School Board debates “citizen” coach hiring change

Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Legislature quietly made a change to the way high school and middle school athletic coaches are hired that has counties wondering how to remain fair when filling the positions.

For several years, law stated that teachers or professional employees were given first priority when filling coaching positions. The changes came compliments of House Bill 2005 vis-a-vis the Committee on Education.

W. Va. Code § 18A-3-2a outlines the coaching specifications. In laymen’s terms, the new language now states that teachers and professional employees are not given first priority. “Citizen” coaches are now to be given the same consideration for coaching positions based upon merit and qualifications. Lawmakers also stated that non-professional coaches are to receive the same pay rate as a professional employee for filling the position.

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POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE – Members of the 2015 Spring Valley High School graduating class enters the Big Sandy Superstore Arena for the 17th annual Commencement ceremony Tuesday. See more pictures on 6B. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

SV grads walk across stage

Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Congratulations went out to the 224 seniors of Spring Valley High School Tuesday evening as they entered the Big Sandy Superstore Arena for the school’s 17th graduation commencement ceremony.

Parents, grandparents, family and friends filled the arena to watch their graduating student walk across the stage to accept diplomas from members of the Wayne County Board of Education along with a handshake from Principal Steve Morris.

As diplomas were handed out, many of the students batted around beach balls until the last student walked across the stage.

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Dreamland not opening, other pools will open

Staff Writer

KENOVA – For the first time in its 90-year history, Dreamland Pool will not be opening for the summer during traditional pool opening day of Memorial Day weekend.

There is hope, however, the pool could open for an abbreviated season July 1, Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith said.

But, for the traditional opening day, Griffith is hoping a layer of concrete will be curing on the bottom of the pool.

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Two arrested for meth in Prichard

Staff Writer

PRICHARD – Two people were arrested May 14 after Wayne County Sheriff deputies received information about a possible methamphetamine lab.

Deputy N.E. Triplett, along with Lt. J. Ward and deputies M. Terry, J. Williamson and H.K. Sowards II, executed a search warrant at the Prichard Road home of Jaron Ekers, 29, and Amy Carter, 40, both of Prichard.

During the investigation, Ekers admitted he had been making meth inside the home with deputies finding ingredients that are used to make the drug, according to the sheriff department report.

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Fire destroys Wayne home

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WAYNE – A fire destroyed a mobile home on Kenova Avenue in Wayne Tuesday night.

The fire started at approximately before 6 p.m. in the kitchen of the trailer. The residents Scott and Zack Adkins were not at home at the time of the fire. A neighbor saw the flames and quickly called 911.

Responders from Wayne Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene within five minutes of receiving the call. Crews from East Lynn and Lavalette also responded.

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