Council passes resolution supporting welcome center

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Huntington City Council passed a resolution to support building a welcome center and Park and Ride facility off the Kenova Exit 1 of I-64.

The resolution supports a request to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for the construction of the Park and Ride commuter lot in the northeastern quadrant of the exit, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said during Monday evening’s council meeting.

According to Williams, every other entry point to the state in Bluefield, Lewisburg and Morgantown, have welcome centers where travelers can stop, rest and maybe find more information about the state, but that is not the case in the Tri-State. Currently drivers pass almost three Tri-State exits before finally coming to a rest area – proving to be a missed opportunity to draw travelers into Huntington area attractions.

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HISTORY ON DISPLAY – Robert Thompson stands with one of the signs depicting the history of Wayne. The signs are being placed in historical areas for the public to view. Others (see below) are Trout’s Mill and the Wayne County Poor Farm. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Historical signs being placed in Wayne

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Robert Thompson has had different ideas of projects concerning his love of history.

One of those ideas Thompson, who is a Wayne High School teacher, Town of Wayne councilman and author, came up with was to place signs in the historic areas of Wayne.

Doing research on the historical areas and finding prices on signs, Thompson brought the idea to Wayne council who agreed to help purchase one sign, a thin aluminum-type made to look antique with pictures of what was located on the site, for $153 each. The city will purchase one each month

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Town receives warnings for water system

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Officials received warnings from the state for lack of fencing around water tanks and for not having backflow valves.

The warnings come from an inspection that was done recently. And, if the town does not show work has been done on the infraction, it can face a large fine.

The Town of Wayne Water and Sewer Board agreed to get estimates for a fence around two water tanks located on Bluefield Street.

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Wayne Police arrests two

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Two people were taken into custody by officers with the Wayne Police Department late Saturday.

Paul Richard Ferguson was arrested about midnight on charges of public intoxication, possession of marijuana under 15 grams and drug paraphernalia.
According to Chief Dwayne Stiltner, Ferguson had been consistently walking around the area intoxicated and had been warned on numerous occasions about his behavior.

While Stiltner was patrolling Kenova Avenue, he saw Ferguson had an open container while riding a bicycle erratically.

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Mayor praises engineer’s
dedication

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – It would have been easier for him to walk away had he known the hard work and lack of pay that was before him.

Instead Paul Ghosh did what was right and corrected “his” mistakes.

Ghosh Engineering was hired by the City of Kenova nearly a decade ago to correct cross-line sewer connections in the city. Kenova has battled for years against sewage backup into basements and stormwater drains overflowing during hard rain events.

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