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SPRING IS HERE – Daffodils can be seen on Fisher-Bowen Road near Beech Fork State Park. The yellow flowers are the announcement of spring’s arrival and Easter is not far away. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Finally, spring has arrived

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The first day of spring brought rain to the Tri-State, but according to the National Weather Service in Charleston, sunny skies, drier days and warmer temperatures will be here for the week.

A dense fog is expected to start today off, but temperatures in the mid-60s are forecast with partly to mostly sunny skies expected for the week.

Spring flowers such as jonquils, daffodils, tulips and crocuses can be seen throughout Wayne County as farmers get ready to prepare their fields for planting.

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Bill Cole

Sen. president comments on Wayne County development

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CHARLESTON – Wayne County is a vital hub to two important pieces of the state’s economic future.

Both the Prichard Intermodal facility, located in central Wayne County along with the King Coal Highway I-73/74 project, are two developments that have the potential to expand economic growth not only on a local level, but for the entire state.

The Prichard Intermodal is nearing a December 1 estimated completion. Despite the opening scheduled for later this year, there has yet to be an operator named for the facility. The I-73/74 project’s completion continues to elude not only Wayne County, but Southern West Virginia, despite its importance to the development of the Prichard Intermodal.

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Ric Griffith

Kenova Council approves fourth auction attempt

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – If at first you don’t succeed, try again – and again, and again, and if that doesn’t work, try one more time.

The Kenova City Council approved another public auction of the former Kenova Elementary site for May 2 at 10 a.m. during Thursday night’s regular meeting. The auction will be the city’s fourth attempt to sell the property. The prior three auctions did not garner a single bid.

Mayor Ric Griffith and council differed in opinion last month on how to sell the property. Griffith, in a special meeting, outlined a plan to council that included working with the Wayne County Economic Development Authority to help recruit a buyer – possibly a company wanting to locate headquarters for the Prichard Intermodal Facility.

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IT COSTS HOW MUCH? – These Wayne Middle School students get a quick education about the cost of childcare from Wayne County Board of Education members Johnita Jackson and Lois Little at the Reality Store. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Students get taste of reality

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Students at Wayne Middle School had looks of shock on their faces after learning the costs of necessities of life.

Volunteers assisted Wayne County West Virginia University Extension agent Julie Tritz Thursday with the annual Reality Store.

The Reality Store is a program where seventh grade students are given a job title, salary and family just like in real life.

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Man gets summons next to C-K Middle

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Noticing something was not quite right with a female adult at Ceredo-Kenova Middle School to pick up her child Thursday, officials with the school called the Ceredo Police Department to investigate.

Lt. Aaron Ball responded to the call after it was reported a female was said to be “acting strangely and had slurred speech.”

Ball spoke to a male and female inside a vehicle on the school’s parking lot and discovered a small amount of marijuana on the man. A background check revealed he had possession convictions in the past.

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EDA looking at legalities of former school

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Officials with the Wayne County Economic Development Authority are cautiously investigating a partnership with the City of Kenova about the former Kenova Elementary School.

According to officials, Mayor Ric Griffith approached director Don Perdue about taking over the building in an effort to have it become an office complex for businesses who may want to use the Heartland Intermodal Gateway Facility at Prichard.

Perdue said it is possible the city would gift the building to the EDA and should the agency sell the building, the city would get a portion of the money and the EDA would get a small percentage.

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