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1,096 new high school voters include 63 Panthers

CHARLESTON - Secretary of State Mac Warner announced recently  that 1,096 high school students were registered to vote during the first month of a statewide effort to register eligible high school students to vote. Included in the total are 63 Lincoln County High School Panthers.

Working with county clerks and high school administrators across the state, the Secretary of State’s Field Service Team reported that 13 high schools conducted voter registration drives in the month of October. Because of the October 7th special election, the voter registration drive didn’t actually begin until October 9th.

“We are very pleased with the early success of this voter registration effort in our high…

DOH unveils Fallen Worker Memorial

WILLIAMSTOWN –  Family, friends, and coworkers of highway workers, who made the ultimate sacrifice, paid tribute to their memory during the recent unveiling of the West Virginia Division of Highways Fallen Worker Memorial.

The monument outside of the I-77 Williamstown Welcome Center honors the 49 men and women who have been killed in work safety zones since the creation of the State Road Commission in 1921.

“This represents a necessary and permanent way to pay tribute to those employees who lost their lives while improving the safety of our roads and bridges,” said Secretary Tom Smith. “We all have a role to play, by slowing down and staying alert in work zones, to make sure no more…

West Virginia Tourism Office obtains rights to use John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’

CHARLESTON— The West Virginia Tourism Office last week announced it has obtained the rights to use “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” in its marketing efforts. The world-famous John Denver song unforgettably dubbed the state “Almost Heaven” in 1971.

Denver’s iconic tune has been an unofficial state anthem since its release and officially became one of West Virginia’s state songs in 2014. Beginning this week, the state will use the song in its promotional efforts.

“‘Country Roads’ has become synonymous with West Virginia all over the world,” said West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby. “It highlights everything we love about our state: scenic beauty, majestic mountains, a timeless way…