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The Kanawha County Commission has publicly extended its thanks to DuPont, Dow and Bayer CropSciences for donating supplies to the shelters and cooling stations in Kanawha County. Cooling stations in Kanawha County include the North Charleston Rec Center, Kanawha County Public Library on Capitol St., the Martin Luther King Center, and the Kanawha City Rec Center. Cooling stations in Putnam County include Winfield United Methodist Church, Calvary Baptist Church in Hurricane, and the YMCA in Teays Valley, along with the Teays Valley Church of God.
Appalachian Power continues to reduce the number of outages with more than three thousand workers involved in the restoration effort. The company has said at least 500 power poles were broken in the storm and thousands of spans of wire were torn up. One group can't do it alone, so representatives from other companies in Kentucky and other neighboring states have been called in to help. The estimate for power to fully come back on in Kanawha County is Sunday, July 8. The number without power though has been reduced to forty thousand.
It may be awhile before the rest of the park opens, but we know that the swimming pool at Coonskin park is opening today. The park covers almost a thousand acres, and the Kanawha County Parks department has been free with saying the park took a huge hit with the storms and is decimated in places. Workers just recently finished cleaning out the pond after algae problems last month, and then the storm hit. Downed trees are also a problem there and crews are working to cut them up and haul off the debris. Regardless, the pool is open for some rest and relaxation today.
After eleven seasons, the women's basketball coach at the University of Charleston is stepping down. During that eleven year span, she was voted Coach of the Year in the Frontier Conference and District 12, and honored as the NAIA II National Coach of the Year. The Daily Mail reports she's in the process now of telling her players.
A new Charleston Cabela's store isn't officially opening until August, but got a special permit to open up and sell generators Tuesday, and people lined up for them. The Cabela's store at Southridge Center expects more generators Thursday, if you missed them yesterday. The generators sell for around $300, and it's a one-per-customer basis.
Dunbar City Council members have approved a 25-cent per hour raise for city workers. That doesn't include elected officials or police and fire department employees. Police and fire workers are under union contract and in current negotiations with the city.
The city of Charleston has been hauling downed tree limbs and debris to the city landfill, and the public works department says they'll keep doing it until the city is cleaned up. How long will it take? One guess is about thirty days. That's a month of back hoes and trucks and dozens of workers hauling off debris. Even though tomorrow is a holiday, the city landfill will stay open, and the city will run regular trash routes.
This week is far from normal for thousands in West Virginia with widespread power outages and downed trees clogging roads, but one thing will continue on normally. The Independence Day celebration in Charleston is on this evening, with a free West Virginia Symphony Orchestra concert and fireworks.
Appalachian Power company has revised its estimate, and now says power may not be back on to all of it's customers until Sunday night. The previous estimate for Kanawha County was Friday. There are still 64,000 people in the dark in Kanwaha County, down from the peak of about 79,000. Across the state, the number of people without power had been reduced to 406,000 as of Monday evening. Lincoln County may have power restored by tonight, but Putnam county is among those that may have to wait until Friday night. Logan should have power by Saturday night, and Kanawha county by Sunday night.
Many West Virginia teachers and administrators are in Washington DC to be part of this year's 150th Annual National Education Association Representative Assembly. That brings ten thousand educators to one spot to talk about everything from budgets to bullying. The conference also deals with finding ways to transform lower performing schools. As the states share ideas, West Virginia is not alone with its issues, and may fare better than other states in some cases. The event runs through Thursday.