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The late Mining Activist Larry Gibson will be remembered at a memorial service October 14. The Keepers of the Mountains Foundation will hold the public memorial service from 2-6 p.m. at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium for Gobson, who died of a heart attack Sept. 9 at his home on Kayford Mountain in Raleigh County at the age of 66. He became well known in his opposition of strip mining after speaking out against it for years, and forming a foundation eight years ago. Gibson protected his family's 50 acres from mining and was buried there in a private service Sept. 13. The Changing of the Leaves Music Festival will be held there at 1 p.m. on Oct. 13, the day before the memorial service.
About 30 residents are being evicted, and Logan County officials and some state officials are trying to help them. DB Land LLC sent eviction notices to residents of Rita earlier this month after the rental properties were acquired, and State Sen. Art Kirkendoll tells The Logan Banner that the residents knew they had to move. They just wanted more time, and a little help. There's a meeting tonight at 7pm in Rita with other land companies to see if any assistance is available.
Former West Virginia governor Herman Kump's house in Elkins is going to be transformed into an educational center for teachers and students. The former governor passed away in 1962, but his daughter bought the house. When she died in 2008, she left the home to the city of Elkins with the condition that the estate be used for educational purposes. The Kump House project manager told WBOY-TV that organizers are working on creating a place where teachers can work on projects for their schools, and may eventually provide certification and training opportunities. It may be awhile before students and teachers reap the benefits. The project is not expected to be completed until 2019 and will cost about $3 million.
Facebook breaks a case. The Kanawha County Sheriff's office says this past Saturday evening deputies a phone call from a friend of victim, 18-year old Tessa Dawn Buckner of St. Albans. The friend told police Buckner notified them on Facebook that she was being held against her will at #35 Whispering Way Trailer Park in St. Albans. That's the home of her boyfriend, 19-year old Steven Adam Young. There was a large group outside when officers got there, and they found Buckner inside the trailer and learned she had been assaulted and saw swelling on her face. Young was arrested for Domestic Battery.
62-year old James Matheny has been sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in a Lincoln County voting fraud scheme. Matheny is accused of using a handgun to threaten federal agents who were questioning him on his property about an absentee ballot linked to the voting fraud investigation. A jury convicted Matheny in May.
If your job was affected by the June 29th storms, you might be able to collect unemployment benefits. Residents in four West Virginia counties are eligible in fact - those in Kanawha, Raleigh, Fayette and Nicholas counties can collect benefits according to WorkForce West Virginia. Residents of those four counties can apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits.
After a triple shooting at the Sky Lounge Bar in downtown Charleston, the bar has been closed by the Alcohol Beverage Control, according to Charleston Police. Three people were shot there over the weekend after an argument inside the bar escalated. Police are still investigating and searching for the shooter. None of the three people shot early Saturday faced life-threatening injuries.
A parent complained to the Kanawha County Board of Education about prayers before football games in Sissonville. Prayers were then banned. But students prayed anyway on Friday night. There were dozens of Sissonville students dressed in purple that stood along the bleachers Friday night before the game and held hands, and said a prayer for the players. A Facebook page called Praying in Kanawha County Schools was set up Friday before the football game, and gathered hundreds of Likes over the weekend.
This may be a significant week for the oil and gas industry in terms of drilling permits and what landowners have to say about them. The state Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case that could set the tone for whether landowners can appeal oil and gas drilling permits on their land. Many citizen groups, industry lobbyists and state environmentalists don't think state statute allows for such appeals, but the Supreme Court will decide. Arguments are set for Tuesday.
A Kanawha County judge ruled on Friday that 28-year old Ernest Lyle Young Jr. will spend up to 20 years in prison for the beating death of 81-year old Wilfred Naylor of Kellys Creek. Prosecutors said Young bludgeoned Naylor to death with a police baton. Young alleged that Naylor was making sexual advances toward him the night of the killing, and a psychologist hired by the defense said there was a history of sexual abuse there. A grand jury indicted Young last year on charges of first-degree murder, and he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in July.