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SMOOTH OPERATORS – Workers from Marathon and several volunteers begin the continuous concrete pour for the new floor of Dreamland Pool on Thursday, in Kenova. Photo by Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch

Work progresses at Dreamland Pool: opening still uncertain

By MALCOLM WALTON
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — With repairs and improvements continuing at Kenova’s Dreamland Pool, Kenova’s City Council opted not to approve an employee list of 22 suggested by Mayor Ric Griffith but did decide Thursday afternoon to hire six employees to start on maintenance.

“I just don’t understand,” Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith said. “I think we used to have more than six lifeguards watching over the pool at a time. We need several more employees to operate Dreamland. I gave them a list of the employees we needed, which included several lifeguards, maintenance workers and people to run the office, as well as others. I don’t understand what their logic is.”

Griffith said one reason he wants to see more employees immediately being hired is due to the significant donations from several businesses, especially Marathon Petroleum. Marathon’s contributions are estimated to save the city of Kenova as much as $125,000 in repairs.

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One killed in car accident

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

GLENHAYES – The investigation of a single-vehicle accident that killed a 12-year-old girl continues in determining the cause.

According to Sgt. S.A. Maynard with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the accident happened 3 p.m. Friday on U.S. 52 south of Tolsia High School.

Maynard said a Wayne County woman was driving south when the four-door car suddenly cut left, traveled across the highway, striking a hillside and rode a ditch line before coming to a stop.

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ANYONE FOR ICE GOLF – Golf ball size hail was reported Friday evening in Westmoreland as a severe thunderstorm brought high winds, heavy rain and golf-ball sized hail to the area. WCN photos courtesy of Mike Sellers (left) & Tim Brumfield (right)


County owed half-million in unpaid lunch bills

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – How many lunches does $500,000 buy in Wayne County schools?

According to Board President Trey Morrone a whole lot of peanut butter and jelly. Morrone informed the board that the county is owed more than $561,000 in unpaid lunch bills that have accumulated the past several years.
Morrone put the issue on the agenda for discussion during Friday night’s special meeting.

Huntington lawyer Andrew Ballard spoke to the board about its options. Ballard’s law firm represents Cabell County for unpaid lunch bill collections.

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FBI meets with local media

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CHARLESTON – Officials with the Pittsburgh office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) want to be more open with the media.

On Thursday, members of the media met with officials of the FBI in the Charleston Resident Agency for a chance to get to know each other better.

Different agents described what the FBI does and what crimes they investigate.

Most of the crimes the bureau looks into include terrorism, cybercrime and others including violent crimes.

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