GETTING A LOOK – Neal Vance, executive director of the West Virginia Public Port Authority, and Bob Hooker with West Virginia Economic Development, get a look at the progress being made at the Heartland Intermodal Gateway facility as contractors continue with their work. WCN photo by Diane PottorffEvan Jenkins and Nick Rahall

Officials get look at Prichard Heartland Intermodal facility

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

PRICHARD – One issue on the minds of Prichard residents when they joined federal, state and local officials at Sogefi/Allavard Springs Wednesday for a celebration of the partial completion of the Heartland Intermodal Gateway at Prichard was “when is Interstate 73/74 going to be completed?”

West Virginia Secretary of Transportation Paul Maddox thanked the residents for their patience with the project but, said they would have to wait a while longer for construction of the roadway as there is no funding for it.

Ed Scott asked the question that since the intermodal facility is expected to be completed by Dec. 15, 2015, and once it goes on line, truck traffic is expected to increase on U.S. 52, also known as Tolsia Highway.

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Officers arrest 5 on drug charges

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Five more people have been arrested on drug charges following long investigations by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit.

For a third straight week, the unit, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s C.U.F.F.E.D. Task Force and the Wayne Police Department, arrested five suspects after conducting controlled drug buys.

Arrested were Rebecca Skeens on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy; Timothy Wiley, delivery of a controlled substance; Dwayne Adams, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy; and Michael Shane Skeens, aiding and abetting the delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy. All are from the East Lynn area.

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Crum PSD gets funds to complete water project

BECKLEY – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Thursday announced the award of $1.5 million Appalachian Regional Commission grant to the Crum Public Service District to extend water service to the residents in the Lincoln Magisterial District of Wayne County.

“Clean drinking water is absolutely essential to the health and well-being of our families and communities. These are exactly the kind of investments we should be making to attract new businesses and create jobs,” said Rahall, top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with jurisdiction over the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The ARC grant completes funding for the Route 152 Phase II (Quaker/Ferguson) Water Main Extension project, which is one of six water projects recently constructed or currently under development by the Crum PSD to provide water service throughout Wayne County.

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FEMA discusses flooding with officials

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency made a visit to the Wayne County Commission Wednesday to talk about the recent mapping of the Tug Fork river basin along the west side of the county.

Edwill Aquino, mitigation planner, told commissioners and other officials the mapping was one way of protecting the community and citizens in flood prone areas.

The maps became effective March 1 and officials intend to conduct an open house for residents to get a look at the maps and to make comments or corrections to the map.
The open house will be announced at a later date.

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Two local agencies to participate in take back

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CHARLESTON – Residents who wish to dispose of unused or expired prescription medication safely can do so today at several locations.

The bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a safe option to dispose of unused or expired medications to help prevent prescription drug abuse with no questions asked.

In Wayne County, residents can drop off prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kenova Volunteer Fire Department and Wayne Police Department.

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