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  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
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    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • UPDATE: Deputies release description of Fairlea robbery suspect

    UPDATE: Deputies release description of Fairlea robbery suspect

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:14:41 GMT
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    A robbery at a video lottery parlor in Fairlea is under investigation by the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office.  Now they are asking for anyone with information on the incident to call them with tips.
  • BREAKING: Deputies investigate shooting in Montcalm

    BREAKING: Deputies investigate shooting in Montcalm

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:14:06 GMT
    Deputies are on the scene of a shooting that happened at around 9:46 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.  The incident happened in the Methodist Hill area of Montcalm in Mercer County.
    Deputies are on the scene of a shooting that happened at around 9:46 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.  The incident happened in the Methodist Hill area of Montcalm in Mercer County.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS -

We are thousands of miles away from the conclave...but people in southern West Virginia say it's important to them who becomes the next Pope.

Father Chapin Engler of St. Charles Catholic Church in White Sulphur Springs said, "It affords me a lot of hope that we are going to have a new pope that will take us in a direction to evangelize the church and not just our own church but around the world."

He said right now is an exciting time to be a catholic because of the unknowns that lie ahead.

He said, "The leadership really determines which direction the boat is going to go. He is our captain so it is going to affect us tremendously and I am really excited."

The selection of the new pope means a lot to people who practice the Catholic religion, but people who are not Catholic also have opinions about it.

Bruce Hemthorn, a Christian, said, "The Vatican itself of course is an independent sovereign state and the pope has lots of influence politically as well as in a religious sense in Europe and really around the world."

And non-Catholics said the decision still has an impact on their lives.

Hemthorn said, "They do good work and they try to create peace and harmony among nations so the pope maybe not directly affects me but indirectly certainly."