BIM'S BENCH DISAPPEARS - The bench in front of Bim's Barber Shop came up missing Friday evening, and is of grave concern to those who rested upon it. Investigators are scouring the region for the ancient artifact, desperately looking for a place to sit.

HEART BATTLES IN PARKERSBURG - They are within ten minutes of each other, but St. Joseph Hospital and Camden-Clark Hospital have flunked their joint venture efforts to establish an open-heart surgery center. They have filed separate applications with the state Health Care Authority.

St. Joe has teamed with Charleston Area Medical Center and Camden-Clark has teamed with WVU Medical Center for the proposed projects, with costs estimated between $6 and $8 million dollars each.

Other hospital wars are going on between WVU in Morgantown, United Hospital Center in Clarksburg and Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Weston. All want to establish new medical centers.

WVU applied last week for a $74 million dollar addition, which includes 72 beds. United Hospital has ask to spend $265 million on a new facility along I-79 at Bridgeport.

With family health insurance predicted to increase to $16,000 a year by 2007, there is little likelihood the public will be able to afford coverage.

ABDUCTION JITTERS - A recent poll in West Virginia indicted public concern about the abduction of children. The FBI reports child abductions are way down in America. "Any child that's missing is one too many. But the media publicity that these cases are getting is making it seem like a big jump, and that's not the case," said FBI spokesperson Angela Bell.

SPENCER MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT - A Spencer man Byron Matics, 33, has been arrested for sexual assault on a 19-year-old Colt Ridge woman. She was reportedly forced to have sex with Matics by her 34-year-old boyfriend, David Dye of Newton. Dye has not been located.

MEN ARRESTED FOR CATTLE RUSTLING - The old west returned to Lewis County last week when three men rustled cattle, three of them, taking them to market in Parkersburg, selling them for $1,100.

Steve Helmick, 27, of Glenville, Robert Lee Weaver, Jr. of Linn and Matthew Pumphrey, 23, of Camden have been charged.

DOMINION PROFITS JUMP 51% - After considerable down-sizing, Dominion has posted a 51% quarterly jump up $92 million.

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