Wayne County highlights
ORIGIN: Wayne County was established by the state of Virginia on Jan. 18, 1842. It and 43 other counties joined to form West Virginia on June 20, 1863. It's the westernmost county in what is now the state of West Virginia, and it was named in honor of Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne. The general is credited with making the region safe for a white settlement, after defeating the Shawnee Indians in the Battle of Fallen Timbers.
POPULATION: 41,082 (according to 2008 Census estimates)
AREA IN SQUARE MILES: 512.
CITIES AND TOWNS: The western portion of Huntington (most of which is situated in Cabell County, W.Va.); Ceredo, Fort Gay, Kenova, Wayne (the county seat), East Lynn and Dunlow.
POLICE/SHERIFF: Wayne County Sheriff's Department, 304-272-6378.
COURTHOUSE: Court Street, Wayne, W.Va., 25570.
ELECTED COUNTY OFFICIALS: Robert Pasley, Roger Kelly and Charles Sammons, president. (www. waynewv.org or 304-272-6350); Sheriff Greg Farley (304-272-6378); County Clerk James Booton (304-272-6365); Assessor Eric Hodges (304-272-6357). Magistrates David Ferguson (304-272-5783), Teddy Mays (304-272-5473) and Randy Wiles (304-272-5582). Circuit clerk, Milton J. Ferguson II, (304-272-5783); Chief Circuit Judge Darrell Pratt, (304-272-5486), and Circuit Judge James Young Jr. (304-272-6332)
SCHOOL DISTRICT: Wayne County Schools, 212 North Court St., Wayne, WV 25570. 304-272-5116.
LIBRARY (main branch): Ceredo-Kenova Library, 1200 Oak St., Kenova, 304-453-2462; Wayne Library, 325 Keyser St., Wayne, 304-272-3756; and Fort Gay Library, 8608 R Broadway, Fort Gay, 304-648-5338
MEDIAN AGE: 38.4.
PER CAPITA INCOME: $14,906 (in 1999).
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $27,352 (in 1999).
MEDIAN HOUSE VALUE: $70,900.
POPULATION 18 AND OLDER: 76.7 percent.
65 AND OLDER: 14.9 percent.
RACIAL BREAKDOWN BY PERCENTAGE: White, 98.9 percent; Black, 0.1 percent; Hispanic or Latino, 0.5 percent; American Indian or Alaska native, 0.2 percent; Asian, 0.2 percent; native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0 percent; other, 0.1 percent; two or more races, 0.6 percent.
HOUSING OWNER-OCCUPIED: 78.1 percent.
PERSONS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL: 19.6 percent.
UTILITIES: AEP, Mountaineer Gas and Consumers Gas. Municipal water in some areas, public service water in some areas and West Virginia American Water.
CABLE: Armstrong, SuddenLink and Comcast, Ram Technologies.