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Many Events
Are on Tap
For July 4


By John G. Wolfe
A variety of activities await Lewis Countians for the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend, including the annual Independence Day Parade in downtown Weston and two scheduled displays of fireworks on July 3 and 4.
The celebration of our nation's birthday begins on Friday, July 3, at Stonewall Resort. Musician Shane Meade will kick-off the Resort's celebration at 3 p.m. on the Alder Patio and will be followed by Dustin McCray who will perform at 5:30 at Lightburn's Restaurant overlooking the entire resort.  Guests will then be treated to a spectacular fireworks display around 9:45 p.m. visible from anywhere on the property. Both the concert and fireworks are free and open to overnight guests and to the public. Those not staying overnight are welcome to enjoy the music and fireworks for a $5 per car park entrance fee.
On Saturday, Independence Day, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. at the Mountaineer Military Museum on Center Avenue. VFW Post 1976 will conduct the ceremony on the spot where a memorial will be erected in honor of all Lewis Countians who gave their life fighting in the Vietnam War.
At the Resort, beginning at 2 p.m. on the Adler Patio, Shane Meade will again perform, followed by Dustin McCray's performance at 5:30 at Lightburn's Restaurant.
At 4 p.m., at the Weston Fire Department Assembly Hall, the winner of the Flame Queen contest will be announced. At the same time, the line-up for the Independence Day Parade will begin at the Robert L. Bland Middle School parking lot.
Candidates for the title of 2015 Flame Queen include: Jordan Layton of Jane Lew, Kasy Mick of Weston, Katlyn Moneypenny of Weston, Sara Queen of Weston, Erica Sturm of Weston and Madison Westfall of Jane Lew.
The annual parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Main Avenue in Weston and will feature; marching units, music, floats, fire trucks from many area communities and more. The parade and post-parade activities are sponsored by the Weston Fire Department.
Following the parade, at approximately 6 p.m., gates will open at the Robert L. Bland Middle School. Admission to the field is $5, with children age 3 and under admitted free. The money raised at the field helps go towards the purchase of fireworks. Without public support of this event it would not be possible for the fire department to put on the fireworks show.
Music throughout the evening will be provided by a disc jockey with many vendors on hand. There will be plenty of games for the children to play, including bouncy houses and the dunking booth and food vendors will be on site throughout the evening.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., the Flame Queen will be crowned in a coronation ceremony. That ceremony will be followed by the annual Fireman's Rodeo. A highlight of the evening leading up to the fireworks display, will be a demonstration by local strongman A.J. Freda, who will attempt to pull the largest fire truck around. Freda was scheduled for this performance during Weston's Amazing Week, but the event got washed out.
The fireworks show will begin at approximately 10:15 p.m. on Saturday evening.
The resort will also sponsor evening activities on the 4th. Rock and roll band John Henry will perform on the Roanoke Activity Plaza lawn beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase.  John Henry will also perform indoors at T.J. Muskies in the lower level of the lodge beginning at 9 p.m.
Additionally at the resort, Little Sorrel, the resort's excursion boat, will offer tours of Stonewall Jackson Lake throughout the weekend. Canoes, kayaks and other watercraft are available and offer a great way to explore the lake or to do some fishing. Several golf events are also scheduled at the resort over the weekend.
For more information about resort activities, including golfing events, call 304-269-7400

Woman, 51, Hit,
Injured by SUV

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning, a woman was struck and partially run over by a sports utility vehicle at the intersection of Court Avenue and East Second Street in Weston.
According to the emergency scanner, the woman struck was 51 years of age and had sustained head and hip injuries. She was transported to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. The extent of her injuries are unknown but are not believed to be life threatening.
The Weston Police Department, Lewis County Sheriff's Department, Lewis EMS and Weston Fire Department all responded to the scene of the accident.
The accident is being investigated by Deputy Chief J.P. Thomas of the Weston Police Department. As of press time no details had been released by the police. We will have an update on the story in next week's edition.

Rate Dips
In County

According to the latest report from Workforce West Virginia unemployment in Lewis County is going down. The latest information on the county labor force puts Lewis at 7.9 percent for the month of May 2015.
Data from Workforce West Virginia says the county's unemployment rate for the month of April 2015 was 8.4 percent, down five-tenths a point for the month of May. Last year at this time the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent for April 2014.
The county currently has a labor force of 7,180 civilians with 6,610 being employed, leaving 570 unemployed.
Our national unemployment rate stands at 5.5 percent. Last month in the U.S. 25 states saw a rise in their unemployment rate.
West Virginia now has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 7.2 percent, up from 7.0 the previous month.
The mountain state has now overtaken Nevada, whose rate remained the same at 7.1 for the month of May.
West Virginia's not seasonally adjusted unemployment decreased from 7.2 to 6.9 percent in the month of May 2015. Unemployment rates decreased for 46 total counties statewide. The rates were unchanged for 5 counties: Monongalia; Pendleton; Grant; and Jefferson.
Unemployment increased for 4 counties: Mingo; Logan; Boone; and Mineral. Counties with unemployment rates above 13.0 percent include McDowell (13.2) and Mingo (13.4).
Counties with unemployment rates below 5.0 percent include Jefferson (4.4) and Pendleton (4.5). The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenghts of a point from 7.0 to 7.2.

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