The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


  • Arrest made in connection with recent bomb threats

    The Beckley Police Department arrested a 26-year-old man Saturday morning for multiple bomb threats made at the Beckley Walmart.

    September 21, 2013

  • Obama takes on coal with first-ever carbon limits

    Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and from Republicans that it would mean a dim future for coal.

    The proposal, which sets the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants, would help reshape where Americans get electricity, moving from a coal-dependent past into a future fired by cleaner sources of energy. It's also a key step in President Barack Obama's global warming plans, because it would help end what he called "the limitless dumping of carbon pollution" from power plants.

    September 20, 2013

  • Theatre West Virginia ceases operations effective today

    After 53 seasons, Theatre West Virginia is announcing its closure as of today, Sept. 18, 2013.
    According to a release sent by the theater company, it was unanimously decided at a Tuesday meeting of the Board of Directors that due to financial difficulties, the company had no choice but to cease operations.  
    According to TWV General Manager Gayle Bowling, TWV has struggled with financial woes for the past several years.
    “We are all heartbroken and devastated personally and professionally,” said Bowling. “A very wet summer, coupled with funding reductions, has left us with obligations we can’t meet at this time. Our plan is to begin liquidating assets to satisfy our creditors and conduct the process in an orderly fashion.

    September 18, 2013

  • 13 killed in Washington Navy Yard shooting rampage

    A former Navy man launched an attack Monday morning inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation, authorities said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman.

    September 16, 2013

  • Beckley Post Office connector road reopening at 6 p.m. Friday

    The Beckley Post Office roadway that connects Ragland Road and Industrial Drive will be reopened by 6 p.m. Friday, after being closed for several weeks because of drivers speeding, littering and disregarding the stop sign.
    After Congressman Nick Rahall was flooded with phone calls from local business owners who were concerned with the road closing, he scheduled a meeting Thursday to discuss the issue.
    Affected business owners, Beckley Mayor Emmett Pugh, Police Chief Tim Deems, District Supervisor of the Beckley Post Office Gary Riley and officials from the West Virginia Department of Highways attended the meeting.

    September 13, 2013

  • Belknap sentenced to 4 life terms for murders of couple, 2 children

    SUMMERSVILLE — A Nicholas County man who killed a man, his two young children and the man’s girlfriend after a drug deal gone bad, was sentenced to four life terms Wednesday with no possibility of parole.
    James Roy Belknap, 27, of Leviasy, pleaded guilty earlier this month to the May 2012 murders of Steven Hendrix, his girlfriend Amber Martin and Hendrix's two children Dakota, 6, and Kaylee, 4.

    August 28, 2013

  • Winning Powerball numbers; estimated jackpot $425 million

    August 7, 2013

  • Jenkins departing Democratic Party

    Ending speculation about his political future, state Sen. Evan Jenkins departed the Democratic Party today to become a Republican with a plan to challenge veteran Rep. Nick Rahall in the 2014 election.

    July 31, 2013

  • Escaped Pocahontas inmates captured near Richwood

    July 29, 2013

  • Missing Women Found_Work.jpg Ariel Castro pleads guilty in Ohio kidnap case

    The Cleveland man who imprisoned three women in his home, subjecting them to a decade of rapes and beatings, pleaded guilty Friday to 937 counts in a deal to avoid the death penalty.

    July 26, 2013 1 Photo