Vol. 140, No. 69 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, Aug. 30 & 31, 2014

NEW CRUISER – Kenova Officer Adam Lewis and Police Chief Ray Mossman stand with the new police cruiser purchased by the city council. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Improvement seen in Kenova

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – “Always Improving, Worthy of Trust,” is the new motto of the Kenova Police Department, Chief Ray Mossman said. And that motto is on one of the new police cruisers that was recently purchased.

That is not the only improvement for the department.

According to Mossman, administrative assistant Karen Carpenter was going through reports and noticed for the month of August crime reports had dropped from 71 reports last August to 29 reports this year.

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Light agenda for regular School Board meeting

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – The agenda for the Wayne County Board of Education’s September 2 regular meeting has been released.

The Board is scheduled to hear delegations from John Wellman on the Wellman Cemetery and from Wayne High School principal Sara Stapleton. Wellman Cemetery is located on the grounds of the Fort Gay PreK-8 school site.

For several years during the construction of the new school, there were some issues concerning the cemetery. Descendants of the cemetery had asked to have the ground scanned to identify additional possible graves so the graves could be moved. Ultimately, the site was given a fenced enclosure. The group had been seeking permanent signage and identification of the property.

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Familiar new home for Crum students

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – Students in Crum will not have to look much further to find out where the new Crum PreK-8 school will be constructed.

During a special meeting Monday night, the Wayne County Board of Education voted 4-0 to construct the new school on the football field of the property where the current elementary and middle school buildings stand.

The vote came after board members spent a few hours in executive session with ZMM Architect Dave Ferguson discussing the county’s options. Earlier this month, plans to build the new school on the previously selected “River Bend” property were scrapped after issues arose during the contract phase of the project.

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CONFISCATED – Drugs, money, paraphernalia and a stolen gun were seized by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit Tuesday during a search of a home on Mill Creek. Photo submitted by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department

One arrested on search warrant

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

FORT GAY – A Fort Gay man was arrested Monday following the execution of a search warrant on his home.

Richard “Tex” Rogers has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance, aiding and abetting, conspiracy, six counts of possession with intent to deliver, cultivation of marijuana and receiving/transferring of stolen property by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit.

Members of the unit had applied and received a search warrant for Rogers’ home on Mill Creek following an investigation and controlled drug purchases.

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ROAD CLOSURE – Crews with the West Virginia Division of Highways put up this road closed sign on W.Va. 152 between Dunlow and Genoa after a portion of the road slipped and broke away. A FedEx truck is able to navigate through the one open lane of the roadway. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Portion of 152 to be closed

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A portion of W.Va. 152 between Genoa and Dunlow is closed today as work crews attempt to discover why the roadway has broken away and slipped.

One lane of the roadway is open for emergency vehicles and local traffic as officials with the West Virginia Division of Highways monitor it for school bus traffic.

“We are monitoring the road for the safety of the school buses,” said Assistant Supervisor Colen Cox with the DOH, Wayne garage. “We have one man who will be monitoring the area from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.”

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MEMORABILIA – Sheila Bowens places the paddle of former principal Wilts Salmons in the library.

Preparing Fort Gay memorabilia for exhibit

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

FORT GAY – Since Fort Gay Librarian Sheila Bowens put out the word that class pictures of Fort Gay High School had been returned for exhibition, other former students have contacted her about placing their memorabilia with the exhibit.

A special dedication of the exhibit will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in front of the library in conjunction with Mountain Heritage Day. A parade will start the festivities at 10 a.m.

Bowens said members of the Fort Gay High School Alumni Association wanted the pictures brought back to the community to be viewed by the public

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FRN asking for update on lodge

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – In May 2012, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill for the sale of bonds to fund construction of the Beech Fork Lake Lodge and renovations to the current lodge at Cacapon State Park in a ceremony at Beech Fork Lake.

On Wednesday, it was learned the bonds are to be sold in stages with bonds for the clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay to be sold in October and the bonds for Beech Fork and Cacapon to be sold two to three months later in 2015.

Donna Thompson, president of the Wayne County Family Resource Network, told members a letter needed to be composed to the governor asking for an update on the lodge and an explanation of the bond situation.

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Kenova Council took several actions involving the police department Thursday night. Members accepted the resignation of Officer Brandon Willis and officially hired Officer Harry Sowards to the force. Municipal Court Judge Stephen Jordan swore Sowards in. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Kenova Council gets updates

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – Kenova City Council received updates on several projects going on throughout the community during its regular August meeting Thursday night.

Council first heard on the HTS Airport project. Kenova is serving as the financial pass-through on the project between Ceredo and the airport. Council approved a draw down of $15,679.30 to reimburse the airport for paying Frontier Communications to move a communication service line.

Bob Bragg of Thrasher Engineering updated council on the projects progress. Bragg said so far 300 feet of 18-inch line have been ran from a hot tap. He said Frontier is also on site prepping to move the line. A booster station is expected to arrive on site Sept. 23 and site prep, including a concrete pad, wiring and piping connections are all being completed for the station.

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NEW WATER LINE – A crew works Friday morning in the dewy mist to lay a new pipeline to the south side of Tri-State Airport. The water line is being buried under the pavement of Booth Road that currently leads to the National Guard Armory. The new line is to carry water for firefighting to a proposed site for development. An eight-inch potable water line is already in place. WCN photo by Ron Ferguson

Airport property receives name

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Huntington Tri-State Airport’s southside project has a name.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Airport Authority Board, Tri-State AeroPlex was approved to be the name of the property being developed for economic development.

AeroPlex is shortened for aeronautical complex, according to Director Jerry Brienza. Brienza said a committee decided on the name after receiving several suggestions. “It fits,” said board vice president Bob Pasley.

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Misc

HAPPY RETIREMENT – Sgt. Chester Adkins with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department retired Friday after 25 years of service. Adkins also served 28 years in the U.S. Army reserves and was deployed to the Middle East at the beginning of the War on Terrorism in 2001. Adkins was the bailiff in Wayne County Magistrate Court and also provided security to the courthouse. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

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Community reviews Corbin Development

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON ­– Seeing is believing, and for community members the new Corbin Building development is becoming a reality after Thursday’s community walk through.

A group of about 25 community members, area art enthusiasts, members of the development’s architecture firm and local government, attended the six-hour information tour of the project.

The event included a general overview of the project, a walk through the building and a brainstorming session with project architecture firm Mills Group LLC, to give input on the building’s layout and possible features.

“We wanted this event to be open to the community so we are engaging the neighborhood to participate in this project because it directly affects them,” Coalfield Development Corporation executive director Brandon Dennison said.

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Parents can make a difference on underage alcohol drinking behavior

By BILL O’DEL

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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Gospel sing benefit for Ballard’s employees

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Efforts to assist the employees of Ballard’s Farm following a fire that destroyed the business are continuing.

Employees who lost their jobs to the fire must wait several more weeks until they are eligible for unemployment compensation.

After the fire, Wayne resident Scott Chandler set up an account at City National Bank for local residents to make donations and on Tuesday, he made out 23 $250 checks to those employees.

Donations can still be sent to the bank at any branch location or by mailing to City National Bank, P.O. Box 39, Wayne, WV. 25570.

A Gospel Benefit is also being planned for 2 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Wayne Community Center.

Performing will be Under the Blood, Eric Adkins, Scott Chandler, Jerry Hensley, McKendricks and others.

Concessions will be sold. For more information, call Chandler at 304-501-4303.

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Ceredo Council meeting rundown

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CEREDO – Ceredo Town Council took the following actions during the August regular meeting Monday night.

Council passed the second reading of the town’s new video lottery ordinance. The town currently has an ordinance, but Mayor Otis Adkins requested council revamp the current ordinance. The new ordinance will reflect changes in fees and some language as to where lottery machines can be located.

The town’s stormwater permit was extended to Oct. 11, 2014. Ceredo had applied for a new permit last month. The current permit expired in mid-July, but the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection extended the permit while the town’s current application is being reviewed.

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Commission wants reports on fire hydrants

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County Commission will be sending letters to all water providers asking for the number and locations of fire hydrants in their districts, testing schedule of fire hydrants and maintenance schedules.

This comes after learning a fire hydrant line collapsed as fire crews were battling the fire at Ballard’s Farm Distribution Center Monday.

The four-inch waterline had been in place at that hydrant prior to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia changing the requirements for a six-inch line for all new fire hydrants with older ones being grandfathered in, according to Commission President Bob Pasley.

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County adds Advanced Placement to high schools

WAYNE – Wayne County high schools will offer more Advanced Placement classes this school year than ever before.

That includes two at Wayne High School, which has not offered any AP classes in the past and was noted in fall literature as being the only high school in West Virginia not to offer any.

Advanced Placement is a program created by the College Board offering college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Colleges and universities often award course credit to students who score well on the national examinations.

The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum.

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Kenova council buys a new garbage truck

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Kenova City Council met Tuesday to consider the bids on a new garbage truck and repairs to Virginia Point Park.

The city’s garbage truck was involved in a vehicle accident a few months ago and council had decided the cost for repairing the old garbage truck was too great.

Council received bids from three vendors for a 20-cubic yard garbage truck. Two trucks were about the same price, but one could be delivered in two days and the other was going to take 90 days to order and receive.

There was some debate among the council members which truck would be the best choice between the two.

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