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Residents and businesses in Kanawha County and six other West Virginia counties affected by Superstorm Sandy can apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said this week the loans are available for counties including Nicholas, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, and Kanawha for damage that occurred between Oct. 29 and Nov. 10, 2012. Loans are available for up to $200,000 for homeowners and up to $2 million for businesses to make repairs and replace lost items. The filing deadline is April 26 for physical property damage and Nov. 25 for economic injury applications.
Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an apparent home invasion Thursday afternoon on Miller Road in Pinch. Deputies said the house had been ransacked, and the woman who lived there was unconscious with serious injures. A relative arrived with groceries and discovered what had happened and called 911, and detectives are in the process of interviewing neighbors and following leads to figure out who did it. The woman was taken to the hospital and is still in serious condition.
The Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge connecting St. Albans is scheduled to be demolished on Friday. The Department of Transportation says the blast that brings the bridge down will happen right at 10am Friday, and St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway and several selected members of the community will flip the ceremonial switch. A staging area will be set up at the St. Albans Roadside Park, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation. Some debris is expected to fall into the Kanawha River, and it will be fished out and removed. The next phase of the demolition will happen at 10am Friday March 8th, and that will bring down the section of the bridge that connects to Nitro.
House Speaker Rick Thompson announced Wednesday that he and more than a dozen other delegates are urging for a yearlong study of the state Supreme Court's new appeals process. They want to make sure the system is doing what it should. There's a bill pending now that would create an intermediate appeals court.
Road work this year in Putnam County will widen a two-mile stretch of Route 35 from Plantation Road to the Buffalo Bridge. Culvert repairs are part of the project too, and should be finished in the next few months. The Division of Highways says it has finished work on Route 35 in Mason County from Plantation Road to Beach Hill.
With $85 billion in federal budget cuts set to kick in Friday, 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.
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.