Prichard man found dead following ATV accident

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

PRICHARD – A family is grieving for the loss of a loved one following a fatal all-terrain vehicle accident.

Mike Lawhon, 60, of Prichard was found about 5:30 p.m. Thursday following a search near the Prichard Landfill by first responders in Wayne County.

Lawhon had left his home Wednesday evening on his 1990s Kawasaki Prairie and did not return, causing his wife to become concerned, said Cpl. L. Pennington with the Wayne Detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

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Amy Curnutte cuts the ribbon on her new home as the Wayne County Habitat for Humanity dedicates a home to the Curnutte Family Wednesday in Westmoreland. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Curnutte family gets keys to new Habitat for Humanity home

HUNTINGTON — Wayne County West Virginia Habitat for Humanity celebrated the construction of its 10th home at a dedication ceremony Wednesday on Chase St. in Huntington.

The new homeowners, the Curnuttes, thanked all those who worked so hard to help them reach this goal.

Wayne County Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director Kimberly Osborne, Board President Bethany Casteel, and Board Vice-President Meg Nicholas, along with Cross Point Community Church Pastor Eddie Gandy participated in the dedication ceremony. After explaining that the Curnuttes had performed 250 sweat equity hours working on their home as a requirement for becoming Habitat homeowners, Wayne County Osborne and Nicholas presented the family with the keys to their new home and a Bible.

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Local municipalities discuss cost of mandates

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – Municipal governments throughout the country have recently been hit with both state and federal mandates, often unfunded, leaving citizens to ultimately foot the bill through higher utility rates and extra municipal fees.

At the local level, a trio of Wayne County communities have been hit with mandates sent down from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

Federally, FEMA mandated that every municipality in the country with a levee system (floodwall) is required to have the floodwall certified through inspections and possible repairs. If the municipality failed to comply, or the floodwall did not pass inspection, then any homeowner or business owner within the borders of that municipality would have to carry flood insurance.

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One found guilty, one dismissal in Oxy drug trial

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A Fort Gay man was found guilty on two drug charges Thursday following a two-hour deliberation by the jury and after his co-defendant’s case was dismissed.

The nine-woman, three-man jury found James Darrell “Jimbo” Robertson guilty of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to delivering a controlled substance following a two-day trial that began Wednesday in the Wayne County Circuit Court of Judge James H.

Young Jr. The trial saw the dismissal of the charges against one defendant, a witness taking the Fifth Amendment, a state trooper having to procure a witness and equipment that would not work correctly.

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Crum property update slated for meeting

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – ZMM Engineering will present the Wayne County Board of Education with an update on the property search for a new Crum PK-8 school during next Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Dave Ferguson of ZMM is scheduled to update the Board on any new property choices. During a meeting two weeks ago, board members voted to no longer pursue the “River Bend” property after it was revealed there were issues in acquiring the property after a title search was conducted.

When the tentative contract was signed with the property owner earlier in the year, there was a clause in place that if any issues came up during the acquisition of the property, the county could void the contract.

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Farm bureau pushes Vo-Ag, helps speech contestant

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County Farm Bureau President Bill Stewart has been leading the charge to get vocational agriculture back into the school system.

Stewart believes young residents in the county need to learn to grow food in order to survive should inflation get out of hand and the population continues to grow in the United States.

He also wants to see students get involved with 4-H, as well as getting Future Farmers of America chapters back in the county.

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