Vol. 140, No. 86 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

SERVING – Rocco Muriale takes time to thank Ceredo firefighters Lonnie Muncy, Brad Wheeler and another, for all the work the fire department does for the community at the annual Spaghetti dinner. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

VFD raises funding for new ambulance

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – It began with a race fundraiser for charity followed by a spaghetti dinner at the Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department.

Rocco Muriale, owner of Rocco’s Ristorante, saw the members of the fire department working hard to help set up for the dinner and answering calls. So he decided he wanted to help them raise money for the equipment they needed by cooking his famous spaghetti.

For the past 15 years, Rocco has provided the food the department needs for its annual fall dinner. This year’s funding is going toward the down payment of a new ambulance.

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THANK YOU – Students at Wayne Pre-K thanked Del. Don Perdue for the $5,000 he acquired for new playground equipment. Along with Perdue and the students are Randall May, Shane Dillon, Jason Cox, teacher, Principal Bill Preece, Jessica Owens and Teresa Ferguson, teachers. According to Cox, the equipment will cost $15,000 and with the money from Perdue, the total collected is now up to $12,000 including donations of $500 from Laborers’ International Union of North America No. 543; $1,000 from Southwestern District Labor Council; $500 from Carpenters Union No. 302; and $500 from BAC District Council of West Virginia. Donations can be made to Wayne Elementary, Preschool Playground, 80 McGinnis Drive, Wayne, WV 25570. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

 

Tolsia Highway now focus of King Coal Authority

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CHARLESTON – Focus on the Interstate 73/74 highway is shifting to the sections of Tolsia Highway, or U.S. 52 in efforts to get funding for the usable sections between Dock’s Creek and Prichard.

The King coal Highway Authority met in Charleston Thursday for its quarterly meeting.

Discussion included the Heartland Intermodal Gateway Facility at Prichard where getting the four-lane highway has become a priority for the authority.

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HERE THEY ARE – These road signs were found by deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department during their investigations of some break-ins and thefts in the southern part of the county. WCN photos courtesy of Lt. James Ward, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department

Six arrests made in B&E investigation

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Six people remain in the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville on drug and theft charges following a lengthy investigation by the deputies of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

And more arrests are pending.

Arrested this week were Arvil Johnson Jr., 43, Tommy Muncy, 39, both of Fort Gay, Paul David Brewer, 31, of Crum, Candy Maynard, 39, of Inez, Ky., and Talisha Lycans, 34, and Joyce Gunther, 53, both of Fort Gay. Johnson and Muncy are in jail on $25,000 bonds while Lycans is held on $20,000. Bonds were not set for Brewer, Maynard and Gunther.

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SIGNS – Members of the Tolsia High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) present the freshly painted Town of Fort Gay signs to Police Chief Joe Bowens, Councilwoman Joetta Hatfield, Mayor Rose Devaney and Recorder Sheila Bowens. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

New students organization cleans up Fort Gay signs

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

GLENHAYES – Many student organization do service work in their respective communities.

The new chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) decided to help with the beautification efforts in the Town of Fort Gay one its projects, starting with cleaning and repainting the signs over town hall.

“The signage was not as bright,” said Bill O’Dell, Wayne County Underage Drinking Prevention coordinator. “They wanted to keep Fort Gay a beautiful place so they brought the signs back to the school, fixed them and painted them and now they are ready to go back home where they belong.”

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Citizens share common core concerns at forum

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

BARBOURSVILLE – Parents, teachers, concerned citizens and political candidates voiced their concerns about the common core educational standards during a town hall forum Monday night in Barboursville.

The West Virginians Against Common Core sponsored the event, along with West Virginia state Senator Donna Boley,

Wayne County House of Delegates candidate Steve Marcum attended the event. Marcum, a strong opponent to common core attended for more information.

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C-K AutumnFest Parade

FLOAT PULLING – Morgan Ferguson of Kenova pulls the Kenova United Methodist Church float during the annual Ceredo-Kenova AutumnFest parade Tuesday. AutumnFest will be Friday and Saturday and will feature The Pumpkin House. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

County receives 110 iPads from Marshall University

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – The Wayne county board of Education received 110 mini iPads from the Joan Harless Foundation of Marshall University during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

The Women’s Education Forum donated the iPads, valued at $33,000. The donation is to help facilitate the “flipped classroom” method that many Wayne county teachers have started embracing where homework is performed essentially in the classroom, while lessons are uploaded via cost effective video to the tablets.

Students can access the day’s lessons the night before via the iPads.

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BOOK SIGNING – Former Ceredo-Kenova High School coaches Don Money, left, and Carl Ward, right, sign books “Bring On the Wonders,” along with author Rick Chaffin Monday at the Wonderdome. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Chaffin signs football book

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Rick Chaffin never played football but he wrote a book about a time in Ceredo-Kenova’s history about the Wonders’ football teams.

“Here Come the Wonders” details the 11 state football championships C-K won in the 1960s and 70s under Coaches Carl Ward and Dale Craycraft, Chaffin said.

“It is a game-by-game summary of the championships, runners-up and playoff games C-K played,” he said. “This is a way to preserve the history and show how proud we are of our football teams and athletics.”

The book signing on Monday served two purposes, one was to recognize the Wonders accomplishments, and the other to raise awareness about renovating the gym known as the Wonderdome, to match the new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School.

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Misc

Wayne County Trick or Treat times

Wayne County: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30

Ceredo: 5-7 p.m.; street party, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 30

Fort Gay: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Huntington (Westmoreland): 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30

Kenova: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30

Wayne: 6-8 p.m., block party, 8-9:30 p.m. Oct. 30

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Commission upholds towing ordinance

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Commission decided to keep a towing ordinance intact after meeting with representatives of the county’s towing companies and the two law enforcement agencies that protect the county.

“This meeting concerns calls to different towing companies within the county,” President Bob Pasley said. “There are nine towing companies in this county and we wanted to speak with all of you, as well as Wayne County 911 Director Bill Willis, Sheriff Greg Farley and State Police detachment commander Sgt. J.D. Lucas. We just want to get the facts.”

The first question asked was did law enforcement follow the county ordinance for calling tow trucks; owner’s preference first, followed by the closest available service, then officer’s discretion.

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Kellogg put on lockdown; second time in month

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – For the second time in a month, an outside incident put Kellogg Elementary staff on high alert this past Wednesday.

The school was placed on a precautionary lockdown about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday after a resident in an apartment building across the street from the school called police to inform them the individual had a gun and was going to shoot themselves, according to Hank Dial of the Huntington Police Department.

Several officers responded to the call and quickly apprehended the individual. Students were never in immediate harm and the scene was secured within minutes.

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Jon Suttles

Ride to honor Westmoreland man’s memory

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans lose their lives to cancer – and locally we have one of the highest cancer rates in the country.

Friends, family, co-workers, classmates and community members are all affected when cancer strikes. The loss of one Westmoreland resident last year touched many lives.

Jon Suttles lost his battle to cancer last year leaving behind a wife, kids and a myriad of those throughout the community who hold memories of the 1994 Vinson High School graduate.

During Suttles’ battle with cancer, he was never without support during the highs and lows of treatment. At one point, Suttles was led to believe that the cancer was beaten – only for it to come back a short time later.

One former classmate, along with several other residents, threw a party to celebrate Suttles’ recovery – but it quickly turned into a fundraiser. It was a unique fundraiser, Curnutte said during a Westmoreland community event this past summer.

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Tim-ber! Way Back Weekend theme at Heritage Farm

HUNTINGTON – Timber in the Mountains is the theme for October’s Way Back Weekend at Heritage Farm Museum and Village 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Attractions will include pressed apple cider making and live music from The Modock Rounders. The village blacksmith, woodworker, broom-maker and potter will each share their creative genius. Also visiting and sharing family activities will be WVU Forestry Program’s Ben Spong. While presenting historic photos of the timber industry from inside the Industry Museum, he will enlighten guests with hands-on activities to learn about West Virginia’s various timber.

The final 2014 Way Back Weekends include Hot Glass and Pottery on Nov. 1 and Heritage Farm’s Holiday Market, Dec. 6.

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Heron festival this weekend

BARBOURSVILLE – Lots of crafts, food, music and fun will be part of Beech Fork State Park’s Heron Festival.

The festival includes applebutter making, hayrides and vendors, as well as a pumpkin decorating contest and more.
Visitors will also get a chance to explore

camping equipment and a car show.
The event is free and open to the public.

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SVHS forms SADD chapter

HUNTINGTON – Students at Spring Valley High School have joined SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide.

Tiffany Elliott became interested in forming a SADD chapter and enlisted the help of James Caudill, Driver Education teacher, who will serve as the SADD Advisor.

“Teens sometimes make poor choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol without realizing the harmful consequences,” said Elliott. “I’m hoping our SADD chapter will be a positive influence on our school and community. We’ll be participating in campaigns and activities throughout the school year to spread our message.”

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Spooktacular underway at Camden Park

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – The calendar may say it has just turned October, but chills, screams and other things that haunt the night can be found at Camden Park.

Camden Park started the Halloween season Friday with the 16th Annual Halloween Spooktacular set for every Friday and Saturday night in October from 6-11 p.m. and two additional nights of Oct. 26 and Nov.1.

Attractions include the Haunted House, the Evil Clown Maze walk-through, The Legendary Haunted Train Ride and other rides and attractions.

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