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 This year’s West Virginia Press Association newspaper contest netted the Grant County Press several awards in both the advertising and editorial divisions.

 All entries were from the 2020 publication year and newspapers were divided into classes for dailies and weeklies as well as publication size.

 Because of the range of entries and different styles of content, coverage and entry format, there were multiple first-place winners in the Covid-19 classes, including those by the Grant County Press staff.

 In Division 3 advertising, the Press also took three first-place awards, two second-place awards and two third-place awards, attributed to Tara Pratt and Camille

 The U.S. Attorney’s Office, in a partnership with the Wheeling Police Department and the YWCA, is launching a gun awareness campaign, highlighting the risks of purchasing firearms for someone who is banned from having firearms.

“Too many times in West Virginia, someone is charged with a federal crime for purchasing a gun for someone who can’t. Federal prison isn’t worth it. We want everyone to think twice before helping someone commit a gun crime,” Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard.

 The three-month campaign kicks off this month with a commercial highlighting the consequences of making an illegal gun purchase. The spot shows a young woman

 Degrading mental health among the nation’s K-12 students over the past year and a half has alarmed health professionals. Experts say West Virginia could use federal funding to help address students’ needs, at a time when the novel coronavirus crisis shows no signs of letting up.

 Tamicah Owens is a summer research associate at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and a doctoral student in educational theory and practice at West Virginia University. She said the state will receive more than $761 million to ensure they can reopen safely and meet students’ needs.

“So school districts, for example, could hire more teachers,” said Owens. “They could hire counselors, they could hire nurses, they could also hire additional social

 The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) voted during its monthly meeting, Sept. 8, to further modify provisions to Policy 2436.10 Participation in Extracurricular Activities.

 The change will evaluate the grades of student-golfers at the three-week mark in the semester and allow them to participate in regional competitions if they have a 2.0 grade point average (GPA). All other sports and extracurricular activities will be governed by the waiver approved previously.

 Last month, the WVBE voted to waive the 2.0 requirement and permit students to practice/rehearse with their teams and with extracurricular activities if their GPA falls below a 2.0.

 The Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will increase the range of civil penalties that may be imposed on individuals who violate the federal mask mandate at airports, on commercial aircraft, and in various modes of surface transportation, including passenger railroads, intercity bus services, and other public transportation.

 The federal mask mandate for transportation, which was implemented by TSA on Feb. 2, will remain in effect until Jan. 18, 2022.

 The new range of penalties, which are now in effect, will be $500-$1,000 for first offenders and $1,000-$3,000 for second offenders.

 West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Secretary of State Mac Warner announced a major win last week in an elections case about how parties and their candidates are listed on state ballots.

 The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Wednesday that not only was West Virginia’s law governing the listing of candidates on election ballots constitutional, it did not present an unfair advantage to one party or the other.

“It’s good to see the court’s recognition that this is not a partisan law,” Morrisey said. “In fact, it’s the opposite of partisan in that it treats all political parties equally. If a party’s presidential candidate gets the most votes in one election, that party’s candidates are listed first in the next one.”

 Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a West Virginia State University female athlete filed a motion Friday that asks a federal district court to allow her to intervene to defend the state’s Save Women’s Sports Act, HB 3293.

 The law is currently under challenge in a lawsuit that would undermine women’s sports by allowing males who identify as female to compete with females in girls’ and women’s sports.

 West Virginia recently enacted the law to ensure equal opportunities for women in sports. One of those women is female athlete Lainey Armistead, a soccer player at WVSU.

(AP) West Virginia Democratic Senate leaders said Thursday they’re against a special session to consider bills that would bar schools and businesses from requiring Covid-19 vaccinations or other measures.

“Our whole health care system is about to implode,” said Sen. Ron Stollings of Boone, who is also a physician. “The sense of crisis should be everywhere.’’

Stollings, Senate Minority Leader Stephen Baldwin of Greenbrier and Sen. Richard Lindsay of Kanawha held a teleconference to show solidarity with Senate Republicans who they said are quietly opposed to holding a Covid-19 special session, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

State Treasurer Riley Moore announced his opposition to any proposed financial transaction tax currently being discussed in Congress and urged West Virginia’s Congressional delegation to work to defeat any such plan if advanced in the budget process.

“Washington liberals are trying to sell this as a tax on the rich, but it will hurt working class West Virginians who are trying to save responsibly for tomorrow,” Treasurer Moore said.

“These proposals also do not exempt young people who are saving for college or individuals with disabilities who take advantage of the savings programs offered by our office – people who should be encouraged to save, not punished for it.”

Proposals for a financial transaction tax have been offered by several members of Congress, most notably U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. The proposals could levy a

Last week, the Petersburg City Council appointed Greg Campbell, a former law enforcement officer, as the city’s new judge.

The position, which was previously filled by Stephen Rexroade until he passed away last year, oversees citation disputes brought by city residents. Campbell has worked for both the Petersburg City Police and the West Virginia State Police. The appointed position handles citation disputes that include fines and does not involve any jailable offenses. The choice to appoint Campbell to the position was approved unanimously by the council during their regular Sept. 7 meeting.

The meeting also included an update from the Petersburg Police Department on their activity during the month of August. Overall, the department handled 107 complaints, issuing 23 verbal and 10 written warnings for traffic violations. Two citations were issued, one from driving on a suspended license and one for possession of

 A lawsuit filed with the Northern District of West Virginia federal court is claiming that the Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO) location in Mount Storm is violating clean water standards and endangering the fish and wildlife living in the region.

The lawsuit, which was filed last week, is being brought by both the Potomac Riverkeeper Network and the Sierra Club.

The suit claims that the water leaving the Mount Storm Power Station (a subsidiary of Dominion Energy) and running into the watershed, is too warm and exceeds thermal limitations set by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP).

“The state sets limits on temperature in the power plant’s discharge to protect trout and other fish species downstream in the Stony River, and Dominion’s VEPCO has been violating those limits for years - not just slightly violating, but by orders of magnitude,” explained Brent Walls, of the Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Network. “Dumping huge volumes of hot water into a coldwater mountain trout stream degrades that stream and anything that lives in it, especially when that goes on for years.”

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