West Virginia News

Disaster loan deadline approaching for W.Va. nonprofits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The deadline is approaching for private, nonprofit groups in 21 West Virginia counties to apply for disaster loans related to severe storms last February. The U.S. Small Business Administration says in a release the deadline for loan applications is Jan. 17. Loans of ...

Senior judge to temporarily hear cases in Raleigh County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A senior judge has been named to temporarily serve in place of a circuit judge who was appointed to the West Virginia Supreme Court. The West Virginia Supreme Court issued an administrative order for Charles M. Vickers to serve in the 10th Judicial Circuit beginning ...

Judge calls for lost ballots to be counted in city election

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A circuit judge in West Virginia has called for 57 lost ballots to be counted toward a city council election. The Exponent Telegram reports Circuit Court Judge Patrick Wilson decertified the Fairmont City Council election on Wednesday to allow the votes to be counted. ...

West Virginia governor announces turnpike toll hike delay

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says the West Virginia Turnpike toll increases will be delayed until Jan. 15 amid rollout concerns. In a statement earlier Monday, Justice said he has expressed deep concerns to the West Virginia Parkways Authority about potential turnpike traffic ...

West Virginia native pens novel on Vietnam, growing up in Italian family

By WILLIAM DEAN, The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Decades after coming home from Vietnam, a West Virginia native and WVU graduate used his experiences from childhood and service overseas to write a novel. "I never expected this to be published," said author John Brown. "It was a ...

Flu cases on rise in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials say flu cases are on the rise. Lauren Spadafora is the flu coordinator for the state Department of Health and Human Resources. She told the Charleston Gazette-Mail last week that there has been a steady increase in positive flu tests ...

‘A little book-nuts’: Bank Books keeps reading personal

By MICHAEL NEARY, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Larry Cavagnaro's quest for books generally leads him in a cluster of colorful directions. "I kind of collect a little bit of everything," said Cavagnaro, of Hedgesville, citing comic books along with books featuring role-playing ...

Authorities arrest 4 who entered West Virginia coal mine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say they've arrested the four people who entered an idle coal mine earlier this month. News outlets report Kayla Williams and Erica Treadway surrendered to authorities Wednesday on charges including entering without breaking. Authorities ...

Retiree finds second career in furniture building, TV show

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — When Jerill Vance retired in 2009, he didn't settle down to a life of leisure. Instead he embarked on a second career as a custom furniture maker and now host of "Appalachian Heritage Woodshop." The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Culloden resident was a hobby ...

Some old bills to get new look in West Virginia Legislature

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some bills that failed in the West Virginia Legislature last year will get a fresh perspective in the upcoming session with the appointment of lawmakers to several key positions. Republican Mitch Carmichael, who returns as Senate ...

West Virginia leads states challenging ruling against cross

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General's office says it is leading a group of 30 states in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a case that found a cross honoring World War I veterans violates the U.S. Constitution. According to a news release, the coalition filed a ...

Parkersburg woman gets PorchSwing Ministries off the ground

By JEFF BAUGHAN, The Parkersburg News & Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Christine Fox Parker is a therapist who has an office away from the office; it's her front porch. "I love my front porch," she said. "It's a haven for me. I can be alone there but never lonely. I read and I ...

New West Virginia parents leading by fitness example

By MICHELLE JAMES, The Register-Herald FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — On Oct. 27, Fayetteville residents Wendy and Brad Scott took to the waters of the Tennessee River to compete in the Chattajack 31, a paddling event that features 500 to 600 competitors annually. It was the Scotts' second go ...

Longtime West Virginia circuit judge retiring next year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A longtime West Virginia circuit judge is retiring early next year. The state Supreme Court says 68-year-old Judge Russell M. Clawges Jr. of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Monongalia County plans to retire effective Jan. 31. The court says Clawges has requested to stay ...

Convicted murderer gets up to 140 years for incest, abuse

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A convicted murderer has been sentenced to up to 140 years in prison for incest and the repeated sexual abuse of a teenage girl. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reported Sunday that 37-year-old Granville Ray McCloud was sentenced last week following his November ...

Supreme Court, teachers’ strike dominated headlines in W.Va.

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Questions involving lavish office renovations and other alleged misdeeds at the West Virginia Supreme Court led to separate impeachment and criminal investigations and, ultimately, a reshuffling of the court. Three of the five justices ...

Warrants issued for 4 in West Virginia mine rescue case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A sheriff's office in West Virginia has obtained arrest warrants for four people who entered a coal mine, resulting in three of them being trapped. The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that it was seeking to arrest Eddie Williams Jr. on charges of ...

Kids’ letters to Santa delivered 106 years after written

By RICK STEELHAMMER, Charleston Gazette-Mail BEVERLY, W.Va. (AP) — On a long winter's night 106 years ago, four of Benjamin and Aletha Woodward's five children wrote letters to Santa Claus and left them for him to discover in the mantle of a second-floor fireplace in their Beverly home. The ...

Federal government intervenes in hospital whistleblower suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government is joining a lawsuit against a West Virginia hospital, alleging it improperly issued payments and kickbacks to physicians under the direction of the chief executive officer and management firm. The lawsuit was unsealed and made public for the ...

Individuals look to deliver faith, food to others

By KELSIE LEROSE, The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — In the past three weeks, 75 meals have been given away to individuals needing them in Martinsburg. "Faith Feeding Freedom," started by Toni Wiesberg, will be feeding the homeless, elderly and low income individuals at The Martinsburg ...