Wayne County

1970 Marshall University Football Team
Marshall University

On the night of November 14, 1970, a Southern Airways DC-9 approached a foggy and rainy Tri-State Airport in Wayne County. The airliner slammed into a hillside just short of the runway and burst into flames. All 75 passengers were killed.

On board were nearly the entire Marshall University football team along with the head coach, athletic director, and 36 other fans, coaches, announcers, and crew members. It is still the deadliest sports-related air disaster in U.S. history.

National Park Service

Five West Virginia counties will see federal funding to support improvements to their outdoor facilities.

Nearly $800,000 in federal grant money has been awarded to facilities in Tucker, Summers, Wayne, Marshall and Berkeley counties.

Wayne County
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A new schools superintendent has been named in a West Virginia county.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Wayne County's education board unanimously approved Todd Alexander as its next superintendent on Saturday. Alexander is an assistant superintendent for Cabell County Schools where he has worked for more than 20 years. He begins his new role on July 1 and will serve under a three-year contract with an annual salary of $120,000.

Tick Ridge Fire Tower, Cabwaylingo State Forest
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On April 11, 1939, Company 1558V of the Civilian Conservation Corps wrapped up its work at Camp Anthony Wayne, now known as Cabwaylingo State Forest, in Wayne County.

Two different CCC companies had occupied Camp Anthony Wayne between 1935 and ’39. The CCC surveyed timber and game, cut weeds and brush, cleared trails, and constructed log cabins, which are still in use at Cabwaylingo.

Jesse Frank James
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On September 6, 1875, two men walked into the Bank of Huntington with their revolvers drawn. Two others kept guard outside. The four men left the bank with $20,000 and rode south out of town.

Dept. of Defense

A West Virginia highway in Huntington has been renamed in honor of Wayne County veterans.

The Herald-Dispatch reports a dedication ceremony was held Monday to rename State Route 152 as the "Wayne County Veterans Memorial Highway."

Cash Money
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A federal grand jury has indicted a Wayne County couple accused of failing to pay employee payroll taxes.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the indictment against Michael and Jeanette Taylor on Wednesday.

Wayne County
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The town of Wayne will host a celebration in honor of the 174th anniversary of the town's formation on January 18, 1842.

The Herald-Dispatch reports Town Councilman Robert Thompson announced that the event will take place Saturday, Jan. 16 at Wayne Town Hall.

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The Wayne County assessor has resigned ahead of a hearing on whether he should be removed from office.

Eric Hodges submitted his letter of resignation on Friday. He has been in jail since late August on charges of embezzlement, computer fraud and two counts of unlawful use of a state purchasing card, among other charges.

Kanawha County Schools

Sixteen schools in eight West Virginia counties will share more than $12,200 in grants for sustainability projects.

Bed Bug
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  A Wayne County high school is closed after a bed bug was found in a classroom.

Tolsia High Principal Reva Sanders-Wallace says students were dismissed early Thursday after a teacher and students discovered the insect in a classroom. The school was closed Friday so an exterminator could treat the building, according to media reports.

Sanders-Wallace says the discovery of the bed bug does not mean the school is infested with the pest, but she said she wanted to aggressively deal with the problem.

June 17, 1961: Brinkley Bridge Dedicated Near Wayne

Jun 17, 2015
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  On June 17, 1961, the Brinkley Bridge was dedicated near the town of Wayne. The previous year, it had entered West Virginia political lore. While covering the Democratic presidential primary between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey, NBC-TV newsman David Brinkley was reporting on poverty in the Mountain State and the poor condition of West Virginia’s roads and bridges. He visited a Wayne County bridge, built in 1907, that local residents had complained about for years.

Hotchkiss's mapmaking skills played a major role in “Stonewall” Jackson’s brilliant Shenandoah Valley Campaign.
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Ashton Marra

An Italian based automotive parts manufacturer announced plans to more than double the work force of their West Virginia location. Sogefi USA will add 250 jobs to their Wayne County plant as they create a new line of parts for General Motors vehicles.

“Today, thanks to our collaborative efforts and hard work, 250 West Virginians can look forward to good paying new jobs,” Governor Tomblin said as he made the announcement at Sogefi USA’s manufacturing plant in Wayne County Tuesday morning.