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Courthouse Closures

The Chief Judge of a circuit has the authority to order an emergency closure of the courts in that circuit, including circuit courts, magistrate courts, circuit clerk’s offices, magistrate clerk’s offices, family courts, and probation offices. Any time off for court staff is not considered annual or sick leave. Magistrates are on a holiday/weekend schedule during the closure.

In some counties, although the courts are closed, other areas of the courthouses may remain open. In other counties, both courts and entire courthouses are closed. For information on county offices not covered by the judicial orders (which cover only the judicial offices listed above), contact that county commission.

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April was “National County Government Month” and the County Commissioners’ Association of WV (CCAWV) hosted their annual essay contest for eighth grade students across West Virginia.

There are monetary awards for 1st ($300), 2nd ($250), and 3rd ($150) place student winners. There is also a monetary award ($300) for the 1st place winner’s Teacher to be used for classroom activities. Student participants were asked to type a 500-word essay entitled How Does My County Commission Make Life Better For Me? 

Congratulations to the following winners!




Kally Hall, Hurricane Middle School, Putnam County Angie Withrow, Teacher

Emma Gibbs, Wahama Jr/Sr High School, Mason County Catherine Hamm, Teacher

Haley Fincham, Braxton Middle School, Braxton County Lori Dittman, Teacher 

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