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Justice makes vacancy pick;justices welcome new justice

CHARLESTON - West Virginia Supreme Court justices last week welcomed a new colleague, Circuit Judge John A. Hutchison to the state's highest court. Governor Jim Justice appointed Judge Hutchison today to fill the vacancy on the Court left by the resignation of Allen Loughry. He will serve on the Court until the May 2020 election, at which time he can run to retain the seat until the end of Justice Loughry’s term in 2024. The appointment bookends a turbulent 12 months for the judiciary that saw three resignations, three appointments by the governor, two unexpected seats being placed on the general election ballot, and impeachment proceedings being taken up by lawmakers.

“Judge Hutchison is…

Manchin tapped as top Energy Dem

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced on December 11, 2018 that he will be the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Senator Manchin has been a member of the committee since being elected to the Senate in 2010. His status as the number 2 senator on the committee will be effective when Congress convenes in early January. Republicans slightly increased their Senate majority in the November 6 general election. That ensures committee majorities and chairmanships for the GOP until the end of 2020 at least. Manchin was comfortably reelected to a fresh six-year term last month.

 “I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve West…

Southern offering welding certificate

HAMLIN – Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is offering a Welding Certificate Program at our Lincoln County site location beginning with our Spring 2019 semester.

Students who complete the program will earn their certificate after two semesters. Classes will be held in the evening on Monday through Thursday during Southern’s spring and summer 2019 semesters. The program will be offered at Southern’s Lincoln County site, adjoining Lincoln County High School in Hamlin.

Southern will be registering students for the Spring 2019 semester until January 10.

For more information, or for help registering, please contact Brittany Bartram, the Boone/Lincoln campus director, at…

Morrisey urges caution with pay-for-prayer calls

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged consumers to exercise caution when receiving unsolicited pay-for-prayer calls.

Those choosing to solicit consumers in such a manner have been known to utilize robocalls, websites and unsolicited email to exploit the consumer’s desire for prayer. The process typically involves a donation in exchange for prayer.

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division recently learned of the calls circulating once again in West Virginia. The caller portrays him or herself as representing the “St. Mary’s Prayer Center Ministry,” an entity having no known connection to the similarly named city of St. Marys in Pleasants County, St. Mary’s Medical…