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With $85 billion in federal budget cuts set to kick in Friday, Hill Country schools are wondering how it might affect them. If Congress does nothing to stop the sequester today, the automatic cuts will take effect March1, and we've mentioned the impact that could have on the airport. Some parks, the military, airports, and a variety of other local places including the Kanawha County Head Start Program, could feel the cuts.
Funding for the Kanawha County library is uncertain after last week's Supreme Court decision released the Kanawha County school district from responsibility. The library lost about $3 million per year with that decision, so now the library relies on only the city of Charleston and the Kanawha County commission for it's funding. The library's board of directors held a meeting last night to talk about funding, and what's next.
A Nitro man has been sentenced to prison for shooting another man. 36-year old Timothy Chapman was sentenced to 2 to 10 years, as a result of a malicious wounding charge. Chapman was charged with shooting Matthew Singleton at a Lakewood Drive apartment building in Sissonville back in 2011. Singleton survived, and when he recovered he was able to pick Chapman out of a photo lineup.
Funeral services are set for a TV actor who died last week in Charleston. Lou Myers was best known for his role as the ornery restaurant ownder Mr. Gaines on "A Different World." He also appeared on "NYPD Blue," "E.R.," "The Cosby Show" and "Touched by an Angel," plus movies, including "Tin Cup" and "Wedding Planner." A funeral service for Myers will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Charleston. Myers died Feb. 19 at Charleston Area Medical Center after becoming ill with pneumonia. Myers was 76.
Organizers have announced more about FestivALL Charleston. Kathy Mattea will headline the Live on the Levee Concert June 21st, and Kool and the Gang will headline the Mayor's Concert at the Clay Center June 27th. On June 22nd, the Festivall art parade will combine with the West Virginia Sesquicentennial History Parade along Kanawha Boulevard, and the Smoke on the Water Chili Cookoff will take place on the Capitol Grounds later that day. The entire 10-day festival runs June 21 through 30. FestivALL Charleston began in 2005 with the support of Mayor Danny Jones and the Charleston City Council, and features music, visual arts, theater, dance, and film each year.
A homeowner returned home Sunday to find a woman inside her home. She was able to chase her off and call police, and a short time later a police K9 unit tracked down 36-year old Gwen Davis of Charleston and she was arrested where she had been hiding, at Quarrier and Beauregard Streets.
A man is facing an indecent exposure charge after an incident at a McDonalds in Cross Lanes Saturday. A Kanawha County deputy was called after reports of a man viewing pornographic images on his laptop computer and touching himself inappropriately. 31-year old Tiance Hughes of Charleston moved across the street to the Public Library, and was arrested there. Investigators have seized Hughes’ computer to scan it for inappropriate images.
The Division of Natural Resources is proposing changes to West Virginia's black bear hunt that would expand the season in more than a dozen counties where hunting bears with firearms is currently restricted to December. The agency is proposing allowing hunters to hunt bears with firearms during the 12-day firearm season for deer in late-November. But the number of permits would be limited to prevent hunters from killing too many bears. Kanawha County is not on the list of affected counties, but Nicholas, Randolph, and Clay counties are, among others. The Charleston Gazette reports that DNR biologists presented the proposed regulation changes to the state Natural Resources Commission on Sunday. The commission is expected to vote on the proposed changes in April.n
A blown transformer on Charleston's East End was the cause for a power outage Monday night. Appalachian Power says the transformer blew near Power Park around 9:30pm, and that knocked out power to more than 700 customers before it was restored.
Lincoln County Voters on Saturday cast ballots on a multi-million dollar school bond issue that would fund building a new elementary school, a new middle school, and would make improvements and additions to West Hamlin and Harts Elementary schools, and would go toward athletic facilities at Lincoln County High School. Voters said no to all of it. The $24 million school levy failed, with 75 percent voting against, and 25 percent in favor. If the measure had passed, the West Virginia School Building Authority would have kicked in $17 million.