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Gallup: WV Last In Well-Being

Mountain State Is At Bottom Of Survey
By Mark Hallburn
Publisher, PutnamLIVE.com

The results of a recent Gallupalt survey won't surprise many of us living, or barely surviving, in The Mountain State: West Virginia, again, ranks last in well-being. The 2014 position is the sixth-consecutive year for the worst ranking.

More than 175,000 people, in all 50 United States, were interviewed for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Research Director Dan Witters says 1,296 West Virginians were interviewed.

For the first time, Alaska ranked number one.

"The Gallup-Healtheways Well-Being Index uses a holistic definition of well-being and self-reported data from individuals across the globe to create a unique view of societies' progress on the elements that matter most to well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. It is the most proven, mature, and comprehensive measure of well-being in populations," Gallup states.

West Virginia is at or near the bottom in measured categories, including 50th in purpose and physical health, 43rd in financial stability, 48th in social relationships, and 38th in sense of community.

Former Putnam County and altRahul Gupta, M.D.Kanawha-Charleston Health Departments Administrator, Rahul Gupta, M.D., (who now works for the state) says West Virginia's health issues are linked to our poor lifestyle choices.

"Our high levels of tobacco users and obesity issues resulting in diabetes, poor health, arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressuree, and diabetes, in West Virginia," Gupta states.

It is easy to blame our winter weather for making it hard to exercise. However, West Virginia's winters are mild compared to Alaska's which topped the survey's rankings.

"Individuals must modify their lifestyles and behavior," Gupta expains. "Go for a brisk walk after dinner. Watch what you eat. Make good choices."

Politically, West Virginia's Republican Party swept the November, 2014 elections, promising tax-reform (including eliminating the inventory tax) that will provide more jobs and economic well-being in The Mountain State. So far, they haven't delivered, during the 2015 legislative session, choosing, instead, to target "ObamaCare" which has provided necessary medical insurance to thousands of citizens.

Here, in Putnam County, our economy is better than most West Virginia counties. However, health does not seem to be a priority to government officials.

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Our Parks and Recreation Department has one of the smallest per-citizen funding in the region.

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The Putnam County Health Department had to be shut down, due to financial mismanagement resulting in nearly $500,00 of debt, and still is being operated by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

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Our only hospital, CAMC Teays Valley, has shown little growth while Putnam County's population continues to rise.

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Putnam County's commissioners sat back and allowed Putnam General Hospital to shut down, but voted to spend $2.3 million on the new Putnam County Animal Shelter-viewed by some as a strange set of priorities.

And Putnam County has one of the weakest public-smoking laws in West Virginia.


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Special Report: CSX Buys Influence

Train Company Spends Huge Political Money

By Mark Hallburn
Publisher, PutnamLIVE.com

The CSX train derailment andalt fire happened in Fayette County. However, it easily could have happened in Putnam County, from Scott Depot to Culloden. Residents of our communities hear and see CSX trains rumble down the tracks on a daily basis.

Fortunately, no one was killed.

A report by The Charleston Gazette shows that CSX is more than a transportation company: CSX is a large checkbook for politicians as CSX lobbies for its interests. Cleary, political contributions and lobbying are legal. However, some may question how much influence CSX is buying. And some may question the ethics of the politicians that take money from CSX and other corporations. Others question whether trains should carry crude oil through towns - especially when the CSX cars were the newer, safer models - and exploded anyway.

Journalist David Gutman filed this report.


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Chamber Issues Scam Warning

Company Falsely Claims To Represent Chamber
By Mark Hallburn
Publisher, PutnamLIVE.com


The Putnam County Chamberalt of Commerce wants to make sure you don't become a victim of a scam artist. President Martin "Marty" Chapman is issuing the following warning:

Attention: From Putnam County Chamber of Commerce.

This is note to warn you about false information. If a person in sales from CGI stops in your business or calls stating that the Putnam Chamber is endorsing their product, this is not true. We are not partnering with the company, nor do we endorse them. We have given them no permission to use our name. If you have any problems or concerns with please let us know. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sincerely,

Marty Chapman, President
Ashley Alford, Vice President of Programs & Events
Putnam Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 553
Teays, WV 25569
(304) 757-6510


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Winfield PD Releases January, 2015 Stats

Calls Show A Decrease Over 2014 Numbers

By Mark Hallburn
Publisher, PutnamLIVE.com

Winfield Police Officers continuealt their busy work, with January, 2015, crime activity, according to this news release by Chief of Police John J. Perrine.
 

COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH (CAD) SYSTEM

The Putnam County 911 CAD system recorded for the period of January 1 through January 31, 2015, that the Winfield Police Department was dispatched to 223 police call for the month. This is a 22.5% increase over the same period for January 2014, which recorded 182calls. The monthly mean trend line indicates a 5.8% increase in the volume of CAD call activity from December to January 2015.  
 

CRIMINAL CALLS JANUARY 2014

• 40 Criminal Calls (18%).

•   9 NIBRS Cases.

•   6 Arrest:

      ◊ 2 DUI.

       ◊ 1 Possession Controlled Substance

       ◊ 3 Assaults

•  4 Warrants Obtained:

        ◊  2 Assault.

      ◊ 2Possession Controlled Substance

•  1 Investigations Open:

 ◊ Destruction Municipal Property

       

TRAFFIC CALLS January 2014

  •106 Traffic Calls (48%).

•  95  Traffic stops.                                                        

•  38  Traffic citations (40%) issued.

•  57 Warnings (60%) delivered.

•    6  Traffic Details.

•    3  Disabled Vehicles.

•    2Motor Vehicle Crash.                                                                                               

 

                                                                      

SERVICE CALLS January 2014

• 77 Service calls (34%).

           68% Patrol Walk

           13% Alarms

             6% Medical Emergency

             4% RPS Calls

             4% Lock-out

             3% 911 Hang-Up

              1% Well Being Check  

              1% Missing Person

 

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JANUARY

Winfield High School

This Month

Year To

Date

Suspension

Year

Notes

Reported Acts of Violence

0

0

0

No Incidents Reported

Drug Related incidents

0

2

2

 No Incidents Reported

Alcohol Related Incidents

0

0

0

No Incidents Reported

Tobacco Related Incidents

2

14

3

Municipal Citations

K-9 Drug Searches

0

1

N/A

 No Drugs Detected

SRO Use of Force

0

0

N/A

 None

Crisis Intervention

0

8

N/A

Suicide/CPS/Juv. Services

Advisory Contacts with Parents

0

12

N/A

Enforcement Investigation

Number of Lock Downs

0

4

N/A

None Reported

Number of Evacuations

0

4

N/A

None Reported

Times Crisis Plan Activated

0

1

N/A

None Reported

Total Classes Taught

3

15

N/A

Smoking Sensation

Total Youth Taught In Class

75

421

N/A

 

One on One Student Contacts

06

33

N/A

 

Total Youths Served

81

453

N/A

 

             

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BACA DONATES CHILDS COMFORT ITEMS

The local chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) donated comfort aids to the Winfield Police Department for use when dealing with emotionally distraught children and victims of child abuse. Stuffed animals, otherwise known as security object can give a child both emotional and tangible comfort, especially during times of stress or crisis. Each Winfield patrol car will be equipped with a BACA “Comfort Pack”  and literature on the services they offer. BACA works in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children.

POLICE VEHICLES

January  2014

VEHICLE

BEGINNING MILAGE

ENDING MILAGE

MONTHMILAGE

FUEL GALLONS

FUEL COST

MPG

OTHER

EXPENSE

#104  Chevy Impala 2004

110,723

111,192

469

50.85 GAL

$104.43

9.22

 

#106  Chevy Impala 2006

94,788

95,415

627

67.45 GAL

$142.95

9.29

 

#111 Dodge Charger 2011

40,060

41,206

1146

87.85 GAL

$179.03

13.04

$1,257

#114 Ford Expedition 2013

28,043

30,192

2,149

163.95 GAL

$349.00

13.10

 

#206 Ford Crown Vic  2006

141,085

141,649

564

57.67 GAL

$138.59

9.77

$12.72

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Totals

4,955

427.77 GAL

$914.00

10.88

None

 

• 4,955 Patrol miles in January 2015                                   • 422.77 Gallons of fuel consumed at a cost of $914.00.

• Average mile per gallon

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PCSD Seeks CCard Suspect

Accused Of Using A Stolen Plastic At Poca VB

By Mark Hallburn
Publisher, PutnamLIVE.com

The Putnam County Sheriff's Department wants your help to locate a man suspected of using a stolen credit card at an area bank.

The following is a news release from Sheriff Steve L. Deweese:

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information and or possible identification on the (photographed) white male whom attempted to use a stolen credit card at Poca Valley Bank in Winfield, on Saturday, February, 7. 2015.

If you have any information please contact Detective John Hedrick at 304-586-9846.

 In addition, Putnam County Dispatch can be reached, 24/7/365 at 304-586-0273.

Publisher’s note: All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

A criminal complaint is a legal document that is usually filled out by a law enforcement officer presenting evidence to a judge or magistrate. The judicial official determines if the officer has provided enough evidence to issue a complaint or a warrant for a suspect arrest. 

Mug shots are provided courtesy of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.


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