Vol. 142, No.12 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Top Row: Candidates for Wayne County Sheriff from left, Rocky Smith, Douglas Thompson and Ray Mossman. Bottom Row: Candidates for House of Delegates District 19 from left John Creamer, Gary Michels and Derek Evans. Photos by Nikki Dotson

East Lynn hosts first Meet the Candidates event

BY NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

EAST LYNN – East Lynn Elementary hosted its first Meet the Candidates event this past Saturday in an effort to raise money for a phone system at the school.

The event offered a $5 hot dog dinner, complete with dessert and drink, auctions of baked goods and a handmade bench as well as platform speeches from candidates.

Money raised at the event will go towards funding a inter-school phone system that allowing teachers to communicate room-to-room as well as with the office.

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Marrowbone Creek Bridge to be renamed after army sergeant

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Senate resolved that a bridge in southern Wayne County would be renamed in memory of a U.S. Army Sergeant from Mingo County.

The bridge, now known as the Marrowbone Creek Bridge, will be renamed the “U.S. Army SFC Jesse Muncy Memorial Bridge.”

It carries U.S. 152 over Marrowbone Creek in Wayne County. Senate has requested the Division of Highways to have signs made and placed identifying the bridge with its new name and also to forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways and to the family members of Muncy.

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Cathie Kinsey shows off a sign she made in memory of her friend Mary Williamson during a Relay For Life kick off event at Wayne Elementary on Thursday. . WCN photo by Nikki Dotson

Relay for Life hosts kick off

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Relay For Life kicked off 2016 with a event on Thursday to get team leaders prepped for the upcoming walk and luminaria ceremony in May.

The event, hosted by Holley Durham, had a somber mood as relay participants remembered Mary Williamson, who was very much involved in the cause.

“Everything I went to she was right there with me,” Durham said. “She was very committed to relay.” Williamson, who passed last year in a car accident, was instrumental in the Wayne County event.

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Mark Maynard’s legislative role makes for full days

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

CHARLESTON – Many people were surprised to see the number of bills Senator Mark Maynard (R-Wayne) has introduced this legislative session.

There is a perfectly good explanation though. It is not that Maynard is an overachiever – rather a leadership role the junior senator was placed in explains everything.

Maynard is the chair of the Senate Rulemaking Committee. “The purpose of the committee is that we look at bills that have been passed and how they effect what agency. We look at how the bill in code should be delivered and enforced – basically how to carry out the rules,” Maynard said.

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CONTEST WINNER - Buffalo Elementary student Savannah Maynard reads the first place story “The Little Kitten” to the Board of Education during Tuesday night’s regular meeting. Photo courtesy of Miranda Maynard

Local student wins national writing contest

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – “This is why we are here folks. That is a great example of why we do it.”

Those were the words Wayne County Schools Superintendent Sandra Pertee stated during Tuesday night’s regular meeting. Buffalo Elementary third-grader Savannah Maynard inspired Pertee’s words after reading her contest-winning essay titled, “The Little Kitten”.

Maynard entered the online contest last year along with other students at Buffalo Elementary. The contest was sponsored by Foggy and Friends online children’s magazine. Not only was Maynard’s essay top for the school, but also in the nation taking first prize. Maynard re-told her tale of Little Kitten’s adventure to find ingredients for the world’s best pancakes.

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Ceredo council authorizes new phone system

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Ceredo City Council authorized Mayor Otis Adkins to proceed with the implementation of a modernized phone system on Monday.

Adkins informed council members of a switch to Frontier Communications that will save the city $3,000 per year after complications with the previous system proved to be too much.

“We have been having a terrible time with the phones not working here in city hall,” he said. “Switching providers will save us money, and get the problems solved.”

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More than 100 people took to the hills Saturday morning to take part in the second Race Through Fallen Timbers event at Elmcrest Farm in Wayne. Above, Kayla Dyer begins the 5K. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson

Access WV hosts 15K, 5K

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

WAYNE – More than 100 people got up bright and early Saturday morning to take part in the second Race Through Fallen Timbers event at Elmcrest Farm in Wayne.

The event was hosted by Access WV, a non-profit group based out of Wayne County, and featured a 15K, 5K, 2-mile hike led by the WV Native Plant Society, yoga, food and more.

Marissa Milisk, who took part in the 5K, said the track was hard, but worth experiencing. “It was really snowy, but a lot of fun,” she said. “The views were beautiful.”

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Matt Rohrbach

Rohrbach turning heads during this year’s session

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

CHARLESTON – Del. Matt Rohrbach (R–Wayne) is not one to flounder from what he believes is right.

He certainly did not last week straying from party lines by voting against right-to-work legislation. Rohrbach was one of 10 republicans to vote down the proposed legislation.

“I think at this point in time there are much deeper issues in this state than right-to-work,” Rohrbach said in response to why he voted against the heated bill.

Instead, the HIMG doctor said that he believes the state should focus on the drug abuse problem, the poorly rated educational system and health of the population – which traditionally ranks first or last depending on the way the survey is propped.

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February Parent Chat

WAYNE – Parents, families and community are invited to attend the February “Parent Chat” on February 10, 2016. The seminar will take place at the Wayne County Health Department located at 217 Kenova Avenue in Wayne, WV. The seminar begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m.

Those interested in attending this free seminar should call Patricia Cline at 304-272-5116 extension 330 or e-mail plcline@k12.wv.us

Parent Chat sponsors are Wayne County Board of Education/Parent Educator Resource Center, SCAC Head Start/Early Head Start, Mountain State Healthy Families, Starting Points and the Wayne FRN.

In the event of inclement weather resulting in a two-hour delay or school closure, the Parent Chat will be cancelled.

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Tolsia teacher signing copies
of book

HUNTINGTON – Empire Books in Huntington is hosting the first signing of Noah Copley’s first novel, “They Wouldn’t Pay” February 13 from 6 to 8 pm.

Copley is a local author and also teaches at Tolsia High School. Solstice Publishing is the book’s publisher.

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Sullivan to offer classes in Louisa

By DAVID E. MALLOY
HD Media

LOUISA, Ky. – Sullivan University will begin offering courses in Louisa later this year.

The Louisville-based university has reached an agreement with the Lawrence County, Ky., Fiscal Court to house classes in an annex building adjacent to the Lawrence County Courthouse in Louisa.

Course offerings and enrollment dates at Kentucky’s largest private university will be announced by the end of March, according to a news release.

Initially one course will be offered along with the university’s online courses. More classes will be added as enrollment grows, according to the release.

“On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, I want to express our sincere gratitude to the Lawrence County Fiscal Court, the town of Louisa and the people of Eastern Kentucky for welcoming Sullivan University into their community and their lives,” said Sullivan President Glenn Sullivan.

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Updated Wayne Co. candidate filings

The Wayne County election filings are underway. Candidacy papers must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 29, or postmarked no later than Saturday, Jan. 30. The West Virginia primary election is Tuesday, May 10.

ASSESSOR
Ric Browning (D)
Kent Mills (D)
Randall L. Robertson (R)

BOARD OF EDUCATION
Tom Jarrell (nonpartisan)
Vickey Trautwein Boyd (nonpartisan)
Joann Hurley (nonpartisan)

CIRCUIT CLERK
M.J. Jamie Ferguson (D)

COUNTY CLERK
Greg Farley (D)
Renick C. Booth (R)

COUNTY COMMISSION
Kenneth R. Adkins (D)

MAGISTRATE
John R. Cavins (nonpartisan)
David Ferguson (nonpartisan)
Randall W. Wiles (nonpartisan)
Billy Dell Runyon (nonpartisan)
Tina Turner Sarver (nonpartisan)
Gary P. Thompson (nonpartisan)

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
Thomas M. Plymale (D)

SHERIFF
Gary T. Queen (D)
Rocky Smith (D)
Doug Thompson (D)
Rick Thompson (D)
Charles R. “Chad” Shaffer (R)

SURVEYOR
Chris Slone (D)

STATE SENATE
DISTRICT 5 (Cabell, part of Wayne)
Robert H. “Bob” Plymale (D)
Tyson Smith (R)

DISTRICT 6 (Mercer, parts of McDowell, Mingo and Wayne)
Brandon T. Barker (D)
Chandler Swope (R)

DISTRICT 7 (Boone, Lincoln, Logan, parts of Mingo and Wayne)
Richard Neece Ojeda II (D)
Arthur E. Kirkendoll (D)
Jordan Ray Bridges (R)
Gary Johngrass (R)

HOUSE OF DELEGATES DISTRICT 17 (parts of Cabell and Wayne) (2 seats)
Joe M. Fincham (D)
Jerry A. Tighe (D)
Chad Lovejoy (D)
Jarred Cannon (R)

DISTRICT 19 (part of Wayne) (2 seats)
Robert Thompson (D)
Ken Hicks (D)
Matt Stroud (D)
Gary Michels (D)
John D. Creamer (R)
Henry Corby Dillon (R)