Archive for December, 2017

Mercer judge enjoys anonymity after weight loss
By December 29, 2014 Read More →

Mercer judge enjoys anonymity after weight loss

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Unlike some other people, Omar Aboulhosn likes it when people fail to recognize him. Friends and acquaintances are seeing the positive change in his life. “It’s kind of like being anonymous all of a sudden,” Judge Omar Aboulhosn remarked. At one point in his life, he weighed 296 and a half pounds, […]

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By December 29, 2014 Read More →

The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Monday, Dec. 29

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.1. AIRASIA JET LOST IN STORMY WEATHER OVER INDONESIAIt’s the third shock involving a Malaysian […]

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Senate President-elect Cole shares agenda: Keep kids at home
By December 25, 2014 Read More →

Senate President-elect Cole shares agenda: Keep kids at home

BECKLEY, W.Va. — State Senate President-elect Bill Cole has one agenda for his term at the helm of the legislative body’s upper chamber. It’s a simple theory, really, but the path to the reality will not be easy. “I want to keep our kids home,” Cole said in an interview with The Register-Herald. “That’s it.” […]

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By December 25, 2014 Read More →

Ohio Valley battling heroin, drug abuse

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — Community leaders in Northern West Virginia are working on a collaborative approach to combat drug abuse and overdose deaths in the region. “The number of the Ohio Valley residents abusing heroin and other opioid drugs is staggering,” U.S Attorney William Ihlenfeld II, adding that research shows  you can buy a bag of heroin on the […]

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By December 25, 2014 Read More →

December at the Capitol

Editor’s Note: This is the monthly legislative column provided by the WVPA to its member newspapers. CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A legislative interim committee has endorsed a multi-year pay increase package for Division of Corrections staffers, after Commissioner Jim Rubenstein said an “alarming” increase in employee turnover has resulted in office staff having to fill in for correctional officers in […]

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Christmas tree business at 64 years
By December 25, 2014 Read More →

Christmas tree business at 64 years

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — The Christmas tree is a symbol of the holidays for most people as well as a tradition. For some people, part of the tradition is going out and hand picking their very own authentic Christmas tree to set up and decorate for their home. Ernie Black and his son Scott believe this is a long lived tradition and […]

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WV slopes open for the holidays
By December 25, 2014 Read More →

WV slopes open for the holidays

Snow in high elevations gives skiers opportunity; web cams show conditions     CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s a tradition to dream of a white Christmas, but at the West Virginia Division of Tourism it’s almost a job requirement. Even though West Virginia has the longest ski season in the mid-Atlantic region — Thanksgiving through March — tourism officials […]

City officials worry about ‘Gabby Road’ pedestrians
By December 24, 2014 Read More →

City officials worry about ‘Gabby Road’ pedestrians

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Texting while driving is generally known to be dangerous; federal statistics indicate 3,328 people were killed and around 421,000 people were injured in 2012 in accidents involving distracted drivers. Forty-four states, including West Virginia, ban texting while driving, and 14 states, including West Virginia, ban all handheld use of electronic devices while […]

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By December 24, 2014 Read More →

Time to stop pushing prescription-only policy

An editorial from the Charleston Daily Mail  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Here we go again. The Kanawha County Commission Substance Abuse Task Force is again recommending that the state legislature pass a law requiring a prescription to obtain cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, one of the ingredients used to make methamphetamine. The task force made the same recommendation last […]

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By December 24, 2014 Read More →

W.Va. one of six states to lose population

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia was one of six states to lose population in the latest estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The results, released Tuesday, provided population estimates from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014. According to the estimates, West Virginia lost 3,269 residents over that 12-month period. That was a drop […]

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