The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest News

May 21, 2013

Voices from the scene — ‘Everything came down on top of me’

MOORE, Okla. —  “I was just in the shower when it hit. Everything came down on top of me. Rubble was just on top of me. I was yelling for my mom and my handicapped little brother. He was right next to her. Once I pulled myself out, I found them in lying in the middle of the kitchen. My mom was holding onto my brother’s hand.”

— Shawn Wilson

“Every tornado season it goes north of us for years. I was in the May 3rd (1999) tornado with some babies. And I told my husband I will never go through another tornado season without a shelter. And I got it. And we really haven’t needed it until today. Thank the Good Lord I got it.”

— Unidentified resident

“I took off for Fourth street. When I got to the corner of Sunnylane, traffic was going every direction. I took off South. When I turned around,. the tornado was right in front of me.

— Unidentified resident

“Went to shelter next door. You could feel it above you. It was crazy. Our dog is gone. She is somewhere. She is dead. We didn’t even think it was going to(get) near us so we were outside watching it. We dug an old lady out of (of the debris in) my neighborhood. She was under all that stuff with a bike helmet on. She had pillows all over her.”

— Boo Thompson, OU football walk-on

“We were in that storm shelter. We could feel it. I was like I don’t want to open the door back up. I know I make humor out of it. Always try to keep a smile on your face. You can cry over spilt milk I guess, but there is nothing you can do about it. Just call State Farm. This is bizarre. Somebody called my cell phone. I work grave yard. My son came in and said there is somebody on your phone. I get to my phone and there is nobody there. I was asleep. Then my son turned the TV on and we saw there was a tornado.”

— Ron Myers

“Mom (Maria Young) had a broken leg. Little brother don’t know. He’s disabled. We are going to try and get them to the hospital. This me and my mom’s house. We are lucky to be alive. I wasn’t here. I am glad.”

— Unidentified resident

1
Text Only
Latest News
  • forum1 VIDEO: Meet the Candidates

    ABOUT THE FORUM:
    The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Meet the Candidates forum Thursday morning at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

    April 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Forum: U.S. Senate and House

    U.S. Senate
    The lone candidate for U.S. Senate to attend the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidate Forum, David Wamsley, described himself as “the most liberal candidate, the most conservative candidate and the most moderate candidate” in the race. Wamsley said he believes each individual issue should be dealt with on its merits and not because of partisan politics.

    April 25, 2014

  • Forum: House of Delegates

    District 28
    Democratic House of Delegates candidates Jeffry Pritt and James Brown focused on issues dealing with the efficiency of the Legislature, crime, infrastructure and taxes.

    April 25, 2014

  • Forum: Board of Education

    Perennial board of education issues of technology, consolidation and truancy were among the questions dealt with Thursday by candidates for a seat on the Raleigh County Board of Education.

    April 25, 2014

  • After being line-item vetoed from state budget, Meadow Bridge to get $50,000 from WVDOE

    After the prospect was initially vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in March, Fayette County School Superintendent Keith Butcher announced this week that the county will indeed receive funds for Meadow Bridge High School after all.

    April 25, 2014

  • ARH, BARH registered nurses to stage one-day strike

    A national labor union announced Thursday that registered nurses at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital will join colleagues at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Hazard, Ky., in staging a one-day strike May 1.

    April 25, 2014

  • expressway Coalfields Expressway developments detailed by WVDOT

    A convoy of press, public and politics raised clouds of dust along an unfinished corridor of the long-awaited Coalfields Expressway Thursday during an open tour of the construction zone.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mercer County firefighters batting three different brush fires

    Firefighters are currently on the scene of at least three brush fires now burning in rural areas of Mercer County.

    April 24, 2014

  • BeverlyMagnumMUG.jpg Woman who attempted to rob bank at gunpoint captured in Tennessee

    A woman who attempted to rob a Bluefield bank at gunpoint has been captured in Tennessee , police said Thursday.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Former federal prison worker pleads guilty to sex offense

    A former federal prison employee pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Beckley to engaging in abusive sexual contact with a female inmate.

    April 24, 2014