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Thursday, May 28, 2015

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    Ford issued two big recalls Wednesday, one for power-steering problems on many of its recent-model sedans and crossovers, and the other to fix a heat-shielding issue on the new Ford Mustang.

    The first recall involves 422,814 sedans and crossovers to fix faulty power steering that has resulted in four accidents, but no injuries.

    The automaker says that there could be an electrical glitch in the steering gear that could result in loss of the electric power steering. If the power steering cuts out, the steering wheel is much harder to turn.

    The recall covers certain 2011 to 2013 Ford Taurus sedans and Flex crossovers, and the Lincoln MKS and MKT. It also involves the 2011 and 2012 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ and some 2011 Mercury Milans.

    In a separate action, Ford is recalling 19,486 2015 Ford Mustangs to replace a heat shield around the gas tank on those equipped with the 2.3-liter engine.

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    When the Ritchie County Board of Education met Tuesday, Superintendent Ed Toman requested a “supplement” (a pay raise) for three maintenance workers, the BOE Treasurer, Regina Epperly, and Directors April Haught, Debbie Bever and Dave Weekely.

    Toman explained that the three maintenance workers currently are paid less than those in surrounding counties and they have more duties expected of them. There have been six workers in the past with the same amount of work, and now there is more to be done in the school district. A request was made for a $2,000 supplement for each worker.

    The BOE agreed there is no longer a general maintenance worker, but today’s  workers are licensed or certified in particular areas and Ritchie County needs to do something to retain such experience. “Those skill sets and certifications are worth money on the open market,” said Ed Cokeley, Vice-President of the Board. “And it would take a lot of money to replace somebody and get them trained like the ones we have now.”

     Mr. Toman also told the BOE that Regina Epperly may not have the same years of experience as the other Directors, but from working with the Department of Education and other school districts around the state he feels she is one of the top five Finance Directors in the state.

    The other Directors have more seniority for years of service to the school district, but they have not had a supplement in pay since 2007. Mr. Toman would like for all of them to receive $4,500 supplement each. “Looking at the surrounding counties, looking at our responsibilities, we have the smallest amount of Directors than counties around us who are smaller than us,” explained Toman. “There is a list of responsibilities that I could add of what     

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    Post Commander Darwin Drain welcomed the crowd and Post Chaplain David Currey led the group in prayer. The RCHS band, led by Doctor Scott Tignor,  played patriotic selections. Pam Stanley, representing the Anne Royall Chapter, thanked all veterans in attendance, along with their families.

    The chapter is a partner of the 50th Anniversary Vietnam Commemorative, a national organization dedicated to ensuring that Vietnam veterans are thanked for their service. To date, more than 168 thousand veterans have been individually thanked and honored.  (Information courtesy of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemorative).

    Mrs. Stanley then read the names of Ritchie County soldiers known to have died during the 10 year era of the Vietnam War.   After the reading of each name, Mrs. Cheryl Haught, member of the Anne Royall Chapter, rang a bell in remembrance of the deceased. Mrs. Stanley then read family information if available.

Cheryl Haught rings a bell on Memorial Day for each name read by Pam Stanley of Ritchie County Vietnam

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    The Anne Royall Chapter NSDAR, along with Harrisville VFW Post 3354, participated in a Memorial Day service at the Ritchie County Court House on May 25, 2015 at 11:00 am.