Main Avenue 7-11
It was the second robbery of a Weston convenience store in one month. On Nov. 28, Thanksgiving day, a lone robber held up the North Main Avenue 7-Eleven at approximately 7:47 p.m.
The robber was a young male who entered the store and demanded cash from the clerk. The Weston Police Department has not specified if a weapon was involved, or the amount of money taken, saying the crime is still under investigation. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber was last seen fleeing on foot towards the Machpelah Cemetery.
A video image was provided to the media of the robber. According to a press release from the police department, the robber was wearing camouflage bibs, a hooded sweatshirt and partial face covering. It is unknown if he got into a vehicle and it is not known if one was used.
The Lewis County Sheriff's Department and West Virginia State Police assisted the Weston Police Department in a search of the area for the robber.
The 7-Eleven robbery comes after a robbery at the Mountaineer Mart on West Second Street that occurred on Nov. 9. The Weston Police Department has released very little information about that robbery other than the fact that the business was robbed by a lone male subject. Police Chief R.Z. Posey said releasing information about the robbery could "jeopardize the investigation."
Anyone with any information concerning either robbery is asked to call the Weston Police Department at (304)-269-3207.
Sanitary Board Asks
By Allison Hefner
For Commission Help
The Lewis County Commission met on Monday, Dec. 2, at the Lewis County Courthouse, at 10 a.m.
Julia Spelsberg, the Mayor of the City of Weston, spoke on behalf of the Weston Sanitary Board about a project that they would like the Lewis County Commission to be involved with.
The West Virginia Department of Highways is planning to construct a new district headquarters along US Highway 19 South. In order to accommodate the needs of the facility, an extension of the current sewer system will be required.
Thrasher Engineering is working alongside the City with this project. The project would end up with the County retaining three-hundred jobs.
However, the project would cost $432,000. The Sanitary Board has not been able to secure any of the grants that they have applied for. They are reapplying for some of the same ones though.
The project, as of right now, will not include any residential customers. There are twenty-five residents that could benefit from the project. However, adding on these residents the project will cost close to 1 million dollars.
The Sanitary Board is a "break-even" business and does not have the money to put into the project. Grants are at a shortage because of governmental cuts. The City of Weston is by law required to come up with around $14,000, for the project but that is stretching the budget thin.
The Lewis County Commission does not have $432,000, to give to the Sanitary Board. The Commissioners are willing to write letters, help with grants and anything else they can do to help out with this project. They encouraged the Sanitary Board to include residents to the project, because then it may be possible for a grant to be approved.
In the Month of October, The Louis Bennett Public Library had an attendance of 1,352, all month. This is up from last year by 19 people. There were 205 items/books added to the Library Collection. Seventy-one Children participated in Toddler Time throughout the month of October.
The Consolidated Public Retirement Board has provided a preliminary estimate of the employer contribution rate. This estimated employer contribution percentage will decrease from 14.5% to 14.0% effective July 1, 2014.
The reason for this change is that the assumed investment return for the PERS plan is 7.5% and during this past fiscal year the actual return was 13.1%.
The National Associations of Counties Prescription Drug Discount Card Program in the month of October was utilized by 63 residents, without insurance. 190 prescriptions were run through the card in October, that led to a savings of $1,709.54.
The next meeting of the Lewis County Commission will be held on Monday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m, at the Lewis County Courthouse on the second floor. .
Thank you Lewis County for sending 1,636 shoeboxes to children in need of hope and love in foreign countries. That is a new record high with a 23 percent increase from last year. The shoeboxes will go to Africa this year. Along with the shoeboxes the children will receive a booklet called The Greatest Gift and many will be involved in a 13-lesson class called, The Greatest Journey. Both programs tell the Christian message of God's love and salvation.
The first stop for West Virginia's shoeboxes is Boone, N.C. Several members of the First Baptist Church of Weston traveled to Boone to volunteer in the Operation Christmas Child processing center. They processed shoeboxes to prepare them for children in Burkina Faso, Africa. They met a team of ministers and their wives from Mexico. The ministers related stories about giving out the shoeboxes to the children. One girl received a bar of soap that cured her of a skin disorder. They said when they watched videos of Americans packing boxes they cried.
Lynn Posey, area coordinator for OCC, explained to them that we cry when we see their children opening the shoeboxes. The group met a man from India who said he received a shoebox as a child and explained that every item in the box is important to the child that receives it.
Members of the group took a tour of the Samaritan's Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C. Operation Christmas Child is one of the many ministries of Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization. They learned about the history and the many ministries of Samaritan's Purse.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child or to become a year-round volunteer, call (304)-871-5423 or visit samaritanspurse.org.