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Concealed carry permits:331 in 2009; 578 in 2013

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - Lincoln County has seen a dramatic increase in the total number of concealed carry permits, a trend repeated throughout the state over the past five years. According to data provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office last week, Lincoln County saw 331 permits issued in 2009. During 2013, a total of 578 permits were issued, an average of over 10 per week.

The large increase in permits has coincided with a number of gun related tragedies across the nation. In addition, despite little to no federal gun control legislation being passed in recent years, claims and fears regarding gun control laws have been repeated and recycled, on social media…

Governor joins task force

CHARLESTON - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin last week joined members of the West Virginia Inter-governmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice and representatives from Pew Charitable Trusts to launch a comprehensive review of West Virginia's juvenile justice system.

"We've brought together an outstanding group of West Virginians who are willing to spend their time and use their expertise to help create brighter futures for our young people," Gov. Tomblin said. "Through our landmark justice reinvestment efforts, we've learned data-driven and research-based programs and practices work. Today, with the help of Pew Charitable Trusts, we've launched a comprehensive review of our state's juvenile justice…

Lawmakers rally with miners

PITTSBURGH - A major event in Pittsburgh, recently, saw Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin join West Virginia miners, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and others for a Rally to Support American Energy. The July 30, 2014 rally was held in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing for the proposed Clean Power Plan rule scheduled in Pittsburgh Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1. Lincoln County's state senators, Ron Stollings (D-Boone) and Art Kirkendoll (D-Logan), were among the attendees

 "Since the proposed rules were introduced in June, we have been told states will have flexibility to meet the new standards outlined in the plan; but, in one…

Midway employee terminated by school board after hearing

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - The Lincoln County Board of Education unanimously approved all items moved for a decision at the August 5, 2014 regular session. All five members were present in person for the meeting at the central office in Hamlin, which included two brief executive sessions and a lengthier employee hearing. The board,

•Approved a contract with Bob Rubenstein for the provision of professional development for Duval PK-8 staff on August 11, at a cost of $750 to be paid from Title I funds.

•Approved a contract with Richard Lawrence to provide professional development for Lincoln County High School personnel on August 12, as a cost of $500 to be paid from Title…

Governor signs 'Slow Down to Get Around' bill into law

MARTINSBURG - West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin last week ceremonially signed a new law cracking down on reckless driving around waste and recycling vehicles.

The “Slow Down to Get Around” bill authored by state Sen. Donald Cookman (D-Hampshire) and endorsed by the National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA), requires West Virginia drivers to slow down to 15 miles per hour when passing a stopped sanitation truck.

“With the August 6, 2014 ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 378 we recognize the tremendous strides we have taken toward protecting our public service workers and keeping our communities safe,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Sanitation workers have a difficult job and perform an…

Rahall announces $1m for Lower Mud River project

BECKLEY– U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV3) last week announced $1.1 million in USDA Rural Development funding to extend clean water services in Lincoln County.

“This funding, in addition to previous funding that I have supported and announced for the Lower Mud River Project, will help ensure that Lincoln County households have safe and reliable drinking water when families turn on the faucet.  I have waged many budget battles in Washington to ensure that Federal funding is available to southern West Virginia communities in order to build and strengthen our water and sewer systems, and I will never let up in that fight,” said Rahall.

This USDA Rural Development grant announced by Rahall…

Fire, EMS levies up for renewal on November 4

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - The five-year fire and ambulance levies for Lincoln County will be on the general election ballot this coming November. Work on the matter has been underway for several months, but accelerated in recent weeks with an appearance at a county commission meeting by firefighters and ambulance representatives. The matter was discussed at the July 17, 2014 regular session of the Lincoln County Commission in Hamlin.

The county’s fire and ambulance levies are both set to expire in 2016. Both levies were easily approved by the voters in November of 2010 by around a three to one vote margin. The ambulance levy passed with 73.08 percent approval, while the…

$249,979 in Obamacare funding for Lincoln Primary Care Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell last week announced $998,979 in Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) funding to support four health centers in West Virginia to establish or expand behavioral health services for 28,857 West Virginians. The four centers receiving the funds include the Lincoln Primary Care Center, Inc., based in Hamlin, which is receiving $249,979.

Nationally, HHS awarded $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 221 health centers in 47 states and Puerto Rico to establish or expand behavioral health services for over 450,000 people.  Health centers will use these new funds for efforts such as hiring new mental health…