Vol. 142, No.52 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Armstrong reps inform commission of franchising laws

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Gordon Waters, a representative from Armstrong Communications, visited with members of the Wayne County Commission to discuss franchise fee laws and those mean for organizations in the county currently subscribing to Armstrong’s services.

According to Waters, The Supreme Court of Appeals did not uphold an appeal that would keep laws the same as before, therefore requiring cable companies to collect certain monies in reference to services and franchise fees.

“I really hate to ask this, but my hands are tied,” Waters said. According to the Federal Communications Commission, the 1992 Cable Act codified, and the Commission has adopted, a regulatory plan allowing local and/or state authorities to select a cable franchisee and to regulate in any areas that the Commission did not preempt.

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CALM AFTER THE STORM – After a day of severe thunderstorms, the sun sets over Toms Creek Road Thursday in Wayne. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Weather wreaks havoc on state, county

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Severe thunderstorms swept the region Thursday leading to flash flooding, electricity outages and deaths in W.Va.

Around 5 a.m. Thursday morning a line of storms touched down in Wayne County making the early morning commute a tricky one.

Emergency personnel received reports of trees and downed power lines in roadways, flooding and several car accidents.

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Deidre Farley stands at the future site of C-K Elementary where she will be principal. The school is projected to open in August 2017. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Farley named principal of new Ceredo-Kenvoa Elementary

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Deidre Farley grew up in Kenova. She attended Kenova Elementary and Ceredo-Kenova High School.

She then decided to get a teaching degree, and after obtaining that, she came back home to Kenova where she taught special education classes in 1997.

In 2005, she took on the role of principal at Kenova Elementary, and never left. Though she has been hired to be principal of the new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary, she said she still wants the school to be home.

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Patrons enter the Trout’s Hill Coffee Shop located in the historic Urling Building in Wayne across from the courthouse after Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Wayne’s Trout Hill Coffee shop officially in business

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – After years of hard work and collaborative efforts from the community, Coalfield Development along with hours of hard work – Joe and Betty’s Trout’s Hill Coffee Shop in Wayne is a reality.

Located in the historic Urling Building across from the courthouse – Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony marked five years of plan to progress.

“What people saw five years ago as an ugly building that needed tore down, we have turned it into something special for the community,” Coalfield executive director Brandon Dennison said during the ceremony.

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SUPPORTING CAST – Former players, players and parents show their support for Buffalo Middle Coach Mike Ward outside a Wayne Board of Education meeting Tuesday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Buffalo community shows support for coach Ward

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Members of the Buffalo community gathered at the Wayne County Board of Education meeting to show support for coach Mike Ward Tuesday night.

Past, current and parents of players on the Buffalo Middle School girl’s basketball team attempted to voice their opinions to the board about the head coach position.

Ward has been the head coach for the team for the last 11-years and has led Lady Bison to several county championship games – a feat that players say should not be overlooked.

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MODELING ATTIRE – Phillip Skeens poses in his unique attire by Ronnie and Dee Hatfield’s 1926 Ford Model T at the Ceredo Antique Car Show Saturday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Car show cruises into Ceredo

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

CEREDO – People from near and far gassed up their antique cars and cruised into Ceredo Plaza Saturday for The Huntington Region Antique Automobile Club of America’s 16th Annual Ceredo Antique Car Show.

Phillip Skeens came from Milton to attend the show and support his friends Ronnie and Dee Hatfield who entered their 1926 Ford Model T and 1930 Ford Model A in the show.

“I came down here when I heard Ronnie was going to drive his Model A in,” Skeens said. “It’s a nice automobile.”

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Misc

Bill Evans

Tri-State loses beloved pizza place owner

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

KENOVA – In all the world, there is only one Bill Evans.

The Ceredo-Kenova community as well as the Tri-State lost a beloved business owner last week after a long illness. Bill Evans, 87, owner/founder of Evaroni’s Pizza in Kenova passed away June 22 to Alzheimer’s.

Evans opened Evaroni’s Pizza in Kenova in May of 1968 and spent countless years there making sure he could provide for his family and making sure he had a great product to offer his customers. The pizza shop has since built a cult-like following with former residents and those from miles around coming to the castle-like building for their Evaroni’s fix.

Evans was an avid supporter of the community, various organizations and the Ceredo-Kenova Wonders football team. From an early age, Evans was always a hard worker holding several positions before adding pizza shop owner to his legacy.

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Rep. Mark Maynard tours Cabwaylingo State Forest

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WILSONDALE – U.S. Rep. Mark Maynard took a tour of Cabwaylingo State Forest Tuesday in an effort to see what can be done to save the park.

“I’ve been hearing complaints of Cabwaylingo shutting down, boarded up windows and firing staff,” Maynard said in a post on social media. “l decided to run up and see first hand what was going on.”

Maynard toured half the park on his own, and was then led by the assistant superintendent of the park for the other half.

“I took notes on all the things that could be done to make the park better,” Maynard said.

State parks took a 10 percent cut from the budget this year, a cut that equaled the pay of one employee at Cabwaylingo.

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Commission okays conference phone for housing authority

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Commission approved a request from the Housing Authority of Wayne County for use of a phone system that would provide conference calling.

The system is a Polycom Soundstation 2 conference phone, and was used in the Wayne County Courthouse previously.
When the courthouse implemented a new phone system, the conference phones could no longer be used.

Commission voted to surplus the conference phone, and then to give the phone to the authority.

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BOE considering several items

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education will conduct a regular meeting next Tuesday to vote on several agenda items.

Kim Adkins, Director of Special Programs, will present a budget summary for special education grants to board members.

The Board will also vote on the following action items: renewing a contract with Barbara Brazeau for assistance to the Human Resources Department as needed effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017; renewal of Workers Compensation coverage through Traveler’s Insurance; transfer proceeds from the pre-demolition “auction” from the general fund to a special fund for the C-K Elementary School playground in the amount of $5,062.00; award bid for county-wide garbage pick-up and disposal to Republic Services in the monthly amount of $8,859.18; approve a pair of change orders involving the Crum PK-8 School; and approve a pair of contracts with West Virginia Business Products to provide a pair of copiers to the Wayne High School graphics classes.

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Fireworks light up the sky in a past 4th of July celebration in Wayne. WCN file photo by Bill Pritchett

Town of Wayne gears up for July 4th celebration

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Town of Wayne will celebrate the Fourth of July with hot dogs and fireworks this year.

Similar to festivities last year, the event will kick off at 8 p.m. featuring hot dogs, possible music and then finish the night off with fireworks starting at 10 p.m.

Council approved the purchase of 1,000 hot dogs, up to $2,500 worth of fireworks and $100 toward music for the event at a meeting Monday.

“Last year we had like 750 hot dogs and they went fast,” Mayor Mick Sanders said.

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Wayne County Work Camp set

Wayne County News staff

WAYNE – Some residents of southern Wayne County will be getting some home improvements donated to their homes this week from workers of the Wayne County Work Camp.

About 100 people from Kansas, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania will be participating in the annual camp from June 12-17.

Participants will be building a new home for an elderly man, constructing porches, building handicap ramps and replacing roofs at 12 sites across southern Wayne County and northern Mingo County.

For more info contact Bill Likens at 304-654-3460

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