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No executive session this time as attorney revisits commission


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HAMLIN - There was no executive session on October 6, 2016, when attorney Mike Callaghan returned to the Lincoln County Commission to discuss a matter that still remains a mystery to the public. Earlier this year, the three county commissioners unanimously agreed to enter into an executive session to discuss a legal matter that involved “enforcement.” No other details were provided to the public at the time regarding the grounds for the executive session. The state’s open meeting regulations describe the various instances when public officials can discuss business behind closed doors.

At the October 6 meeting, Callaghan was listed on the agenda simply by…

Tomblins make annual call for Christmas tree ornaments

CHARLESTON - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin have invited West Virginia artists of all ages to create and submit ornaments to be displayed at the Governor’s Mansion during the 2016 holiday season as part of the sixth annual Artistree project.

Participating artists also will be featured in the 2016 Artistree catalog and invited to a special celebration at the mansion.

Five years ago, when Governor and First Lady Tomblin suggested trimming a tree in the foyer of the Governor’s Mansion with ornaments handmade by West Virginians, they were delighted by the positive response from artists across the state. What began as an idea to include residents in the holiday…

E-claims nearly half of unclaimed property returned

CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue’s office continues to develop its online system for unclaimed property returns.

In the most recent fiscal year, those filing electronic claims made up nearly half of all claimants at 41.5 percent. Of 7,997 people who successfully filed claims for lost financial assets, 3,320 did so electronically.

E-claims is tailored for individual claimants with simple cases and relatively small dollar sums to claim. The Treasurer’s Office returned $13.8 million in fiscal 2016, with electronic claims constituting $3.4 million, or 25 percent.

“You can see the trend toward e-claims with smaller amounts,” Unclaimed Property Deputy Treasurer Atkinson said. “It’s 25…