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ON WAY TO COURT – Wayne County Assessor Eric Hodges is escorted to Wayne County Magistrate Court Monday by deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department for a bond revocation hearing. Hodges will be in court again Wednesday for another hearing. Photo courtesy of WSAZ

Eric Hodges to return to court to face charges

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County Assessor Eric Hodges is expected in Wayne County Magistrate Court today at 10 a.m. for a hearing addressing charges brought against him.

For the second time in a week, Hodges will appear before Magistrate John Cavins.
Hodges appeared before Cavins Monday for a bond revocation hearing.

A preliminary hearing is where some evidence is presented to determine if it is sufficient to move forward to the grand jury.

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Removal hearing set for October

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has set a date for the removal of Wayne County Assessor Eric Hodges from office.

The order was filed Tuesday with the hearing being at 10 a.m. Oct. 9 in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Judge Robert A. Burnside Jr., Tenth Circuit (Raleigh) was tasked to head the three-judge panel – which also consists of Judge David Nibert, Fifth Circuit (Mason, Jackson, Calhoun and Roane) and Judge Joseph K. Reeder, 29th Circuit (Putnam) or alternative date if needed to determine what action will be taken.

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Wayne County Republicans meet to fill spots

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

LAVALETTE – The members of the Wayne County Republican Executive Committee met Tuesday night to discuss major changes coming to the group.

State Senator Mark Maynard (R-Wayne) announced last month that he is stepping down as the chair of the county’s executive committee. Tuesday, Maynard discussed in further detail how the group is going to decide his predecessor.

Maynard told the group it has been a pleasure serving as the group’s leader, but his duties in state office have taken away from his ability to serve his position with the committee.

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Retro Video Game Convention Returns to Tri-State Saturday

BY CODY LYNCH
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – Sure, the technology on our new Xbox’s and Playstation’s are great and the graphics are getting ever more realistic.

But for some of us who are old enough to remember the early years of gaming, or those who have an appreciation of retro games, there remains a soft spot in our hearts for those fuzzy, 8-bit characters.

In the spirit of the Comic-Con craze, local videogame guru and graduate of Spring Valley High School, Ben Durfee, with the help of wife, Shannon, also an academic standout hailing from Spring Valley, have brought their love of gaming to the masses with the creation of Power Up, a retro-inspired video game convention. Though the convention is still fairly new, now only in it’s second year, is proving to be a successful catalyst to exposing just how many people still have a passionate interest in the “classics”. Whether you are looking for early games from Nintendo to Playstation, or even comic books, toys, trinkets, and art, Power Up will have something to offer your inner-child.

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Huntington ethics probe targets city councilwoman

HUNTINGTON – In Huntington, a city council woman accusing other members of ethics violations is now answering for some actions of her own.

Rebecca Thacker has served on city council for six years and she has been a TTA Board. Mayor Steve Williams has decided not to reappoint her.

According to an investigation, Thacker, who is disabled, and her husband have been riding the TTA Dial-a-Ride buses for free.

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3 Westmoreland roads on paving list

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

HUNTINGTON – The City of Huntington has released the fall paving list.

This fall, there will be $600,000 worth of paving projects in the city. Another $400,000 worth will take place in the spring.

Work s expected to begin at the end of September.

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