Vol. 141, No. 8 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

WHAT A SCENE – Snow dusted the grounds of Beech Fork Lake Monday as the white precipitation moved through the Tri-State. Wayne County Schools were on a two-hour delay Tuesday because of slick road conditions. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

SNOW SCENE – Picture above an abandoned road near Kenova taken Saturday following Friday night’s light snow. WCN photo by Ron Ferguson

HELLO – Congressman Evan Jenkins shakes hands with a Sogefi/Allevard Springs employee as plant manager Troy Thomas looks on. The employee explained her job inspecting filters before they are packaged to Jenkins. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Jenkins visits Wayne County

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

PRICHARD – The last time Evan Jenkins was in Wayne County, he was a state senator running for the Third Congressional seat.

When Jenkins returned Friday, it was as a U.S. Congressman. Jenkins was in the area to get a tour of projects in Wayne County and seeing what the needs are in the area.

“I was a Wayne County representative in the Legislature for 18 years,” he said. “Now, I am wearing a new hat as a congressman. This is a new opportunity to help the area as best I can with funding or with getting federal permits."

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NEEDING BLACKTOP – The access bridge to the entrance of the Heartland Intermodal Gateway Facility at Prichard just needs blacktop on the approaches to be complete. Engineers said the deck over the tracks is high enough to allow double-stack trains that will bring cargo to the facility. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Don Perdue

Perdue co-sponsor's bill to ban party chairs as lobbyists

By Brandi Underwood
West Virginia Press Association

CHARLESTON – As it currently stands, West Virginia is one of only three states in the nation where party chairpersons also work as registered lobbyists.

Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates introduced a bill Monday that would alter legislation to ban that practice in the state.

“It’s a situation that, once revealed, cannot now be ignored,” said bill co-sponsor Del. Don Perdue, D-Wayne. “Simple logic tells us this bill is the right response for both major parties, and for West Virginia.”

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GOING TO POT? – Proponents for legalizing marijuana in West Virginia are shown Thursday on the corner of the Cabell County Courthouse in downtown Huntington. Some citizens are pushing for medical cannabis, saying it helps certain patients. Several states in the Western U.S. have legalized the drug. WCN Photo by Ron Ferguson

Kenova Elementary students returning to school

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – After several days of unanswered questions, the faculty at Kenova Elementary, along with the Wayne County Board of Education, were given the “all clear” Tuesday afternoon for students to return to the school.

Students had been out of school for several days due to concerns over a lack of water pressure for the fire suppression system. The issue came to light after Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith informed City Council during last week’s regular meeting about water pressure issues at the new school construction site.

Griffith told Council there were instances of low water pressure that could possibly force the new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School PreK-5 school to have a water tank and pump system to supply the suppression system in event of a fire.

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TELLING PEOPLE – The manager of the Beech Fork Lake Marina, standing next to The Great Outdoor Marine display, tells guests at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena about Beech Fork Lake activities. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Man arrested for bringing drugs into courtroom

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – James Doyle Rowe appeared in Magistrate Court Jan. 13 for a hearing on misdemeanors and immediately received more charges when drugs were found on his person.

Rowe has been in Wayne County Magistrate Court numerous times on several charges including breaking and entering in the Wayne area, according to Wayne Police Chief Dwayne Stiltner.

As a condition to be released on bond, Rowe was wearing a home confinement bracelet, Stiltner said. As Rowe entered the courtroom, Magistrate Randy Wiles had Bailiff Aaron Farley and Stiltner conduct a pat-down of Rowe inside the courtroom.

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Misc

James Berry

Kenova police officer warns HPD of threat

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – When James Berry posted a video of himself pointing a gun out of a vehicle toward Huntington police officers as they were conducting a traffic stop on social media, he apparently did not expect a police officer from another department would see it.

Last week, Kenova Police Chief Ray Mossman received a letter from Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli stating his appreciation of Officer Jake Wellman seeing the threat and notifying Huntington Police.

Ciccarelli said when officers received Wellman’s information, they immediately launched an investigation and arrested Berry, 18, of Huntington, during a traffic stop within a matter of hours.

“He was found driving under the influence and possession of drugs,” Ciccarelli said. “We obtained a search warrant for his home and found three firearms.”

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Program launched to train farmers market vendors in Wayne County

“It’s a farmers market, and it sells things.”

This is the extent of the information that most farmers market vendors have when they begin selling at market, according to Larry Lower, a market manager with more than ten years experience at the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market.

He is describing the lack of knowledge that most beginning vendors have when it comes to knowing what it takes to make a successful farmers market-based business work.

According to Lower, despite the huge market that exists in West Virginia for locally grown food, “about 50 percent of all potential new vendors would not make it through their first year without close mentor-ship or training. Only about 10 percent of them have researched all the things that are necessary to become a successful vendor.

“Many of them have unrealistic expectations about what selling at a farmers market is really like. They come with a product to sell, but have no knowledge of rules and regulations that are associated with selling that product.”

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Kenova Police Dept. arrest two

KENOVA – Two men were arrested Saturday by Kenova Police on driving under the influence charges.

Steve Allen Kirk, 33, of Kenova was arrested for DUI, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Kenneth Ray Hill of Huntington was arrested for DUI and open container.
Both were arraigned and told when to return for court.

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NEW CAMERA – Cpl. Jamie Wolfe with the Ceredo Police Department shows the new body camera the department has purchased. The camera, on the right-hand pocket of the officer, is used to keep officers professional and to collect evidence. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

CPD latest to purchase body cameras

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Many police departments across the country are purchasing body cameras in efforts to protect not just the citizen, but the officer from career-damaging complaints.

The Ceredo Police Department has purchased two such cameras and are awaiting the delivery of four more, Chief Tony Poston said.

“Each officer will have a camera,” Poston said. “The camera will help the officers be respectful to the people and treat them with dignity and respect. It also holds the officers accountable and helps us to decide if there is an official complaint.”

The small digital camera records video and audio. It can be clipped onto the officer’s tie or pocket with a special notch on the clip to keep it in place.

The video is later downloaded to a computer for review, as well as for evidence.

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Police cite four businesses for selling beer to a minor

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – The Kenova Drug Task Force cited four Kenova businesses for selling beer to a 19-year-old Tuesday evening.

According to Chief Ray Mossman, the ParMar station (Shell) on Oak Street, Shirls and Kathy’s Parlor, Goldenrail and Classic Liquors failed to ask for identification and sold beer to the person helping police.

Three businesses carded the person and one employee gave the person a stern lecture about being underage and attempting to purchase beer.

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Not many file for municipal elections

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The first two days of filing for office in two municipalities was slow as four signed up for one town while the other had none.

Kenova and Wayne will be conducting elections for municipal offices in June and this month potential candidates can file for mayor, council, municipal judge and, for Wayne, recorder.

Three candidates have filed to run for Wayne council and one for municipal judge.

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