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McConnell’s Dual Role In Miners’ Benefits Saga

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Retired miners will not lose their health benefits, as had been feared, thanks to last-minute action from Congress. However, Congress did not act on the miners’ faltering pension benefits fund, which supports some 43,000 retired miners in the Ohio Valley region. The health and pension benefits had been connected in legislation in Congress called the… Read More

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Gov. Justice Calling Lawmakers Back to Resolve Budget

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Jim Justice says he’s calling the Legislature back to Thursday’s special budget session to specifically consider four bills that would resolve their disagreements on spending cuts and taxes. The Democratic governor two weeks ago vetoed the $4.1 billion general revenue spending plan approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, saying it cut… Read More

Ohio Valley Summer Theater Youth Camp Awarded Athens Foundation Grant


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The Ohio Valley Summer Theater Youth camp has just been awarded Athens Foundation Grant to “enhance professional performance workshops for youth.” “With the support of the Athens Foundation, collaboration with CATCO of Columbus and our great, professional workshops we can offer an unbelievable, lively experience for our campers,” said director Carol Patterson. The grant makes… Read More

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Alexander School District Levy Fails, Athens City Council Set in May Primary

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ATHENS, OH —  Sixty-one percent of voters across portions of Athens, Meigs, and Vinton Counties rejected a levy proposal for the Alexander School District Tuesday. “The community has spoken,” Superintendent Lindy Douglas said. “So, we need to work within our budget that will be set.” The levy would have set a 1.5 percent earned income tax to generate… Read More