Archives for December 2017

Back To Work For WV Lawmakers

With a recent improvement in West Virginia’s economy, state lawmakers will return to the Capitol in January with fewer budget troubles and hard choices than the last time. West Virginia tax collections were 4.5 percent higher through the first five months of the current fiscal year than last year with the $1.6 billion almost matching budget projections. They included a 33 percent increase in severance taxes for natural gas, coal and oil, whose prices have rebounded from slumps a year earlier. The fiscal year began in July.

Greenbrier County Agency Receives Grant Money For Recycling Efforts

Recycling gets more high profile in Greenbrier County after the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection announces that close to $40,000 is headed there for recycling efforts. Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity is receiving $38,000 to help pay for the purchase of a van plus utility costs for its recycling operation. The money is part of close to two dozen entities splitting $1.3 million as part of the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP). The money comes from the $1 per ton assessment fee for solid waste disposed at in-state landfills.

Not Guilty Pleas From Alleged Kidnappers

Not guilty the pleas from 27 year old Christopher Rider and 21 year old Charles Krafft in connection to the alleged kidnapping of Nicole Hall. The pair entered their pleas Wednesday. Just over a week ago, the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department got word from school officials that Hall had been missing since Monday the 18th. Some fellow students shared with authorities that they’d received messages indicating Hall was with Rider. She was found a couple days later.

WV Using Beauty, History To Boost Tourism

Communities across Appalachia are turning increasingly to the region’s rich reserves in things other than coal _ namely, history and rugged natural beauty _ to frame a new tourist economy. Enjoying a drink, hike or overnight stay in a region infused with stories, sweat and strife is turning out to be a draw to aging baby boomers and millennials alike. Studies show these efforts are attracting tourists, new residents and a new sense of self-worth.

New Book Examines Battle Of Lewisburg

A Bath County author takes a trip back in time with his new book The Battle Of Lewisburg. It examines the Civil War skirmish that happened there on May 23, 1862. Author Richard Armstrong says it adds depth and details to the battle which haven’t been published before. It’s being released by 35th Star Publishing out of West Virginia.

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Dec. 27, 2017 9:45 AM CST
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New Book Examines Battle Of Lewisburg

A Bath County author takes a trip back in time with his new book The Battle Of Lewisburg. It examines the Civil War skirmish that happened there on May 23, 1982. Author Richard Armstrong says it adds depth and details to the battle which haven’t been published before. It’s being released by 35th Star Publishing out of West Virginia.

Nutcracker Coming To The Greenbrier

The Nutcracker Ballet at The Greenbrier happens Thursday and Friday of this week. The classic brings to life a young German girl dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and his battle against an army of mice, and the chain of events that follow. Shows start at 3pm each day at Colonial Hall, 300 West Main Street in White Sulphur Springs. Visit greenbrierwv.com to find out more details.

Two Arrested In Beckley Break-In

A Christmas Eve break-in in Beckley is solved, say police, with the arrests of two men. Authorities say Lawrence Ray Hopkins and Edward Lee Farmer now face grand larceny, conspiracy to commit a felony and breaking and entering charges. Police say the pair broke into two supply buildings at Hughes Supplies on Acres Drive and stole a bunch of items. Their vehicle’s battery died and they were asking people for a jump. When police got to the scene, they found Farmer hiding in the front seat and Hopkins was found at his home.

Long Hole Leaves Shortfall In Insurance Contract

Most golfers like short par 3s, but West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice probably wishes No. 18 at the Greenbrier Classic in 2015 was a little longer — 33 yards longer to be exact.

In 2015, Justice’s charity promised fans at the 18th hole $100 for the first hole-in-one and $500 for the second in 2015. Professionals George McNeill and Justin Thomas aced the 137-yard hole, forcing the charity to give almost $200,000 to fans around the green.

The charity took out an insurance policy on the payouts, but a federal appeals court says the policy only covered holes at least 170 yards long.

Old White Charities Inc. accused the insurer of breach of contract for not covering the payout, but the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that claim.

Two Men Charged In Connection With Amber Alert

Charges face two men in connection with a now-cancelled Amber Alert in Greenbrier County. 14 year old Nicole Hall is now back with her family, say police. 27 year old Christopher Rider of Frankford, and 21 year old Charles Kraft are under arrest. Rider is charged with failure to register as a sex offender and a parole violation. Kraft is charged with aiding and abetting, and aiding and abetting in the abduction of a child. Authorities say the pair could face further charges. No word how investigators managed to track them down.