Fire prompts nursing home evacuation
BEECH BOTTOM - More than 60 residents of Valley Haven Geriatric Center were evacuated from the skilled nursing home after a fire in the furnace released smoke into the complex at about 9:20 a.m. Friday.
Beech Bottom Fire Chief Roger Coulter said the residents were moved to Beech Bottom Primary School and an adjacent building there as well as an enclosed trailer belonging to the Brooke County Emergency Management Agency.
Coulter said the residents remained off-site for at least an hour while the source of the fire was determined and the building was cleared of smoke. He said the furnace was repaired and the residents were returned to the facility.
Coulter said the residents were transported by crews with the Brooke County Ambulance Service and first-responder units from West Liberty, Clearview and Triadelphia fire departments as well as Valley Haven's own handicap-accessible van.
"It was a well-orchestrated response and team effort from everybody," he said.
water rate increase
RICHMOND - Village Council is proposing a basic rate increase of $3 a month for water customers, according to a letter mailed to customers on Dec. 30.
The rate increase is necessary, the letter notes, to increase revenue in light of the increased costs of maintaining and operating the village's water department.
The increase would raise the minimum monthly rate from $12 to $15 for 2,000 gallons. "Additional usage will continue to be charged at $5 per 1,000 gallons," according to the correspondence.
There has not been an increase since 2002.
The proposed ordinance to increase the fee will be read at the first three Village Council meetings in 2014 with meeting dates set for Monday, Jan. 20 and Feb. 3, all beginning at 7 p.m. at the city building.
"It is with regret this increase is necessary, and customers are encouraged to attend any of these meetings with questions or concerns you may have," the letter from council reads.
set for Jan. 11
WELLSBURG - The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Moose Lodge at 844 Main St.
There will be doughnuts for morning donors and a light lunch for afternoon donors. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments may be made by calling Linda Porreca at (740) 264-4286 or (304) 737-1552.
Photo identification should be presented by donors that day.