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    Calacino's in Beckley is home to Mountaineer football

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:40:42 GMT
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    The Mountaineers have thousands of fans, but Calacino's in Beckley is one local business that relies on them to keep their doors open.Jerseys, and posters fill the walls and Calacino's owner, Jerry Zaferatos , said in college football you cant count anyone out."I wouldn't have this business if I listened to people saying, you don't have a chance," Zaferatos said.Dominique Calicino opened the business back in the early 1930's and the owner says that he doesn't know where they would be without ...
  • One person injured after ATV accident in Fayette County

    One person injured after ATV accident in Fayette County

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:37 AM EDT2014-08-30 08:37:47 GMT
    Emergency crews were called to the scene of a ATV accident, just before 10 pm Friday.According to Fayette County 911 the ATV was struck by a vehicle along the 1900 block of Rt 60 Anstead area of Fayette County.One person was transported by helicopter, to a local hospital for treatment, The extent of those injuries or what caused the accident is not yet known at this time.The Fayette County Sheriff Department is investigating.
    Emergency crews were called to the scene of a ATV accident, just before 10 pm Friday.According to Fayette County 911 the ATV was struck by a vehicle along the 1900 block of Rt 60 Anstead area of Fayette County.One person was transported by helicopter, to a local hospital for treatment, The extent of those injuries or what caused the accident is not yet known at this time.The Fayette County Sheriff Department is investigating.
  • Intruder Kicks in Door at Apartment in Beckley

    Intruder Kicks in Door at Apartment in Beckley

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:27:05 GMT
    Beckley Police are searching for two suspects after a burglary at the Lewis Ritchie Apartments in Beckley around 10:00 Friday night (8/29). 
    Beckley Police are searching for two suspects after a burglary at the Lewis Ritchie Apartments in Beckley around 10:00 Friday night (8/29). 

The state's 100 delegates and 34 senators have officially been sworn in and new leaders have been elected.

The state's lawmakers convened at noon Jan. 9 to mark the official beginning of the 81st Legislature.

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum delivered the oath of office to the 100 delegates. Following the oath, Delegate John Overington, R-Berkeley, the oldest member of the House of Delegates, presided over the proceedings until a speaker could officially be elected. Delegate Dave Pethtel, D-Wetzel, nominated Rick Thompson, D-Wayne, for another term as Speaker of the House. Delegate Margaret Staggers, D-Fayette, seconded the nomination.

On the Republican side, Delegate John O'Neil, R-Raleigh, nominated House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha. Armstead's nomination was seconded by Delegate Anna Border, R-Wood, and Delegate Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer. Delegates were then called on to voice their support for either Thompson or Armstead.

Thompson won re-election with 54 votes. Armstead received 46 votes.

In the Senate, Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin administered the oath of office and current President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, was re-elected for a second term. Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, was the Republican nominee.

The Senate also accepted the resignation of Sen. Joe Minard, D-Harrison, who was the elected as the new Senate Clerk.

The 2013 legislative session will begin Feb. 13. According to state code, the start of the session is delayed in election years to give the governor more time to put together an agenda and budget.