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  • Princeton celebrates Batman's 75th year anniversary

    Princeton celebrates Batman's 75th year anniversary

    Princeton celebrates Batman's 75th year anniversary

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:06:20 GMT
    Mercer street in Princeton is home to many festivals throughout the year, but this time, they have a pretty unique festival hitting the streets.In honor of the 75th year anniversary of Batman, the town will celebrate.Organizers say it's not just about the super hero, but what the super hero has done for families."Some people use them as bedtimes stories for their kids. The movies, we've all grown up to see a cartoon movie or show so we all have a memory of the character," Bryan Austin said.Au...
    Mercer street in Princeton is home to many festivals throughout the year, but this time, they have a pretty unique festival hitting the streets.In honor of the 75th year anniversary of Batman, the town will celebrate.Organizers say it's not just about the super hero, but what the super hero has done for families."Some people use them as bedtimes stories for their kids. The movies, we've all grown up to see a cartoon movie or show so we all have a memory of the character," Bryan Austin said.Au...
  • WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

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    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 11:04:01 GMT
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
  • Chafin Wins, Elected 21st Republican Senator

    Chafin Wins, Elected 21st Republican Senator

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:03:34 GMT
    Delegate A. Benton "Ben" Chafin was elected to the Senate of Virginia, Tuesday. Chafin secured a Republican majority in the General Assembly upper chamber. Chafin will serve and represent the 38th District, succeeding former Senator Phil Puckett who resigned in June. Chafin defeated Democrat Mike Hymes and Independent Rick Mullins. Polls closed at 7 PM on Tuesday night.
    Delegate A. Benton "Ben" Chafin was elected to the Senate of Virginia, Tuesday. Chafin secured a Republican majority in the General Assembly upper chamber. Chafin will serve and represent the 38th District, succeeding former Senator Phil Puckett who resigned in June. Chafin defeated Democrat Mike Hymes and Independent Rick Mullins. Polls closed at 7 PM on Tuesday night.

With the one-year anniversary of the creation of the Amber Alert system Friday, some local businesses are working to help promote new and innovative to receive up-to-the-minute alerts about missing children.

Brandi McCume, Manager of U.S. Cellular in Beckley Plaza, says that one of the easiest ways people can stay up to date with Amber Alerts in their area is by signing up for text message notifications.  

Signing up to receive these Amber Alerts is as easy as sending a text message containing the word "amber" and the zip code for which they would like to receive alerts to the number 26237.

So, for example, someone who wants to sign up to receive amber alerts for Beckley could open text messaging on their cell phone, create a new message and type 26237 in the "To" or "Recipient" section. Then, all they need to do is type "amber 25801" in the body of the message and hit send.

Anyone who does this should shortly receive a text response confirming enrollment in the service and listing the current areas that phone number is signed up to receive alerts for.

If that all sounds too complicated, people can sign up through http://www.wirelessamberalerts.org.

If that still sounds like too much work, McCume says that anyone who wants to sign up for the alerts can visit any area U.S. Cellular location, where the employees will happily sign them up for the service free of charge.