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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced that sixteen additional counties will receive individual assistance from FEMA after the June 29 storms and power outages that followed. The initial declaration included only four counties: Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh and Fayette. Last week, the governor asked for an expansion to include twenty others, but FEMA said ok to sixteen. Putnam county will not get the individual assistance. But individuals and businesses in Boone,
Lincoln, Roane, Wood and others will. West Virginians needing assistance in the counties that will receive individual assistance are encouraged to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or by visiting http://www.fema.gov/.
Police say they tried to stop Rahshed Scott on I-64 for speeding Saturday morning and he did, but when the officer got out of his cruiser Scott took off. There was a short chase and Scott eventually stopped again, but then took off on foot. A police K9 caught up with him near the Kanawha River, and took him into custody. The car had been stolen out of North Carolina.
A railroad has laid off workers and says a coal industry that isn't producing as much work is the reason. Norfolk Southern Corporation has announced it has laid off about 200 workers in Bluefield and Roanoke. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that decreased coal traffic led to the furloughs. Those workers were offered jobs in other locations including Chicago and Cleveland, if they wanted to move to those areas.
Police say a jogger in Putnam County was stuck and killed early Sunday in Putnam County. 60-year old John Martin Arthur of Fraziers Bottom was trying to cross West Virginia Route 817 in Fraziers Bottom around 6:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, when he was hit by a car. The sheriff's department is investigating.
The West Virginia Tourism Commission has passed out it grants under the Matching Advertising Partnership Program. Grants total more than $1.2 million, although projects totalling more than $2.6 million were submitted to compete for the money. Among the grant recipients, $382,000 to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and $184,000 to Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort. Over all casinos seemed to be big winners under the program. $209,000 went to the Fayette-Mercer-Raleigh County Winter Coalition, $71,000 to the American Mountain Theater in Elkins, and $26,000 to Country Road Cabins in Fayette County.
Students at South Charleston High School this week are mourning the death of their vice principal, Trecia Peterson. She died last week at the age of 52, after a long battle with breast cancer. Students held a candlelight vigil in her honor last week, and a memorial scholarship fund has been set up at the school that will honor students who overcome adversity. Peterson worked for the Kanawha County school system for 29 years, and she was a former state assistant principal of the year.
Every year, the Kanawha County Commission gives each fire department in the county $20,000, and now commissioners are asking for more paperwork to make sure the departments are being fiscally responsible with the money. In recent weeks, several of the departments still had not turned over copies of their federal form 990 tax documents, but of the 27 volunteer fire departments funded by the county, commissioners have at least partial documentation now from all but one. The Charleston Gazette reports the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department, which is in Fayette County but answers calls in neighboring Kanawha County has yet to turn over any paperwork. The Smithers department is under criminal investigation by state police, and may not receive any more funds from Kanawha County.
South Charleston may soon have an urban deer hunt. Residents have been concerned about the number of deer around the Thousand Oaks community and Weberwood area, and at a meeting conducted by state Division of Natural Resources, the idea of an urban hunt was discussed. A study is the next step.
Forty wild mustangs that have been removed from the range will be up for adoption this weekend. The Bureau of Land Management says the horsts range from yearlings to 5-year-olds, and will put them up for public adoption at the Good Evening Ranch near Canvas in Nicholas Countyon Saturday. You can preview the horses from 2 to 7 p.m. today, and then adoption hours on Saturday will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with adoptions being made on a first-come, first-served basis. The minimum adoption fee is $125, and it's possible you could take home a second "buddy" adoption for $25.
Court ordered raises are coming. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has been ordered by Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom to comply with his 2009 order requiring the raises for staffers who work with psychiatric patients. The Associated Press says Bloom issued the latest order after testimony in an ongoing case known as the Hartley case that first began in 1981 and covers the treatment of mental health patients. The latest court order will mean more than a half a million dollars in raises to staff at the state's psychiatric hospitals.