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Board asks ZMM for basic field specs, costs

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - The ongoing efforts to develop at least a practice football field at Lincoln County High School, as a starting point for something more extensive, continued last week. The Lincoln County Board of Education met in Hamlin, Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Dave Ferguson, of ZMM Architects & Engineers, was at the meeting to brief the board on the application for $1 million in state funding for four new classrooms with restrooms at West Hamlin Elementary. However, Ferguson also udpdated the board on his discussions with Superintendent Jeff Midkiff and others regarding the football field at the Panther campus.

Ferguson presented new drawings to the board.…

Unemployment ticks upward

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

CHARLESTON - The rate of unemployment in Lincoln County ticked upward around the holiday season. Data for December 2015 showed Lincoln County's rate of joblessness rose to 9.1 percent. According to data from Workforce West Virginia, there were 680 people without work in December. That was up from 650 in November. More significantly, it was 100 more than the 580 out of work a year ago in December of 2014. The rate of 9.1 percent was up from the 8.0 percent in December. Unemployment was up in most counties. Two of Lincoln's neighboring counties, Mingo and Logan, saw their high rates of unemployment unchanged, at 10.8 percent and 12 percent respectively.

Manchin welcomes pain pill drop

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) last week applauded what his office described as a "drastic reduction" of opioid prescriptions by 26.3 million, or 1.1 billion tablets, since moving the hydrocodone-combination drugs from Schedule III to Schedule II, an effort he championed in 2013 and 2014. The research, conducted by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was published in a JAMA Internal Medicine report on Monday.

 “These reductions in opioid prescriptions are a direct result of rescheduling hydrocodone-combination drugs from Schedule III to Schedule II,” Senator Manchin said. “We are on the right path forward to…