Archive for July 2007

State AFSCME director prank calls rival union

July 31, 2007

By Anna Sale 

Back in February, two labor unions representing state workers held dueling rallies at the state Capitol. Apparently, relations haven’t gotten any better in the four months since. Last week, the director of one union prank called the other union – and then forgot to hang up. 

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No public transit for potential workers at Ohio county retail development

July 31, 2007

By Keri Brown Like many counties in the Northern Panhandle, Ohio County is struggling to replace manufacturing jobs.. County officials are banking on a booming retail development known as the Highlands to help raise their employment numbers. But potential workers have to get around a major obstacle: there’s no public transportation to the development.

McDowell activist who promoted education now going to college herself

July 31, 2007

By Scott Finn 

For more than 20 years. Franki Patton Rutherford has been trying to convince the young people of McDowell County to further their education. Earlier this year, her daughter became the first woman in the family to complete her college degree. 

Now, it’s Rutherford’s turn. The 57-year-old community activist is retiring today from being executive director of Big Creek People in Action. Rutherford will soon be a full-time student at Ferrum College in Virginia.

Delegate resigns after struggle with depression

July 30, 2007

By Scott Finn 

Raleigh County Delegate Ron Thompson resigned last week, citing his continuing struggle with depression. At least one of his colleagues is wondering whether he was treated fairly because he suffered from mental illness.

Vets await opening of nursing home

July 30, 2007

By Emily Corio 

Weather and mechanical problems kept the facility from opening last winter. It has remained unopened more recently because of problems with the air conditioning system. Officials with the state Division of Veterans Affairs hope the nursing home will open this week.

Table games have to wait for regulators

July 30, 2007

By Keri Brown 

On Saturday, voters in Kanawha County will vote whether to allow table games at the county’s racetrack. But in the two counties that have already approved the games, the tracks have learned they’re to have to wait longer than expected to start offering games like black jack, roulette and craps. They have to wait for the West Virginia Lottery Commission to be ready to patrol the new games.

Harry Potter fan will miss him when he’s gone

July 30, 2007

By Beth Vorhees 

Beth Vorhees knows very little about the Harry Potter series so she consulted an expert – her 13 year old nephew Jonathan Benjamin.  His mother read the first Harry Potter books to him when he was just a toddler.  Jonathan has grown up with the boy wizard.