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National award for bridge project

CHARLESTON - Monday June, 13 2016  saw West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD) being awarded the 2016 Innovative Project of the Year by the National VOAD in recognition for the WV VOAD Bridge Project and its impact on the WV community. WV VOAD State Chair, Jenny Gannaway, received the award on behalf of WV VOAD at the four day National VOAD conference this May in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The bridge project has been underway in Lincoln County for many months and has seen a number of bridges replaced, restoring vital access to people’s homes.

The destruction of over 300 private bridges during flooding events in 2015 has left many WV families without safe access to…

CD launch set for Hamlin native Taylor 

SOUTH CHARLESTON - On Saturday, June 25, 2016, Nashville Singer-songwriter and West Virginia native, Amy Taylor, will celebrate the release of her debut CD, by performing for her friends, family, and fans at the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston.  Originally from Hamlin, West Virginia, Amy graduated from Lincoln County High School, and West Virginia University, before moving to Nashville to pursue a career in Country Music.  The show will feature the music from her new project, all but one of which are her original compositions, as well as familiar favorites from other Country artists.  Amy will be accompanied by Nashville super-picker Steve Thomas, who has performed and recorded with…

Capito welcomes passage of NDAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the Senate on an 85-13 vote:

“In light of the very real threats we face from ISIS and other terrorists, we must ensure our troops around the world have the right tools to defend our country. The National Defense Authorization Act will strengthen our military and provide our service men and women with these resources,” said Senator Capito.

“This bipartisan bill is good for our troops, their families and national security, and it supports the more than 6,000 members of the West Virginia National Guard. I am hopeful that a…

Lincoln ranked fourth for new businesses in May

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the Senate on an 85-13 vote:

“In light of the very real threats we face from ISIS and other terrorists, we must ensure our troops around the world have the right tools to defend our country. The National Defense Authorization Act will strengthen our military and provide our service men and women with these resources,” said Senator Capito.

“This bipartisan bill is good for our troops, their families and national security, and it supports the more than 6,000 members of the West Virginia National Guard. I am hopeful that a…

Returned property exceeds 2015 total

CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue’s unclaimed property division has already returned $12.2 million during fiscal 2016, easily surpassing fiscal 2015’s $9.1 million figure.

The surge represents a 34 percent increase in dollar value and 1,300 additional claims filed than in fiscal 2015, with nearly an entire month to go in the year. It also does not include a $200,000 claim paid on June 1.

“We take returning unclaimed property seriously,” Treasurer Perdue said. “This is the second year in a row that our end-of-year totals have eclipsed the previous fiscal year’s numbers. I credit that to mailed letters to rightful owners, website maintenance, field representatives’ hard work and…

Mint launches new quarter for WV

HARPERS FERRY - The United States Mint (Mint) joined the National Park Service (NPS), last week, to officially launch the America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

The coin’s reverse design features John Brown’s Fort, the site of John Brown’s last stand during his raid on the Harpers Ferry Armory.

“This new coin serves as a reminder that at a river-crossing established long before our country’s struggle for independence, in a West Virginia town that played an integral role in our nation’s Civil War, a diverse number of people and events came together to influence the course of our common history,” said William Norton, United States…

LC joblessness eases to 8.9%

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - Hirings continued their seasonal uptick in the region and around the state, with Lincoln County's unemployment rate dropping back below double digits in April. Data released by WorkForce West Virginia showed the county's joblessness rate at 8.9 percent. That's a significant fall from the 10.3 percent recorded a month earlier. In a further sign of a strengthening jobs market, the county's rate for April 2016 was a full percentage point lower than one year ago.

The rate of 8.9 percent means 660 people were without work in Lincoln County in April. That was 100 fewer than a month earlier. A year ago, 750 people were without a job in Lincoln County.

State becomes 17th to join voting record group

 CHARLESTON - Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced recently that West Virginia is the 17th member of a national record-matching consortium, the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).

By participating in ERIC, County Clerks and the Secretary of State’s Office have a comprehensive tool to help improve voter registration and voter list maintenance across West Virginia. Through the sharing of data from participating states, the U.S. Postal Service, Social Security Administration and DMV, West Virginia will be notified of any registered voters who are deceased or who have moved, which will assist in making the voter rolls as accurate as possible.

The state will also be…

WVU researcher pushes for ethane storage hub in Appalachia 

By GEORGE HOHMANN

For the W.Va.

Press Association

WESTON - Appalachia needs ethane storage facilities and connecting pipelines if the region is to become a center for industries that use natural gas and its byproducts, according to a top West Virginia University researcher.

Brian Anderson, director of West Virginia University’s Energy Institute, told members of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association that if storage and pipeline infrastructure isn’t built, the region risks having its valuable natural gas resources siphoned off to the Gulf Coast, where facilities already exist to turn the resources into thousands of products.

Anderson, a Roane County native, is a graduate of…

LC man sentenced to 11 years for pill trafficking

CHARLESTON  – A Lincoln County man was sentenced to 11 years and seven months in federal prison for trafficking pain pills, as announced by Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. William Harrison Meade, 46, of Branchland, previously pleaded guilty in September 2015 to conspiring to distribute oxycodone.

Meade admitted that in 2010 and 2011, he conspired with individuals in Florida and Lincoln County to distribute oxycodone. Meade also admitted that he laundered the proceeds of the drug sales through a West Virginia bank account for withdrawal in Florida in an effort to conceal the source of the cash and the pills.

Lester Taylor, of Daytona Beach, Florida, was…