Vol. 140, No. 68 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MEMORABILIA – Sheila Bowens places the paddle of former principal Wilts Salmons in the library.

Preparing Fort Gay memorabilia for exhibit

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

FORT GAY – Since Fort Gay Librarian Sheila Bowens put out the word that class pictures of Fort Gay High School had been returned for exhibition, other former students have contacted her about placing their memorabilia with the exhibit.

A special dedication of the exhibit will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in front of the library in conjunction with Mountain Heritage Day. A parade will start the festivities at 10 a.m.

Bowens said members of the Fort Gay High School Alumni Association wanted the pictures brought back to the community to be viewed by the public

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FRN asking for update on lodge

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – In May 2012, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill for the sale of bonds to fund construction of the Beech Fork Lake Lodge and renovations to the current lodge at Cacapon State Park in a ceremony at Beech Fork Lake.

On Wednesday, it was learned the bonds are to be sold in stages with bonds for the clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay to be sold in October and the bonds for Beech Fork and Cacapon to be sold two to three months later in 2015.

Donna Thompson, president of the Wayne County Family Resource Network, told members a letter needed to be composed to the governor asking for an update on the lodge and an explanation of the bond situation.

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Kenova Council took several actions involving the police department Thursday night. Members accepted the resignation of Officer Brandon Willis and officially hired Officer Harry Sowards to the force. Municipal Court Judge Stephen Jordan swore Sowards in. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Kenova Council gets updates

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – Kenova City Council received updates on several projects going on throughout the community during its regular August meeting Thursday night.

Council first heard on the HTS Airport project. Kenova is serving as the financial pass-through on the project between Ceredo and the airport. Council approved a draw down of $15,679.30 to reimburse the airport for paying Frontier Communications to move a communication service line.

Bob Bragg of Thrasher Engineering updated council on the projects progress. Bragg said so far 300 feet of 18-inch line have been ran from a hot tap. He said Frontier is also on site prepping to move the line. A booster station is expected to arrive on site Sept. 23 and site prep, including a concrete pad, wiring and piping connections are all being completed for the station.

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NEW WATER LINE – A crew works Friday morning in the dewy mist to lay a new pipeline to the south side of Tri-State Airport. The water line is being buried under the pavement of Booth Road that currently leads to the National Guard Armory. The new line is to carry water for firefighting to a proposed site for development. An eight-inch potable water line is already in place. WCN photo by Ron Ferguson

Airport property receives name

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Huntington Tri-State Airport’s southside project has a name.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Airport Authority Board, Tri-State AeroPlex was approved to be the name of the property being developed for economic development.

AeroPlex is shortened for aeronautical complex, according to Director Jerry Brienza. Brienza said a committee decided on the name after receiving several suggestions. “It fits,” said board vice president Bob Pasley.

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The Piedmont Pantry, located on the corner of Piedmont Road and Spring Valley Drive, has served the Westmoreland community for generations. The corner convenient store will be closing its doors in the next couple weeks. It will later be demolished and a new Marathon Station will be rebuilt in its place.

Westmoreland mainstay to be torn down

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – One well-known business will be closing its doors soon to make way for a new business.

The Piedmont Pantry, located on the corner of Piedmont Road and Spring Valley Drive, has served the Westmoreland community for generations. The corner convenient store will be closing its doors in the next couple weeks. It will later be demolished and a new Marathon Station will be rebuilt in its place.

According to vice president of John Clark Oil Company, Frank Clark, the store could close its doors as soon as two weeks, but may take a little longer, depending on the paperwork. Clark said the company is close to completing the permit process. Construction is estimated to take about three months once demolition is complete.

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School Board approves two central office changes

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education moved two in-school administrators to fill open central office positions.

The board approved Spring Valley Vo-Tech assistant principal Velvet Kelley to Central Office Director of Career Technical Education and Kellogg assistant principal Danny Mayo to Central Office Director of Secondary Education/Alternative Education. Both moves are effective August 21, 2014.

In other news, the board heard several delegations. The first delegation was Kendal Partlow and Bernard Ross representing the Wayne Touchdown Club. The two men spoke to the board about putting turf on the ballot for upcoming general election.

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ANNOUNCEMENT – Eric Fletcher, manager with Allegiant Air, announced a new flight Tuesday from Huntington Tri-State Airport to Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, Fla., Airport. The new flight will begin Nov. 20. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Allegiant announces new flight

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Allegiant Air announced a new flight destination for Tri-State Airport travelers Tuesday morning.

Beginning Nov. 20, Allegiant will have flights to Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, Fla., two days a week for $77 each way, Eric Fletcher, manager, said.

“We are always looking to add new destinations,” Fletcher said. “If everyone continues to support the flights that are offered we can start adding more destinations.”

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TALKING FARMING – West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick speaks to residents and officials during the Strikeforce meeting in Wayne Tuesday. Topic of discussion was agriculture and economic development. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Officials gather to talk food

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – West Virginians consume $7.3 billion in food but grow only $6.70 billion themselves, according to West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick.

Helmick, along with Congressman Nick Joe Rahall II and other officials, were in Wayne Tuesday to talk about Strikeforce, a program developed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to help rural area in economic development.

According to Doug Cyphers, coordinator, the program is new in West Virginia although it has been in existence since 2010. Some 29 West Virginia counties are participating in the program.

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Misc

Gospel sing benefit for Ballard’s employees

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Efforts to assist the employees of Ballard’s Farm following a fire that destroyed the business are continuing.

Employees who lost their jobs to the fire must wait several more weeks until they are eligible for unemployment compensation.

After the fire, Wayne resident Scott Chandler set up an account at City National Bank for local residents to make donations and on Tuesday, he made out 23 $250 checks to those employees.

Donations can still be sent to the bank at any branch location or by mailing to City National Bank, P.O. Box 39, Wayne, WV. 25570.

A Gospel Benefit is also being planned for 2 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Wayne Community Center.

Performing will be Under the Blood, Eric Adkins, Scott Chandler, Jerry Hensley, McKendricks and others.

Concessions will be sold. For more information, call Chandler at 304-501-4303.

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Ceredo Council meeting rundown

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CEREDO – Ceredo Town Council took the following actions during the August regular meeting Monday night.

Council passed the second reading of the town’s new video lottery ordinance. The town currently has an ordinance, but Mayor Otis Adkins requested council revamp the current ordinance. The new ordinance will reflect changes in fees and some language as to where lottery machines can be located.

The town’s stormwater permit was extended to Oct. 11, 2014. Ceredo had applied for a new permit last month. The current permit expired in mid-July, but the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection extended the permit while the town’s current application is being reviewed.

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Commission wants reports on fire hydrants

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County Commission will be sending letters to all water providers asking for the number and locations of fire hydrants in their districts, testing schedule of fire hydrants and maintenance schedules.

This comes after learning a fire hydrant line collapsed as fire crews were battling the fire at Ballard’s Farm Distribution Center Monday.

The four-inch waterline had been in place at that hydrant prior to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia changing the requirements for a six-inch line for all new fire hydrants with older ones being grandfathered in, according to Commission President Bob Pasley.

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County adds Advanced Placement to high schools

WAYNE – Wayne County high schools will offer more Advanced Placement classes this school year than ever before.

That includes two at Wayne High School, which has not offered any AP classes in the past and was noted in fall literature as being the only high school in West Virginia not to offer any.

Advanced Placement is a program created by the College Board offering college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Colleges and universities often award course credit to students who score well on the national examinations.

The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum.

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Kenova council buys a new garbage truck

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Kenova City Council met Tuesday to consider the bids on a new garbage truck and repairs to Virginia Point Park.

The city’s garbage truck was involved in a vehicle accident a few months ago and council had decided the cost for repairing the old garbage truck was too great.

Council received bids from three vendors for a 20-cubic yard garbage truck. Two trucks were about the same price, but one could be delivered in two days and the other was going to take 90 days to order and receive.

There was some debate among the council members which truck would be the best choice between the two.

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Community movement more than just Facebook

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – There has recently been a sense of community revitalization and support coming out of Westmoreland.

From Westmorelapalooza’s community cleanups, to wiffleball to support troops, and now a “Project Westmoreland” Facebook page serving as a community portal – grass roots activism is taking hold. The page became active this past month after 15 break-ins into cars, homes and storage buildings in less than two weeks spurred one community member to take action.

Luke Huffman, along with Mark Langdon, began the page as a way for the community to have an outlet to not only encourage residents to get to know their neighbors as a deterrent, but as a way for people to discuss what positive changes can be made to improve the community.

“We have become distant as a community. Five to 10 years ago, everyone knew everyone. There were no strangers. But that has since changed and we want to bring the community back to that point,” Huffman said.

Facebook users are already catching on to the page’s purpose, which Huffman says is, “pay it forward.” Within a day of its introduction, nearly 100 people joined the page. Since then, a total of 758 users have joined.

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New Jersey church group helps Dunlow Elementary with summer projects

DUNLOW – For the second year in a row, a group from St. Therese Church in Succasunna, N.J., is in Wayne County to help Dunlow Elementary.

Last year, the mission team helped get the school a library. This year, the group of 30 are assisting with a science camp, painting several rooms and helping to reorganize the library.

The church’s basketball program also donated a new basketball pole, backboard and rim kit that is being installed this week.

Principal Chanda Perry said she is extremely grateful for the partnership, which extended outside the school to Dunlow Elementary parents who got new, energy-efficient windows installed by the mission team.

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