Ohio man catches record skipjack

CHARLESTON – An Ohio man has set the West Virginia state record with his skipjack catch in Mason County in May.

Officials say the fish was caught by Zachary Hankins of Chesapeake, Ohio, while fishing from a boat below the R.C. Byrd Lock and Dam tailwater on the Ohio River.

According to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the skipjack measured 19.21 inches and weighed 2.64 pounds.

That’s longer than the 19.1-inch skipjack that Howard Neal Craig caught last year on the Ohio River and bigger than the 2.61-pound fish caught by Steve Skeens from the Kanawha River in 2002.


Lottery winner nets $300K: For Larry Hughes, winning a big West Virginia Lottery prize was as easy as 1-2-3. And 4.

Zachary Hankins of Chesapeake, Ohio, shows off the skipjack he caught in Mason County last month. The fish measured more than 19 inches.

Zachary Hankins of Chesapeake, Ohio, shows off the skipjack
he caught in Mason County last month. The fish measured
more than 19 inches.

The contractor from Kimball played those numbers 61 times to win $302,600 in Thursday night’s Daily 4 drawing.

Hughes told lottery officials he plays the 1-2-3-4 combination every day and buys at least 60 tickets a day.

The combination has worked for him before. He won $52,600 twice — first in 2006, and again in 2008. Lottery officials say the Daily 4 draw machine has generated a 1-2-3-4 series only three times. Hughes won big every time.


More than 50 charged in pill investigation: Officials involved in a two-year joint law enforcement effort fight against southern West Virginia’s illegal prescription drug trade say the initiative is making a difference.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and leadership from area law enforcement community announced additional indictments this week as part of the Bluefield Pill Initiative. Goodwin says recent indictments bring the number of drug defendants charged to more than 50.

Goodwin said that the illegal prescription drug trade represents a new challenge. He said law enforcement is constantly working to build cases against pill pushers and others involved.

He said suppliers travel to several cities to visit doctors, get several prescriptions for powerful pain-relievers, fill them at several pharmacies and return with thousands of pills to sell for a large profit.



Colenda president, CEO of WVUH: West Virginia University Health Sciences Chancellor Christopher Colenda will be the next president and CEO of West Virginia United Health System.

Colenda’s appointment will be effective in January 2014. He will replace J. Thomas Jones, who plans to retire at the end of the year. Colenda has served as chancellor since 2009.

WVU President James Clements announced Colenda’s selection by the health system’s Board of Governors on Sunday. Clements is chairman of the board.

The health system’s facilities include WVU Hospitals’ Ruby Memorial in Morgantown, Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg and Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson; United Hospital Center in Clarksburg; and Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg.



WVU OKs stadium land buy: The West Virginia University Board of Governors has given its blessing to a $2.3 million real estate deal that will help create a new baseball stadium near Morgantown.

Athletic Director Oliver Luck plans to purchase 7 acres near the University Town Centre from Mon-View LLC.

The $16 million Mountaineer Ballpark would be funded with tax-increment financing.

WVU, Fairmont State University and the New York-Penn League have expressed interest in playing there. Luck has also said the stadium could host youth baseball events and concerts.

The developers plan to award a contract this fall and start construction in December. They’re also planning about $5 million in preliminary road and intersection improvements near the Granville shopping center. When the stadium is done, developers would build a $24 million exit along Interstate 79.



Faculty threatens suit against Marshall: Professors at Marshall University say President Stephen Kopp and his administration have deliberately delayed their access to information about the school’s budget, proposing to charge more than $54,000 for documents.

The American Federation of Teachers believes the administration has violated the law, and it’s threatening legal action.

On May 1, the faculty passed a no confidence vote on Kopp. It came after he secretly swept all departmental accounts into a central holding account without informing faculty.

Finance professor Dallas Brozik was told he could have five years’ of budget documents if he paid $54,000, but it would take three months. Kopp’s chief of staff Matt Turner denies anything sinister is going on. He says there are just a lot of documents to be gathered and printed.



Fire destroys Logan County funeral home: The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire that destroyed a funeral home in Logan County. Firefighters tell media outlets that the fire is considered suspicious.

The fire broke out Sunday morning at Chatman Funeral Home. The building also housed several apartments above the funeral home.

Logan Fire Chief Scott Beckett estimates damage at about $1 million. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries fighting the blaze.

The funeral home’s owner, Todd Fields, says he doesn’t understand why his business would be targeted. He plans to rebuild.


— Compiled from

the Associated Press

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