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FIGHTING FIRE – Firefighters work to put out the flames at the former Fort Gay High School building Saturday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Submitted photo

Fort Gay fire ruled arson, festivities to continue

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

FORT GAY – Officials with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office has ruled a fire that damaged a former Wayne County school building as arson.

A fire at the former Fort Gay High/Middle School was reported about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Fort Gay Volunteer Fire Department Chief Joe Bowens. Firefighters with Fort Gay, Louisa and Big Sandy Station 93 in Burnaugh, Ky., VFD arrived within six minutes of the call and had the fire put out quickly.

Also responding were emergency medical service units from Prichard and Wayne VFDs. The building is owned by the Wayne County Board of Education and was in the process of being transferred to A New Day in Fort Gay group who plans to remodel the building for affordable senior apartments.

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BIG CROWD – A crowd gathered at the Wayne County Board of Education meeting to discuss the Confederate flag, Diversified Services contract and other issues brought before the board. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Parents looking for answers about Confederate flag

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – It was a standing room only crowd at Tuesday’s Wayne County Board of Education meeting as parents and students from two schools wanted answers about the display of the Confederate flag.

Michael Moon, a student at Wayne High School, said he had been informed by the administration at his school of the wearing of the Confederate flag, on articles of clothing was banned in Wayne County Schools resulting in the changing of clothing and/or suspension.

Not true, BOE President George B. “Trey” Morrone said. “This subject has never been before this board before,” Morrone said. “We have never addressed the issue of the Confederate flag and it is not banned.”

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Residents
to celebrate Mountain Heritage Day

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

FORT GAY – Current and former residents will be in Fort Gay during the Labor Day weekend to celebrate alumni and heritage.

Friday afternoon is the annual golf scramble for the Fort Gay High School Alumni Association, which is a fundraiser for a scholarship for seniors who attend Tolsia High School.

On Friday evening, the alumni will gather for a dinner to honor the alumnus of the year and to induct former athletes into the Fort Gay Viking hall of fame.

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Last reunion for Happy Hollow

KENOVA – Saturday could possibly be the last reunion for Happy Hollow, also known as Wayne Avenue in Kenova.

The 36th reunion will be at First Baptist Church of Ceredo, 448 Main St., next to Ceredo Elementary. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with dinner starting at noon.

Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish.

There will also be special singing and a chance to relive memories of the area.
Happy Hollow was located near the entrance to Kenova on W.Va. 75, starting at the old Kenova Box factory and extended west and south.

The area was split in two with the coming of Interstate 64 with part of the area still in existence on the south side of the interstate.

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