The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 5, 2013

State news briefs

The Associated Press

City’s new smoking ban sparks some complaints

BUCKHANNON (AP) — A new smoking ban in Buckhannon apparently is headed for some revisions.

Mayor Kenneth Davidson told The Inter-Mountain he supports the ban on smoking in public parks and recreation areas, but the ban might be going too far by including electronic cigarettes. Davidson also wants city police officers to ease up on the ban during the West Virginia Strawberry Festival.

Some residents have complained about attempts to snuff their smoking. The smoking ban applies to public parks and recreational areas within the corporate limits of Buckhannon. It includes areas where events such as the Strawberry Festival occur.

Some residents and council members have said they support the ban. Some festival-goers complain that smoking has kept them away from the event in the past.

Weather KOs motorcycle run for slain Mingo sheriff

CHARLESTON (AP) — Stiff winds and rain have forced the cancellation of the Sheriff Eugene Crum Memorial Poker Run.

Organizers say they’ll reschedule the memorial ride, which was to occur Sunday.

The memorial on wheels was to pass through Williamson, where the Mingo County lawman was fatally shot April 3 as he sat in his cruiser eating lunch. The procession was also to pass through Crum’s hometown of Taylorville.

Organizers expected more than 200 motorcycles to participate in the memorial motorcycle ride.

The ride was part of a three-day Rally in the Valley motorcycle gathering that began Friday.

Students invited to join statewide art contest

CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is encouraging students to enter a statewide art contest celebrating West Virginia’s 150th birthday.

Winning artwork will be featured during the state’s birthday bash at the Capitol in June. Winning artists will receive Kindles.

The contest is organized by the Department of Commerce. It’s open to students in all grades, from kindergarten to grade 12.

Themes for the birthday greetings include illustrations that emphasize the state’s unique or special qualities.

Applications and information are available online at Entries will be accepted through May 15.

Distemper closes animal shelter

LOGAN (AP) — A distemper outbreak has closed the Logan County animal shelter.

Media outlets reported that a quarantine was imposed after three cases of distemper were confirmed.

The shelter won’t accept or adopt animals until further notice.

Logan County Humane Officer Jerry Browning says one dog was euthanized due to the illness.

Employees are disinfecting the shelter, but Browning says the quarantine could remain in effect for several weeks.