Greenbrier County Prosecutor Rests Case In Murder Trial Against Rich

By Bobby Bordelon

The murder trial in the Greenbrier County Circuit Court continued on Thursday, November 7, under Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dent.

Jay Booth died on June 5, 2018, as the result of a wound to his chest. In the October 2018 indictments, Carl Wayne Rich was charged with one count of murder in relation to Booth's death. According to testimony, the victim was shot with a compound bow following an alleged argument over a cell phone.

Read more in the Friday, November 8, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Murder Trial Continues In Greenbrier County

By Bobby Bordelon

A murder trial began in the Greenbrier County Circuit Court on Wednesday, November 6, under Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dent.

Jay Boothe died on June 5, 2018, as the result of a wound to his chest. In the October 2018 indictments, Carl Wayne Rich was charged with one count of murder in relation to Boothe's death. According to testimony, the victim was shot with a compound bow following an alleged argument over a cell phone.

Read more in the Thursday, November 7, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Dr. Chris Rodebaugh Grows Two More Giant, Prize-Winning Pumpkins

By Leah Tuckwiller

Dr. Chris Rodebaugh has had not one but two giants growing out of his backyard this year – two more massive pumpkins, each weighing well over half a ton. Even with the summer drought stretching on into the fall, Rodebaugh came remarkably close to matching the weight of last year's 1,551.5-pound fruit, with this year's crop weighing in at 1,418 and 1,347 pounds, respectively.

Rodebaugh took his two pumpkins to three weigh-ins this year, taking the heavier of the two to Oklahoma and then bringing it back to Milton for the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival, a non-sanctioned, local event with no national or international bearing. While pumpkins are only permitted at one sanctioned weigh-off, the Milton festival allowed him to weigh one pumpkin two times; that pumpkin took first place at both events. The other, he took to the North Carolina State Fair, where he faced some competition this year and came away with third place.

Read more in the Wednesday, November 6, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

White Sulphur Springs City Council Passes Business And Occuptation Tax First Reading

By Bobby Bordelon

During a special session of White Sulphur Springs City Council on Tuesday, November 5, the first reading of an ordinance enacting a business and occupational tax and several resolutions approving infrastructure-related invoices were approved.

A business and occupation tax allows the city to raise funds to provide for city services and infrastructure maintenance and improvement. According to the ordinance, White Sulphur Springs previously had a business and occupation tax in place, but it was limited to public service or utility businesses. The new ordinance would expand the tax's scope to the largest businesses in the city.

Read more in the Wednesday, November 6, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Spartans Explode In Second Half

By Brandon Baker

The Greenbrier East Spartans defeated the Princeton Tigers 48-12 on a cold, frigid night on Friday, November 1, at Spartan Stadium in Fairlea.

East, which led just 7-0 at halftime, went wild in the second half en route to 41 points in a game that was also senior night.

Read more in the Tuesday, November 5, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

Repair Work On February Route 63 Damage Ongoing Behind The Scenes

By Leah Tuckwiller

Road damage from February of this year on Route 63 in Ronceverte appears to be lingering, with no visible work actively taking place. A crack formed in the road following heavy February rainstorms. The Division of Highways calls such issues "roadway embankment failures," when land near roadways begins to slide away. Many area residents have expressed concerns that the road is not yet repaired.

The slide on Route 63 runs for 240 feet parallel to the roadway, but only 140 feet actually impacts the road; one lane is closed to traffic. Signs are posted directing traffic to stop and alternate with oncoming cars. Drivers should approach this section of the road, near Masters Mech & Tech Auto Garage, with caution, and obey all posted signs.

Read more in the Tuesday, November 5, 2019, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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