Vol. 141, No. 16 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Council overrides mayor’s school property sale veto

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – The Kenova City Council voted Thursday night to override Mayor Ric Griffith’s veto of last month’s council vote for a third attempted sale of the former Kenova Elementary School property at auction Saturday.

The council voted 4-1 with councilman Dan Pelfrey dissenting. Originally, during last month’s regular meeting, council voted 5-0 to put the property up for auction. When the vote came before the mayor to sign last month, Griffith vetoed the vote.

Council and Griffith have both been in agreement that the property needs to be sold to benefit Kenova, but the two sides differ on how to make that happen.

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IN DEMAND – Kenny Queen's Hardware employee Casey Nelson stands with heaters and generators available for sale at the Wayne location. Nelson said shovels, salt and heaters have been in demand at the store since the storm buried Wayne County in nearly a foot of snow this week. Photo by Scott Parsons

Store keeps pace with storms

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – It has been a long week of snow and cold temperatures and local residents are attempting to dig out.

Many in the area took to social media, detailing the below zero temperatures throughout Wayne County Friday.

Several reported temperatures as low as minus-20. With the foot of snow earlier in the week and cold temperatures, one store has reported a busy week of selling shovels, salt and heaters.

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Senator Joe Manchin stops by the Huntington Tri-State Airport on Thurday to discuss infrastructure and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issues. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Manchin talks issues at airport

By BRANDON ROBERTS
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin made a stop at the Huntington Tri-State Airport on Thursday during a whirlwind trip through the state this week to speak about issues pertinent to West Virginia.

The senator spoke on a variety of topics, touching on his stances on immigration, the war on terror, the Keystone Pipeline and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Manchin said the Department of Homeland Security funding bill has become too politicized.

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Harry Anderson, state program administrator for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program recognizes members of the Ceredo Police Department during the Region 2 Highway Safety and Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon on Thursday, at HIMG in Huntington. Above: Police Dispatcher Stephen Amis receives an Award of Excellence for his dedicated work as a Child Safety Seat Technician. During 2014 he checked and or installed 78 Child Safety Seats for parents or child caregivers. Below: SGT. Jamie P. Wolfe receives an award for his efforts in enforcement of the new West Virginia Distracted Driving Laws. Photos submitted

Officers, advocates recognized with Highway Safety awards

HUNTINGTON – The Huntington Region of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program recognized those that have performed outstanding work last year in activities related to highway safety during an awards ceremony Thursday at HIMG.

These award winners were involved in all aspects of highway safety in 2014 from law enforcement, individuals and corporate programs to government administration and media.

They worked together to present a united front to save lives and prevent injuries on West Virginia streets and highways.

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Snowstorm closes schools, brings traffic, business to a halt

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Winter Storm Octavia has come and gone leaving a huge amount of snow that closed schools, some businesses and most government offices.

In different areas of Wayne County, Octavia left about a foot of snow which not only covered lawns and grassy areas but roadways as well.

Crews with West Virginia Division of Highways and crews in municipalities worked diligently Monday and Tuesday to clear roads before the next snow that has been forecast for Wednesday and bitterly cold temperatures arrive.

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Mayor Steve Williams delivers his state of the city address on Tuesday, at City Hall in Huntington. Photo by Sholten Singer/HD Media

Mayor Williams’ address focuses on development, war on drugs

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Huntington Mayor Steve Williams gave his third State of the City address Tuesday outlining plans for development and the city’s continued war on drugs.

Williams opened his speech by saying Huntington is vibrant, teeming with optimism, fiscally sound and at the beginning of a renaissance.

The mayor says over the past year, there have been several accomplishments, including establishing the Water Quality Board, a free Wi-Fi pilot project, demolition of Northcott Court, the Gigabit City Study, cleaning up Third and Fourth avenues, safe housing for Marshall students, and 3,100 code enforcement citations.

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Misc

PVFD asks to purchase old ambulance

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – When Prichard Volunteer Fire Department purchased a new ambulance this year, members wondered what to do with the one that was being taken out of service.

During Monday’s Wayne County Commission meeting, Emergency Medical Services director for the department, Don Alan Newman, approached the commission with the idea of the fire department purchasing the ambulance and turning it into a transport truck.

In Wayne County, the commission gives each fire department with EMS units, on a rotating schedule, $50,000 toward the purchase of a new ambulance and pays the insurance for it. The respective fire department makes up the rest of the funding and equipment.

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Kenova ‘rocks’
‘Stone Senate’
on drug charges

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – A musical group passing through Kenova will be making a return appearance after being arrested on drug charges Friday.

Michael T. Thompson of Bowling Green, Ky., Clinton E. Woolsey of Nashville and Marcus A. Brown of Fairview, Tenn., of “Stone Senate” were arrested by the Kenova Police Drug Task Force following an undercover surveillance and traffic stop on Interstate 64, according to Police Chief Ray Mossman.

Mossman said the band was taken into custody without incident and will be facing city charges. The three could also face state charges.

“They are an entertaining group of guys and made the mistake of bringing drugs through Kenova where we have zero tolerance,” Mossman said. “The songwriter of the band said the Kenova Drug Task Force would be featured in a song.”

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Two arrested on drug charges

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit arrested two people, already on home confinement and parole from the Fort Gay area, on drug charges Friday morning following an undercover drug purchase.

Karen (Sleasman) Webb and Michael Hinkle were arrested by the DEU with the assistance of deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Marshal’s C.U.F.F.E.D. Task Force and Wayne Police at Webb’s residence located north of Tolsia High School.

Webb was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy, and Hinkle was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and aiding and abetting for delivering a controlled substance.

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School Board regular meeting cancelled

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education cancelled its regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday night due to the snow.

The meeting is rescheduled for next Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 6:00 p.m.

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Wayne Co. drinking
establishments get checked

WAYNE – Officials with the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration and the West Virginia State Police conducted an Underage Drinking Compliance Check in Wayne County Thursday and out of the 14 establishments four sold alcohol to a minor.

According to Jaclyn Johnson, coordinator for the Wayne County Prevention of Underage Drinking Coalition, the buy rate has increased by 2.57 percent, up to 28.57 percent, from the previous check conducted in Wayne County.

Listed are the establishments visited and who sold and who did not sell.

The checks were conducted by the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration and the State Police with funds provided by the Governor’s Highway Safety program.

“The Wayne County prevention coalition for underage drinking wants to express their gratitude to the local businesses that did not sell,” Johnson said. “We also want to show appreciation to the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration and the West Virginia State Police.”

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Hearing on camera in locker room continued

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A hearing for three Wayne men accused of placing a camera inside a Wayne High School athletic facility room that was scheduled for Thursday has been continued.

According to Wayne County Circuit Judge James H. Young Jr. the hearing for Scott Followay, James Ramey Jr. III and Jeffrey L. Spence has been postponed until April due to the illness of their attorney, David Lockwood.

The men are accused of entering the building known as “Big Red,” drilling holes in a metal ceiling, damaging a projector camera in the process, to install a hidden camera sometime between March 21-24, 2014.

Images recorded on the camera included some members of the Wayne High School football team and other male students working out on exercise equipment.

The camera, disguised as a smoke detector, was found by a school employee.

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A. Michael and Henriella Perry

Perrys to be honored

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CHARLESTON – When A. Michael and Henriella Perry created Heritage Farm Museum and Village, they did so for their love of Appalachian history.

On Feb, 19, the Perrys will be among 33 individuals recognized as West Virginia History Heroes during West Virginia History Day at the Legislature.

The 2015 awards program is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the State Theater at the Culture Center next to the State Capitol Complex.

For more than 40 years, the Perrys have collected artifacts of Appalachia culture and heritage. They founded Heritage Farm Museum and Village in 1998.

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