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  The Ritchie County Board of Education heard reports at their regular meeting Monday night that were geared towards preparing for Winter in the district.

  The health nurse for the district , Alisha Shepler, passed out reports on Ebola and also Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) that has been covered so much in the news lately. She wanted the board members to be educated on those illnesses since it has been the topic of discussion for several weeks now.

   Shepler does not feel it is a problem in Ritchie County, and stresses the importance of good hand washing as with any cold and flu season.

  She has been working with the epidemiologist for our area, Jennie Mullins, and they report to one another on a regular basis about any illnesses and trends they are seeing in the Ritchie County school district and also in surrounding school districts.       

BOE Hears Preparations

For Winter

By Debbie Frederick

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  Six landfills that accept low-level radiation waste from oil and gas drill cuttings will soon have radiation detectors set up by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, according to Scott Mirandola, Director of Division of Water and Waste Management. There will be a detector in one landfill in Wood, Wetzel, Ohio and Brooke counties, and two landfills in Harrison County.

  Earlier this year a landfill in Harrison County was closed because it had accepted drill cuttings that were deemed above the level of established background radiation. The WV DEP went to work on emergency plans with the WV legislature to set up detectors in those landfills.

  Tonnage limits were lifted for the six landfills, but each load must go through a radiation detection. Those loads above acceptable levels will be rejected and the DEP notified.

   Other states, such as Pennsylvania, had problems with radioactive material showing up in their land fills and that state’s DEP did a study on the oil and gas drilling waste.

   There is naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) at deep levels under the earth. Other state DEPs, including Pennsylvania, have not found the radioactive waste to be a health threat to humans, but will continue to monitor all drilling waste, such as what West Virginia is doing with these new detectors being available to landfills.

DEP Installing Radiation Detectors

In 6 Landfills

By Debbie Frederick





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  Early voting has been open to Ritchie County residents since Wednesday, October 22nd. At the end of Thursday, October 30th, around 600 people had cast a ballot.   

  Poll worker, Jane Mullen said she believed it was the highest number of early votes she had seen in the county.

  Another poll worker, Cheryl Haught, commented that voters would come in as a trickle, then suddenly the room would be filled!

  Early voting ends Saturday, November 1st, and can be done in the Commission Room at the Ritchie County Court House today from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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By Debbie Frederick

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