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2 from Lincoln among Cabell indictments

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HUNTINGTON - A Cabell County grand jury handed down dozens of indictments for the January session of the circuit court. Among the list were two people from Lincoln County.

An indictment is a formal accusation, issued by a grand jury, after considering presented evidence. It is neither an indication of the guilt nor innocence of those indicted.

•Angela Ray Adkins of West Hamlin was indicted for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy.

•Vivian Gay Moon of Branchland was indicted on one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, conspiracy, and two counts of child neglect creating a risk of injury.

Board receives curriculum update from Panthers

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - The five members of the Lincoln County Board of Education last week received a curriculum update from personnel at Lincoln County High School. The presentation took place during a scheduled school board work session. The meeting lasted over three hours, from 5 p.m. until 8.24 p.m., Thursday evening, January 22, 2015 at the central office in Hamlin.

Among those taking part in the update were Principal Dana Snyder, Assistant Principal Derek Christian, and Associate Principal (Curriculum and Instruction) Tab Mathis. Mathis, appointed to his position before Christmas, was making his first appearance before the school board last week. Also appearing…

Eldridge, Moffatt back bill for posthumous high school diplomas

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

CHARLESTON - Both delegates from House Delegate District 22 are among the sponsors of a bill that would require the awarding of high school diplomas posthumously. Delegate Jeff Eldridge (D-Lincoln) is the lead sponsor of HB 2156 which would amend state code to provide for the awarding of a posthumous high school diploma to parents of a high school senior who dies during the senior year. Delegate Michel Moffatt (R-Putnam) is a co-sponsor of the bill currently being considered in the ongoing legislative session in Charleston. Eldridge and Moffatt both represent 14 of Lincoln County’s 16 electoral precincts.

If the bill became law, upon the request of the…

WVSOS tells lawmakers about cost savings

CHARLESTON. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant told lawmakers, January 20, 2015, her office has made it easier for entrepreneurs to do business in West Virginia.

During her budget presentations before the House and Senate Finance Committees, Secretary Tennant detailed the longstanding cost-saving measures in place in the office and promised to continue programs that save taxpayer money.

Secretary Tennant continued to be fiscally responsible and is not requesting more money from lawmakers.

“We have exercised responsible financial management during these challenging times,” Secretary Tennant said. “My goal for the Secretary of State’s Office is to make it an efficient…

PSD seeks WVPSC order

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

CHARLESTON - In the three weeks since the Lincoln County Commission first approved a $262,000 payment to the Lincoln Public Service District (PSD), the bureaucratic wheels have continued to turn. Last week, the Lincoln PSD asked the West Virginia Public Service Commission (WVPSC) to “issue an order on an expedited basis” approving the funds provided by the commission.

As reported last week, in The Lincoln Journal, the county commission authorized the payment at the January 8, 2015 regular session in Hamlin. The check was duly issued and collected by PSD personnel. However, at the January 15 county commission meeting, Commissioner Phoebe Harless and…