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Pothole repairs to begin on Spring Valley Drive

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON - A harsh winter season has left potholes along Tri-State roads with Spring Valley Drive one of the hardest hit.

The stretch of road from Piedmont Road to Spring Valley High School has residents wondering when it will be repaired.

After numerous resident calls, the West Virginia Department of Highways announced that work is scheduled on Spring Valley Drive for Monday, April 30. Communications director for the Department of Transportation Brent Walker said that some temporary cold-patch work was done in spots on the road but did not hold well.

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BE AWARE - Kevin Sloas speaks to residents of Kenova about personal safety when at home or away from home. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Residents learn personal safety

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA - When Kenova resident Kelly Napier learned that two elderly men were injured in two separate home invasion incidents last month, she knew she had to do something to help people protect themselves.

Eddie Wayne Hunter, 28, of Point Pleasant and Lloyd Carl Smith III, 27, of Kenova were arrested in that case and charged with robbery, assault during the commission of an attempt to commit a felony and kidnapping. The attacks took place in the areas of Pine and Poplar streets.

“I was born and raised in Kenova,” Napier said. “When I heard about these two elderly men being attacked, I was heartbroken and knew I had to do something to educate people about home security.”

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Del. Rohrbach disappointed
in governor’s lodge decision

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – “We need that lodge. Wayne County needs the lodge. It’s just right.”

Those are the words of Del. Matt Rorbach (R-Wayne) regarding Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s decision to veto the sale of bonds tied to excess lottery funds – funds promised to be used for the construction of a new lodge at Beech Fork State Park.

In issuing the partial, line-item veto Monday, Tomblin expressed concern over the bill’s impact on the state’s bond rating and the constitutionality of directive language attempting to direct the issuance of bonds.

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County educators get internet safety lessons

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON - Once a month, directors and principals in Wayne County Schools meet to discuss what is going on in the field of education whether it be new testing models, what is new in the classroom or technological advancement and safety.

On Thursday, officials met at Spring Valley High School’s Career and Technical for a presentation on Internet safety by Tim White of the Prestera Center and Sgt. R.N. Groce of the West Virginia State Police computer crimes unit.

“With drugs, and social media, parents don’t have a clue as to what their child may be looking at on the Internet,” White said.

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Wayne Co. health rankings improve

WAYNE – The health of the Tri-State is generally improving, but some areas such as child poverty are getting worse, according to a new report.

The report released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin researchers compares the health of counties within each state. It does not compare states to other states.

It uses health factors such as smoking, drinking, adult obesity, premature deaths, and other areas including education, access to health care and unemployment.

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Population down in Wayne County

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WAYNE – Wayne County, like the state of West Virginia, lost a little population between 2013 and 2014, according to Census figures released Thursday.

Wayne County lost 403 residents in the 2013-14 time span, a decline of 1 percent. Since 2010, Wayne County has lost 1,359 residents, a 3.2 percent drop.

Overall, West Virginia lost nearly 3,300 residents last year, according to the census figures. Clay County had the highest percentage drop in the state at 2.8 percent, while Kanawha County had the biggest drop in sheer numbers. The state has 1.85 million residents.

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