Archives for July 2016

Saints in town

The New Orleans Saints were in White Sulphur Springs helping clean up some of the homes devastated in Greenbrier County last month. The Saints have their training camp at The Greenbrier, but before it begins, the team wanted to come and help those who lost everything. A month after the flooding in White Sulphur Springs, it still is a disaster. The Saints were working with Samaritan’s Purse, a nonprofit disaster relief organization.

Ambulance crash

One person is dead and two others are injured after an ambulance crash on Wednesday.
The ambulance overturned on Potts Creek Road, according to Sgt. Rick Garletts with Virginia State Police. Claudette Wince was being transported to the hospital at the time of the crash, where she later died. The crash remains under investigation.

Former reporter arrested

Former WDBJ7 reporter Orlando Salinas was arrested in Montgomery County Tuesday night. At an arraignment yesterday afternoon, Brad McConnell was appointed as his attorney and his trial date has been set for October 19. Salinas faces charges of rape and forcible sodomy from a direct indictment from a Montgomery County grand jury on Tuesday.

Two Day filml training

A two-day film training workshop is being planned for next month. The West Virginia Film Office will hold the training at the Greenbrier Public Library in Lewisburg. The dates have been set for August 20th and 21st. Three years ago, a similar training was held in Huntington and the availability sold out within days.

Hamlin coming to Greenbrier

It’s really nice how folks have come to help all the victims of the Greenbrier flooding. The Charleston Gazette reports that NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is coming to the Greenbrier resort tomorrow evening. Hamlin will hand out toys and school supplies to Greenbrier County students affected by the June 23 floods. He’ll be at the White Sulphur Springs train station. Kyle Larson, who competes in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, will accompany Hamlin on Thursday. The floods killed 23 people and devastated homes, businesses and infrastructure. Greenbrier County accounted for 15 of the 23 deaths.

College courses on drones

This is pretty cool! Looks like almost a million dollars is heading to the Commonwealth to develop college courses relating to drones. The National Science Foundation funds awarded just under 900 thousand to help develop and implement the courses on unmannded aircraft systems.

Trump AC at Hotel

During his town hall on Monday, Donald Trump spoke against the Hotel Roanoke, where he was speaking, due to the warm temperatures in the ballroom. Trump did point out that it was hot outside. The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center released a statement and basically said the HVAC system was on and working properly throughout the event.

Grand jury indictment

Yesterday, a grand jury handed down indictments for David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers, in the death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell. The Montgomery County grand jury also handed down a direct indictment for an additional charge of concealment of a body against Eisenhauer. Lovell was reported missing on January 27th. and her body was found three days later in Surry County. Preliminary tests show she had been stabbed.

Mine owner comes to rescue

A local mine owner in McDowell County came to the rescue of half a dozen families trapped by a large rock and mud slide. Railroad Yard Road in and out of Iaeger was blocked by a large boulder and neither the state nor the county had the resources to remove it. When Eddie Asbury found out, he brought in his mining equipment. The road should be open for traffic soon.

Trump in Roanoke on Kaine

Donald Trump is not impressed with Hillary Clinton’s pick for her vice presidential running mate. Speaking at a town hall event in Roanoke, Virginia, the GOP presidential nominee said Virginia Governor Tim Kaine’s not popular in his own state. He added Kaine is a — quote — “weird little dude.” Trump bashed Kaine’s record as governor saying between 2006 and 2010, Virginia’s unemployment rate more than doubled.