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February 19, 2010

Maynard hits campaign trail

It sounds like Elliot E. “Spike” Maynard is pulling the gloves off in his bid for West Virginia’s Third Congressional District seat. Not only is he taking on incumbent Nick Joe Rahall and other challengers, he has also taken a jab or two toward President Obama and Congress. Maynard is asking Congress, “Where are the jobs?”

Noting that “President Obama and his advisors promised us this stimulus package would create 6,400 jobs in southern West Virginia,” Maynard noted, “Thousands of our friends and neighbors in southern West Virginia are unemployed because of the war on coal being waged by Obama and Pelosi. Now through the EPA, they want to abolish four out of 10 coal mining jobs by ending surface mining.” Maynard is seeking the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District of West Virginia.

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Mercer County Republican Chairman Roman Stauffer reported that Maynard is scheduled to visit Mercer County next Thursday. Maynard will be on Craig Hammond’s “RadioActive” program early Thursday morning, make several stops in Mercer County, and later in the evening will address Mercer County Republicans at their 7 p.m. gathering at Ryan’s Restaurant in Princeton. All Republicans and friends are invited to attend. Stauffer also mentioned that area folks will also have an opportunity to meet Phillip Stevens, one of the Republican candidates seeking the party’s nomination to represent the 10th Senate District, who will also speak at the meeting. The Republicans are also making preliminary plans to have a “Lincoln Day” dinner sometime this spring.

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Some Tazewell County officials are considering proposing additional ordinances to regulate the erection of wind energy structures elsewhere in the county not covered by the recent ordinance to regulate construction of tall structures on certain ridgelines in Tazewell County. A subcommittee of the county’s Planning Commission may be considering an ordinance based on ordinances adopted by Ashe County, N.C., and Bath County, Va. There is also speculation that some county officials will soon propose a county-wide zoning ordinance. The planning commission will meet on April 12 and these items may appear on the agenda.

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