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The future location of a skateboard park in St. Albans wasn't on the city council agenda last night, but the subject came up anyway. The idea came up in 2009 and Ordinance Park was the proposed location. That changed to City Park. Last night councilman Stephen Donelson asked for a vote to return the location back to Ordinance Park, but the discussion was tabled.
28-year old Arron Dewayne Walker of Dunbar has been sentenced to at least a year in jail after a robbery last year. Walker is accused of tying an elderly man to a chair in South Charleston and robbing him at knifepoint. In addition to cash, the 76-year old man was robbed of prescription pills and about $5000 worth of jewelry. Arron has already spend 242 days in jail and that will count toward his time served. The parole board will determine how much additional time, if any, Arron will serve after the year is up. He apologized to the victim's family yesterday at the sentencing hearing.
Jamie Summerlin of Morgantown has been running for months, and his journey recently brought him through Kanawha County. Summerlin is drawing attention to the Wounded Warrior Project, and set out on the adventure in late March on the Oregon coast. He hopes to finish up at Annapolis, MD on the 4th of July. Summerlin runs several miles a day over a six to eight hour period, with his family not far behind in an RV. He ran along Kanawha Blvd in Charleston yesterday, and then went north on US Route 119. It's all an effort to draw attention to disabled veterans. Summerlin and his wife both served in the Marine Corps.
State workers in West Virginia are paid twice a month right now - in the middle of the month and at the end. State officials including the governor, treasurer, and auditor, are considering paying state employees every two weeks. To the employee, that would mean 26 paychecks a year instead of 24, and each check would be slightly smaller because each check would cover a shorter amount of time. There would be no change in pay, but there would be a change to the time employees received the money. The state is getting a new computer system and under the new system it would be easier to issue checks every two weeks. Nothing is definite yet, and if the change were made it wouldn't likely go into effect for another year or so.
State leaders are talking about the prison overcrowding issue, and a comprehensive study of the state's prison system is planned, according to a letter obtained by the Associated Press. West Virginia doesn't have alarming numbers of inmates and crime rates are low compared with other states, but most prisons are at capacity if not over capacity. Building new prisons will be considered, as will treatment programs for substance abuse, and programs that aim to deter repeat offenders.
There's a new guide available to help you view more than 50 pieces of outdoor public art in Charleston. The guide is a collaborative effort between the city of Charleston, the Charleston Area Alliance, the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, the Arts Council of Kanawha Valley and FestivALL Charleston. The new guide will also be available in digital form, on a website that's being developed now.
Like many college conferences over the past couple of years, the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is undergoing a shakeup. Nine schools are leaving the conference, including the University of Charleston and West Virginia State University, and they'll form a new conference of their own. The new conference will seek membership in NCAA Division II. The nine schools said in a joint statement, the move is intended to help schools with similar goals and budgets align. Concord University, Fairmont State University, Seton Hill University, Shepherd University, West Liberty University, Glenville State College and West Virginia Wesleyan College round out the schools leaving the conference.
A shooting at a Charleston 7-11 store over the weekend has police investigating. The woman who was shot had a domestic violence petition filed against her attacker, but it hadn't been served because the man was spending time at a psychiatric hospital. The shooting happened around 4am Saturday on the West Side, at 1300 Bigley Avenue. 41-year old Joyce Good of South Charleston had a gunshot wound to the arm. 45-year old Larry Boner of St. Albans was found behind the store, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Good is expected to be okay. A hearing date regarding the domestic violence petition had been set for mid July.
Summer just started so it's hard to think about back-to-school, but as that approaches the Kanawha-Charleston Health Dept. has scheduled some walk-in vaccine clinic dates for students. There are new state requirements for seventh and 12th graders this fall. Students entering seventh grade will have to show proof of a Tdap booster and a dose of meningococcal vaccine. Twelfth-graders will have to show proof of a single dose of Tdap vaccine and at least one dose of meningococcal vaccine given after their 16th birthday. The clinics will be held August 6th, 13th, and 20th at the health department, 108 Lee Street in Charleston.
West Virginia 1st Judicial Circuit Judge Martin Gaughan suffered a stroke seven months ago and had been receiving treatment at Charleston General Hospital. He'll be back on the bench today, and West Virginia Supreme Court justices will be there to welcome him back. He'll preside over Hancock, Brooke, and Ohio counties.