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Flood Cleanup Underway
Death Toll Stands at
23 in WV

By JOHN G. WOLFE

Lewis Countians were spared the full wrath of storms and downpours that struck the state early last Thursday morning, leading to one of the worst area natural disasters in history. Statewide, at last count, 23 individuals lost their lives as a result of the storm that dumped over 9 inches of rain in a short time causing flash floods over much of the south central and southern portions of West Virginia.
Here in Lewis County many small streams overflowed their banks, some roads were covered with water and storm winds downed trees with one tree falling and causing major damage to a home on Olive Street in Weston. Winds caused damage to a storage facility business at the foot of Buckhannon Mountain, and local Emergency Services Director Bill Rowan reported that two homes, one off of Goosepen Road and another near Alum Bridge did receive flood water.

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Big July 4th Events Slated

A variety of activities await Lewis Countians for the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend, including the annual Independence Day Parade in downtown Weston at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 4 and two scheduled displays of fireworks.
Events begin on Friday at Stonewall Resort, with the appearance of The Fearless Fools, West Virginia’s most hilarious comedy troupe in performance. This performance will include sketch comedy, improvisation, interactive games and more and will take place in the ballroom beginning at 8 p.m. A cash bar will be available and admission is $5 per person.

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Jobless Rate Falls
In County in May

By Rebecca Young

Workforce West Virginia released their unemployment numbers for May 2016, with Lewis County reporting a decrease in unemployment. April 2016 showed Lewis County’s jobless rate at 9.1 percent and May is showing a rate of 8.6 percent. The total number of employed residents is 6,380, with 600 unemployed residents. Statewide, the total number employed residents is 738,00, with 45,400 unemployed residents for May.
Only two counties in the state reported an unemployment rate above 12 percent, with Mingo at 12.5 percent and McDowell reporting 12.6 percent. Five counties reported an unemployment rate below 4 percent, with Morgan at 3.9, Hampshire at 3.8, Berkeley at 3.7, Pendleton at 3.4, and Jefferson at 3.1. West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent.

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