The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest News

May 7, 2013

Raleigh water project designed

By his own assessment, Tuesday was among the best days Raleigh County Commission President Dave Tolliver has ever had since winning the office two years ago.

The reason for his joy was the commission’s payment of $54,000 as the final installment to the Beckley engineering firm E.L. Robinson Co. for the design of the Bragg-Pluto water project.

“Now we can apply for money to put the system in,” Tolliver said afterward.

“That is one of the best days I’ve had as a commissioner. You’re looking at 164 homes that just have wells. Plus, you pick up 44 houses on a 2-inch water line from Beckley Water Co.”

History has shown the wells aren’t reliable, particularly in times of protracted heat and dry weather, the commission president said.

In the summer months, wells are known to run dry, forcing water to be trucked in, and even when the reservoirs are full, the water often turns crimson, he said.

“You can’t even drink it,” he said.

“This is a great day for the people out there.”

Now that the engineering studies are complete, Tolliver said the firm can begin applying for federal dollars from a host of agencies to acquire the estimated $6 million needed to bring water in on a steady basis.

The engineering firm was paid a total of $374,000 with money collected from the coal methane tax.

“It didn’t come out of the general fund,” Tolliver said.

“By law, that money has to be used for economic development or infrastructure, so that’s good.”

On another matter, the commission approved $22,500 for a two-week project by the Boy Scouts of America for the special “Day of Service” that will cover some 40 projects across Raleigh County.

“Any time you can get money for the Boy Scouts for the two weeks to do some community projects, it’s worthwhile,” Tolliver said.

“It has to be worth the money to furnish the materials. We furnish the shovels, rakes, and hard hats — everything like that.”

The project was put before the commission by Susan Landis, executive director of the Beckley Area Foundation, and Ellen Taylor, president of the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce.

Thousands of Scouts plan to pour into a newly-built complex in nearby Fayette County this summer for a Jamboree, and part of their time will be invested in beautification projects across the region.

In another matter, the commission approved the quarterly payment of $15,750 for the county’s health contract.

— E-mail: mannix@register-herald.com

 

1
Text Only
Latest News
  • rock VIdeo: Experts dislodge precariously perched remnant of a rockslide

    A highly-trained crew in climbing gear hoisted chainsaws and other specialized equipment high above the road in Hinton Tuesday morning to remove a boulder that hung precariously above a busy intersection.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Preliminary hearing set for Bluefield ‘warlock’

    A Bluefield man who police say used a promise of magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him remains incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver on multiple sexual assault and sexual abuse charges.

    April 23, 2014

  • New River Gorge fire still burning

    Firefighters are still trying to control the fire at Fern Creek along the Endless Wall area of the New River Gorge, according to a press release from the National Park Service on Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014

  • fff Experts help growing entrepreneurs

    John Yates wants to grow potatoes to supply Monroe County schools.
    He’s got a business plan, he can get the equipment and 3 tons of seed potatoes. The land for lease in Sweet Springs is farther from his Ballard home than he’d like, but with a little help, the active duty Army staff sergeant and his sister Rebecca are ready to begin.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rahall calls meeting on W.Va.’s drug problem

    U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall says he has arranged a roundtable discussion with federal and West Virginia officials on the state’s prescription drug abuse and trafficking problems.

    April 23, 2014

  • Arch Coal reports wider 1Q loss

    Arch Coal Inc. said Tuesday that its first-quarter loss widened as weaker prices and demand cut into its margins, prompting the mine operator to shave its outlook for shipments of coal used in making steel.

    April 22, 2014

  • Former Concord University police officer sentenced on sex charge involving juvenile

    A former Concord University police officer was sentenced Tuesday to a term of 10 to 20 years in prison on a single count of sexual abuse by a parent or custodian.

    April 22, 2014

  • Bly6bH3CYAA6Xdl.jpg-large.jpeg UPDATE: Ill. crew helps fight New River Gorge fire

    An Illinois-based firefighting crew has joined the effort to contain a wildfire in the New River Gorge National River.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thunderstorms, showers heading our way

    Today’s forecast lurches us a little further toward real spring weather, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m.

    April 22, 2014

  • State spring gobbler season to open next week

    The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says spring gobbler season will open Monday and run through May 24.

    April 22, 2014