Archives for September 2018

Report: WV 42nd Best State For Teachers

With World Teachers’ Day around the corner and teaching among the lowest-paid professions that require a bachelor’s degree, the personal-finance website WalletHub is releasing its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States for Teachers and West Virginia is well down the list. WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 22 key metrics, ranging from teachers’ income growth potential to pupil-teacher ratio to teacher safety.West Virginia finished at 42. New York was best, Hawaii worst.

Pipeline Price Tag Propelling

Developers of a natural gas pipeline set to run through West Virginia and Virginia say the project’s cost has risen from $3.7 billion to $4.6 billion.

The Roanoke Times reports Mountain Valley Pipeline developers released the revised cost estimate Monday.

A Mountain Valley statement says about half of the increase is due to a construction lull last month. That pause was due a federal appeals court invalidating two permits and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordering work halted.

Mountain Valley says the remaining cost increase is due to “extraordinary rainfall events,” hurricane prep and “unanticipated construction costs overruns.” Part of it is scheduled to run through Greenbrier County.

Two Adults, Passed Out In Car, Face Charges

Two adults face charges after police say they were found passed out in a vehicle while a 7 year old in their car was unsupervised in a busy parking lot in Fairlea. The boy was found late Monday afternoon and told police they had been there for several hours and that he had been trying to wake the adults up. The suspects are Nathan Sparks and Abbygale Hunt. Sparks was charged with DUI. Hunt was cuffed for child neglect. He’s out on bail, she remains behind bars.

Lewisburg Makes Plans To Fix Some Sidewalks

The City of Lewisburg has contracted with a company to make limited repairs to downtown sidewalks. They will be here in the coming weeks, weather permitting, and will be removing sidewalk trip and fall hazards throughout town. The repairs will be made on Washington, Jefferson, Court and Foster Streets. At times they will be working in front of businesses and will make every effort to minimize disruptions.
“Precision Safe Sidewalks” removes trip hazards from concrete and asphalt sidewalks to assist cities and municipalities in alleviating trip and fall liability, meeting the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and improving sidewalk assets.
Please contact the Public Works Department for any further information 304-645-1833.

Man Arrested For Cursing At Drivers And Throwing Fruit

A man found in the middle of a roadway, cursing at drivers and throwing fruit has been charged with assault. 21 year old Shane Holliday of Caldwell was arrested for the incident in which he hold officers he was cussing at drivers because they wouldn’t take him to the hospital and said he needed to get there to get rid of the spirits. Holliday had reportedly been taking suboxone and was combative with officers during his arrest.

WV AG Signs On To Opioid Letter To DEA

Attorneys general from West Virginia and 10 other states are asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to further tighten the manufacture of opioids.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office says the DEA’s preliminary quotas for 2019 don’t reflect the federal agency’s position that demand shouldn’t be equated with legitimate need. He said he believes the proposed quotas are still excessive, even with a 10 percent reduction.

West Virginia by far leads the nation in the rate of fatal drug overdoses.

Woman Charged With Changing Daughter’s Grades

A woman whose daughter used to go to Greenbrier West High School and who worked there herself, is charged in a scheme to change her grades. 49 year old Melissa Krystynak of Stuart, Florida is charged with mail fraud. She was a school counselor and allegedly used her administrator access to inflate 35 of her daughter’s grades. Her daughter recieved a 10 thousand dollar scholarship based on the phony informaiton.

‘Taste Of Our Town’ Drawing Closer

It’s sounding like Taste of our Town will be bigger than ever. The October 13th event in Lewisburg attracts thousuands each year. Organizers say this year, they’re adding vendors from other counties and featuring food from Snowshoe. They say the goal is to help patrons ‘taste’ their away around the region. There will also be music and plenty of activities for kids.

Advisory About Driving On Flooded Roadways

Residents throughout western Virginia are being advised to remain vigilant for hazardous road conditions as the rain continues to fall and rivers continue to rise. Even smaller creeks and streams can pose an immediate threat to residents’ homes and nearby roadways. Virginia law does require a vehicle’s headlights to be on if/when the windshield wipers are activated. The CDC states that it takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. When in doubt, call 511 to find out about road conditions.

Creek Gauges To Help Monitor Flooding Threats

Potential flooding problems in Greenbrier County can be better monitored with som temporary devices put in creeks. The sensors will be used to keep people who live near threatening waterways about the literal ups and downs of the water at any given time. The gauges can determine if those water levels are headed up to a point to where they pose a threat to a nearby community. They’re currently in Howard’s creek in White Sulphur Springs and at Sewell Creek in Rainelle.