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Eddie Hunter and Lloyd Smith

Two arrested for home invasion

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Two men have been arrested and arraigned in the home invasion cases in Kenova that left two elderly men injured and a community on alert.

Eddie Wayne Hunter, 28, of Point Pleasant and Lloyd Carl Smith III, 27, of Kenova, were arrested Thursday on charges of robbery (home invasion), assault during the commission of an attempt to commit a felony and kidnapping. Smith has an additional charge of receiving/transferring stolen property.

The two are in the Western Regional Jail on $100,000 bond each. But because of the kidnapping charge, the two will remain in jail with no bond.

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ADDRESS – Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith presents his State of the City address to Kenova Council and community members Thursday. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Kenova mayor delivers state of city address

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith made his final State of the City speech Thursday.

“I am required to address the community about what is going on in Kenova,” Griffith said. The mayor asked for a moment of silence to honor A. Michael Perry who died early Wednesday morning.

He then went on to recognize officials, employees and other people who are helping Kenova get back on track and cited the need to work with county, state and federal officials in efforts to get not just Kenova, but Wayne County and West Virginia growing economically.

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Pertee receives positive evaluation

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County Schools Superintendent Sandra Pertee has only been on the job since July 21 but Friday received a grade for the work she has performed so far.

Pertee was evaluated by the Wayne County Board of Education during a special meeting Friday as it met in executive session for about an hour completing the evaluation process using the West Virginia State Board model, compiled the forms and comments, then discussed Pertee’s job performance.

The board then met with Pertee in executive session to go over the evaluation.

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The drug overdose problem in Wayne County


By CHRISTOPHER TOMES

WAYNE – West Virginia has the highest drug overdose mortality rate in the Unites States and Wayne County has had 10 overdoses in the past month.

West Virginia is number one in the nation in overdose rate per capita. Wayne County has the 18th highest overdose death rate in the state.
Drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers have been the drugs most commonly at fault.

David Amos, a part-time coroner for Wayne County, knows prescription drugs are one of the main drugs used and why it’s a drug of choice.

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