Mark Maynard

Maynard looking to turnover Republican chairmanship

Managing Editor

WAYNE – State Senator Mark Maynard announced Tuesday night he is looking to pass the torch of leading the Republican Party in Wayne County.

Maynard, who was elected to represent the 6th District last election, said that his Senate duties are taking away from being the chair of the Wayne County Republican Executive Committee.

“It has been a great 10 years that I have thoroughly enjoyed, but I can’t concentrate on my efforts on chairing the committee,” Maynard told members of the committee during the group’s monthly meeting.

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GOOD LUCK – Outgoing Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith shakes hands with incoming Mayor Terry Carpenter after Griffith handed him a police badge. Griffith hopes handing off the badge starts a new tradition. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

New Kenova officials sworn in

Staff Writer

KENOVA – Tuesday marked the end of one Kenova administration with the start of another as a new mayor and council were given the oath of office.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge James H. Young Jr. issued the oath to new mayor Terry Carpenter and council members Don Bias, Ted Rakes, David Scites and Tom Knopp. Councilman Jim Spry was out of town and will be given the oath at a later date.

Before Young issued the oath, outgoing mayor Ric Griffith said good-bye to a packed council chamber. Griffith recollected a story about a former chief of police who gave him a badge and told him to carry it.

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Gas companies have revved their interest to drill in the Rogersville Shale, a deep formation that extends into parts of West Virginia from eastern Kentucky. Natural gas, oil and other hydrocarbons such as butane, ethane and propane out of the Rogersville Shale extend as much as 30,000 feet below the earth’s surface.

WVONGA: Rogersville Shale, Not ‘If’ but ‘When’

Managing Editor

CHARLESTON – Drilling in Wayne County and Southern West Virginia throughout the Rogersville Shale is not a matter of “if”, but rather “when”.

That is according to an article featured on marcellusdrilling.com this past week. The article featured an interview with Corky DeMarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association.

In the article, DeMarco said that as soon as natural gas prices increase, the southern part of the state will experience the economic bonanza being experienced in the northern part of the state. The article originally appeared in this past Sunday’s Herald Dispatch.

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MORNING ACCIDENT – An elderly driver lost control of her vehicle and stuck a utility pole just south of Triple H Drive-Inn on Route 152 Tuesday morning. The single-vehicle accident occurred about 11:15 a.m. The vehicle snapped a utility pole. The cleanup forced both lanes of Route 152 to be shut down for several hours. No report on if the woman was injured as of press time, but was refusing medical treatment at the scene. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Supreme Court
emissions decision a victory for state

Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration’s attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators.

The justices split 5-4 along ideological lines to rule that the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly take costs into account when it first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants - a finding that was hailed by West Virginia’s congressional delegation and its coal industry leaders.

The EPA did factor in costs at a later stage, when it wrote standards that are expected to reduce the toxic emissions by 90 percent. But the court said that was too late.

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FBI meets with local media

Staff Writer

CHARLESTON – Officials with the Pittsburgh office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) want to be more open with the media.

On Thursday, members of the media met with officials of the FBI in the Charleston Resident Agency for a chance to get to know each other better.

Different agents described what the FBI does and what crimes they investigate.

Most of the crimes the bureau looks into include terrorism, cybercrime and others including violent crimes.

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