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540 jobless

CHARLESTON - West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased three-tenths of a percentage point  to 5.6 percent in October 2016. Unemployment rates rose in 53 of the state’s 55 counties. Counties with  an unemployment rate above eleven percent included Mingo (11.7) and McDowell (12.2). Counties with  an unemployment rate at or below four percent included Monongalia (4.0), Hampshire (3.9), Berkeley  (3.9), Pendleton (3.4), and Jefferson (3.3). The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed  two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.0 percent.

Lincoln County’s rate of unemployment inched up to 7.2 percent during October. That represented 540 people without work,…

Regional roofers indicted

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently announced an investigation by his office led to a three-count, criminal indictment alleging a Putnam County roofing company and its owners misled consumers in order to receive money for work never completed.

The Attorney General’s Office investigated the case, filed a civil action in July and more recently worked with the Kanawha County Prosecutor’s Office. The resulting indictment charged David E. and Stacy M. Brinegar, and their company Great Finishes LLC, with felony obtaining by false pretenses.

“We enforce the law against all companies large and small,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “If people want to do business…

Lincoln added 3, lost 2 in October

CHARLESTON - For the month of October, Gilmer and Pleasants counties saw the strongest month of percentage of businesses opened than any other county in the state, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Business Industry Growth (BIG) Map. Gilmer and Pleasants counties added more businesses than any other county by percentage, increasing their total businesses by 1.99%.

 The top five West Virginia counties in percentage of businesses opened for the month of October are:

1. Gilmer — 1.99%

1. Pleasants — 1.99%

3.   Wirt — 1.59%

4.   Wayne — 1.37%

5.   Doddridge — 1.34%

Formula for percentage of businesses opened is calculated by the net businesses opened divided by total…

Bill would help with shingles access

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) recently introduced the bipartisan Protecting Seniors through Immunization Act (S.3477) to increase seniors’ access to the shingles vaccine. Seniors are at a greater risk of developing shingles. Shingles is a painful rash and sufferers are at risk for developing more serious complications.

“With roughly one million new cases emerging across the country each year, it is important that West Virginians have access to treatment that protects against shingles,” said Senator Capito. “I’m glad to partner with Senator Hirono to introduce this bill, which will make it easier for seniors, who face a…

Complaint against non-profit mentioned but not discussed

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - Four members of Hamlin Town Council unanimously approved all items moved for a decision at the November 7, 2016 monthly meeting at the town hall. Councilwoman Trina Barrett was unable to attend the meeting.

•The council approved a 2.7 percent pay increase for its maintenance man, Ralph Stacy. During the brief discussion of the matter, tribute was paid to his work. “He doesn’t milk the system. He goes home when the work his done,” said Mayor David “Flimsy” Adkins, noting that Stacy is not full time like previous holders of the position. Recorder Danny McKay also praised Stacy. “He’s worth whatever we can afford,” said McKay.

•The council approved…

Shop locally, give wisely says Secretary Tennant

CHARLESTON – As the holiday season nears, Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant asks West Virginians to take a few minutes to research charities on the Secretary of State’s website before making a donation.

“The holidays are a time when all of us give thanks for what we have and consider giving to causes we value and to those who need a bit of extra help,” Secretary Tennant said. “Unfortunately, there are people who take advantage of West Virginians’ generosity. So, as always, I ask folks to be smart, ask questions and be wary of any charity that doesn’t have answers. It’s OK to say ‘no’ at first while you do some more research. Make sure your money is going to help people in need.”

Capito joins Democratic colleague for education res.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced a bipartisan resolution honoring the goals and ideas of American Education Week. The resolution urges the people of the United States to observe American Education Week by reflecting on the positive impact of all those who work together to educate children.

“Knowledge is a powerful tool and a resource everyone deserves access to. As the mother of three children who are products of our local public schools in West Virginia, I saw firsthand how hard the teachers, administrators and staff worked to create a safe environment for students to learn. Let’s celebrate public education this week by…