Vol. 140, No. 77 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, Sept. 27 & 28, 2014

Gov. Tomblin spoke with Wayne High School faculty and students, as well as member of the Wayne County Board of Education, Wednesday at the reception in the cafeteria after the launch of the “My State, My Life” campaign. WCN Photo by Jessica Ross

Tomblin asks WHS to “pioneer” his new education campaign

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne High School students, faculty and staff were given the opportunity to meet Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin when he visited the school Wednesday to launch the “My State, My Life” campaign.

The “My State, My Life” campaign is a statewide initiative to promote continuing education past high school. The campaign is designed to target middle and high school students and help them understand the opportunities available to them in the state in both education and in the workforce after graduating from a post secondary school.

As Tomblin addressed the entire student body Wednesday, he told them the West Virginia of today is not the West Virginia from decades ago.

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A BIG CHECK FOR A BIG AWARD - The Heart of Phoenix equine rescue was presented a $10,000 check for winning first place in Tractor Supply’s Rescue Your Rescue online contest. (From left): Gena Nicolas, Dalton Nicholas, Tracy Adkins, John Creamer, Tinia Creamer, Jessica Hardesty, Tony Hardesty and Bobbie Cottrell. WCN photo by Jessica Ross

Local non-profit wins $10K in national contest

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – Tractor Supply Company awarded the Heart of Phoenix equine rescue with a $10,000 check Saturday for their first place win in Tractor Supply’s contest, Rescue Your Rescue.

Tractor Supply held the Rescue Your Rescue contest online and asked supporters all across the nation to cast votes for each rescue organization they wanted to support. The winner would be awarded $10,000.

Tractor Supply store manager, Tracy Adkins, said she received an email Friday announcing the winners and was surprised to see Heart of Phoenix had won first place.

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2 arraigned for Kenova burglary

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Two Charleston men have been arrested and arraigned for the burglary of Mitzi’s Bar in Kenova earlier this year.

James Arthur Smith Jr. and James Alexander Johnson were arraigned via video conference by Wayne County Magistrate John Cavins on charges of conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, breaking and entering, destruction of property and petit larceny.

Cavins set bond at $50,000 each. Both are in the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston. Smith is also on bond for $50,000 in Kanawha County, $10,000 in Cabell County and is a fugitive from justice. Johnson a has a $75,000 bond in Kanawha County.

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Evan Jenkins and Nick Rahall

Jenkins responds to
‘Medi-scare” attack ads

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – With a looming November election, campaign attack ads are flooding the airwaves.

One ad that is being played on local television stations involves the hotly contested West Virginia 3rd Congressional District for the House of Representatives. The House race is between three-decade incumbent Democrat Nick Joe Rahall and Republican challenger Evan Jenkins. Jenkins has been a longtime state legislator from Cabell County.

Jenkins, a long-time Democrat during his time of state service, disowned his previous affiliation with the Democratic Party to challenge for Rahall’s seat as a Republican.

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GETTING THE BALL ROLLING – Wayne County Schools Superintendent Sandra Pertee, along with Board of Education president Trey Morrone, county schools Finance Director Ancie Hatfield and special bond counsel from Steptoe & Johnson signed further bond documents Tuesday afternoon at the central office in Wayne. Submitted photo

RIBBON CUTTING – Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau President Gordon Jones and Wayne County Commission President Bob Pasley unveil one of the quilt squares for the new Heritage Quilt Square Trail. The square is located on the Wayne County West Virginia University Extension Office building in Wayne. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

PITIFUL? ONLY IN NAME – Members of the Pitiful Paws Rescue fundraised Saturday outside of Tractor Supply in Lavalette. WCN photo by Jessica Ross

Their name is “Pitiful,” but this animal rescue is anything but

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Four more people have been taken into custody on drug charges by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit.

On Thursday, the unit, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s C.U.F.F.E.D. Task Force and the Wayne Police Department, arrested Rufus “Perky” Swimm of East Lynn, delivery of a controlled substance - heroin and conspiracy; Paul Sexton of East Lynn, aiding and abetting, delivery of a controlled substance - heroin and conspiracy; James “Gary” Perry of Wayne, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance - suboxone; Jeffrey “Keith” Parker of Lavalette, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance - heroin.

Keith was also carrying a concealed handgun when he was arrested.

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Misc

Bill Rosenberger

Rosenberger reflects on time with county

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – He took on a tough challenge when others would have walked away, when the organization he represented was not the most popular.

Bill Rosenberger sat opposite the Wayne County Board of Education for several years as a reporter for the Herald Dispatch. By essentially being in the right place at the right time, the former reporter turned communications coordinator helped transform the way Wayne County Schools communicates with the community it serves.

Throughout his time using the pen, he slowly watched the county struggle with passing a bond to provide the construction funding two new schools in Crum and Kenova.

Rosenberger watched as that first bond failed, but through it he saw opportunity. Then Superintendent Lynn Hurt did as well. After the failed bond was criticized for having too much fluff and not enough focus on needs – Hurt realized the county needed to take another approach.

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Commission appoints new member to Civil Service board

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a few good men and women to fill vacancies left by retirements and new job opportunities that has left its Civil Service test applicants list empty.

In order to give the test, the Wayne County Commission asked for a representative from the Wayne County Bar Association to fill an empty spot.
Their choice, retired West Virginia State Police captain and Wayne County 911 Board president Kirby S. Stickler.

Commissioners approved the recommendation and Stickler will serve on the Civil Service Board for four years.

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Project Westmoreland, Crosspoint pitch in to cleanup community

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – More than 120 volunteers from Crosspoint Community Church, Project Westmoreland and the Vinson Middle School basketball team pitched in Sunday for the combined first Project Westmoreland Community Cleanup Day.

The community service project helped complete several beautification projects throughout the Westmoreland neighborhood of Huntington.

Projects included brush cleanup along several of the community’s roads, the clearing of brush at the old Thompson Pool property and beautification at Vinson Middle School.

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APPRECIATION – Belinda Jividen with First Independent Missionary Baptist Church of Kenova presents a Sept. 11, 2001, Appreciation plaque to Ceredo Police Chief Tony Poston. Each police and fire department in the Ceredo-Kenova area received recognition for their work. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

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Rahall announces funding for Prichard Volunteer Fire Dept.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Wednesday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded funding to the Prichard Volunteer Fire Department.

“This grant will help ensure that the Prichard Fire Department’s overall level of preparedness is top notch,” said Rahall. “I am committed to helping provide our courageous public servants with the essential tools and equipment they need to keep us all safe.”

The Prichard Volunteer Fire Department will receive $71,000 to purchase 13 complete sets of turnout gear, boots, helmets, and a compressor fill station. The funding was made available by the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Program, which Rahall has supported in the federal budget.

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AG’s mobile office visits Wayne Co.

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Consumer protection is a priority for the West Virginia Attorney General’s office and to see that the consumers of the state are being served, a regional mobile office visits areas to discuss problems that could be happening.

Bryan Hoylman, an AG representative, was in Wayne County Courthouse Wednesday to meet residents who may have issues that his office could help solve.

“Our primary focus is on the consumers,” Hoylman said. “The attorney general’s office has representatives that cover every county in the state. We reach out to the communities and people to make the office more accessible.”

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Wayne Democrats plan rally

WAYNE — The Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee will conduct a rally Saturday, Sept. 27, and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant are expected to speak.

The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Wayne Community Center, according to a news release from Tammy Pritt, vice chairman of the committee. Other local candidates are expected to attend, and barbecue, slaw, potato salad, drinks and desserts will be served.

The public is invited.