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The talk about what to do with some trees in St. Albans is over. The trees at the end zone of St. Albans High School's football field have been cut down. A man had filed a temporary restraining order against the school to try to save the trees, but a judge dissolved the restraining order and cleared the way for the trees to be cut down. School officials said the trees were rotting and suffered severe damage during the June 29th storms. Some worried the trees might fall down and then the school would be liable.
Skiers are hitting the slopes this season. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is celebrating its largest turnout for an opening weekend in more than ten years. Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Snowshoe saw 73 percent more skier visits than their opening last year. Superstorm Sandy was good for the resort, with nearly 28 inches of snow . Snowshoe is in Pocahontas County, and has more than 40 acres of skiable terrain open now. The ski industry is big in West Virginai and draws more than 800,000 skier visits a year. That can turn into $250 million for the state economy.
A group of area teens may become famous in January. The MTV show Buckwild follows a group of teens in the Sissonville area who get a little crazy. Some worry about West Virginia's image with the show focusing on drinking, blowing things up, and mudding. The show premieres January 3rd on MTV.
West Virginia State Police say the body of a missing man was found Saturday afternoon in rural Logan County. The body of James David Marcum, Jr. was discovered in the woods and troopers think he died after being eletrocuted, and may have been trying to steal copper wire. Marcum went missing Tuesday. State police are still investigating.
Crews have been working on cleaning up Coonskin Park after the June 29th windstorms left them blown and damaged. The upper part of the park has been closed since the storms, and back in October the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission hired Elk Well Services of Charleston to cut up and dispose of the downed trees. The Charleston Gazette reports the clearning work in the upper part of the park almost finished last week. After trees are moved away from the roads, crews will move to the Coonskin trail system.
After the firing of state superintendent Jorea Marple, the West Virginia State Board of Education is asking the state Supreme Court to declare the firing valid. The parents of a special needs child filed documents last week asking that the court block the state board's firing of Marple. The board responded by asking that the firing be upheld and that they be allowed to hire a new superintendent.
A new addiction recovery center is open in Charleston. The new center offers free help to those struggling with addictions to drugs and alcohol, depression, and employment issues. The recovery center is located inside the Rimson Memorial Church on 2nd Avenue and it's open from 10am to 3pm Monday through Thursday. No appointment is needed, you can just drop by.
Former state politician, Hiram Lewis, will go on trial in January. Lewis is charged with malicious wounding, domestic assault and wanton endangerment involving a firearm in connection with a Clay County shooting. Police say Lewis shot Stephen Bogart, and Lewis claims Bogart was breaking into his home at the time. Bogart says he lived there. At a Thursday hearing the judge set a trial date of January 15. Lewis will also be in court on December 6 for a bond revocation hearing.
The Kanawha Bureau of Investigation arrested 51-year old Clay Culhane Counts of Charleston on Wednesday, charging him with fourteen counts of First Degree Sexual Assault, Use of a Minor in Filming Sexually Explicit Conduct, and Sexual Abuse by Parent, Guardian, or Custodian. Captain BC Robbins with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says Counts was initially arrested in September after officers discovered he was downloading and distributing child pornography. The most recent arrest was made after video tapes were located in Counts' home. The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be added.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Kanawha Valley is looking for more volunteers, and held a rally Thursday evening to raise awareness. The organization says there are 75 children, mostly boys who are still in need of a Big Brother mentor. Last night's event at Smith Motor Cars in South Charleston also kicked off the Bowl for KIDS Sake Fundraiser set for January.