Vol. 141, No. 59 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, July 25 & 26, 2015

HONORED VOTER – Wayne County Clerk Renick Booth presented Helen Matthews a certificate for having voted in every general election for 50 or more consecutive years. Booth wanted to honor Matthews for her voting record as well as exercising her right to vote. Submitted photo

NEW BUSINESS – Diana Whitt’s “Diana’s Round 2 Clothing Store” will have a grand opening 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 2 near Kenny Queen’s Ace Hardware near Lavalette. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Consignment store moving to new location

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A man whose trial ended in a hung jury two months ago will appear in court July 27 for a new trial.

Brien Scott Bays will face a new jury in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Bays is represented by public defender Valarie Maynard. He is accused in the shooting death of Richard Laney at Laney’s Riverbend Road home in Crum in March 2014. The first trial ended in a mistrial after the jury could not come up with a unanimous verdict after seven hours of deliberation.

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King Coal Authority considers possible alternate funding

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

HUNTINGTON – The King Coal Highway I-73/74 Authority met at the Tri State Airport in Huntington Tuesday afternoon for its quarterly meeting.

Business was light, but the topic of discussion focused primarily on the roads’ progress as well as getting a pulse on possible funding sources for completion.

Once completed, the road will travel from Michigan to South Carolina. The road will travel through Wayne, Mingo, McDowell and Mercer Counties in West Virginia connecting Huntington to Bluefield. The road will cut travel time from three hours to an hour-and-a-half providing four-lane highway in entirety.

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LAVALETTE VFD COMMUNITY DAY – Sparkey the Dalmatian and Smokey Bear wave to motorists on W.Va. 152 Saturday inviting people to attend the first Lavalette Volunteer Fire Department Community Day. In addition to face painting visitors could view fire equipment and trucks, jump in inflatables, see what they would do in a smoke trailer and learn about the different service organizations in Wayne County. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Bays retrial set for end of month

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A man whose trial ended in a hung jury two months ago will appear in court July 27 for a new trial.

Brien Scott Bays will face a new jury in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Bays is represented by public defender Valarie Maynard. He is accused in the shooting death of Richard Laney at Laney’s Riverbend Road home in Crum in March 2014. The first trial ended in a mistrial after the jury could not come up with a unanimous verdict after seven hours of deliberation.

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BOE honors top CTE students

BY MICHEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education honored the top Wayne County Schools’ Community and Technical Education students during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Four students received top CTE honors. Awards were given for top JROTC Male and Female Cadet, as well as top Male and Female CTE students. The winners were: Natasha Napier, Top Female Cadet (Wayne High School); Nicholas Lawson, Top Male Cadet (Wayne High School), Sarah Kelly, Top Female CTE Student (Spring Valley High School) and Cody Salmons, Top Male CTE Student (Tolsia High School).

“These students are the first to volunteer to help with projects, first to meet people at the door of our schools and are just hard working students,” CTE Director Velvet Kelly said.

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Scholarship Winner

CONGRATULATIONS – Brooke Smith, senior at Wayne High School, is the 2015 Kristen Hailey Stiltner Scholarship award named after Kristen Stiltner who died in a motor vehicle accident three years ago. She was the daughter of Wayne Police Chief Dwayne Stiltner and his wife, Traci, who set up a memorial scholarship in her name by raising money with a 5K Run/Walk. Photo submitted

End of the Line

The last coal train along the East Lynn line made its final run early Friday morning. The line will is no longer needed after the announced closing of the Rock Springs Mine. The run symbolizes the end of nearly 150 years of coal moving out of the East Lynn area. WCN photo courtesy of Robert Thompson

Perry named interim chief

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Veteran police officer Lt. Steve Perry has been named the interim police chief for the City of Kenova.

Perry was named interim chief during the regular meeting of the Kenova City council Thursday.

Mayor Terry Carpenter said he was asked by the council Thursday to name an interim chief and to start the application process for a new police chief. The appointment and process comes 15 days after Carpenter fired former police chief, Ray Mossman.

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Ron Ferguson

Former WCN editor passes away

KENOVA – Former Wayne County News editor Ron Ferguson passed away at his home Tuesday afternoon.

Ferguson had served as editor of the WCN from 2011 to 2015. He had also worked for the Ashland Independent and Huntington Newspapers in previous years. He was best-known for his opinion column which featured strong and often controversial opinions of local topics.

He was also the longtime owner/operator of Ron’s Cars in Kenova.

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KEY TO CITY – Kenova Mayor Terry Carpenter presented a Key to the City to Catlettsburg Mayor Randall Peterman during Thursday’s city council meeting. The presentation was given to thank Catlettsburg for its donation to Dreamland Pool event. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Mayor has rough start in office

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Mayor Terry Carpenter reported to the Kenova City Council Thursday night that he has had a rough 16 days in office.

In addition to the rain that fell in the Tri-State area, Carpenter said two sewage pumps and a back wash water pump ceased to function because of the overtime work they had been doing to keep storm water from flooding the water plant.

Council approved bids for repairing the pumps, after Carpenter said if the back wash pump at the water plant was not repaired by 2 p.m. Friday; the city could run out of water within two days.

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KES FUNDRAISING – To help with getting new playground equipment, Rick Chaffin presents a $500 check to Principal Deidre Farley. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

PTO, volunteers continue playground fundraising efforts

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Ground breaking at the new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School has yet to happen, but that has not stopped the Parent-Teacher Organization from fundraising for playground equipment and gym upgrades.

As of Thursday, the PTO as well has other volunteers have raised about $20,000 for playground equipment for the new school, according to Principal Deidre Farley.

“Our best bid for the equipment is $132, 000,” Farley said. “We need about $120,000 by January 2017 in an effort to have the equipment installed by the time the new school is completed and open.”

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Misc

Rep. Jenkins announces grant for Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department


BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced Friday that the Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department has received a $259,139 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The money will be used to purchase thermal imaging cameras, self-contained breathing apparatus, hoses, nozzles and a fill station.

Ceredo VFD Chief David Caudill said he is absolutely enthused by the announcement. He said the money could not come at a better time.

“Our air packs are on their last leg. There are Federal safety guidelines that dictate the lives of those air packs. Had we not gotten this grant, I do not know what we would have done,” Caudill said.
The Ceredo chief said his squad has been fortunate to receive grants the past several years and he is grateful for every additional dollar that comes in.

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Two arrested in Rite Aid parking lot


By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Two women were arrested during an alleged drug transaction on a local business parking lot Monday.

Shani Medina, 33, of Wayne was charged with aiding and abetting (delivery), conspiracy and three counts of possession. Carolyn “Susie” Cottrell, 61, also of Wayne was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy, five counts of possession with intent to deliver, driving under the influence – drugs and improper registration.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department report, Deputy N.E. Triplett was responding to be on the lookout (BOLO) for a vehicle driving recklessly near Wayne.

The report states Triplett caught up with the vehicle and its occupants on the Rite Aid parking lot in Wayne.

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Airport looking at constructing access building


By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Members of the Huntington Tri-State Airport Authority Board approved executive director Jerry Brienza to sign a grant application for the construction of an elevator/stairway system during its Thursday meeting.

The $800,000 grant will be through KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission for the purpose of designing/constructing an elevator/stairway system including walkway canopy and retaining wall. Brienza said the system will be in a new building which will allow customers to travel from the terminal to the parking lot to make it easier to transport luggage and other items in case of bad weather.

Currently, customers travel up and down concrete steps, constructed on an embankment in front of the terminal. Brienza said the system can also provide easier travel to and from the parking lot to the terminal.

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Several indictments handed down by grand jury


By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The July 2015 term of the grand jury met last week and handed down several indictments which included drug charges.

On Friday, those indicted appeared before Judge Darrell Pratt for arraignment.

Indictments include:
– Tina Mae Edwards, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
– Desean Lamar Briscoe, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

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Beth Thompson, a native of Lavalette and a 1987 graduate of Wayne High School, is the new Cabell County Manager. Photo by Lori Wolfe/HD Media

Thompson gives back to state, local community in new role


BY LACIE PIERSON
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – It seems no matter where she is, Beth Thompson is at home.

Whether it’s taking trips to places like Ireland, cheering on her grandchildren at the baseball field or working in the political arena in Charleston, Thompson is ready for whatever life throws at her.

So when a storm knocked down a tree in the lawn of the Cabell County Courthouse just days before she was set to officially take over as Cabell County Manager, Thompson didn’t flinch.

“(Former County Manager Chris Tatum) was out, so I was in charge of making sure everything was handled properly,” said Thompson during her second day on the job July 2.

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Ceredo passes 2nd ordinance readings

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

CEREDO – The Ceredo Town Council Monday night approved second readings of an ordinance setting the rates for the new stormwater utility as well as a second reading for an ordinance on drug paraphernalia making both official ordinances of the city.

The new stormwater rate ordinance sets the amounts that will be charged to customers. All residential customers will be charged a flat rate of $7.00 per month. Non-residential customers including multi-unit property owners, commercial, industrial or governmental properties will pay different rates.

Non-residential customers will be charged $7.00 per month for the first 3,000 sq. ft. of impervious property. Anything over 3,000 sq. ft. will be charged an additional $2.50 per 1,000 sq. ft. per month or any portion therefore. The minimum monthly charge for properties less than 3,000 impervious sq. ft. will be $7.00 per month.

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Wayne Co. Health department campus now tobacco free


By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Tobacco products will not be allowed on the property of the Wayne County Health Department beginning Aug. 3.

During its June 8 meeting, the members of the Wayne County Board of Health approved to adopt a policy making the whole health department property tobacco free.

The policy has been established to help keep a safe and healthy environment for the employees, clients and visitors, director J.K. Fife said.

The policy covers smoking of any type of tobacco product, using oral tobacco and e-cigarettes and applies to all employees, clients, contractors and visitors inside, outside, on sidewalks, parking lot and inside vehicles.

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Ohio youth group repairs Wayne Co. home damaged
by flood


WILLIAMSON – A United Church of Christ (UCC) youth group from Cuyahoga and Richfield, Ohio volunteered with West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD) and the Mingo County Long Term Recovery Group this past week to repair a Wayne County mobile home damaged by March flooding.

The Pilgrim (Cuyahoga) and Richfield UCC youth group is one of many teams volunteering to help West Virginia recover from damages caused by March and April 2015 storms.

This particular home was severely damaged by floodwaters and unlivable for the family. The youth group worked 5 days straight to replace insulation under the home, install drywall throughout the interior and mud drywall seams.

Through their efforts the mobile home’s interior is now ready to be painted and have plumbing installed. WV VOAD and the Mingo County Long Term Recovery Group have coordinated another group of volunteers to complete the repairs and the family will soon be able to move back in the home.

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Eric Hodges

Hodges announces candidacy; property assessments now online


WAYNE – Wayne County Assessor Eric Hodges has filed early candidacy for the 2016 election.

Hodges will seek re-election for the assessor’s office next election cycle. It will be his third term in public office.

All personnel property assessments can now be done online at the county web page, according to assessor Hodges. “This should make things easier for Wayne County Citizens,” Hodges said.