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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Community newspapers are locally oriented, focusing on the interests and news of ‘small town America’. GLEN GIBBS NAMED ROTARIAN-OF-THE-YEAR PAGE 9 Putnam County Board of Education to void Uncashed Checks By David Payne Sr. The Putnam County Board of Education voted at its June 18 meeting to void more than 60 checks, many of which had gone uncashed for nearly two years. The county issued the checks either as payroll checks or from accounts payable, but they have never been cashed, said Chris Campbell, treasurer. These checks date from the 2010-2011 fiscal year and will be voided on June 30. They range in value from $3 to $1,302. Board President Craig Spicer said that as each fiscal year draws to close, the board voids the uncashed checks from the previous fiscal year. A listing of those checks follow: Uncashed checks, payroll: James Clendenin, $202.97. Brian Sigman, $444.35. Stephen Reedy, $312.21. Kelly Sowards, $66.82. Dale Wright, $308.92. Stephen J. Biron, $379.47. Deborah Jones, $42.05. Brenda Burke, $40.97. SEE CHECKS ON PAGE 3 HOW TO REACH US PHONE: (304) 743-6731 FAX: (304) 562-6214 l 50 Cents Volume 143 l Issue 26 Commission opens bids to build new Animal Shelter By Jack Bailey WINFIELD – The Putnam County Commission opened bids to construct a new Putnam County Animal Shelter at a special meeting on Thursday, June 21. A total of six bids were received for construction of the project, which the county budgeted a total of $2.3 million for. BBL Carlton of Charleston submitted the lowest base bid at $2,053,967. MIRC Construction of Hurricane submitted the next lowest bid at $2,090,000. Other bids received included: • Hayslett Construction of Hurricane with a bid of $2,169,000; • E.P. Leach and Sons of Huntington with a bid of $2,261,000; • Lombardi Development of Follansbee with a bid of $2,315,600; and This piece of land on the Eleanor side of the Ross Booth Memorial Bridge in Winfield is the future home of the Putnam County Animal Shelter. Putnam County Commissioners opened bids for construction of the animal shelter at a special meeting, Thursday, June 21. Photo by Jack Bailey • Hager Construction of Huntington with a bid of $2,400,000. In addition to the base bids for construction of the new animal shelter, contractors bidding on SEE SHELTER ON PAGE 16 Fireworks Safety Information Summer celebrations are underway and West Virginians are busy with cookouts, family reunions and community parades. Unfortunately, celebrations can quickly turn to tragedy for families, especially when children and teenagers are killed or permanently injured by so-called “safe and sane” fireworks. “ANY fireworks-type materials are dangerous,” states State Fire Marshal Sterling Lewis, Jr. “Even sparklers can burn hot enough to melt gold and cause third-degree burns. Basically, there is no such thing as safe fireworks.” Facts from NFPA: According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks consistently cause more damage to property than all other outdoor fire causes combined for the Fourth of July (day) in the United States. · According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 92% of the fireworks injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms involved fireworks that Federal regulations permit consumers to use. SEE SAFETY ON PAGE 3 The Putnam Standard SEND YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS TO US AT P.O. BOX 186 CULLODEN, WV 25510

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