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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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An emergency meeting was held by the Pennsboro City Council Tuesday, September 2nd, to address receiving bad news from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. They’ve gotten themselves into a stinking mess with their sewer treatment plant.
Pennsboro is being assessed $66,130 by the WVDEP when it issued “Consent Order #8142” for violations going back several years pertaining to the operation of the wastewater treatment plant and collection system.
Infractions were found over the years (some dating to 2009), and inspectors requested the problems be fixed and/or an action plan submitted on how it would be remedied. The DEP claims nothing has been submitted, no progress reports sent to their office in Charleston, and several problems continue to this day.
City Council voted to retain attorney Armando Benincasa of Steptoe & Johnson in Charleston to represent the City in this matter. They will be paying him $320 per hour for this work.
The regular City Council meeting last night was a flurry of motions and votes for purchases of equipment and contractors to work on the sewer lines, man hole covers and also water lines in Pennsboro.
A small committee of city workers and Mayor Robert Riggs have already met with Mr. Benincasa in Charleston and were encouraged by the plan of action they will be taking.
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By Debbie Frederick
Floyd M. Hodge, Sr.
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That’s pretty good considering it was his first national competition. He’s been competing since 1984, but has always stayed local. By the way, he is the undefeated horseshoe throwing champion of West Virginia - for the last 11 years.
At the national competition he was undefeated in 15 games and pitched a ringer 83.44% of the time.
Mr. Holmes graduated from Sissonville High School in 1967, and although he’s only 65, he qualifies for the elder division (normally 70 years) because of a doctor’s excuse for an old recurring injury in his throwing arm. That moved him to the elder division which is a distance of 30 feet instead of the standard 40 foot length to pitch a horseshoe.
By Debbie Frederick
In December, 2013, Rodney Windom came to the Ritchie County Commission as owner of the Ritchie Gazette weekly newspaper to formally protest the fees being charged for copies of documents.
The county Sheriff’s Office had charged him $43 for documents requested under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) as part of an investigation Windom was conducting into the spending of funds by the Sheriff. Sheriff Bryan Backus said the charges were based on what the Ritchie County Clerk charges for copies of documents.
He felt the County Clerk’s Office was asking too much at $1.50 each for the first two copies and $1.00 for each copy thereafter.
The County Commission asked Mr. Windom to make a formal request to the County Prosecutor, Steve Jones, about the matter.
At the last County Commission meeting on Thursday, Steve Jones did present the complaint again on behalf of Mr. Windom. The request is to lower the fees for copies at the courthouse. Jones presented a court briefing of the West Virginia Supreme Court that addressed a similar matter in the City of Nitro.
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by Debbie Frederick
7:00 p.m. Cairo Town Hall
7:30 p.m. Harrisville Municipal Building
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West Virginia can claim another national champion within its ranks.
David Holmes of Charleston has won the title of 2014 National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tournament Champion in the elder division.
National Horsehoe Champ,
Noon-6:00 p.m. Downtown Cairo.