Vol. 140, No. 84 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

BOOK SIGNING – Former Ceredo-Kenova High School coaches Don Money, left, and Carl Ward, right, sign books “Bring On the Wonders,” along with author Rick Chaffin Monday at the Wonderdome. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Chaffin signs football book

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Rick Chaffin never played football but he wrote a book about a time in Ceredo-Kenova’s history about the Wonders’ football teams.

“Here Come the Wonders” details the 11 state football championships C-K won in the 1960s and 70s under Coaches Carl Ward and Dale Craycraft, Chaffin said.

“It is a game-by-game summary of the championships, runners-up and playoff games C-K played,” he said. “This is a way to preserve the history and show how proud we are of our football teams and athletics.”

The book signing on Monday served two purposes, one was to recognize the Wonders accomplishments, and the other to raise awareness about renovating the gym known as the Wonderdome, to match the new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School.

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HOSPICE FUNDRAISER – Tom and Breeden Wintz perform at the Cruise In, a fundraiser for Hospice of Huntington, Wayne County office, Saturday at Wayne High School. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Volunteers make benefit dinner

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A large crowd made its way to Wayne High School cafeteria for a spaghetti dinner Saturday to benefit Hospice of Huntington, Wayne County center.

Volunteer Pat Perry said the annual dinner is always the third Saturday in October.

“The money goes to hospice,” Perry said. “We use the funding to raise awareness of what hospice is and does.”

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Concerns on Prichard trade zone

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – With the construction of the Heartland Intermodal Gateway at Prichard underway, concern has turned to what is happening with the Foreign Trade Zone progress.

Wayne County Economic Development Director Don Perdue told the Authority at its board meeting Thursday he has concerns over the Foreign Trade Zone designation for Prichard.

Perdue said the West Virginia Economic Development Authority would like for Prichard to be a satellite site of an existing one in Putnam County and Charleston.

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TESTING MACHINES – Wayne County commissioners David Pennington, Bob Pasley, Kenneth Adkins, and county clerk Renick Boothe along with Jimmy Scott and Mark Maynard, representatives for the Democratic and Republican executive committees respectively, test the voting machines prior to early voting Oct. 22 to Nov. 1 and the general election Nov. 4. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Early voting begins Wednesday

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wednesday is the first day Wayne County voters can cast ballots early for the 2014 General Election on Nov. 4.

Voters can go to the Wayne County Courthouse from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays from Oct. 22 to Nov. 1.

In local races, County Commissioner President Robert E. “Bob” Pasley is running unopposed for his seat, as is John Bill Perry of Genoa for conservation district supervisor.

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Gas line issue in Huntington Tri-State Water Project

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – You give someone an inch and sometimes they take a foot, but in some instances it is more like 2,600 feet.

Bob Bragg of Thrasher Engineering, informed Kenova City Council Thursday night there could be a possible $25,000 to $100,000 snafu with the Huntington Tri-State Airport Water Project.

The problem is that while contractors were installing the water lines, it was discovered that Columbia Gas owned an electrified rectifier line. The gas company was given a right of way from the airport for 50 feet, but after inspecting the lines, it has been discovered Columbia’s lines are actually sending electrical current nearly 2,600 feet, or more than 2,500 feet more than the right of way.d destroyed several pumpkins causing the Pumpkin House to close early.

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RUNNING – Ken Hicks is running for the 19th District for the House of Delegates. He said he wants to help Wayne County grow. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Hicks wants to attract more jobs to the area

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Ken Hicks sees good things for Wayne County but there are some issues he would like to address should he be elected to the Legislature.

One of the biggest issues Hicks wants to address is economic development for Wayne County by attracting more businesses and creating new jobs for its people.

“We have to replace Argus Coal and help the employees who lost their jobs,” he said. “We need to be able to offer things that other counties don’t, like tax incentives, and be creative and persistent. We want to see businesses expand in the market and economic development and to set the right tone for the area so we can leave this county in better shape.”

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Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, left, and Republican challenger State Senator Evan Jenkins, right, face off in a Third District Congressional debate moderated by The Herald Dispatch Managing Editor Les Smith on Tuesday, at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Jenkins, Rahall – score in debate

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Candidates for the 3rd Congressional House of Representatives seat debated Tuesday night at Huntington’s Pullman Plaza Hotel.

The Herald-Dispatch-sponsored event allowed 19-term incumbent Rep. Nick Joe Rahall (D-WV) to trade responses with Republican challenger Evan Jenkins to questions presented by mediator Les Smith, managing editor of the H-D.

Candidates exchanged remarks on topics ranging from education, to campaign finance, to health care to the one that has set the tone for both candidates’ campaigns – coal.

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READYING THE PUMPKIN HOUSE – Ric Griffith draws a design on a pumpkin in preparation for the Pumpkin House display. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Griffith looking for volunteers

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – It is one week before the Ceredo-Kenova AutumnFest and two weeks before Halloween and Ric Griffith is looking for help in carving 2,900 pumpkins for the Pumpkin House.

“I am a little behind this year,” Griffith said. “The weather has been a factor and I have had to rebuild the orchestra wall.”

Last year, a thunderstorm moved through the area following trick-or-treat and a large gust of wind knocked down the orchestra wall and destroyed several pumpkins causing the Pumpkin House to close early.

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Misc

Jon Suttles

Ride to honor Westmoreland man’s memory

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans lose their lives to cancer – and locally we have one of the highest cancer rates in the country.

Friends, family, co-workers, classmates and community members are all affected when cancer strikes. The loss of one Westmoreland resident last year touched many lives.

Jon Suttles lost his battle to cancer last year leaving behind a wife, kids and a myriad of those throughout the community who hold memories of the 1994 Vinson High School graduate.

During Suttles’ battle with cancer, he was never without support during the highs and lows of treatment. At one point, Suttles was led to believe that the cancer was beaten – only for it to come back a short time later.

One former classmate, along with several other residents, threw a party to celebrate Suttles’ recovery – but it quickly turned into a fundraiser. It was a unique fundraiser, Curnutte said during a Westmoreland community event this past summer.

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Tim-ber! Way Back Weekend theme at Heritage Farm

HUNTINGTON – Timber in the Mountains is the theme for October’s Way Back Weekend at Heritage Farm Museum and Village 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Attractions will include pressed apple cider making and live music from The Modock Rounders. The village blacksmith, woodworker, broom-maker and potter will each share their creative genius. Also visiting and sharing family activities will be WVU Forestry Program’s Ben Spong. While presenting historic photos of the timber industry from inside the Industry Museum, he will enlighten guests with hands-on activities to learn about West Virginia’s various timber.

The final 2014 Way Back Weekends include Hot Glass and Pottery on Nov. 1 and Heritage Farm’s Holiday Market, Dec. 6.

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Heron festival this weekend

BARBOURSVILLE – Lots of crafts, food, music and fun will be part of Beech Fork State Park’s Heron Festival.

The festival includes applebutter making, hayrides and vendors, as well as a pumpkin decorating contest and more.
Visitors will also get a chance to explore

camping equipment and a car show.
The event is free and open to the public.

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SVHS forms SADD chapter

HUNTINGTON – Students at Spring Valley High School have joined SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide.

Tiffany Elliott became interested in forming a SADD chapter and enlisted the help of James Caudill, Driver Education teacher, who will serve as the SADD Advisor.

“Teens sometimes make poor choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol without realizing the harmful consequences,” said Elliott. “I’m hoping our SADD chapter will be a positive influence on our school and community. We’ll be participating in campaigns and activities throughout the school year to spread our message.”

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Spooktacular underway at Camden Park

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – The calendar may say it has just turned October, but chills, screams and other things that haunt the night can be found at Camden Park.

Camden Park started the Halloween season Friday with the 16th Annual Halloween Spooktacular set for every Friday and Saturday night in October from 6-11 p.m. and two additional nights of Oct. 26 and Nov.1.

Attractions include the Haunted House, the Evil Clown Maze walk-through, The Legendary Haunted Train Ride and other rides and attractions.

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