Wayne County

Brian Turner

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
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / via Wikimedia Commons

  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
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

  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.

1970 Marshall Team, Memorial
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.

Hotchkiss's mapmaking skills played a major role in “Stonewall” Jackson’s brilliant Shenandoah Valley Campaign.
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Jedediah Hotchkiss, mapmaking, Stonewall Jackson, Civil War

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.