Vol. 141, No. 32 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LOCATING – Sue Patalano, state coordinator for Project Lifesaver, shows Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Adam Baumgartner how to operate the electronic equipment used to help locate a person with cognitive impairments who is lost. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Police Officers train with Project Lifesaver

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Five Wayne County law enforcement officers concluded training for a program to help search and rescue of a person with cognitive impairments at risk of wandering.

Project Lifesaver is a program that assists families and caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive disabilities by using personalized radio transmitters on bracelets. The bracelets emit a unique pulse-carrier wave radio frequency tracking signal linked to electronic tracking equipment for those at risk of wandering off and becoming lost.

The specially trained search and rescue teams are to respond to the area and with the mobile locator tracking system once a person is reported missing. In the past, searching for a lost person could take up to several days or weeks to find the person, but with the electronic equipment the search can take up to just a few minutes.

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Melissa Effingham

Dealer arrested following overdose investigation

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – A Kenova woman was taken into custody Thursday night for drug charges following a drug overdose investigation by the Kenova Police Drug Task Force.

Melissa Dawn Effingham, 40, was arrested on a delivery of a controlled substance charge and is awaiting arraignment at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.

According to Kenova Police Chief Ray Mossman, the task force responded to an overdose call at an apartment building on the 300 block of 18th Street early Thursday. Kenova Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical services unit also responded.

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HOMETOWN HERO – Rick Chaffin speaks as members of the community gather for an open house event for the C-K Alumni Gymnasium on Friday, in Kenova. Chaffin was Awarded Hometown Hero during the event. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

C-K Alumni Gym debuts

By LACIE PIERSON
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KENOVA — In a part of Wayne County where the “Wonders never cease,” the latest wonder for the towns of Ceredo and Kenova was celebrated Friday afternoon.

The C-K Alumni Gym, formerly known as the Wonderdome, had somewhat of a grand reopening for community members during a special ceremony that included state and local leaders, school officials, and students from Kenova Elementary School.

The celebration represented more than a change in the building’s name as a refurbished gym floor, new bleachers, new wall padding and an updated entrance were showcased during the event, commemorating the first phase of renovation for the gym that will serve Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School.

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RAW MILK DEBATE – Tinia Creamer, of Shoals, leads an April 15 protest on the Capitol steps in Charleston. Creamer along with a small group of protesters were raising awareness about the “Shared-Herding” bill Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed last month, citing concerns with raw milk consumption. The bill would allow one or more individuals to share ownership in a dairy animal, while receiving the goods produced from the animal. Submitted photo

Wayne County couple leads
pro-raw milk rally

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CHARLESTON – A Wayne County couple organized a protest earlier this week on the Capitol steps to voice their opposition to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s “Shared Herding” Bill veto last month.

Tomblin recently vetoed the bill which would have reversed an older law prohibiting West Virginia residents from co-owning dairy livestock for the purpose of being able to use their animals’ milk without pasteurization.

According to Tinia Creamer, along with husband John, the April 15 protest was held based on principle.

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NEW LANES - Wayne County Schools maintenance employees placed gravel for additional lanes to alleviate traffic congestion as parents pick their children up from Wayne Elementary. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

School Board, town work out traffic problem

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE - A solution may have been found for the traffic jam at the W.Va. 152 traffic signal.

When the 2014-15 school year began in August, traffic problems were once again an issue at Wayne Elementary School.

During the August Wayne Council meeting, Wayne Municipal Judge Kevin Bradshaw, who is also a Wayne County School bus driver, asked Mayor Mick Sanders what could be done about traffic that sometimes stopped in both directions as parents picked up their children after school.

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Schools present needs to Board

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – Local School Improvement Councils from feeder school systems for Wayne and Spring Valley high schools met this past week to inform the Wayne County Board of Education about their schools.

The LSICs provided information about what their schools have accomplished this year, progress on test scores, discussed the results of each school’s OEPA visits - as well as discussed the school’s individual needs.

Several schools including Wayne Elementary, Lavalette Elementary, Kellogg Elementary, Buffalo Middle, Vinson Middle and Spring Valley High School each stated they need some kind of paving done on their campus. Work has recently begun on expanding the parent pick-up lane at Wayne Elementary due to traffic issues that traditionally has backed traffic up from the school to Route 152.

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Wayne County Schools address test opt-out debate

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE — As students throughout the state are taking or currently preparing to take the Smarter Balance testing assessments, a battle between the state and parents is brewing in Wayne County.

According to multiple sources including Wayne County Schools Superintendent Sandra Pertee, nearly 200 students brought testing opt-out forms to Spring Valley High School that were signed by parents and stated their child would not participate in this week’s testing. The action forced Pertee and Director of Assessment for Wayne County Schools John Waugaman to take immediate action.

Students who had turned in forms were called to an assembly where Pertee and Waugaman explained that there were no laws stating students can opt out of the testing. The assembly was recorded by several students prompting parents to go to social media to voice their anger.

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FELT THE EARTH MOVE – Sammy Coy points to the tree that slid down in a landslide Tuesday that knocked his home off its foundation. Coy expressed his concerns about the tree falling on electric lines and onto W.Va. 152. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Landslide takes out trailer

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON - Candace Coy thought she heard a tornado approaching her home on W.Va. 152 near German Ridge Hill.

But, it was not a tornado.

It was part of the hill behind her home sliding and knocking her mobile home off its foundation, as she and family members were inside. The home moved several inches off its foundation.

“Everything began to break, and the trailer was shaking,” said Candace Coy, who was inside with her mother, Tracy Swimm, and brother, Eric Swimm. “I looked out and saw the hill sliding. It was so loud I couldn’t hear anything.”

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Carla Burr

Burr selected as Wayne High ‘Teacher of Year’

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WAYNE - Carla Burr has been awarded the “T.B. McClure Teacher of the Year Award” by Wayne High School Student Government.

Candidates for the award are nominated by the members of Student Government with the winning teacher chosen by the vote of the student body. Burr, Wayne High School’s pro-start teacher, was nominated by Student Body Secretary Bailey Roach.

Roach said she chose Burr because she “is a very hard-working teacher whose job is underappreciated. She does more for the school than people realize.”

This is the second year for the award, which is named after Taylor Bascom McClure, an early Wayne County educator whose efforts led to the creation of Wayne High School in 1922. Last year’s winner was Caleb Dyer.

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Parents suing Wayne County Schools claiming molestation

WAYNE - A couple is suing the Wayne County Board of Education after they claim it failed to protect their son from being molested by a teacher and a teacher’s aide.

The West Virginia Record is reporting Lisa Thacker and David Martin Thacker were also named as defendants in the suit.

During the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years, Seth Farley was a student at Wayne Middle School where Lisa Thacker and David Thacker were his teacher and aide, according to a complaint filed Feb. 26 in Wayne Circuit Court.

Kimberly Farley and Mark Farley claim their son is autistic and was in a self-contained classroom with the defendants.

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Airport signs new lease with Allegiant

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KENOVA - Tri-State Airport has signed a new lease with Allegiant Air, which offers many of the airports popular flights to and from vacation destinations in Florida and South Carolina.

“Last week we wrapped up and came to terms with Allegiant on some new lease rates,” Airport Director Jerry Brienza said Thursday at a meeting of the Tri-State Airport Authority. “Allegiant has been operating at the same lease rate they started in 2006.”

It has been a profitable arrangement, but overtime there are have been other factors to consider.

“Our employees that started in 2006 have gotten raises, the equipment we purchased for them was old when we bought it, and it’s now nine years older so a lot of it needs to be replaced, which means we have to purchase new equipment to support that,” Brienza said. “All these things they understood and agreed to the new lease rates, so we are happy about that.”

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NOW ON-LINE - Lavalette Volunteer Fire Department introduces its newest ambulance, a 2014 Mercedes Sprinter, that was purchased with department funds. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

New ambulance now in service

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE - The Lavalette Volunteer Fire Department has recently put into service a new ambulance that will not only serve and help the people of its coverage district but can also help save money.

The department purchased a 2014 Mercedes Sprinter van-style ambulance that has a five-cylinder diesel engine that gets 20 miles to the gallon of fuel, said Darrell Ennis, emergency medical services director. Cost of the ambulance was about $90,000, and it was purchased with EMS and fire department funding.

The new ambulance replaced an older model ambulance and allows the fire department to maintain its three-ambulance fleet.

Ennis describes the truck as a standard size van-style ambulance with a little more height for more head room in the patient compartment.

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Wayne residents talk trash, pick-up

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE - Residents from the Tom’s Creek Road area of Wayne are not pleased with the service they are receiving from a refuse company.

One resident told the Wayne County Commission during its meeting Monday that Dalton Refuge has not been picking up trash that the residents set out for pick-up for up to five weeks at a time.

Many are tired of seeing their garbage remain by the roadside when they return home from work or running errands.

Residents said they have contacted another refuge company and are waiting for a reply..

“We are tired of dealing with this company as well,” Commission President Bob Pasley said. “We have dealt with this issue for years.”

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Friends of Beech Fork working on activities

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON - The Friends of Beech Fork organization received its corporation status from the state recently and is ready to promote and plan activities for the lake, park and surrounding area.

Friends of Beech Fork meets at 1 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The organization began as a grassroots program to help get a lodge constructed at Beech Fork Lake and to promote activities that happen in not only the lake side portion of the park but at Beech Fork State Park as well.

Activities being planned include trail races and hikes.

Volunteers are still needed to help with cleaning up and picking up trash from around the lake area and keeping the lake clean.

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Westmoreland Community hosting “Make it Shine”

WESTMORELAND - Project Westmoreland and Crosspoint Community Church of Westmoreland are hosting “Make it Shine” Day at Westmoreland Park Saturday, April 18, at 9 a.m.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. to receive supplies and instructions. The group will clean up around the flood wall, area parks, schools, residential streets and other areas designated by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

For more information check out Crosspoint Community Church or Project Westmoreland on Facebook.

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Bill Wellman

Former sheriff, commissioner Wellman dies

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Bill Wellman was a businessman, sheriff, commissioner and neighbor and to all who knew him, friends said Friday.

Wellman died early Thursday morning following a long illness, according to Commissioner David Pennington.
Pennington, a life-long friend, said he will have memories of his friend to last a lifetime.

“Bill was the first two-term sheriff of Wayne County,” Pennington said. “It used to be sheriffs were elected for just four years then they changed the law in 1972 making the office two-terms.”

Wellman was first elected in 1976 as sheriff and left office in 1984. After that, he became a county commissioner but resigned early due to health issues. He was also a former chief of the Lavalette Volunteer Fire Department and owned a construction company.

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