Vol. 142, No.77 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, Sept. 24 & 25, 2016

Students from Wayne High School pose with Wayne Countian Chief Justice Menis Ketchum at Marshall University on September 20. Photo submitted

WHS attends WV Supreme Court

BY ROBERT THOMPSON

HUNTINGTON – Wayne High School civics students and Student Government attended the session of the West Virginia Supreme Court held at Marshall University on September 20.

Held every two years, the court session allows high school student from around the region to experience the proceedings of West Virginia’s highest court. During the event, students were able to hear real cases argued by attorneys in front of the Supreme Court Justices.

Prior to attending the session, students studied the cases in their civics classes at Wayne and also learned background information on the justices themselves. During lunch, the justices made themselves available to the students and mingled in the crowd.

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Shearer in court for second trial

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A man charged with first degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a parent or guardian in 2014 was back in Wayne County Circuit Court Tuesday for trial proceedings after a jury was unable to unanimously convict him last year.

Herbert L. Shearer, of Alexandria, Ky., was charged with the above crimes in November 2014 and was later tried in 2015 for the charges that came from a complaint that he had committed the acts with a minor.

During 2015 proceedings another charge was added to the list when Shearer was accused of committing intimidation of a witness during the trial.

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced fines for 27 violations against Wayne Lumber & Mulch Inc. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Feds propose saftey fines at Wayne sawmill

WAYNE - Federal workplace safety officials are proposing $214,000 in fines against a West Virginia sawmill they cited just two years ago.

On Monday, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced fines for 27 violations against Wayne Lumber & Mulch Inc.

The agency cited the company for nine repeat violations from a March 2014 inspection. Some included lacking effective hazard communication training plans, having electrical hazards, lacking a conveyor or exhaust system to remove combustible sawdust, lacking procedures to prevent machines from accidentally starting up, allowing buildup of combustible material and failing to provide leg protection.

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Doug Reynolds and Patrick Morrisey

Illegal drugs, lack of jobs focus of state Attorney General race

By FRED PACE
HD Media

HUNTINGTON - Whether it’s at public speaking forums, personal candidate statements or television commercials, the two major party candidates for West Virginia Attorney General appear to focus on two issues plaguing the state: illegal drugs and the lack of jobs.

Republican incumbent candidate Patrick Morrisey declined to be interviewed, citing his opponent being a managing partner of The Herald-Dispatch.

In his personal candidate statement to the newspaper, Morrisey said since 2013, he has completely reformed the Attorney General’s office, improving the quality of the legal work, implementing a new, transparent outside counsel policy, returning over $23 million back to the state’s general fund and successfully leading several major litigation efforts against President Obama’s illegal Power Plan and Waters of the United States rule.

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The Wayne County Board of Education discusses solutions to a nearly $1.7M projected budget shortfall for the 2016-17 school year. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Nearly $1.7M budget shortfall projected for Wayne Co. schools

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education is making adjustments to the 2016-17 budget after projections of a nearly $1.7M shortfall.

According to Superintendent Sandra Pertee, more than $900,000 has been lost from bankrupt coal companies in the county and close to $800,000 in Medicaid reimbursement due to a change in federal guidelines.

After learning of a projected losses, the board is taking the steps now to make up for the gap. “We want to start the conversation early this year to look at ways we may be able to do some budget planning to avoid shortfalls and problems down the road,” Board President Trey Morrone said.

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Michael Newsom, Michael Newsome, Gary Bragg and Larry Webb

Marshals arrest 5 in drug bust

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Five people spanning from southern Wayne County to Huntington were arrested on drug-related charges during a drug bust Wednesday.

The U.S. Marshals Cuffed Task Force arrested three suspects in Fort Gay, one in Crum and the other in Huntington on felony drug warrants issued by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department Drug Enforcement Unit.

The arrests involved drugs such as crystal methamphetamine, heroin, painkillers and suboxone – a prescription drug typically used to treat narcotic (opiate) addiction.

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Misc/Events

Wayne sets Trick-or-Treat for Oct. 31

WAYNE – Children can pick up their buckets and hit the sidewalks to gather candy on Halloween night in Wayne County.

The Wayne County Commission scheduled Trick-Or-Treat night for the unincorporated areas of the county for Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m.

The date follows surrounding areas’ Trick-Or-Treat schedule.

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Local dentist updates board on in-school dentistry

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Dentist Charles Sammons updated The Wayne County Board of Education of regulations through the state for providing dental care to students in the school system.

Sammons spoke briefly on the importance of dental care for student-age children and informed board members of several other dentists in the area willing to come together and offer services in the school system.

“I just want to work with you to prove a protocol and plan for dental service for the children in our schools,” he said. “If we are successful, we could be a role model for other counties. The most important thing is to take care of our kids. They should be our number one priority.”

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Tom Wolfe

Wolfe talks about ‘his journey’ to CK Business Association

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

CEREDO – Those who know Tom Wolfe, know he has his hand in a little bit of everything business wise in the Tri-State.

Wolfe says like many other businessmen, it has been a journey from Fordham University to becoming the owner of several McDonald’s franchises, local business investor, philanthropist and co-investor into a local radio broadcasting company. He says he enjoys hearing about other business owner’s journeys as well.

“I love to hear about the success stories of others. I enjoy hearing about their accomplishments and what they have been through. It really gives you perspective,” Wolfe told the CK Business Association during Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

Nancy Price introduced Wolfe talking about his dedication to the community and how he put CK on the map several years ago when he brought McDonalds to Kenova. The original restaurant featured community memorabilia along with the traditional green and white colors in the interior facilities.

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Tractor Supply hosting Pet Appreciation event

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – If you’re a proud pet owner or would like to be, mark your calendars for Sept. 17, when the Tractor Supply Co. store in Lavalette will be celebrating your furry friends for Pet Appreciation Week’s Main Event.

The main event Sept. 17 will include pet adoptions with community groups, samples, giveaways, drawings for gift cards and other family friendly activities.
In addition, deals on pet products, from food and treats to toys and crates, will be featured from Sept. 14-18.

“It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate the love of pets, find great homes for local adoptable animals, and showcase the community partners and rescues who care for these animals year round,” said Tracy Adkins, manager of the Lavalette Tractor Supply store.

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Wayne County WVSSPA cook out set for Sept. 24

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

EAST LYNN – A cookout for The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association is set for Sept. 24 at East Lynn Lake at 11 a.m.

The event will feature food and fun for families to enjoy and be at East Lynn shelter 001.

There are swings and other playground equipment for children to play on and Betty and Rocky Sowards will have karaoke set up.

There will be drawing for door prizes. To be eligible you must be a member of the WVSSPA and be present to win a prize at the drawing.

The WVSSPA is an organization dedicated to promoting leadership, quality representation and support for its members.

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