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Votes in Kanawha County are being canvassed today and the big task at hand is counting all of those provisional ballots. The Kanawha County Commission will be seated as the board of canvassers and part of their responsibility will be to decide if about 1100 votes can be counted. A race to watch as the votes are canvassed, is that in the House of Delegates 35th District. House of Delegates member Bobbie Hatfield is trailing by 64 votes. There were eight candidates for four spots and Republican newcomer J.B. McCuskey finished in fourth place just 64 votes ahead of the incumbent, Bobbie Hatfield. It's mathmatically possible for Hatfield to gain 64 votes today as the provisional ballots are verified, but some say it's unlikely.
The Smithers volunteer fire department has been shut down. WSAZ-TV reports that the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department fell behind in its insurance payments and was closed Saturday, and for now at least, Montgomery and Boomer are providing the fire protection for Smithers. Some worry that the resources will be spread too thin and the town of Smithers won't have their fire calls answered quickly enough, but the mayor there says not to worry.
A new 4-lane segment of West Virginia 9 opens tomorrow. The upgraded section of highway runs about five miles, from Charles Town to the Virginia border. Maryland's Herald-Mail says the segment was supposed to open earlier this month, but was delayed because of Superstorm Sandy. The project is part of an upgrade of Route 9 in the Eastern Panhandle.
On the heels of Veterans Day, the Governor is looking for old photos to recognize West Virginia's military members. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's office says the photos will be displayed on a "Military Recognition'' tree at the Capitol during the holiday season. Tomblin says in a news release that the tree is a way to display gratitude to West Virginians serving in the military. You can send the photos to the governor's office through next Friday, November 23. A form and tag can be downloaded from the governor's website, www.governor.wv.gov .
Two deaths this year on the railroad tracks in Hurricane have officials there taking a closer look at safety. A man died on the railroad near Hurricane High School over the weekend. Police say he had his earphones on and couldn't hear the train approaching. 20-year old Michael Eads died upon impact. Back in January, Hurricane High School student Jacob Ball was killed while walking about 100-yards from that spot. He was also earing earphones. Hurricane police up the number of citations they issue around the tracks, rather than issue verbal warnings. It's illegal to walk on the railroad tracks.
A woman in Logan County is dead, and her husband has been charged in her death. State police say it was a fight between 36-year old Gary Terry and 39-year old Caren Blankenship that led to her death. The two were at the Roadway Inn in Chapmanville when the fight happened early Sunday morning, according toState Police dispatchers. Blankenship was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center, where she died Sunday evening of a severe head injury. Terry is being held at the South Central Regional Jail.
A Charleston man learned his sentence Friday in Kanawha Circuit Court. Donald Raines was sentenced to five years in prison for a shooting death that occurred on Charleston’s West Side last November. Raines had pleaded guilty previously to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jerry Baldwin, admitting he started an argument with Baldwin over an ex-girlfriend.
The earthquake reported in Kentucky Saturday by the U.S. Geological Survey was strong enough to be felt in the Kanawha Valley. The epicenter of the 4.3 magnitude earthquake was about 10 miles west of Whitesburg, Kentucky. But residents in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia also reported feeling the quake. So far there have been no reports of serious damage.
A Charleston family makes an appearance tonight on a nationally syndicated game show. The Newkirk family will be on Family Feud at 5:30 p.m. today on WVAH TV, according to a news release from the show. Show organizers say the Newkirks will face off against the Myers family of Lithia Springs, Ga., in front of a live TV audience in Atlanta, with the chance to win up to $100,000 and a brand new car. The show is hosted by Steve Harvey.
Fire investigators have ruled a weekend fire at a home in Charleston to be arson. The home burned Saturday evening at 1547 Garfield Avenue on West Side Hill, and the home was destroyed. Investigators have ruled the fire arson. Both the Charleston fire and police departments are investigating. Anyone with tips should call the Fire Prevention Bureau and Investigation Division.