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The Lewis County Commission passed an ordinance Monday banning bath salts in the county.

The new ordinance doesn't just ban the use of bath salts and synthetic marijuana, it also prohibits any distribution or advertisement of the drugs anywhere in the county.

Commission President Pat Boyle said the commission is glad to support the Lewis County Sheriff's Department's efforts with the new ordinance.

"We're trying to show 1000 percent support for him and his program, as well as send the community and the taxpayers a message that we are serious about drugs and we're going to eradicate it if we can," said Boyle.

Both Weston and Jane Lew have joined their county in passing similar measures to curb use of the drugs within their city limits.

Lewis County is also fighting to keep almost 200 jobs inside the county line.

Commission received a letter from iPacesetters announcing plans to close its Weston location.

County Administrator Cindy Whetsell said both the commission and the state are willing to work with iPacesetters to keep those jobs in the county.

"The state development office has been in contact with them, so we're hoping that there's some way that we can encourage them to keep their facility open and save the jobs here in Lewis County," said Whetsell.

IPacesetters plans to close its Weston location on May 28.

The Commission is also trying again to receive a grant to fund a county water line project.

It's applying for a Small Cities Block Grant to build water lines out to southwestern Lewis County.

But it's in the middle of legal action against West Virginia American Water and that unresolved lawsuit has been a problem for the county's grant applications.

"They haven't funded any of us, because they know that if we got the money, we can't spend it because we are in the middle of this dispute with the water company," said Commissioner Agnes Queen.

Queen said the commission hopes to resolve the suit by early May so it will be able to receive the grant.