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Spring jobs boost for Lincoln County

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - Lincoln County was one of 46 counties that saw a fall in unemployment during May. Lincoln’s rate dipped below 10 percent once again. Meanwhile, the statewide trend remained positive.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 7.2 to 6.9 percent in May 2015. Unemployment rates increased in four counties, decreased in 46 counties, and were unchanged in five counties. Counties with unemployment rates above 13.0 percent included McDowell (13.2) and Mingo (13.4). Counties with an unemployment rate below 5.0 percent included Jefferson (4.4) and Pendleton (4.5). The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased…

Praise for community service

MADISON  – People on probation in Boone County and participating in drug court provided 8,481 hours of community service in 2014.  Based on the current  minimum wage, those hours translate to more than $61,000 in savings to Boone County taxpayers, Twenty-Fifth Judicial Circuit (Boone and Lincoln Counties) Judge William Thompson announced Wednesday, June 10.  Judge Thompson, who presides over the Boone County Circuit Court, said,  “Community service allows offenders to repay society for their crimes without the huge  expense of jail and prison time.  Many of our participants are unemployed or under-employed, meaning they usually have more time than money.  Community service allows

them to…

Digital proof of insurance now okay

CHARLESTON - West Virginia drivers will now have the option to show digital proof of insurance.  The new law took effect on June 11, 2015.

Passed by the West Virginia Legislature during the 2015 regular session, the new law (S.B. 273) gives motorists the option to show digital proof of insurance.  Many car insurance companies have mobile phone apps available to their customers to show proof of insurance.

“I am pleased that West Virginia will join a majority of other states that allow electronic proof of insurance.  West Virginia drivers will no longer have to rely on a paper certification of insurance.  They will now have the convenience to utilize an app on their phone,” stated…