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Energy Firm
Will Lay Off
97 Workers

By SCOTT LANTZ

Southwestern Energy in Jane Lew has informed the county commission that they will be conducting a reduction in workforce. A total of 97 employees are expected to be separated from employment at Southwestern Energy by March 22.
In accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Southwestern Energy notified the county of the reduction in force. The notification states that the reduction includes field employees who report to or receive instruction from the Jane Lew facility.
Southwestern Energy also reports that the reduction in work force is expected to be permanent. The commission expressed their concerns for the families impacted and stated that they would do everything in their power to help those affected.

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Close Primary
Races Likely

By JOHN G. WOLFE

The filing period for candidates seeking political office expired at midnight on Saturday, and in Lewis County, it looks like there will be many competitive races in the May 10 Primary Election.
Nine people will be vying for four seats on the Lewis County Board of Education. Those candidates include: Fredric “Mike” Mike Allman of Courthouse/Collins Settlement District, incumbent Debbie Clem of Hackers Creek/Skin Creek District, Priscilla Teter Gould of Freemans Creek District, Vicki Kerrigan of Courthouse/Collins Settlement District, Robert L. Mitchell of Courthouse/Collins Settlement District, Michael Monachello of Couthouse/Collins Settlement District, Connie Clem Riffle of Freemans Creek District, Richard Garrett Woofter of Freemans Creek District,and Tori (Williams) Zielinski of Hackers Creek/Skin Creek District.
By state law, no more than two board of education members can be elected from any one magisterial district. This means that only one person can be elected from the Freemans Creek District as current board member and President Paul Derico is from this district. Two may be elected from Hackers Creek/Skin Creek District and two may be elected from Courthouse/Collins Settlement District.

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Council Takes Up Pensions, Snow

By JOHN G. WOLFE

Problems with the police and firemen pension funds and the recent snowstorm were the dominate topics at the regular meeting of the Weston City Council held on Monday evening.
The pension problems are complex but basically revolve around the failure of city finance managers over the years to provide proper documentation and funds to the state Municipal Pensions Oversight Board (MPOB) . There are several requirements that must be met in order for the city to receive state matching funds to shore up the plans and make them viable.
Speaking before the Council, Blair Taylor with the MPOB, informed the council of a number of steps the city must take in order to receive state matching funds, including payment to the MPOB of approximately $5,000 by Feb. 29.
The information provided by Taylor at the council meeting was the result of a review conducted by the MPOB of city records, including payroll and council meeting minutes. A problem mentioned by Taylor was that the city finance manager was not having the proper amount of employee contributions to the pension plans withheld from paychecks, resulting in the city not submitting enough money.

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