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New Guidelines to Expand Nutrition Program’s Reach in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – State officials say new federal guidelines will allow more West Virginians to enroll in a nutrition program. The Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Nutrition Services says an additional 7,500 West Virginians could be eligible for benefits from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. The… Read More

Rural Action, Inc., Receives $330,000 grant to support AmeriCorps Programs

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that $329,987 has been awarded to Rural Action Inc., headquartered in The Plains, by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support AmeriCorps service programs. This funding will allow for 26 AmeriCorps volunteers to work with Rural Action to improve water quality in the Appalachian region… Read More

Robbery Reported at Hocking Valley Bank

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The Athens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported armed robbery at Hocking Valley Bank in The Plains. At approximately 8:20 a.m., a white male reportedly walked into the bank armed with a handgun, according to Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith. After allegedly robbing the bank, the suspect fled down Hartman Road and into the… Read More

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Jackson County Man to Appear on History Channel’s “Alone”

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A Jackson County man will appear on The History Channel’s new television series entitled, ALONE, which challenges 10 people to survive in the harsh wilderness of Vancouver Island. Among the 10 survivalists, who are completely separated from one another in a harsh, unforgiving terrain to hunt, build shelter and fend off big predators, is 32-year-old… Read More

Tuition Freeze, Income-Tax Cut Part of Ohio Senate Budget

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Senate Republicans are eliminating all income taxes for a portion of small businesses’ income, freezing tuition at state universities and restoring Medicaid health coverage for certain pregnant women and women with breast and cervical cancer. Those and other Senate changes to Ohio’s two-year, $71.5 billion operating budget were announced Monday. The… Read More

Man Drowns In Beech Fork Lake


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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Authorities say a man drowned at Beech Fork Lake while trying to help two relatives. West Virginia State Police tell media outlets that the victim, his brother and six children were on a boat on the lake on Saturday. The brother jumped into the water to help his daughter, who was… Read More