Wayne Lumber faces $85K penalty for OSHA violations

WAYNE – Wayne Lumber and Mulch Inc. continues to expose employees to willful, repeat and serious safety and health hazards at the company’s sawmill in Wayne, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The employer faces $85,080 in proposed penalties following two investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA conducted a planned safety inspection in March 2014 as part of the agency’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations.

During this inspection, investigators noted high noise levels in the mill and made a referral for a second health inspection conducted in July.

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SWEARING IN – Ceredo Police Chief Tony Poston witnesses Mayor Otis Adkins issue the oath of office to new municipal judge Greg Jarrell who is with his wife, Joy, and daughter, Anna. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Greg Jarrell sworn in as new municipal judge for Ceredo

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – In an official ceremony, Greg Jarrell was given the oath of office as municipal judge for the Town of Ceredo in the municipal courtroom before friends and family Tuesday.

Jarrell succeeds Christopher Perry who submitted his resignation earlier this month due to a conflict of interest with his job.

Perry, who became municipal judge in 2011 following the retirement of long-time judge Charles A. Hughes, 1979-2011, is a probation officer with Wayne County. While municipal judge, Perry was a probation officer with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

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Property crime up in Westmoreland

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Reported property crimes were up in the Westmoreland neighborhood but it is still considered to be the safest neighborhood in the City of Huntington.

Lt. Dan Underwood of the Huntington Police Department told residents at the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association meeting Monday that property crimes, such as breaking and entering of motor vehicles, was up for the first eight months of 2014.

“About five to six cars have been broke into,” Underwood said. “But, Westmoreland is still below the crime rate with the rest of the city. Breaking and enterings and burglary of homes has been down since 2012.”

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School Board to look further into Wellman Cemetery

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – The trustees of the John Wellman Cemetery located on the grounds of Fort Gay PreK-8 School will have to wait a little longer for possibly being reimbursed by the Wayne County Board of Education.

The Wayne County Board of Education tabled a vote to reimburse the trustees for $4,000 in fees for the construction of a monument, headstones and ground penetrating radar for locating the graves.

The cemetery is believed to hold the graves of Samuel Short and John Wellman, both recognized as the first settlers in Wayne County. The Board decided to table the vote after receiving advice from the board’s legal counsel.

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Break in at Dunlow tower

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Officials are conducting an investigation to find out who is breaking into the 911 tower in Dunlow.

Wayne County 911 Director Bill Willis told the Wayne County Commission steps are being taken to secure the tower and building and try to find out who is breaking into the building, getting access to and turning off the radio frequency for the West Virginia State Police.

Willis said when that piece of equipment is turned off, the troopers have no communications with the 911 center or with any other law enforcement officials should they need assistance.

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