Vol. 142, No.96 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

LEFT: Cassie Poff enjoys time outdoors with daughter Kyler while wearing Mountain Momma apparel. RIGHT: Kayla Dyer operated an Etsy shop called “Mountain Gypsy” from her home and online.

Locals entrepreneurs make money out of homes, online

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Shop Small Saturday or Small Business Saturday puts businesses in the spotlight that are one of a kind and offer a little something extra with purchases.

This year the holiday saw a great increase in businesses based out of homes and online – a trend that is ever growing.

Kayla Dyer, who owns Etsy shop Mountain Gypsy, offered an open house for the online based store out of her home on Saturday as a way to celebrate the event.
The shop is an expansion of a blog Dyer started in 2012.

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Pertee: ‘time for the next step’

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – It is difficult to walk away from something that has defined you for more than 40 years.

That is exactly what Wayne County Superintendent Sandra Pertee is preparing for after announcing her retirement two weeks ago. The life-long educator said the reason for her unexpectedly announcing her plans to retire Jan. 31, 2017 is simple, “It’s simply time for the next step.”

“I am 62. I have given everything to education. From kindergarten, to high school graduation, to off to Marshall a few weeks later, to straight into a classroom teaching – so much of my life has been centered on education,” Pertee explained.

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A 2011 WHS graduate is organizing a donation to the Lady Pioneer Softball Team in honor of former player Marilyn “Mern” Hale, who recently passed away.

Teammates gesture carries on Wayne player’s memory

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A member of the Wayne High School class of 2011 is raising money via a gofundme account in memory of a student from the class who recently passed away.

Marilyn “Mern” Hale, 23, passed away last week and fellow student Ellie Hammond is collecting the money as a way to honor her memory.

Money raised on the account will be donated to the Wayne High School Lady Pioneer softball team in honor of Hale who played for the team all four years of high school. Hammond said she knew she wanted to do something as a class to honor Hale’s memory – and thought what better way to honor her than to give back to a program Hale loved.

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Representatives looking to start a Fort Gay community center

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

FORT GAY – A group of people of the Fort Gay community is looking into starting a community center for the kids of the area at the old Fort Gay gymnasium.

The building is currently used for sports, however, Christinia Wellman, said she and many others would love to turn it into something that can be utilized by everyone in community.

“What we see in this building is not just somewhere kids go for sports, but a safe place any kid can go for any reason,” she said.

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County school grades revealed

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The West Virginia Board of Education and West Virginia Department of Education released the results of their school accountability program this week.

The 668 public schools in the state received letter grades ranging from A to F to inform residents of the school districts and to help schools make improvements from year-to-year.

Wayne County schools received a range of grades from B to D, with C being the minimum passing grade. (See complete list of area school grades on page 2A)

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TAKING THE OATH – Charles “Chip” Newman and Kyle McCallister are sworn in to the Kenova Police Department during a ceremony at Kenova City Hall Thursday. WCN photos by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Kenova adds 2 officers to roster

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Kenova Police Department added two new police officers to the roster at a ceremony during a Kenova City Council meeting Thursday evening.

The two officers, Kyle McCallister and Charles “Chip” Newman, are both former members of the Marshall University Police Department.

According to KPD Chief Chris Cole, the two are adjusting well and making good fits to the department.

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Misc/Events

County offering plenty of Christmas outings for family

Wayne Public Library Christmas Bazaar
The bazaar will offer crafts for gift giving and decorating and run from December 1,2, 5-9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds collected from the event will benefit the library’s children’s programs.

Way Back Weekend: Christmas Village
Celebrate the holidays with Heritage Farm as its pioneer village is transformed by Christmas spirit from 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10. These special Friday & Saturday evening Way Back Weekends will light up the village with Christmas carolers, cookie decorating, artisan market, living nativity, writing letters to the North Pole, a special visit from Santa Claus and more. All the museums will be open as well. Visit heritagefarmmuseum.com or call 304-522-1244. Tickets are $15/adult and $10/child (2 and under, free.

Dunlow Gospel Sing
The Dunlow Community Center will be hosting a Gospel Sing on December 3 at 4 p.m. Singers from local churches will come together to provide gospel music for everyone. The event will feature free spaghetti dinner and everyone is welcome.

Coalfield Family Services Santa
The company will offer Fort Gay residents and furry friends a chance to visit with Santa and either take your own picture or have a photo taken for you for a fee on December 3, 10 and 17 from 1-6 p.m. Cost of admission is $3 per person or animal. All animals must be on a leash. There will be baked goods and hot chocolate for sale and the opportunity to make an ornament with an elf for an additional $3. All proceeds raised will go towards buying Christmas gifts and warm clothes for local families in need. For more information, visit the company’s Facebook at “Coalfield Family Services or call at 304-648-7100.

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Christmas caroling event set in Ceredo

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Citizens of Ceredo will bring the holiday cheer straight to community front doors during a second Christmas caroling event set for Dec. 17.

Those wishing to participate in the event will be offered cookies and hot chocolate at 6 p.m. at Ceredo City Hall and then at 6:30 the group will go door-to-door singing carols.

Teresa Jeffries, who helped organize the event last year, said the one thing people wanted was to travel door to door and sing – a request she said will be answered this year.

“Last year many people came up to me and said ‘I thought we would be going door-to-door,’ so we are giving them what they want this year,” she said.

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Operation Christmas Child gathering boxes for needy

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Operation Christmas Child is finishing up National Collection Week and beginning to organize boxes for needy youth.

Operation Christmas Child is a national initiative that is part of the charity known as Samaritan’s Purse that gathers items for youth throughout the country who may not receive a Christmas.

Bob Pierce founded and led the ministry in 1970 with the mission of “to meet emergency needs in crisis areas through existing evangelical mission agencies and national churches.”

Pierce later dedicated himself to finding and supporting other such Christians who were caring for the poor and suffering in the distant corners of the world.

Franklin Graham became the President and Chairman of the Board of Samaritan’s Purse in 1979 after Pierce died from cancer.

Through over 30 years of earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, and famine, Franklin has led the ministry in following the Biblical example of the Good Samaritan all across the globe.

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Improvement work continues at Wayne County courthouse

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Commission signed a reimbursement request for an ongoing roof replacement project at the Wayne County Courthouse during a meeting Monday.

The reimbursement is for $37,800 used in phase two of the roof replacement project through the West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority.

This is the 13th cycle of the grant that is used for improvements to courthouses in the state.

Keeping with the idea of updating and improving the courthouse, commission also signed a contest for the fiscal year 2016 Court Security Fund for security improvements throughout the courthouse.

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