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BY JOHN CONLEY
Associate Editor

Is the Wyoming County Courthouse haunted?
West Virginia Paranormal Inc. will try to find out during a two hour study of the courthouse during Pineville's Autumn Fest on Oct. 29.
"They'll be inside the courthouse from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.," said Mayor Tim Ellison. "They will be selling chances for one lucky person to accompany them on the courthouse tour."
West Virginia Paranormal is also having a costume drive and is asking folks to run in old costumes to be distributed to the needy.
Costumes can be dropped off at Pineville City Hall.
"The streets of Pineville will be turned into one big festival on October 29," Ellison commented.
"Ned Crews started the event in the 90's. He graciously turned it over to the Pineville Chamber of Commerce, who continued on the tradition until five years ago when the Town decided to expand and have a autumn festival with a Chili cook off, venders selling, entertainment , etc.
"The first year event we had five vendors," Ellison recalled, "and it has grown to the point Main Street is filled with chili participants, baked goods being sold, hot dogs, barbecues, face painting etc.
"Last year was a record event and we hope to see even more people line the streets this year," he added.
Carter Slade will provide live entertainment at this year's festival.
The group recently performed at the Wyoming County Labor Day Festival.
The festival will be held on Oct. 29.
Myers Amusement will have rides, a new feature at the festival.
In addition, there will be several traditional features, including a chili cook off, cake walk, vendors selling food and merchandise and the Halloween tailgate with local businesses giving treats to children.
Costume contest winners will receive awards and prizes.
Winners will be recognized in the following categories:
Five and under: Best over all, scariest, best character and cutest.
Six and over: Scariest, Best Character, cutest.
Adults: First, second and third place.
In the chili contest, first , second and third place winners will be named in the business/category division and in an individual division.
There will also be a People's Choice winner picked by those attend the festival.
The top three will also be selected in the pumpkin carving/decorating contest, a dance contest and for best decorated booth by a business or organization.
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