Speaking of lobbying organizations, West Virginia has both an Association of Counties and a County Commissioners Association, and the two are frequently at odds on issues of note.
On Thursday, Jefferson County commissioners voted to drop out of the latter association, saying they found it of little help on issues unique to the Eastern Panhandle. Kanawha County dropped out of the association about two years ago.
A couple years back, I wrote about how faculty at West Liberty University were upset that President Robin Capehart had hired Kristen Seibert as a contract employee at a salary of $48,000 to be producer and business manager for the university's cable access channel.
Seibert is also manager of Flyover Films, a film production company Capehart founded to produce low-budget, wholesome family films (which happen to star his daughter, Emily).
Since then, Flyover Films has released "The Doughboy" (executive produced by Seibert) and has a second film, "A Christmas Tree Miracle," set for release this holiday season.
Also, I'm told Capehart is the subject of a compliant filed with the Ethics Commission, contending the arrangement constitutes use of public funds for private gain.
Coincidentally, Tomblin appointed three new members to the West Liberty Board of Governors Friday: George Couch and Sandra Chapman of Wheeling and Joe Carey of New York.
Finally, it turns out the Charleston train station will be getting a sign identifying the stop as Charleston, W.Va., apparently at the behest of Amtrak -- which has had problems with passengers detraining in Charleston, thinking they're in Charlottesville, Va. (The intercom on the Cardinal isn't always that clear, and the problem with getting off at the wrong stop on the Cardinal is the next train may not come through for two or three days.)
I also learned at the August Friends of the Cardinal meeting that the station technically has never had an identifying sign, even in the heyday of C&O passenger service.
For many years, there was a newsstand on the station platform that did have an identifying sign, but nothing on the station itself.
Also interesting, for many years, the C&O station had segregated waiting rooms, but not in the way you might think. Upstairs was the men's waiting room, where smoking was permitted; women and children used the lower-level, no-smoking waiting area.
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