Amid successes, pay spat marks W.Va. session’s end CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After passing large-scale measures that aim to improve public schools and reduce crime, one issue proved too vexing for the West Virginia Legislature on the final day of its 2013 session: magistrate pay raises.
The 2013 session ended Saturday with the Senate and House of Delegates unable to agree on how many county magistrates and top court staff should get salary increases. Senators sought to limit raises mostly to...
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Local woman celebrates 113th birthday The family of Adell Adams of Stirrat gathered at the Omar Community Center to celebrate her 113th birthday on April 6. According to family history and a Bible, it is estimated that Adell was born April 8, 1900, in Gordo, Ala.
At the age of 113, Adell walks with the aid of a cane, does lots of crocheting, especially afghans, quilts and is looking forward to planting her family garden this summer.
“She loves gardening,” said her daughter Th...
Little Shop of Horrors devours LHS What shall a man profit, if he gains the entire world (or at least his attractive fellow flower shop assistant Audrey), and lose his own soul feeding an ill-tempered, singing carnivore plant that reveals itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination?
Those are words to ponder in the madcap musical comedy “Little Shop of Horrors,” which will be performed by Logan High School at 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, April 18-19 and 2 p.m. and...
Motor vehicle violations drive temporary jail inmate to additional charges West Virginia State Police answered a call about a suspicious vehicle at the Southwestern Regional Jail.
The officers located the suspect vehicle, which was a white Ford Econoline van. They found a fraudulent motor vehicle inspection sticker inside the vehicle. A DMV query on the license plate came back as that of a Pontiac Sunfire and a fraudulent registration sticker was on the plate.
The owner of the vehicle was found to be Jason Ball,...
Emery faces multiple charges West Virginia State Police received a report of a truck being broken into along WV Route 10 near Chapmanville.
The victim who made the report told officers he saw the man accused of the crime flee from the vehicle.
The officers visited the residence of Jimmy Ray Emery Jr., 37, of Pecks Mill, where they found the vehicle registration and numerous items belonging to the victim.
Emery was placed in custody.
Officers observed two shotgun ...
WVa sheriff shooting suspect bought multiple guns CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The man accused of killing a West Virginia sheriff bought several guns — not just one — after he had been determined legally ineligible to own them, a prosecutor said Friday.
Michael Sparks said the purchases were made after February 2010, when 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard was deemed ineligible. Sparks, the Mingo County prosecutor, has declined to say why Maynard wasn’t allowed to own a gun. But the suspect’s f...
Patriot, UMWA continue wrangling over bankruptcy CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Bankrupt Patriot Coal’s latest offer to a union angry about the possible loss of retirees’ pension and health care benefits includes a 35 percent equity stake in the reorganized company.
The United Mine Workers of America said Friday it appears to be “a step forward” but it’s still reviewing the proposals.
The UMW has staged several protests in St. Louis and in Charleston, drawing attention to what it calls broken...
W.Va. passes school lunch bill after fiery debate CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After a fiery floor debate, with invocations of scripture, memories of leaner times and calls to action, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill to try and ensure that no school child is denied a meal because of cost.
“It is pathetic that in a country as wealthy as this, that we’re talking about whether we should feed kids or not,” a visibly emotional House Majority Leader Brent Boggs said. “Somebody bett...
W.Va. Senate shuns EPA selenium standard CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Both chambers of the West Virginia legislature have passed a bill that would create a new, likely more lenient standard for regulating selenium discharges into waterways from coal mines.
The bill passed unanimously by the Senate Friday calls for a state specific selenium standard, rather than the federal standard published by the Environmental Protection Agency. If coal mines are found to have exceeded guidelines th...
W.Va. passes bill spurred by missing teen CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The case of a West Virginia teen who disappeared and was later found dead prompted the state legislature to tweak the state’s Amber Alert process.
“Skylar’s Law” passed the state Senate unanimously Friday after passing the House in March.
State law currently limits Amber Alerts to cases where a child is believed to be abducted. The bill requires law enforcement to relay initial reports of any missing child to the ...
W.Va. legislature bans sexting by minors CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia legislature has banned sexting by minors.
The bill passed unanimously by the Senate Friday defines sexting as any digital possession or transmission of sexually explicit images of a minor.
It states that when a minor does it, it is equal to an adult felony level offense.
For a first sexting offense the punishment would include a diversionary education program.
The bill says that the internet’...
W.Va. passes cell phone tracking bill CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia wireless providers will have to help police track a person’s cell phone in emergencies involving death or serious physical harm.
The state Senate voted unanimously Friday to pass West Virginia’s version of the Kelsey Smith Act. The House passed the bill in March.
Several states have considered such legislation since the 2007 abduction and murder of 18-year-old Kansan Kelsey Smith. Cell phone signals ...
W.Va. moves to bar minors from tanning beds CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House passed a bill that would prohibit anyone under age 18 from going to tanning salons without parental permission.
The bill passed Friday completely bans anyone under age 14 from going to a tanning salon. It requires consent forms warning all customers that using tanning beds can cause cancer and other health risks.
Penalties for salons that serve minors range from $100 for a first offense to ...
Logan native needs life-saving transplant A Logan native is in need of a lung transplant and is reaching out to his hometown for help.
Charles “Chuck” Curry served in the U.S. Navy and survived three tours in Vietnam on the USS Kitty Hawk and the USS Ticonderoga. At age 66, his activities and time with his two children and three grandchildren are limited by a serious health condition.
In 2010, Charles “Chuck” Curry began experiencing shortness of breath. A visit to the doctor res...
Beatles tribute band tonight If you loved the Beatles, then you will enjoy tonight’s concert at the Coalfield Jamboree by the Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band
The band consists of four talented musicians and actors who were hand-picked by Louise Harrison – sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles.
Harrison’s involvement with Liverpool Legends, Beatles Tribute Band, makes them the only band in the world with a close, direct biological link to the origin...
3 area schools named Priority Schools CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Three Logan County Schools, Buffalo Elementary, Man High School and Chapmanville High School, has been placed on a pending list of low performing schools by the West Virginia Board of Education. These schools will get additional support to meet the needs of their students.
The priority schools designation is part of West Virginia’s ESEA Flexibility Request which includes waivers of certain provisions of the Elementary an...
Homeowner discovers meth making A Chapmanville homeowner took suspicions and drug paraphenalia to the West Virginia State Police.
Needles, foil wrappings with a white powdery substance on them and clear bottles with a white crystal substance in them were turned over to officers.
The homeowner consented to a search of the residence, where officers found a couple who had items suggesting the possible production of methamphetamine (meth).
The criminal complaint says Sara...
Feds looking into W.Va. suspect’s gun application CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man charged with killing a West Virginia sheriff is being investigated by federal prosecutors over his gun permit application, a prosecutor said Thursday.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Thursday that the investigation will focus on the form filled out by 37-year-old Tennis Melvin Maynard, including whether he was truthful about his personal information.
Maynard is accused of shooting Sheriff Eugene Crum last w...
W.Va. Legislature approves gun-rights law update CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A unanimous West Virginia Legislature wants the government to face lawsuits if it ever tries to confiscate guns or ammunition during declared states of emergency.
The bill receiving final approval Thursday updates a 2007 law meant to protect firearm ownership during such times. The Senate backed off proposed changes to the House-passed measure after delegates objected.
Spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said Gov. Earl...
W.Va. school board president says audit misleading CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Board of Education President Wade Linger is disputing an audit’s finding that the state education system has a top-heavy bureaucracy.
Linger said the audit’s administrative position numbers are misleading. He discussed the numbers Wednesday during a presentation to the board, the Charleston Gazette reported Thursday.
“We certainly are not bloated,” he said. “That’s my position.”
The audit found tha...
Boil water advisory lifted The Logan County Public Service District has lifted a boil water advisory for the area of Little Harts to River Bend Road on Thursday, April 11. The advisory had been in effect since April 8.
For more information, contact the Logan County Public Service District at 304-946-2641.
Donate Life Ceremony at LRMC April is National Donate Life Month and Logan Regional Medical Center is observing the month by flying a ‘Donate Life’ flag, which was raised during a special ceremony on Tuesday morning.
The flag, which will be flown all across the nation, honors those who have given the gift of life through organ, tissue and eye donation.
Learn more about organ donation by visiting www.donatelife.wv.gov
HMT to host benefit for local kids Just a reminder that the World Famous Hatfield-McCoy Trails will be having a very special benefit ride this weekend to assist local children with extreme health problems to pay for medical care and travel expenses.
The Ride to Survive benefit is to help Skyler Miller, Ben Gillman and Gabe Lyall and their families as they struggle with chemo treatments and other healthcare issues associated with cancer. The event will take place in the city ...
Criminal charges filed recently in Magistrate Court The following is a listing of those recently charged in Magistrates Court:
• Mark Adam Maynard, 34, was charged on March 10 with speeding and DUI by the West Virginia State Police. His bail was set at $2,000.
• Teara Lasha Marcum, 20, was charged won March 10 with domestic assault and domestic battery by the WVSP. Her bail was set at $1,500.
• Travis Shelton Abbott, 21, was charged March 10 with domestic assault and domestic battery by ...
Tomblin signs education bill CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia counties will soon have more leeway when hiring educators and scheduling 180 days of student learning each year, after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday signed wide-ranging public schools legislation that topped his agenda this session.
The measure, which takes effect June 30, also offers loan forgiveness to teachers who commit to critical-need subject and geographic areas. It will repay nationally ce...
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