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School Board tempers flare over furniture purchase

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education voted to approve a purchase order requisition for furniture to be used for the personnel director in the central office – the vote was not unanimous.

The requisition, totaled at $3,320, would provide new furniture to be used once the position is moved to a different location at the office due to limited space and close working conditions.

Board Member Johnitta Jackson recused herself from the vote while Joann Hurley posed questions about the necessity behind the purchase. “We are telling everyone we are broke and we are going to purchase new furniture?” she said. “I know that it isn’t a large amount, but if we are broke, we are broke.”

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Valley Health Systems conducts a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new facility in Wayne on Tuesday. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Valley Health Wayne hosts ribbon cutting ceremony

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne welcomed a “one stop shop” of healthcare Tuesday with the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of Valley Health Wayne’s new location.

The 150,000 square foot facility, located off U.S. 152 near Wal-mart, offers family medicine, dentistry, obstetrics/gynecology, behavioral health, pediatrics and internal medicine. It is expected to offer an on-site pharmacy and Optometry later this year.

Valley Health Executive Director and CEO Steve Shattls said he is proud to be a part of Valley Health’s 40 years of service in Wayne County.

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GROUP SELFIE – U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins spoke to Wayne High School Civics students and student government members Tuesday. Photo by Michael Chirico

Jenkins visits WHS to discuss civics with students

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins spent some time visiting with students at Wayne High School Tuesday afternoon.

Jenkins not only too the opportunity to tour updates made to the school, but ate lunch with students and answered questions from Civics students and student government members.

Principal Sara Stapleton said the congressman’s visit is a great way to see government in action.

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Domestic dispute leaves 1 wounded

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

SPRING VALLEY – A Spring Valley elderly couple were involved in a shooting Monday that resulted in a man being wounded according to police reports.

Terry Bentley and his wife, Betty Bentley were reportedly involved in a verbal altercation around 4 p.m. in their home on Sherry Lane in Spring Valley.
Officers say Betty to introduced a firearm during the altercation and two shots were fired.

One of the shots hit Terry in the foot. He was transported to a nearby hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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Lily’s Place in need of donations

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – A local facility that provides medical care to infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure is currently seeking donations.

Lily’s Place, located in Huntington, is in need of basic supplies such as paper towels, toilet paper, hand soap, laundry detergent (Dreft or comparable) and tissue boxes.

Those wishing to donate can drop them in a yellow donation bin located at the front of the building or by purchasing items on the facility’s amazon.com wish list.

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