Vol. 142, No.34 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Kenova authorizes creation of Urban Renewal Authority

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

KENOVA – The Kenova City Council authorized the creation of an Urban Renewal Authority during a meeting on Thursday.

The organization would aide in the city’s ability to redevelop areas within city boundaries that are viewed as blighted and slum areas.

Examples of such would be improper upkeep of properties, and any site that may be considered unsafe for residents.

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From left Jessie King talks about the consequences of drinking and driving with student Lindsey Farmakis, Nancie Harmon and Savannah Little as part of Operation UNITE’s “On The Move!” drug education and prevention initiative on Thursday at Spring Valley High School. Photo by Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch

Program aims to prevent teenage substance abuse

By TAYLOR STUCK
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — Had she not been in a go-cart wearing goggles simulating impaired driving and had the cardboard cutout she hit been a real child holding a puppy, Spring Valley High School sophomore Ashley Gibson would have altered her entire life.

“If you’d actually go to a party and drink and you ended up driving, because I hit those two people, I could have ended up in jail for 10 years per person,” Gibson said. “I’d be in jail until I was like 36.”

Gibson said she knew there were heavy consequences for driving under the influence, but she didn’t know just how life-changing they could be.

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Crews from the East Lynn Volunteer Fire Department respond to a brush fire on U.S. 152 in Radnor. The fire was reported around 2 p.m. by residents living in the area. Crews responded once, but wind rekindled the fire multiple times. Photo Courtesy of Drema Napier

BOE mulling electronic
transcript distribution

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education will possibly consider bringing in a company for electronic transcript distribution.

Currently, while school is in session, counselors are responsible for getting student transcripts ready for mailing to colleges and universities. According to Michael Montemurno, West Virginia territory manager for Parchment said that currently counselors spend on average 30 minutes per transcript. Spring Valley High School for example has upwards of several hundred seniors requesting transcripts to send for college.

Montemurno said that the e-transcript system actually streamlines the process to as little as five minutes. Parchment manages the transcripts via a database. Students are given an ID login and then select their transcript.

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Wayne County Commissioner Bob Pasley moderates during the Meet the Candidates forum on Monday at Vinson Middle School in Westmoreland. Photos by Lexi Browning/For The Herald-Dispatch

Cabell, Wayne candidates speak at Meet the Candidates forum

By TAYLOR STUCK
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – Candidates in Cabell and Wayne county filled Vinson Middle School Monday to introduce themselves to their hopeful future constituents at the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association Meet the Candidates forum.

More than 30 Wayne County candidates, nine Huntington candidates and five state legislative candidates spoke at the event, which was moderated by Wayne County Commissioner Bob Pasley.

Carol Boster, president of the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association, said letting the public put a face to the name they have seen on signs allows them to make a more informed vote.

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Misc

Early voting begins today

From WV Secretary
of State office

CHARLESTON – West Virginia voters will begin casting their ballot in the 2016 primary election on Wednesday, April 27.

The ten-day early voting period ends May 7.

The early voting period includes two Saturdays – April 30 and May 7 – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters can cast their ballot during regular business hours at their county courthouse, courthouse annex or at a community voting location designated by the county. Contact information for all 55 county clerks can be found here on the Secretary of State’s website.

Early voting has been an option for West Virginians since its implementation for the 2002 primary election.

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Wayne County GOP hosts fundraiser

Submitted article

KENOVA – The Wayne County Republican Party hosted a fundraising dinner and raffle Saturday, April 23, 2016, at American Legion Post 93 in Kenova. The event attracted many Republican supporters, including candidates from the county and state level for the upcoming Primary Elections.

U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins, who is running for re-election this year, said he is always thrilled to be able to attend local events.

“It’s great when we can get together so close to home,” Jenkins said. “Everyone here is responsible for the progress the party has made throughout the state.”
Jenkins went on to address the GOP’s momentum going into election time, noting that the shift in Republican representation that took place in 2014 was no fluke.

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Farmer’s Co-Op
has 2nd meeting, membership drive

By Robert Thompson
For the Wayne County News

DUNLOW – The Wayne County Farmer’s Co-Op held its second meeting recently at the Dunlow Community Center. With membership now approaching seventy small farmers, the Co-Op is thriving despite being in its infancy.

Teresa Halloran from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture attended the meeting and spoke on the requirements necessary to sell certain types of products through the Co-Op’s farmer’s market.

While produce is generally okay to sell, some processed foods must be prepared in a certain manner to meet food safety requirements. Some products must be processed in a commercial kitchen prior to being sold, and Halloran stated that the kitchen in the community center would qualify.

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Rocky Seay

Seay wants to fight for West Virginia

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

Rockwell “Rocky” Seay of McDowell County is a native son of Southern W.Va. – made of McDowell County coal dust and big ideas.
Seay is also a fighter.

As a lawyer, he fights for people in courtrooms all across the state, and wants to broaden that fight to help the people of the sixth senatorial district by being elected to the W.Va. Senate.

Raised by a coal miner, he said he knows the importance of coal in the state as well as the workingman.

“Coal has been mined in West Virginia for more than two hundred years and I want to see it mined for two hundred more,” he said. “However, the most important thing to come out of a mine is the coal miner. So I support mine and safety laws.”

As a senator, Seay said he plans to fight against corruption, greed and vile forces that seek to undermine the lives of normal, working people.

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