CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's attorney general says Tyler County may accept private donations to extend operating hours at the county clerk's records room or digitize the records stored there.
Patrick Morrisey says that as long as the donation is unsolicited and is given to the county as a whole and not to an individual, it's OK.
Morrisey says Tyler and other counties in the state's Marcellus Shale region are seeing an increase in the use of their records rooms as lawyers, title abstractors and others try to trace land and mineral ownership. He says Tyler county's records room isn't big enough to handle the demand.
Tyler County Prosecutor D. Luke Furbee requested the attorney general's opinion.