnaire.

Those suspected of illegal drug use will be sent for drug testing.

Those who test positive will be referred to treatment and counseling and a job skills program.

Manchine Starts Website With Job Postings

West Virginia’s U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin launched a website with job listings for residents.

The website currently lists 22 postings, ranging from coal miner to bartender to procurement specialist at West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals.

It also lists job fairs and guidance on resumes and cover letters for applicants.

Manchin says he has co-hosted 25 job fairs throughout the state since October 2015.

The Democrat, who faces-re-election next year, says the website at www.manchin.senate.gov/help-from-joe/jobs/job-postings is an extension of that effort.

Butcher Stepping Down As Head Of Corrections

The West Virginia Division of Corrections says acting commissioner Loita Butcher is retiring.

The division says on its Facebook page that Butcher’s retirement is effective Tuesday.

Gov. Jim Justice named Butcher to the post in March. She was the first woman to head the state prison system.

Butcher joined the Division of Corrections in 1994. She also had served as assistant corrections commissioner and chief of staff.

Man Says He Didn’t Know Who Was In Vehicle He Shot At

He says he didn’t know who was inside. 66 year old Frederick Tolliver fired at the vehicle Friday night on Eagle Branch Road. Inside were five people including an off duty police officer and a local mayor. Tolliver told troopers he saw headlights coming up his driveway and what sounded like people making noises from a vehicle. Tolliver said he then shot but admitted there were no threats of violence made towards him and he did not see any weapons.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Across West Virginia and the country, people will be turning in their old or unused drugs on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. It is the 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Saturday is Prescription Drug Take Back Day where you can get rid of unwanted medications in your home. Collection sites will be up between 10am and 2pm at the Raleigh County Department of Aging and the State Police barracks in Beckley. Also at the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department and the State Police offices in Lewisburg.

Worker At Monroe County Gambling Business Robbed

A woman working at Daisys in Monroe County was held up last night, say police. It happened Thursday night and at this time, the suspect hasn’t been located. There were no injuries.

Lewisburg Unloading Surplus Items

From metal roof sections to file cabinets, Lewisburg is putting some surplus items up for bid. You can see them on business days, 7am to 3pm through November 2nd. If you want to place a bid on an item you have to fill out a bid sheet and submit it before 10am November 3rd, and if you’re bidding on multiple items, you need to fill out a sheet for each. Winning bidders will be notified and can pick up itmes by 3pm on November 6th.

District 42 Seat Fate Rests With Governor

Three candidates to fill the District 42 House of Delegates seat are having their names forwarded to the Governor by the 42nd District House Committee. The move gives Governor Justice five days to choose someone to fill the seat.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Event In Monroe County

There’s an event Saturday in Monroe County focused on domestic violence awareness. It happens at the Family Refuge Center. The county has seen a number of domestic violence cases in recent years, according to officials and they add that monst homicides in the county have been related to domestic violence. The event is on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.