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Lewis County Resident Hunter Osborn Loses Life in Workplace Accident
By Rebecca Young
Jane Lew resident Hunter Osborn, age 19, lost his life Jan. 12 in Tyler County due to a workplace accident.
Osborn was struck by a truck and was pinned between the truck and a stationary object, according to the Tyler County Sheriff's Office.
Emergency crews from Middlebourne EMS, Alma Volunteer Fire Department, Shirley Volunteer Fire Department, Middlebourne Volunteer Fire Department
and Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department responded.
Municipal Tax Tabled Again
By Alli Clark
The Weston City Council decided to table the proposed one percent municipal tax first reading at the special meeting of City Council held on Thursday, Jan. 12.
This is the second time that a reading of the proposed sales tax has been tabled in one month.
The motion to table the reading was made by Ward IV Councilman Justin Roy and second by Ward II Councilman Eric Dever. Mayor Julia Spelsberg opposed the motion, which Ward I Councilman Dr. John Wyllie abstained. Councilman Richard Flanigan was not present at the meeting.
"There has been some uproar and some stink about this, and I think we ought to see if we can't do something else," said Roy.
Mon Health and SJMH Announce Partnership
Mon Health and the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital announced today they have signed a Letter of Intent to pursue a combined integrated health delivery system designed to complement and enhance healthcare for patients in Lewis County and the surrounding region.
When the transaction is finalized, Stonewall will join Mon Health which includes Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood, a physician network with over 100 providers in 23 locations across the region, including locations in Morgantown, Core, Mannington, Kingwood, Fairmont, Reedsville, Elkins, Fellowsville, McHenry, MD, and Waynesburg, PA.
The decision marks the culmination of Stonewall's 12-month process of identifying a health system partner.
The relationship combines Stonewall Jackson's healthcare resources and great reputation as a community provider with those of Mon Health, a leading regional provider.
Patrick Martin Begins House of Delegates Journey
By Alli Clark
Patrick Martin, Lewis County's new House of Delegates
Representative defeated the incumbent Peggy Donaldson Smith in the November General Election.
"Peggy is a very nice person and she has done a lot for Lewis County. We differ on a lot of
issues," said Martin.
Martin was born in Buckhannon and graduated from Buckhannon Upshur High School in 2011. Martin's parents are Roberta
Lynch and CJ Martin. He has two siblings, Carl and Carli. Martin is currently in a relationship with Leanna Hinkle.
Martin's love of business began at a young age and continued to grow throughout his life.
When Martin was 10, he began mowing yards and doing odd jobs for neighbors. Then when he turned 15, he started working for his dad at a car wash.
Felony Charges Dismissed Against Two Defendants
By John Wolfe
Felony charges against two individuals were dismissed recently in Lewis County Magistrate Court, with one of the accused pleading to a lesser misdemeanor charge and the other free after another individual confessed to committing the offense for which he was charged.
Travis D. Riffle, 40, of Oil Creek Road, Roanoke, was charged with felony third offense domestic battery by Deputy J.S. Tonkin of the Lewis County Sheriff's Department on July 14, 2016, after an altercation with a family member.
On Jan. 11, under a plea agreement with the State, Riffle pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor battery and the felony charge was dismissed upon motion by the State before Magistrate Roger D. Clem, Jr.
On the battery charge, Riffle was assessed court costs of $160.25, was given credit for 87 days spent in jail and was placed on one year of probation.
Paul R. Beer, 36, of Right Freeman's Creek Road, Weston, was charged with felony first degree arson by Deputy J.S. Carey, of the Lewis County Sheriff's Department on Dec. 21, 2016.