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December 11, 2012
The Herald-Star

Hancock officials to be sworn in

NEW CUMBERLAND - Newly elected Hancock County officials will be sworn in at noon on Dec. 20, even though they don't assume office until Jan. 1.

Among those taking the oath of office will be newly elected Sheriff Ralph Fletcher and newly elected Magistrate Mike White, as well as incumbent Commissioner Jeff Davis, Prosecutor Jim Davis, Assessor Joseph M. Alongi and Magistrates Scott Hicks and Michael Powell.

Fletcher succeeds White as sheriff because West Virginia term limits prevented White from running for re-election. White was among the top three vote-getters in the four-way race for magistrate, unseating longtime Magistrate Betty J. Bauer.

Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson likely will conduct the swearing-in ceremony in the Hancock County Courthouse.

The officials were elected in the Nov. 6 general election.

Weirton water plant shutdown scheduled

WEIRTON - Weirton Area Water Board officials said the water plant will shut down from 10 p.m. Thursday to 3 a.m. Friday to allow an inspection of the water system throughout the downtown area.

Customers may experience a loss of water or low water pressure, as well as discolored water during this time. Customers in downtown Weirton should refrain from doing laundry throughout Friday to prevent discoloration of clothing.

Chesapeake donates $250K to WVU

MORGANTOWN - A $250,000 donation by Chesapeake Energy will help the West Virginia University College of Law hold its National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition.

"We are deeply grateful to Chesapeake Energy for their generosity. It demonstrates their commitment to supporting legal education, especially in the extremely relevant area of energy law," said Joyce McConnell, dean of the College of Law at WVU.

Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake is the most active natural gas extractor in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle and the only active driller in Ohio, Brooke or Hancock counties.

Established in 2011, the competition highlights emerging trends in energy law as well as recent developments in sustainable energy production. The first of its kind in the nation, this attracts teams from law schools across the country. Participants in the competition focus on an energy problem and hone their advocacy skills while networking with peers, government regulators and industry representatives.

The competition takes place March 14-16. It is hosted by the WVU College of Law Moot Court Board and the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.

Chesapeake is not the first natural gas and oil industry leader to donate to WVU. Last year, oilfield services giant Halliburton gave $10.2 million to the university's Department of Geology and Geography to train students searching for careers in the energy field.

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