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SIGN OF THE TIMES – This sign is posted outside the Wayne Diner. It was recently announced that Rockspring Development at East Lynn is closing resulting in the loss of more than 400 jobs. WCN photo by Robert Thompson

Local officials respond to East Lynn mine closing

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – Alpha Natural Resources made the announcement last week it expects to idle a Wayne County coal mine that employs more than 400 workers.

In accordance with requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, notices were given to 439 employees at Rockspring Development’s Camp Creek underground mine and processing plant regarding the expected idling of those facilities. The impact of the announcement will remain to be unseen – but marquee signs outside county businesses have read, “Pray for our miners”. Businesses and the local economy, along with the families of those being laid off are facing the biggest challenges in a county already struggling unemployment rates hovering near 7 percent according to the most recent data.

Wayne County Delegate Don Perdue said that the announcement is a severe blow to the local economy.

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No contest pleas entered in hidden camera case

By DIANE POTTORFF
HD Media

WAYNE – Three Wayne men accused of trespassing and destruction of school property entered a no contest plea in Wayne County Circuit Court Tuesday.

Scott D. Followay, Jeffrey L. Spence and James “Junior” Ramey III appeared before Judge James H. Young Jr. with their attorney, Ashley Lockwood.

Young said he was notified late Friday a plea agreement had been reached. All three men entered a no contest plea to trespassing and the destruction of property charge was dismissed. Young accepted the plea agreement and fined the men $50 each plus court costs.

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James Coble

Coble named Wayne County Teacher of the Year

By DIANE POTTORFF
HD Media

SPRING VALLEY – James Coble was surprised and humbled when his name was announced as the 2016 Wayne County Teacher of the Year during the regular meeting of the Wayne County Board of Education Tuesday.

Coble is a science and Project Lead the Way teacher at Spring Valley High School and Career and Technical Education Center.

“I did not think I would get this honor,” he said. “There were a lot more teachers worthy of this honor. This is amazing.” Coble has come a long way in Project Lead the Way at Spring Valley.

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Few arrested for DUI over weekend

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County law enforcement reported a quiet holiday weekend with very few arrests for driving under the influence.

Residents are taking heed to the warnings of not driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol – and motorists are putting on their seat belts before driving on the roadways.

First Sgt. Luke Stephens, Troop 5 Section 2 commander, said troopers made a total of five DUI arrests in Wayne and Cabell counties during the holiday weekend.

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Budget concerns, bid opening tops BOE meeting

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – The announcement Alpha Natural Resource’s Rocksprings mine is closing has Wayne County Board of Education members concerned about the system’s operating budget.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the BOE, Treasurer Ancie Hatfield presented the operating budget and salaries schedule for the 2015-16 school year for approval needed by the state.

Hatfield said there is more than $80 million for operations, but a total of $459,000 has been lost due to a loss of $290,000 in county property taxes and $50,000 in state aide – with the rest in lost federal aide.

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