Entire neighborhood receives eviction notices

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - This is a story neighbors say begins and ends with broken promises.

"They promised the people all up here that there was nothing to worry about," neighbor Russell Spears said. "That if we had to move, they'd give us a lot."

That was months ago when plans for a new hotel along Rich Creek Road first started. That plan quickly changed.

"They come back a little bit later and told us we had to go," Spears said. "We had three months."

By the time the eviction letters arrived, families had just 30 days to pack up their entire lives and move. If the homes aren't gone by Oct. 1, they'll be torn down.

For a lot of the families, it's the only home they've ever known. They were born there. They grew up there. And now they're raising their own families there. So you can imagine how just one sheet of paper changed their entire world.

"My neighbor ... She's 95," Spears said. "She's cried for days. Where's she gonna go? What's she gonna do?"

"If they want the land that bad, let them find places for these people to move," neighbor James Blunt said. "Assist them with the moving costs. Whatever they can do to help. But you can't just go around throwing people out."

Blunt is trying to organize the community to help fight the eviction. He says he's willing to do whatever it takes.

"There's going to be a lot of families torn apart.," Blunt said. "I don't know what's to become of the families that are on fixed income that can't move their trailer. Maybe these bulldozers will come knocking down. But there's going to be a lot of men here stand in front of those bulldozers. I'll be one of them."

We tried to contact the person whose name is listed on the eviction notice, Mike Cline. So far, he has been unavailable.


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