Vol. 143, No. 12 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, Feb. 11 & 12, 2017

Students at Dunlow Elementary constructed a Blessing Box to help serve the needs in their communitys. Photo courtesy of Wayne County Schools

Tolsia CTE donates Dunlow Elementary ‘Blessing Box’

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DUNLOW – The Fifth Grade Class at Dunlow Elementary recently worked with Eric Crum and Tolsia High School’s Carpentry Class to create a Blessing Box, which is now located outside of our school.

This is such a wonderful opportunity to help those in need and to teach students the true meaning of giving to others in the community. The Blessing Box is in front of the school, next to the fence, so that anyone, who may need extra support, may get it. The fifth grade will be holding a drive from February, 13th-17th to collect non-perishable items and other necessities that individuals may need.

Dunlow’s 5th grade would like to again thank Eric Crum and the Tolsia High School Carpentry Class for all of their hard, fantastic work, along with Nick Crum and Lonnie Evans, Jr. for taking time out of their day to install it securely for us.

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Commission calls on governor for development assistance

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Commission recently sent letter to newly elected West Virginia Governor Jim Justice seeking an audience with him and his administration to discuss developmental projects in Wayne County.

The letter included a list of priorities commissioners feel are important to both economic and tourism development within the county and surrounding areas that state and federal assistance are being actively sought.

Some of those projects include the previously proposed Beech Fork State Park Lodge, development of Hatfield-McCoy Trail System in the county and farther development of the Heartland Intermodal Gateway Facility.

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Ceredo Fire Chief David Caudill uses a thermal imaging camera to check for hot spots as 3 fire departments work together to extinguish a house fire in Spring Valley on Monday. Photo by Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch

Local crews encounter obstacles in house fire

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HUNTINGTON – A home on Waco Road off Spring Valley Drive was damaged by a Monday afternoon fire that posed extra challenges for firefighters, including the volume of materials stored in the structure.

It was initially believed a resident was inside the home, but it was determined before fire crews arrived the owner was out visiting a friend.

The Huntington Fire Department was notified of the fire at 2:21 p.m. after Wayne County 911 alerted Cabell County they did not have crews available, said Jan Rader, Huntington interim Fire Chief. Huntington was able to send a full response to the location.

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Doug Adkins and John Cyrus of Cyrus, Adkins and Walker, Attorneys at Law present Wayne County Sheriff Deputy Association Treasurer Glen Poff, center, with a check to show support for local police officers. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Law firm donates to Wayne Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Association

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A Huntington law firm donated funds to the Wayne County Sheriff Deputy Association as a token of gratitude for diligent police work as well as to hopefully encourage others to follow suit.

Cyrus, Adkins and Walker, Attorneys at Law presented association treasurer Glen Poff with a $5,000 check last week to help aid in equipment purchases and update to a training facility located near Prichard.

Attorney John Cyrus said the donation is not only to show police how much he and others at the firm support them, but to hopefully encourage other business owners across the Tri-State to do the same.

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Applications available for home repairs in southern Wayne Co.

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

DUNLOW – The Wayne County Work Camp is now accepting applications for home repairs completed by volunteers as well as the chance to be awarded a brand new $20,000 home.

General projects offered by the camp include making homes warm, safe and dry including floor repair, roofs, porches, wheelchair ramps and minor repairs.

Last year, repairs to various homes in the Dunlow area were made as well as a brand new home was constructed for a resident on Lycans Ridge.

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Misc/Events

Ashlee Smith shares her National 4-H Congress experience with the Wayne County Board of Education during meeting Tuesday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Smith presents National 4-H Congress experience to School Board

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A local 4-Her received the honor of serving on the National 4-H Congress Youth Design Team and attended the event in November 2016 and shared her experience with the Wayne County Board of Education during a meeting Tuesday.

Ashlee Smith, Wayne resident, was chosen to be one of eight on the team and was the first from the county to ever do so.

The premier national event, held in Atlanta, GA from Nov. 25-29 2016, gave Smith the chance to work with youth from across the county and network with leaders.

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Ceredo MS4 attending WSAZ Home & Garden

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

CEREDO – The Town of Ceredo is taking steps to farther educate citizens about stormwater by attending the 2017 WSAZ Home & Garden Show.

Dustin Long, Ceredo stormwater manager, will accompany representatives from the Huntington Stormwater Utility to hand out information about stormwater and how to keep it clean.

There will be handouts and materials available to those who attend the event.

Attending will help Ceredo meet its community outreach requirements instilled by the MS4 program and will be free of charge to the town.

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Lawrence County Humane in need of vet costs for puppies

By Nikki Dotson Merritt
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Lawrence County Humane Society is in need of donations to aide in paying an outstanding vet bill for puppies diagnosed with parvovirus after an outbreak at the shelter.

The puppies were recently relocated to the shelter after being abandoned at another location.

Though the puppies were vaccinated and held for two weeks via shelter protocol, six were still diagnosed with the disease and forced to receive care at an animal hospital.

Other dogs at the shelter are in danger of catching the easily transmitted canine disease that can affect all dogs, but targets unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months old.

The virus affects dogs’ gastrointestinal tracts and is spread by direct dog-to-dog contact and contact with contaminated feces (stool), environments, or people.

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Michael Wentz

Tri-State Airport appoints new police chief

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HUNTINGTON – Huntington Tri-State Airport Director Jerry Brienza has announced the appointment of Michael T. Wentz as the Airport Chief of Police to oversee the Airport’s Police Department.

Wentz brings 28 years of police department experience to his new role, including having served as a Tri-State Airport (HTS) Police Officer since May 2016. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Military Police School and the WV State Police Academy.

Prior to joining the airport, Wentz served in multiple law enforcement roles with agencies in Wayne, Ceredo and Kenova before retiring as Sergeant/Detective Bureau Commander in May 2016 from the Cabell County Sheriff’s Office. He resides in Huntington.

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