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State of emergency for Lincoln follows heavy rain

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

CHARLESTON - Lincoln County was among five counties included in a state of emergency declaration from the governor, last week. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a state of emergency for Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo and Wayne counties following severe flooding, rockslides and mudslides caused by the heavy rains and storms of Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. Many areas of Lincoln County sustained significant damage, including slips and road closures due to flooding. Lincoln  County schools released early on Friday, April 4 due to high water concerns in rural communities.

"Immediately following the weekend's heavy rainstorms, I deployed state resources…

Delegate Miller welcomes bill signing

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

CHARLESTON - A Lincoln County delegate recently welcomed the signing of juvenile justice legislation by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. The governor signed Senate Bill 393, launching comprehensive juvenile justice reform in West Virginia, on Friday, April 3, 2015. The governor introduced the legislative proposal as part of his 2015 State of the State address this January.

"Today marks a significant step forward for our young people, their families and the communities we call home," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm grateful for the collective efforts of the members of the Intergovernmental Taskforce on Juvenile Justice, Pew Charitable Trusts and the overwhelming…

Friends of Coal plate available for bikers

CHARLESTON - West Virginia motorcyclists can now feature an official West Virginia Friends of Coal license plate when riding.

The plate, which is smaller but identical to the Friends of Coal automobile license plate, is reflective black with a white border and white lettering. It is the first organization motorcycle plate offered by the state.

“I am excited to partner with organizations like Friends of Coal to offer customers special license plates, including our first organization motorcycle plate,” said West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Pat Reed.

The Friends of Coal and the West Virginia Coal Association joined in the announcement.

“We have had a lot of people…