Working For You: West Virginians answer call for heating help - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Working For You: West Virginians answer call for heating help

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Beckley police identity armed robbery suspect

    Beckley police identity armed robbery suspect

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:19:56 GMT
    Jonathan MooreJonathan Moore
    Beckley Police have identified a suspect wanted for an armed robbery at a pharmacy.Police say Jonathan Moore robbed the CVS on Ragland Road in Beckley this past Sunday.Moore is facing aggravated robbery, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit a felony charges.Police say the man was armed with a knife.Moore allegedly grabbed an employee and demanded drugs.Police identified Moore through tips from Crimestoppers.If you have any information on his whereabouts you are asked to call Beckley Police.
    Beckley Police have identified a suspect wanted for an armed robbery at a pharmacy.Police say Jonathan Moore robbed the CVS on Ragland Road in Beckley this past Sunday.Moore is facing aggravated robbery, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit a felony charges.Police say the man was armed with a knife.Moore allegedly grabbed an employee and demanded drugs.Police identified Moore through tips from Crimestoppers.If you have any information on his whereabouts you are asked to call Beckley Police.
  • Police warn Rainelle residents of theft threat

    Police warn Rainelle residents of theft threat

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:15:13 GMT
    Rainelle, WVRainelle, WV
    Police in Rainelle say people in the area need to look out for copper thefts.Police are getting several reports of copper being stolen from residents and local businesses.The thief or thieves tried to steal copper from other placeslike the municipal buildingbut was unsuccessful.Police also want residents to make sure they're locking their car doors.Calls have come in from people saying their cars were broken into.If you have any information about the copper or car thefts call police.
    Police in Rainelle say people in the area need to look out for copper thefts.Police are getting several reports of copper being stolen from residents and local businesses.The thief or thieves tried to steal copper from other placeslike the municipal buildingbut was unsuccessful.Police also want residents to make sure they're locking their car doors.Calls have come in from people saying their cars were broken into.If you have any information about the copper or car thefts call police.
  • Green Valley- Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department needs donations

    Green Valley- Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department needs donations

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:43:19 GMT
    Local Fire Department may be forced to close due to lack of fundsLocal Fire Department may be forced to close due to lack of funds
    The Green Valley- Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department is asking for the communities help, so they aren't forced to shutdown.The Fire Department has been hanging up flyers all across the area trying make the community aware of the financial issues they are having.The Fire Department has received the same amount of money for the past twenty-four years from the County Fire Service Fee and that with cost increases they can no longer afford to operate under this amount of funding. Kermit Whitt, The...
    The Green Valley- Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department is asking for the communities help, so they aren't forced to shutdown.The Fire Department has been hanging up flyers all across the area trying make the community aware of the financial issues they are having.The Fire Department has received the same amount of money for the past twenty-four years from the County Fire Service Fee and that with cost increases they can no longer afford to operate under this amount of funding. Kermit Whitt, The...
FAYETTEVILLE -

59 news is working for you -- helping people struggling through this cold snap. Our crews reached out to our viewers on Facebook to find out how our team can help.

We were contacted by one Fayette County family seeking heating help for their 68-year old mother.

It all started with a one Facebook question.  "Anyone out there in the cold needing help?"

The response---huge! One woman from Fayette County writes "my mom has a gas furnace that went out, and she can not get anyone to come and look at for her to get it fix. She is 68 years old and can hardly walk."

That's when our crews made a simple telephone call. Childers Enterprise answered the call, volunteering its services to troubleshoot the problem.

Bundled in blankets, surrounded by space heaters and suffering from various medical conditions, Judith Sorrell has been without heat for 6 months.

"I can't hardly walk and than when it gets cold its worse than ever," Judith Sorrell of Fayetteville said.

Life without heat makes completing chores a struggle. Sorrell and her 2-year-old granddaughter are confined to one room. As we continue our interview, technician Ted Ennis crawls underneath the house, getting to work.

Inside, Sorrell said, "without you guys I don't know what I would have done." She explained feeling frustrated and helpless, wondering how she would be able to pay for heat.

Just 15 minutes into our interview we notice a welcome sign, tape blowing from a vent. Air was moving through the vents in Sorrell's home.

Shortly after the first sign something is happening to the furnace, Ted walks in through the front door and exclaimed "It is fixed!"

With a large smile on her face Sorrell said, "that is beautiful," and began to cry.

After our crews wrapped up with the family, 59 News caught up with Ted about the completed job. He said, "it feels good, its one of the reasons I do this job.  It is good to come up and see someone's face when you tell them, we're all done!"

The fix to Sorrell's furnace is not a permanent solution. She needs to replace the draft motor' on the furnace which will cost several hundred dollars. The family is asking for people in the community to make donations.

59 News is working on setting up a way to make donations and our crews will bring viewers an update as soon as possible.