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Tomblin recommends $125,000 for agency expanding to Lincoln

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

CHARLESTON - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin last week announced recommendations for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Investment Program grants. The recommended projects total more than $4.3 million in grant funding. Among the agencies set to benefit is the Coalfield Development Corporation, which is currently expanding its operations into Lincoln County.

"From public water systems to education and workforce development, the projects I've recommended for funding all help foster statewide economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for all West Virginians," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm grateful for the ARC's continued commitment, as well as the…

Coalfield Development hosts meeting as Lincoln County effort ramps up

By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE

Managing Editor

HAMLIN - Various local leaders took part in a meeting hosted by the Wayne County-based Coalfield Development Corporation (CDC) in Hamlin, recently. The agency has reached out over the past year to the Lincoln County Commission, the Lincoln Economic Development Authority, the Town of West Hamlin, and the Town of Hamlin, with a view to bringing its services to Lincoln County. The most recent community discussion took place at the Hamlin Community Center, Thursday, August 28, 2014.

Among those taking part in the meeting were CDC Executive Director Brandon Dennison, Tom Lageman, Hamlin Mayor David “Flimsy” Adkins, former Mayor Chris Wilkinson, Gary…

Morrisey in call blocking call

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently joined 38 other states and territories in a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to allow phone companies to utilize call-blocking technologies that would better protect consumers from unwanted calls and scams.

 Call-blocking technologies, such as NoMoRobo, Call Control, and Telemarketing Guard, have been developed to enable phone carriers to identify and block unwelcome sales calls at their customers’ request. However, some phone carriers have not implemented this technology, in part because of the belief that federal law prevents carriers from blocking calls on their consumers’ behalf.

 “It seems that…