Vol. 140, No. 101 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, Dec. 20 & 21, 2014

Scott Iseli, interim director of the Cabell-Wayne-Huntington Animal Control Shelter, defends the facility Thursday, as following proper protocols to guard against distemper outbreaks. He spoke at the board’s monthly meeting in Huntington. Photo by Curtis Johnson / The Herald-Dispatch

Cabell-Wayne-Huntington animal shelter defended

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HUNTINGTON — The interim director of the Cabell-Wayne-Huntington Animal Control Shelter expressed sorrow for the loss of one customer’s dog, but defended the shelter saying it follows national standards to guard against distemper outbreaks.

Those comments came in reaction to a complaint filed by Leslee Martin. She adopted the dog as a service animal for her husband Jeremy. It was to become the military veteran’s service animal, but instead died a short time later from distemper.

Martin believes her dog contacted the fatal illness at the Huntington shelter. Its interim director, Scott Iseli, told board members the canine showed no symptoms at adoption.

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School Board discusses Fort Gay property donation

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WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education discussed possibly donating the former Fort Gay High School property to a community improvement group.

New Day in Fort Gay provided a donation agreement to the Board to provide the property for senior housing, an educational center and a community center.

Rose Meredith, executive director of Wayne County Community Services Organization and president of the Fort Gay Neighborhood Association, said that the community is behind the project.

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HELPING HAND – Tom Knopp, director of Good Samaritan Food Pantry, receives a donation of canned foods from Kenova Elementary Principal Deidre Farley who challenged her students to bring in non-perishable items. Santa Claus made a secret visit to Kenova Elementary where his helpers will distribute gifts to children in need. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Students gather goods for drive

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KENOVA – When Kenova Elementary Principal Deidre Farley heard students at Ceredo-Kenova Middle School collected more than 1,000 cans of food for the Good Samaritan Food Pantry, she just could not resist challenging her students to do the same.

“Tom Knopp (director of Good Samaritan) said food is one of the biggest needs this time of year,” Farley said. “When I heard C-K Middle students collected 1,300 cans of food, I challenged my kids to collect 1,500. By the time we finished, we counted 1,700.”

Farley challenged each classroom to collect the food with the class that collected the most receiving a prize which will be determined., started talking to students to find out the reason for such little involvement.

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GO REBELS – The Tolsia Rebel fan section shows support for its cheerleaders Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center. Tolsia placed fifth overall in Class AA. The Spring Valley squad, also in the competition, finished third overall in Class AAA. For more action photos from the competition see page 3B. Photo by Rob Robinson

ALMOST GONE – Demolition of the former Ceredo-Kenova High School continues as only a small portion of the main building remains. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

SELLING BRICKS – Kenova Elementary PTO President Missy McChristian works on tying ribbon around bricks of the former Ceredo-Kenova High School. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

C-K High School comes down, bricks for sale

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KENOVA – Deconstruction of the former Ceredo-Kenova High School continues, but its legacy continues in the form of fundraisers for the new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School.

Officials at Kenova Elementary are selling bricks that construction workers place outside the construction fence.

Principal Deidre Farley said the school has received 90 orders for the bricks, on sale for $20.

Volunteers have been tying green and gold ribbons with a description card and picture of the front of the old high school around the bricks.

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Man discovered dead in woods

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DUNLOW – The cause of death of a Wayne County man found in the woods recently remains under investigation by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

Charles Mickel Salmons, 43, of Crum was found dead in a remote area of Miliam Creek in Dunlow Monday by a property owner who was checking the area after discovering Salmons’ pickup truck parked nearby, Capt. D.A. Thompson, chief deputy, said. The pickup truck had apparently been parked in the same spot for several days.

“This is in the middle of nowhere,” Thompson said.

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PERFORMANCE – Members of Valley Brass, a brass quartet consisting of Colten Brumfield, Austin Caldwell, Bobby May, Dustin Lewingdon II and Anthony Reynolds, graduates of Spring Valley and Huntington High schools, perform a selection of Christmas music during a holiday luncheon Wednesday at the Wayne Senior Center hosted by the Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff


Jacob Masters

Wayne Co. native completes student teaching for GSC

GLENVILLE, WV - A Wayne County native has recently completed his student teaching internship for Glenville State College.

Jacob Allen Masters completed his student teaching in Music (PreK-Adult) at Nicholas County High School, Alum Bridge Elementary, Roanoke

Elementary, and Jane Lew Elementary with Jason Hypes and Whitney Ballard. His GSC supervisors were Francis Fry, Dr. David Lewis, and Dr. John Taylor. He is the son of Beth Barker and Bret Masters of Prichard, West Virginia. Masters also graduated as a member of the Kappa Delta Pi honor society.

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K-9 PRESENTATION – A Huntington Police officer and his K-9 partner do a check of lockers at Ceredo-Kenova Middle School. Submitted photo

CPD conducts K-9 presentation

CEREDO – The Ceredo Police Department conducted a Special Drug Awareness Presentation at Ceredo-Kenova Middle School.

Chief Tony Poston said this presentation was part of the Drug Summit conducted a few months ago.

He went on to say, “If we can prevent young people from experimenting with drugs, we can prevent drug addiction.”

Poston commented that it’s true today as it was years ago and that is DRUGS don’t discriminate, they don’t care about age, names, title or gender. It respects no boundaries, obeys no law and is a master of disguises. It has many names, forms, faces, colors and taking business with it is talking death.

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Annie’s Project to be offered by WVU Extension Service

CHARLESTON – Annie’s Project, the popular program which provides risk management education for women in agriculture, is coming back to our local area through the West Virginia University Extension Service. An advanced level is being added for participants who completed the original training.

Annie’s Project provides training, resources and networking opportunities to help West Virginia women build viable, efficient and sustainable farm businesses. The first courses cover everything from business planning, finances and marketing to food safety and insurance.

You may also contact Gary Selby, WVU Wayne County CRED Extension Agent at 304-272-6839 or at gary.selby@mail.wvu.edu.

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Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith throws the switch to light the tree at the 8th Annual City of Kenova Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Photo by Larry Butcher/For The Herald-Dispatch


Community invited to a Herd Holiday

HUNTINGTON – Kids of all ages from throughout the community are invited to join Marshall University for A Herd Holiday from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

The special evening will feature the official holiday lighting of the student center plaza by MU President and Mrs. Stephen J. Kopp, along with numerous activities, snacks, giveaways and music. The event is sponsored by Marshall’s Office of Communications and the Campus Activities Board.

The Old Main Carolers will kick off the event at 6 p.m. with Christmas Carols on the plaza before the President and Mrs. Kopp flip the switch to light the plaza.

After the lighting, everyone will move inside the student center for games, music from Kelley’s Bridge and snacks – including hot chocolate and s’mores. Other features include holiday ornament painting with the Pottery Place (the first 100 ornaments are free), a holiday photo booth and a Marshall Bookstore fashion show with giveaways. The bookstore will remain open for holiday shopping until 9 p.m., when A Herd Holiday winds down. A lucky Marshall student will win books for the spring semester, courtesy of the bookstore, which also will give away gift cards ranging in value from $25 to $100.

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Marshall Health launches new online patient portal for easier access to health information

HUNTINGTON – Marshall Health has launched a new patient portal program called “Follow My Health™,” which offers patients a secure option to view their health records online.

Follow My Health™ allows patients to conveniently view, manage, transmit and download medical records of items that include office visits, immunizations and certain test results. The portal also provides the patient with the option of requesting appointments and prescription refills, as well as the ability to send secure e-mails to the health care team, at any hour and wherever Internet access is available.

The portal is for non-urgent communication only.

“We are pleased to offer this new and free technology to our patients, which provides them with enhanced access to their own personal health record,” said Beth L. Hammers, executive director for Marshall Health. “We hope our patients will register for the portal to gain instant access to their information which ultimately means expanded communication between them and their health care team.”

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