Concerns on Prichard trade zone

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – With the construction of the Heartland Intermodal Gateway at Prichard underway, concern has turned to what is happening with the Foreign Trade Zone progress.

Wayne County Economic Development Director Don Perdue told the Authority at its board meeting Thursday he has concerns over the Foreign Trade Zone designation for Prichard.

Perdue said the West Virginia Economic Development Authority would like for Prichard to be a satellite site of an existing one in Putnam County and Charleston.

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TESTING MACHINES – Wayne County commissioners David Pennington, Bob Pasley, Kenneth Adkins, and county clerk Renick Boothe along with Jimmy Scott and Mark Maynard, representatives for the Democratic and Republican executive committees respectively, test the voting machines prior to early voting Oct. 22 to Nov. 1 and the general election Nov. 4. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Early voting begins Wednesday

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wednesday is the first day Wayne County voters can cast ballots early for the 2014 General Election on Nov. 4.

Voters can go to the Wayne County Courthouse from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays from Oct. 22 to Nov. 1.

In local races, County Commissioner President Robert E. “Bob” Pasley is running unopposed for his seat, as is John Bill Perry of Genoa for conservation district supervisor.

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Gas line issue in Huntington Tri-State Water Project

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – You give someone an inch and sometimes they take a foot, but in some instances it is more like 2,600 feet.

Bob Bragg of Thrasher Engineering, informed Kenova City Council Thursday night there could be a possible $25,000 to $100,000 snafu with the Huntington Tri-State Airport Water Project.

The problem is that while contractors were installing the water lines, it was discovered that Columbia Gas owned an electrified rectifier line. The gas company was given a right of way from the airport for 50 feet, but after inspecting the lines, it has been discovered Columbia’s lines are actually sending electrical current nearly 2,600 feet, or more than 2,500 feet more than the right of way.d destroyed several pumpkins causing the Pumpkin House to close early.

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Insurance renewals dominate Authority meeting

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – The October regular meeting of the Tri-State Airport Authority was dominated by discussion about insurance, from health coverage for employees to property insurance.

The authority voted to approve Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield to carry the employees’ health insurance. Initially, premiums were to increase 35 percent, based upon the coverage the airport was carrying.

Currently the airport utilizes a plan for full-time employees with a $1,000 deductible and an 80/20 prescription plan. Due to increases in premiums though, the authority had to consider other options to lower costs.

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Heaberlin retiring from public service

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – Fox Heaberlin is retiring after serving as Public Works Director the past several years for the City of Kenova.

Mayor Ric Griffith made the announcement during Thursday night’s regular city council meeting. Griffith informed both council and those in attendance that Thursday’s meeting was the last for Heaberlin.

The mayor spoke of Heaberlin’s dedication to the position, noting how the retiring director often would come out on calls in the middle of the night with his workers to ensure the job was completed or help in any way he could.

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