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Court fees are going up in Nitro. City leaders there have adopted an ordinance to increase municipal court costs, fines and fees. Each court case tried in the city court will cost $25 instead of $10. The $10 fee had been in place since 1988. The city says this helps offset the rising costs of maintaining the court.
Things became heated when one friend tried to borrow money from another, and police say 30-year old Rebecca Ann Gibson of Winfield has been arrested. She faces battery, armed robbery and destruction of property charges for a confrontation with Andrea Harris, of Charleston. According to the criminal complaint, after Harris would not let Gibson borrow money, Gibson allegedly punched Harris and kept attacking her and didn't stop until after she took $167 from her pocket, and her cell phone. Gibson was taken to the Western Regional Jail.
The Salvation Army has started taking Christmas applications. They'll be accepted applications from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday in Putnam County at the Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene. Anyone who wants to apply should have an ID, birth dates of all family members, proof of income and expenses or current letter for food stamps; and three toy choices ($25 limit each).
There's a renewed focus this week on highway safety, especially when it comes to commercial vehicles. The Public Service Commission's Transportation Enforcement Division is taking part in Operation Safe Driver this week, meaning officers are verifying driver credentials and vehicle paperwork, plus enforcing seat belt requirements for commercial drivers. The campaign got underway Sunday and runs through this coming Saturday.
A new bill has gone into effect this week that limits certain types of businesses on Charleston's East End. Im particular, the bill bans strip clubs, adult book and video stores, pawn shops, gun shops, check cashing establishments other than banks, gambling parlors, and pay as you go phone stores from opening along Washington Street East from Sidney to Morris streets. The Charleston City Council passed the bill, and it took effect Monday.
Kanawha Players Theater is looking for performers for “A Christmas Story.” Auditions are scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m this Saturday at the theater at 309 Beauregard St. in Charleston, according to a news release from the theater group. Performance dates are 8 p.m. Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2. They need two men, two women, five boys between the ages 9 and 14 and two girls between the ages of 9-14.
Officials with FEMA say they have a total of 2,653 claims for damages from the June 29th storms, and most of those have come from Fayette County with 610. Kanawha County has filed 567 damage claims, Nicholas 518, and Raleigh 489. Those four counties were officially declared disaster areas, and just this week Governor Tomblin asked FEMA to expand the disaster declaration to an area including twenty other surrounding counties. The highest possible damage award is $31,000 and to qualify an individual’s entire home would have to be destroyed.
Anyone who suffered storm damage June 29th may be eligible for free legal assistance. The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and Legal Aid of West Virginia has announced it's partnered to offer the Disaster Legal Services program. When you call, you'll be matched with an attorney that has volunteered to participate. FEMA is providing the funding for the program. Storm victims can call the program at (877) 331-4259.
Pet owners in Nitro have new limits. City leaders there are trying to cut down on large litters of cats, since complaints have come in recent months about feral cats stirring up trouble on city streets and killing birds. An ordinance has been approved in Nitro that limits the number of pets a household can have to three dogs and three cats. The includes strays that someone might just be setting out food for. The ordinance takes effect November 1, and anyone in Nitro with more pets than allowed at that point will be grandfathered in and exempt from fines. Those pet owners will have to be able to prove they owned the animals before November 1 with a veteranarian bill, or something similar. Violaters will face $50 fines for a first offense.
WorkForce West Virginia has a new initiative to help laid-of coal miners. Any coal miners laid off after March 1 who received a federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, might be able to receive as much as $5000 for education. Under the program, miners and their familes can train for in-demand jobs outside the coal mining industry, and get help with the training costs. There are several sessions set up this week where laid-off mine workers can learn more. Informational sessions are set for 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Logan, and 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery.