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Tuesday, July  29, 2014

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  Robert Riggs began his term as mayor of Pennsboro July 1st, and he has been busy on his plan of action every day so far.

  In his first City Council meeting as mayor on July 7th, Riggs got approval to install new water meters, purchase a radar gun for the City Police that reads speed from front and behind a vehicle, reported he has met with Antero Resources about helping repair Myles Stadium and announced he is tackling the image of the city to turn it around.

  Not bad for his first week in office.

  The water meters have been discussed for several months, but no action was ever taken. Now they will be ordered and installed as soon as possible after they arrive.

  Myles Stadium has a chronic problem with flooding which affects all of the recreation area and limits use by the public because it is so muddy. Antero has brought in their engineering team (at no charge) to look at the situation and may have a solution. Antero will contact other oil and gas companies working in the area to see if they would be willing to pitch in, too. The company will allow the use of their equipment to do the work.

   Riggs says Donnie Jones has been appointed to oversee Recreation for the city. Engineers from Antero have already met with them to look at       

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To Pennsboro

By Debbie Frederick

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  An EF-1 tornado traveled through the community of Finch Sunday evening according to officials with the National Weather Service. They released their findings Monday afternoon after looking at the evidence and reviewing radar gathered at the time the storm passed through the region.

   The report says the tornado traveled from Pleasants into Ritchie County touching down one mile South of Maxwell at approximately 7:15 p.m. and lifted at 7:30. It was calculated to be about 200 yards wide and traveled nearly four miles total.

  The Enhanced Fujita scale (EF) uses detailed descriptions for examples of damage to 23 types of buildings and five additional objects like trees, towers, and poles. Wind speed estimates are then provided for each structure and type of damage. Winds are estimated to have been about 100 miles per hour at Finch. A mobile home and two other stick-built homes sustained damage from the winds, as well as multiple trees knocked down in various directions indicating a rotating pattern.

  Fortunately, there were no injuries. Work continued all day to clear away fallen trees and debris from the area. While many driving by the

Tornado Confirmed At Finch

By Debbie Frederick

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10:30 p.m. Harrisville Library

1:00 p.m. Pennsboro Library

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Noon-6:00 p.m. Harrisville Woman’s-Lions Club Center


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Recalling Fruit

From California

By Debbie Frederick

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  West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture, Walt Helmrick is warning consumers to be on the lookout for fruit recalled by Wawona Packing Company, of Cutler, Calif. Most are the “Sweet 2 Eat” brand.

  This is a voluntary recall after a routine sampling by the company detected Listeria monocytogenes on some of the fruit. Consumers should be especially cautious if they might have affected products that predate the actual recall, said Commissioner Helmrick.

  Products in this recall are lots of whole peaches, both white and yellow, nectarines, plums, and pluots packed between June 1, 2014 and July 12, 2014. Some affected stores in West Virginia includes, Sam’s Club and Kroger locations.

  No illnesses have been linked to this recall, but Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

  To learn more and to see photos of the recalled items click here:



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Town of Ellenboro.

A leak was found in the waterline and repaired overnight.