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Third defendant convicted in Genoa murder

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The third defendant in the brutal murder of James “Red” Bundy of Genoa entered a no contest plea in a deal before Circuit Judge Darrell Pratt in Wayne County Circuit Court last week.

Melissa Gail Watts, 35, entered a Kennedy plea, which allows a defendant to be convicted without admitting guilt or giving an explanation as to the role played in a crime, to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison without the eligibility of early release.

Watts is the third and final defendant to be sentenced in the 2014 stabbing of Bundy and an attack on his wife, Myrtle.

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Wayne County Democrats Chairman Doc Thompson presents Ceredo Mayor Otis Adkins with an award naming him the 2016 Honorary Democrat of the Year. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Ceredo Mayor named Democrat of the year

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Ceredo Mayor Otis Adkins was honored in a ceremony with a plaque naming him the 2016 Honorary Democrat of the Year by the Wayne County Democrats Tuesday at Ceredo Town Hall.

Adkins was awarded the plaque by Doc Thompson, chairman of the group, in front of family, friends and co-workers.

“I can’t tell you how much of an honor it is to recognize this man,” Thompson said. “In my 6 year tenure this is by far my favorite thing I’ve had the honor of doing.”

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Social Studies Teacher Robert Thompson welcomes Junior Elijah Watson for the first day of school at the newly constructed entrance of Wayne High School Monday. WCN photos by Nikki Dotson Merritt

WHS students return to school

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – After a week extension on summer break, students at Wayne High School returned to school Monday morning for a new year, through a new entrance.

After an ongoing construction project revealed asbestos in the roof of the school along with some other hold-ups, Principal Sara Stapleton asked and was granted a later school start for the school to allow the problems to be adequately fixed.

In the extra time, teachers still reported and took part in actives and work to get the school ready for students’ arrival.

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Several residents sent to Western Regional

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BARBOURSVILLE – Several Wayne County residents were jailed on felony charges since Saturday afternoon, according to booking records kept at the Western Regional Jail.

Dennis Ray Ferguson, II, 37, was jailed at 2 a.m. Monday. Authorities in Wayne County charged him with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and conspiracy. Bond was not set.

Casandra Roberts, 32, was jailed at 2 a.m. Monday. Authorities in Wayne County charged her with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and conspiracy. Bond was not set.

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Labor Day BBQ festival moved

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KENOVA – With exactly one week left before the BBQ Jamz festival set for September 3-4 in Ceredo, the ownership of the plaza informed event organizers that they would not host the event. This put organizers into an understandable tailspin. Bands had been booked, BBQ vendors booked, other vendors had been registered to attend, and the festival had no home.

Then, with a quick call to mayor Terry Carpenter of Kenova, the festival was saved. The mayor offered the park at Virginia Point for the festival as a community event for the city.

The park, located at the convergence of the Big Sandy, and Ohio Rivers, has even more space so that the festival can grow in future years.

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