Vol. 140, No. 73 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, Sept. 13 & 14, 2014

Friends get preview of new attractions at Heritage Farm

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HUNTINGTON – Friends of Heritage Farm Museum and Village gathered Thursday for the dedication of the Heritage Museum and the opening of the Bowes Doll and Carriage Museum, Pottery Barn and Sleeping Caboose.

“You can’t be just a friend to the Perrys or a friend of the farm,” said founder A. Michael Perry. “We are one in the same.”

Perry presented a plaque that will be placed on the Heritage Museum to his friends, Laura Darby and her husband, the late Dr. H. Darrel Darby, for their support of Heritage Farm Museum and Village.

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C-K Alumni Band ends an era

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KENOVA – “We are not a building, but a band.”

Those were the words spoken by longtime Ceredo-Kenova High School and C-K High School Alumni Band director Charles Oshel to close out a truly remarkable era. Oshel spoke the words to members of the Alumni Band Tuesday night after the final practice at the old Alumni Band building located on the Ceredo-Kenova High School site.

The former high school building, along with the band building, will be demolished in the upcoming months to make way for the new Ceredo-Kenova PK-8 school.

Built in 1972 for $600,000 with special levy funds, the band building has seen several generations of band students, choir and majorettes come through the doors. The building has hosted practices, concerts, and reunions, was utilized for Kenova City Council meetings and even hosted a wedding.

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Small crowd gathers for benefit

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WAYNE – It was a busy Labor Day weekend with different events all over the county, including a Gospel Benefit Sing Saturday for the employees of Ballard’s Farm who lost their jobs earlier in the month when fire destroyed the facility.

Several performers praised God with the audience through song as organizers raised money to help the employees with a little bit of extra funding to get through financial struggles.

Scott Chandler, who lives near the plant, wanted to do something to help, so he set up a bank account, then organized the benefit sing.ed out,” Stapleton commented. The people responsible have not been caught.

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Wayne Nursing presents local pantry with donation

WAYNE – The Manna from Heaven food pantry at East Lynn Church of God suffered a set-back when all the food from the pantry was stolen a month ago. In the weeks since then, donations have come in, but Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (N&RC) wanted to ensure the pantry bounced back quickly.

Cindy Cooper, Executive Director of Wayne N&RC, and Arzella Smith and Dorothy Ward of Wayne Resident Council, presented Sandy Stapleton of Manna from Heaven with a $500.00 donation from the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc. to help restock the pantry. Additionally, Wayne Resident Council took $100.00 from their funds and went shopping for food to donate to the pantry.

Stapleton said the door was busted down and about $1,000 worth of food was stolen. “Even the freezer was cleaned out,” Stapleton commented. The people responsible have not been caught.

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Two Wayne County 4-H families hosted someone from Japan for a month this summer as part of the States’ 4-H International Exchange Program. The Dodgion family (l-r), included Olivia, Stacy, Collin, Clark, Lucas, Landon, Peter and the student they hosted, Ryuto aged 14. The Stephenson family included: (l-r) Karen, Taylor, (missing daughter Sarah), and Junko, the adult chaperone, they hosted. Junko was responsible for the eight students who came from Japan and were placed with families across West Virginia, along with support from the State 4-H Office in Morgantown. The goal of the program is to enhance world understanding and global citizenship through high-quality 4-H international cultural immersion and exchange programs with 4-H aged youth. As a result of these visits, the WVU Extension Wayne County Office had the opportunity to hold two educational programs that featured demonstrations on how to make sushi as well as the traditional Japanese tea and incense ceremonies. To learn more about this program with Japan or the Wayne County 4-H Program, please contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at (304) 272-6839.

Tae Kwon Do classes available

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WAYNE – Anybody can learn a martial art and a class is available in Wayne.

Brian Ramey teaches Tae Kwon Do Mondays and Fridays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Wayne Community Center.

Ramey said hours will change to 5-6 p.m.once football season begins.

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First Ekers Tractor Ride proves to be successful

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PRICHARD – By all indications, the first Willie Joe Ekers Memorial Tractor Ride was a success.

“We were pleased with the turnout for the first year,” Joe Ekers, who along with the rest of his family, planned the tractor event to honor his late father who enjoyed working on and restoring old tractors.

Fifteen tractors lined up at House Hasson Hardware in Prichard on Saturday morning. Joe and his brother, Jason had trailers in tow for passengers who wanted to ride along in the parade of tractors. Both trailers were full. Drivers included family members and friends of the Ekers family. Some brought their tractors on trailers and others drove from their homes in and around the Prichard area to participate.

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The Wayne County News: A rich history continues

The recent sale, or merger, of The Wayne County News with the Herald-Dispatch shouldn’t mean the end of this local paper.

Assurances have been given time and again that no one wants to change the character of the paper or the characters who continue to try to provide the best local coverage of Wayne County events to its readers.

First printed in 1874, the newspaper has been owned and led by a number of colorful – and sometimes – controversial – publishers and editors.

Most of us county residents grew up with our elders reading “The News” and it became part of our existence as well. Although not the first paper in Wayne County, The News has lasted longest.

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DOG DAYS OF SUMMER? – Partly cloudy skies and sprinkles did not stop the action-packed fun area dogs had swimming in Dreamland Pool Sunday as part of Dreamland Dog Days, which raised funds for The Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter. Many residents hope this will become a tradition for the day after the pool closes. WCN photo by Jessica Ross

Kenova block party to help area non-profits

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KENOVA – Kenny Queen’s Ace Hardware will host a block party in its parking lot Saturday, August 16 to help celebrate Ace’s National Block Party Day.

A variety of events, sponsored by Kenny Queen’s Ace Hardware, Advance Auto Parts, Cabell-Huntington Hospital and McDonalds are planned throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The block party is broken into three sections throughout the day with a break from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Each section will offer different activities for guests.

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Music filled the ‘holler’ at Heritage Farm’s Music Festival

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HUNTINGTON – Visitors were treated to live music at Heritage Farm and Museum Saturday during the Music Festival Weekend, part of the Farm’s Way Back Weekend Series.

Several musical groups performed throughout the day under the Farm’s new music pavilion. The groups included Heritage Farm’s owner, Mike Perry’s gospel group, the Harmonica Group from Huntington and the Joe Freeman Band, a bluegrass band that has performed all over the East Coast, including at the Grand Ole Opry.

Audy Perry, manager of Heritage Farm, said it wanted to bring live music to the Farm, and so decided to use the space located on the backside of the Transportation Museum to build a music pavilion. Originally, they were going to use the space for a museum, but decided it would be perfect for a pavilion.to school, and after school take it to the scrap yard. I did that until I graduated.”

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Towing operator ready for business

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WAYNE – Tyler McClellan was interested in the towing business as a child and purchased his first roll back truck before he was out of high school.

McClellan was born and raised in East Lynn and is a 2011 graduate of Wayne High School. At the age of 14, McClellan purchased his first flatbed truck to haul junk. During his time in high school, McClellan purchased junk cars, took them to school, then went home and cut the vehicles up to make money to purchase his rollback at the age of 16.

“This made it a little easier to haul junk cars,” he said. “I would find the junk and have it all loaded and ready, go to school, and after school take it to the scrap yard. I did that until I graduated.”

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New hair salon opens in Kenova

KENOVA – Blondeshells Hair Saloon, owned by Megan Pelfrey, a graduate of Paul Mitchell The School-Nashville, and Angel Williamson, a graduate of Huntington School of Beauty Culture, in Kenova offers a variety of hair services offering Men, women and kid’s cuts, Color, Keratin Blowout Treatment, extensions, and more.

Also offered are pedicures with a double station.

The salon uses and sells Kenra Professional products, American Crew for men and Moroccanoil. The salon is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Five West Virginia 4-H members spent five days in Washington, DC at the National 4-H Center July 15-18 as part of the inaugural 4-H Leadership Washington Focus. This program included 135 youth from 12 states. The West Virginia 4-H members included (l-r): Madison Adams and Keith Dailey from Jefferson County; Collin Dodgion and Sarah Ferry from Wayne County; and Sarah Deem from Mason County. The week-long program featured hands-on workshops to strengthen leadership skills and tours of national monuments and memorials throughout D.C. This program is designed for middle-school 4-H members from across the nation. To learn more about the Wayne County 4-H Program, contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at (304) 272-6839. d headdresses and participated in different events. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

HULA – Residents at Charter House in Wayne were treated to a Hawaiian luau for the summer cookout sponsored by staff members. Residents and staff put on their finest Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, leis and headdresses and participated in different events. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

STARTING THE RACE – More than 100 participants took part in the third annual Kristen’s Promise Scholarship 5K Run/Walk Friday in Wayne. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Runners come out to help scholarship

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WAYNE – Traci and Dwayne Stiltner have had a hole in their hearts for the past two years since the death of their daughter, Kristen, from a vehicle accident in May 2012.

According to Traci Stiltner, Kristen was a giving person.

“From kindergarten to the 11th grade, I cannot tell you the number of lunch boxes and backpacks that we got for others, all because she saw a fellow student in need,” Stiltner said. “We decided to move forward in keeping her memory alive with a scholarship.”

To help fund the Kristen’s Promise Memorial Scholarship, a 5K Run/Walk was organized for the Town of Wayne.

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Krista Maynard and Brittany Mabry

Westmoreland NSDAR
presents DAR ROTC awards

June Ashworth, Regent of the Westmoreland Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently announced this years’ winners of the DAR National Defense Committee’s ROTC Awards.

The awards went to Wayne County graduating female students who were enrolled in the JROTC Program in their school and have demonstrated academic excellence, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Krista Dale Maynard was the winner of the award presented at Tolsia High School. She is the daughter of Paul and Patricia Parsley Maynard. Krista plans to attend Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and earn an Associate Degree in Nursing. After that, she then plans to attend Marshall University and work toward a higher degree as a Nurse Practitioner.

Wayne High School’s winner is Brittany Michelle Mabry. She is the daughter of Kathy Sue Mabry and Rex Allen Sowards. Brittany plans to attend Marshall University and major in International Business. She plans to work with imports and exports to some of our international businesses here and abroad. She then hopes to become an entrepreneur of her own business.

Lourae Pierce is the winner from Spring Valley High School.

Hobert Crum was awarded a framed letter from Bill Clinton during the Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee meeting Thursday. R. C. (Doc) Thompson was awarded a plaque for his years of service with the Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee. WCN Photos by Jessica Ross

Democratic Executive
committee honors members

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WAYNE – The Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee remembered three departed members, and recognized three others during Thursday’s meeting.

The committee had a moment of silence for departed members Harold Robertson, Jim Booten and Teddy Mays.

R. C. (Doc) Thompson, chairman of the committee, said the men were gone but not forgotten.

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A hit n’ miss engine was used to make homemade ice cream for Heritage Farm’s Ice Cream Social, part of the Way Back Weekend series. WCN Photos by Jessica Ross

Ice Cream Social hits the spot

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HUNTINGTON - Heritage Farm Museum and Village celebrated the July 4 weekend Saturday with an ice cream social and an antique car exhibition.

The Ice Cream Social was the third event in the Way Back Weekend series.

Audy Perry, manager of Heritage Farm, said he can remember how much fun it was sitting on his grandma’s porch and making handmade ice cream to celebrate the Fourth of July.

“Today is the ice cream social,” Perry said. “We’re using an old hit n’ miss engine to run the paddle for the ice cream. We also have a hand-churn version so the kids can try that out and see why we appreciate the hit n’ miss engine churning it instead of the hand crank. Adults may enjoy reminiscing as well.”

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PLANNING – The cadets plan their time during the Leadership camp. Submitted photo

WHS cadets participate in Junior Cadet Leadership camp

The camp is conducted annually during the month of June and this year’s camp was June 14-19.

A total of 242 cadets from West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia attended the camp including C/LTC Nicholas Lawson (battalion commander), C1LT Kiersten Vanhoose (adjutant), C/CSM Natasha Napier (battalion sergeant major), C/CPL Seth Hardwick (special projects officer), C/PFC Leea Adkins (operations and training officer), C/PFC Seth Adkins, C/PFC Cody Johnson, C/SGT Kevin German and C/CPL Corey Morgan.

The cadets earned the following competitive awards: Lawson, 4th Brigade Leadership Coin, Top Cadet Leadership Award and Top of the Wall certificate; Vanhoose, 4th Brigade Leadership Coin, Bravo Company Top Shooter, Battalion Top Shooter, Leadership Reaction Course certificate and Top of the Wall certificate; German, 4th Brigade Leadership Coin, fastest time on Top of the Wall and Top of the Wall certificate; Hardwick, 4th Brigade Coin and Best Knot Tying cadet; S. Adkins, Personal Courage Certificate, Rappelling certificate and Top of the Wall Certificate; L. Adkins, Personal Courage certificate; Morgan, Top of the Wall certificate; Napier, 4th Brigade Leadership Coin; Johnson, 4th Brigade Leadership Coin.

BUSINESS – Shelly Keeney, marketing director of The Wild Ramp, speaks to members of Westmoreland Neighborhood Association about products found in the store located in Central City. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Wild Ramp speaks to Westmoreland residents

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HUNTINGTON – Providing fresh produce while helping local farmers market their products is the goal of the Wild Ramp.

That is the message Spring Valley resident and former Vinson High School graduate Shelley Kenney wanted to convey to members of the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association Monday evening.

Kenney is the marketing director for the Wild Ramp. The local farmer, food-to-table store was formerly located at Heritage Village in downtown Huntington, but recently moved to West 14th Street in Central City at the former Farmer’s Market space.

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Children were able to interact with different farm animals during the Hatfield-McCoy Reunion at Heritage Farm when they visited the petting zoo. WCN photo by Jessica Ross

Hatfield-McCoy feud? Not at Heritage Farm and Museum

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HUNTINGTON – Heritage Farm hosted the Hatfield McCoy Reunion Saturday as part of its Way Back Weekends series.

The Hatfield McCoy Reunion was not a reunion for the two families, although it did reunite some of the cast members who were part of the documentary.

Instead, it was an opportunity for visitors to meet some of the cast members, see where the documentary was filmed and really get a feel for what it was like for people living in the 1800s.

Audy Perry, manager of Heritage Farm, said this weekend and others in the Way Back Weekends series, are meant to show people a glimpse of life in the 1800s.

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Woody Rayburn in his home in Kenova. He has lived in Wayne County 96 of his 100 years. WCN photo by Jessica Ross

Bible secret to long life, according to Kenova resident

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Kenova – When Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art,” she could have easily been referring to Kenova resident Woody Rayburn.

Rayburn will turn 100 years old June 16 and will celebrate this milestone with family and friends June 15 at a birthday party at his local church.

Born in 1914, Rayburn grew up on a farm on Queen’s Creek, off of Big Hurricane Road, with his parents and 19 siblings.

His family raised vegetables and grains, as well as hogs for meat. They used horses to work the farm and pull logs, or anything else that needed pulled, including their wagon.

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Thompson to present Civil War slavery lecture

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CHARLESTON – Wayne High School teacher and Town of Wayne Councilman Robert Thompson will present “Wayne County: Slavery and the Civil War” at the Archives and History Library in the West Virginia Culture Center Tuesday.

Thompson’s presentation will be in two parts, first is the case of the Pauley children who were kidnapped from Ohio and brought and sold back into slavery in West Virginia. The second part is about Milton Jameson Ferguson who was a local attorney prior to the Civil War and fought for the Confederacy.

The presentation will begin at 6 p.m.

In 1850, the Pauley family had been freed as slaves after their master died. But, due to debts owed, bounty hunters found the family and kidnapped at least four of the children and sold them to William Ratcliff whose farm is where present day Tolsia High School sits.

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Little Free Library in Wayne Co.

The first Little Free Library in Wayne County was installed and dedicated on May 20 by Wayne County Commissioner Robert Pasley (left) at the WVU Wayne County Extension Office. This is a service project initiated by members of the Wayne County Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) to encourage reading, literacy, and the promotion of libraries in Wayne County. Books and magazines in the library are free for residents to take and enjoy! Members include (l-r): Betty Webb, Jeanetta Meadows, Patricia Harris, and Diane Adkins; others present for the dedication included Lana Gail Smith, Charlie Rickman, Lisa Bell, and Julie Tritz. For more information, on this service project, please contact Charlie Rickman at the Extension Office at (304) 272-6839.

THANK YOU – Students in Crum thanked the voters of Wayne County for passing the bond with a parade near the schools Thursday. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

KENOVA COMPANY HONORED – Dan Ferguson, right, presents a hand drawn framed picture of Walker Transfer’s first moving van to Ronnie and Jerri Walker, owners of the company. The CK Area Business Association honored the company for its 50 years of continuous operation in the community. WCN Photo by Ron Ferguson

Kenova company honored for longtime success

CEREDO – Walker Transfer, an Atlas Lines moving company, was honored for its 50 years of continuous, successful operation Wednesday morning by the CK Area Business Association at its monthly meeting at United Bank in Ceredo.

Dan Ferguson, association president, presented Ronnie and Jerri Walker, owners of the Kenova business, with a framed hand-drawn picture of the company’s first truck.

Saying the past 50 years had been good to the company, “The sky is still the limit,” Jerri Walker told the gathering of local business people and assorted politicians, several of whom had won their primary elections the day before.

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Above, Brooklyn Ash, Erica Butcher, Austin Page, Adam Page, Amy Stewart were recognized as the Spring Valley Students of the Month.

Rotary names Spring Valley Students of the Month

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley Students of the Month for March were recognized at the luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Ceredo-Kenova, Friday, March 28. The students are: Amy Stewart, senior; Austin Page, junior; Erika Butcher, sophomore; Brooklyn Ash, freshman; and Adam Page, CTE.

These students were chosen by the faculty of Spring Valley High School for their excellence as students.

Education is one of the areas of focus for Rotary International. Locally, this club awards six scholarships to students at Tolsia, Wayne and Spring Valley High Schools.

Students can obtain scholarship applications from their respective guidance offices.


Above, a rainbow revealed itself after Saturday’s Relay for Life. Below, survivors take the first lap around the field during Saturday’s heavy rains at the Relay for Life at Spring Valley High School. WCN photos by Jesicca Ross

Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Wayne County was postponed Saturday after heavy rain showers and lightning prevented walkers from being able to complete the event held on the Spring Valley High School football field. The survivor lap, caregiver lap and team lap was completed under the heavy rains, but the Luminaria Ceremony and auction will be rescheduled to a later date.

DAR FOR VETS – Steve Gessel of the Barboursville Veterans Home is accepting a delivery of books by Linda Parsons, WV DAR Service for Veterans State Chairman. Photo submitted

Books purchased for DAR State Regents project delivered

Linda M. Parsons, DAR Service for Veterans State Chairman and a member of the Westmoreland Chapter NSDAR, and her husband, Eugene, recently delivered bibles, large print books, and audio books to the Barboursville Veterans home.

One of Charla Nutter’s (West Virginia NDAR State Regent from 2010 to 2013) projects was to supply books to our state’s veterans. During her term as Regent, money was raised by chapters throughout the state to support this project.

Not only were books provided for the Barboursville Home, but they were sent to the VA facilities in Beckley, Clarksburg, and Martinsburg, also. Among the books delivered to Barboursville were the American Patriots Bible, Front Porch Tales by Phillip Gulley, West Virginia During the Civil War by Mark A. Snell, West Virginia Curiosities by Rick Steelhanner, The Collected Short Stories by Louis L’Amour, and Computers for Seniors for Dummies by Nancy Miller, just to name a few. Mrs. Parsons stated that it was a true blessing to be able to assist Ms. Nutter in the completion of this fantastic project.

Pictured Above: Ray and Polly Copley Russell. Photo courtesy of Karen Russell Jones

Wildflower Ever Bloming: A Mother’s Day Tribute

JUST MEMORIES my mother writes… I was born at home on April 27, 1927, at McComas Creek in Wayne County. Dr. Glen Johnson delivered me. He rode horseback the last part of the journey. Before my birth, my mother, Millie Brook Perry Copley, had visited her sister, Polly Fry, in Coalwood, W.Va.,, and saw the coal company doctor. Later the doctor asked my Aunt Polly if my mother had given birth. My Aunt Polly answered, “Oh yes, she had a little girl, named her after me; her name is Polly.” The doctor then replied, “I was afraid she wouldn’t live to have her baby; her heart is not good.”

Later in her memoirs my mother writes, “I can’t remember anything about Mother. I was only about three years old when she died. I can’t remember her holding me , singing to me or talking to me. I do remember the day of her funeral.

My daddy had me on his shoulders, carrying me and holding my hands as he climbed up the mountain to the cemetery. When we got to the gravesite I looked down at the coffin. The coffin that my mother lay in and which my daddy had built, was open. “Daddy, why are those coins on Mommy’s eyes? “ My daddy just put his finger to his lips…Shhhhh. This is the only memory I have of my dear Mother, Millie Brook Perry Copley.

My father was unable to care for both my brother Gene and me, so my Aunt Polly asked my father, Monroe Copley, if I could come and live with her. They agreed to meet halfway. We met and after a short time of greeting and solemn looks, Daddy put me in Uncle James’s car and I said, “ Daddy, get in with me.“ He replied, “I have to get my coat.” I was looking out the back window of the car, an oval shaped window. I saw Daddy getting in his car as my Uncle James drove away and Daddy drove in the opposite direction. I watched until I could see Daddy no more.

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Boot camp for men set up at Heritage

HUNTINGTON – Men, here is a chance to attend Boot Camp.

Heritage Farm Museum and Village of Huntington will be home to the Empty Stone Boot Camp Sept. 18-21.

Based on the best-selling book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge, Boot Camp is a four-day journey into the masculine soul with teaching sessions that go deep into the Wild at Heart message.

Men can expect guided times of personal reflection and prayer all the while enjoying the beauty in nature that Heritage Farm has to offer.

The mission of the event is to teach men to guard their hearts and strengthen them against the enemy and to help men realize that they are meant to be more, have more and live more than they could even imagine.

Boot Camp is for men ages 18 and up while space is limited and the cost is $275 per person.

For more information, or to register, visit www.EmptyStone.com.


ENGLAND HILL FWB CHURCH CRUISE – On Monday the England Hill FWB Church of Catlettsburg, KY, held its annual Cruise-In and Car Show from Noon to 4:00pm. There was music from the 50’s through the 70’s outside for the Cruise-In participants and gospel music indoors for everyone, plenty of great food, fun and fellowship for everyone as well. Dispatcher Stephen Amis of the Ceredo Police entered the department’s Model T ‘C’ Cab, Paddy Wagon Go-Kart in the Car show and was awarded the trophy for the Most Unusual entry. During the event he also donated stuffed animal Toys with the traffic safety slogan “You Otter Buckle Up” and “Click It or Ticket” key rings. Photo submitted


At the annual Wayne County Fair Open Horse Show on August 2, Ashlee Smith (featured) was awarded the High Point Rider Award and Levi Napier was awarded the Reserve High Point Rider. The awards were given to Wayne County 4-H Horse Project members who had the highest total points based on three classes featured at the Open Horse Show : 4-H Showmanship, 4-H Walk & Favorite Gait, and the Trail Class. The Wayne County 4-H Horse Program teaches safety and horsemanship and offers lots of great educational opportunities for youth ages 9 and up. To learn more, contact Gary Napier, 4-H Horse Project Leader at (304) 486-5077.


Lavalette Advance Auto recognized by JROTC

LAVALETTE – Wayne High School JROTC cadets presented Advance Auto Parts of Lavalette with a plaque in recognition of the store’s support over the years.

Advance provided the Wayne JROTC cadets a venue to conduct numerous fundraising car washes over the years.

Randy Tibbets, manager of the Lavalette store, was presented the plaque during the most recent car wash, conducted at the Advance Auto Parts location.

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MY, WHAT BIG SPUDS YOU HAVE – Perley and Glenia McSweeney of Blankenship Road, Wayne, show a few of the super-sized potatoes they grew this year. Perley said he used only triple-12 fertilizer – no Miracle Gro – for the Kennebecs. Glenia is holding a V-shaped spud, actually two that grew together. WCN photo by Bill Pritchett


Parents can make a difference on underage alcohol drinking behavior


WAYNE – The Wayne County Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition – Partnerships for Success wants you to know that parents play an important role in underage alcohol drinking behavior.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org states – “Many well-intentioned parents think that letting their child drink in their home will in the long-run teach them how to drink responsibly and will prevent them from drinking elsewhere.

Early consumption of alcohol in any context increases the likelihood of problems in the long run. Unfortunately, drinking with parents in the home does not prevent children from drinking outside the home or with their friends. There is no real evidence for the effect that most parents fear – the “boomerang effect” – that is, “if I don’t let them drink here at home, they’ll have a higher chance of drinking elsewhere”.

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Farming dignitaries heading to Wayne

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WAYNE – With the country’s population growing in size and expected to double within the next few years, officials are showing concern for a food supply.

Especially, when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Bill Stewart, conservation officer with the Guyan Conservation District, said a meeting will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Wayne Senior Center.

Expected speakers include West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick, Rep. Nick Joe Rahall II (D-W.Va.) and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

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Interesting slave story: Wayne County – 1800s

Revolutionary War soldier, John Madison Chadwick, believed to have been born in England, died in Catlettsburg, Kentucky in 1850. His wife was Karenhappauch Shortridge, the daughter of another soldier, George Shortridge. For many years this writer has known that John Chadwick owned slaves and his son Hiram Chadwick, that lived on the Big Sandy at Cedar Run, near the mouth of Whites Creek, in Wayne County, also owned slaves.

For today’s article, I have not been able to prove the date that Wiatt Smith wrote the following article in a Huntington newspaper, probably was in the 1930’s or 1940’s, but it does make interesting reading.

“AN INTERESTING SLAVE CASE: Reuben Chadwick, better known as ‘Nigger Rube’ was such a worthy slave that his master, John Madison Chadwick, Sr. granted him freedom after years of service. Rube became inspired with the idea of purchasing pickaninnies (sp) as rapidly as he could afford it, place them in non-slavery white homes until they grew to be of age, then free them. For this purpose he had acquired Susan and Mary Anne. But in 1858 Rube’s philanthropy got him in trouble.” Read the following, copied from an article by Wiatt Smith in a recent issue of the Huntington, W.Va. paper. (Wiatt’s articles were in the 1930’s and 1940’s).

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New events for fair

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WAYNE – The Wayne County Fair is just two weeks away and new events are on tap this year.

The fair is Aug. 5-8 at Camden Park. Gates open at 4 p.m. Admission is $12 plus tax; $8 for seniors 55 and older; $35 for a four-day pass; children under 3 are free and parking is free.

The annual Wayne County Fair Open Horse Show will be Aug. 2 at the Horse Show Arena/ Shirley Burgess Park (W.Va. 152). Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the show at 10 a.m. The show is open to youth and adults alike, and features 26 classes. All horses are required to have a negative Coggins test. Admission is $5 (five years and under free). Entry fee for each class is $10, except Lead Line which is $5. For more information, visit http://waynecounty fair-wv.com/horse-show or call Jessica Willis at 304-486-5299.

Applications are currently being accepted for the beauty pageant Aug. 5.

Contestants do not have to be a resident of Wayne County to participate. This pageant is open to girls from to 21-years-old and boys, birth to 5-years-old. Entry fee is $30 and deadline to enter is Aug. 1. For more information, call Trish Ross at 304-272-3229.

New to the fair this year is an open rabbit show for any child, farm implements for visitors to view and a cornhole tournament.

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Peggy Lee Napier

Local author writes warm-hearted novel

Just published by Xulon Press, Out on the Hills is the first novel written by Lavalette, WV native, Peggy Lee Napier.

It is set in the hills of Wayne County and eastern Kentucky. Sheltered in the simpler time of the late 1940s, twelve-year-old Deenie O’Loughlin finds that life in her rural Appalachian community of Sugarwood is changing.

Her former teacher is now her new mother, and her teenage sister seems to be falling in love. Deenie discovers that she has a God-given talent for playing the fiddle, but she also finds that she has a knack for getting into scrapes – in spite of her best intentions. But she encounters even more excitement – and danger – when she and her sister join Preacher Winston Thurgood’s team on his “Kentucky Crusade”!

Readers of this book have expressed great enthusiasm. One wrote, “Thank you for taking me back to a gentler, sweeter time with a spunky young woman innocent enough to ask the important questions and brave enough to take the life-shaping risks.” Another reader added, “Such a wonderful book...I couldn’t put it down!”

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HONORED – Betty Craig was unable to attend the Neighborhood Institute Awards ceremony at Huntington City Hall last week, so her friend, Carole Boster, president of the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association, presented the certificate to Craig at the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association meeting. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff


Memorial Day celebrated At Veterans Memorial Arch

Regent Westmoreland
Chapter NSDAR

HUNTINGTON – Only a year after the Civil War ended May 5, 1866, women in Waterloo, N.Y. began to place flowers on soldiers’ graves. It did not matter whether they were Union or Confederate soldiers. Today their efforts are recognized as the birthplace of what we know as Memorial Day.

Times changes things. What was Decoration Day for almost 100 years became Memorial Day. The last Monday in May was chosen by the U.S. Congress with the 1968 Uniform Monday Holiday Act and in 1971 Memorial Day became a Federal Holiday.

While individual families travel long distances to place flowers on loved ones’ graves, many organizations join in efforts each year to recognize our Veterans on this very special day. The President presents a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and cities and town across the country conduct parades and ceremonies to honor all veterans.

On Saturday, May 26, 2014 the local Veterans Committee’s Civic Improvement, which is represented by 14 leading Veterans Organizations in the Tri-State Area, joined with the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District at Veterans Memorial Arch in Huntington for the 67th Annual Memorial Day Service.

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Area business celebrates 30 years helping other businesses

Staff Writer

KENOVA – Henderson Electric Motors, 2003 Chestnut Street in Kenova, is celebrating 30 years of being in business.

Chester Henderson, the company’s owner, worked on electric motors while he was in the U.S. Navy. He went into the Navy following high school and served for four years, from 1967 to 1971. He was on a ship off the coast of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

In 1984, Henderson formally incorporated his business, Henderson Electric Motors, after starting the business the year before.

Henderson repairs commercial and industrial electric motors. This includes air compressors, generators, hoists, gearboxes, submersible and centrifugal-type pumps, as well as pumps of all types. He also sells parts for electric motors.

“We do all kinds of repairs on riverboats, industrial plants, overhead cranes and coal docks,” Henderson said. “We don’t do anything directly at mines. We’ve got some customers that bring us stuff, but I don’t deal directly with the mines.”

Henderson will work on almost anything with an electric motor, he said.

“We do a lot of work for a lot of people in the area and we keep them running because our repairs are done very quickly,” Henderson said. “We do everything from fractional-horsepower motors up to 500 horsepower and that is quite a large motor. It’s probably almost as big as a small car.”

Henderson has been rewinding motors by himself since 1968.

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Wayne Co. 4-H looking to create Heritage Quilt Trail

WAYNE – The Wayne County 4-H Ambassador’s Team is working on a project to bring beauty and a bit of history to Wayne County as a community service project.

The team, which consists of Erin Ferry, Emily Hudson, Olivia Dodgion, Lucas Dodgion, Collin Dodgion, Ethan Cade, Ashlee Smith, Zoe Harold, Zane Smith, and Kayla Willis, is working to create a Wayne County 4-H Heritage Quilt Trail of beautiful painted quilt patterns mounted to barns, historic buildings, and businesses or other structures.

The idea came from Ashlee’s Uncle Aunt, Eric and Paula Napier, who have their own barn quilt. Recently Paula took Ashlee to Fairmont so she could meet Suzi Parron, co-author of Barn Quilts and The American Quilt Trail Movement, a book about how Donna Sue Groves, Ohio State University Extension Agent, started the quilt trail movement in 2001.

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Paws hit the pavement for first AARF 5K run

Staff Writer

KENOVA – The Ashland Animal Rescue Fund (AARF) will host the first AARF To The Rescue 5K run 2 p.m. Saturday in Kenova.

AARF is a private shelter located in Ashland. They take in animals that are to be euthanized from area pounds and have them seen by a veterinarian. They also move the animals to a no-kill shelter.

Registration for the event will begin at 1 p.m. the day of the race. The fee is $20 per person and race shirts will be given to the first 150 people who register.

AARF will use the funds raised to help offset the costs associated with housing, as well as veterinary fees, and to help fund animal adoption efforts.

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A variety of produce, including corn, tomatoes, watermelons and cantaloupes at the Wayne County Farmer’s Market in Wayne. WCN photo by Jessica Ross

Fresh produce now available in Wayne

Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Farmer’s Market opened for business in Wayne Thursday offering residents a new place to get fresh produce.

Bill and Dorothy Stewart, who are residents of the Greenbriar area near Wayne, opened the market in the lot across the street from the Marathon gas station.

The stand offers a variety of produce including cabbage, corn, green beans, tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe and watermelon.

“We purchase a lot from farmers who raise produce,” Stewart said. “They often don’t have time to sell it themselves.”

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Cloverbud camp announced

WAYNE – Wayne County 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp is June 10-13 at Mays Chapel, Lavalette (near Beech Fork). Youths must be 5-8 years old.

The program features lots of age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Cost is $20 to attend and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and all programs. Registration materials are found at http://wayne.ext.wvu.edu/4h/4hcamps.

Deadline to register is June 4 or when camp is full. Contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at (304) 272-6839 for more information.

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Alpha Lambda meet in Dickson

Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators met April 24, 2014 at Florence Memorial United Methodist Church at Dickson.

Pam Smith, Chapter President, conducted the meeting. She had previously requested each member to bring two favorite recipes. These are to be compiled into a sorority cookbook that will be given to each member. Stephanie May, Chapter Chaplain, presented the devotion. Responding to the president’s idea to share recipes, her theme was, “Recipe for Friendship.” She stated that a friend is a person that one loves and trusts; a close companion or comrade. Perhaps, the most famous friendship in the Bible was that of David and Jonathan. (I Samuel 18:1 – 4) Friendship is one way God takes care of us.

During the meeting the altruistic project for April was discussed. It was approved to give a monetary donation to “Relay for Life” to be held on May 10, 2014 at Spring Valley High School.

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Father and son honors family member with business name

Staff Writer

KENOVA – Adam Endicott and his father Rick Endicott opened their shop, Bulldog Graphix on Chestnut Street in Kenova, in March after renovations that began last January.

The shop was named in memory of the father’s sister, Misty Endicott, who died in 2005. She was known for the name “Bulldog,” so both father and son felt it would be a good way to honor her memory.

Adam Endicott grew up in Kenova, so when he and his father decided to open a shop, they both wanted it in Kenova.

The idea to open a shop came from Ernie Colegrove, Endicott’s uncle. Endicott and his father had created signs for Colegrove’s construction company.

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SPLASH – Camden Park opened its gates for the 2014 season Saturday. Visitors took a ride on the log flume ride to get all wet. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff


Heritage Farm prepping for Spring Festival

HUNTINGTON – Heritage Farm Museum and Village is prepping for the annual Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3.

The festival will include tours of all the museum buildings, re-enactors and artisans. To make this an enjoyable experience for the thousands of visitors who attend each year, Heritage Farm relies on hundreds of volunteers.

Those interested in working a shift at the Spring Festival are invited to a volunteer training that will take place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at Heritage Farm, 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington.

For more information, contact Josh Sowards at 304-522-1244.


Alpha Delta Kappa monthly meeting

Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators met for their monthly meeting on February 20 at Florence Memorial United Methodist Church at Dickson.

Pam Smith, chapter president, presided at the meeting. Members were given information concerning upcoming events planned for the spring and summer. Altruistic projects were also discussed.

Members and guests enjoyed especially good fellowship, since the group’s January meeting had been cancelled due to inclement weather. Those attending the meeting were: Pam Smith, Gail Brumfield, Joan Chambers, Rosalind Smith, Edna Gillispie, Mary Williamson, Myrtle Hill, Pam Hill, Stephanie May, Pam Stephens, and Janeen Reynolds. Pam Hill won the prize for the Share Your Talent game.

Everyone enjoyed refreshments prepared and served by Pam Hill, Myrtle Hill, Mary Williamson, and Rosalind Smith.

The next meeting will be on March 20 at 6:30pm at Florence Memorial United Methodist Church at Dickson. Hostesses will be: Reda Baker, Sharon Berry, Polly Blankenship, Cindy Smith and Stephanie May.


WINNER – Scott Partlow of Chesapeake, Ohio, crosses the finish line first for the second annual Run For the Clovers 5K at Beech Fork Lake. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff


Neace 50th Anniversary

Lloyd and Judith Motz Neace were married on Thanksgiving Day November 28, 1963 in Huntington. He is retired from Local #80 Asbestos Workers. They own Lloyd's Greenhouse and Nursery in Lavalette. They have two daughters, Cathy Hudson (Phillip), Cheryl Cotter (Bobb), grandchildren Adam and Emily Hudson and grand dog Lucky. Lloyd is the son of the late Willie and Helen Wood Neace. Judith is the daughter of the late James Motz, Richard and Clara Hay Osburn.


Ramey-Beckett Wedding

The marriage of KRISTIN BECKETT, daughter of Patricia and Thomas Beckett, Jr. of Dunlow, WV, to TERRY RAMEY, son of Louise and James Ramey, Jr. of Wayne, WV, took place October 19, 2013 in Gaitlinburg, TN. The Rev. Larry Claiborne officiated the ceremony. Kristin has three children, Taylor Alyse Perry, 17 years old, Stratton Kincade Perry, 10 years old, and Stasia Brooke Perry. Terry has two children, Tessa and Rocko Ramey, and five grandchildren.


50th Anniversary Announcement

Leonard and Patricia (Watts) Napier of Prichard, WV, will celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a reception on November 10, 2013 from 3 -5 pm at the Antioch Old Regular Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Craig Road, Wayne, WV. They were married November 8, 1963 at Philadelphia United Baptist Church in Huntington, WV.

Leonard is the son of Pat and the late Ida (Damron) Napier and is retired from AK Steel, Ashland, Ky. Patricia is the daughter of the late Jay and Polly (Nelson) Watts and is a homemaker. They are members of Little Tavie Old Regular Baptist Church, Point Pleasant, WV.


Wayne Fall Festival

MEETING FRIENDS – A large crowd attended the opening of the Wayne Fall Festival Friday. A lot of vendors were placed around the different areas near the Wayne County Courthouse as many sat and listened to the evening’s entertainment. Many organizations, such as the Wayne High School JROTC set up food booths and prepared food like First Sgt. Johnny Abbott, instructor. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff


Happy Birthday!

Lorene Marshall, of the Wayne Nursing and Rehab Center, turned 90 years old on Sunday, September 22nd. Family members came in to celebrate with her on Saturday evening, September 21st with cake, ice cream and gifts. Nineteen people attended. We hope she had a good time and we wish her many more birthdays. She is a special lady who is loved very much! Photo submitted


Burns to celebrate 50 year anniversary

James and Phyllis Burns of East Lynn will celebrate 50 years of marriage on October 8th. They were married October 8, 1963 in West Hamlin. They are the parents of six children – Okle (Steve) Atkins; James (Frances) Burns, Jr.; Kenneth; Patricia (Gale) Perry; William (Lisa) Burns; Delta (Danny) Eaves. They also have 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. James and Phyllis are members of the Booten-Millers Fork United Baptist Church in Wayne. They will celebrate their special day with their family. Photo submitted