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Clarence Blair

Ohio man arrested in Kenova on drug charges

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Kenova Police say a man from Ohio was arrested on drug charges after a plethora of drugs including meth, heroin and marijuana after being detained in a parking lot.

Clarence Blair, Jr., 37, of South Point, is charged with numerous felony possession with intent to distribute counts with more charges pending.

Kenova Police say when Blair was arrested Wednesday near the Dreamland Pool Parking lot 2,500 cash, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine were recovered as well as a firearm and other weapons.

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HONORED – Spring Valley High School teacher Laurel Ferguson was honored by the Wayne County Board of Education for her performance and dedication to her advanced placement calculus students. Danny Mayo presented her with a plague for her achievement. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Spring Valley High School AP course teacher honored

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A teacher from Spring Valley High School received an honor for her dedication to students during a Wayne County Board of Education meeting this week.

Laurel Ferguson, who teachers Advanced Placement Calculus courses, was given a plaque of appreciation and achievement for the success rate of her students.

According to Danny Mayo, courses offered for college credit have a 15 to 20 percent passage rate on the AP Exam, but nearly all Ferguson’s students passed. In order to pass, students must receive a score of 3 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5.

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Tony Clay

Principal: Genoa Elementary is more than a ‘D’ grade

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

GENOA – When the West Virginia Department of Education released results of its school accountability program, five schools received a “D” grade for unacceptable performance.

One of those schools was Genoa Elementary.

Principal Tony Clay said he wants to ensure the public of the school’s progress made since the grade of the 2015-16 school year was released.

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Growing Health Community grant to benefit Kenova

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CHARLESTON – Governor Jim Justice announced Monday more than $145,000 in awards for eight projects from the Growing Healthy Communities grant program.

The City of Kenova will receive $20,888 to fund a mobile market to bring fresh and healthy foods throughout Kenova.

“Healthy communities mean a healthier workforce and that’s critical to attracting jobs to West Virginia,” Governor Jim Justice said. “These grants will improve the quality of life for our people.”



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Westmoreland home a total loss after fire

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HUNTINGTON – An explosion of oxygen tanks has left a Huntington woman without a home after an early morning fire. Crews responded to the fire in the 4200 block of Magazine Avenue at 4:38 a.m. Saturday, said interim Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader.

Rader said the woman had been in poor health and her son had come from Charleston to stay with her.

He awoke to smoke alarms going off and found a blanket on fire in the living room where his mother was sleeping. Both were able to get out safely.

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