Feds looking into W.Va. suspect’s gun application CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man charged with killing a West Virginia sheriff is being investigated by federal prosecutors over his gun permit application, a prosecutor said Thursday.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Thursday that the investigation will focus on the form filled out by 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard, including whether he was truthful about his personal information.
Maynard is accused of shooting Sheriff Eugene Crum last w...
W.Va. Legislature approves gun-rights law update CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A unanimous West Virginia Legislature wants the government to face lawsuits if it ever tries to confiscate guns or ammunition during declared states of emergency.
The bill receiving final approval Thursday updates a 2007 law meant to protect firearm ownership during such times. The Senate backed off proposed changes to the House-passed measure after delegates objected.
Spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said Gov. Earl...
W.Va. school board president says audit misleading CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Board of Education President Wade Linger is disputing an audit’s finding that the state education system has a top-heavy bureaucracy.
Linger said the audit’s administrative position numbers are misleading. He discussed the numbers Wednesday during a presentation to the board, the Charleston Gazette reported Thursday.
“We certainly are not bloated,” he said. “That’s my position.”
The audit found tha...
Boil water advisory lifted The Logan County Public Service District has lifted a boil water advisory for the area of Little Harts to River Bend Road on Thursday, April 11. The advisory had been in effect since April 8.
For more information, contact the Logan County Public Service District at 304-946-2641.
Donate Life Ceremony at LRMC April is National Donate Life Month and Logan Regional Medical Center is observing the month by flying a ‘Donate Life’ flag, which was raised during a special ceremony on Tuesday morning.
The flag, which will be flown all across the nation, honors those who have given the gift of life through organ, tissue and eye donation.
Learn more about organ donation by visiting www.donatelife.wv.gov
HMT to host benefit for local kids Just a reminder that the World Famous Hatfield-McCoy Trails will be having a very special benefit ride this weekend to assist local children with extreme health problems to pay for medical care and travel expenses.
The Ride to Survive benefit is to help Skyler Miller, Ben Gillman and Gabe Lyall and their families as they struggle with chemo treatments and other healthcare issues associated with cancer. The event will take place in the city ...
Criminal charges filed recently in Magistrate Court The following is a listing of those recently charged in Magistrates Court:
• Mark Adam Maynard, 34, was charged on March 10 with speeding and DUI by the West Virginia State Police. His bail was set at $2,000.
• Teara Lasha Marcum, 20, was charged won March 10 with domestic assault and domestic battery by the WVSP. Her bail was set at $1,500.
• Travis Shelton Abbott, 21, was charged March 10 with domestic assault and domestic battery by ...
Tomblin signs education bill CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia counties will soon have more leeway when hiring educators and scheduling 180 days of student learning each year, after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday signed wide-ranging public schools legislation that topped his agenda this session.
The measure, which takes effect June 30, also offers loan forgiveness to teachers who commit to critical-need subject and geographic areas. It will repay nationally ce...
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Sheriff slaying suspect was barred from owning gun CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The man accused of killing a West Virginia sheriff wasn’t allowed to possess a firearm but was still able to buy a gun from a local dealer, even though the dealer ran the required background check, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks said there was a delay at the state level in reporting information to a national database that would have disqualified the suspect from gun ownership. Th...
W.Va. Legislature passes stricter seat belt bill CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia police will soon be able to pull drivers over for not wearing a seat belt, after the state Senate passed a stricter seat belt law.
Seat belt use is already mandatory. But the new law makes it a primary offense, meaning a driver would not have to be stopped for another violation first.
The bill passed the Senate on a 24-10 vote Wednesday after contentious debate in the House and narrow passage two wee...
Rockefeller launching favorite county contest on Facebook WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of West Virginia’s 150th birthday, Senator Jay Rockefeller is asking state natives to vote for their favorite county on Facebook. The winner will be announced on West Virginia Day, June 20, which marks the state’s sesquicentennial celebration.
“West Virginians are so incredibly passionate about this wild and wonderful place we call home,” Rockefeller said. “In particular, our people love the counties and communit...
Local church restoring stained glass windows Windows in the First Christian Church will be good as new after they have undergone a painstaking, multi-step process by Willet Hauser, one of the largest architectural art glass companies in the country.
Based in Minnesota, the company is known for its expertise in designing, repairing, restoring and protecting treasured stained glass windows and have previously been called on to restore windows in another Logan church.
Stained glass win...
W.Va. county vows to continue drug trade crackdown WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — Williamson Police Chief Dave Rockel says the crackdown on Mingo County’s drug trade will continue, and the slaying of Sheriff Eugene Crum has only “awakened the sleeping giant.”
Rockel commands the county’s drug task force. He says dealers should know Operation Zero Tolerance will continue. He tells media outlets investigators will honor Crum’s legacy, and no tip will be ignored.
Crum’s widow, Rosie, is serving as...
County commission supports Logan County fish fry The Logan County Commission recently gave grants to each municipality to help with the cost of stocking the lake at Chief Logan State Park for the fish fry that will bring all Logan County communities.
Chapmanville Mayor Jerry Price is credited with the idea of bringing all the communities together for a fish fry due to the success his town had at an annual fish fry for its residents the past several years at the old Mullins Farm.
Environmentalists say ‘war on coal’ a fabrication MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. coal mining employment the past two years was the highest it’s been in 15 years, despite claims that President Barack Obama is waging war on the industry, an environmental group that studied federal data said Tuesday.
Appalachian Voices also said the average number of jobs was 15 percent higher under Obama’s first four years than under the eight years Republican George W. Bush was president.
In a press releas...