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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...
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  • Lesson from Ferguson: Do not lose hope

    Lesson from Ferguson: Do not lose hope

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:00:24 GMT
    The images from Ferguson, Missouri, look like snapshots from a war zone. We still don't know why city police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, but we do know the fallout shines a glaring light on what happens when scores of people are disconnected from the American Dream.
    The images from Ferguson, Missouri, look like snapshots from a war zone. We still don't know why city police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, but we do know the fallout shines a glaring light on what happens when scores of people are disconnected from the American Dream.
  • Political bickering overshadows need for change

    Political bickering overshadows need for change

    Friday, August 15 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-08-15 15:39:41 GMT
    New ideas and ways to move our state and nation forward are in short supply during this election season.
    New ideas and ways to move our state and nation forward are in short supply during this election season.
  • Diversifying our economy will make it more resilient

    Diversifying our economy will make it more resilient

    Friday, August 8 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-08-08 10:00:18 GMT
    We have been hit hard with some tough economic news in recent days about our state’s most recognized industry. We learned that Alpha Natural Resources could lay off more than 1,000 workers later this year. Another report showed that it is becoming cheaper for domestic energy producers to import coal from other countries than to use what is mined in the U.S.
    We have been hit hard with some tough economic news in recent days about our state’s most recognized industry. We learned that Alpha Natural Resources could lay off more than 1,000 workers later this year. Another report showed that it is becoming cheaper for domestic energy producers to import coal from other countries than to use what is mined in the U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed down an interesting decision in terms of what the Environmental Protection Agency can and cannot do in terms of reducing emissions at power plants and factories.

Experts have said the federal agency got 80 percent of what it wanted in this case, but some in West Virginia are touting it as a victory. That remains to be seen, but what has not and will not change is the fact that we must become an energy leader and a state with a more diverse economy.

Coal is cheap and reliable and it will be in our nation’s energy-creation mix for years to come. Our state is at the forefront of natural gas exploration. The question becomes: How do we learn from the past and harness this growth? Part of this dynamic will be developing and implementing clean, environmentally-conscious ways to utilize these resources. Some may scoff at that notion and they’re right to be cynical, but we also have to be realistic. Viability means looking forward. We cannot predict the future, but those in power see climate change as a threat and we must be cognizant of that. Whether they are correct or not is far from settled science, but the sentiment is not going to change anytime soon. For us to compete in the modern economy of energy generation, then we must be willing to evolve and grow.

We also must be willing to look beyond natural resources. We must be a state that welcomes investment at every level and of every stripe. We have a dedicated workforce that, when given a chance, can compete with anybody. Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, a place often lauded for its efficiency, is solid proof of what we can do. Yet Toyota and others like it are outliers. They operate outside of a broken system. If we want to help this state achieve its potential, then we must have a fair and equitable tax system for all, not just a select few. We need courts that put justice and fairness above all else. And, perhaps most importantly, we need schools that prepare our young people for life in the 21st Century and give them the tools to succeed in a global economy. Our first step is using 2014 to elect men and women to public office who understand these concepts are not afraid to challenge the status quo.

What the EPA does or how we’re treated by the federal government is out of our control. If we want a better West Virginia, then it’s up to us to make it happen.