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Public Meeting Set for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

A Community Meeting regarding the Atlantic Coast
Pipeline is slated for Feb. 23.
Members of the public will be able to weigh in on the proposed pipeline project.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is an approximately 600-mile long, high-pressure, natural gas pipeline proposed to cut through Harrison, Lewis, Upshur,
Randolph and Pocahontas Counties to transport W.Va. gas to out-of-state markets.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency tasked with approving or denying the project, has published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The public is invited to comment on it through April 6.
Many landowners and residents along the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline are concerned about the impacts to their water, safety and property values. 
To address these concerns, community groups are hosting a public information meeting on Thursday, February 23, at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon.

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Hogan Removed as
Public Works Director

By Alli Clark
Staff Writer

John Hogan was removed from his position as Public Works Director, at a recent meeting of the Weston City Council.
Councilman John Wyllie made the motion to remove Hogan "in the best interest of the City and his current state of affairs" according to the Jan. 12, meeting minutes.
Councilman Justin Roy seconded the motion.

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Local Cadets Meet Graduation Requirements for Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy

KINGWOOD­—The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is pleased to announce that two area cadets have met the requirements needed for graduation.
Cadet Glen Austin Harper, the son of Amanda Rohrbough of Ireland, is one of the two who has completed the requirements for graduation.
Cadet Harper is one of 159 graduates from 40 counties across the State of West Virginia. Class 2-16 is the 47th class to complete this West Virginia National Guard Program.
Cadet Earl Melburn Sayas, the son of Karen and Peter Talbott of Jane Lew, also has completed the requirements for
graduation.
While attending the Academy, Cadet Sayas of Platoon 5
was recognized for receiving the Mentorship Award (2 times), as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition
Ribbons. Cadet Sayas also participated in the Presidential Physical Fitness Program.

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Ohio Woman Pleads to
Illegal Firearm Possession and Assaulting U.S. Marshal

By John Wolfe
Contributor

A woman who was apprehended in early November of 2015, on the Lewis and Braxton county lines has entered a plea.
Peggy Chaffin, 37, of Portsmouth, Ohio, pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a gun and using said gun to obstruct a Deputy U. S. Marshal, Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen, announced.
Chaffin admitted being a felon in possession of a .22 caliber rifle. She was previously convicted of felony heroin possession and distribution in the Eastern District of Kentucky in August 2013. Chaffin also admitted to using that gun to obstruct, assault, and resist a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Orlando, West Virginia, in November 2015. This offense occurred on the Braxton - Lewis county line.

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PSC Rules in Favor of LCEDA Regarding Water Project Contributions

By Alli Clark
Staff Writer

The Lewis County Economic Development Authority received good news last week, regarding the upcoming water project, that will bring water to areas including Laurel Lick and Murphy's Creek.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled in favor of the LCEDA rather than West
Virginia American Water Company (WVAWC), upholding rulings from the Administrative Law Judge Division.
The ALJ ruled that WVAWC must make a 100 percent contribution to the water project based on signed user agreements.
"WVAWC steadfastly refused to provide 100 percent funding for the Northwest Water Project before closing. WVAWC offered to provide 70 percent funding initially, based on signed Water agreeements secured by the EDA Board of Directors stood firm in its believe that WVAWC's decision was fundamentally unfair and wrong," said Herron.
Once the project is complete it will serve almost 150 customers in Lewis County, and potentially more.
This includes residents on Sassafrass Run, Churchville, Murphy's Creek, Limestone, Linger Run, Hershman Run and Laurel Run.

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