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Joblessness eases

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - The arrival of spring saw the usual uptick in employment in Lincoln County, according to data released by WorkForce West Virginia recently. According to the numbers, 760 people were without work in Lincoln County. That was down from 880 in February, and better than the 830 number recorded 12 months earlier. Lincoln County's overall rate eased back to 10.3 percent from the 11.7 percent recorded in February. The rate in March of 2015 was 11.1 percent.

Lincoln County's seven neighbors also fared well in the March report, as follows:

Cabell: 5.3 percent

Putnam: 5.5 percent

Kanawha: 6.2 percent

Boone: 10.6 percent

Logan: 12.3 percent

Mingo: 14.3…

Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition releases new state cancer plan

CHARLESTON – Extra seats were brought in Thursday, April 21, 2016, to handle the audience gathered to hear Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition's strategic plan for reducing the impact of cancer in West Virginia during the next five years.

The West Virginia Cancer Plan 2016-2020 is a five-year plan that creates a framework to direct activities and encourage collaboration throughout the state. The Plan identifies key goals, aims, and objectives across the continuum of cancer care ranging from prevention, early detection and treatment, to survivorship and end of life.

According to the American Cancer Society, 11,770 West Virginians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and 4,750…

Jenkins delivers GOP address

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) gave this week’s national Weekly Republican Address, talking about his legislation addressing the drug crisis, the Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act, Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday.

 In the address, Rep. Jenkins discussed how drug use impacts children who are exposed during pregnancy from the very first day of their lives, and what the House is doing to help these children and those struggling with addiction.

“Every 25 minutes across America, a baby is born going through withdrawal from heroin, opioids, and other drugs, due to exposure in the womb,” Rep. Jenkins said. “I am proud that the House has solutions…

Jury to be picked for murder trial

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - Jury selection was expected to get underway in earnest, Tuesday morning, April 19, 2016 in Lincoln County Circuit Court, ahead of a murder trial expected to last at least until the end of this week and probably into next week. The picking of jurors was slated to begin after press time for this issue of The Lincoln News Sentinel. The case, 16-F-4, pertains to an incident in the eastern part of Lincoln County, Monday, March 30, 2015.

A special prosecutor is handling the state’s case against Andrew J. Staggs, who was indicted by a Lincoln County grand jury earlier this year. According to the indictment, Staggs is alleged to have committed the two…

Tennant reveals online voter registration data

CHARLESTON – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant says that to date, West Virginians have made more than 33,000 submissions through the online voter registration (OVR) application system. This number includes new voter registration applications as well as name changes, party changes and address changes for already-registered West Virginians.

Last  week, from April 11-14, 2016, saw the largest influx of submissions since the platform launched. In all, the system received 10,111 submissions, accounting for almost a third of the submissions to date. In comparison, the system saw 1,082 submissions in its first full month and 8,634 submissions the last fully-recorded month, March.

“These…

Almost $300k announced for WVU STEM programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) recently announced nearly $300,000 will be awarded to West Virginia University (WVU) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research and education programs in the environmental engineering and health chemistry fields. These grants will allow WVU to continue making advancements in science and engineering and developing the knowledge and cutting edge technologies necessary to grow the state’s economy and address our challenges.

“I am glad this funding will help support STEM programs at West Virginia University,” Senator Manchin said. “Enhancing STEM programs and improving retention rates at…

LC pill dealer pleads guilty in federal court

CHARLESTON - A Lincoln County drug dealer pleaded guilty, Monday, April 4, 2016, to federal crimes associated with selling pain pills, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Timothy Scott Hallam, 34, entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to launder the proceeds of his drug dealing.

Hallam admitted that from May 2012 through May 2014, he obtained oxycodone pills from Lester Taylor, who resided in Florida, for distribution in Lincoln County. After Hallam sold the pills in West Virginia, he and the other co-conspirators deposited the proceeds into Taylor’s bank accounts at various banks in Barboursville and Huntington. Once the money was…

Tennant welcomes signing of HB4013

CHARLESTON – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant says with the signing of HB 4013, West Virginia becomes the third state in the nation to pass automatic voter registration and continues to be a national leader in election administration.

 Beginning July 1, 2017, when a West Virginian goes to the DMV for the issuance, renewal or change of address of a motor vehicle driver’s license or official identification card, their information will be submitted into the voter registration process.

“The passage of automatic voter registration is a perfect example of how West Virginia continues to lead the way in election administration,” said Secretary Tennant. “We led the way with our military…

Perdue welcomes 599 veto

CHARLESTON - State Treasurer John D. Perdue praised West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, recently, for his decision to veto Senate Bill 599, which would have amended state code as it pertains to insurance policies and citizens’ rights under the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.

“I commend the Governor for standing up for what is right for West Virginians. Senate Bill 599 was an unconstitutional amendment to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act that would have deprived my office of its inherent function of administering the Act,” said Treasurer Perdue, who publicly opposed both Senate Bill 599 and its original companion legislation, House Bill 4473, which never moved out of the House…

West Hamlin VFD seeks commission support

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - A new structure, recently erected by West Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department, was the focus of discussion at the March 17, 2016 regular session of the Lincoln County Commission in Hamlin. Fire Chief Daniel Frye was joined by a number of his colleagues in seeking commission funding to support the new addition to the facility in West Hamlin.

The commission heard of the fire department's extensive storage needs, especially in light of its leading role in area water rescues and hazardous responses. The chief briefed the commission on plans to extend electric supply to the building, finish gas work, and add spray foam. He described the various items…