Vol. 140, No. 93 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, Nov. 22 & 23, 2014

INAUGURAL FLIGHT – An Allegiant plane touches down at Tri-State Airport Thursday afternoon kicking-off the fourth non-stop service destination between the carrier and the airport. The bi-weekly service will fly between Huntington and Punta Gorda Airport outside Fort Meyers. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Tri-State Airport offers new Florida destination

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – The inaugural Allegiant Air flight connecting Punta Gorda, Fla., to Huntington Tri-State Airport landed Thursday afternoon, kicking-off the fourth non-stop service destination between the carrier and the airport.

The bi-weekly service will fly non-stop between Huntington Tri-State and Punta Gorda Airport outside Fort Meyers. The flight joins those to Orlando and Tampa Bay in Florida, along with seasonal destination Myrtle Beach as the fourth destination served by Allegiant from Tri-State Airport.

Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Company senior vice president of planning, said via press release, that the company is excited to expand its brand of low-cost vacation travel into Huntington.

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SAYING GOOD BYE – Contractors have begun demolition of the former Ceredo-Kenova High School to make way for the new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary. Crews have torn down the building that housed the cafeteria. On Monday, plans call for demolition of the band room and then the main structure on Wednesday. Crews are taking advantage of Thanksgiving break in the demolition as students are not in school. Contractors will place bricks in good condition in front of the building outside the fence for anyone who wants one. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Murder suspects waive, bound over following hearing

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Three people accused in the murder of a Genoa man and malicious wounding of his wife appeared before Chief Magistrate David Ferguson Tuesday for a hearing.

Jeremy Allen Marcum, 20, of Hampton Ridge Road and Elijah Jarvey Marcum, 18, of Drift Creek Road, were arrested last Wednesday on charges of first degree murder and malicious assault and Melissa Gail Watts, 34, of Billy Branch Road was arrested on a charge of being an accessory before the fact of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the attack on James and Myrtle Bundy.

Elijah Marcum waived his rights to a preliminary hearing, while Ferguson found probable cause and bound Jeremy Marcum and Watts over to the grand jury.

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END OF AN ERA – Bill Pritchett hits the button to shut down the presses early Saturday morning as the last editions of The Wayne County News were printed at the Wayne location. Henceforth, the newspaper will be printed on the Herald-Dispatch presses at Fifth Avenue and 10th Street in Huntington. Readers will notice the size of the newspaper is slightly wider and just a bit taller. WCN photo by Greg Turner

Joe Ciccarelli

New police chief Ciccarelli visits Neighborhood Association

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – New Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli stated last week when sworn in that he believes it is important to get community involvement to combat the city’s drug problems.

Monday night, he practiced what he is preaching by meeting with the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association to speak with the community and get ideas from community members during the groups’ monthly meeting.

Ciccarelli outlined his plans as chief to get the community involved.

“This is where it starts. You are the eyes and ears of the community. No matter how many patrols we send out, who better to know the iussues facing Westmoreland than the residents of Westmoreland,” Ciccarelli said.

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School Board listens to multiple requests

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE - The Wayne County Board of Education listened to multiple requests during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

The requests ranged from assistance with playground equipment to turning over the former Fort Gay High School property for development.

Josh Cox, Pre-K teacher at Wayne Elementary, gave a short presentation on the school’s need for a Pre-K playground. Currently there is only a blacktop lot with a turf-covered area with no playground equipment for students. Cox and the school have raised approximately $12,700 of the estimated $20k needed to fund the total playground.

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MU honors Kenova resident

‘M CLUB’ HONORS COUNTY WOMAN – Roberta Ferguson, a Kenova resident, was honored last weekend as Marshall University’s M Club Member of the Year. The club is derived from former players, coaches, cheerleader, managers, Marcos and trainers of all athletic team. Ferguson was a member of the very successful Marshall women’s tennis team from 1974-77 when it became known as the “Green Gals.” Employed by the university for 33 years, the past 20 as registrar, Ferguson is a longtime M Club member. She was honored at an M Club reception with officers and board members Friday evening before the Marshall men’s basketball game, as well as on the field at Saturday’s football game vs. Rice. In photo above she is flanked by M Club President Steve Williams, mayor of Huntington, left, and Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick. Photo submitted

Misc

PROJECT – Officials with Columbia Transmissions Pipeline show Commissioner Kenneth Adkins an overview of the planned pipeline from Marshall County, through Ohio and into Ceredo on Google Earth. WCN photo by Diane Pottorffd

Columbia Pipeline has open house

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Residents in the Ceredo area had a chance to take a look at a project that is expected to bring about 600 jobs and $1 million in taxes once construction gets going.

Officials with Columbia Transmission Pipeline conducted an open house Thursday at Ceredo-Kenova Middle School to show residents its new 150-mile natural gas pipeline project from Marshall County through Ohio and reenter West Virginia in Ceredo.

According to Zane Daniels, project manager, the first phase of the project, the survey and staking is underway.

“Since we are doing this in two states, we had the Federal Energy Regulation Commission here as well,” Daniels said. “The impact study is done and now we are getting input from the public.”

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Kenova Police looking for robbery suspects

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Another Kenova gaming business was robbed over the weekend, but this time instead of a knife or gun, the robber used pepper spray. According to Kenova Police Chief Ray Mossman, the robber has not been caught and officers need the public’s help in capturing a woman and man team.

Mossman said the employee of the establishment that was known as the Coney Island, 12th and Pine streets, had just arrived for work and was preparing for the day when a white female, described as being about 20-years-old, 5-foot to 5-foot, 3-inches tall, wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans, a gray hoodie, a mask and dark sunglasses, began knocking on the door.

The employee blocked the woman’s attempts to enter the establishment and a struggle ensued with the woman using pepper spray on the employee, Mossman said.

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County drug unit releases year stats

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – It has been a busy year for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit.

Officials released year-long statistics from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014.

During this time, the unit made 48 drug suspect arrests, served 156 felony drug warrants, one misdemeanor drug and six search warrants, seized $19,811 in cash and made eight arrests on methamphetamine charges.

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Insurance agent asks for letter

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – After hearing a consultant talk about the ignorance of the American people in efforts to pass Obamacare, one insurance agent is getting information to start a letter-writing campaign to get money returned to his clients.

Bob Crabtree works with health insurance accounts for the Wayne County Commission, City of Kenova, City of Huntington and others, asked county commissioners to prepare a letter about a refund on fees after insurance agents received bad information on health care plans.

“I am investigating the idea of getting some of the money back,” Crabtree told the commissioners during Monday’s meeting. “You are a non-profit organization and you provide insurance for your employees. I know you can use that money elsewhere.”

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Mark Maynard

GOP wave hits with force

By CURTIS JOHNSON
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — Used car salesman and funny-car dragster enthusiast Mark R. Maynard visited reporters Wednesday, one day after he rode a Republican wave into the state Senate.

The Wayne County GOP chairman unseated longtime incumbent state Sen. H. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, as part of an election that sent packing 11 Democrats who serve as chairmen and eight who serve as vice chairmen from both chambers of the state Legislature.

The Democratic losses were statewide, flipping control of the state House of Delegates and tying membership in the state Senate. Analysts described both as landmarks in West Virginia’s shifting political identity, and it was enough to convince State Senator Daniel Hall, of Wyoming County, to change from blue to red the day after the election, officially setting up the GOP to hold the majority in the upper house. Hall’s seat was not on the ballot this year.

Maynard, still red-eyed from a long night of celebrating, described himself as pleasantly surprised. He collected 11,561 votes in defeating Chafin by 389 votes, a 2-percentage point margin for District 6, which represents bordering areas of southwest West Virginia from Wayne extending south to Mercer County.

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