'Destination Fear' Hits Monroe County

By Leah Tuckwiller

Halloween may be over, but haunting never dies, especially not for paranormal investigators like Dakota Laden, Chelsea Laden, and Tanner Wiseman, the hosts of Travel Channel's new show, "Destination Fear." On the stormy night featured in the newest episode, the team comes through the rolling mountains of West Virginia for their next experience with ghosts – and their own fear.

This Saturday, November 9, at 10 p.m., Laden, his sister, and his best friend, along with friend and camera operator Alex Schroeder, tackle the Sweet Springs Sanitarium in Monroe County. The catch? Laden is the only one who knows beforehand where the team will be going, and once they get there, each of them will be sleeping – or attempting to sleep – separated from the others.

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

Tow Policy On Agenda Of County Commission

By Bobby Bordelon

Changes to the county policy detailing how to handle the approximately 1,100 wrecker requests through the Greenbrier County 911 Center will soon be considered by the Greenbrier County Commission.

The policy, which is required to be updated every three years in West Virginia State Code, was first approved in 2017. However, due to ongoing discussions with towers, 911 Director Mike Honaker set out to revise the policy before the required deadline. In a draft letter, Honaker lays out the policy changes as they currently exist; the Greenbrier County Commission however can alter these changes and will decide if they are ratified:

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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.

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