Eric Hodges

Hodges resigns as county assessor

Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County Assessor Eric Hodges submitted his letter of resignation Friday, prior to a hearing to remove him from office.

A three-judge panel consisting of Robert A. Burnside Jr., David Nibert and Joseph K. Reeder, received the letter upon Hodges’ arrival at the Wayne County Magistrate Courtroom Friday morning.

Burnside said the letter stated Hodges was resigning from office effective immediately. Having no disputes or issues of the letter, the panel declared the office was vacant and considered the hearing closed.

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WINNER – Robert Cyrus of Fort Gay stands next to his large prize-winning pumpkin at the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival. Submitted photos

Fort Gay man wins with
big pumpkin

Staff Writer

FORT GAY – Robert Cyrus never thought about entering a pumpkin contest at the State Pumpkin Festival.

This year, he decided he would.

So, Cyrus, along with family and friends, loaded up a 13-foot, 17-inch round pumpkin that weighed more than 1,000 pounds. The white, cream colored pumpkin took first place at this year’s festival making it Cyrus’ first entry and winner.

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Board approves free student drug testing kits

Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Parents combating drug abuse in Wayne County have a new weapon in the fight thanks to the Wayne County Board of Education.

The board approved distributing free home drug testing kits to parents of students who live in Wayne County. The kits are provided through Prestera and will be distributed at the three county high school’s health centers. An alternative site within Tolsia High School will be decided upon – since the school is absent of a health center.

The county also approved a drug testing service agreement between Akme Drug Testing LLC in the amount of $13 per Career and Technical Education Student at each of the three high schools. The drug testing is part of the CTE simulated jobsite classroom program.

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Prichard cargo facility set to start this month

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PRICHARD - The long-sought Heartland Intermodal Gateway facility at the A. Michael Perry Industrial Park in Prichard is expected to begin transferring cargo from trains to trucks within two weeks, officials said Tuesday.

Del. Don Perdue, executive director of the Wayne County Economic Development Authority, said Parsec, the company hired to operate the $30 million facility, is in the final stages of equipment installation, ahead of the original construction deadline of December 2015.

“Parsec is putting in a scale they will use to weigh trucks and containers,” Perdue said. “Other than that, they are fixing some high and low spots on a large concrete pad and hooking up the gas, oil and air lines that are kept on site. It’s much more elaborate than I or anyone else thought it would be, I think.”

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