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KENOVA, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Another popular festival in the region has canceled most of its events for 2020.

The C-K AutumnFest Board of Directors announced the decision to cancel festivities in a social media post Wednesday. The cancellation also includes the Pumpkin House, which draws thousands each fall.

“The Board has been monitoring the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines and we feel it is in the best interest and safety of our visitors, vendors and community to make this decision,” organizers said in a statement.

Also included in the cancellation are the AutumnFest pageant, parade, cruise-in, tractor show, arts & craft fair, canning competition, bake-off, concert series and kids activities, according to the post.



Beginning Monday, May 18, 2020 Ceredo Town Hall will be open to the public. We ask that you only come to City Hall if it is absolutly necessary. If you are able to mail your payment or pay online, please do so.

Payments may be mailed to the address listed on your bill. You may pay online by clicking HERE.

The Wayne County Tax office will be available Monday & Tuesday 8am – 4pm and closed for lunch from 12pm to 1pm. Questions for the tax office should be directed to them directly at (304) 453-1588. City employees are unable to answer any questions related to the tax office.


For additional information as well as links to register, CLICK HERE for the WVSOS website.

Secretary of State Mac Warner announced that he has issued guidance and a funding opportunity to assist county clerks with mailing an absentee ballot application to every registered voter in West Virginia for the May 12 Primary Election.

There are three simple steps for voting an absentee-by-mail ballot:

  1. The voter submits an absentee ballot application to their county clerk;
    (Watch your mail for the COVID-19 card mailed by your County Clerk the first week of April)
  2. Once approved, the county clerk will mail a postage prepaid absentee ballot with instructions and materials to the voter;
  3. The voter marks the absentee ballot according to the instructions and places it in the mail to be postmarked by Election Day, May 12, 2020.

The goal of this uniform, statewide mailing is to ensure every eligible voter has an opportunity to vote while protecting the health of voters, county clerks’ staff members, election workers, and the general public, while maximizing participation in the May 12 Primary Election.

Voters who do not wish to vote in person due to the coronavirus situation are eligible to request an absentee ballot by mail. Voters may still vote in-person during Early Voting (April 29-May 9) or on Election Day (May 12).

For additional information as well as links to register, CLICK HERE for the WVSOS website.

Link to full HD article.

CEREDO — Not long after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice issued a stay-at-home order in attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the administration at Golden Girl Group Home in Ceredo began brainstorming ways to keep the residents occupied since they could no longer leave their homes.

Teaming up with River Park Hospital in Huntington, Golden Girl residents have now sewn together more than 100 mask to distribute to first responders in the Ceredo-Kenova area, as well as hospital staff.

“Our girls and staff want to do something positive with their time right now,” said Nikki Thomas, development director at Golden Girl. “We are so fortunate to live among such a caring and compassionate community that gives to our girls year round. During this time of uncertainty, we are happy to do our part to make sure our community knows how much we appreciate them.”

With the help of hospital staff, each mask is made and sanitized to Center for Disease Control regulations. On Tuesday, 35 masks were delivered to the Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department. They hope to be able to deliver many more in the coming weeks and have set a goal of 500 masks.

They aren’t the first, but rather the latest what is becoming a long line of local organizations working to ensure those working on the front lines have access to the personal protective equipment they need, should a shortage of supplies occur.

A Marshall University professor spearheaded the “West Virginia Mask Army” initiative where she worked with a small group from Marshall to build protective masks out of furnace filters. A group called “The Masked Mommas” in Proctorville, Ohio, organized a socially distant effort of more than 200 people to sew masks.

Organizations inside the Neighbors Helping Neighbors building, which houses 12 nonprofits in Ashland, are joining the fight by providing 3D printed face shields to those in need.

There’s not been a clear shortage yet, but the efforts from local group could potentially prevent one.

For the full Herald Dispatch article, please CLICK HERE.

Luke Creasy is a reporter for HD Media. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook @HDcreasy or reach him by phone at 304-526-2800.

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(CNN) – The FBI and several state attorney generals are warning about stimulus check scams. (Posted to WSAZ.COM)

Officials say don’t fall victim to phone calls, texts, e-mails or websites that ask for personal or financial information in order to receive your federal payment. Their warning includes paying someone who calls with a promise to expedite or obtain a payment or loan for you.

If you’re eligible for relief, you do not need to make any upfront payment or pay a fee to receive your stimulus check.

People who file tax returns electronically and provide the IRS with their bank information will likely get their payments earlier through direct deposit. Paper checks are expected to take longer to mail out.

You’ll likely receive a notice by mail no later than 15 days after the payment was distributed, detailing the amount, how it was sent and an IRS phone number to call if the funds fail to arrive.

Most Americans will receive up to $1,200.

Some officials are saying you can expect to see your stimulus check in about three weeks, while others say it could take longer than that for the IRS to process the payments.

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