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January 27, 2009

Overington to host town meetings before session

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. - Del. John Overington will host town meetings on Saturday and on Feb. 7 to gather residents' input regarding the upcoming legislative session.

"I am interested in getting input on issues and concerns that may come up during the ... 60-day legislative session," Overington, R-Berkeley, said in a news release.

"These meetings have provided an excellent way for me to keep in touch with the people in the Eastern Panhandle and are a very helpful link in the two-way communication that is important for government to work."

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Meetings on Saturday will be at the Marlowe Ruritan building off Broad Lane from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and at Scrabble Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church off Scrabble Road from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

On Feb. 7, Overington will host a meeting at the Bedington Ruritan building near Bedington Crossroads along U.S. 11. from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The delegate from the 55th district said residents can complete his annual Citizens' Poll at www.overington.com and bring it to the meetings.

Ribbon-cutting set for Alloway's new office

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - State Sen. Rich Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the the new Chambersburg district office at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The public is invited to the opening of the office outside the P. Nicklas Building, 37 S. Main St., where hot chocolate will be served at the event, which occurs during Chambersburg's annual IceFest.

Elected in November to replace retired senator Terry Punt, Alloway recently moved the district office from Kerrstown Square, 166 S. Main St.

State Democratic Party's executive director resigns

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State Democratic Party Executive Director Tom Vogel is leaving his position with the party.

Vogel said Tuesday he will leave on March 31 to pursue other opportunities.

In addition to serving as a party officer, Vogel served as state director for President Barack Obama's West Virginia campaign.

Vogel has been with the party for the past four years.

Party Chairman Nick Casey says he expects to name Vogel's replacement soon.

More lottery machines shut down in W.Va. Elks Club

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A weekend raid that led to the seizure of 144 video raffle machines in Clarksburg has prompted the state Lottery to shut off 10 video lottery machines in the same facility.

Lottery spokeswoman Nancy Bulla says the 10 machines, located at the Elks Club at the Village Square Conference Center, were shut off pending the outcome of the investigation tied to Saturday's raid.

Harrison County Prosecutor Joseph Shaffer says the 144 video raffle machines are illegal, but didn't say whether he'll file criminal charges.

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