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JSN Update 7/23/09

Posted by JoAnn on July 23, 2009

Meth Busts Lead to a Busy Day at the Courthouse

As stated in the previous blog entry, arraignments began this morning for the 50 people indicted on a variety of charges involving meth. At least 20071112-gansl30 people will be arraigned today and the remainder will face a judge on subsequent days. Read More.

When Geese Attack

CSX Transportation successfully defended itself in court against a claim it was to blame for a goose injuring a conductor. Train conductor Aaron E. Richards sued the rail company for a 2005 incident in which Richards was performing a routine brake test at the Keyser Receiving Yard in Ravenswood when a goose suddenly jumped out from underneath the railcar, struck Richards and caused him to fall. During the trial this week, jurors found in favor of CSX.

Century Steelworkers Receive Contract Extension

Laid off steelworkers at Century Aluminum‘s Ravenswood plant have received a contract extension, even though the plant currently is not operational. Century closed the plant earlier this year citing a lack of demand and low pricing for aluminum. Nearly 700 people were laid off. Today, only a small crew of 16 steelworkers remain as a maintenance crew. For those workers, as well as those currently laid off, the extended contract provides extended insurance coverage. It also provides sub-pay for those laid off. The agreement, which was set to expire in August, will now run through August 2010.

New Principal Hired for RHS

In what feels like a round of musical chairs, Jaquetta “Jo” Hendricks has been named principal of Ravenswood High School, replacing Kent Kenndy who was recently hired as principal of Ripley High School. Since Hendricks most recently served as assistant principal of Ripley High, that means the search is now on to replace her. Maybe they’ll pluck someone from Ravenswood and keep the trend going. Hendricks is a Ravenswood native and is a graduate of Glenville State College, and has two master’s degrees – one from Marshall University and one from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. Congrats to Ms. Hendricks and best of luck.

County Fair is Under Way

The Jackson County Junior Fair is in full swing this week. If any of you locals have any pictures from fair activities, please send them to jelmer79@msn.com and I’ll post them.

The Good News

A big congratulations goes out to Josh Wince, class of ’98 and his new bride, the lovely Shari Woods. The couple got hitched earlier this month in Las Vegas. Shari works at Tygart Valley Regional Jail as a criminal psychologist and Buck (sorry, but you’ll always be Buck to me) is a state trooper in the Elkins area. Many, many congrats to you both!

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