The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest News

January 3, 2013

Greenbrier swimming pool challenged

— Special Judge Charles M. Vickers has scheduled a hearing in a case challenging the financing of a proposed public swimming pool in Greenbrier County.

Attorney Barry Bruce filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in November on behalf of four county residents — Mary Jo Sharp, Pete Adams, Charles Ayers and Sandra W. Ayers. The writ questions the process followed by the Greenbrier County Commission in allocating $1.3 million in hotel-motel occupancy tax funds and the legality of using such funds for the renovation of a pool located inside a building on the Lewisburg campus of New River Community and Technical College.

The petition asks the court to order the County Commission to cease action toward renovation of the pool, declare a lease for the aquatic center in question to be void and seek the immediate return of the $1.3 million that has already been released to the NRCTC Foundation for the project.

The Greenbrier County Commission and its former president, Betty Crookshanks, are listed as respondents in the writ. There is nothing in the court file to indicate who is representing the county, but commissioners announced late last week that they have consulted with Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Via and believe he will defend them against the mandamus action.

Both Greenbrier circuit judges recused themselves from hearing the petition, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Menis Ketchum last week appointed Vickers — a retired Fayette County circuit judge — to preside over the case.

Vickers has scheduled an initial hearing in the matter for 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 14.

1
Text Only
Latest News
  • pasiley Watery delight

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Americans continue to be plagued by debt

    Credit card debt may have reached its lowest level in a decade, but according to a recent study on personal debt vs. income, just as more people are paying off their credit card debt monthly, nearly the same number of people are being reported for unpaid bills. 

    July 30, 2014

  • twvcheck Theatre West Virginia gives back to hospice

    Theatre West Virginia, even with its shortened season this year, has found a way to give back to the community. 

    Mike Cavendish, a past board president at TWV, presented Hospice of Southern West Virginia with a check Thursday for over $1,000. 

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Former Summers County commissioner indicted

    The Summers County grand jury handed up indictments against 17 individuals this month, including one against a former county commissioner. 

    July 30, 2014

  • Weaker prices widen second quarter losses for Arch Coal

     Arch Coal Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter loss widened partly because of nagging rail disruptions and weaker prices for coal used in making steel, though cost controls helped the coal producer’s latest earnings surpass analysts’ expectations.

    July 30, 2014

  • State DHHR workers to picket over large caseloads

    West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources employees are picketing outside the agency's Fayette County office to raise awareness over what they call large, unmanageable caseloads.

    July 29, 2014

  • Arch Coal posts bigger 2Q loss

    Arch Coal Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter loss widened partly because of nagging rail disruptions and weaker prices for coal used in making steel, though cost controls helped the coal producer's latest earnings surpass analysts' expectations.

     

    July 29, 2014

  • Tunnel.jpg Tunnel traffic to be restricted to one lane for repairs

    Highway crews are planning to do additional repairs Tuesday night and Wednesday night inside of the East River Mountain. As a result, traffic inside of the tunnel will be limited to one lane in both directions, according to Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Earl.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meth lab bust nets two Raleigh residents

    An anonymous phone call about two children in danger led authorities to a meth lab bust and the arrests of two Raleigh County residents Monday night.

    July 29, 2014

  • Congress closes in on benefits for veterans

    On the cusp of Congress’s lengthy summer break, factions sparring over legislation to strengthen health care and funding reforms for the Department of Veterans Affairs may have reached a compromise.

    July 29, 2014