Local News

Joblessness eases to 6.5%

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

CHARLESTON - Lincoln County's rate of unemployment is continuing the general downward movement observed over the past number of years. According to data released last week by WorkForce West Virginia, 470 people were without work here in July. That was down 20 from the June figure of 490. More significantly, the total fell by 110 year on year. July 2016 saw 580 out of work in Lincoln County.

The rate of unemployment stood at 6.5 percent in July. This was down from 6.7 percent in June and well down on the 7.9 percent rate recorded a year earlier in July of 2016. Lincoln County's civilian labor force stood at 7,210 in July of 2017, down from 7,330 in June.…

Huntington VA renamed for Williams

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) last week supported a resolution to rename the Huntington Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center after Hershel “Woody” Williams. Woody is West Virginia’s only living Medal of Honor recipient and from Fairmont, West Virginia.

 “Woody has dedicated his life to public service, and he has represented the state of West Virginia with the utmost honor and distinction. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Woody continued in public service at the Veterans Affairs Administration for 35 years. Even today, at the age of 93, Woody travels around the country to advocate for Veterans and their families, to include those…

At the Capitol: State Corrections in crisis

By PHIL KABLER

For the West Virginia

Press Association

CHARLESTON - While legislators returned to the Capitol for the first time since an extended special session on the budget ended on June 26, their August legislative interim committee meetings were overshadowed by events in the governor’s office.

During interims, Gov. Jim Justice hosted his first media availability after firing his chief of staff, Nick Casey, and after a two-day stay in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for a viral infection.

Justice said he had change of heart and decided to fire Casey, a former state Democratic chairman, on Aug. 14 after it became clear that Justice’s change of party registration from Democrat to…

Harvey giving: use caution says AG

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is reminding consumers to use caution as they open their wallets to help those devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

 “Our hearts and prayers are with Texas,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “As many West Virginians return the generosity Texans shared during our devastating 2016 flood, I urge everyone to give wisely and make sure someone with ill intent does not take advantage of your compassion.”

 Those concerned about the legitimacy of a specific charity or organization should confirm it is registered to solicit donations. That information can be accessed through the Secretary of State’s Office in West Virginia and/or Texas.