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Preparation continues for LCHS child care course

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - Research, discussions, and meetings have continued in recent weeks ahead of the planned opening of a career and technical education child care program at Lincoln County High School (LCHS). Depending on funding from the state, it is hoped the program will begin this coming fall, offering students a pathway to a qualification and career in child care. The Lincoln County Board of Education received a briefing on the ongoing work at the April 1, 2014 regular session in Hamlin.

Ric MacDowell and Shelley Gaines addressed the board on the project at the meeting. MacDowell said that focus now was on encouraging students to sign up for the program. As…

Senators, Rahall welcome Obama’s HHS nomination

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Both Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Jay Rockefeller, along with U.S. Representative Nick Rahall, II, welcomed President Obama’s nomination, last week, of a West Virginian to be the nation’s next U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary.

“I am so pleased that Sylvia Mathews Burwell, a native West Virginian and current Director of the Office of Management and Budget, has been nominated as the next Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services. Sylvia’s experience in both the public and private sector, matched with the bipartisan relationships she has built over the years, shows that she is a public…

Easter fun set for Saturday

CHARLESTON - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin have invited West Virginians to attend the 2014 Easter Carnival, which will take place at the State Capitol Complex, Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Joanne and I hope you will stop by the State Capitol as we kick-off spring with the annual Easter Carnival," Gov. Tomblin said.  "This year's carnival will feature face painting, games, food, and of course an appearance by the much anticipated Easter Bunny.  Before you leave for the afternoon, we hope you will stop by the Culture Center for the sixth annual A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament."

"The Governor and I invite all West Virginians, young…

Top environmental awards for Boone, Lincoln, Logan mining

CHARLESTON - Four mining operations in Boone, Logan and Lincoln Counties were honored recently for environmental stewardship during the West Virginia Coal Association’s 41st Annual Mining Symposium in Charleston.

“These winners demonstrate the importance our industry places on being environmentally responsible,” West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney said. “Our companies operate at the cutting edge of the science of environmental reclamation and they are recognized the world over for their work.”

Apogee Coal Co., LLC’s North Rum Surface Mine in Logan County took home the National Wild Turkey Federation Award for its work in restoring former surface mine land for wildlife…

Courthouse security grant effort follows 2013 rejection

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - This time, all the paperwork is in place, all the Ts have been crossed and all the Is have been dotted. The Lincoln County Commission confirmed in recent weeks that an application for a major courthouse security grant has been submitted properly this year, after it emerged last summer that the 2013 corresponding effort failed because of missed communication and incomplete paperwork.

At the March 20, 2014 regular session of the commission in Hamlin, the members approved a resolution to apply for the West Virginia Court Security Grant in the amount of $190,891 with the commission matching with $1,000.

As reported, in the June 19, 2013 issue of…

Manchin outrage follows Blankenship documentary

By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin expressed outrage, last week, after a documentary was posted online purporting to reveal new information regarding the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Posted on the popular Internet video Website, YouTube, the "Upper Big Branch – Never Again" documentary includes extensive remarks from  former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship regarding the April 5, 2010 tragedy that saw 29 miners lose their lives.

Manchin’s office described the video as “Don Blankenship’s propaganda documentary.” The senator and former governor issued two separate statements on the matter. In the first, released Monday afternoon, March 31,…

Tomblin honors memory of miners

CHARLESTON -

††. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin last week honored the memory of the 29 miners who lost their lives at the Upper Big Branch mine.  Friday morning, April 4, the governor took a moment to write a note in the book of thoughts and prayers at a small memorial set up in the Culture Center Great Hall.  The First Lady is expected to visit the memorial later today.

"I encourage West Virginians to take a moment to visit the memorial in the Culture Center Great Hall-share your thoughts and prayers and pay tribute to the 29 miners and their families," Gov. Tomblin said.  "Joanne and I also ask West Virginians to join us in a moment of silence, tomorrow at 3:01…