Eric Hodges

Wayne County assessor under investigation

Managing Editor

WAYNE – Multiple sources have confirmed that Wayne County Assessor Eric Hodges is under investigation for purchases made with his county account.

The issue was brought to the County Commission earlier this month according to Commission President Bob Pasley. Pasley said that there had been some excessive purchase amounts made by Hodge’s with his “p-card”. After discussion, the Commission decided that the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Plymale’s involvement was necessary.

“Based upon the information we received, we believed it was our due diligence to turn over the information for investigation to Mr. Plymale,” Pasley said Thursday.

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Billy Workman, right, from Martin, Ky. and Ray Hunt of Fort Gay pose for a photo in Fort Gay Thursday. Workman said business has been good as a flag salesman, backed up by the numerous southern flags attached to vehicles seen driving in the county. Workman also pointed out the missing American flag near the war memorial in front of the old Fort Gay High School and said he plans to make arrangements to get one flying there. WCN photo by Greg Turner

DEU arrests 3 on drug charges

Staff Writer

FORT GAY – An undercover buy led to the arrest of three people on drug charges Tuesday by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department Drug Enforcement Unit.

Nikita Vanhoose, 29, Kenneth “Tony” Stepp, 31, and Joey Vance, 38, all of Louisa, Ky., were arrested after 6 p.m. Tuesday in Fort Gay.

According to the DEU report, the unit used a confidential informant to arrange a purchase with Vanhoose for 17 30mg oxycodone pills for $680 in the Fort Gay area.

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Morrisey announces Antitrust Agreement in Cabell Huntington, St. Mary’s acquisition

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CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Friday his Office’s Antitrust Division has reached an agreement with Cabell Huntington Hospital, Inc., in its acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center.

According to a Friday news release, the agreement, filed Friday morning in Cabell County Circuit Court, establishes a series of conditions to ensure the acquisition complies with the West Virginia Antitrust Act, the federal Sherman Antitrust Act, and all other applicable state and federal laws.

“My Office takes its antitrust responsibility very seriously,” Morrisey said. “We strive to make sure any mergers or acquisitions preserve economic competition and do not have a negative effect on the state and its citizens.”

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Several file pre-candidacy intensions for 2016

Staff Writer

WAYNE – The 2016 primary election is shaping up as several candidates have filed pre-candidacy papers for office.

Wayne County Clerk Renick Booth is the latest to file.

Booth filed on Friday to announce his intensions to seek re-election as clerk.

Others who have filed include:
Billy Dell Runyon who filed July 10 for magistrate.

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County looking for trash service

Managing Editor

WAYNE – For several weeks now, trash has piled up in Southern Wayne County forcing the County Commission to search for a solution.

Rita Dalton, owner of Dalton Garbage and Disposal, informed the West Virginia Public Service Commission that the company was no longer able to provide services. For several weeks, trash has been accumulating in the Dalton Service area.

County Commission President Bob Pasley said the commission was made aware of the situation after receiving several complaints that customers’ trash was not being picked up. Pasley said that the complaints forced him to contact another vendor to do an emergency run this week.

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