By JOHN G. WOLFE
Early voting began today in the Weston City Election, with voters choosing city leaders to guide them for the next four years. Early voting will take place today through Saturday, June 6, at the Weston Municipal Building on West Second Street. Those choosing to vote early may do so at the Municipal Building between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. during weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 and Saturday, June 6.
The City Election Day is on Tuesday, June 9, from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Voters will be choosing a mayor, and four members of the city council by ward. On election day, voting in Ward I will take place at the Lewis County EMS Building off of West Second Street. Voting in Ward II will take place at the Broad Street United Methodist Church. Voters in Ward III will cast ballots at Real Life Church on Mid Avenue. Ward IV voting will take place at the Weston Fire Department on Center Avenue.
Thus far in municipal elections that have been held in West Virginia, voter turnout has been dismal. For example, in the city of Morgantown, only 7% of the registered voters cast ballots in their municipal election.
According to Lewis County Clerk Cindy Rowan, there are 2,303 registered voters in Weston. Historically, voter turnout in city elections has been low. It is hoped that the voter turnout in Weston will be greater than usual, as there are competitive races for mayor and for all four council seats. Clearly in many of the races one vote could make a difference.
Incumbent Mayor Julia Spelsberg is being challenged by Kim Harrison.
In Ward I, four candidates are vying for one seat on the council. Those candidates include Louis Craig, Jr, Vicki Kerrigan, Nancy Lipps and John Wiley. Incumbent Councilman Jim Oldaker chose not to seek re-election.
In Ward II, incumbent Terry Cogar is being challenged by Eric Dever.
In Ward III, incumbent Roger Gaines is being challenged by Becky Baldwin and Mike Flanigan.
Ward IV incumbent councilman David Blake is being challenged by Justin Roy.
In an effort to assist voters with identification of their ward, we offer the following listing of streets found in each ward:
Ward I - Alum, Arch, Arnold, Bank, Bennett, Branch, Center - south from 2nd Street, Chestnut, Cottage, Court - south from 2nd Street, Crescent, Edward, First, Fuccy, Grace, Henry, High - south from 2nd Street, Jackson, Joy, Kitson, Linden, Main - south from 2nd Street, Moss, Mulberry, Olive, Prudence, S. Main, S. River, State, Terrace, Town Run, Water - south from 2nd Street, Willow, Wilson and Winter.
Ward II - Bailey, Bland, Broad, Brook, Camden, Central, Craig, Depot, George, Howell, Jonathan, Kunst, Minden, Mound, North River - 2nd to 4th Streets, Orchard, Peggy, Pleasant, Pratt - west of West 4th Street, Spring, View, West Fourth, West Second, William and Wright.
Ward III - Bellview, Blue, Brooklyn, Burnside, Catherine, Cemetery, Charles, Cliff, Davis, Delaware, Eleventh, Garton, Gay, Hanover, Holland, Hoy, Madison, Mid, Minnich, Monroe, Montgomery, N. Main north of East 6th Street, North River north of West 4th Street, Oak, Pratt east of West 4th, Rada, Ray, School, Shady, Twelfth, W. Fifth, W. Seventh, W. Sixth, Wagner, Walnut and West Virginia.
Ward 4 - Bannister, Brown, Carroll, Center - North of 2nd, Court - North of 2nd, E. Third, E. Fourth, E. Fifth, E. Sixth, E. Seventh, Eighth, Elmwood, Garton Plaza, Harrison, High - North from 2nd, Lee, Locust, Loftus, Lynn, Main - North from 2nd, McGary, Ninth, and Water - North from 2nd.
For more information on the city election, contact City Clerk Kristin Droppleman at 304-269-6141.
Approximately 166 Lewis County High School Seniors received their high school diplomas Friday evening, May 22, as family, friends and the public were in attendance.
The ceremony began with the LCHS Band performing "Pomp and Circumstance" while the senior class entered the gymnasium.
The Posting of Colors and National Anthem was led by the JROTC and LCHS Band.
Accompanied by the LCHS Band the senior class sang the Alma Mater which was followed by Senior Class Secretary Amanda Young giving the invocation. Mrs. Melissa Riley, assistant principal, introduced the guest for the evening proceeded by greetings from Lauren Hough, class president.
Honored speakers for the Commencement Ceremonies were Salutatorian Vannessa Crim and Valedictorian Ethan Hull.
Special singing was enjoyed during a Tribute to the Parent/Guardians as seniors presented gifts and flowers to loved ones in the audience.
Principal Derek Lambert announced the graduates each by name as Superintendent Dr. Joseph Mace and members of the Board of Education presented the Class of 2015 their diplomas.
The transferring of tassels was led by Class President Lauren Hough followed by Class Treasurer Sara Queen giving the Benediction.
After the ceremony graduates, family, friends, parents and teachers gathered in various places for pictures and farewells.
Class Motto --- "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Class Flower --- White Forget-Me-Not
Class Colors --- Royal Blue and Silver
Good luck to the Graduating Class of 2015.
By JOYCE LAMB
Lewis County's new unemployment rate of 9 percent in March is an increase from the February rate of 8.2 percent.
Making up Lewis County's workforce, there are 7,170 people deemed able to able to work within the county. There are 6,520 residents employed, leaving 640 unemployed.
West Virginia's average unemployment rate increased four-tenths of a percent to 7.0 percent in April 2015.
Fifteen counties had unemployment rates in the double-digits: Braxton (11.6), Calhoun (15.9), Clay (13.7), Fayette (10.0), Lincoln (11.1), Logan (11.5), Mason (10.1), McDowell (15.4), Mingo (13.3), Nicholas (10.3), Roane (14.4), Tyler (10.6), Wetzel (12.1), Wirt (12.2) and Wyoming (10.3).
Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.