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Humane Society Receives New Truck

By Debbie Frederick



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  Christmas came early for the Ritchie County Humane Society. A brand new Ford F-150 truck was delivered Thursday compliments of the Ross Foundation.

  The Ross Foundation is a family foundation based in Parkersburg with a primary focus in supporting causes within local communities throughout West Virginia with emphasis in the five counties of Wood, Ritchie, Doddridge, Pleasants and Jackson.

  Randa Watson, fundraising chairman for the Ritchie County Humane Society, contacted the Foundation about helping with a few projects. Randa, Kitty Ray and Judy Watson, president/director of the Humane Society met with Mr. Tres Ross a few months ago to go over their needs.

  Ross requested a “wish list” from them with the item of highest priority at the top of that list. That was an easy one, because the top need was a vehicle, preferably a truck. The Jeep used by the Humane Society Officer was in the garage for repairs with one thing after another.

  Just as they were ready to send the list to the Ross Foundation, there was a phone call. “Mr. Ross was on the other end of the phone,” said Judy Watson. “He told us to get a price on the truck with a topper and he would send us a check. Two weeks later we picked up a new truck!”

  Press Release - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced today that the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, along with attorneys general in 49 other states, the District of Columbia and federal regulators, reached a settlement with T-Mobile USA Inc. to resolve allegations that the company placed unauthorized charges for third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills, a practice known as mobile cramming.

  T-Mobile has agreed to pay at least $90 million to the states and federal regulatory agencies. Of that, at least $67.5 million must be paid to consumers — a portion of which may be paid by forgiving debts consumers may owe T-Mobile.  T-Mobile will also pay $18 million to the attorneys general and $4.5 million to the Federal Communications Commission. West Virginia anticipates receiving $211,000.

  “This settlement is a victory for West Virginia consumers who had extra charges for third-party products tacked on to their cell phone bills without the their permission,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Consumers need to know that the companies they are dealing with are acting fairly and taking all necessary steps to protect them from those who may try to be deceptive.”

  Under the terms of the settlements, T-Mobile must provide each victim of cramming who files a claim under its Premium SMS Refund Program an opportunity for a full refund.

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CDC Warns

Of Candy Apple Illness

By Debbie Frederick

  The Center for Disease Control has issued a warning to not buy or consume packaged candy apples until further notice. There have been five deaths, 28 hospitalized and countless others sickened in at least 19 states between October 17th and November 27th.

   The candy apples contain the Listeria bacteria. There have been three cases of meningitis in children linked to the listeria, as well.

  Specific brand names are not known at this time, as the CDC is still working to pinpoint the outbreak. Over 80% of those interviewed who became sick had eaten a packaged candy apple.

  The states experiencing listeria illness so far are Arizona, California, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Caroline, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.


(l-r) Randa Watson, Tres Ross, Judy Watson with adoptable dogs Scruffy and Missie.

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