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PVFD Easter Egg Hunt

READY, SET, GO – Children in the Prichard area had a chance to find Easter eggs Saturday during the annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Prichard Volunteer Fire Department. Members of the fire department scattered more than 1,000 eggs on the playground of Prichard Elementary School where more than 100 children found candy and prizes inside the eggs. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

John Allen

DEU arrests two in Fort Gay

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Two people were arrested in the Fort Gay area Monday night by members of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit while conducting an investigation into drug activity.

Investigators observed John Allen in the parking lot of Johnny and Carroll’s Bar in Fort Gay, according a police report. They saw people get in and out of the vehicle in a short period of time and witnessed money being exchanged.

Officers seized several Oxycodone pills and charged Allen with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

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PRESENTATION – Kelly Shawn with RLS and Associates talks about the feasibility study of transportation for Prichard. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Business, local leaders discuss transportation needs

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

PRICHARD – Business and local leaders gathered at Allevard Springs/Sogefi Tuesday to talk about transportation and how to get employees to and from job sites in the Prichard area.

Wayne County Community Services Organization Director Rose Meredith said the meeting was to discuss a study the State of West Virginia has sponsored to determine the needs of companies located in the Prichard Industrial Park and to prepare for the possibility of new businesses coming to the area once the Heartland Intermodal Gateway Facility at Prichard comes on line at the end of this year

“This is a meeting with employers and other representatives to see what the future has in store for transportation in the Prichard area,” Meredith said.

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Heartland Intermodal project coming together

By BEN FIELDS
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – Decades of planning, securing funds and actual construction on a project that is expected to be an economic development hub for the entire region is finally coming together.

But there are still concerns around the Heartland Intermodal Gateway project in Prichard.

The hub is expected to be a place where double-decker rail cars can be loaded up for more efficient transportation for business and industry across the eastern U.S. Norfolk Southern is a major private partner in the project, kicking in millions to get the facility built and make proper modifications to existing railways.

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Rep. Jenkins announces mobile office

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced his mobile will be in Wayne 10:30 a.m. to noon April 16 and April 29 at Wayne Town Hall, 10328 Route 153.

At the mobile office locations, members of Rep. Jenkins’ staff will be available to help Third District residents who are having problems with federal agencies and programs. Constituents are encouraged to bring along documents they have received from federal agencies related to their issues.

“My staff and I are committed to serving the people of the Third Congressional District of West Virginia. My staff has more than 30 years of experience working with federal agencies and can help cut through red tape. These mobile office hours offer residents the chance to meet with my staff on issues without having to travel to one of my district offices,” Jenkins said.

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Wayne County population trend matches state shift

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – Wayne County began 2010 with 42,424 residents, but is following state trend’s losing 1,302 residents since the start of the decade.

The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Wayne County now has 41,122 residents in 2014. The closing of several coal mines in the county likely forced the decline, a trend for many other southern counties.

From 2010 to 2014, 39 of the state’s counties lost residents, while 16 showed an increase. Southern West Virginia continues to see sharp population decline, while the Eastern Panhandle and Monongalia County have seen a boom in recent years.

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