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The month of January, with its bitter cold temperatures and water crisis, hit many businesses in Southern West Virginia especially hard.

Some of the state's youngest entrepreneurs felt the pinch, too.

Beth Casey, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond, said sales of Girl Scout Cookies were down more than 20 percent this year compared to last.

And Casey said that's thousands of dollars the troops don't have for programming, educational trips and service projects.

"We just really want to encourage people to support the girls when they see them," she said.

The Black Diamond Council serves nearly 16,000 girls in 48 West Virginia counties and a total of 61 counties throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.

Casey said the scouts collected orders throughout the month of January, when people just weren't getting out much and students weren't attending classes or their extracurricular activities.

Casey said sales were down 32 percent in Kanawha County, 24 percent in Jackson County and 39 percent in Clay County.

But the cookies have arrived, and most scouts have extra boxes available. Casey said Girl Scouts will be selling throughout the month of April.

She said an app for the iPhone and for Android devices locates the nearest Girl Scout Cookie stand.