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Pendleton Lawmaker Criticizes Governor For Turning Down Base

Pendleton County

A lawmaker says Pendleton County will lose several hundred jobs as a result of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s decision to turn down the federal government’s offer to transfer a Navy base to the state.

State corrections officials had suggested converting the Naval Information Operations Center in Sugar Grove into a prison. Female inmates would have been transferred to Sugar Grove from the Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County.

Delegate Isaac Sponaugle tells the Daily News-Record that the prison would have employed about 250 people. The Pendleton County Democrat says there also would have been numerous indirect employment opportunities for support services.

Tomblin’s office said proposed upgrades and operating costs at Sugar Grove would cost far more than those at Lakin.