Five arrested in old school arson

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DUNLOW – Five people were arrested last week on charges of burning down a one-room schoolhouse along with a historic home adjacent to the school.

The incident occurred on Perry Ridge Road on Thursday, April 16.

Charged with two counts of first degree arson and two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree arson were John Judd, 22; his wife Gladys Marie Judd, 19; Dennie Lewis Jude, 22; his wife, Nina Christine Marie Jude, 21, all of Dunlow. Also charged was Brittany Nicole Hammonds, 18, of Louisa, Ky.

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FLAGGING – Town of Wayne employee Willard Pierce directs traffic as contractors work to repair a road slip in the Wayne area caused by recent heavy rainfall. WCN photo by Greg Turner

State receiving $5 Million in Emergency Relief Funds

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WASHINGTON – Relief is on its way for Wayne County roads recently damaged by heavy rainfall.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Tuesday the immediate availability of $5 million in Emergency Relief funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration to help the West Virginia Department of Transportation cover the costs of repairing federal-aid roads damaged by rainstorms.

West Virginia experienced a series of heavy rainstorms and flooding in early March that caused widespread damage to the highway system. Significant damage was reported in more than half of the state’s 55 counties, including a series of major landslides along U.S. 52 in Wayne County - a major coal transportation corridor linking southern West Virginia coal to port facilities along the Big Sandy River.

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Testing opt-out, public comment policies spark debate

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WAYNE – Wayne County Board of Education president Trey Morrone called it the “big white elephant in the room.”

Morrone was referring to the Smarter Balance testing opt-out issue that has grabbed the community’s attention the past several weeks. More than 200 Spring Valley High School students brought in testing opt-out forms a week-and-a-half ago forcing county administration to address the issue.

West Virginia state code does not outline testing opt-out options.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT – Kim (left) and Matt Adkins (right) have started a small business, “Matt and Kim’s Scratch Made Food” utilizing local, simple ingredients. The Wayne County residents participated in last Saturday’s “Stinkfest” at the Wild Ramp. Kim is displaying a German Chocolate cake the couple made for the event. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Wayne Couple shines at Stinkfest Saturday

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HUNTINGTON - One Wayne County couple stunk up the Wild Ramp’s first ever Stinkfest Saturday, but it was not because of their cooking skills.

In fact it was the ingredient they were cooking with - the ramp - providing the stink. Their cooking skills instead drew a crowd at their stand during Saturday’s event.

Matt and Kim Adkins of Ceredo, recently began “Matt and Kim’s Scratch Made Food,” featuring made- from-scratch food and heirloom recipes. The couple uses as many local ingredients as possible.

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Woman charged in Kenova beating

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KENOVA – A woman was released from a local hospital after a beating over the weekend, and another woman has been charged in the case.

According to Kenova Police Chief Ray Mossman, the woman had been out Friday, April 17, with Erin A. Ramsdell, 37, of Kenova and a man.

After returning to a residence in the Jamestown Apartments, the victim went to sleep in a bedroom, then awoke and walked into the living room, where investigators believe Ramsdell began to beat her, Mossman said. The incident was reported about 8 a.m. April 18.

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CPD issues animal cruelty citation

CEREDO – The Ceredo Police Department recently issued an animal cruelty citation after neighbors complained of two pets being mistreated at a Ceredo residence.

• Kaitlin Briane Brooks was issued a summons to appear in Ceredo Municipal Court for the charge of animal cruelty. Lt. Aaron Ball responded to a complaint regarding the neglect and poor treatment of two dogs in the 500 block of Broad Hollow Road.

Ball assisted the Cabell/Wayne Animal Shelter to investigate the complaint. Upon arrival, the animal warden examined the animals and determined that they should be removed from the premises and taken to the animal shelter for proper care.

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