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Oceana FD to raise funds for life saving device

OCEANA, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The Oceana Fire Department announced on Sunday that it will be conducting a car stop in the town of Oceana in order to raise funds for the purchase of a LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillator device. The car stop event will take place on Saturday, July 16,...
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West Virginia announces plans for new expressway connection

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice visited the site of a planned $147 million highway project that will connect Welch to the Coalfields Expressway.The five-mile stretch of highway is expected to be completed in 2026."This announcement today means we are one step closer to bringing this area of West Virginia to the world once and for all," Justice said in a media release. "We have waited and waited in southern West Virginia for way too long."Justice announced Friday that Bizzack Construction of Lexington, Kentucky, won the bid to build the new highway.The governor's office said plans are in the works to build a five-mile stretch of the Coalfields Expressway from Mullens to Twin Falls State Park, and a three-mile link from Twin Falls toward Pineville.The four-lane Coalfields Expressway that runs from Raleigh County to Wyoming County opened in 2020.
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Review: Public Theater Performs Drama About Upper Big Branch Disaster for West Virginia Audience

I wasn’t planning to review “Coal Country” after heading this week to Beckley, West Virginia, part of a pilgrimage of nearly a thousand people given free tickets to a one-night show, hosted May 9, 2022, by Audible Theater and Theater West Virginia. Yet in the vast Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium that night, my immediate physical and emotional response was profound:

Turnpike construction set to begin Monday

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — The final round of construction for the Beckley Widening Project is set to begin May 15, 2022. Paving will begin for an eight mile stretch beginning at mile marker 40. People on the roads will see lane closures Sundays through Thursdays for the next eight weeks. Executive Director for the West […]

Logan Turnpike dedication marker scheduled

LOGAN COUNTY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – An official state highway marker commemorating the Logan, Raleigh and Monroe (LR&M) Turnpike—commonly referred to as the Logan Turnpike—will be dedicated on Tuesday, May 17, at 1 PM. The marker is located beside the Trap Hill Volunteer Fire Department building, at the junction of W, Va. 99 and the access road to Fairdale Elementary School in Fairdale.

WVU Tech to host summer visit days

BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) is hosting several days of summer visits, giving students a chance to learn more about the school and opportunities at Tech throughout the summer. “During the tour, students and families learn about campus facilities, academic offerings and...

The application for a new homeless shelter in Mt. Tabor has been withdrawn

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Raleigh County Community Action Association has withdrawn its application to place a homeless shelter in Mount Tabor. RCCAA had asked the Raleigh Zoning Board of Appeals to permit the new shelter on property owned by Beckley Conference of Freewill Baptist. A meeting on the request was planned for Tuesday, May 17. […]

Theatre group announces cast for ‘Rocky Horror’

Southern Coalition for the Arts Has released its cast list for this summer’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show.”. The show will be presented on July 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30. It will be at 7 p.m. nightly in the Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center on the Logan Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

W. Va. Turnpike upgrade at Beckley getting finishing touches

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) - The finishing touches on a six-lane upgrade of the West Virginia Turnpike in Beckley are getting underway and expected to last about eight weeks. The $140 million widening project on the eight-mile stretch was finished last fall, but final paving and striping were delayed to allow holiday traffic to have full access on the heavily traveled road.

Bill Withers Memorial Festival held in Beckley

BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The much anticipated Bill Withers Memorial was held at the Intermodal Gateway in Beckley on Saturday. Several local acts convened for performances at the event – which took place in conjunction with the Sweet Treats and Rhododendron Festival celebrations – and raised funds to benefit United Way of Southern West Virginia, as well as the finalization of a Bill Withers statue designed by Pastor Fred Hightower to be displayed in downtown Beckley.

$147M granted for construction on WV highway

WELCH, WV (WOWK) — West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has announced millions more dollars to finish construction on the Coalfields Expressway project. The highway will eventually run from Beckley, West Virginia, to Slate, Virginia, on a route that will travel 105 miles. The portion funded today, May 13, is a five-mile stretch from Welch, in […]

Town of Kimball urges hit and run driver to come forward

KIMBALL, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The Town of Kimball has released a statement encouraging the owner of the vehicle involved in a Thursday morning hit and run incident to come forward. In a message shared Friday night through the Town of Kimball Facebook account, the owner of a pickup involved...

Boil Water Advisory lifted for Harper Rd, other areas

BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A precautionary boil water advisory which was issued by the Beckley Water Company on Saturday, May 14, 2022 for several locations throughout Beckley, including areas along Harper Road and Circleview Drive, has been lifted as of Sunday, May 15, 2022. The advisory, which was issued...