Bridge Day celebration still on, even though government remains - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Bridge Day celebration still on, even though government remains shut down

Posted: Updated:
What is the fate is bridge day since the government has shut down? Viewers are asking this question and 59News is working for you to get some answers. What is the fate is bridge day since the government has shut down? Viewers are asking this question and 59News is working for you to get some answers.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 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
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
    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....
    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....
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Woman struck by car on Robert C. Byrd Drive

    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Woman struck by car on Robert C. Byrd Drive

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:54:05 GMT
    A woman was struck by a car in front of Family Coin Laundry on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley Thursday night.This is surveillance video given to us by the business owners. She was not walking on a designated crosswalk. So who is at fault?
    A woman was struck by a car in front of Family Coin Laundry on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley Thursday night.This is surveillance video given to us by the business owners. She was not walking on a designated crosswalk. So who is at fault?
  • Alpha Natural Resources may idle eight mines in the state of West Virginia

    Alpha Natural Resources may idle eight mines in the state of West Virginia

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:58:48 GMT
    Alpha Natural Resources might lay off over 1,000 minersAlpha Natural Resources might lay off over 1,000 miners
    Just days after coal miners rally in Pittsburgh over new rules on EPA emissions another problem arises for the coal industry.Alpha Natural Resources says because of a weak market and government regulations mine sites might have to be shut down.Eight Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia are expected to be shutdown by mid October. Three of the eight mines are right here in Southern West Virginia.One of the mines that could be idled is the Pioneer Fuel's Ewing Fork number 1 Surface Mi...
    Just days after coal miners rally in Pittsburgh over new rules on EPA emissions another problem arises for the coal industry.Alpha Natural Resources says because of a weak market and government regulations mine sites might have to be shut down.Eight Alpha affiliated surface mines in West Virginia are expected to be shutdown by mid October. Three of the eight mines are right here in Southern West Virginia.One of the mines that could be idled is the Pioneer Fuel's Ewing Fork number 1 Surface Mi...
FAYETTE COUNTY -

What is the fate is bridge day since the government has shut down? Viewers are asking this question and 59News is working for you to get some answers. 59News Reporter Lauren Hensley attended a Bridge Day planning meeting and security was the focus.  This is what she found out.

It's the largest single day festival held in the mountain state. For organizers like Jason Bell even though the government has shut down, they cannot shut down the party on the New River Gorge Bridge on October 19, 2013.

 "Not even the government shut down will shut us down. There are a lot of jumpers that would be pretty upset if something did happen. So to squash there rumor it's still on! The World Series is on, the Super Bowl isn't canceled and either is Bridge Day," Jason Bell, Bridge Day Base Jump Coordinator said.

In a room full of organizers, National Guards, State Police and county officials, the Bridge Day Committed held a meeting to discuss what is happening with Bridge Day since the federal government has shut down.

Rumors have been circulating that due to the government furlough, the National Guard and National Park Service would not be able to provide security. 59News has found out this is not the case.  Both of the federal agencies will be able to provide security detail for Bridge Day 2013.  Community leaders tell 59News there is always a backup plan in case of emergencies like this one to make sure Bridge Day can be celebrated without a hitch.

"I think that this has always been a contingency plan for anything that is as large as this event is in our state that they would be there for us. They were at our meeting today and they plan on being here," Denise Eskew-Scalph, Fayette County Commission said.

Not only are Bridge Day plans in full swing, but organizers tell 59News this years event is going to be even bigger and better.

"The catapult is back with a vengeance and we've made some upgrades to the seat, some new components to it, so we are expecting father launches this year," Jason Bell said.

Four-hundred plus base jumpers from 10 countries are expected to attend. Organizers said they will not be disappointed, as Bridge Day 2013 will NOT be shut down.