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Lockout Ends At Dominion, Workers Back

By JOEY KEENER

In a joint press statement made by Dominion Transmission, Hope Gas, Dominion Hope and United Gas Workers’ Union (UGWU), Local 69, it was announced that Dominion’s lockout of its employees has ended as of Sept. 14. This comes after exactly a week of Dominion employees being prohibited from doing their jobs, after a previous agreement fell apart.
According to the statement, the lockout has ended because the concerned parties have reached a new, temporary agreement that will last until April 1, 2017. As part of this agreement, the United Gas Workers’ Union, Local 69, has promised not to engage in any strike, slowdown or work stoppage during negotiations.
Members of Local 69 will be in violation of this agreement if they engage in any of the behaviors described above. Local 69, also as part of the statement, agrees to ensure that such activity will be brought to an immediate end before it interferes with the service of Dominion customers. In turn, Dominion agrees that, during the period until April 1, it will not lockout any union-eligible employee.

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Planning To Vote?
Register

By Joey Keener

“You can vote in November even if you did not vote in the primary.” Words of wisdom from Lewis County Clerk Cynthia Rowan. September is Voter Registration Month and there are a few things voters need to know. For the first time in West Virginia history there will no longer be straight party ballots due to a bill passed by the legislature in 2015. This means you will have to individually mark each candidate’s box that you want to vote for. You are not required to vote on everything to have your ballot county either.
Voter registration runs through October 18. Eligible citizens can register in person at the Lewis County Courthouse and online through the WV Secretary of State’s website, www.wvsos.com. Other ways you can register are through the DMV, which also offers online registration, candidate’s headquarters, and a form can be requested through the county clerk’s office. Seventeen year olds can also register to vote, provided they turn 18 prior to election day, which is November 8 this year.

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Man Gets 30-90 In Sex Crimes

A Roanoke man has been sentenced to 30-90 years in prison for the crimes of sodomizing two young boys who were under his watch back in 2015.
Matthew Dwayne Lowther, 33, was sentenced last week by Circuit Judge Jacob Reger after he pled guilty to four felonies that included two counts of first degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual abuse by a guardian.
Lowther was charged with the crimes on Dec. 3, 2015, by Sgt. L.C. Carpenter of the West Virginia State Police. According to Carpenter’s complaint, in November of 2015, Lowther “did subject two male victims, ages 5 and 7, to sexual contact and sexual intercourse while the children were under his care.”

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