Fresh Start for Addicts – Guernsey Sheriff Retires – GOP Platform

Initiative Offers Addicts a Fresh Start
Athens County and Health Recovery Services are reaching out to addicts with an opportunity to begin treatment. This Saturday in The Plains, Nelsonville, and Trimble, the Fresh Start Initiative will connect those who suffer from addiction with resources.

“Families are losing too many of our loved ones because of the heroin and opioid epidemic, not only in Athens County, but statewide,” said Prosecutor Keller Blackburn. The purpose of the initiative is to offer assistance to those who need it. Blackburn said no one attending should fear arrest – this is an opportunity to treat addictions and get a fresh start. He said the initiative is not limited to Athens County residents. “We will help anyone from anywhere.”

Treatment opportunities, including enrollment in a Vivitrol program, will be offered at the library in The Plains from 10 am to noon, at Nelsonville-York High School from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, and at Trimble High School from 3 to 5 pm.

Note: Vivitrol works by blocking receptors in the brain so users don’t feel cravings – and won’t get a high even if they take opioids.


Guernsey Sheriff Retires
Longtime Guernsey County Sheriff Michael McCauley has announced his retirement effective the end of the year. McCauley is the longest serving law enforcement officer in Guernsey County with 38 years wearing a badge – the last fifteen of those were spent as Sheriff. Jeff Paden is being sworn in as acting sheriff.


GOP Regional Platform Hearing
Republicans from six counties will gather in Parkersburg this weekend for a Regional Platform Hearing. The meeting will be held at the Judge Black Annex in Parkersburg from 6:30-8:30 pm on January 4. Interested Republicans, office holders and likely candidates are encouraged to attend. The most recent version of the WVGOP Platform, approved in 2012 at the Summer Convention in Beckley, is available for review at:


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About Callie J Lyons

Callie Lyons is an investigative journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. The Short, Fantastic Life of a Saloon Girl is Lyons' first published work of historical fiction.
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