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New State Policy Impacts School Calendars

A new state policy gives county school systems in West Virginia more control over their school calendars. The policy approved this week by the West Virginia Board of Education provides two options for making up canceled school days. County boards can use either available non-instructional days or an out-of-calendar day. The Department of Education says in a news release that the change will allow county school boards to avoid using a particular non-instructional day to make a canceled school day. The new policy also allows year-round school calendars at the option of local districts.

Memorial To Honor Fellow Student Goes Missing

A handmade memorial for a Kanawha County student killed in a car accident is missing. Seventeen-year-old Cody Perdue was killed in October in a crash on MacCorkle Avenue near Marmet. The driver of the other car, 18-year-old Mason Roush, also was killed. Perdue was a Riverside High School student who also studied plumbing technology at Carver Career and Technical Education Center, and WSAZ reports students there spent two days constructing an 8-foot cross to honor his memory. Now the memorial has been reported missing. If the cross isn't returned, students say they plan to work on a new one to replace it. For more Charleston / Kanawha Valley news, go to WSAZ.COM

All WV Ski Resorts Are Open

All ski resorts in the state are open for the season as of today. The West Virginia Ski Areas Association said with the opening of Timberline in Tucker County and the reopening of Winterplace in Raleigh County, all resorts are open. Snowshoe Mountain and Oglebay opened in November and Canaan Valley opened last weekend. Snowmaking conditions were at their best this week, with more than 20,000 tons of snow produced in West Virginia per hour.
The state's ski and snowboard season typically runs from Thanksgiving through early April.

Arrests Made After Cross Lanes Robbery

On Monday of this week deputies were called to Old Goff Mountain Road in Cross Lanes to investigate an attack. The victim, 33-year old John Miller of Cross Lanes was bloody and injured, and said he went for a ride with a girl he knew after meeting her at a nearby shopping plaza. It turns out her boyfriend was in the trunk, and the boyfriend assaulted Miller and robbed him. Chelsey Flavin and Christopher Estep have been arrested and charged with robbery, a felony. They are currently being held in Western Regional Jail.

Train Hits City Vehicle; Investigation Underway

A city worker was hurt when a train hit his work truck Wednesday morning at the railroad tracks at 12th Street and MacCorkle Avenue. The truck was crossing the tracks when it was hit in the rear by the train traveling east. Charleston's Street Department, tells WSAZ.com the two workers were crossing the tracks to pick up garbage on 12th Street when the truck was hit. Charleston Police said the driver of the city of Charleston truck says he didn't see the train and it's horn was not going off. The train's conductor says the horn was going off before it reached the crossing. Investigators say they will review the train's camera to see what exactly caused the crash. For more information, go to WSAZ.COM

Logan County Road Closure Affects Multiple Homeowners

Transportation officials in Logan County have been meeting with lawmakers and concerned neighbors who live in the area of a mudslide. The road in the Lyburn area was originally shut down last Friday due to a slip. Crews cleaned it up and were able to reopen the road, but had to close it again Monday due to fear of another slip. When the road closes it cuts off about 70 homes. The West Virginia Department of Transportation has been explaining options to neighbors when it comes to hotel accommodations, as well as money for meals as part of an evacuation plan offered by state road crews. For more Charleston / Kanawha Valley news, go to WSAZ.COM

GED in West Virginia Is Phased Out

West Virginia has replaced the GED with a high school diploma equivalency exam provided by CTB/McGraw Hill. Those seeking a high school equivalency diploma will begin taking the new Test Assessing Secondary Completion exam, or TASC, in January. The Associated Press reports that the state will continue to offer the test for free. State officials began looking for another provider after a new electronic GED was announced. The electronic GED exam will cost $120, compared to the existing test's $50 fee. The base price of CTB/McGraw Hill's exam is $52 and is available via paper-and-pencil and online.

Tip Leads to Drug Arrest

A Kanawha County man is facing drug charges. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office STOP Team and Detectives arrested Farrell Duane Patton on Falcon Drive north of Charleston Wednesday on a warrant for possessing substances used to manufacture methamphetamine. A tip led to the arrest.

Accident Closes Dick Henderson Bridge

An accident closed the Dick Henderson Bridge that connects Nitro and St. Albans overnight, and one person was arrested. Nitro Police told WSAZ.com the driver of an SUV was thrown from the vehicle when it was struck by a car traveling east on Main Ave. The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital. That person's name and condition have not been released. The driver of the car was arrested and charged with DUI. The investigation is underway, and officers have been reconstructing the accident.

Hearing Set for Friday in Mingo County Case

The prosecutor assigned to the case of a central figure in the federal corruption investigation in Mingo County agrees his guilty plea to drug charges should be thrown out. The Charleston Gazette reported that Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph "has no objection" to setting aside George White's guilty plea. Randolph asked the judge return White's case "to the pre-trial stage." A hearing on the matter in Mingo Circuit Court is scheduled for Friday. White argues his guilty plea should be vacated because he was deprived of his right to choose his attorney. Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks has pleaded guilty to depriving White of his constitutional rights. Former Mingo circuit judge Michael Thornsbury also has pleaded guilty to conspiring to deprive White of his rights.

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