West Virginia surgeon returns to small-town medicine

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A Nicholas County native who honed his robotics operation skills in Huntington has returned to small-town living and is bringing his expertise to Plateau Medical Center.

Dr. Yancy Short, a general surgeon, will be performing traditional and robotic surgery at PMC, using the da Vinci Surgical System, which reduces patient recovery time and offers surgeons more dexterity and enhanced views of patient anatomy.

The son of a coal miner, Short was born and raised in Summersville. After graduating from Richwood High School, he completed his undergraduate and medical school studies at West Virginia University, then headed to Charleston Area Medical Center for his surgical training.

Short practiced in Summersville for nearly 22 years and served on the Nicholas County Commission. During his time in Summersville, Short said he made house calls to patients.

“That was a blast,“ he said. “I loved making house calls. It lets you see what patients are about.“

Occasionally, he operated an old-fashioned system of billing.

“I went to check on this lady one time, and her daughter is like, ‘I want you to bill her insurance,‘“ Short recalled. “I said, ‘I’m not going to bill her insurance. Make me some cookies.‘“

The physician noticed that the daughter looked terrified.

“I don’t know how to bake,“ she told him.

Short said the woman later dropped a tin of store-bought cookies at his office for payment.

In February 2016, he went to St. Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, serving as co-director of the St. Mary’s Breast Center and working for the Huntington Internal Medicine Group, where he had access to advanced technology. He was sent to Atlanta, Ga., to train on the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System — the same high-tech surgical enhancement system that is offered at PMC.

The da Vinci system enables surgeons to perform operations through a few small incisions, rather than having to perform more invasive incisions.

It offers a magnified vision system, giving doctors a 3-D, high-definition view into the patient’s body.

A digitally controlled wrist instrument bends and rotates at “far greater” angles than the human hand, allowing the surgeon better access to the patient, according to the da Vinci developers.

Short felt a definite connection with robotic surgery.

“It was a kind of neat piece of equipment that I never had access to at Summersville,“ he said. “I feel it’s cutting edge. It’s the wave of the future. It’s where general surgery is already headed to.

“That’s probably my passion — robotic surgery,“ he added. “I really promoted the general use of it.“

Short built up the robotics surgery program at St. Mary’s Hospital, increasing robotic surgery among general surgeons at the hospital by 400 percent.

Dr. Paul Conley, a PMC physician, recruited Short to come to PMC as a general surgeon.

“I came and looked at the opportunity,“ Short said. “We kind of feel like we’re coming home.

“I kind of missed the small town medicine,“ he added. “In a large hospital, you’ve got so many specialties that you get pigeonholed into what you can do.“

At PMC, Short will incorporate his love of small-town medicine with his passion for robotics. He will perform general surgery, including skin lesions, endoscopy, breast surgery, vasectomies and others.

He’ll be working to revive the da Vinci robotic surgery at PMC, too.

“They’ve had the robot, and it has been used here,“ he explained. “Currently, it’s not being used. I’m hoping to market that, and I think my results will speak for themselves.“

Short reassured patients that surgeons are fully engaged and performing the actual surgery with the da Vinci system. They are just given better mobility and vision during the operation, and the healing time for patients is typically much shorter than with traditional surgery.

“I’m not putting a quarter in and getting coffee,“ he promised. “I’m controlling it. It’s like my hands are in there, and I’m controlling the arms.

“I can pick up things; I can hand-sew your bowel or your hernia from inside,“ he explained. “You’re doing it without the incision, so it’s a lot less pain. It’s really cool.“

Short is married to Mia, an operating room nurse, and the couple have four children, ages 18 to 24. His daughter is at Marshall University, while his three sons are enrolled at WVU.

The surgeon is also a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force Air Guard, where he serves as chief of Aerospace Medicine, and has deployed to the desert.

During a Superstorm Sandy snowstorm in 2012, Short evacuated an elderly woman from her Craigsville home, where she had lost power. The woman, Maggie Selman, had been a “Rosie the Riveter,“ working to build war planes in Akron, Ohio, during World War II.

Several years ago, Short diagnosed his own wife with breast cancer. Mia is now in remission, and breast surgery services remain a personal passion for Short.

“He’s a great dad and great husband,“ Mia said.

Short said he and Mia will be living in Fayetteville during his practice at Plateau Medical Center.

“I miss the small-town medicine,“ Short said. “I hope to get back to that by coming here.“

Church brings community together by cooking baked fish

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With a few more weeks of Lent left before Easter, people in the Catholic faith will be continuing the meatless tradition for a few more Fridays.

About 15 years ago, Pat Stowe wanted to bring these people together for an easy way to stick to this diet, and created a tradition that is still going on.

“It’s been about 15 years we’ve been doing these baked fish dinners,“ Stowe said. “That’s one of the calling cards, we don’t do any frying — all very healthy.“

During Lent, many Catholics abstain from eating meat on Fridays, with the exception of fish, a rule that goes back to the early days of the Christian Church.

Stowe is a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Fairmont, where these baked fish dinners are held. He works in partnership with the Knights of Columbus and about 15 other volunteers to purchase, cook and serve fish every Friday.

“It’s a group effort, we’ve got several people that are involved in it,“ Stowe said. “We’ve been doing it for so long, so everybody’s got a job. They know how to do it and they do it.“

With a well-oiled machine in the kitchen, Stowe and the volunteers are prepared to serve as many as they can. He said the community has been showing up to the dinners since they began, growing exponentially over the past four years.

“This year we’ll probably do a little over 1,000 dinners,“ Stowe said. “People just like it. It’s a good meal for a good price. It’s a good time for them to come and socialize, sit and talk over a nice dinner.“

The community response is one aspect of the dinners Stowe enjoys, but by cooking up this event, he was able to help the church as well.

“It’s just my little way of giving back to the church,“ Stowe said. “I’ve gotten involved and I just find it hard to give it up.“

The proceeds made from the take out and dining room orders go back into the church to pay for its needs, according to Stowe.

Giving the community a reason to come out was one reason Stowe wanted to begin hosting the dinners, and now, he’s happy with the way it has grown.

“The reason we do this is we wanted to welcome the community to St. Peter’s during Lent, and it’s blossomed into what it is now,“ Stowe said.

A West Virginian Rosie recalls riveting during World War II

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At 98, Lessie Moses of Milton has gone by many names during her lifetime.

She’s been a wife, a mother, a seamstress, a farmer, a doctor’s bookkeeper, a teacher, a storyteller and more.

But of all these names, Moses said there is one that sticks out and shaped her entire life.

That name is Rosie the Riveter.

Looking back on her life, Moses said she had no idea that her two years perched on top of wing flaps would come to mean so much not just to her family and town but to her state as well as the entire country.

“We just done it as a job,“ she said. “It had to be done, and we did it.“

Now known as a symbol of women empowerment and American feminism, Moses said she could not be prouder to bear the name Rosie the Riveter as one of the millions of women who flocked to factories during World War II to do their part for the war effort.

“You see the picture with Rosie and the fist and ‘We Can Do It’ - that’s the way we felt,“ she said. “We felt we could do anything they wanted us to do, even if it was men’s work. And we did it, too.“

Early life

Born in 1919 to Chloe and James Albert Hatfield, Moses is the eldest of eight siblings - three brothers and five sisters.

Growing up in Milton, Moses said her father told the family stories about his time as a soldier fighting in World War I.

“He was proud to have fought,“ she said. “He was in the cavalry. He worked with horses in the war and then again when he got home.“

Moses said it was her father’s patriotism and pride for his country that made her later job as a Rosie the perfect fit.

“We were just a patriotic family,“ she said. “We were raised to be tough, and so I think it wasn’t hard for us to fit right in to the army because my dad had been through it, and he made us kids tough.“

Even before the Rosie “We Can Do It!“ posters, Moses said her father was the one who told her she could do anything.

“‘Get out and do it,‘ he’d say.“

In January 1937, Moses married Owen Moses, just five months before graduating from Milton High School.

“I was an old married woman when I graduated,“ she said with a laugh.

After graduation, Moses spent the next 11 years moving from place to place with her husband doing a number of odd jobs.

She said a few of those years were spent in Huntington where she worked with some of her sisters as a seamstress, sewing army uniforms at manufacturing company called Casey Jones.

Becoming a riveter

In 1943, with their 2-year-old daughter Pauletta, Moses and her husband traveled to Canton, Ohio, where she found her calling as a Rosie. She was also joined by three of her sisters, Essie Clagg, Violet Meadows and Myrtle Chapman.

“It was a big thing,“ she said.

Though Rosies were tasked with a number of jobs during World War II, Moses said she was a true riveter because her job included riveting airplane wing flaps and bomb bay doors from huge sheets of metal.

“I didn’t even know what a bomb bay was,“ she said. “When I went and got the job they showed me. They got the rivet gun and the drill, and they showed me how to use it, and they said, ‘Now you just climb up on those scaffolds and every little indent you put a rivet.‘“

For the next two years, Moses said she worked side by side with her sister Essie on top of large airplanes.

“We were Lessie and Essie,“ she said. “I’d be on one side of the plane and she’d be on the other ... I made the hole with the drill, then I’d put the rivet gun there and shoot a rivet in the hole and she had to be back there with a metal bar and she bucked the rivets.“

Though she was the one using the power tools, Moses said she felt her sister had the tougher of the two jobs.

“It was tough work,“ Moses said.

While she worked, Moses said she and her husband took turns looking after their daughter.

Moses’ husband worked at the Westinghouse Naval Ordnance where he made elevating screws, a mechanism which allowed guns to be lowered and raised on ships.

“We just traded shifts,“ she said. “I worked and he kept the baby, or he worked and I kept the baby.“

Because of the importance of his job, Moses said her husband was deferred several times before being called up to the Navy in 1944.

Two of her brothers, also fought in World World II - James Albert Hatfield II, who was a Marine, and Robert Hatfield, who served in the Army.

Though she and her sisters didn’t carry a rifle or travel overseas, Moses said they didn’t think their job was any less important.

“We thought we was going to win the war just the same as those boys carrying the guns,“ she said. “That’s what they told us, they said, ‘We need you women because we can’t get men, and you girls will just have to help us win this war.‘“

Life after World War II

Following the conclusion of World War II, Moses and her family returned to Milton where her husband built the home she still lives in to this day on Newman Branch Road, a few miles outside the city limits.

Despite pleas from her family in Ohio to move closer to relatives, Moses said she can’t see herself living anywhere else.

“The house has just always been home,“ she said.

With her days atop airplanes now behind her, Moses said she found work at the former C&O Hospital as a doctor’s bookkeeper, a job she kept for the next 32 years before retiring in 1989 at the age of 70.

During that time, she said she and her husband also served as a teacher of sorts to schoolchildren who would visit their home, which was filled with all number of farm animals.

“For 30 years we had a farm out there that the schoolkids visited by the busloads,“ she said. “You name it we had it - chickens, goats, sheep, cows, ponies, llama and rheas.“

In addition to showing children chicks hatching from their eggs and what it was like to milk a cow, Moses said she also told stories about her time as a Rosie the Riveter.

Once a Rosie always a Rosie

Though she’s never forgotten about her work as a riveter to help aid in the war effort, Moses said it was decades before Rosies started getting any type of recognition.

Even her own daughter, Pauletta Evans, said it wasn’t until her teenage years that she learned about Rosie the Riveters.

“When I really realized what she had done, I was probably in high school when it really dawned on me when I realized what women had done for the war,“ Evans, 78, said. “I remember reading in class about the war and the riveters, and I came home and asked mom, and mom said, ‘I was a riveter,‘ and then she told me about it, and I’ve heard about it ever since.“

Moses said it has only been in the past few years that she has been called on to speak to groups about her time as a riveter.

In January, she also was recognized by the Milton Rotary Club and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va, during a luncheon at Shonet’s Country Cafe in Milton.

Jenkins said he also intends to have a special recognition read into the congressional record so Moses will be remembered for generations to come.

“Not many Rosies are left, but God bless the ones we have because it gives us an opportunity to say thank you for serving our country and for your incredible commitment to who we are as a nation,“ Jenkins said during the luncheon.

The recognition came as a surprise to Moses who also was joined by several members of her family during the luncheon.

Though Moses said she did not feel deserving of such an honor, her family feels quite differently.

“Her work was just as important as the men,“ Evans said. “What would they have done without airplanes?“

Seth Millhoan, Moses’ great-grandson, said he has a Rosie the Riveter poster hanging up in his living room in Cincinnati as a simple reminder of what Moses, her sisters and others like her did.

“I have three daughters, and it’s really cool to be able to tell them stories of the strong women in our family and just for them to have that example is pretty cool,“ he said.

While his daughters - at ages 11, 9 and 6 - are a little young to fully understand the impact made by Rosie the Riveters, Millhoan said he could not be more proud that they have such strong women role models to look up to.

“When you’re a kid I don’t think you have the context to appreciate what’s happening in the culture around you, but what will be cool for them is to look back and know that they’ve lived through some of this new women-empowered movement,“ he said. “A movement that in a way was started by their great-great-grandmother by doing something that people said they probably couldn’t do but it was their way to pitch in and buck the trend and to say you don’t make the rules, we make the rules.“

While she is honored by the recognition, Moses said she is sad that her younger sisters, who also were Rosies, were unable to share in the praise.

“I think a lot of times how my sisters missed all of this,“ she said. “They’re all dead now, and they didn’t get none of this praise, but maybe I’m getting enough for all of us.“

Although it’s been more than 70 years since Lessie Moses picked up a riveting gun, she said the Rosie the Riveter can-do spirit has never left her.

A few years ago, while visiting with friends at the Milton Senior Citizen Center, Moses said she heard someone comment that a sewing machine was broken and needed fixing.

As if by some call to action, she immediately got up and said, “Oh let me get over there. I can fix it. Rosie the Riveter can fix anything.“

Communications firm takes legal action against worker strike

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Telecommunications company Frontier Communications has requested an injunction against its protesting employees.

About 1,400 employees in West Virginia and Ashburn, Virginia, represented by the Communication Workers of America union have been striking since March 4 after union leaders and the company failed to reach a contract agreement.

News outlets report the company filed the request Thursday for the court’s “assistance to protect life, limb and property.“ The filing says the union and its affiliated members have “embarked down a dangerous and lawless road,“ noting more than 100 incidents of abuse including threatening employees and blocking property access.

But the vice president of the union’s District 2-13, Ed Mooney, says union’s members are following the law and that the filing is an attempt by Frontier Communications to subdue strikers through the courts.

Feds to bulk up prosecuting crime in West Virginia city

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More federal prosecutors will be going after criminals in one West Virginia city.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said at a news conference Thursday in Huntington that prosecutors are being added to cases targeting drug trafficking, violent crime and gun crime in West Virginia’s second-largest city.

Stuart says the goal of the Project Huntington initiative is to make West Virginia’s second-largest city the safest one in America.

Stuart says the number of prosecutors focused on those cases will be doubled within weeks. The effort will be led by assistant U.S. attorney Monica Coleman.

Last year U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors to bring the toughest charges possible

More WV Towns, Counties Sue Over Opioid Crisis

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Two West Virginia counties have joined numerous others in suing pharmaceutical companies, drugstores and the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy over the state’s opioid crisis.

Barbour and Taylor counties have hired lawyers from West Virginia and Florida to seek temporary and permanent restraining orders to curb practices they say are fueling the crisis, restitution, punitive damages and an insurance award from the Board of Pharmacy.

The lawsuits filed Tuesday says the defendants, including McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal, knew opioids were addictive, yet still flooded the state with the drugs through unscrupulous practices.

The pharmaceutical companies have denied similar claims.

Eleven local West Virginia governments are also suing drug companies who they say failed to follow state and federal law to prevent the distribution and abuse of prescription pain medication that’s created the state’s opioid crisis.

The lawsuits filed in the federal court this week come from governments around the state. The municipalities include Quinwood, Rupert, Rainelle, Milton, Smithers, Sutton, Logan, Summersville and Parkersburg, in addition to Nicholas and Braxton counties.

West Virginia GOP Chair, Dem Candidate Spat on Social Media

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A Twitter spat has broken out between the West Virginia Republican Party chairwoman and a Democratic candidate for Congress that ended up with her questioning him for collecting a military pension.

The disagreement started Wednesday night when Melody Potter criticized U.S. House 3rd District candidate Richard Ojeda (oh-JED’-ah) for engaging with “liberal buddy” Michael Moore. Potter called the meeting with the filmmaker “a slap in the face to every hardworking West Virginian.“

After Ojeda responded that Potter believes a “weak kneed” Republican is going to defeat him, Potter replied, “at least I do not get money from the government ole’ Richard.“

Ojeda says the attack represents “new lows coming from a scared leadership.“

The West Virginia Democratic Party says the state GOP is “out of touch with our veterans.“

Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts

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Governor Jim Justice has moved swiftly to name an acting Secretary for Education and the Arts after the resignation of Gayle Manchin two days ago.

Justice, shortly after noon today, named Clayton Burch, who has been a top official within the state Department of Education.

This all comes as Justice weighs whether to sign a bill that would dissolve the Department of Education and the Arts and move its programs to other state agencies, including the Department of Education.

It’s all become complicated and inter-twined, but Justice’s announcement was only two sentences:

“Governor Jim Justice has appointed W. Clayton Burch as Acting Secretary for the Department of Education and the Arts.

“Burch has been serving as Associate State Superintendent of Schools. His appointment is effective today, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.”

Burch most recently has been state Associate Superintendent of Schools, serving as the No. 2 to state Superintendent Steve Paine.

Before that, he served as the head of the Division of Teaching and Learning.

Burch was at a state Board of Education meeting this afternoon and took a moment to discuss his new role. He said the first priority is calming the waters at Education and the Arts.

“Number one priority is, I’m also the deputy state superintendent of schools, and I think you’ve hit the nail on the head is calming waters and assuring everybody that each and every agency is our most valuable — and top priority is making sure that each of them are given a thorough and efficient evaluation.”

Burch previously directed the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning, which focused on pre-K through 5th grade instruction and learning, as well as the implementation of the state’s Universal Pre-K program.

His work has included community collaboration efforts, continuous quality improvement projects, school readiness initiatives and professional development. Burch has served on numerous national advisory councils and is known as an expert in early childhood education.

~~  Brad McElhinny ~~

03.15.2018 NewsWest Virginia

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Brad got it all mixed up.
Gayle Manchin’s *resignation*....?

T-V, radio, newspapers across the state and beyond, even national news sources, all reported
that Governor Justice FIRED Gayle Manchin.

Brad, your effort to smooth that puts you squarely in concert with the rest of the BS fake news world.

By Brad got it mixed  on  03.15.2018

Gilmer County has long memories. We recall the hill crest fund raiser out along Mineral Road to raise money for the Manchin political machine.

That was followed by Gayle’s insulting rant against the County leading to the damage of our school system and outlying communities during the State’s six years of iron rule intervention.

The good news is that Gayle is gone along with all other members of the WV State Board of Education responsible for our County’s intervention and the waste and mismanagement it wrought. Karma is alive and well WV!

By B. Jones  on  03.16.2018

The centerpiece of nationally reported fake news pertained to Gayle Manchin’s plan for making WV’s southern coal field area a model for school system turn-a-rounds.

After the intense trail of high profile TV appearances to tout Manchin’s plan and pouring in money down there, nothing worked out as promised. 

The lesson from this sad saga is to focus on facts instead of what politicians try to pull over on voters.

The chronic problem in WV is that facts are routinely hidden by some politicians to keep voters misinformed.

By Bill Williams  on  03.16.2018

Yes, it would appear that Gayle M. has lost some of her ‘luster’ ?

The question now.  Will she pop back up somewhere else like that Whack-a-Mole game?

By Charleston Reader  on  03.18.2018

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Former West Virginia judge set to be released from prison

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A former West Virginia judge is scheduled to be released from federal prison this week.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons website indicates former Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury is set for release on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston sentenced Thornsbury to 50 months in prison in June 2014 after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against civil rights. Thornsbury and former Mingo Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2013 scheme to force a defendant in a drug case to change attorneys.

The website says Thornsbury is currently incarcerated at the residential re-entry management facility in Nashville, Tennessee. He previously was incarcerated at the federal correction institution in Pensacola, Florida. After release, he will be subject to three years of supervised release.

West Virginia University offering free oral cancer screening

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West Virginia University is offering free oral cancer screenings next month in Morgantown.

The university said in a news release that West Virginia ranks fourth in the U.S. for instances of oral cavity and pharynx cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed West Virginia behind Kentucky, Hawaii and South Dakota.

West Virginia University Medicine head and neck surgeon Rusha Patel said in the release that the state has one of the highest rates of oral and smoking tobacco use in the country, which is among the risk factors for head and neck cancers.

Patel said screening events are important for early detection and education.

The screenings will be given from 9 a.m. to noon on April 7 at the Physician Office Center.

Needle Exchange Program Won’t Come to West Virginia Town

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Local outcry has scuttled plans to bring a needle exchange program to a West Virginia town.

News outlets report that Kanawha County Communities That Care spokesman Scott Burton said at a Monday night public meeting in Rand that communities that don’t want the harm reduction program won’t get it.

More than 100 people turned up at the Rand Community Center to hear from Kanawha-Charleston Health Department officials about the possible mobile program. Dozens of residents expressed their opposition through apparel and public comment, and the Community Association of Rand declined to take a vote on the health department’s proposal.

The opposition comes on the heels of an effort to end a similar program in Charleston, where the mayor says dirty needles have ended up on playgrounds and in public parks.

Nonprofit to offer free, guided hikes at West Virginia parks

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A nonprofit focused on improving regional public health will soon offer monthly guided hikes at four West Virginia state parks.

The free Active Southern West Virginia hikes at the New River Gorge-area parks will take place the first Sunday of each month, starting April 01 at Pipestem. The hikes will also be offered at Bluestone, Babcock and Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Parks.

Community Captain Levi Moore says the nonprofit is expanding on the success of its partnership with the National Park Service to offer more opportunities to explore the state. He said he hopes the state park partnership will expand to additional activities.

The nonprofit currently partners with the New River Gorge National River of the NPS to offer activities ranging from tai chi to paddleboarding.

U.S. Supreme Court Case to Determine Future of Sports Betting in WV

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Governor Jim Justice says a bill will become law to permit sports betting at the state’s five casinos in the event that a U.S. Supreme Court case leads to the repeal of a nationwide ban.

It would allow sports betting at West Virginia licensed casinos and on Lottery Commission-approved mobile device applications.

The state would collect 10 percent of gross receipts. Bettors would have to be at least 21.

Later this year, the court will decide New Jersey’s challenge to a law banning sports betting in most states.

Supporters say it will create jobs and tax revenues and bring sports betting into the open.

Critics say it will increase gambling and addictions and could compromise integrity of sporting events.

Justice says he’s asked the Legislature to consider partnering with major sports leagues.

Equipment, Staffing Issues Shut Down Fire Department

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A West Virginia fire department has been temporarily shut down over outdated equipment and inadequate staffing.

State Fire Marshal spokesman Tim Rock says the Northfork Volunteer Fire Department voluntarily closed earlier this month following an investigation. Rock says the department has 180 days to correct the violations.

Northfork Mayor Carol Sizemore says officials are working to bring the department up to standard, and limited EMT services are still running. The town of less than 500 will be serviced by neighboring volunteer fire departments in the meantime.

McDowell County Commissioner Michael Brooks called the closure “unreal,“ emphasizing the sense of security volunteer fire departments bring, as well as their potential to save million in personal property expenses. He attributed the problems to funding more than manpower.

West Virginia school district given $440K tech award

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A rural West Virginia school board has been chosen to receive more than $440,000 for video conference technology to provide distance learning.

The $440,295 award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was announced Friday by West Virginia’s two U.S. senators, Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito.

A news release from Manchin’s office said the funding will help provide interactive distance learning services to eight sites in Lincoln County. The release said the project will allow the schools to support expanded educational opportunities to elementary, middle and high schools as well as improve college and career readiness, provide education services to home-bound and home-schooled children and increase job training opportunities.

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