Vol. 141, No. 52 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, July 1, 2015

LISTENING TO IDEAS – Congressman Evan Jenkins listens to Beech Fork Lake Resource Manager Charles Mathis explain what is happening at the lake as Jenkins’ aide Michael Chirico and Del. Ken Hicks looks on. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Jenkins visits Beech Fork Lake

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) spent the majority of his day in Wayne County Tuesday, ending at Beech Fork Lake to talk about the lodge project.

“The lodge is a top priority,” Jenkins said. “We need to get it back on the right track. I love Beech Fork as it is the key to tourism opportunities.”

Del. Ken Hicks (D-Wayne) said Beech Fork Lake as well as the lodge is in close proximity to many amenities such as Huntington Tri-State Airport, the City of Huntington and other attractions visitors can enjoy.

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SMOOTH OPERATORS – Workers from Marathon and several volunteers begin the continuous concrete pour for the new floor of Dreamland Pool on Thursday, in Kenova. Photo by Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch

Work progresses at Dreamland Pool: opening still uncertain

By MALCOLM WALTON
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — With repairs and improvements continuing at Kenova’s Dreamland Pool, Kenova’s City Council opted not to approve an employee list of 22 suggested by Mayor Ric Griffith but did decide Thursday afternoon to hire six employees to start on maintenance.

“I just don’t understand,” Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith said. “I think we used to have more than six lifeguards watching over the pool at a time. We need several more employees to operate Dreamland. I gave them a list of the employees we needed, which included several lifeguards, maintenance workers and people to run the office, as well as others. I don’t understand what their logic is.”

Griffith said one reason he wants to see more employees immediately being hired is due to the significant donations from several businesses, especially Marathon Petroleum. Marathon’s contributions are estimated to save the city of Kenova as much as $125,000 in repairs.

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One killed in car accident

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

GLENHAYES – The investigation of a single-vehicle accident that killed a 12-year-old girl continues in determining the cause.

According to Sgt. S.A. Maynard with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the accident happened 3 p.m. Friday on U.S. 52 south of Tolsia High School.

Maynard said a Wayne County woman was driving south when the four-door car suddenly cut left, traveled across the highway, striking a hillside and rode a ditch line before coming to a stop.

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ANYONE FOR ICE GOLF – Golf ball size hail was reported Friday evening in Westmoreland as a severe thunderstorm brought high winds, heavy rain and golf-ball sized hail to the area. WCN photos courtesy of Mike Sellers (left) & Tim Brumfield (right)

SHOWING – Members and volunteers of the Genoa 4-H club showed WVU President E. Gordon Gee the potholders the group made as a service project. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

WVU president visits Wayne Co.

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee visiting all 55 counties as the face of WVU.

Gee made a stop in Wayne at the Wayne County WVU Extension office Thursday to visit with the staff, volunteers and 4-H members.

“My goal is to visit all 55 counties,” Gee said. “It has been a good visit and I get to see what is going on in the extension offices. It is also a way to meet and catch up with friends, alumni and students of West Virginia University. I wanted to see the university through other people’s eyes.”

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Rick Thompson, cabinet secretary of West Virginia Department of Veterans, spoke a few words to honor U.S. Army SP4 Darrell W. Sanders during the dedication ceremony to rename Rt. 37 in his honor Saturday. Seated, Delegate Ken Hicks (D-Wayne, 19), with the help of Delegate Don Perdue (D-Wayne, 19), were instrumental in getting the renaming request processed through the proper channels. HD Media photo submitted by Jessica Ross

Darrell W. Sanders honored by the renaming of Rt. 37

By JESSICA ROSS
HD Media

WAYNE – The Wayne County Veteran’s Association hosted a memorial ceremony 1 p.m. Saturday to rename State Route 37 as the U.S. Army SP4 Darrell W. Sanders Memorial Highway.

The ceremony took place near the beginning of Route 37, in the parking lot of Morris Funeral Home. Sanders was selected for the honor because he was the first person from Wayne County who lost his life in the Vietnam War.

Sanders lived in East Lynn when he was drafted into the army shortly after graduating from Wayne High School. He lost his life Nov. 17, 1965 during the five-day Battle of La Drang Valley in South Vietnam. It was the deadliest ambush suffered by a U.S. unit during the entire war.

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James Porter

Wayne man arrested for drugs durring traffic stop

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – A call of an alleged impaired driver turned into a drug arrest for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department Monday night.

Wayne county 911 had received a call of a man, later identified as James Porter, 39, of Wayne, in a mid-1990a red pickup who may have been under the influence. Porter was observed as being intoxicated while in his vehicle at the Exxon parking lot in Lavalette.

Deputy N.E. Triplett responded and found the vehicle and driver in question.
Approaching the vehicle careful, Triplett said Porter attempted to hide a bag under his leg.

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Misc

Ohio youth group repairs Wayne Co. home damaged
by flood


WILLIAMSON – A United Church of Christ (UCC) youth group from Cuyahoga and Richfield, Ohio volunteered with West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD) and the Mingo County Long Term Recovery Group this past week to repair a Wayne County mobile home damaged by March flooding.

The Pilgrim (Cuyahoga) and Richfield UCC youth group is one of many teams volunteering to help West Virginia recover from damages caused by March and April 2015 storms.

This particular home was severely damaged by floodwaters and unlivable for the family. The youth group worked 5 days straight to replace insulation under the home, install drywall throughout the interior and mud drywall seams.

Through their efforts the mobile home’s interior is now ready to be painted and have plumbing installed. WV VOAD and the Mingo County Long Term Recovery Group have coordinated another group of volunteers to complete the repairs and the family will soon be able to move back in the home.

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Eric Hodges

Hodges announces candidacy; property assessments now online


WAYNE – Wayne County Assessor Eric Hodges has filed early candidacy for the 2016 election.

Hodges will seek re-election for the assessor’s office next election cycle. It will be his third term in public office.

All personnel property assessments can now be done online at the county web page, according to assessor Hodges. “This should make things easier for Wayne County Citizens,” Hodges said.

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PARDONED – A divided state Supreme Court spared Tinkerbell, a Wayne County pit bull shown above, in reversing a circuit judge who ordered its death.

Supreme Court spares life of Wayne County pit bull

By CURTIS JOHNSON
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – A divided state Supreme Court spared a Wayne County pit bull Tuesday in reversing a circuit judge who ordered its death.

The case stems from a March 31, 2014, dog bite that injured an 8-year-old neighbor. The pit bull, known as Tinkerbell, bit as the boy reached for a ball he had been passing with other children. Treatment required 14 stiches to the child’s face.

A circuit judge found the dog’s owners, Michael and Kim Blatt, innocent of harboring a vicious dog, but determined one bite was sufficient evidence to deem Tinkerbell vicious.

The high court’s 3-2 majority disagreed.

Justice Brent Benjamin, in writing for the majority, found Wayne Circuit Judge Darrell Pratt erred in deciding Tinkerbell’s one bite rose to displaying a “habit of biting people” as set forth in state code.

“We believe it just as likely, if not more so, that the child was accidentally bitten during what both the dog and child perceived as the course of play,” Benjamin wrote in joining with Justices Robin Davis and Menis Ketchum.

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Farmers recruited for pilot program

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – When West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick asked Bill Stewart, supervisor with Guyan Conservation District, to head up the potato project in the area, Stewart went all out recruiting several farmers.

In at least three counties, Cabell (17), Wayne (16) and Lincoln (11), Stewart said there are 43 acres of potatoes planted in the program.

The program is part of Helmick’s goals to get West Virginia back to being an agricultural state.

One of the goals is to sell West Virginia produce to residents that has been grown and packaged in the state.

“Everything is planted and is doing well,” Stewart said. “The harvesting equipment has been purchased and we are just waiting for it to get here.”

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County to vote on Crum clerk of works approval

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education will vote to approve a clerk of the works for the Crum PreK-8 project during next week’s regular meeting.

Board members will vote Tuesday to approve Doug Stamper as the go between for the Crum project after several months of waiting. In relation to the vote, David Ferguson, project architect for ZMM Incorporated, will give an update on the Crum, Ceredo-Kenova and Wayne building projects.

Sandy Greenhouse will give a presentation on the Girl Scouts of America. Director of Elementary Schools Shane Runyon will give a presentation of the Wayne County Early Literacy Action Plan. Director of Safety for Wayne County Schools is expected to give an update on the WFGH radio station returning to the air.

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Heritage Farm offers kids camp

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Officials with Heritage Farm Museum and Village is offering a children’s day camp for children in the first to fifth grades.

The camp will be known as Way Back Wednesday and will be 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Activities could include visits to the petting zoo, museum tour, wagon rides, hands-on activity with an artisan, pioneer games, hike and other activities.

Camp fee is $20 per Wednesday or $75 for all four days and is non-refundable.

Registration forms are available online at www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.

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NEW TROOPER – Trooper D.P. Curry Jr. is ready to protect and serve the residents of Wayne County and West Virginia. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Wayne Detachment welcomes new trooper

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Daniel Patrick Curry Jr. of Milton has always had respect for the ‘Men in Green” as he calls them.

So, when the opportunity became available for Curry to become a West Virginia State Trooper, he took that chance to become one.

“I have always respected the entire West Virginia State Police force,” Curry said. “The men and women are well-trained and I wanted to be a part of an agency where service is important and to serve the good people of West Virginia.”

A graduate of Mountain State Christian in Culloden, Curry was working at Steel of West Virginia when he learned he was accepted in the 65th Cadet Class.

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