Vol. 140, No. 58 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sandra Pertee, named superintendent Monday night at the Central Office, says gaining the public’s trust will be her focus. Pertee said that public relations and communications with the community is something she plans to work on. Photo submitted

New superintendent’s door open to public

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education selected long-time Career and Technical Education Director Sandra Pertee as the new superintendent Monday night with a 3-2 vote.

Pertee, who is nearing her 38th anniversary with Wayne County Schools, said she is excited to lead a school system that gained the public’s support with the passing of an $18 million bond and the construction of two new schools and renovations to another set to start in the next nine months.

With those daunting tasks in front of her and the board, Pertee said she has an equally important one in front of her as she conducted her first day as the new superintendent – gaining the public’s trust.

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AS GOD’S TEARS FELL – The funeral precession for Betty Spry drives under an American flag hung by Kenova’s Volunteer Fire Department over Route 52 in honor of Spry who was laid to rest Saturday at Hill Crest Cemetery. She was a beloved member of the Kenova community for her many years of service. WCN photo by Jessica Ross

NEW WORK TRUCK – Wayne County Commission President Bob Pasley presents the keys to a pickup truck to Fort Gay Mayor Rose Devaney for the town’s water and sewer department. Also pictured are Larry Carrico, Commissioner David Pennington, Commissioner Kenneth Adkins and Fort Gay Recorder Sheila Bowens. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff


EQUIPMENT GOING UP – A crane was brought into Wayne to hoist equipment and materials needed for a new roof on the Wayne County Courthouse. The Wayne County Commission obtained a grant to have the work done. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Driver of fatal accident will face charge

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The driver of last Saturday’s fatal vehicle accident on Spring Valley Drive is looking at a felony charge of driving under the influence causing death.

Jonathan Lee Kennedy, 21, of Huntington remains in Cabell Huntington Hospital where he was admitted following the accident.

Once released from the hospital, Kennedy will appear before a Wayne County magistrate for arraignment.

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Republican congressional candidate Evan Jenkins talks with David Adkins during a recent stop at Freedom Gun and Pawn in Lavalette. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Jenkins says Lavalette shop’s
problems from ‘Choke Point’

By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – Chase bank’s decision to close the account of a local gun and pawn shop has gotten a lot of attention.

On Thursday, candidate for West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional seat Evan Jenkins, stopped by Freedom Gun and Pawn in Lavalette to talk with owner John Angle and the public as he campaigned throughout Wayne County.

It is believed that the reason for Chase’s decision to close Angle’s business account stems from the justice department’s Operation Choke Point.

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Jenkins party switch about values

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Evan Jenkins has taken a lot of criticism for switching political parties.

There have been numerous critics questioning Jenkins’ motives for switching from longtime Democrat to Republican. Jenkins served as a Democrat for many years in the 5th district, which contains Cabell County and a small portion of neighboring Wayne County.

Some critics have said he did it for “political jockeying” during a time when the Democratic Party has taken criticism at the federal level. Many policies coming out of Washington have directly affected coal – the state’s largest economic producing natural resource.

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Betty Spry

Spry to be missed by community, colleagues

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – The City of Kenova lost one of the community’s most dedicated and revered public servants this past week.

Betty Delois Spry passed away Wednesday morning. She had been battling health issues the past several weeks.

Spry spent many years as an educator for the Wayne County Board of Education. She was a teacher at Kenova Grade School, an assistant principal at Buffalo and principal at Ferndale Grade School. She directly impacted the lives of hundreds of area residents.

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Evan Jenkins visited residents at the Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center during his trip through Wayne County. WCN photos by Jessica Ross

Jenkins responds to Rahall accusations during his trip through Wayne County

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Evan Jenkins visited the Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Thursday to speak to residents as he made his way through Wayne County.

Jenkins, a Republican, is running against U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., for the third district seat in the House of Representatives.

“I opposed the privatization of Medicare or Social Security,” Jenkins said. “I support the Medicare and Social Security promises that have been made.”

A recent Rahall commercial claimed Jenkins wanted to increase the out-of-pocket costs for seniors by $6,000 and require co-pays through Medicare. Factcheck.org recently verified the ads were false and misleading.

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Misc

Mayor Steve Williams

Residents celebrate barge compromise

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – For more than 20 years, residents in Westmoreland have taken on city hall in efforts to keep a barge mooring facility out of the neighborhood.

“We are here to celebrate the signed agreement between the City of Huntington and Huntington Marine Corporation,” said Carole Boster, president of the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association. “There will be no barges on the river bank.”

Boster went on to thank Mayor Steve Williams for his work on the agreement that many thought would never come.

“We had to wait for the right person and the right time, but it finally got done,” she said. “And this mayor has kept his promise.”

The celebration was attended by Westmoreland residents as well as Williams, council members Mark Bates, Rebecca Thacker, David Ball, Sandra Clements, Joyce Clark and Wayne County commissioners Bob Pasley and Kenneth Adkins.

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Wayne Co. EDA has meeting in Ceredo

CEREDO – The Wayne County Economic Development Authority met at Ceredo Town Hall Thursday for its monthly meeting.

Members heard of a marketing grant officials are applying to receive.

Last meeting, members agreed to donate $500 to Huntington Tri-State Airport for economic development marketing efforts and a donation of $200 to Wayne County 4-H Youth Ambassadors for developing a Heritage Quilt Square trail.

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Wayne Co. EDA has meeting in Ceredo

CEREDO – The Wayne County Economic Development Authority met at Ceredo Town Hall Thursday for its monthly meeting.

Members heard of a marketing grant officials are applying to receive.

Last meeting, members agreed to donate $500 to Huntington Tri-State Airport for economic development marketing efforts and a donation of $200 to Wayne County 4-H Youth Ambassadors for developing a Heritage Quilt Square trail.

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Fire department celebrates 60 years

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – For many years, volunteer firefighters of the Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department have answered many calls in the response district, whether it is a structure fire or an emergency medical call.

Celebrating its 60 years of service to the area, the department is looking for former members who have been firefighters and emergency medical services providers to join in the festivities.

A Community Celebration and Reunion is planned from 1-6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the main station, on B Street in Ceredo next to Town Hall.

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Man breaks cruiser window with head

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A Wayne man may have had a slight headache over the weekend after he broke the back passenger door glass of a Wayne Police cruiser.

Chief Dwayne Stiltner said William Alan McCloud was arrested on charges of obstruction during a burglary investigation Friday.

McCloud had become irate during the investigation, which as it turned out, he was involved in the burglary Stiltner had been investigating.

After placing McCloud under arrest, Stiltner put him in the back of the Wayne Police cruiser and McCloud promptly head-butted and broke the glass in the door.

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A look at the five superintendent candidates

Here is a brief look at the five candidates being interviewed Monday by the Wayne County Board of Education to fill the spot of superintendent being vacated by current superintendent Lynn Hurt’s retirement:

Barbara E. Brady – Brady is currently the School Counseling Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education. She has served in the past as Advisory Board Member at Education Trust, Research Fellow at CSCORE_NOSCA at National Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and a Board Member at WV State ACT Board.

She has also been an Advisory Board Member at College Summit for West Virginia and served is past president of (ASCA) American School Counselor Association.

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Democrats plan pig roast

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee made plans to raise money during Thursday’s meeting.

The committee decided to host a pig roast close to election time, so people from the county can come out and meet the candidates while enjoying some good food.

They hope to find a day when most of the candidates are not already booked somewhere else. The committee would like both Natalie Tennant and Nick Rahall to be there, if possible.

Democrats will also sell raffle tickets for a quilt made in West Virginia. They hope to have one made with the county or state on it.

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Commissioners accept resignation of board member

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County commissioners reluctantly accepted the resignation of a long-time board member of the Crum Public Service District.

Sherwood “Woody” Meddings submitted his letter of resignation during the commission meeting Monday.

Meddings had been on the board since the beginning of the PSD in the 1990s.

“It is with deep regret that we accept the resignation of Woody Meddings,” Commission President Bob Pasley said.
The commissioners will start the process of seeking a replacement.

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