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VOL. 145--NO. 7 " USPS 443-400 KINGWOOD, WEST VIRGINIA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 12 PAGES--47 COPY Lawmakers seeking solutions Will a proposed redistricting of the state's legislative districts impact Preston County? The answer is yes. Delegate Larry Williams was in Charleston for interim meet- ings last week, and said the re- sults of the 2010 U.S. Census, have brought the issue to the top of the legislative agenda. Williams said population growth in the county numbers, partly a result of Hazelton in- mates being included in the county, has left his district over the 18,530 head count permitted per district. "I am really not happy about this, but to be in compliance, we must reduce the head count in the 45th district by 31538," Williams said. He stressed many scenarios have been proposed to deal with the change, and a final decision will likely be made when law- makers convene for a special session later this summer. Williams said Preston is one of the few counties dealing with a population increase. "I hate to give up any of my current con- stituents, but the numbers give us no choice." Other counties facing changes include Poca- hontas and Randolph. However, he stressed the in- terest of all Prestonians will re- main his priority. In addition to the redistricting plan, Williams said interim top- ics included regulation of the Marcellus Shale industry. As Chairman of the Senior Citizens Committee, he is also spearheading efforts to pro- vide training for individuals who will be providing in-home health care/'or the aging "baby boomers." Vacation closing announced The offices of Preston Publicaitons, Inc. will be closed Monday, June 27 through Monday, July 4. Regular hours 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. will resume on Tuesday July 5. NPAW dinner scheduled A covered dish dinner is planned for the Thursday, June 23 NPAW meeting at the North Preston Senior Center. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the regular business meeting to follow at 7 p.m. Bring a favorite recipe and join us. For more information email or call 304-379-8018. Everyone is welcome. Cheerleading major sport at PHS by Kari Knotts A successful year for Preston High School cheerleaders has come to a close, but several recognitions were made dur- ing a two-week conditioning period wrapping up this week. Pictured right above, NCAC Cheerleaders, Logan Jones and Shanelle Messenger, with NCAC Coach of the Year, Debbie Zigray. Jones was awarded a spot on the NCAC First All Conference Team, .and..M..essenger on the NCAC Honorable Mention Team. Sa- mantha Collins, not pictured, was awarded NCAC Second Team. A recent graduate, Kay- la Cook was also recognized during practice. Cook was awarded the Tiffiney E Walker scholarship, valued at $500. Walker was a cheerleader at Preston High School who was killed in a car accident in 2001, and several scholarships have been award- ed in her memory. Recipients are cheerleaders who have excelled in both ath- letics and academics. Cook plans to attend Pierpont Girls hoping to make the Technical College in the fall, where she will be trying out for the Falcons Cheerleading squad and study to become a nurse. She was selected to cheer for the North/South game recently held in Charleston. Only select gradu.ating seniors were chosen to participate in the competition. Pictured middle above, Coach Debbie Zigray, Kayla Cook, Wanda Bolyard, and Assistant Coach Tina Sil- c.9 .......... - team later this year were giv- en the opportunity to talk to Cook, as well as three other returning seniors trying out for the team Brianna Plum, Alana Goodwin, and Logan Jones, (pictured front row below.) The girls were happy to lend a hand to the underclassmen who attended the voluntary conditioning which focuses on stretching, cheer ability, voice, motion technique, jumping, .tumbling and stuntiag."" 2011 Relay held Many Preston County Relay- ers braved the cloudy skies on Saturday, June 18 to celebrate cancer survivors and assist in the fight for a cure. The overcast skies held off as people gathered in the Rowles- burg park to release butterflies and ballopns, walk for a cure, eat, and celebrate the lives of tlagse who have foug and are fighting cancer. As the sun set, a special Lu- minaria Ceremony was held in memory of the lives lost. Arthurdale neighbors pitch-in by Kari Knoffs The flowers were planted un- More demonstrations by A sunny June evening, com- der a pergola built with funds Friend will be given during plete with educational demon-donated in memory by the the Preston County Buckwheat strations, a beautification proj- grandchildren ofTommyDavis. Festival, beginning the last ect, and some brightly colored At a later date benches and a Thursday in September. perennials, was recently held at plaque will be added to the area, Pictured right Friend during Arthurdale Heritage. and a dedication will be held the demonstration, and two Becky Friend of Master Gar- during the New Deal Festival, 4Hers utilizing the ergonomic deners, planned the commu- scheduled for later this summer, tools to plant their flower. .tyo0000reac0000ro00ecttos0000e information about arthritis, to Preston County Youth as a part of the Green Thumbs Healthy Joints Grant. :i Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, and affects approximately 43 CASE #1 ] -20,43 BUR- es have been filed. million Americans, including GLARY: On Friday, June 3, CASE #11-2036 LARCE- 300,000 children. Deputy Rodeheaver responded NY: On Friday, June 3, Deputy In 2005, 35% of West Vir- to a residence on North Moun- Geisel received a call from a ginia adults reported they had taineer Highway, near New- resident of Terra Alta who stat- been diagnosed with arthritis, burg, in regards to a burglary eda package had been stolen. the highest rate reported in the compla!nt. The victim stated CASE #11-2053 SHOPLIFT- United States. $4000 was stolen from his ING: On Sunday, June 5, Cpl. Members of the Country Kids home, Dotson responded to the King- 4-H Group were briefed on the CASE #11-2035 LARCENY: wood Wal-Mart in regards to a common affliction, and were On Friday, June 3, SheriffWolfe shoplifting complaint. The sus- shown several specially made received a complaint a cigarette pect was identified and charged. gardening tools designed to re- tower had been stolen from the CASE #11-2063 DESTRUC- duce the stress on the hand and courthouse/annex building. The TION OF PROPERTY: On arm. tower was recovered and charg- (Continued on Page 8)