Wayne County

3:54 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Nov. 14 1970 Marshall Univ. Plane Crash

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.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Marshall University, Wayne County, Tri-State Airport, Marshall University Student Center

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.

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West Virginia History
10:18 am
Mon November 3, 2014

November 3, 1828: Birthday of Surveyor-Geologist Jedediah Hotchkiss

Today, most historians consider Jedediah Hotchkiss to be the greatest mapmaker of the Civil War.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Jedediah Hotchkiss, mapmaking, Stonewall Jackson, Civil War

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Economic Development
5:08 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Italian manufacturer bringing 250 jobs to Wayne County

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Sogefi USA's plan to add 250 additional jobs at its Prichard, W.Va., plant.
Credit 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.

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