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‘It’s terrible’ - Wilkerson on state-mandated audit by state costing $29,920

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - Restating concerns he has expressed in previous years, a Lincoln County Board of Education member recently described as “terrible” the requirement from the state that school systems pay for costly financial audits. Larry Wilkerson’s comments came at the first board meeting of the new year, held at the central office in Hamlin on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

The board unanimously approved the agreement with the state auditor, whereby personnel from the same auditor’s office will conduct the required annual audit of the school system’s financial statements, in this instance for the fiscal year that ended last June 30. The audit, however, comes with a…

Capito meets Perry 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Governor Rick Perry, the nominee for energy secretary, met in Senator Capito’s office recently to discuss the Trump Administration’s energy priorities and West Virginia’s critical role in America’s energy landscape. Perry, the former governor of Texas, was nominated for the position before Christmas by President-elect Donald Trump. The new president takes office at noon, this coming Friday.

 “Governor Perry is from a significant energy producing state that faces some of the same challenges and opportunities as West Virginia. We had a very positive conversation about repealing overreaching regulations that have hindered our…

Uptick in college savings accounts

CHARLESTON – West Virginia residents in the last two fiscal years have accounted for more than half of the new enrollments to SMART529, a college savings program administered by State Treasurer John Perdue’s office. The uptick can be attributed to continued outreach and education efforts, particularly the program’s “Bright Babies” promotion, which is open to only state residents. Bright Babies gives parents a $100 jump on a college savings account if they enroll the child in SMART529 before his or her first birthday or the first anniversary of adoption.

West Virginia residents comprise about a quarter of the total enrollment of the nationally available SMART529, but those figures have…