Vol. 141, No. 40 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • May 20, 2015

TROUT HILL DAY – Saturday’s rain did not stop the Wayne County Veterans Association from participating in the third annual festival. The veterans were just one of several vendors who toughed it out during the downpour of rain. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

MAKING SURE – This firefighter is making sure fire is out in this home on Keyser Street in Wayne Thursday. Firefighters from five volunteer fire departments were on the scene for at least five hours knocking down the flames. WCN photo by Tabytha Plymale

Family loses home, loved one

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A Wayne family is mourning the loss of their home to a fire and a loved one who was killed in a logging accident.

Tom Dickerson died in Friday’s accident at the Louisa, Ky. Log Yard near U.S. 23 in Lawrence County when a log came off of his truck and struck him as he was unloading, officials said. He was an employee of Wayne Lumber Yard.

A deputy with the Lawrence County, Ky., Sheriff’s Department said the accident remains under investigation. Officials with the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are also conducting an investigation.

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Coleman gets sentence for role in 2012 murder

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The last person arrested in the 2012 murder of a Radnor man was sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court Friday.

William Bill Coleman, 62, of Dunlow received a one to five years sentence in a West Virginia Department of Corrections Facility. Coleman was expected to stand trial for murder and robbery when he entered a plea of no contest to conspiracy earlier this year.

Coleman was the fourth person indicted in the murder of James Spurlock on May 31, 2012.

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Possible Fed transportation bill
could help county, state projects

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – A Utah lawmaker spoke to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation urged members to take up a long-term reauthorization that provides states certainty to fund infrastructure projects.

National Committee of State Legislatures president-elect and Utah Senate President Pro Tempore Curt Bramble (R) testified Tuesday morning during a hearing on surface transportation reauthorization. Sen. Bramble spoke about exploring alternative funding and financing options as well.

In his testimony, Sen. Bramble discussed the impact federal inaction has on states.

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School Board to approve property acquisitions

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education will vote to approve several property acquisitions during a special meeting at Spring Valley High School scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m.

The Board will vote to approve purchase agreements with landowners to acquire additional property for the construction of the new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School. The Board is seeking to acquire three properties along 8th Street as well as one other along Beech Street.

The additional properties are being purchased to help move the construction several yards east in an effort to move the building site. The move will enable contractors to place water, sewer and stormwater lines out from under the building. Current plans based upon the current layout calls for those lines to be placed under the new construction.

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DREAMLAND POOL – Chipped concrete lines the pool after the scraping of old deteriorated patches on the pool floor that was caused by last winter’s spells of sub-zero temperatures. The water got underneath the patched floor and added to the cracks and breaks. Putting in a new concrete floor would cost an additional $35,000. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Lack of funding still threatening Dreamland opening

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

KENOVA – A Kenova City Council meeting, where Dreamland Pool was on the agenda, only lasted one minute Tuesday.

Last week, Mayor Ric Griffith asked council to use $50,000 from the city’s rainy day fund to pour new cement at the pool, which he says is necessary for the pool to open this year.

Council voted down the request. They discussed taking $35,000 from the rainy day fund, then using the $35,000 the pool would receive next fiscal year to replenish the fund. However, council members say the accountant told them state law does not allow this to happen, since it would be in two separate fiscal years.

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Misc

Two Detroit men arrested on drug charges

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – An undercover investigation and sting led to the arrest of two men from the Detroit area on drug charges.

John Joseph Huizar, 56, of Howell, Mich., and Desean Lamar Briscoe, 25, of Detroit were arrested by the Kenova Police Drug Task Force Monday, according to Chief Ray Mossman.

Huizar was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Briscoe was charged with delivery of heroin – as well as a fugitive from justice warrant from Michigan for a home invasion charge.

An extradition hearing will be set for Briscoe at a later date.

Both men were taken to the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville to await arraignment.

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Beech Fork goes into full swing for Memorial weekend

BY CODY LYNCH
HD Media

LAVALETTE – Beech Fork State Park goes into full swing for the 2015 season this Memorial Day weekend. Staff is preparing to see a large number of guests, ready for some fun in the sun over the holiday. Reservations for tent camping, recreational vehicles and wifi-equipped cabins are now available throughout the season.

The park houses 275 campsites 49 of which are full hookup that start at $33 a night. Electric and non-electric campsites are set at $28 and $24 per night. For convenience, reservations may now be booked on the Beech Fork website. Although one trail is still under construction, all trails including a newly reconstructed path for hiking and cycling will be open and navigable.

The pool as well as the lake swimming area will also begin operating at peak season hours.

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GUEST SPEAKER – Keith Matheny speaks to the Ceredo-Kenova Business leaders during its monthly meeting Tuesday. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Motivational speaker encourages business leaders

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Keith Matheny believes the mind can do anything.

Matheny was the guest speaker Tuesday during the Ceredo-Kenova Business Association’s monthly meeting with his “Mind over Magic” demonstrations.

First, Matheny had all stand. He then went around the room – telling each person their name and in some cases what they did for a living.
Having the gift of memory, he said he believes he can do anything in life by putting his mind to do it.

A seasoned performer from Huntington, Matheny has been entertaining and inspiring Fortune 500 companies for 19 years.

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Council votes to return to regular meeting time

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Town Council approved returning to its regular meeting time at 6 p.m.

Since April 13, Wayne Council met at 7:30 p.m. to accommodate those members whose work schedules would not allow them to make the monthly meetings.

“Because of the confusion of the meeting time change, we need to formerly adopt a time and stick to it,” Councilman Robert Thompson said.

Council agreed to return to the 6 p.m. time for the June meeting.

During this month’s meeting, council heard the second reading – approving to change the election cycle and number of years for a term.

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West Edge Factory making headway in Westmoreland

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WESTMORELAND – The West Edge Factory project in the former Corbin Building in Westmoreland is continuing to grow daily.

Brandon Dennison, Executive Director for Coalfield Development, said the group is making strides in renovating the former textile factory into an artisan/community center. The group has made such strides that several events are planned at West Edge to showcase the property to the public.

West Edge is hosting Artisan Express June 13 to help raise money for the Cabell Huntington Hospital Children’s Center. Dennison said the building is still in the renovation phase, but that is not going to stop the group from getting started with its mission.

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