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Roofing projects near completion, LED work continues, new locks planned

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - Roofs, lights, and keys were among the topics covered by Maintenance & Facilities Director Greg Gosnay during a recent update to the Lincoln County Board of Education. The director spoke at the September 25, 2018 regular session of the board in Hamlin. The updates from the director included the following:

•Problems surrounding the installation of lighting at the Lincoln County High School baseball field have been resolved following consultations with AEP. The issue pertained to the concession stand. “We’ve got a fix,” said Gosnay.

•An awning was ordered for the new modular building at Midway Elementary, at a cost of $5,400.

•Roofing work was…

Committee narrows finance focus

CHARLESTON - The State Board of Education’s committee on school finance and funding outlined six areas of concern to report to the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to consider to improve education funding at its meeting this week. The committee concluded that student needs have changed dramatically over the last several years and changes have not been made to the state funding formula to equitably and adequately meet those needs. The opioid crisis is one of many external factors that are requiring a renewed commitment and reassessment of meeting student needs within the public education system.

The committee unanimously agreed on the following six preliminary recommendations:

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Governor appoints three new members to Marshall Board of Governors

HUNTINGTON - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed three people to the Marshall University Board of Governors.

William A. Smith Sr., Geoffrey S. Sheils, and H. Toney Stroud, all of Cabell County, will serve three-year terms ending June 30, 2022.

Smith, a retired Cabell County Schools superintendent, will succeed Oshel Craigo.  Sheils, who is with Huntington, WesBanco, Inc., will replace Michael Sellards and Stroud, an attorney with BrickStreet Insurance, will succeed Joseph McDonie.

Marshall President Jerome A. Gilbert thanked the outgoing members for their dedication and service to Marshall over the past several years.

“The commitment to serve as a member of the board of…

Turnout 47 percent statewide, 43.4 in Lincoln County

CHARLESTON - Secretary of State Mac Warner said he is pleased with the voter turnout in the state’s General Election last week.  Warner also took time to commend the state’s 55 county clerks for preparing for and managing the election.

 Based on the unofficial results reported by the counties, voter turnout for this midterm election was unofficially more than 47 percent. In Lincoln County, the rate was 43.4 percent of the 13,202 voters here.

 Six counties started Election Day with power outages in 14 of the state’s 1,740 voting precincts. However, the Secretary of State’s Office and county clerks planned ahead and supplied generators to most precincts before the polls opened, and shortly…

Marshall University receives $25 million gift for college of business

HUNTINGTON - Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert announced alumnus and Intuit Chairman and CEO Brad D. Smith and his wife, Alys Smith, have made a $25 million gift to the university’s Lewis College of Business.

Gilbert said the Smiths’ gift—one of the largest in Marshall’s history—is “transformational” and will provide new and dynamic opportunities for current and future business students.

“It is with great excitement that the university announces this magnificent gift from Brad and Alys Smith,” he said. “Their generosity will provide a strong foundation for the redesign, reorganization and reenergizing of our college of business.”

In announcing the gift, Gilbert said the…