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  • 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...

National Miner's Day is always observed on Dec. 6.

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said over the weekend families across the country will turn on Christmas lights, turn up the heat and turn on the television to watch football with friends and family.

He said while doing so, Americans should keep in mind the hardworking coal miners underground, away from the public view and too often away from the public consciousness.

Rahall said those miners will be hard at work providing energy that fuels those moments of comfort for many people across the nation.

"It is the work that miners have been doing for more than two centuries in our great country and their toil and sacrifice has enabled countless advances for our Nation and driven our economy vitality," Rahall said in a statement.

National Miner's Day falls in this month in recognition of "bloody December" in 1907 when more than 600 Appalachian miners lost their lives in less than three weeks.

Although laws, safety inspections and better equipment have made casualty rates across the nation decline among miners, work must continue to prevent tragedies from visiting our coalfield communities, Rahall said.

Twenty coal miners have perished in the mines this year. West Virginian's continue to bear the pain of the tragedies at Upper Big Branch, Aracoma, and Sago, and beyond. We have a solemn duty to protect our miners, both those that have come before us and those who are working underground at this hour.

 "We should honor our miners, not just today, but every day. We should promote life-saving vigilance and work to protect the well-being of our miners long after they've hung up their hardhats for the last time," he said. "And we should recognize the value of our miners to our national economy through policies that keep their jobs secure.

"Without our selfless and dedicated miners, American society would never have flourished, nor would it continue to function. It is fitting, therefore, that we recognize and honor these brave workers who have served our Nation quietly and faithfully for so many years."