Vol. 140, No. 32 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Two arrested for drugs

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – A Kenova couple was arrested on warrants for selling illegal drugs Monday. According to Chief Ray Mossman, Officer Brandon Willis with the assistance of Officer Matt Thompson and Ceredo Police Officer Nick Bloomfield, arrested Robert Allen “Pepsi” Johnson, 42, and Terry Ball, 57, in the 700 block of 21st Street near Sycamore Street on six counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

The arrests took place without incident.

Mossman said Willis had investigated drug activity and secured warrants for the arrests. The couple was arraigned by Magistrate David Ferguson who set bond at $100,000 for each.

They remain the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.

Prosecuter working on appeal for murder ruling

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Richard Andrews cannot understand how a judge would dismiss a plea agreement from of a man who killed his daughter almost 25 years ago.

Judge James Holliday ruled Tuesday in Wayne Circuit Court the court would have no way of conducting a new trial to prove that Stephen Wesley Hatfield was mentally competent to enter a plea of guilty to murder and malicious wounding in 1989.

Hatfield is accused in the shooting death of his former girlfriend, Tracey Andrews, and wounding Dewey Meyers and Roger Cox on Spring Valley Drive in 1988, then kidnapping two women in efforts to steal their vehicles in Ohio and travelling back to West Virginia before being shot by police.

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Spring Welcome

SPRING TIME – Spring is in the air as people take advantage of the warm temperatures with fishing, boating or kayaking on Beech Fork Lake after the long, cold winter months.

Kenova starts work on sewer project

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Part one of Phase II Kenova Sewer project is now underway as contractors have begun moving dirt near the Ninth Street floodwall pump station.
City Supervisor Fox Heaberlin reported the work to city council Thursday night during its monthly meeting.

The work is part of a mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency that requires all municipality sewer systems separate stormwater from the sanitary system.

Heaberlin said in some areas of Kenova, the systems are already separated but some pipe in both systems may need to be replaced and those that are combined will be separated where the pipes are cross-connected.

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Council passes resolution supporting welcome center

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Huntington City Council passed a resolution to support building a welcome center and Park and Ride facility off the Kenova Exit 1 of I-64.

The resolution supports a request to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for the construction of the Park and Ride commuter lot in the northeastern quadrant of the exit, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said during Monday evening’s council meeting.

According to Williams, every other entry point to the state in Bluefield, Lewisburg and Morgantown, have welcome centers where travelers can stop, rest and maybe find more information about the state, but that is not the case in the Tri-State. Currently drivers pass almost three Tri-State exits before finally coming to a rest area – proving to be a missed opportunity to draw travelers into Huntington area attractions.

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HISTORY ON DISPLAY – Robert Thompson stands with one of the signs depicting the history of Wayne. The signs are being placed in historical areas for the public to view. Others (see below) are Trout’s Mill and the Wayne County Poor Farm. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Historical signs being placed in Wayne

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Robert Thompson has had different ideas of projects concerning his love of history.

One of those ideas Thompson, who is a Wayne High School teacher, Town of Wayne councilman and author, came up with was to place signs in the historic areas of Wayne.

Doing research on the historical areas and finding prices on signs, Thompson brought the idea to Wayne council who agreed to help purchase one sign, a thin aluminum-type made to look antique with pictures of what was located on the site, for $153 each. The city will purchase one each month

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Town receives warnings for water system

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Officials received warnings from the state for lack of fencing around water tanks and for not having backflow valves.

The warnings come from an inspection that was done recently. And, if the town does not show work has been done on the infraction, it can face a large fine.

The Town of Wayne Water and Sewer Board agreed to get estimates for a fence around two water tanks located on Bluefield Street.

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Residents voice concerns at Neighborhood Association

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CRUM – Residents and public officials gathered for the second Crum Neighborhood Association meeting Monday at the Crum Pizza House.

Wayne County Commissioners Bob Pasley and Kenneth Adkins were in attendance to provide the group with ideas to increase attendance and make Crum a more beautiful and safer community, according to Niki Rowe-Fortner, facilitator.

The commissioners discussed numerous resources the members can take advantage of such as the West Virginia State Police for a neighborhood watch and the Western Regional Day Report Center for trash pickup.

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School board recognizes CTE sponsors

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education honored several individuals and organizations that helped with the county’s first regional career and technical education expo.

Last February’s expo brought students from Wayne, Cabell, Lincoln, Mason and Lawrence County, Ohio, along with trade, labor and educational institutions. County communications coordinator Bill Rosenberger organized the event and said that Tuesday night’s meeting was the right time to recognize the vendors who participated.

Three of the various institutions were presented with plaques of recognition for their help. Those who were present included: Shane Dillon, WV Labor Union; Jeremy Jeffers, WV Carpenters Training Center; and Sheanna Spence, director of development for Mountwest Community and Technical College.
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Greg Fuller spoke to residents of Westmoreland during the monthly Neighborhood Association meeting Monday. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

West Virginia Homeland Security
coordinators speaks to residents

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Identifying threats to a community is important to the West Virginia Office of Homeland Security.

“Resources are not available at all times,” Greg Fuller said. “You have to do what you can do.”

Fuller spoke to residents of Westmoreland during the monthly Westmoreland Neighborhood Association meeting Monday.

He said residents need to be prepared to be on their own for 72-hours in case of serious emergency or a calamity.

Fuller explained a procedure by the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center where information is gathered on suspicious activities reported by officials and residents throughout the state.

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AG rep visits Wayne County Commission

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – It was a short Monday meeting for the Wayne County Commission following the Easter holiday.

Bryan Hoglman, representative for Wayne, Cabell, Putnam and Kanawha counties for the West Virginia Attorney General’s office, told the commissioners he visits county commission and prosecuting attorneys’ offices to see about needs and to ask what the attorney general’s office can do to help them.

Hoglman said it is his intention to visit Wayne County once a month to speak with officials and residents about issues of consumer fraud, schemes and other criminal enterprises that take advantage of people, especially senior citizens.

Also, the commission accepted the resignation letter of Scott Robertson from the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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DEPUTY “DOG” – Willard Pierce is now the Town of Wayne animal control officer. He was issued the oath of office during the Wayne Council meeting Monday. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Council considers fee for Rec Center morning hours

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Mayor Mick Sanders said he has been approached by residents who asked if the recreation center can open earlier than noon during the week.

Sanders told the Wayne Town Council he has been asked if the center could be open from 7 a.m. until noon for those who want to work out during the early morning hours.

To offset costs of utilities and the hiring of another employee, Sanders said they would like to have a sign-up sheet for those who would pay a membership fee for the 7 a.m. to noon hours.

The normal hours of noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday would remain free to the public.

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Commission looking for more info on proposed fee

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Paula Stafford of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Tax Division is asking the commission to consider a fee for duplicate receipts.

Stafford told the commission Monday she had been receiving emails from other county tax offices about the fee.

She said the receipts are needed by the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles to renew license registration.

“Other counties have a fee for duplicate receipts,” she said. “Most people do not keep their tax receipts once they pay them.”

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Wayne County Schools offering WESTEST 2 to 
home-schooled  students

WAYNE – Wayne County Schools is offering the WESTEST 2 assessments, starting Monday, April 21, at Wayne Middle School for  home- schooled students.

Parents are asked to have the children there at 4 p.m. each day that week, as it will take five days to complete all sections of the WESTEST 2.

All students in third through 11th grades that have been notified by Wayne County Schools to take the WESTEST 2 Option should attend.

If parents have not been contacted and want their home-schooled student to take the test, contact John Waugaman, director of Middle Schools and Assessment, at 304-272-5116 ext. 302.

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Emergency personnel plan for drill

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – First responders plan for emergencies constantly, because they never know when disasters will happen.
Tuesday, members of the Huntington Fire and Police departments, U.S. Coast Guard, Cabell County Emergency Medical Services and others went over a tabletop drill in preparation for a live drill to take place June 23 at Harris Riverfront Park.

The drill, set for about 8 a.m. is a working fire and trauma aboard the River Queen steamboat.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard requested to do this type of drill and said the steamboat would be available at that time.

A description of the boat, the park area, passengers and equipment on board the boat were given, as well as what emergency agencies would have available.

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