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Another Ski Resort Opens

Another West Virginia ski resort is open for the season. Oglebay (Ogl bee) resort in Ohio County becomes the fifth West Virginia ski resort to open for skiers and snowboarders after opening on New Year's Eve. Mountain State, Winterplace, Snowshoe, Canaan Valley and Timberline opened in November and December.

State Schools Superintendent to be Sworn In Today

Today is the day the new state schools superintendent will be sworn in. After Jorea Marple was fired in November, James Phares was tapped to become the next state superintendent of schools. West Virginia Board of Education members will conduct the swearing in today, and Phares will serve as the board conducts a nationwide search for a more permanent replacement. Phares has worked as a teacher in Virginia for 25 years before becoming a superintendent in Pocahontas, Marion and, most recently, Randolph County.

East End Main Street Looks for New Leader

East End Main Street is looking for a new president. Andy Milovich joined the group three years ago and was selected as President this fall. He replaced president Mary Anne Crickard, who had been President for eight years. Milovich announced this month that he was leaving his job as executive vice president of the West Virginia Power to take a similar job in Myrtle Beach. The Charleson Gazette reports the board will go through a nominating process for a new leader, and it will be someone who has been on the board for at least a year.

Leaders Ask For Slow Process Restarting Sissionville Pipeline

Two local leaders are asking regulators to go slow when it comes to restarting the natural gas pipeline that exploded in Sissonville recently. Last week the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said the pipeline could be restarted after repairs and inspections. The state Public Service Commission also listed demands that must be met before the pipeline is restarted. Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper and Deputy Emergency Services Director C.W. Sigman say they'd like to see the entire pipeline dug up and inspected, instead of just a portion of it.

Senator Manchin calls for Violence Commission

Sen. Joe Manchin is one pushing to create a National Commission on Violence, after a report was created from his task force on gun violence. That report will go to Congress and the White House in January. The letter urging for the National Commission on Violence was signed by three other US Senators, and went to Vice President Joe Biden. This comes after the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and six adults. Among other things, the letter to the Vice President said that the root causes of this violence are complex and that responding to and preventing it will require a comprehensive approach.

Two Leave State Board as New Superintendent Arrives

As the swearing in ceremony approaches for the new state schools superintendent, two members of the state board of education have resigned over the firing of the former superintendent. The state Board of Education voted to fire dismiss Jorea Marple as schools superintendent in November. Jenny Phillips and Priscilla Haden voted against firing Marple, and sent resignation letters Thursday to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The swearing-in ceremony for James Phares will be held Jan. 2 in the West Virginia Board of Education Room at Building 6 at the Capitol Complex.

East End Main Street Needs New Leader

East End Main Street is looking for a new president. Andy Milovich joined the group three years ago and was selected as President this fall. He replaced president Mary Anne Crickard, who had been President for eight years. Milovich announced this month that he was leaving his job as executive vice president of the West Virginia Power to take a similar job in Myrtle Beach. The Charleson Gazette reports the board will go through a nominating process for a new leader, and it will be someone who has been on the board for at least a year.

Logan Deputies Continue Search for Shooter

The Logan County Sheriff's Office has released more about the Christmas Day shooting that left the victim in critical condition at a Charleston hospital. Investigators are still looking for the suspect, 18-year-old Mack Brumfield, who is considered armed and dangerous. They say Brumfield has the letters “MACK” tattooed on his right forearm. The shooting victim is the stepfather of Brumfield’s girlfriend, investigators say, and he was shot multiple times in the torso and was taken to CAMC General. Investigators think there was a physical altercation between the victim and Brumfield, and came after a physical argument between Brumfield and his girlfriend. Anyone with information should contact the Logan 911 Center.

State Plans Public Meetings on Rail Options

The West Virginia State Rail Authority is holding public meetings so people can learn about the state's rail plan. Those meetings will happen at the Williamson Fire Station on Jan. 8 and at Ripley City Hall on Jan. 9. These are two of eight meetings statewide to talk about the plan, where you can learn about the rail plan, ask questions and express opinions. Those views will be considered in the development of the plan.

Thieves Face Charges

Wednesday morning Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies were called to a burglary on Kanawha Boulevard East, and deputies think the male and female suspects made several trips into the home while the victim had barricaded herself inside. Finally, when the victim was able to get to the phone and call police, a deputy was there within six minutes. The Kanawha Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant on a room at the Budget Host Inn just outside of Charleston where the suspects were staying. Thomas Hager Jr has been charged with Nighttime Burglary and Assault During the Commission of a Felony. Charges are forthcoming for the female suspect. Detectives think property recovered from the room may be from thefts both in and outside of Kanawha County.

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