Herbert Hooser

Prichard man killed in single vehicle accident

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FORT GAY – A Prichard man lost his life in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 52 just north of Fort Gay according to reports from the Lawerence County Emergency Management.

The crash was reported at approximately 7:15 p.m. Monday evening.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the vehicle involved rolled over an embankment. The man involved in the accident has been identified as Herbert Hooser, 40, who graduated from Tolsia High School in 1995.

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Veterans Helping Veterans and Families Commander Wil Lanigan collected donations for W.Va. flood victims Friday in Kenova just off Interstate 64. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Disabled veteran collects donations for flood victims

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KENOVA – Two months ago areas of W.Va. endured tragedy as flood waters demolished homes, businesses and towns leaving many with nothing and no means to recover from the situation.

In true W.Va. style, people and organizations from all the state, and some from all over the country, have since banded together to help those in need with fundraising and volunteer work to boot.

One of those organizations, Veterans Helping Veterans and Families, had a representative collecting donations Friday evening in Kenova just off Interstate 64.

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DOG PADDLE – Gracie Hunt and her Blue Heeler Iggy enjoy Dreamland Pool at the annual Doggie Dip on Saturday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Dreamland Pool hosts annual Doggie Dips

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CEREDO – An estimated 100 dogs, along with their owners, turned out for Dreamland’ Pool’s 2016 Doggy Dip, capping off a successful summer for a Tri-State icon once on the brink of financial collapse.

“Dogs and cats become such a part of people’s lives, and there’s no other place that I know of that offers this,” said pool manager Nick Hanshaw. “There are other pools around, but none as big as this.”

Hanshaw said that for sanitary reasons, with so many dogs in the pool, the water’s chlorine level had been increased for the past week to keep it safe, and the pool will soon be drained for the off-season. Though employees are present, he said the event is a “swim at your own risk” situation.

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Nearly $1.3 million for the Tri-State Airport Authority

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced Wednesday that the Tri-State Airport Authority has received a nearly $1.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for improvements to the Tri-State Airport.

The $1,298,017 grant will be used to rehabilitate the airport’s aprons, which will improve commercial, cargo and general aviation services.

“The Huntington Tri-State Airport connects us to communities across West Virginia and surrounding states. Our transportation infrastructure is the key to growing and attracting jobs to our region, and I am working every day to secure the funding needed to improve our economy and enhance our quality of life,” Rep. Jenkins said.

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BOE alters policies, approves 10 day comment period

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WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education approved placing amended county policies concerning coaching, attendance and substitute personnel out for a 10-day public comment period during a special meeting Tuesday.

Each policy considered does not change drastically, but sees changes that will either clarify portions or add certain information.

WCBOE Policy 2431.02, which references coaches, will be listed on the board’s website for comment with changes made to whom can and cannot be a part of the coaching staff at a school as well as stipulations for being considered a coach.

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