Vol. 141, No. 23 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, March 21 & 22, 2015

WINNERS FOR REGION 2 – Wayne Middle School History Bowl sponsor Maynard Hay stands with Brad Cremeans, Braden Ross, Alex Simpkins, Wyatt Tabor, Raymond Abbott, Jacob Albertson, Ben Browning and Nick Napier who were winners and first runners-up for the Region 2 History Bowl. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

WMS wins Region 2 of History Bowl tournament

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

 MILTON – The only team to beat Wayne Middle School Team Two in the annual History Bowl was Wayne Middle School Team One, and when Two took the lead, the team never looked back.

Brad Cremeans, Braden Ross, Alex Simpkins and Wyatt Tabor of WMS Team Two were named champions of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Region 2 tournament for the 2015 West Virginia History Bowl.

WMS Team One, consisting of Raymond Abbott, Jacob Albertson, Ben Browning and Nick Napier, was the runner-up.

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!

Matt Rohrbach

Del. Rohrbach discusses Beech Fork, Prichard Intermodal

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – For freshman House of Delegates Dr. Matt Rohrbach, it was an action packed first legislative session.

He battled against his own party on easing public smoking bans, fought for legislation that allows first responders access to possible life saving medication to counteract the effects of heroin in overdoses and fought for economic projects that could benefit the entire state.

Those were some of the highlights Rohrbach related to district constituents during Monday’s Westmoreland Neighborhood Association meeting, but it was two topics that took most of his time.dy Perry.” Dad (A. Michael Perry) would have loved all this. This is a Mike Perry Day.”

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!

OH MY! – This young visitor to the WSAZ Home and Garden Show was a little apprehensive about petting the baby chick being held by a volunteer. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Hundreds visit WSAZ Home and Garden Show

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – More than 100 vendors, with a few from Wayne County, were giving advice and giving service information to improve a home and/or garden as Tri-State residents filled the Big Sandy Superstore Arena for the annual WSAZ Home and Garden Show this past weekend.

During the show, visitors could get information on gardening from West Virginia University Extension agents, including Wayne County’s Gary Selby.

“This is an awesome venue,” Selby said. “The home and garden show has been around since I was a kid. I remember coming here and learning new things and now I am a part of it and sharing information with others.”

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!

FOUND IT – Huntington Police Officer Kyle Patton and his K-9 partner Bosco give a demonstration of Bosco’s ability to find drugs for the residents of the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Westmoreland residents get K-9 demonstration

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – For seven years, Huntington Police Officer Kyle Patton had worked with one partner, Nero, looking for drugs, criminals and missing persons until that partner’s retirement and then Patton got a new partner to continue the fight against drugs.

Patton explained to the residents of the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association during its meeting Monday that his partner is not an ordinary partner. He is a two-year-old black German shepherd named Bosco and the two demonstrated their skills as a K-9 Unit of the Huntington Police Department.

According to Patton, the department has eight dogs and seven handlers. One of the handlers has two dogs, one for detecting drugs, the other for tracking people.

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!

SPEAKING OF GARDENS – Wayne County West Virginia University Extension agent Gary Selby talks raised beds and container gardens to the visitors of the WSAZ Home and Garden Show. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Grand Jury: Three indicted in Bundy murder

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Officials with the Wayne County Circuit Court played catch up Wednesday in releasing the grand jury indictment list for this term of court.

Indictment arraignments were to be conducted last Friday, but because of winter storm Thor, the Wayne County Courthouse was closed for safety purposes and the arraignments were continued.

Included in this term indictments are suspects in two murder cases, a man who robbed a local gas station and several drug cases.

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!

PRESENTATION – Heritage Farm Museum and Village Director Audy Perry receives the certificate of affiliation from Alma Douglas of the Smithsonian Institute at the farm Wednesday. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Heritage Farm named as affiliate to Smithsonian Institute

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – To see something offered by the Smithsonian Institute, one does not have to travel to Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, Alma Douglas, outreach director with the Smithsonian, made a visit to Heritage Farm Museum and Village and announced that the farm has been approved to be the first West Virginia affiliate of the institution.

“I am so excited about this,” said farm director Audy Perry.” Dad (A. Michael Perry) would have loved all this. This is a Mike Perry Day.”

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!

ACCIDENT – Tammy Akers of Louisa, Ky., was taken to the hospital following an accident on U.S. 52 near Tolsia High School Thursday. Submitted photo courtesy of Deputy H.K. Sowards III, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department

One injured in accident

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

GLENHAYES – A Louisa, Ky., woman was taken to a local hospital Thursday following a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 52 south of Tolsia High School.

Tammy Akers was driving her 2014 Chevrolet Cruz on U.S. 52 when she allegedly crossed the center line and headed for a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer, said Deputy H.K. Sowards III with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

Sowards said the driver of the tractor-trailer swerved to avoid a collision and Akers struck the truck’s fuel tank, causing the Cruz to go airborne, rolling over and landing on the driver’s side next to the guardrail.

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!

 

 

Misc

Wayne man waives hearing

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – A man from Wayne remains in the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville without bond after he waived his rights to a hearing in Wayne County Magistrate Court Wednesday.

Austin Michael Dillon, 35, was charged with wanton endangerment after allegedly chasing a man in the Westmoreland area with a gun March 10.

According to the criminal complaint, Huntington Police responded to the Auburn Road home of Denise Day-Dillon, the ex-wife of Austin Dillon, after Dillon approached her home, produced a handgun and allegedly chased Jeffrey Gregg across the street waving the handgun.

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Volunteers sought for park cleanup

Officials at Beech Fork Lake State Park are seeking volunteers to participate in the park’s annual spring cleanup.

Volunteers are asked to sign up before the April 4 event.

Lunch will be provided and the workday includes a camping option. Registered volunteers for the Saturday cleanup can camp for free Friday and Saturday nights or at a later date, according to Park assistant superintendent Dillard Price.

A registration form can be printed from the Beech Fork State Park’s event Web page at www.beechforksp.com

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Native American group has new website, rules

The Native American Indian Federation, Inc. has moved to a new location. For all past, present and future potential members, we have completed a new website and new regulations for tribal membership.

On the website there is a new application for membership which includes directives for showing your Indian background. The site also notes that there will now be a yearly membership fee.

For more information, our website is: naifwv.weebly.com; E-Mail site: naifwv@gmail.com, or call Principal Chief David L. Cremeans, 681-204-3721 or e-mail: dcremeanslhd@yahoo.com

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

MR. PRESIDENT – Spring Valley graduate Duncan Waugaman was re-elected as student body president at Marshall University for the 2015-16 school year. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Waugaman elected to second term

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Duncan Waugaman learned a lot during his first term as Marshall University Student Body President and has won another term as president.

Waugaman, a 2012 graduate of Spring Valley High School, won the student election Wednesday at Marshall for the 2015-16 school year.

An economics major, Waugaman will be a senior and says he has a lot of ideas that could help improve Marshall.

“During my first year, I did not know many of the people in charge and students and faculty were telling me things that needed to be fixed on campus,” he said. “Last year we got a lot accomplished.”

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Fourth 2012 murder suspect enters plea

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A man accused of assisting in the death of a Radnor man in 2012 entered into a plea agreement Tuesday.

William B. Coleman was expected to go on trial Monday on charges of first degree robbery, murder and conspiracy to commit first degree robbery in the death James Spurlock in Spurlock’s Radnor home May 31, 2012.

Coleman agreed to enter a plea of no contest to conspiracy to commit first degree robbery, Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Plymale said. Coleman will be sentenced May 15 by Judge James H. Young Jr. for a term of one to five years in a West Virginia correctional facility.

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Bonds ready to sell, city gets grant

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – In a previous meeting, Huntington City Council agreed to sell bonds to repair lines and other items needed for the Huntington Sewer Plant.

The bonds could be sold as early as Monday, officials said during Monday’s meeting.

John Stump, bond council with Steptoe and Johnson, told council the Huntington Sanitary Board’s credit rating was A minus, one grade below the city’s.

“That grade is very good and qualifies for bond insurance so you can get the bonds at a lower cost,” Stump said.

The bonds, which are expected to sell Monday, will be at 3.26 percent fixed rate for 20 years.

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Gospel sing to benefit American Cancer Society

LAVALETTE – Philadelphia United Baptist Church will host a gospel sing beginning at 5 p.m. March 14 at the church on Beech Fork Road in Lavalette.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Relay for Life of Wayne County.

Singing will begin at 6 p.m., but the church invites the community to come at 5 p.m. and enjoy the food that will be served at the event.

Jesse Maynard, one of the deacons and treasurer of the church, is in one of the groups scheduled.

“I was recently diagnosed with cancer,” Maynard said. “I feel blessed that it is a treatable cancer, and that I have been given a positive diagnosis, but there are a lot of folks that have had to battle cancer from our church, our association and in my family and friends. My wife and I have always supported the Relay for Life and will continue to do so. We are happy we are able to help with this event.”

The Relay for Life is scheduled May 2 at the Spring Valley High School Football Field. The Relay for Life is a walk that begins with cancer survivors, then a lap for the caregivers. A Luminaria Ceremony also occurs at the event to remember loved ones lost to cancer, as well as to support those who are currently battling cancer. It also honors those who beat cancer.

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Kelsie May

Louisa’s Kelsie May sings in blind auditions on ‘The Voice’

By CATRINA VARGO

Lawrence County’s darling, Kelsie May, who just turned 16 years old, performed in the blind auditions on ‘The Voice,’ which aired Monday night, March 2. May, who is being called “Little Loretta,” in her hometown of Louisa, KY, is referred to as such because her musical idol is the legendary country music artist, Loretta Lynn, who is from neighboring Johnson County. May also favors a young Loretta with her long dark hair and country twang.

As everyone expected, May chose a Loretta Lynn song to sing on ‘The Voice,’ a classic entitled “You’re Looking At Country,” a top 5 hit for Lynn in 1971. The first chair to turn was country artist, and winning coach of last season’s show, Blake Shelton.

The next two turning chairs were Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams. Williams said “I am looking at country.” Aguilera tried to convince May that she needed a female perspective and that her voice was not limited to country. Shelton responded by saying he can provide a female perspective “her name is Miranda Lambert.” While Adam Levine did not turn his chair, he complimented May on her voice and performance.

For more on this story and many others, subscribe to the WCN or the WCN e-paper today!