Mayor warns Kenova still has big battle to fight

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – Kenova has had its fair share of issues from floodwalls to sewage pipes to water.

There has been progress made to make improvements, but according to Mayor Ric Griffith, those improvements may be just a Band-Aid at this point. The mayor made his grim prediction during last Thursday’s regular city council meeting.

Kenova recently completed requirements set forth in a mandate by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that required municipalities to have their floodwalls certified by an engineer.

The city struggled to meet all the requirements receiving an “unsatisfactory” rating early in the process. After working with engineers to outline remediation, the city received minimal acceptance, which prevented both residents of Kenova and Ceredo (with whom Kenova shares a common floodwall) from being required to purchase flood insurance.

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FIRE – This brush fire burned 45 acres in Crum over the weekend. Officials said they will be watching the area until sufficient rain falls. Submitted photo

Crum fire burns 45 acres

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CRUM – The hillside next to U.S. 52 lit up the night sky Saturday in Crum as first responders worked to extinguish a brush fire.

According to officials with the West Virginia Division of Forestry, about 45 acres burned on the hillside across from Crum Middle School. Crews were on the scene for about six hours attempting to put the blaze.

“We will still check on the area until sufficient rains fall,” the official said. The cause of the fire is not known.bout and we have reclaimed our Appalachian values in getting back to who we are.”

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ACCIDENT – Four people, including one police officer, were taken to the hospital following a three-vehicle accident on Main Street in Ceredo Monday night. Lee Davis/The Herald-Dispatch

Several injured in accident

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – A three-vehicle accident Monday night resulted in four people being injured, including one police officer.

Ceredo Police Officer Zach Thompson was responding to a domestic call in the 800 block of Main Street at the time of the accident, according to Chief Tony Poston.

“He was responding with his lights and siren on and witnesses said they saw he had his lights and siren on,” Poston said. “He was crossing the intersection of Main Street and U.S. 60 when the accident happened.”

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C-K Alumni band announces concert dates

CEREDO-KENOVA – Officials with the Ceredo-Kenova Alumni Band have announced the dates and times of Christmas concerts.

The band will appear 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Kenova Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting at the Kenova United Methodist Church.

The next performance will be Dec. 8 beginning at 7 p.m., the band will present its annual Christmas Concert at the New Life Center at the First Baptist Church of Kenova, on the corner of 12th and Chestnut streets.

The final appearance for the season will be at Woodlands Retirement Community beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

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Feed reps, cattlemen
meeting announced

LAVALETTE – Representatives from CPC Commodities and Rip’s Farm Supply will meet with members of the Wayne County Cattleman’s Association at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Kenny Queen Hardware in Lavalette.

The companies will show a film about their operations and answer questions from local cattlemen in the former “bow shop” building at the location.

With the recent loss of Huntington’s Southern States feed store, farmers have no nearby vendor for many of the products they need.

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