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The mayor of St. Albans, Dick Callaway, has been picked to be the president of the West Virginia Municipal League. Callaway was vice president of the league for the 2011-2012 year, and will serve as president into 2013. The Municipal League connects several towns as a statewide, nonpartisan association of cities, towns and villages. Through the legislature, research, and education, the league works for the best interest of the members. There are 232 of them in West Virginia right now.
Football season is almost here, and West Virginia Mountaineer quarterback Geno Smith has landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The magazine is doing five regional covers, and Smith is featured in this region. Others are Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, University of Southern California’s Matt Barkley, Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones. The issue is out this week.
A mayor has stepped down before his term expires. Wayne County Mayor Dwayne Stiltner stepped down this week due to family reasons. The letter of resignation has already been submitted, and the city council will meet tomorrow (Friday) to nominate someone to take over for the rest of the term. Stiltner's term expires in June 2013. Stiltner's 17-year-old daughter, Kristen Stiltner, was killed in a traffic accident in late May and te has been on a leave of absence since then.
Work was stopped briefly on a 4 1/2-mile section of Interstate 79 between Elkview and Clendenin, but it was scheduled to resume this week. Workers had to backtrack and make a warranty fix once after a bad patch of asphalt left the pavement sloughing off in three places on Interstate 79 two miles south of the Clendenin exit. The latest fix had to be made when asphalt began separating from the roadway in another place the northbound lanes. It's a $10.5 million repaving project that began in May, and the contractor has until the end of October to finish the job of repaving all four lanes.
Police in Boone County are investigating after a 7-year-old boy was critically wounded after being shot near his heart with a pellet rifle. Another boy fired the shot Tuesday night and paramedics rushed the boy to CAMC General Hospital. The wound could have been fatal, but doctors now are optomistic he'll recover. The shooting is still under investigation, but deputies think it was an accident.
A fire in St. Albans has left two people facing charges. The fire broke out Tuesday at a home in the 400 block of Washington Street, and police who were part of the response found items used to make methamphetamine. 38-year old Joseph Miller, and 40-year old Sherry Burdette were arrested and charged with operating a clandestine drug lab. Officials say more charges could come because there were children in the home at the time of the fire.
The Capitol Market will be the place Thursday for Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center's seventh annual Wine & Roses event. Wine and appetizers will be served to build awareness and support for the nonprofit agency. Proceeds will benefit the Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center, which serves men, women and veterans faced with homelessness.
The Australian company Ludowici LLC has purchased land in the Putnam Business Park along the Kanawha River, and will get a 20-percent tax deduction on real property for 20 years. Putnam County Commissioners approved the deal last month with the idea that it would bring about 70 new jobs. The company specializes in mining, quarry, and industrial and water equipment, according to the company's website. The price paid for the land hasn't been disclosed.
Police are investigating an apparent suicide at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.The West Virginia Regional Jail Authority confirmed that 54-year old Joseph Daniel Albohn of Kanawha County, was found dead in his cell at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. He was in jail on recent child pornography charges, and had been on suicide watch but a psychologist determined it was safe to take him off of suicide watch August 10th, according to the Gazette. The deputy director revealed that Albohn apparently hanged himself with a bedsheet.
Dish Network may quit carrying WCHS TV8 and WVAH Fox 11. If no new retransmission agreement is reached between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Dish Network Corp. that is likely to happen at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Dish said in a prepared statement that Sinclair has threatened to block Dish customers' access to their broadcasts "unless Dish accepts a massive price increase." Sinclair also issued a prepared statement, and said the company is negotiating with Dish on terms for a new agreement, but doubts one will be reached.