The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

December 31, 2012

A look at the events that shaped 2012

January

1 - Numerous arrests made in Wyoming County in connection to drug-related burglaries.

2 - Faces of Faith organizes a walk to reach out to drug users and families affected by drugs.

3 - Major fire destroys downtown Beckley buildings, including Trio Consignment and Kopy Xpress.

4 - After uptown Beckley fire, around 40 tenants displaced indefinitely from Presidential Hall apartment building.

5 - Lawmakers discuss host of issues on horizon for upcoming legislative session.

6 - Beckley Fire Department Capt. and Fire Marshal Kevin Price begins investigating origin and cause of Uptown Beckley fire.

7 - Boy Scouts of America make first move toward securing $200 million tax-exempt bond to further construction at The Summit Bechtel Reserve.

8 - Lawmakers expect texting and driving bill to come early in 2012 session.

9 - Overcrowding at West Virginia regional jails causing upward trend in assaults on officers.

10 - Raleigh County Judicial Annex sees minor damage from Uptown Beckley fire.

11 - All wrongful death lawsuits settled with families of 29 victims of Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

12 - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin pledges to lead West Virginia into “a new and dynamic chapter” by creating jobs, making mines safer and fighting drug epidemic.

13 - West Virginia Board of Education votes to close Danese Elementary and Nuttall Middle schools.

14 - Mercer County delegate plans to introduce bill to have turnpike tolls removed seven months after bonds are paid off in July 2019.

15 - West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses gives Mountain State University 30 days to correct nursing school’s deficiencies.

16 - Raleigh County chapter of NAACP celebrates life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

17 - Former Gov. Hulett C. Smith passes away at age 93.

18 - Sen. Joe Manchin visits Woodrow Wilson High School and New River Community and Technical College to talk about jobs and evolving education.

19 - West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses posts findings about MSU Nursing Program, asserting university disregarded past mandates.

20 - Mountain State University Board of Trustees terminates Dr. Charles H. Polk as university president.

21 - U.S. Supreme Court blocks ruling that had struck down West Virginia’s congressional redistricting plan, allowing state to rely on that map in 2012 House of Representative races.

22 - Several southern West Virginia lawmakers back legislation that would increase salaries of county commissioners, sheriffs and other elected officials by $10,000 or more.

23 - Fayette County representatives hopeful for impact of Boy Scouts’ arrival on small business economy.

24 - Wyoming County Sheriff Randall Aliff announces five arrests in drug bust.

25 - Theatre West Virginia’s future remains in limbo, four weeks after general manager Gayle Bowling announced it would close temporarily due to financial difficulties.

26 - House panel approves legislation to make texting or talking on cell phone while driving a secondary offense.

27 - Mountain State University has closed-door forum for nursing students; meeting was held while many nursing students were in clinical rotations.

28 - Fayette County Commission authorizes $200 million tax-exempt bond for Boy Scouts to finance further design and construction at The Summit Bechtel Reserve.

29 - With Raleigh County redistricting, voters will see new delegate districts and new polling places.

30 - West Virginia immunization requirements changed for seventh- and 12th-graders for 2012-2013 school year, now requiring booster dose of Tdap and MCV4 vaccine.

31 - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposes mine safety bill, making a tip to underground crews of an inspector’s arrival a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

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