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A West Virginia city's former accountant is facing charges of embezzling more than $200,000 from the local government over about two years. ... Gazette-Mail , 39-year-old Reneda Lynn Welch of Hamlin is charged with one embezzlement count in the Kanawha County Magistrate Court criminal complaint. Virginia
... clerks are offering early voting. Voters are encouraged to contact their county clerk for more information on early voting polling locations. Some counties offer satellite voting locations other than in the courthouse. Warner asked citizens to immediately report election fraud by calling 1-877-fraud-WV.

"Justice has finally been served due to the dedicated efforts of our detectives and the prosecutorial team involved in this case," Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said in the posting. "Members of the Cold Case Unit continue to work to solve cases, such as Ricky's, through advances in technology ...
The shelter in place is affecting several Kanawha County Schools near the accident. According to the county's Facebook page, all schools between Kanawha City and Riverside are currently under a precautionary shelter in place as crews respond to a hazmat situation in the Belle area. Schools ...
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A Raleigh County man faces charges of sexual abuse involving a seven year old girl. William Joseph Harvey of Bolt, W.Va. was arrested this week on charges of first degree sexual abuse for an incident from December of last year. The victim tells police Harvey would touch her ...
PINEVILLE, W.Va. -- A needle exchange program will be implemented in Wyoming County as part of the Wyoming County Health Department's overall harm reduction program. The services are the result of a $40,000 grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. In addition ...

SANDSTONE, W.Va. -- A multi-county pursuit and stand-off ended with a Webster County man facing multiple charges. The Fayette County Sheriff's Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop at around 2:30 Friday morning on U.S. Route 19 in the Scarbro area. While doing so, another vehicle ...
The Virginia State Police is investigating a single vehicle crash that happened on Wednesday in Wise County. It occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Route 68, just west of Route 810. According to the VSP, the driver of a 2003 Chrysler Town and Country was traveling west when he ran off the right side of the ...
The largest addiction treatment facility for women in West Virginia is a work in progress in Ohio County. 7news took an exclusive tour of the Serenity Hills Life Center Friday morning with Executive Director Sharon Travis. Travis called this a labor of love, working for more than a year to buy the property ... Virginia
The county has three programs that reroute offenders from the jail. The Day Report Center program allows offenders arrested in drug-related, non-violent crimes to participate in a substance abuse program. The other two, home confinement and community service, require offenders to wear a ... West Virginia
FAIRLEA, WV (WVNS) -- Officials with the State Fair of West Virginia have announced two more bands joining the line-up to the 2018 concert series. The additions include Luke Combs and MercyMe. Luke Combs is scheduled to take the stage on Thursday, Aug. 9. MercyMe, a contemporary Christian group ... West Virginia
WESTON — Lewis County grand jurors returned indictments on several drug cases, according to Prosecutor Christina Flanigan. Those indicted must report Friday for first appearances, according to Flanigan. Prosecutor Christina Flanigan. Flanigan. advertisement. Those indicted are presumed innocent ... West Virginia
KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - During a news conference, Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford told 13 News that a massive amount of drugs, ... HEAT was the first of its type task force in West Virginia to provide a large amount of money for law enforcement operations combating a specific drug ... West Virginia
The Kanawha Valley West Virginia University Fan Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Harding's Family Restaurant, next to the Mink Shoals exit off ... Items for Bulletin Board may be submitted by mail to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301; faxed to 304-348-1233; ... West Virginia
WOOD COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - Police have arrested a suspect in connection the shooting death of a woman in Wood County, WV earlier this morning. According to the Wood County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the Aqua Isles area, a trailer park, just after 1 A.M on Monday, March 5th, 2018. West Virginia
Gregory Terrell Jones, 24, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was arrested Monday in connection to the deaths of 29-year-old Joshua Michael Frazier of Woodbridge, Virginia, and 34-year-old Ashley Susan ... The two appeared to be dead, Montgomery County police said, and both had gunshot wounds. West Virginia
(WVNS) -- The West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority (CFIA) has announced funding for 20 projects to improve county courthouses across the state. Several of those projects are for buildings in the southeast counties. The CFIA, which was established in 2001 by the West Virginia ... West Virginia

Public schools in West Virginia are similar to Maryland in that they are broken up by county, but all funding decisions for West Virginia teacher salaries happen at the state level. In Maryland, county school boards make employee compensation decisions and the costs are paid through a mix of state and ... West Virginia
"On Friday March 2nd, the Ohio County Board of Education met in special session to discuss the ongoing work stoppage by teachers and service personnel throughout West Virginia. At that time, it appeared that the WV Legislature was on a path to a resolution given a new proposal by Governor Justice and ... West Virginia
In one instance, the Wetzel County Commission asked whether it could use county funds to host annual working lunches at a local restaurant for the county sheriff, assessor, county ... For West Virginia, the GSA currently permits a maximum expense of $12 for breakfast, $13 for lunch and $24 for dinner. West Virginia
He added that proponents of the tax argue counties will go bankrupt if the tax is taken away but noted that some counties are seeing their tax bases dwindle to such a degree that services can't be provided. James Estep, president of the West Virginia High Technology Foundation in Fairmont, said the ... West Virginia
Jim Justice and the state teacher and service personnel unions, schools remained closed this week in Preston County and around West Virginia. Teachers who had ... Technically, local students had missed five days of school due to the ongoing strike as of Thursday, while other counties had missed six. West Virginia
Matthew Umstead. Matthew Umstead has reported on Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia for Herald-Mail Media since 2006. He can be reached by phone at 304-262-8876 or by email at Follow him on Twitter @matthewumstead. Follow Matthew Umstead. West Virginia
CLARKSBURG — Educators and school service personnel continued to man picket lines Thursday — the sixth day of a statewide walkout demanding better benefits for all West Virginia public employees. Harrison School Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin said after meeting with union representatives in the ... West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va.—After pushing 90 for the better part of an hour to get here to the gold-domed Capitol from his home in rugged, woebegone Logan County, the former Army paratrooper and current state senator with 36 tattoos, bulging muscles and a dry-razored buzz cut jumped out of his red Jeep ... West Virginia
CLARKSBURG — Harrison County along with Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Upshur, Marion and Taylor are just among several schools that have already closed school for Friday. Teachers and service personnel continue to rally following what started as a two-day work stoppage last week. They are ... West Virginia
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - All 55 Counties in West Virginia have canceled school due to the teacher work stoppage. This will extend the ... On Tuesday, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said that teachers should take Wednesday as a cooling-off day and be back in class on Thursday. On Wednesday ... West Virginia
About 40 counties announced closures from 7:30-10:40 p.m. Wednesday, with others announcing the closures earlier in the day. “We believe the best course of action at this time is to return to school tomorrow, however we realize that not everyone will,” said Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia ... West Virginia
The West Virginia Department of Education says all schools in 27 of the state's 55 counties plan to remain closed Thursday despite an apparent agreement between leaders of the unions ... Ritchie County, Mason County, Roane County, and Calhoun County will also be closed Thursday, March 1, 2018. West Virginia
Snow is expected to begin Monday evening into the overnight hours Tuesday morning. The ridges of eastern Monongalia County, northwestern Preston County, eastern Preston County, western Tucker County, and Eastern Tucker County are all included in the advisory. Accumulation is expected to be ... West Virginia
Active Southern West Virginia is excited to announce their new partnership with Fayette County Parks. This partnership will allow them to offer free physical activities. Those with Active Southern West Virginia have already planned events. This Wednesday, January 31, at 10 a.m., anyone can come out and ... West Virginia
The driver, a 38 year old woman, hit a patch of black ice in a curve according to Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese. The car slid into the path of an ongoing coming vehicle on Route 34 south of Hurricane. The woman, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at Cabell-Huntington ... West Virginia
Commissioners attended the County Commissioners Association of West Virginia board meeting Sunday to kick off the 2018 Legislative sessions on Monday. ... Jim Justice's state updates are scheduled after that, along with National Association of Counties Associate Legislative Director Jack Peterson. West Virginia
FAIRLEA, W. Va. (WVNS)-- The State Fair of WV announces concert dates for the upcoming 2018 state fair. Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band will take the stage on Friday, August 17, 2018, at the 94th Annual State Fair of West Virginia. The trio are a part of the Southern Uprising Tour ... West Virginia
CHARLESTON — West Virginia teachers are weighing their options over a lack of pay hikes and health insurance issues, pressuring lawmakers to remedy a situation that could lead to a strike. “We may be staring down the barrel of a teachers strike,” said Del. Ed Evans (D-McDowell County). Evans blasted ... West Virginia
BARBOUR COUNTY, W.Va. — A project aimed at developing healthy habits in West Virginia's kids is taking a different form this year in three counties: Barbour, Gilmer and Pleasants. Since the start of January, the West Virginia Healthy Children Project has been rolling out an educational advertising ... West Virginia
WorkForce West Virginia says jobless rates dropped in McDowell and Pocahontas counties and remained steady in Jefferson County. ... Jefferson County's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 3 percent remained the lowest in the state, followed by Pendleton County at 3.5 percent and Berkeley ... West Virginia
USA Today had a group of travel experts vote on their favorite state attraction and the results are in. The group had a month to get their results in and their top choice is in Greenbrier County. West Virginia travel experts voted The Greenbrier Resort as the Best West Virginia Attraction. Cam Huffman, Director ... West Virginia
Under the leadership of the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, the proposed Appalachian Geopark has generated recent enthusiasm in Greenbrier County, one of three southern West Virginia counties — along with Fayette and Raleigh — involved in the initiative. West Virginia
HUNTINGTON — Cabell Huntington Hospital and Steel of West Virginia announced Tuesday morning that they have agreed to compromise, ending a ... been affirmed by the West Virginia Health Care Authority in 2016, the West Virginia Office of Judges and most recently the Kanawha County Circuit Court. West Virginia
Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Deputy Brendan Frick said in a complaint filed against Weidman that the defendant was found to have three bundles of cash totaling $4,474, seven packs of fentanyl, 41 Suboxone strips, a bundle of 14 small bags of heroin, three small bags of Subutex pills in a container, one ... West Virginia
The 6-year-old was the first child to die of flu since the 2014-2015 season, said Allison Adler, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Resources. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there have been 30 flu-related deaths of children across the country this flu ... West Virginia
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has named a replacement for outgoing Sen. Jeff Mullins, (R) Raleigh County. Del. Lynne Arvon, (R) Raleigh County, was appointed to the seat on Tuesday. She was selected among a candidates who interviewed before the Republican Executive Committee on Saturday. West Virginia
OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 6-year-old child has died in West Virginia because of the flu. The Ohio County Department of Health tells WSAZ they received a report Monday morning from a Wheeling hospital of a pediatric flu death. Officials say the child was from Ohio County. It's the first pediatric flu ... West Virginia
The West Virginia House of Delegates passed to the state Senate Monday a bill advertised as providing county boards of education more flexibility in ... Delegate Larry Rowe, D-Kanawha, continued Monday expressing concerns about counties using the bill to deny well-established science like the theory ... West Virginia
Allen Evans (R-Grant) are cosponsoring House Bill 3027 in the West Virginia House of Delegates. The bill would create a 50 cent per head of cattle tax assessment for county assessors to collect with personal property taxes. Money would go towards the U.S. Department of Agriculture's coyote control ... West Virginia
... West Virginia areas, Mountain Valley spokeswoman Natalie Cox wrote in an email. In a letter dated Monday, FERC granted the company permission to start work on six construction yards and 93 access roads in Wetzel County, where the pipeline will originate, and four West Virginia counties to the south. West Virginia
GILBERT, W.Va. — When stories are told about big bucks killed in southern West Virginia from now on, the 2017 season for Jessie Hatfield and his family will no doubt become lore. Hatfield, from Gilbert, West Virginia, killed what will likely be the biggest deer taken in 2017 in West Virginia in Logan County. West Virginia
The county first learned about several firms pursuing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers to recoup the cost to counties of coping with the opioid crisis during a joint meeting with the Lewis County Commission in April 2017. In 2016, West Virginia had the highest rate of death from drug overdoses ... West Virginia
CHARLESTON — As the West Virginia Legislature finished the second week of the 60-day regular session Friday, bills were beginning to come up for votes in ... The bill would remove the $200,000 cap from current law, but also contains a provision that the bill would only apply to counties that needed extra ... West Virginia


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