Vol. 142, No.67 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, August 20 & 21, 2016

Members of the Westmoreland NSDAR who recently dedicated the grave marker of Bobbie Chambers are: (l to r) June Ashworth, Regent; Wylma Skean, Registrar and daughter of Bobbie Chambers; Kathleen Bledsoe, Vice Regent; Connie McCagg, Chaplain; and (not pictured) Linda Parsons, Treasurer.

Westmoreland NSDAR dedicates grave of former member

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WESTMORELAND – On August 1, some of the members of the Westmoreland Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) dedicated the grave marker of Bobbie Ernestine Jenkins Chambers. Bobbie became a member of the Westmoreland Chapter on October 5, 2013.

To become a member of the NSDAR, you have to show proof (through birth records, census records, death records, military records, etc.) that you are a direct descendant to an American Patriot of the Revolutionary War. Bobbie researched her family tree and successfully proved a line to Graves Eaves who paid for material to aid in the war in Rutherford County, North Carolina.

Bobbie, who retired as an educator in the Boyd County, KY, school system, was the mother of Wylma Skean, Registrar of Westmoreland Chapter, and Jonathan Skean, a Veteran of the Vietnam War. She passed away on November 12, 2015 and is buried in Docks Creek Cemetery near Kenova, WV.

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Genoa Bookend Warriors

The Genoa Warriors 4-H Club recently collected over 650 books as part of a summer community service project. Club members (l-r): Benton Hall and Conner Hall are seen loading books. These books were distributed to aid the following initiatives: the Little Free Libraries of Huntington; the Rainelle Public Library which was flooded in June; as well as the Genoa Elementary School’s Little Free Library and its annual book swap in October. To learn more about the Wayne County 4-H program, please contact the WVU Extension Service Office in Wayne at (304) 272-6839.

The Tolsia High School HOSA team competed in the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. Pictured (left to right) are Cullen Brewer, Heaven Boyce, Courtney Vance, Meagan Perry, Lexi Howell, and Kaylee Justice. Photo submitted

Tolsia High School HOSA competes in Nashville

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GLENHAYES – The Tolsia High School HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) team competed in the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. The HOSA International Conference was held June 22-25th, 2016 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center in Nashville, TN. The conference included over 9,200 competitors from across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

The HOSA Organization gives these students a once in a lifetime experience while promoting leadership, skill, and knowledge. Tolsia High HOSA Sponsor Mrs. Stephanie Justice said, “My students as always were wonderful representatives of Tolsia High School, Wayne County and West Virginia.

They enjoyed the opportunities they had to meet and network with their peers form other parts of the country and the world. I want to extend a huge thank you to the parents that accompanied us on our trip and to Wayne County Career Technical Education Director, Ms. Velvet Kelly for attending the conference with us and supporting our students.”

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SV color guard at Cincy

SVHS GOES TO CINCY – Spring Valley High School JROTC was invited by the Cincinnati Reds to present the Nation’s Colors at the Reds/Braves game on July 20 before a crowd of over 22,000 fans. Cadet/Captain Emily O’Neal commanded the color guard. The cadets were selected for their dedication to the Timberwolf Battalion in presenting the Colors at multiple school and community events over the previous year. Color Guard members from L-R are Cadets Kassidy Marks, Emily O’Neal, Sunnie Hensley, Syerra Wilson and Brettina Jeffers.

SEEING THE SITES – Several Wayne County 4-H members recently spent six days in Washington, D.C. participating in Citizenship Washington Focus - the premier citizenship and leadership 4-H event for youth 14-19 years. Those who participated in this national 4-H event include (l-r): Amy Smith, 4-H Leader & Chaperone, Sarah Ferry, Ashlee Smith, Brettina Jeffers, and Erin Ferry. While in D.C. the group, along with youth from across West Virginia and the country, participated in an educational program that strengthened their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills on a national level. They also exchanged ideas, practiced respect, and formed friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds; and experienced hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, DC.

WHS student Kyle Powers and some members of the Hugh O’Bryant Youth Leadership Camp stop for a selfie with the capital building.

WHS student takes on summer
leadership roles

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – While most teenagers about to start their senior year of high school are out and about enjoying free time before school starts back, Kyle Powers is taking on some big roles.

The 17-year-old Wayne High School student from Lavalette is spending the summer participating in activities ranging from SKILLS USA to be chosen to attend the Governor’s Honor Academy.

“As far as taking summers off relaxing, well...while I’ve enjoyed summers off from studying, I’ve always tried to stay active doing something,” he said. “Whether it be athletics or just running around with my grandfather, I’ve always tried to be doing something.”

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Tokyo Japanese Steak House located off U.S. 152 in the Camp Creek Plaza is now open and serving hibachi, sushi and teriyaki style meals. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Tokyo Japanese Steak House opens in Lavalette

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – Tokyo Japanese Steak House opened its doors on Monday to a crowd of people looking to support the new local business.

The restaurant is located in the plaza right off U.S. 152 northbound where Subway, Sun Spot Tanning and Lava Nails are located.

It is Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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LET’S GO CAMPING – Last month, the Wayne County 4-H Program conducted three weeks of camp for different ages. Combined, these camps provided a wide variety of educational classes and programs for over 160 youth. The photo features the nearly 75 youth who participated in the 4-H Older Camp, designed for youth ages 13-21 years and held at Cabwaylingo State Forest. Camp is just one of several opportunities the Wayne County 4-H Program provides throughout the year. Photo submitted

Jane and Dave McDavid are the current owners of the Luther Farm. Dave is a great-grandson of Henry Luther, who established his farm in Wayne County in 1816. Submitted photo

Family’s history remains at the landmark farm

By ROBERT THOMPSON
For the Wayne County News

LAVALETTE - On Saturday, June 18, a remarkable celebration was held on Newcomb Creek Road not far from Lavalette. Descendants of Henry Luther gathered to celebrate the bicentennial of the founding of their family farm.

Family records state that patriarch Henry Luther purchased and settled the massive farm along the banks of Newcomb Creek in 1816, two centuries ago. Since that time, the farm has remained in continuous possession of Luther’s descendants who continue to live there.

When Luther first settled the farm, he lived in a log home. Several years later, a new frame structure was built across the creek, and logs from the original home were used to build a barn which is still standing. As a result, the old Luther barn is one of the oldest structures still standing in Wayne County at over 200 years old.

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Second annual Celebration of Life ceremony

Students at Prichard Elementary pose for a photo before releasing balloons during 2nd annual Celebration of Life ceremony. Photo courtesy of Prichard Elementary.

Kaitlyn Cox recently won a 5-year contract with Kindle Publishing for her book Out of the Mountain: A Royal Bloodlines Novel. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Local author awarded Kindle Scout contract

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Kaitlyn Cox, 24, grew up on a small farm with a lot of space to roam, giving her the perfect place to spend her days exploring and daydreaming.

Though she wasn’t shy, she said she did find it hard to share her creative side. However, a few months ago, she took a leap and put herself out there in the form of a novel.

Cox submitted her book, Out of the Mountain: A Royal Bloodlines Novel, to an online publishing competition called Kindle Scout under the pen name Violet Chastain.

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Wayne County Work Camp helping families

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DUNLOW – For more than 30 years the Wayne County Work Camp has been seeking to provide families with homes that are safe, warm, and dry.

This week about 95 adults and teenagers from Kansas, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, and West Virginia have been working on ten homes in southern Wayne County and northern Mingo County. One major project during the week has been to construct a small home for an elderly adult who currently resides in a dilapidated trailer with no running water.

Other projects included replacing a leaking roof, installing siding and insulation to a home that had holes in the walls, constructing a porch and access ramps, installing windows, and making it possible for a mentally disabled man to move from his shack into a new small home. The Wayne County Work Camp is organized by the Cabwaylingo Presbyterian Chapel in Dunlow, which is a mission of First Presbyterian Church of Huntington.

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Grammy Award winning gospel singer and Kenova native Michael W. Smith performed this past weekend at the First Baptist Church of Kenova. WCN photo by Kerry Carter Photography

Kenova native returns to lead church service

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

KENOVA – Grammy Award winning gospel singer and Kenova native son Michael W. Smith returned home this past weekend to lead church service at the First Baptist Church of Kenova.

Smith was in town for his 40th Ceredo-Kenova High School reunion. Pastor Steve Willis talked Smith into leading the service.

Smith talked to parishioners about his time growing up in Ceredo-Kenova, the love for his family, his travels and his time spent in serving God. Smith sang several songs for the audience and then went into the service.

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Ilonia Bulen, Jill Goheen, Herb Parsons and Greg and Connie Perry hike the Twin Coves Trail at Beech Fork State Park. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Hikers take in Beech Fork views

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – Members of the Huntington Area Hiking Club climbed their way through the Twin Coves Trail at Beech Fork Marina Tuesday.

The group braved the heat and took on the 3-mile hike.

Jill Goheen, a member of the group, said her favorite part about the hikes is the friends she has gained along the way. “I’ve met a lot of new friends who have the same interests as I do, and that’s really nice,” she said.

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On your mark, get set, read

Each child was given a balloon puppy as a gift from Greg Goode during the kick off event of the Wayne Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Tuesday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Wayne Public Library kicks off summer reading program

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Public Library kicked off its summer reading program with special guest Greg Goode as “Been Reading.”

More than 60 kids packed into the upstairs of the library to play a reading game show with Goode and receive their own “puppy” made out of balloons.

Goode said he has been doing programs like this for several years all over the Tri-State area.
“The kids keep me young,” Goode said. “I enjoy seeing them enjoy themselves.”.

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Area pools open for season

TAKING A DIP – Several Wayne County pools opened this Memorial Day weekend including Beech Fork, Cabwaylingo and Dreamland Pools. Kids at Dreamland stop for some “Start of Summer” kickoff fun at Dreamland Pool Saturday. Events included prizes, games and music to kick off the 2016 season. Submitted photo

Amelia Frasher Akers

A Civil War Childhood

By ROBERT M. THOMPSON

Fort Gay was one of the first sections of Wayne County to see a significant amount of turmoil during the Civil War. The area around that town was severely divided and was home to the largest amount of slaves in Wayne County.

Although many local people were southern in sympathies, several prominent families, including the Moores and Bartrams, were strong Union people. Once Union militia units, better known as Home Guards, were established in Wayne County, members of the Bartram family would serve as leaders in those companies.

This tenuous situation led to violence and danger for people in the Fort Gay area. The 5th Virginia Infantry, a Union regiment, was established in Ceredo in the summer of 1861. That fall, a portion of the regiment was marching near Fort Gay when they were ambushed by Rebels, and two Union men were killed. In response, the 5th Virginia sent a contingent to Fort Gay to root out the Rebels, resulting in a skirmish that led to several casualties for the southerners.

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Marshall’s Registrar and Sweet Run resident Roberta Ferguson is retiring in July after nearly 30 years of service to the university. Photo by Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch

Ferguson reflects on Marshall career before July farewell

By LACIE PIERSON
HD Media

HUNTINGTON - By her own admission, the last job that Marshall University Registrar Roberta Ferguson ever thought she might have was, well, being the registrar of Marshall University.

“When I was a student, if there was one office on this campus I hated to interact with, it was the registrar’s office,” said Ferguson, who has been registrar at Marshall for 22 years. “I was in school in the middle-to-late 70s, and registration was painful. The people who worked in the registrar’s office - they didn’t have a real customer-student orientation a lot of times. We all kind of had this sense of ‘avoid that office if you can.’

“It was not a place that I would have imagined I would ever work.”

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4-H Club Conducts Bike-A-Thon

Members of the Whites Creek Critters 4-H Club participated in a bike-a-thon in late April to raise awareness and money to support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The club raised $85 through their efforts. The club members who participated include (l-r): Ashlee Smith, Sarah Ferry, Chase Smith, Zara Harold, Brenna Barnett, Audrey Spry, and 4-H Leader, Tim Smith.

Wayne County Kids Day

Students from the various Playmates Pre-K programs throughout Wayne County participated in the annual Wayne County Kids Day at Wayne High School. Information booths were provided for family members from all kids of family service agencies that serve Wayne County. There were games, activities and inflatables for the kids.

Elementary school students cheer as Wayne High School seniors conduct a Graduation Walk on Monday at Wayne Elementary School. WCN hoto by Nikki Dotson

WHS graduates walk the halls of elementary school

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Senior graduates at Wayne High School celebrated successfully completing high school by walking the halls of Wayne Elementary School on Monday.

The event, first thought of by Lisa Thompson, serves as a way to bring attention to the accomplishments that can come from staying in school.

“We are really hoping this will help prevent students from dropping out,” Thompson said. “The smaller children can pull back this memory and maybe it can keep them from doing it.”

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The Wayne County Veterans Association hosted the first Bluegrass Gospel Sing on Saturday at the Huntington Police Farm in Wayne to raise money for the Wayne County Veteran’s Memorial. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson

Jack’s Cleaners located at 3402 Piedmont Rd. will remain part of the community after closing for several months last year. Former owner Jack Johnson closed the doors due to illness. A relative had taken over the business, but also closed the doors. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Keeping a tradition alive in Westmoreland

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WESTMORELAND – There are several businesses such as Chandlers, Piedmont Pantry and Camden Park that make up the Westmoreland community, but one almost was gone forever.

Thanks to one Wayne County resident, Jack’s Cleaners located at 3402 Piedmont Rd. will remain part of the community after closing for several months last year.

Former owner Jack Johnson closed the doors due to illness. A relative had taken over the business, but also closed the doors. That is when Brian Helmondollar came to the rescue.

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Linda Parsons, WVDAR Service for Veterans Chairman, presented the Avis C. Marcum DAR Service for Veterans Award to Carolyn Monk of the Kanawha Valley Chapter NSDAR. Photo submitted

Member of Kanawha NSDAR receives WVDAR state award

TEAYS VALLEY – On Saturday, April 9, Linda Parsons, West Virginia DAR Service for Veterans State Chairman and a member of the Westmoreland Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, attended a meeting of the Kanawha Valley Chapter NSDAR to present the Avis C. Marcum WVDAR Outstanding DAR Service for Veterans Award.

Avis C. Marcum was a member of the Westmoreland Chapter and volunteered at the Huntington VA Medical Center for over ten years and logged in over 1,000 hours of service. She also served on the Veterans Advocacy Committee and the VAVS (VA Volunteer Service) Committee during her service to the Medical Center.

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CELEBRATION OF LIFE – Prichard Elementary celebrated their 2nd annual Celebration of Life on Thursday. The students spent the week discussing different types of illnesses which affect the students and staff of PES. Three students told about living with diabetes, a mother talked about her son’s scoliosis, and a teacher discussed living with MS. A celebration was held at 1:00 to celebrate those who face life’s adversities and to honor those who have passed away. After a moment of silence, the students, staff, and community released balloons which had notes attached with the schools phone number and address so they can be tracked. Last year, balloons got as far as Virginia and North Carolina. Photo submitted

Above the Tolsia High SkillsUSA participants: (L-R) Bri Muncy, Caleb Johnson, Dusty Stacy, Clayton Browning, Taylor Ball and Melvin Messer. Photo submitted

Tolsia participates in WV SkillsUSA competition

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KINGWOOD – Tolsia High students participated in the Skills USA Conference and Competitions on April 15-16th. The conference was held at Camp Dawson in Kingwood WV. There were several workshops presented as well as competitions in Career-Technical fields of study.

The competitions allow students to utilize their skills they have developed through Career-Technical Education. Tolsia had students participate in Welding, Carpentry, Prepared Speech, Extemporaneous Speech, Promotional Bulletin Board, and Job Demonstration Competitions.Mr. Alvra Adams, Tolsia High Skills USA Advisor said, “It is a great opportunity for our students to compete in their chosen field as well as network with other students from around the state. The leadership elements to the Skills USA program are essential for our students’ development as well.”

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Wayne County 4-Hers study Georgia’s coastal environment

Nine Wayne County 4-H members traveled to the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island, Georgia over spring break earlier this month. They were part of a group of over 40 4-H youth from Mason, Mercer, Kanawha and Wayne Counties who traveled to Georgia to learn about its coastal environment and heritage. Youth explored the delicate balance of salt marches, beaches, and wildlife and how each are impacted by the many tourists that visit the area annually. Wayne County 4-H members that attended included (l-r): Erin Ferry, Ariel Jeffers, Sarah Ferry, Brettina Jeffers, Adam Jeffers, Ashlee Smith, Audrey Spry, Alex Hall, and Brenna Barnett. To learn more about the Wayne County 4-H Program and how to join, contact the WVU Extension Service of Wayne County at (304) 272-6839.

4-Hers compete in contest

The annual County 4-H Day was held April 9 at the Wayne County Extension Office. This annual event features speeches, visual presentations, photography and cookie bake-off contests. Those involved in the event include (l-r): Linda Parsons (judge), Carly Jackson, Chase Smith, J.W. Spry, Ethan Napier, Audrey Spry, Ashlee Smith, Brenna Barnett, Sarah Ferry, and Lauren Marcum (judge). First place in the cookie-bake off contest was Carly Jackson. First place in the photography contest junior division was Brenna Barnett, whereas Chase Smith received first place in the senior division. The first place winners in the visual presentations: Audrey Spry and Sarah Ferry, along with first place speech winner Chase Smith, will now compete at the State 4-H Day on May 21 at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Weston. Sincere appreciation to our judges for offering great feedback and suggestions on the youths work.

 

Lauren Carte of the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District and 15 volunteers gave the Westmoreland Park, located along Vernon Street, a major upgrade through the nonprofit organization KaBOOM!. Photo by Tammy Thompson

Volunteers brave weather to build Westmoreland playground

By LACIE PIERSON
HD Media

HUNTINGTON - Even though it didn’t feel much like spring had sprung in Huntington Saturday, the community spirit of Lauren Carte of the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District and 15 volunteers blossomed in Westmoreland.

Come rain, sleet or snow, the group was there to make sure Westmoreland Park, located along Vernon Street, got the major playground upgrade Carte said it deserved through the nonprofit organization KaBOOM!

The goal of the organization is to provide playgrounds to schools and communities throughout North America so children, especially those living in poverty, are encouraged to live an active lifestyle.

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Jenkins visits Bison Center

Korean War Veteran Howard Pruitt is offered a handshake from the congressman.

Army Veteran Hershel Harrison shakes hands with the congressman.

Major Simms portrays Simon Kenton, an early pioneer settler, for children grades Kindergarten through 5th grade as part of the “Spring Break Heritage Camp” on Wednesday at Heritage Farm Museum & Village. Photos by Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch

Kids head down to Heritage Farm’s spring break camps

HUNTINGTON — Dozens of children are spending part of their spring break down on the farm during Heritage Farm Museum and Village’s twoday mini-camps.

Kids played games, enjoyed a fireside cookout lunch, took train rides, and met Simon Kenton, an early Appalachian pioneer portrayed by Major Simms.

The camps are the first of its kind for Heritage Farm, with two, two-day camps over two weeks to accommodate different spring break schedules. The first camp kicked off Wednesday through Thursday, with the next camp scheduled to run March 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost is $45 per child or $40 per sibling, and includes a campfire lunch and take-home materials. To register, call 304522-1244 or visit www.heritagefarmmuseum. com.

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Tolsia students qualify for HOSA Conference

The 40th Annual HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) State Leadership Conference was held at Marshall University on March 11th and 12th. Over 600 students from across the state competed. Six students from Tolsia qualified for the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Nashville TN later this summer.

Winners were: Megan Perry- 1st place in Extemporaneous Writing; Kaylee Justice and Cullen Brewer- 2nd place in Medical Innovation; Courtney Vance, Heaven Boyce and Alexis Howell- 2nd place in Public Service Announcement Seven other students from Tolsia placed in the top 5 of their competitive event category.

Tolsia High HOSA Sponsor Mrs. Stephanie Justice said, “All Tolsia students were outstanding representatives and I am so proud of their hard work and dedication.” Mr. Ric Morrone, CTE Administrator for Tolsia High also said,” Mrs. Justice and our HOSA Students represent the best of Tolsia High School and were extremely proud of their accomplishments.” Photo submitted

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Little Free Library dedicated at Buffalo Elementary School

Another Little Free Library was added to the several that dot the countryside of Wayne County. Buffalo Elementary dedicated their Little Free Libraries on March 4.

This library is filled with various books for children of all ages and is accessible to everyone in the Buffalo school community. Little Free Libraries help promote literacy and a love of reading.

Those that participated in this dedication included (l-r): Landon Napier, Andrew Walker - both in Ms. Wiles 3rd grade class at Buffalo Elementary together with Ruth Sullivan, After School Coordinator. The library will be maintained throughout the year by the Buffalo Elementary Student Council and the after school program. This project was supported by the WVU Extension Service of Wayne County.

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Rep. Jenkins’ field representative Chad Story presents awards to Dakota Sanders. Dakota’s winning work, Still Life with Deer Skull, is also pictured. Photo submitted

Wayne Co. student’s art to be displayed at U.S. Capitol

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that Dakota Sanders of Wayne County is the Third Congressional District’s winner in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.

Dakota’s work, Still Life with Deer Skull, will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year. Dakota, 17, of Huntington, is the son of Justin Sanders and Denise Sanders. He is a junior at Spring Valley High School in Huntington.

Natalie Daugherty, a sophomore at Spring Valley High School, received second place for her artwork. Awards were presented at the West Virginia Culture Center last month.

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SMILE – Friends snap a selfie during Marshall University’s School of Pharmacy Queen of Hearts Masquerade Gala on Saturday, at the Memorial Student Center in Huntington. Photo by Sholten Singer/HD Media

MU student organization hosts benefit for City Mission

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

HUNTINGTON – Students from the Marshall University School of Pharmacy Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists hosted their 2nd Annual Queen of Hearts Masquerade Gala Saturday at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center to benefit the Huntington City Mission.

Colleen Heffner, president of the organization, said the question is not why the group has had the event the past two years, but rather, “Why not”?

“The mission serves a purpose for this community. This is our group’s main philantrophy project. We want the community to know that pharmacists are active in giving back to their community,” Heffner said.

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Upon commencement of the House Session, the 4-H ambassadors were recognized with a Citation on the House Floor by Delegates Ken Hicks, Don Perdue, and Doug Reynolds for their outstanding leadership in creating and expanding the quilt trail for Wayne County. The team consists of (l-r): Ethan Cade, Zane Smith, Collin Dodgion, Lucas Dodgion, Julie Tritz (4-H Extension Agent), Erin Ferry, Zoe Harold, and Ashlee Smith. WV Legislative photo by Perry Bennett

4-H Ambassadors recognized at 82nd West Virginia Legislature

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CHARLESTON – The Wayne County 4-H Ambassadors traveled to Charleston last month for WVU and WVU Extension Day at the Legislature.

The purpose of the day was to show support for West Virginia University and to advocate for the programs of the WVU Extension Service.

More than two dozen interactive and educational exhibits from WVU colleges and programs were displayed in the upper and lower rotundas. In fact, the Wayne County 4-H Ambassadors Team had an educational display on the Wayne County 4-H Quilt Trail, created in 2013. The trail presently has 23 barn and building quilts dotting the county, with nearly ten more to add this year.

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Wayne Co. garden club growing

The Wayne County CEOS Garden Club is a newly formed club targeting gardening enthusiasts and those interested in learning more about gardening techniques and related topics. Members include (l-r) Ruth Thayer, Nancy Crockett, Della Napier, Betty Webb, Sara Marcum, Missy Moon, and Donna Ferrell (not pictured Trish Harris). At their February meeting, members learned about cold frames and low tunnels. The club’s next meeting is set for Tuesday March 8 at 1:00 p.m. at the WVU Extension Service office in Wayne County (27572 East Lynn Road in Wayne) where members will learn how to create a fairy garden. Photo submitted

Shown above, Dakota Sanders, left, and Natalie Daugherty were honored during the Congressional Art Competition held at the West Virginia Cultural Center. Kay Goodwin, secretary of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, presented the awards. Photo submitted

Pair of Spring Valley students participate in art competition

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CHARLESTON – Art students from Spring Valley High School participated in the annual Congressional Art Competition held at the West Virginia Cultural Center.

Congressional members and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History sponsor the competition in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. Three congressional districts were represented with a total of 111 works of art submitted.

Dakota Sanders, a junior, won the Congressional Art Award for District 3. His artwork will be on display for one year in Washington, D.C. Dakota will be honored in a ceremony with other congressional district winners this coming summer. Dakota also received a $100 gift certificate from Dick Blick.

Natalie Daugherty, a sophomore, was one of five second-place winners out of the entire exhibit. She was awarded a $50 gift certificate from Dick Blick.

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Wayne Co. students compete in 4-H Air Rifle Invitational

SHOOTING STARS – Members of the Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports program competed in the WV State 4-H Air Rifle Invitational last month in Braxton County. The team and their coaches included: (back row l-r) Lindon Smith, Gene Bell, and Gordon Fields (coaches) and (front row l-r) Brettina Jeffers, Bruce Crockett (coach), Levi Smith, Andrew Kelley, Ashlee Bell, Breanna Crockett, Emily Hudson, and Zane Smith (not pictured Alex Hall). Emily Smith of Lavalette was the Top Shot of the invitational with a score of 510 (out of 600) and Zane Smith of Wayne came in second place with a score of 507. The Junior Team, that consisted of Andrew Kelly, Levi Smith, Ashlee Bell and Alex Hall came in first place in the junior division. To learn more about the 4-H Shooting Sports program, contact the WVU Extension Service office of Wayne County at (304) 272-6839.

Robert Maynard and his father, Ronald Maynard, members of The Wayne County Genealogical and Historical Society stand beside the gravestone of James Maynard in the Queens Ridge Cemetery. Photo submitted

Revolutionary War soldier’s grave discovered

Submitted by Wayne County Genealogical Society

FORT GAY – Two weeks ago, after ten years of intense searching, and checking hundreds of Wayne County cemeteries, Robert (Bobby) Maynard and his father, Ronald (Ron) Maynard, members of The Wayne County Genealogical and Historical Society, located the grave of James Maynard in the Queens Ridge Cemetery. Robert said that he actually laid down on the ground to make sure this was the grave of his Maynard ancestor. He then applied chalk to bring out the hidden images on the fieldstone. He discovered the initials J. M. first. Then he could identify the numbers 175_. It was then that he realized that the zero was the missing number.

Genealogical records indicate that James Maynard was born around 1750. From the location on the crown of the hill, and the closeness to his son, Jesse Maynard, with whom James was staying in the 1850 census of Wayne County, VA/WV, another clue was found. This cemetery has had excellent care over the years, and it contains many fieldstones. Several of these fieldstones still have readable images after so many years. There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of descendants of James Maynard still living.

The Queens Ridge Cemetery is located on property of Penn Coal Corporation, and it can be reached by following the Coal Haul Road from the Cabwaylingo Park Road near Missouri Branch, Wayne County, WV.

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Noah Copley signs a copy of “They Wouldn’t Pay” for Moriah Corns-Staley and her mother Janice Corns during a book signing at Empire Books on Saturday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson

Empire Books hosts book signing for THS teacher

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Empire Books hosted a book signing for a local author and Tolsia High School teacher on Saturday evening.

Noah Copley released his third book titled “They Wouldn’t Pay,” which is about the end of the world, or the world near its end, and was available to sign the books and talk about the plot during the event.

The dystopian future book highlights the causes of fracking to the environment and political infighting, but in a fictional setting.

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Wayne County 4-H All Stars

4-H member Brooke Burgess of Kenova (left) and 4-H Leader Peter Dodgion of Prichard, were inducted into the WV 4-H All Stars last month. The WV 4-H All Stars is an honorary organization that recognizes outstanding service and leadership to the 4-H program. Brooke and Peter, active with the Whites Creek Critters 4-H Club in Prichard, provide leadership to the Wayne County 4-H Program in a variety of capacities. In fact, the Wayne County 4-H Program has had over 60 people inducted into the WV 4-H All Stars. For more information on how to join 4-H or serve as a 4-H Volunteer in Wayne County, please contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at (304) 272-6839. Photo submitted

Keith Matheny speaks to members of the Ceredo-Kenova Business Association Tuesday. WCN file photo

Magician, motivational speaker at C-K Business Association

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

CEREDO – Motivational speaker and magician Keith Matheny entertained the Ceredo-Kenova Business Association’s members Tuesday afternoon with his displays of mind power.

Matheny baffled the audience with several card tricks, but one exhibition really caught everyone’s attention utilizing two local police officers, some silver dollars, athletic tape and a blindfold. The magician took the silver dollars and taped them over his eyes, then put the blindfold on. New Kenova police chief Chris Cole assisted Matheny with the tape and blindfold.

Matheny then had Walker Transfer rep Marsha Daniels bring him two pieces of money as well as a picture from her purse. While blindfolded, Matheny guessed both bills were dollar bills and the photo was a graduation photo of a young man. He then guessed that Daniels had handed him a $100 bill as well.

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The Cabwaylingo Presbyterian Chapel in Dunlow recently received two major donations. One the gifts was a 15-passenger bus in very good condition that can be used to drive area young people to youth group gatherings and to take adults on local trips. A cash gift of $25,000 was also received to provide support to the Chapel’s ministries. The donations were provided by Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, Connecticut. The Noroton Church has developed a relation with the Chapel over the course of the past twenty years as Noroton has led Vacation Bible School for children in the Dunlow area. Photo submitted

Dorene Ferguson Simpkins

Dorene Simpkins turns 100

FORT GAY – Dorene Ferguson Simpkins was born January 16, 1916 near Fort Gay. She was the second of nine children to Wayne and Eskie Ferguson. Early childhood memories include living through the 1920s when money was scarce. Each family member was expected to spend wisely, but when Dorene and sister Doris saw a doll that could open and close its eyes – they really wanted that doll. Doris solved the money problem. She said, “Just put it on our tab.” They walked home happily – one doll to share.

Dorene graduated from Fort Gay high School in 1934 and soon began her teaching career in small, rural Wayne county schools. Cars were not available to most families so she boarded with a family near where she taught and walked to school. Discipline was not a problem in those rural schools. One day two boys were fighting and came in with bloody noses for her to settle the argument. Dorene said, “There’ll be no punishment from me. You look like you’ve been punished enough.”

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Wayne Rec Center Manager Shelby Staley gets an xbox controller out of the office for a child on Dec. 29. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson

Wayne Rec Center expanding for more people, activities

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne Rec Center will soon be expanding to accommodate more people and more activities.

The proposed renovations will include removing walls to open up the first floor and make it bigger to fit more people.

“I’m excited to see the changes happen,” Manager Shelby Staley said. “I’m hoping it will bring in more people. This is such a great place to have in our community.” Currently, the rec center offers games such as Xbox 360, Playstation 4, various arcade style games and table games including pool, fuzzball and air hockey. All of which are free to the public except for the pool table which costs $0.75.

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Photo shows Hendricks Street in the town of Wayne in the 1950s.

Town of Wayne to celebrate its 174th anniversary Jan. 16

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WAYNE – The Town of Wayne will host a birthday event to recognize the 174th anniversary of the town’s formation on January 18, 1842, Town Councilman Robert Thompson announced this week. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Wayne Town Hall.

Thompson extended an invitation to the public to attend the birthday celebration. Free cake and refreshments will be offered, and visitors are welcome to listen to the story of Laban Walker at 7:30 p.m. Walker was the only man legally hanged in Wayne County.

Upon the creation of Wayne County on that date, the new county seat was established on the farm of Abraham Trout, the present site of the town of Wayne. Initially called Trout’s Hill, the village also went by the names Fairview and Wayne Courthouse before coming to be called simply Wayne in early 1890s. The new name was made official two decades later.

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ON THE MAP – Members of the Bison Senior Center pose for a photo in front of a new sign that the members designed, created, and erected this month. Photo submitted

Bison center places new signage

BUFFALO – The Bison Senior Center located in part of the old Buffalo High School on Buffalo Crk. Rd. off Rt. 75 is sporting a new sign that the Bison Center members designed, created, and erected this month.

The sign has been needed for quite some time as to direct people who need to know exactly where the Bison Senior Center is located.

As a group effort the Bison Seniors recognized the need for community familiarity with location of the Bison Center so the sign was planned, designed, and followed up with putting up and dedication.

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LEFT: Seniors load up their plates during a free dinner at the annual Wayne Senior Christmas party on Friday.

Senior citizens treated to Christmas celebration

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Senior citizens in Wayne County were treated to a free meal on Friday evening during the annual Wayne Senior Christmas celebration.

Rosie Whipkey, member of the Wayne Town Council, along with the help of her husband Merle, Amy and Fred Dean and Stephanie Jervis hosted the event at the Wayne Senior Citizen Center as a thank you to seniors who are members.

“We do this to show our appreciation for our seniors and the work they have done throughout their lives,” Whiskey said. For just over $1,500, the group was able to feed close to 50 senior citizens, free of charge to them.

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Lewis and Martha Roberts

Roberts’ 65th Anniversary

Lewis and Martha (Hazlett) Roberts of Prichard celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

He is the son of the late Calvin and Susie Francis (Parks) Roberts, and she is the daughter of the late Dency and Pearl (Stewart) Hazlett. They were married in Greenup, Ky., on Dec. 9, 1950, by the Rev. W.H. Muncy.

Lewis retired from Houdaille Industries and Tri-State Airport. Martha worked at Sylvania, as a babysitter to several children and as a homemaker.

They have one daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Bob Compton of Prichard, and one son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Patty Roberts of Wayne. Their grandchildren are Rob Compton of Ona and Zach Roberts of Exton, Pennsylvania.

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AWAY IN A MANGER – Actors portray Mary and Joseph as Heritage Farm Museum & Village presents a live Nativity scene on Thursday in Huntington. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - While most Christmas Scripture readings begin and end with Luke 2, Heritage Farm Museum and Village followed the life of Jesus through the Gospels during its Pathway to the Cross presentation Thursday night in Huntington.

With a live Nativity scene and a walking tour through over 30 painted Biblical scenes, Heritage Farm welcomed church groups and the public on the first of the three-night event. Tracing the Scriptures from Creation to Revelation, Heritage Farm invited guests to reflect on their faith and meditate on Jesus’ birth as a beginning rather than one single day of celebration.

The painted murals depicted Adam and Eve, Jesus’ life, Resurrection, Final Judgment and the events of Holy Week.

The presentation is free and continues from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Firefighters fight for City Mission

DOUBLE EXPOSURE – Huntington firefighter Brian Grieco smiles after being caught in the middle of a photo op after a donation to the department in front of the Cabell County Public Library in Huntington Tuesday. Photographer Lori Wolfe captures the moment for the Herald-Dispatch. The Huntington Fire Department and International Association of Firefighters Local 289 conducted the boot drive to help purchase Christmas presents for children at the Huntington City Mission. WCN photo by Greg Turner

Above, the Huntington City Mission volunteer crew from First Baptist Church Kenova, who sponsored the annual Happy Birthday Jesus event. A full house of men, women, and children were treated to home cooked food, and fun. Santa visited and brought everyone a special gift. Photo courtesy Huntington City Mission Facebook

The Beta Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa met on December 3 at Milano’s Italian Restaurant in Louisa, KY, for their yearly Christmas party. ADK is an organization which consists of women educators. Beta Beta Chapter is composed mainly of women who teach in the southern part of Wayne County, WV, and Louisa, KY. Those members and guests who attended the meeting are: (Front Row L to R) Lorie Cyrus, Glenda Brown, Joann Hurley, and Emma Sammons. (Back Row L to R) Sally Chapman, Helen Muncy, Brenda Bean, Linda Parsons, Midge Jervis, Katie Jervis, Michelle Watts, and Ariana Watts. Photo submitted

Alpha Lambda Delta Kappa hold monthly meeting

On November 19, Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, international sorority for women educators, held its monthly meeting at Florence Memorial United Methodist Church with eleven members and one guest present. President Paula Dudley called the meeting to order. Polly Blankenship recited “ Great, Wide, Wonderful, Beautiful World” for the devotional. She also did a reading in memory of Mae Crockett and Helen Colvin, two of our members who had recently passes away.

Mae Crockett was a charter member of Alpha Lambda chapter. Hannah Carey, one of our members, told us about her “ Little Library”. Members were asked to donate children’s books. The Fall Founders’ Day meeting held on October 17 in Point Pleasant was discussed. Members were reminded that dues and assessment are due by the December meeting.

This meeting will be on Thursday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. We will meet at the Lavalette Woman’s Club. Rebel Barn will do the catering. Members may bring a guest.

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STATE BOUND – Jeremy Vanhoose watches his mother Kim Vanhoose put up a sign in support of the Tolsia Rebels football team off Route 52 just south of Prichard Wednesday. Her son Steven Vanhoose as well as four other members of the team reside off Big Hurricane Creek Road. WCN photo by Greg Turner

SWEET READ – The Hoback family in Sweet Run hit the books in front of the county’s first rural Little Library. The WVU Wayne County Extension Office had secured a grant through the West Virginia Humanities Council to construct Hoback’s Little Library and three others throughout Wayne County. Photo submitted

Sweet Run resident promoting rural reading

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SWEET RUN – One local resident is trying to promote reading for residents that live a little out in the country through the county’s first rural Little Library.

Debbie Hoback of Sweet Run said she first got the idea to place a Little Library on her property along Route 75 outside Kenova after moving back to the family farm from Colorado. She said her former home had them scattered and she thought it would be a good idea to bring one to rural areas of the county.

Hoback has spent time with the WVU Wayne County Extension Office through the barn quilt trail project. Her family recently placed a barn quilt made by the 4-H Ambassadors on a remodeled family barn. That is where she heard about the Little Library projects going on throughout the area.

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Crum Middle School Beta members pose with the hardware at the WV State Beta Convention in Charleston last week. Back Row: Mrs Ramey, Candace Jarrells, Shawna Lockard, Gracy Hodge, Haylee Porter, Jordyn Collier, Emily Justice, Bethany Jarrells Front Row: Tyler Duty, James Hayes, Chris Johnson, Floyd Harless, Zackary Walker, Cody Bradley. Photo submitted

Crum Beta barrage at WV State Convention

CRUM – Crum Middle School Beta Sponsors Victory Ramey and Lorinda Newman and 13 students attended the WV State Beta Convention in Charleston last week.

Students worked hard to prepare for this annual event and neither they nor their sponsors were disappointed.

Mrs. Ramey said that they were low in number competing against teams of 40 to 80 members, but none came away as strong as the their team. The Group Talent did a tribute to the victims of hurricane Katrina with a reference to West Virginians soon to face displacement not unlike the still homeless in New Orleans.

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TRAILBLAZERS – A new 4-H Club has been established in Prichard. The Gragston Creek Trailblazers 4-H Club started earlier this fall. The club meets monthly and is under the leadership of 4-H Club Leaders Warren & Maranda Spry and Chris Thacker. Officers were elected at their November meeting and include (l-r): Tanner Ekers - Treasurer; Logan Harris - Vice President; Ravanna Thacker - Secretary; Audrey Spry - President. 4-H Community Clubs, like this one, provide youth an opportunity to explore new hobbies and learn new life skills such as parliamentary procedures, team-work, and decision-making. To learn more about the Wayne County 4-H Program, contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at the WVU Wayne County Extension Office (304) 272-6839. Photo submitted

POW-WOW – Cherokee leader Ostenaco, portrayed by Doug Wood of Hurricane, talks to students at Genoa Elementary. The event is part of the History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. Photo submitted

Cherokee leader visits Genoa Elementary School

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GENOA – Genoa Elementary celebrated Native American History Month during November and had a visit from Ostenaco (ca. 1703-1780), Cherokee leader, portrayed by Doug Wood of Hurricane, W.Va. in a West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! program on November 18, 2015 at the school.

Ostenaco was an important Cherokee ally of Virginia military leaders during the French and Indian War. He was instrumental in recruiting and leading the Indian alliance that provided support and protection for British colonial settlements against attack by northern tribes allied with the French. His sphere of influence reached over a wide area and his relationships with Virginia leaders contributed to the expansion of English-speaking peoples into present day West Virginia.

Ostenaco is one of the many available character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures. These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history.

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Ethan Cade of Wayne and a member of the Whites Creek Critters 4-H Club, spoke at the Annual 4-H Achievement Night earlier this month on his summer trip to Ireland. Ethan traveled to Ireland, along with 21 other 4-H members from across West Virginia this past July. These 4-H members stayed at An Grianan - a 17th century country estate about one hour north of Dublin for eight days and had the opportunity to learn about Irish cuisine, culture, sport, history, and politics through hands-on educational classes and tours. Ethan is also featured standing outside Trim Castle, a Norman castle along the River Boyne - one of several castles the group visited during their stay in Ireland. The group was led by Denis Scott, WVU Extension Specialist for Civic Engagement & Global Education and Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent in Wayne County. To learn more about global education opportunities like this or how to get involved in the Wayne County 4-H program, please contact Julie at the WVU Wayne County Extension Office (304) 272-6839.

The Harp Twins, Camille and Kennerly Kitt, perform for the Vinson Middle School students. Photo submitted

Harp Twins perform at Vinson Middle School

HUNTINGTON – On Tuesday, November 3rd, Vinson Middle School played host to a “very, very” special performance.

Camille and Kennerly Kitt also known as the “Harp Twins” performed an assembly for the student body in the afternoon and held a free concert in the cafeteria in the evening for the general public.

Based in the Chicago, IL area and graduates of Wheaton College with degrees in harp performance, these identical twins break normal traditions of harp music by arranging and performing music from movies, video games, television shows and heavy metal rock music on their electric harps. They perform at conventions and other events.

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NEW DIGS – The remaining staff of The Wayne County News pose for a photo in front of the newspaper building on last day of operations in Wayne Monday. The new center of operations for the newspaper will be at the Herald-Dispatch office in Huntington. Pictured left to right: Scott Parson, sports editor, Michael Hupp, managing editor and Greg Turner, page editor. WCN photo by Greg Turner

LOOKING FABULOUS — WHS Senior Randi Miller stands with Chris Henderson, of The Fabulous Fighting Flamingos and Chemo Comfort Bags at the Wayne High School library on Tuesday. WCN photo by Scott Parsons

Project provides comfort to those who need it

By SCOTT PARSONS
Sports editor

WAYNE — Senior Quest projects are usually about hobbies or passions a student has. But for Randi Miller, her senior quest project is personal. Miller, inspired by her father, Richard K. Miller Jr., while he was battling leukemia, came up with the idea for the comfort pillow.

The pillow is in the shape of a ribbon, like the famous pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness, and can be wrapped around the patient’s neck allowing them to rest their heads.

“On April 25th, 2012 dad was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia,” Miller said. “I saw what he went through going through chemo.” So with the help of her grandmother, Miller learned to sew and began putting together the pillows to donate to cancer patients.

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DEMOCRAT HONORED – Barbara Sutherland stands with her father Hobert Crum. Sutherland was presented with a plaque of appreciation from the Wayne County Executive Committee. Photo submitted

Barbara Sutherland honored by Wayne County Democrats

DUNLOW – Recently members of the Wayne County Democrat Executive Committee shared an evening of bitter-sweet sentiment at the home of their Secretary, Barbara Sutherland near Cabwaylingo State Park. Barbara recently was forced to resign her job as secretary of the committee because of health issues. She wanted a new secretary to serve, and said that she would be available to help in the transition.

During the visit Barbara was presented with a plaque of appreciation from the committee. She has served the committee for many years, and always demonstrated in her words and actions just what a Democrat should be.

Barbara is the daughter of Hobert and Mary Crum. Hobert is the Democratic Committeeman for Stonewall District, and he assured all those present that Barbara had been a Democrat since the day she was born.

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Scary times at C-K block party

ALL DRESSED UP – Visitors in Ceredo and Kenova had a chance to enjoy the Town of Ceredo block party following Trick-or-Treat Saturday or to visit Kenova’s world-famous Pumpkin House. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

TOLSIA HIGH SCHOOL COLOR GUARD – Color Guard Commander in front, Phillip Melick; Left Rifleman, Jacob Maynard; National Colors, Kristin Johnson; State Flag, Kari Spaulding and Right Rifleman, Jacob Webb. Photo submitted

Tolsia JROTC provides color guard for Crum groundbreaking

CRUM – The Tolsia High School JROTC color guard participated in the Crum K-8 Groundbreaking ceremony in Crum last week.

The Tolsia High JROTC Color Guard is made up of cadets from the Tolsia High JROTC Rebel Battalion.

The Tolsia High JROTC is led by Sgt. Major Thomas Francis and Chief Tony Brown and participates in many ceremonies and events around the region.

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CARVING PUMPKINS – Fox Hearberlin uses a jigsaw to carve one of the 3,000 pumpkins for the Pumpkin House. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Volunteers get Pumpkins ready for Halloween

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KENOVA - The annual push to get more than 3,000 pumpkins carved in time for Halloween is underway at Ric Griffith’s Victorian home, also known as the Pumpkin House, at 748 Beech St. in Kenova.

Due to the shelf life of a carved pumpkin, the carving did not begin until Oct. 24, according to the Pumpkin House’s Facebook page. Some pumpkins will be on display through the week, but the best time to see the most pumpkins will be this weekend, according to Facebook.

The Pumpkin House began in 1978 with five pumpkins carved for a Halloween display. Each year, nearly 30,000 people visit the Pumpkin House.

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A Century Ago in Wayne Co.

William Crockett, better known as Bill, and his future wife, Laura Dean, are pictured near East Lynn a century ago in 1915. Bill was born in 1896 and married Laura in 1916. He would later serve in the military during World War I. Submitted by By Robert M. Thompson

Marshall homecoming parade

MARSHALL HOMECOMING PARADE – Above, Members of the Spring Valley Marching Timberwolves perform at the Marshall University Homecoming parade Thursday. Below, Tolsia High School JROTC graduate Rick Dean marches with the U.S. Army Reserve units. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

FUNDRAISING – Breeden and Tom Wintz perform classic songs outside of Wayne High School for a fundraiser for Hospice of Huntington Wayne County on Saturday. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Hospice hosts annual dinner

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A car show, music and spaghetti were served up at the seventh annual Hospice of Huntington Spaghetti Dinner Saturday at Wayne High School.

According to Bryan Gilpin with Hospice of Huntington, the dinner is one of the fundraisers for the Wayne office located on W.Va. 152.

“The money goes toward the care of patients here in Wayne County,” Gilpin said. “We depend on the community to help us and the community of Wayne has been very good to us.”

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HERON FESTIVAL – Visitors to Beech Fork State Park were treated to the Heron Festival Saturday. The festival featured music as well as a pumpkin decorating contest which included Olaf, a Cinderella coach and others. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

CELEBRATING – Students at Prichard Elementary celebrated the 150th anniversary of “Alice in Wonderland” Thursday with a picnic and tea party. Students and staff dressed as their favorite characters such as the Queen of Hearts and the March Hare for the celebration. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Prichard Elementary turns into “Wonderland”

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

PRICHARD – Alice, the Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and other characters from “Alice in Wonderland” were present at Prichard Elementary Thursday.

For the past month, the students have been studying the Lewis Carroll book, which celebrated its 150th anniversary of publication in the United States.

According to social studies teacher Brenda Hatten, the students read aloud the book in class, discussed it, learned to play croquet and did art work based on the story.

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SVHS Homecoming Dance

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY – Students at Spring Valley High School celebrated homecoming under “One Starry Night” at the school. The dance was the final event for Homecoming Week. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

SPINNING – Visitors to Heritage Farm Museum and Village learned how pioneers made cloth by using a spinning wheel and other items. The event was part of Way Back Weekend Saturday. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

DEDICATION – Ashley Smith, a member of the Wayne County 4-H Ambassadors, stands with Wayne County Commissioners David Pennington, Kenneth Adkins and Bob Pasley after the dedication of a quilt square for the Heritage Quilt Square Trail. It is one of several squares throughout Wayne County on the trail. Submitted photo

Outstanding 4-H All Stars

Barb Trogdon is this year’s Wayne County Outstanding 4-H All Star. Annually, the WV 4-H All Star organization recognizes one outstanding 4-H All Star from every county, showcasing their leadership and service to 4-H. Barb has been a tremendous asset to the Wayne County 4-H Program. She has promoted and supported the 4-H program through her in-school teaching and other ways for many years. Barb has worked at the Wayne County Extension Office for 26 years and was inducted into the WV 4-H All Stars in 2005. Photos submitted

Amy Smith (center) stands with newly inducted WV 4-H All Stars Cat Harold (left) and Julie Tritz (right) after the consecration ceremony at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Weston last Saturday. The WV 4-H All Stars is a honorary organization made up of 4-H members and leaders who have contributed outstanding service and leadership to the 4-H program in West Virginia. Amy Smith, a 4-H Leader with the Whites Creek Critters 4-H Club of Prichard, was inducted into the WV 4-H All Stars in 2011. To learn more about the Wayne County 4-H Program, please contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at (304) 272-6839.

4H presents quilt block to Wayne County Board of Education

Erin Ferry and Ashlee Smith, members of the Wayne County 4-H Ambassador’s Team, presented a 4 ft x 4 ft quilt block to the Wayne County Board of Education on September 15. The quilt block will be placed on the Board of Education’s Central Office building in Wayne. It was constructed and painted by members of the team as a thank you for the board’s continued support of the Wayne County 4-H Program. The quilt block pattern is “school house” and will join 14 other quilts that are presently apart of the Wayne County 4-H Heritage Quilt Trail. To learn more, contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at the WVU Extension Service Wayne County Office at (304) 272-6839.

THE BAND PLAYS ON – The Ceredo-Kenova Alumni Band played a variety of favorites for the visitors to Paul T. Billups Park for the Town of Ceredo Reunion Sunday. Below, Ceredo and Kenova mayors with their first ladies, Terry and Nancy Carpenter and Otis and Carol Adkins pause for photo Sunday at the reunion. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Last month, Dorothy Stewart of Fort Gay submitted her crocheted tablecloth to the 2015 State Fair of West Virginia in Fairlea. Her entry won best of show in the crochet category, and best of the best among all fiber arts. Photo courtesy Dorothy Stewart

Students at Vinson Middle School have joined SADD, a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking. Photo submitted by Jaclyn Johnson

Vinson starts SADD chapter to fight underage drinking

VINSON – Students at Vinson Middle 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. Cindy Setliff was interested in forming a SADD chapter, so she decided she would start a chapter in the school along with of the help from Jaclyn Johnson the coordinator for the Wayne County Prevention Coalition.

“Teens sometimes make poor choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol, without realizing the harmful consequences,” said Cindy Setliff “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.”

The SADD students are hoping to find more classmates to join them in their efforts. There first school activity was on 9/9/15. The SADD members created positive messages to display on student’s lockers and teachers doors. A new year can be difficult for students so the SADD kids agreed this would help students cope with new transitions. They displayed messages like “Never give up” and “Your Super”

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COOK OFF – A large crowd gathered at Heritage Farm Museum and Village for the annual Country Roads Cast-Iron Cook-Off Saturday. While sampling the different dishes, visitors were treated to music from those who play dulcimers. Long lines were in order to taste the different foods. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

I PLEDGE…MY HANDS TO LARGER SERVICE – 4-H’ers Ashlee and Chase Smith from Wayne County lent a helping hand to chemotherapy patients at West Virginia University’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center this summer, by participating in the State 4-H Days Service Project. The project involved collecting personal care items. These included bottled water, journals, puzzle books, pens, pencils, lip balm, hand sanitizer, tissues, lotion, blankets and pillows. When everything was counted, more than 700 items had been donated. Also participating in the project were 4-H’ers from Marion, Barbour, Taylor, Randolph, Hardy and Wood counties, along with the WVU Extension 4-H Development State office and WVU Extension’s Finance and Business office. To learn more about community service projects conducted through 4-H, please contact the WVU Extension Service - Wayne County Office at (304) 272-6839.

BENEFIT SING – The Blankenship Family performs for the crowd during the Outdoor Benefit Gospel Sing for Hoops Family Children’s Hospital’s Gift of Life fund Saturday at the Huntington Police Farm. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Large crowd for gospel benefit

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – A large crowd gathered under the pavilion of the Huntington Police Farm Saturday to listen to gospel music and raise money for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital.

Organizers are raising money to benefit the “Gift of Life,” a special fund set aside to help families of children who have cancer.

“Cabell Huntington Hospital set aside this funding as a way to help families in times of need,” Linda Warner with the Joan C. Edwards Cancer Comprehension Center, said. “This fund helps those who may have lost a job; need gas to get to the treatment appointments, need their vehicle repaired or other necessities to help the child get the treatment they need. Treatment is a lengthy ordeal depending on the condition of the child, and this is a way for the hospital to help.”

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Lauren Jones and Nathan Napier

Local cadets graduate from Mountaineer Academy

KINGWOOD – The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is pleased to announce that Cadet Lauren Grace Jones, the daughter of Roy and Mindy Jones of Fort Gay, and Cadet Nathan Lee Napier, the son of Kitty and Golden Napier of Genoa, has completed the requirements for graduation.

While attending the Academy, Cadet Jones of Platoon 4 was recognized for receiving the Leadership Award (3 times), Instructor’s List (3 times), Cadre Distinction Award, Level I PT Award, 3-D Award, Mentorship Award, Leadership Award, as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons. Cadet Jones also participated in the Presidential Physical Fitness Program. During their time at the Academy, Cadet Jones served in the following leadership positions: Assistant Corps Command (3 times), Platoon Leader (3 times).

Cadet Napier of Platoon 4 was recognized for receiving the Level I PT Award, Mentorship Award, as well as obtaining the six Individual Values Recognition Ribbons. Cadet Napier also participated in the Presidential Physical Fitness Program.

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Carole Boster is president of the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association and an active community advocate. Photo by Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch

Boster bolsters public service in Westmoreland

By BEN FIELDS
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – Some people are blessed with an abundance of energy.
Carole Boster fits the profile.

A single mom who raised four children and attended Marshall University while holding a full-time job and two part-time jobs, before going on to a 22-year career with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), retirement would seem the ideal time to sit back and take a breath.

“I’m not the kind of person who can sit,” Boster said. “I still can’t ... I do all my own yard work, I walk three miles a day. I take care of my own car. I have to direct that energy.

“I try to do it in a positive way through different organizations and working with people.”

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SLINGING PIES AGAIN – Drew and Megan Hetzer, owners of the Wedge in Lavalette are interviewed by a local television station Tuesday afternoon in Huntington. The couple sold Backyard Pizza outside the restaurant’s new 833 3rd Avenue location during lunch hour Tuesday to promote the pizza parlor’s new location. The former location along with the couple’s third restaurant The Peddler were involved in a fire last year that closed the two locations. Backyard crew are setting up their mobile oven set outside to whet patron’s appetites for the gourmet pizzas tomorrow and Thursday from 11 a.m. until supplies last.
Megan said Tuesday’s service was exciting. WCN photo courtesy of Drew Hetzer’s Facebook page

FARM TO TABLE – Spring Valley High School students from Mrs. Willis’ math class weighed and filled out an inventory sheet of the produce from the garden. Prostart Class and the Della F2S coordinator helped with cutting and packaging the produce for the salad bar. Monday the menu plans to have dice zucchini and squash on salad bar. Thank you to the cooks with working with a bunch of greenhorns. The cooks readjust their menu to fit it in. Photo courtesy of Wayne County Farm to School Facebook page

This was first year in nearly 20 years that beef cattle were part of the 4-H Livestock Show at the 2015 Wayne County Fair held August 7, 2015. Levi Napier (far right) of the Horse & Livestock 4-H Club in Prichard won Grand Champion beef heifer. He stands with (l-r) livestock judge Laura Jane Murphy, Tim and Christie Kinsey who provided a $500 premium for the grand champion beef heifer, and Holly Eastham, the 2015 Wayne County Fair Queen. Many thanks is also extended to Kee’s Farm Supply in Grayson, KY who provided a $250 premium for the Reserve Grand Champion beef heifer that was awarded to Ethan Napier, also from Prichard. To learn more about the Wayne County 4-H Livestock program, contact the WVU Extension Service Wayne County office at (304) 272-6839.

MAKING IT SHINE – East Lynn Elementary hosted its first Community Day on Saturday, August 1st. Community Day was intended to bring the community of East Lynn together in the beautification of the school. Volunteers included teachers, parents, students, cooks, secretaries, custodians, and staff family members. Some of the projects consisted of painting the exterior of the gym, interior of the cafeteria, office and staff bathrooms, power washing the entire school, and gardening. WCN Photo submitted by Stephanie Thompson

UP IN SMOKE – Front L-R: Herman Jividen, Harriet Hutchinson, June Ashworth, Butch Cotton, and Bertis Campbell. These are the long time members of the Church plus June Ashworth, Church Treasurer, and Butch Cotton, Chairman of the Church Trustees. In the back standing L-R: Carla Bell, Choir Director and Dr. C.J. Adkins, Pastor. Photo submitted

Westmoreland church torches mortgage contract

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Westmoreland Baptist Church, 3401 Hughes Street, Huntington, WV has something to celebrate in our 100th year, 1915 to 2015.

In March 2000 the church borrowed $31,473 to pay for an Air Conditioning System. In 2002 we paid that off with another loan for $54,000 and in 2004 that was paid off with a $200,000 loan to renovate the sanctuary. In 2012 it was announced that the loan was below $100,000. Two months later it became necessary to again borrow money to repair the steeple and we had debt of $116,000. Each year we budgeted and paid nearly $1,400 a month.

On July 7, 2015, from funds received from the will of a deceased member, we were able to pay off the balance of $71, 446, allowing us to pay off the loan seven years early and be debt free for the first time since the year 2000.

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Scenes from County Fair

FAIR WEEK – There were many visitors to the Wayne County Fair last week at Camden Park including a chainsaw carving artist who showed his artistry during four shows Saturday. On Friday, fair visitors had a chance to meet with Queen Elsa who made a special visit to Camden Park. Chip Followay with West Virginia Paving stands with Emily Hudson after purchasing her market goat for $150 during the animal auction Thursday. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

OLD GLORY RESTORED – Brett Jones, Executive Director Housing Authority of Wayne County, was unaware that the American flag at the old Fort High School had been removed. He has since placed a new flag on the pole in honor of our veterans. Photo submitted

VINSON CLASS OF 1965 – The Vinson High School Class of 1965 met at noon at the Marshall Hall of Fame Café on July 4 for their 50th Reunion. The class had their meeting as a part of the Vinson All School Reunion which was held on July 3 and 4 at the Big Sandy Super Store Arena. Those classmates who attended the Class of 65 gathering were as follows: Row one (L to R) Linda Adkins Selby, Debby Maynor Demmler, and Jan Stephens Bradley. Row two: Linda Williams, Linda Marcum Parsons, Janet Taylor Jordan, Sharon Rood Painter, Bonnie Wilson Adams, Donetta Davidson Roth, Larry Queen and Mike Shafer. Row three: Steve Wilkes, Sandee Gardner Thacker, Karen Plymale Knowles, Gloria Traylor, Joe Hooker, Karen Stapleton Duncan, and Tom Cotton. Row four: Roger Mayse, Bill Saunders, Jim Patterson, Tom Thompson, and Judy McClelland Hart. Present for the reunion but absent from the picture was Andy Battista.

COOLING OFF – Visitors to the Beech Fork Lake Beach swim, float and play in the cool water of the swimming area of the lake. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Former educator donates C-K High School items

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Residents in the Ceredo-Kenova area are welcome to the public library to view two pieces of history from the former C-K High School.

Back in April, former teacher and assistant principal Richard Collins presented an American flag, the last to fly at the school to the library during the time casket opening, according to Mark Esslinger, director of the library.

The American flag was saved by Collins on June 8, 1998. It was formally presented to the C-K community during a ceremony held on April 1 at the C-K War Memorial. It was during that ceremony that the Grand Lodge of Masons in West Virginia also opened the time casket found in the school’s cornerstone following demolition. At that time Collins asked that the flag be displayed at the C-K Library.

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HORSE SHOW – The annual Wayne County Horse Show started the activities for the Wayne County Fair Saturday at Shirley Burgess Ferguson Park. Here riders are demonstrating the western style riding with a loping gait while fair board member Gary Napier demonstrates the buggy pull with a cart and pony. Fair activities are at Camden Park this week. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Hatfields, McCoys feuding again at Heritage Farm

HATFIELD’S AND MCCOY’S – Re-enactors took center stage during Saturday’s Way Back Weekend at Heritage Farm Museum and Village. Above are re-enactors who portrayed the Hatfield men. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

 

COOLING OFF – Visitors to the Beech Fork Lake Beach swim, float and play in the cool water of the swimming area of the lake. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Hot weather returns to area

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The hot weather is expected to return this weekend and area swimming spots readying for the crowds.

The National Weather Service in Charleston reports sunny skies with highs in the mid- to upper 80s during the day and nighttime lows in the low to mid-60s.

A small chance of showers is in the forecast for Monday night into Tuesday and through the rest of the week. Officials with Beech Fork Lake are expecting good crowds this weekend as residents travel to swimming areas to cool down.

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Billy Workman, right, from Martin, Ky. and Ray Hunt of Fort Gay pose for a photo in Fort Gay Thursday. Workman said business has been good as a flag salesman, backed up by the numerous southern flags attached to vehicles seen driving in the county. Workman also pointed out the missing American flag near the war memorial in front of the old Fort Gay High School and said he plans to make arrangements to get one flying there. WCN photo by Greg Turner

Hatfield’s, McCoy’s theme of Way Back Weekend at Heritage

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – The Hatfield’s and McCoy’s are Saturday’s Way Back Weekend theme at Heritage Farm Museum and Village.

The farm was the scene of the documentary “America’s Feud, Hatfields and McCoys” companion for the History Channel’s mini-series “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s” starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton in 2012.

Since that time, Heritage Farm has hosted a reunion type Way Back Weekend to the public. This year will see performances from Mingo County and Pike County, Ky., with pictures of the patriarchs, Devil Anse Hatfield and Ole’ Randall McCoy, along with a special piece from the West Virginia Department of History and Humanities with Bill Richardson, narrator of the documentary.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES – Above photo is by J.W. Murphy from Centerville in Wayne County. The men and the date of the photograph are unknown.

The Peyton Staley Family

By ROBERT M. THOMPSON

Peyton Staley, son of Stephen and Mary Staley, was born in what is now Wayne County in 1820 and appears on the first tax list of Wayne County in 1842 making him one of the pioneers of the county. His home was located on Buffalo Creek. Evelyn Massie’s book Pioneer Settlers of Wayne County, (West) Virginia details Staley’s life and descendants. Peyton was known to attend church at Newcomb Baptist Church near Shoals. He married Martha Haynie, and the two went on to have fifteen children. Their daughter, Hannah, married Hurston Booth who served as sheriff of Wayne County in the 1890s, and after Hannah’s death, Hurston married her sister Rebecca.

The photo shown above depicts a massive gathering of Peyton Staley’s family in 1912. Peyton Staley is shown center with beard with his hand on a cane. At the time of his death four years later, Staley was said to have one hundred grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. He was buried beside his wife in the Staley Cemetery on Whites Creek.

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HOT DOGGIN’ FOR CASH

HOT DOGGIN’ FOR CASH – The Vinson Little League Senior softball team sold hotdogs for lunch Friday afternoon to raise money to obtain new uniforms and for their travel expenses to Florida to play in the Southeast Regional Senior League Tournament next week. WCN photo by MICHAEL HUPP

Families come out for a fun day at Dreamland Pool on Saturday, in Kenova. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Sun shines on Dreamland’s grand opening celebration

WAYNE – Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (N&RC) presented the Wayne County Library system with a $1,000 donation from the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc. to assist with the library’s summer reading programs.

Wayne N&RC Executive Director Cindy Cooper presented the donation to Lana Smith, Branch Manager and Brenda Russell, librarian. The library has a variety of programs that engage children throughout the summer to keep them reading and learning.

The programs are on Tuesday and Thursdays and have a variety of themes. Children are challenged to read a certain number of books and can turn in reading logs.

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SVHS Beta Club competes

The Spring Valley Beta Club recently competed in Nashville at a national competition. Back Row: Bailey Stewart, Jason Holland, Carleigh Cazad, Abby Effingham, Eddie Stamper, Sponsor Abby Maynard: Middle Row: Sponsor Lisa Yeoman: Front Row: Hannah Carter, Sully Yeoman, Kelsey Seibert, Alexis Copley. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter Photography

Buffalo High School class of 1965 celebrates 50th

MEMBERS of the Buffalo High School Class of 1965 who attended their 50th Class reunion Saturday night at the Bison Senior Center stand at the entrance of their Alma Mater. Alumni came from as far as Louisiana and the Carolinas to visit with old friends and former classmates. Also attending were former teachers Mrs. Pat Blair and Paul Fulks. Former Coach Bill Dunkle came to Sunday’s picnic. Submitted photo by Patty Kay Herndon

WESTMORLAPALOOZA – Above: The organizers of Westmorlapalooza honored all emergency personnel in attendance Saturday with medallions thanking them for their service. This year’s winning team was the Eastside Bombers. Second place went to Beastie Balls. The Bill Brown Toughman Award went to Scott Orr of Curnutte’s Carnival Superheroes. The Brennan Simpkins Sportsmanship Award went to Will Sheils of Beastie Balls. Below: The Most Creative Team Award went to the Urban Legends. The defending champions appeared as wrestling legends. The two-day event was filled with food, bands and community togetherness. All proceeds go towards youth and community programs. WCN photo above by Michael Hupp; WCN photo below by Diane Pottorff

Brenda Russell, librarian, Cindy Cooper, Wayne N&RC Executive Director, and Lana Smith, Branch Manager. Photo submitted

Wayne Nursing Center presents Wayne Co. Library with donation

WAYNE – Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (N&RC) presented the Wayne County Library system with a $1,000 donation from the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc. to assist with the library’s summer reading programs.

Wayne N&RC Executive Director Cindy Cooper presented the donation to Lana Smith, Branch Manager and Brenda Russell, librarian. The library has a variety of programs that engage children throughout the summer to keep them reading and learning.

The programs are on Tuesday and Thursdays and have a variety of themes. Children are challenged to read a certain number of books and can turn in reading logs.

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Competitors from Lantern Lushes. (Bottom left) Lattern Lushes’ player is the last one standing. (Bottom right) Brady Wiles showing his battle face and patriotism. WCN photos by Michael Hupp

Caroline Clevenger of Louisa, Ky., a recent graduate of Lawrence County High School, was selected as a recipient of the OMEGA scholarship. Pictured (L-R): Jan Vineyard, President - WV OMEGA; Caroline Clevenger and Mark Clevenger of Wheeler & Clevenger Oil Co. and father of the recipient. Photo submitted

Clevenger recipient of WV OMEGA scholarship

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CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA), the trade association which represents the state’s convenience stores, independent grocers and petroleum marketers, has announced Caroline Elizabeth Clevenger of Louisa, K.Y. was selected as one of eleven recipients of their annual scholarship program.

Clevenger is a recent graduate of Lawrence County High School and plans to attend Transylvania University in Lexington, K.Y. in the fall where she’ll major in accounting.

Clevenger was very active in athletics and in many civic and community groups including captain of the basketball and golf teams, being a member of National Honor Society and Junior Rotary.

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COUNTRY PAWS ON THE MOVE – Joy Cooper, owner of Country Paws Grooming, moved her business from Cedar Run Road to the former Buffalo Hardware Store on Buffalo Creek Road. Country Paws Grooming Facebook photo

Country Paws Grooming barking up new tree

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

BUFFALO – For two years, Joy Cooper has been operating Country Paws Grooming out of a small space in the Amish Hands Furniture store on Cedar Run Road near Prichard.

Like a little puppy, Cooper’s business has eventually outgrown a little kennel and now needs a big space to run. Cooper made the move to bigger pastures this past month setting up shop in the former Buffalo Hardware Store building on Buffalo Creek Road.

“The only issue we have had is letting customers know the number and location have changed,” Cooper said. “And we have been given distinct orders to not paint over the buffalo on the side of the building by several residents.”

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Joann Hurley, President-Elect; Brenda Bean, Beta Beta’s newest member; and Helen Muncy, President of Beta Beta Chapter of ADK. Photo submitted

Beta Beta Chapter of ADK holds initiation for newest member

FORT GAY – The Beta Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa held a special meeting on May 29 to initiate a new member into their chapter. Brenda Bean, a teacher of Fort Gay K-8, is the newest member of that chapter.

Beta Beta meets the second Tuesday of every month during the school year at the Ft. Gay Senior Center. Their meetings consist of informative programs which inspire and encourage each of their members in their everyday lives. ADK is an organization which consists of women educators.

Alpha Delta Kappa was founded in 1947 by Agnes Shipman Robertson, Marie Neal, Marion Southall and Hattie Poppino. They were visionary women who saw a need to recognize and support the professional efforts of outstanding women educators.

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Energy Express to kick off reading, nutrition initiative

Energy Express is making a comeback to Wayne County this summer. Crum Elementary will be the site for this nationally-recognized literacy and nutrition program. The Site Team will be working with nearly 40 youth providing them reading enrichment starting June 22 through July 24 at Crum Elementary. The team includes: (back row, l-r) Cody Robinson, Community Coordinator and Priscilla Bailey, Mentor; (middle row, l-r) Tabetha Sloan, Site Supervisor; Shantil Marcum, Mentor, and Mary Bias, Mentor; (front row, l-r) Tammy Williamson, Mentor and Lakyn Dearnell, Mentor. To learn more about the Energy Express program, please call the WVU Extension Service Wayne County office at (304) 272-6839. Photo submitted

Residents from Westmoreland pick up trash along Burlington Road Saturday as part of the Project Westmorlapalooza Community Cleanup. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Westmoreland comes out to clean up neighborhood

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WESTMORELAND – Westmoreland met Saturday afternoon to help clean up the neighborhood, but more importantly come together to build a sense of community.

A little more than 40 residents came out for the Second Annual ProjectWestmorlapalooza Community Cleanup. Residents picked up loose trash on the streets and cleared curves along Spring Valley Drive. This year Project Westmoreland teamed up with Westmorlapalooza to host the event.

“All of these small organizations play a small part in keeping Westmoreland what it is. Either the youth groups, RPA, Project Westmoreland – everyone is continuously doing something to keep activities going,” Westmorlapalooza organizer Daniel Wiles said.

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PRINCESSES – The 2015 Tolsia High School Volleyball team dressed as a Disney Princess for Storybook Festival in Fort Gay Saturday. The festival was a fundraiser for the team to raise money for volleyball camp at Marshall University this week. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

FUN TIME – Ceredo-Kenova children had a chance to get a balloon sculpture of a dog on a leash at the C-K Library Thursday. It was superhero time at the library and John Goode brought plenty of the balloon animals for each child. Summer reading program is every Thursday at the library. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

4-H Cloverbud Day Camp

The Wayne County 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp was held June 9-12 at Mays Chapel near Beech Fork Marina. Twenty-five 5-8 year old youth participated in this annual camp which featured lots of hands-on crafts, science, and outdoor recreation. To learn more about the Wayne County 4-H Program, please contact the WVU Extension Wayne County Office at (304) 272-6839. Photos submitted

Former Westmoreland resident Charlie Davis, who preforms under the moniker Grim Charles and David Copley took the stage Saturday evening at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews in Huntington. HD photos by Cody Lynch

Hometown musicians return to local stage

BY CODY LYNCH
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – Two Wayne County natives teamed up Saturday evening at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews in Huntington to bring their mix or original and classic songs to listening patrons.

Former Westmoreland resident Charlie Davis, who preforms under the moniker Grim Charles, was first to take the stage. His melodic, yet powerful acoustic set instantly commanded the attention of the crowd. On looking fans of Grim Charles were quickly reminded that while on hiatus from live shows, he had not skipped a beat from previous solo performances and his years fronting the locally adored Love Coats.

The Spring Valley and Marshall graduate has kept himself busy as of late, taking the job of band director at Tolsia High School, Fort Gay Middle and has recently found himself a newlywed. While admitting the long hours committed to the new job are stressful, they are also rewarding and he has found time to continue to write music which is continuously becoming available on Amazon and iTunes.

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OLD TIME CARS – This 1927 Bugatti was one of many antique automobiles at a past Ceredo Antique Auto Show. This year marks the 15th year for the event. WCN file photo

Ceredo to host annual AACA antique car show

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

CEREDO – Ceredo has hosted the Huntington Region AACA Antique Auto Show making it one of the biggest events of the summer for the Northern Wayne County town.

This year marks the 15th year for the event and according to Ceredo Mayor Otis Adkins, the event continues to grow every year.

“There is always a large crowd. It does not cost anything to look at the cars. It draws in a lot of people, not just showing their vehicles, but those who want to see the beautiful cars. There are many activities there and it just makes for a nice day to get together,” Adkins said.

The event is June 20 at the Food Fair Plaza. Registration for vehicles is from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee this year to show your vehicle is $10. Dash plaques will be given to the first 175 cars to register.

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Fun Times at Camden Park

HUNTINGTON – The start of the 2015 summer season for Camden Park has been a good one, according to officials. On Saturday, Mary Potter and family from Greenup County, Ky., honored her granddaughter, Mackenzie Browning’s, 18th birthday by releasing balloons at the entrance to the park. Potter said her granddaughter died nine years ago in a structure fire in Ohio. Below, visitors took advantage of the rides including the Haunted House, Big Dipper, and others. WCN photos by Diane Pottorf

The Dunlow Mud Dogs 4-H Club took their annual weekend trip to North Bend State Park May 15-17 to participate in the WV Youth Environmental Day! Club members learned about conservation and the environment through a variety of hands-on activities. This 4-H Club is led by Bill and Addie Likens of Dunlow. 4-H is open to youth ages 5-21 years and offers a wide variety of educational programs and activities. To learn more about the Wayne County 4-H Program, please contact the WVU Extension Service Wayne County office at (304) 272-6839 or email Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at julie.tritz@mail.wvu.edu. Photo submitted

CLEANING – Volunteers from Lifehouse Recovery Center stand with members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Beech Fork Lake staff and volunteers as they ready the recreation area for visitors. WCN by Diane Pottorff

Facility volunteers assist in getting recreation area ready

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – Federal budget cuts and lack of contract renewals has put mowing behind at the recreational area of Beech Fork Dam.

A contractor working on the parking lot of the marina noticed the tall grass and asked Charles Mathis, resource manager, if he could use some volunteers to help get the area ready for the summer.

Mathis said the contractor contacted Lifehouse Recovery Center who in turn sent about 10 clients to mow and other maintenance. Founded by Rocky Meadows, Lifehouse Recovery Center is a facility that focuses on recovery from drugs and/or alcohol with changing a person’s attitude and lifestyle.

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Blakely Commissioned

NEW OFFICER – Drew Blakely of Wayne was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the West Virginia Army National Guard on May 8 after completing the ROTC program at Marshall University. Blakely graduated from Wayne High School in 2011. While at Wayne he participated in the JROTC and was battalion commander. Blakely received his bachelor’s of science degree in Health Care Administration and will serve with the West Virginia National Guard in the Medical Service Corps. He is the son of Velvet Blakely of Wayne. Lt. Col. Cloyd Lilley issued the Oath of Office. Submitted photo

Fun Day in the Neighborhood

RECYCLED – More than 200 people made their way to Fun Day in the Neighborhood on the campus of the former Fort Gay Middle School Saturday for food and fun. Nineteen bicycles were donated and given to a child during a drawing. The event was planned and sponsored by the Fort Gay Neighborhood Association. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Linda Parsons, WVDAR Service for Veterans Chairman, presented the Avis C. Marcum DAR Service for Veterans Award to Sarah Jan Fletcher Holliday of the Kanawha Valley Chapter NSDAR. Photo submitted

WVDAR state award named after local woman presented

On Saturday, May 9, Linda Parsons, West Virginia DAR Service for Veterans State Chairman and a member of the Westmoreland Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, attended a meeting of the Kanawha Valley Chapter NSDAR to present the Avis C. Marcum WVDAR Outstanding DAR Service for Veterans Award. Avis C. Marcum was a member of the Westmoreland Chapter and volunteered at the Huntington VA Medical Center for over ten years and logged in over 1,000 hours of service. She also served on several committees during her service to the Medical Center.

This years’ winner of the award is Sarah Jan Fletcher Holliday. Mrs. Parsons reported that “Sally” and her husband personally cooked and served Christmas dinner to many of the homeless Veterans who reside in the Charleston area. She also supplied caps and socks to the men and women whom she fed.

Mrs. Holliday not only performed this outstanding deed, but she also chairs the Kanawha Valley NSDAR’s DAR Service for Veterans Committee.

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PLANTING TIME – A local farmer prepares one of the Big Sandy River bottoms for this year’s corn crop. The late spring with its accompanying rain has put a little pressure on area farmers. Photo submitted by Ron Ferguson

VFW Post 1064 of Huntington Commander John D. Creamer presents Wayne County’s Boy Scout Troop 170 with a check to cover the troop’s Summer Camp and uniforms for 2015. Submitted photo

Kenova Parkette Reunion

PARKETTE REUNION – A few of the classic cars at the first Parkette Reunion sponsored by advance Auto Parts of Kenova Friday evening. The event is scheduled the second Friday of each month through September. There is no registration fee and no prizes are awarded...just a chance to “re-live” yesterday. Submitted photo by Ron Ferguson

Wayne County Vaughan family in history

By STEPHEN LEWIS

How many of us know what our ancestors were doing 500 years ago? More than that, how many of us know what they were doing on a particular day, August 22, 1485? The Vaughan Family of Wayne County does. They know that some of their ancestors were on a battlefield in central England on that day, fighting in the Battle of Bosworth Field.

The Book” Vaughan Pioneers” by Lewis E. Vaughn tells us that the ancestor of the Wayne County Vaughns came from the village of Tretower in southern Wales about 30 miles north of Cardiff. That immigrant ancestor, William Vaughan left Wales around 1770 and came to America. His son, Thomas Vaughan, settled in Wayne County in 1806.

Now let’s jump back in time to Medieval England. The Plantagenet Family had ruled England for 300 years beginning in 1154. The last 30 years of their rule had plunged the country into various civil wars, known as the Wars of the Roses.

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Wayne Co. Farmers Market

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR – Sharon Hodge, from the Beech Fork area, looks at some of the pepper seedlings Friday at the Wayne County Farmers Market off Rt. 152 in the Newtown area of Wayne. The market is open Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. WCN photo by Greg Turner

Spring Valley High School Prom at Pullman Plaza

CINDERELLA STORY – Some students from Spring Valley High School matched the colors of the prom theme of “Cinderella” Saturday at the Pullman Plaza Hotel. At the end of the night, Nick Johnson and Katie Romans, above, were named Prom King and Queen. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

WALKING FOR KENNISON – Members of the Jackson family walked in the St. Mary’s Heart Walk in support of 3-year-old Kennison Jackson. Kennison was born with a pair of heart defects that led to her having open heart surgery at five months old. Photo submitted

BOE offers donations to fellow member for Heart Walk

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – Sometimes in times of need, you do not have to look any further than over your shoulder for help.

Wayne County Board of Education member Johnita Jackson has seen a lot of miracles during her decades of service to the school system. Jackson worked in the Wayne County Schools’ central office several years before retiring. She was elected to the Board in 2014.

Despite seeing several success stories during her time serving Wayne County students, there is one small miracle that affected her personally. Jackson granddaughter, Kennison was diagnosed with VSD (ventricular septal defect) and Subvalvar Pulmonary Stenosis shortly after birth.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY – Gino’s in Kenova celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was one of the first pizza places to open in the Tri-State. The store has remained in the same Oak Street location since 1965. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Kenova's Gino's Pizza restaurant celebrates 50 years

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KENOVA – Steve Stoner’s father, James, opened the Gino’s Pizza and Spaghetti House in Kenova half a century ago. At that time, Steve said, his dad had a philosophy that continues to guide him.

“We still make a lot of our food the old-fashioned way,” he said. “We make our own sauces, we make our own dough every day, and we still prepare our pizza in brick ovens. My dad always preached to me about quality, and people don’t mind to pay a little bit more for quality.” That emphasis on quality is what Steve credits for the longevity of the business he now owns at 1121 Oak St. in Kenova. Quality first, but customer service a close second.

“Our staff is always willing to make your eating experience pleasant, and most important, make the food exactly like customers want it,” Steve said. “Our food is prepared when ordered, never ahead of time.” Gino’s Pizza celebrated 50 years on Thursday, April 16. The restaurant has been in the same location and owned by the Stoner family since 1965.

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Instructor looking forward to new program

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

GLENHAYES - Tolsia High School’s ProStart instructor Tommy John Messer enjoys teaching his students the art of cooking for customers in a restaurant setting.

And once the school’s vocational agricultural program begins in the 2015-16 school year, Messer is looking forward to teaching his students how to cook with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

ProStart is short for “professional restaurant start,” which prepares students for a career in the food industry, he said.

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Awards presented, speeches given before Military Ball

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

GLENHAYES – Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Scott of Fort Lee, Va., challenged students at the Tolsia High School JROTC Ball Saturday, April 11, to continue to do good in their community and school.

Scott met a few of the Rebel Battalion last year when their Raider team stayed at Fort Lee for the regional Best of the Best Raider meet in North Carolina. The Raider team consists of about 15 students who train and compete in areas of a rope bridge, logistics, knot tying, pulling a Humvee, litter carrying and a 5K run event. Tolsia was one of 22 schools out of 400 in the region to be invited to the Regional Best of the Best. Spring Valley is the other Wayne County school that is invited to compete at the same event.

“This is an awesome program,” Scott said of the Tolsia JROTC. “I love being around soldiers and this kids are like soldiers.”

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4-H Ambassadors Team

Students have fun learning about agriculture

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO - Students at Ceredo Elementary got a chance this week to explore the science of agriculture inside a mobile lab sponsored by the West Virginia Farm Bureau.

Students were able to conduct experiments such as making plastic from corn, crayons from soy beans and other activities.

Brandon Frazier, 11, of Ceredo, president of the school council, said the agriculture trailer was something to see and enjoy.

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County Easter Egg hunt

Beech Fork State Park gets a spring cleanup

By TAYLOR STUCK
HD Media

BARBOURSVILLE - With clear blue skies serving as the backdrop, more than 50 volunteers spent Saturday cleaning Beech Fork State Park near Barboursville, preparing the park for camping season and making sure it looks its best.

The 14th annual spring cleanup at Beech Fork was sponsored by the 2015 West Virginia Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup by the Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Highways.

Dillard Price, assistant superintendent at Beech Fork, said cleanup focused along roadways and campsites, collecting as much trash as possible and cleaning debris. Price said they usually try to also tackle the lake, but the lake was full due to Friday’s rain.

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Commission chooses quilt square

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County 4-H Ambassadors will be adding another quilt square to its Heritage Quilt Square Trail that started last year.

The new square, once completed, will be placed in the landscaping area in front of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department where commissioners say plants do not grow well.

Ashley Smith, a member of the Wayne County 4-H Ambassadors, gave a presentation and asked them which square they wanted.

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East Lynn students experience career day

Wish a certain guy was around

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

Probably not a whole lot of people remember Steven Benny Bowen.

But I do.

A few years younger than me, Steve was one of those guys that everybody liked.

Maybe not the most handsome, or athletic, but definitely a young fellow whose winning smile and bright personality made everyone around him feel a little better and a lot happier.

He always had a funny story or joke to bring a little fun wherever he was.
Guys, and especially girls – everyone liked Steve.

Steve’s dad, Earl Bowen, was mayor of Kenova for a time, and Steve was dispatcher for the police department. He was also on the Volunteer Fire Department and took both jobs very seriously.

Sometimes after work at the Herald-Dispatch, a group would gather at the police station and play Casino. Can’t remember how to play now, though.

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3rd annual Trout’s Hill Day

WAYNE – On Saturday, May 16, the Town of Wayne will celebrate its 3rd annual Trout’s Hill Day, honoring the history and culture of the community. Wayne was originally known as Trout’s Hill after the village was established in January of 1842 on the farm of Abraham Trout. Mr. Trout owned a large farm on Twelve Pole Creek and operated a grist mill on the stream below. His home served as the first courthouse for Wayne County which celebrated its 173rd birthday earlier this year.

As part of Trout’s Hill Day, vendors will set up on Hendricks Street and Keyser Street in Wayne from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. There is a $10.00 registration fee for vendors. Historic lantern tours will be given starting at 7:00 pm, and visitors will be led through the streets to learn the history of prominent buildings in the town. Residents are also encouraged to hold yard sales at their homes to encourage a community-wide event. Inflatables will be set up for children. The town would also like to encourage people to wear period costumes or reenact historical figures.

Anyone interested in setting up as a vendor should call Wayne Town Hall at 304-272-3221. For more information on Trout’s Hill Day, contact Robert Thompson at 304-416-2661.

My friend, Mike Perry

By FRED FRIAR

Mike Perry was my friend for the past 30 years.

I met Mike when I was accused of diverting the creek behind our business when it was on Fifth Street Road. I did no such thing and I proceeded to acquire an aerial photo from the national archives to prove the creek bed had not been moved.

I hired Randy Fry to prepare a survey for the same purpose. I was not sure what else I should do, so I called my insurance agent who told me USF&G would defend Friar Chemical. Within a few days Mike came out to look over the area of my alleged transgression. Tagging along was the attorney of the accuser.

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Perry laid to rest next to chruch on beloved farm

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – A who’s who of the Tri-State made their way to New Baptist Church in Huntington Friday to pay last respects to a man who helped make the area a better place to live and work.

A. Michael Perry died at home early Wednesday morning with his family by his side following a battle with cancer. He was 78.

Perry was an attorney, bank president and the interim president of Marshall University. But his favorite role was as founder of Heritage Farm Museum and Village where he will be laid to rest beside the log church.

He was also a member of several boards including Huntington Tri-State Airport and the Wayne County Building Commission.

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Lasting friendships are made from racing

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

In previous essays we pointed out the valued friendships made in the 1960s while learning about and working on that period’s muscle cars.

Although certain cliques developed among the many interested in that day’s automobiles, there was never any fights or serious disagreements.

As a matter of fact, if anyone in either of the groups needed anything, someone would step up and provide the help needed, whether advice or doing the dirty work.

The cliques were divided more or less as to what brand of cars were favored.

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From a Comet to the Fairlane

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

After getting the busted piston repaired in my Comet Cyclone, being with the Herald brothers on Friday and Saturday night became a weekly thing.

Late hours spent lying on the garage floor wasn’t considered work… it was fun… and learning came fast.

The difference in gear ratios in the differential was a very important part of that learning and when an old car was discovered sitting in weeds behind a friend’s house, it was almost like manna from Heaven.

If memory serves correct, the axle assembly from a ’56 or ’57 Ford Fairlane (big car) fits perfectly under a ’64 Cyclone. The Cyclone had an 8-inch differential (rear end) and the Ford had a nine-inch. More parts were available and cheaper for the nine, so…

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Spring Valley Wolf Pack continues to show its teeth

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley Wolf Pack started out the year as a small grass-roots campaign to bring students back into the bleachers at athletic events.

What organizers didn’t realize was the cheering section was going to take a life of its own – propelling the rowdy fans into the top cheering section in the state.

RSN Sports does a weekly student section ranking based upon submitted photos to the RSN website, social media posts, fan participation and most importantly, creativity. Creativity is something the group definitely is not lacking. Spring Valley has consistently remained the top-overall school for several weeks and is No. 1 in AAA again this week.

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Local police, hot cars and 60s street racers

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

Long’s Parkette in Kenova was the local hangout for young men with “hot” cars in the ‘60s.

Situated on the corner of Ninth and Oak streets, where Burger King is located today, the restaurant offered great sandwiches. Thoughts of a Big Fred or Edna’s Delight can still make a mouth water.

Like to have one – of each – right now.

Every night, but especially Friday and Saturday, most all the young car guys could be found at “the Parkette” drinking Coke (and sometimes other cold beverages), talking cars, girls, whatever.

The car discussions ranged from the newest camshaft, rear end (differential), carburetion, valve size and heads, or any other performance-related topics.

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County to get Project Lifesaver

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County was one of 12 counties in the state that did not have the Project Lifesaver program.

No more, as the county will receive a $5,000 grant to go toward the purchase of 10 transmitters, one receiver and training, Wayne County Commission President Bob Pasley said. Overall cost is $8,500.

Sheriff Greg Farley said he will pay the additional $3,500 out of the concealed weapons fund for two deputies to be trained in using the equipment.

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A trip into the past

By JUNE ASHWORTH

Sometimes our interest in our own history causes us to try to revisit the past.

Jarrett Peters and Donald Saunders has done just that. In 2010 they traveled to Summers, Greenbrier and Monroe counties to locate home sites and other history of their ancestors, the Graham, See and Jarrett (Garred) families.

Their first stop was the Library at Hinton in Summers County. Then, with their GPS device, it was off to Lowell, Summers Co., about 2 miles northeast of Hinton, to locate the home of Revolutionary War Soldier, Colonel James Graham.

Col. Graham built the home in 1770. It is a hewn log house, one of the oldest and most historic homes in West Virginia. This restored home is located along the Greenbrier River and on the National Register of Historical Places.

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Vinson ‘Stuffing the Truck’ for baseball field funding

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The former Vinson High School baseball field is filled with tradition.

The field, once one of the most feared places to step on the diamond in the state, is now full of weeds and rusted fencing. The dugouts that once upon a time sheltered several champions have fallen into disrepair resembling a pauper’s shack of brick and rotten wood.

The last time a varsity game took place on the field was 1999 when the Spring Valley High School baseball team played a few games there while the new SVHS on-campus field was constructed.

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Westmoreland NSDAR participates in Vietnam War Commemorative Program

BARBOURSVILLE – The Commemorative Partner Program is designed for federal, state and local communities, veterans’ organizations and other nongovernmental organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families.

Westmoreland Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution participated in this program by visiting the West Virginia Veterans Home in Barboursville, on November 20.

While there, the ladies presented beautiful certificates to the Vietnam Veterans who live or work there.

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Students make sculpture with canned food

HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley High School students participated in a community service project through SkillsUSA and Future Educators Association (FEA) to collect non-perishable food items.

Spring Valley is in competition with other schools and career centers from across the state for the number of items collected, as well as a holiday sculpture constructed from the food items.

A total of 1,580 items were collected and distributed to three area food pantries.

Students constructed a holiday sculpture that included a fireplace, Christmas tree, and area rug using the food items.

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PVFD continues community Christmas party

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

PRICHARD – It has been a tough year for the Prichard Volunteer Fire Department and it was not known if the department could conduct the traditional Christmas party and parade Saturday in the Prichard community until the members stepped up to pay for it.

The membership discovered monies had come up missing in bank accounts and the former chief was arrested on embezzlement charges earlier this year, and it was thought the department would not be able to host the annual community Christmas party, said Ed Scott, Prichard VFD advisory board member.

“This fire department has hosted the community Christmas party for 25 years,” Scott said. “Even when I was chief.”

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Local family’s relative penned
every soldier’s wish in WWII

Editor’s note: The following poem was written in December, 1944, by a young soldier serving in the Third Armored Division in Europe where he earned a Purple Heart. I’ll be Home for Christmas

I’ll be home for Christmas, Mom,
Just you wait and see.
I’ll be home for Christmas, Mom,
When this world is set free.

Set free from these troubles and heartaches, Mom,
Free from all this strife and pain.
Where friend and foe alike, Mom,
Should both become the same.

There are many others like me, Mom,
Who are far away from home.
Away from all their loved ones, Mom,
So you see I’m not all alone.

We know when this war is over, Mom,
There will be an era of peace.
But there will be others to follow, Mom,
Because wars will never cease.

My heart and thoughts are with you, Mom,
With Dad and the others you see.
Even though I am far away, Mom
There my heart will always be.

So I’ll be home for Christmas, Mom,
Then we shall be happy again.
When there is peace upon the earth, Mom,
And a mighty good will toward men.

S.Sgt. Charles C. Conley

Originally from Van Lear, Ky., young Staff Sergeant Charles Conley found himself in the Battle of the Bulge. It is not known if this poem was written before, or during the battle that raged from Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan. 25, 1945, but illustrates every soldier’s dearest wish.

The war had been going in the Allies’ favor following the Dec. 6 landing at Normandy as the Germans were pushed back toward their homeland, out of France, Holland and Belgium.

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Winter Carnival at Ceredo

Huntington Christmas Parade

Kenova’s sounds of Christmas

Big turnout for Christmas Market

By FRED FRIAR

HUNTINGTON – I hope you were among the people who came to The Heritage Farm Christmas Market Saturday.

The rain did not dampen the festivities. The artisan center was busy all day and I didn’t get to eat my lunch until about 1 p.m.

There is no question my brilliantly composed advertisement inviting the public to the event worked just as I knew it would.

Boy, what an interesting bunch of people who came by! Lots of kids bundled up like it was zero outside. It was girls’ night out at my broom emporium.

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Golden Girl founder honored

By KRISTI MURPHY
HD Media

CEREDO — When a girl walks into the unassuming house on the corner of East 3rd and B streets in Ceredo, she's probably a little scared.

She may be anxious and ask a lot of questions. She may just listen and try to wrap her head around what's going to happen.

She probably has no idea just how much her life is about to change.

The road to the Golden Girl Group Home is never a good one, and a lot of abused and neglected girls have walked through those doors over the past three decades.

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Scout finishes project at Heritage Farm and Museum

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Eagle Scout is the highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America, but it is not easy to attain.

A Boy Scout must earn 21 merit badges, demonstrate Scout spirit, service and leadership, including an extensive service project that the Scout himself plans, organizes, leads and manages.

John Paul Roa of South Point, Ohio, was looking for a unique and lasting project that would benefit the public.

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The buck stops here

Work in progress on Booton Apartments in Wayne

Nov. 7th proclaimed C-K Middle School day

Ceredo church celebrates 140 years of service

CEREDO – The First Congregational Church of Ceredo celebrates its 140th Anniversary this Sunday.

The church was established in 1874, only a few years after New England abolitionists settled the Town of Ceredo. Congregational churches were dominant in New England, having been established there by many who fled England on the Mayflower. While congregationalism spread throughout the northeast, Ohio and into the Midwest, it is not as common to this area. In fact, The First Congregational Church of Ceredo is the only congregational church in West Virginia.

Congregationalism refers to a Protestant Christian church that believes the local church is a complete church and does not need a higher ecclesiastical authority. In other words, the presence of Christ is the source of power in a local Congregational church. Therefore, God has given the local church all the power and authority it needs for its work. Each congregation is independent and autonomous, running its own affairs.

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Greenbrier Heights Garden Club helps C-K Student Council beautify school

Ceredo-Kenova Middle School Student Council members asked Greenbrier Heights Garden Club to help them beautify the school grounds.

The club provided plants, mulch, and instructions for a two-phase project which was completed in mid-September.

First, students weeded and prepared the planter in front of the school for fall as they planted mums, coral bells and decorated with a straw bale, scarecrows, and pumpkins on metal stakes.

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CEOS welcomes new members

WAYNE – Are you interested in getting involved in your community? The West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service (WVCEOS) may be just what you’re looking for.
The WVCEOS organization is a place to belong, learn, grow and have a good time with wonderful people who know how to make you feel welcome.

Strengthening the family is part of the CEOS mission. Members make a difference through education, service and leadership activities. New information and past traditions combine to help create individual balance and strong families.

Six Wayne County CEOS members attended the State CEOS Conference at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Weston in early October and took a wide variety of classes on crafts, cooking, diabetes education, gardening, history, and international travel.

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Mother, daughter recall alcohol nightmare

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Melissa Mullens hopes she will never have to relive the nightmare of receiving a telephone call that her 14-year-old daughter, Makaylah Harrison, was unconscious and unresponsive.

Makaylah is telling her story to anyone who will listen about the dangers of alcohol. “It is not worth it,” she said. “Alcohol is a scary thing.”

So, Makaylah and her mother are taking their worst nightmare and turning it into a positive as they speak to young people about the dangers of consuming alcohol.

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Small crowd for first year revival

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – About 100 people attended the first Unity in the Community revival in Ceredo Saturday.

The revival was a new event added to the annual Town of Ceredo Reunion that takes place the third Sunday in September in Paul T. Billups Park.

“I drove here to listen to good Christian songs,” Joyce Ellis of Huntington said. Ellis attends the First Baptist Church of Ceredo and loves anything that has to do with praising God.

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Vinson helps raise childhood cancer awareness

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Players from both Vinson and Milton middle schools wore yellow stickers on their helmets during Thursday’s football game to raise awareness about childhood cancer. The event was dubbed, “Go Gold for the Kids.” Fans, referees and coaches wore gold shirts as well.

The idea was the brainchild of Vinson Middle School student Katie Beth Caudill. Caudill started Headbands for Hope a couple years ago to provide headbands for little girls going through cancer treatment.

The event was a further extension of Caudill, and her mother Lauren Kilgore’s efforts to bring

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Perry Sisters to perform at Ceredo Reunion

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – A full weekend of events is planned for this year’s Ceredo Reunion.

The Town of Ceredo Reunion is 1-7 p.m. Sunday in Paul T. Billups Park with performances in the Jeremy Shoemaker Amphitheater.

This year, organizers have announced the Perry Sisters will be performing. Signing with a major record label in 1984, the Perry Sisters became the first professional ladies trio in southern gospel music.

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Friends get preview of new attractions at Heritage Farm

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Friends of Heritage Farm Museum and Village gathered Thursday for the dedication of the Heritage Museum and the opening of the Bowes Doll and Carriage Museum, Pottery Barn and Sleeping Caboose.

“You can’t be just a friend to the Perrys or a friend of the farm,” said founder A. Michael Perry. “We are one in the same.”

Perry presented a plaque that will be placed on the Heritage Museum to his friends, Laura Darby and her husband, the late Dr. H. Darrel Darby, for their support of Heritage Farm Museum and Village.

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C-K Alumni Band ends an era

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – “We are not a building, but a band.”

Those were the words spoken by longtime Ceredo-Kenova High School and C-K High School Alumni Band director Charles Oshel to close out a truly remarkable era. Oshel spoke the words to members of the Alumni Band Tuesday night after the final practice at the old Alumni Band building located on the Ceredo-Kenova High School site.

The former high school building, along with the band building, will be demolished in the upcoming months to make way for the new Ceredo-Kenova PK-8 school.

Built in 1972 for $600,000 with special levy funds, the band building has seen several generations of band students, choir and majorettes come through the doors. The building has hosted practices, concerts, and reunions, was utilized for Kenova City Council meetings and even hosted a wedding.

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Small crowd gathers for benefit

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – It was a busy Labor Day weekend with different events all over the county, including a Gospel Benefit Sing Saturday for the employees of Ballard’s Farm who lost their jobs earlier in the month when fire destroyed the facility.

Several performers praised God with the audience through song as organizers raised money to help the employees with a little bit of extra funding to get through financial struggles.

Scott Chandler, who lives near the plant, wanted to do something to help, so he set up a bank account, then organized the benefit sing.ed out,” Stapleton commented. The people responsible have not been caught.

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Wayne Nursing presents local pantry with donation


WAYNE – The Manna from Heaven food pantry at East Lynn Church of God suffered a set-back when all the food from the pantry was stolen a month ago. In the weeks since then, donations have come in, but Wayne Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (N&RC) wanted to ensure the pantry bounced back quickly.

Cindy Cooper, Executive Director of Wayne N&RC, and Arzella Smith and Dorothy Ward of Wayne Resident Council, presented Sandy Stapleton of Manna from Heaven with a $500.00 donation from the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc. to help restock the pantry. Additionally, Wayne Resident Council took $100.00 from their funds and went shopping for food to donate to the pantry.

Stapleton said the door was busted down and about $1,000 worth of food was stolen. “Even the freezer was cleaned out,” Stapleton commented. The people responsible have not been caught.

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Two Wayne County 4-H families hosted someone from Japan for a month this summer as part of the States’ 4-H International Exchange Program. The Dodgion family (l-r), included Olivia, Stacy, Collin, Clark, Lucas, Landon, Peter and the student they hosted, Ryuto aged 14. The Stephenson family included: (l-r) Karen, Taylor, (missing daughter Sarah), and Junko, the adult chaperone, they hosted. Junko was responsible for the eight students who came from Japan and were placed with families across West Virginia, along with support from the State 4-H Office in Morgantown. The goal of the program is to enhance world understanding and global citizenship through high-quality 4-H international cultural immersion and exchange programs with 4-H aged youth. As a result of these visits, the WVU Extension Wayne County Office had the opportunity to hold two educational programs that featured demonstrations on how to make sushi as well as the traditional Japanese tea and incense ceremonies. To learn more about this program with Japan or the Wayne County 4-H Program, please contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at (304) 272-6839.

Tae Kwon Do classes available


By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Anybody can learn a martial art and a class is available in Wayne.

Brian Ramey teaches Tae Kwon Do Mondays and Fridays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Wayne Community Center.

Ramey said hours will change to 5-6 p.m.once football season begins.

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First Ekers Tractor Ride proves to be successful


By SCOTT PARSONS
Staff Writer

PRICHARD – By all indications, the first Willie Joe Ekers Memorial Tractor Ride was a success.

“We were pleased with the turnout for the first year,” Joe Ekers, who along with the rest of his family, planned the tractor event to honor his late father who enjoyed working on and restoring old tractors.

Fifteen tractors lined up at House Hasson Hardware in Prichard on Saturday morning. Joe and his brother, Jason had trailers in tow for passengers who wanted to ride along in the parade of tractors. Both trailers were full. Drivers included family members and friends of the Ekers family. Some brought their tractors on trailers and others drove from their homes in and around the Prichard area to participate.

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The Wayne County News: A rich history continues


The recent sale, or merger, of The Wayne County News with the Herald-Dispatch shouldn’t mean the end of this local paper.

Assurances have been given time and again that no one wants to change the character of the paper or the characters who continue to try to provide the best local coverage of Wayne County events to its readers.

First printed in 1874, the newspaper has been owned and led by a number of colorful – and sometimes – controversial – publishers and editors.

Most of us county residents grew up with our elders reading “The News” and it became part of our existence as well. Although not the first paper in Wayne County, The News has lasted longest.

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DOG DAYS OF SUMMER? – Partly cloudy skies and sprinkles did not stop the action-packed fun area dogs had swimming in Dreamland Pool Sunday as part of Dreamland Dog Days, which raised funds for The Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter. Many residents hope this will become a tradition for the day after the pool closes. WCN photo by Jessica Ross

Kenova block party to help area non-profits

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Kenny Queen’s Ace Hardware will host a block party in its parking lot Saturday, August 16 to help celebrate Ace’s National Block Party Day.

A variety of events, sponsored by Kenny Queen’s Ace Hardware, Advance Auto Parts, Cabell-Huntington Hospital and McDonalds are planned throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The block party is broken into three sections throughout the day with a break from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Each section will offer different activities for guests.

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Music filled the ‘holler’ at Heritage Farm’s Music Festival

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Visitors were treated to live music at Heritage Farm and Museum Saturday during the Music Festival Weekend, part of the Farm’s Way Back Weekend Series.

Several musical groups performed throughout the day under the Farm’s new music pavilion. The groups included Heritage Farm’s owner, Mike Perry’s gospel group, the Harmonica Group from Huntington and the Joe Freeman Band, a bluegrass band that has performed all over the East Coast, including at the Grand Ole Opry.

Audy Perry, manager of Heritage Farm, said it wanted to bring live music to the Farm, and so decided to use the space located on the backside of the Transportation Museum to build a music pavilion. Originally, they were going to use the space for a museum, but decided it would be perfect for a pavilion.to school, and after school take it to the scrap yard. I did that until I graduated.”

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Towing operator ready for business

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Tyler McClellan was interested in the towing business as a child and purchased his first roll back truck before he was out of high school.

McClellan was born and raised in East Lynn and is a 2011 graduate of Wayne High School. At the age of 14, McClellan purchased his first flatbed truck to haul junk. During his time in high school, McClellan purchased junk cars, took them to school, then went home and cut the vehicles up to make money to purchase his rollback at the age of 16.

“This made it a little easier to haul junk cars,” he said. “I would find the junk and have it all loaded and ready, go to school, and after school take it to the scrap yard. I did that until I graduated.”

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New hair salon opens in Kenova

KENOVA – Blondeshells Hair Saloon, owned by Megan Pelfrey, a graduate of Paul Mitchell The School-Nashville, and Angel Williamson, a graduate of Huntington School of Beauty Culture, in Kenova offers a variety of hair services offering Men, women and kid’s cuts, Color, Keratin Blowout Treatment, extensions, and more.

Also offered are pedicures with a double station.

The salon uses and sells Kenra Professional products, American Crew for men and Moroccanoil. The salon is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Five West Virginia 4-H members spent five days in Washington, DC at the National 4-H Center July 15-18 as part of the inaugural 4-H Leadership Washington Focus. This program included 135 youth from 12 states. The West Virginia 4-H members included (l-r): Madison Adams and Keith Dailey from Jefferson County; Collin Dodgion and Sarah Ferry from Wayne County; and Sarah Deem from Mason County. The week-long program featured hands-on workshops to strengthen leadership skills and tours of national monuments and memorials throughout D.C. This program is designed for middle-school 4-H members from across the nation. To learn more about the Wayne County 4-H Program, contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at (304) 272-6839. d headdresses and participated in different events. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

HULA – Residents at Charter House in Wayne were treated to a Hawaiian luau for the summer cookout sponsored by staff members. Residents and staff put on their finest Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, leis and headdresses and participated in different events. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

STARTING THE RACE – More than 100 participants took part in the third annual Kristen’s Promise Scholarship 5K Run/Walk Friday in Wayne. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Runners come out to help scholarship

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Traci and Dwayne Stiltner have had a hole in their hearts for the past two years since the death of their daughter, Kristen, from a vehicle accident in May 2012.

According to Traci Stiltner, Kristen was a giving person.

“From kindergarten to the 11th grade, I cannot tell you the number of lunch boxes and backpacks that we got for others, all because she saw a fellow student in need,” Stiltner said. “We decided to move forward in keeping her memory alive with a scholarship.”

To help fund the Kristen’s Promise Memorial Scholarship, a 5K Run/Walk was organized for the Town of Wayne.

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Krista Maynard and Brittany Mabry

Westmoreland NSDAR
presents DAR ROTC awards

June Ashworth, Regent of the Westmoreland Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently announced this years’ winners of the DAR National Defense Committee’s ROTC Awards.

The awards went to Wayne County graduating female students who were enrolled in the JROTC Program in their school and have demonstrated academic excellence, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Krista Dale Maynard was the winner of the award presented at Tolsia High School. She is the daughter of Paul and Patricia Parsley Maynard. Krista plans to attend Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and earn an Associate Degree in Nursing. After that, she then plans to attend Marshall University and work toward a higher degree as a Nurse Practitioner.

Wayne High School’s winner is Brittany Michelle Mabry. She is the daughter of Kathy Sue Mabry and Rex Allen Sowards. Brittany plans to attend Marshall University and major in International Business. She plans to work with imports and exports to some of our international businesses here and abroad. She then hopes to become an entrepreneur of her own business.

Lourae Pierce is the winner from Spring Valley High School.

Hobert Crum was awarded a framed letter from Bill Clinton during the Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee meeting Thursday. R. C. (Doc) Thompson was awarded a plaque for his years of service with the Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee. WCN Photos by Jessica Ross

Democratic Executive
committee honors members

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee remembered three departed members, and recognized three others during Thursday’s meeting.

The committee had a moment of silence for departed members Harold Robertson, Jim Booten and Teddy Mays.

R. C. (Doc) Thompson, chairman of the committee, said the men were gone but not forgotten.

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Beech Fork Lake trails offer scenic exploration

Let’s take a journey back in time. Beech Fork Lake was in its infancy. To add recreational opportunities the Corps of Engineers helped create the Rock Hollow Trail.

This seemed to be a feature trail, as it contained a scenic overlook, diverse terrain, plant, and animal life, and covered a distance slightly less than a mile. To add an educational, interactive component the Corps placed numbered wooden posts along the path and provided a handout with information on specific landmarks each post was intended to highlight.

Today about half of the wooden posts are standing and the handouts look like they came from an antique store on 14th Street West. However, the Rock Hollow Trail remains beautiful, wild and wonderful!

Enter the Friends of Beech Fork, a non-profit organization geared toward improving the facilities at Beech Fork Lake and preserving our resources for future generations. Together with Professor David Graefe of Marshall University and funding from the Wayne County Economic Development Authority and The US Army Corps of Engineers the Friends group launched the Rock Hollow Trail Project, which grows nearer to completion every day.

The Rock Hollow Trail, located across the road from the visitor center, will see several improvements. The main feature will be new educational and interactive signs. The signs were custom designed to provide information specifically relevant to the Rock Hollow Trail. They boast facts and images on subjects such as wildlife, geology, history of the area and lake, and ecology.

At this time the signs are drafted and being finalized. And the Friends group is confident the Rock Hollow Trail will serve as a marquee project that will attract future funding.

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Richard Plymale

Former president of the Fort Gay HS Alumni Honored

Submitted Article

FORT GAY – The Fort Gay High School Alumni Association has selected Richard Plymale as recipient of its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. Plymale, a 1947 graduate, is being honored for his commitment to community service and career achievement. The award will be presented to him on September 2, 2016, at the annual alumni banquet in Louisa, KY.

Plymale resigned in June after serving 22 years on the board of the Fort Gay HS Alumni Association, including the past 20 years as its president. Under his leadership, the Fort Gay HS Memorial Scholarship was established through Marshall University Foundation Inc. Recipients of this academic scholarship are graduates of Tolsia High School, Fort Gay, WV. “We wanted to give back to our community out of gratitude to the faculty who provided us with a great education and passed along a strong work ethic”, said Plymale, a 1960 graduate of Marshall University.

Plymale was instrumental in the endowment’s growth to its current level, which includes a corpus of nearly $350,000, and the sharing of $12,000 annually by four Marshall students, one in each undergraduate class. The program has awarded 57 annual scholarships to 24 Fort Gay scholars since it began in 1999.

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Marjorie “Grenny” Adams turned 100 on July 12. She celebrated with friends and family July 9 at Steele Memorial United Methodist Church in Barboursville. Submitted photo

Wayne woman marks milestone birthday

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WAYNE — Marjorie “Grenny” Adams turned 100 on July 12. She celebrated with friends and family July 9 at Steele Memorial United Methodist Church in Barboursville.

Adams was born in Wayne on July 12, 1916. She currently resides in Wayne.

She is the wife of the late John Williams and the late Marion Adams. She has one son, Don Williams; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

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JUST DANCE – Ethan Cade, son of Shawn and Beth Cade, and a member of the Whites Creek Critters 4-H Club, was recently selected as an alternate to serve as a WV 4-H Dance Ambassador for the next year. This is the first time a Wayne County 4-H member has ever been selected to serve on this elite dance team. The WV 4-H Dance Ambassadors travel the state throughout the year to various events, such as the State Fair of WV, and perform folk and heritage dances.

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Harold 4-H All-Star

AMBASSADOR – Zoe Harold, member of the Whites Creek Critters 4-H Club in Prichard, was inducted into the WV 4-H All Stars on Tuesday July 12 at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Weston. The WV 4-H All Stars is an honorary organization that recognizes outstanding leadership and service to the 4-H Program. Zoe has served as President of her 4-H Club and Vice President of the Wayne County 4-H Ambassadors. She has also served as a Teen Camp Counselor at 4-H Younger Camp and Cloverbud Day Camp for the past five years.

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Maynards’ 50th

Allen and Judy (Mays) Maynard of Prichard, WV, will celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a reception on July, 23, 2016 from 5-7 pm at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Lower Gragston Creek Road, Prichard, WV. They were married July 16, 1966. Allen is the son of the late Everett and Ethel (Clark) Maynard. Judy is the daughter of the late Henry and Ida (Damron) Mays. They have two daughters: Pamela (Steve) Cyrus and Paula (Eric) Napier. They have 3 grandchildren: Stevie, Andrew & Dylan and three great-grand children: Callie, Paisley & Cooper.

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Fair accepting applications for Beauty Pageant

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Wayne County Fair Beauty Pageant. The Pageant will be held on Tuesday August 2, 2016 at Camden Park. Deadline to enter the pageant is Saturday July 23, 2016.

MISS DIVISION
The Miss Division (16-21 years) is open to West Virginia residents only. Miss Wayne County will be awarded a crown, trophy, banner, flowers, crown pin and an all expense paid trip including hotel accommodations to represent Wayne County Fair in the West Virginia Associations of Fairs and Festivals Pageant. She will also receive two guest tickets for the Festival Pageant. There will also be 1st and 2nd Runner-Up chosen. Winners will receive a trophy. All contestants who do not place will receive a participation trophy.

BABY AND TEEN DIVISIONS
The Baby and Teen Division are open to all residents. You do not have to live in West Virginia to participate. Pageant is open to girls birth to 15 years and boys birth to 5 years. There will be a Queen and King chosen in each age division. Winners will receive a crown, trophy and a banner. There will also be a 1st and 2nd Runner-Up chosen in each age division. Winners will receive a trophy. All contestants who do not place in Beauty will receive a participation trophy.

APPLICATION INFORMATION
Please call Pageant Director Trish Ross at (303-272-3229) for an application or if you have any questions. You may also download an application by visiting the Fair’s official web site page at www.waynecountyfair-wv.com. Click on Events at the top of the page then Pageant. Please mail entry fee along with the application that pertains to your division.

ENTRY FEE FOR MISS WAYNE COUNTY IS $100.00. ENTRY FEE FOR 0-15 YEARS IS $30.00.

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Happy 107th

TURNING 107 – Happy 107th Birthday to Sadie Ward of Ceredo. Ward was born June 9, 1909 in Myra, W.Va. in Lincoln County. She moved to Wayne County at the age of six and has lived here since. Ward was married to the late Brady Ward. They are the parents of 12 children, seven of whom are still living. Photo submitted

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Sunnie Renee Hensley

Westmoreland NSDAR presents ROTC Award to Sunnie Hensley

Submitted article

WESTMORELAND – June Ashworth, Regent of the Westmoreland Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently announced that Sunnie Renee Hensley, a Junior at Spring Valley High School, is this years’ winner of the DAR National Defense Committee’s ROTC Award.

The award is presented to a Wayne County student who is enrolled in the JROTC Program in their school and has demonstrated all of the following qualities: academic excellence, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Sunnie is the daughter of Sherrie and Gordon Hensley, Jr.

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Shelter to start new training course

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HUNTINGTON — Looking to play with puppies and love on a kitten, and maybe clean their temporary home to make them more comfortable? Future volunteers of the Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter will now need to take an hour course on how to properly work in each area of the shelter.

The first course is set for Saturday, June 4, at the shelter. The course is already full, but the courses will be once a month, led by volunteer coordinator and Advocates Saving Adoptable Pets co-founder Martha Cummings.

For groups or organizations of seven or more, the shelter will make special accommodations for the training.

Scott Iseli, shelter director, said they decided to start courses for volunteers to make the process more streamlined.

To learn more about the volunteer class, contact the shelter at 304-696-5551 or message them on Facebook. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Another quilt joins the 4-H Quilt Trail

PRICHARD – This spring another quilt joined the Wayne County 4-H Heritage Quilt Trail. Leonard and Patricia Napier of Rolling Acres Farm on Rocklick Branch Road near Prichard placed a quilt block, titled “Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill” on their barn earlier this spring. This makes 25 quilts that are currently a part of the trail.

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THANKING GRANNY – Buffalo Middle School requests your presence to honor Theresa Stanley on Sunday, May 15. Please come any time between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to share a piece of cake and some memories. Stanley has been a clerk for 40 years and spent many of those years at Buffalo Middle School. WCN file photo by Diane Pottorff

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Shyanna Hatten

Hatten awarded The American Degree at SkillsUSA

KINGWOOD – Shyanna Hatten, a senior at Spring Valley High School, was awarded The American Degree at the SkillsUSA West Virginia State Leadership and Skills Conference held April 15-16. The American degree is the highest honor a student can receive at the state level for SkillsUSA. Shyanna is the 2015-2016 SkillsUSA state secretary.

The American degree is based upon completion of all five levels of the SkillsUSA Professional Development Program. It recognizes outstanding achievement in occupational and skill development through developing a portfolio for presentation, a written knowledge test, and an interview.

Areas covered include a presentation promoting the student’s career choice, assessing entry level job skills for the chosen career, exploring methods of achieving customer service, writing a professional research paper, demonstration of proficiency in entry level skills, and certifications received.

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Faithward Motion coming to Ceredo

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Lifelong resident of Ceredo Todd Slayton says his hometown of Ceredo-Kenova is everything to him.

Slayton lived in the area as a child and attended all 12 years of his education in the city’s schools.

These are the reasons he has decided to host an event called Faithward Motion for the whole community he loves and anyone in the Tri-State area.

Faithward Motion will begin at 6 p.m. on April 23 at the Ceredo-Kenova Community Center, located at 1201 Poplar Street and feature entertainment for all ages.

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OLD GLORY – Members of the Wayne High School JROTC raise a flag donated by U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins’ office to the baseball team and JROTC at George Brumfield Field. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson.

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April is the time to get a large percentage of your vegetable seeds planted. The projected last frost for Wayne County is May 1st, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Gearing up for April planting

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

It’s about the time for April showers to bring May flowers, but it’s also time to get a large percentage of your vegetable seeds planted.

Here’s a look at the many vegetables that can be started in April:

Beans: Start planting both bush and pole beans now that the soil and air are warmed up. Try a continual 7-10 day sowing of different varieties. This will give you continual bean crops and not one large harvest with wasted crop. Suggested variety: Contender, Kentucky Wonder, Topcrop

Beets: Sow beets now for a fast, early summer treat. Suggested variety: Detroit Dark Red

Cabbage: Cabbage is one of the easier plants to grow in the garden. Select a variety that is right for your location (size and maturity length). Be sure to fertilize and water when cabbage head begins to form. Suggested variety: Premium Late Flat Dutch, Golden Acre, Michihili

Carrots: Planting carrots by April will give an early summer crop. Suggested variety: Little Finger, Scarlet Nantes

Corn: One of the most rewarding and fast growing crops to grow. Corn is delicious when cooked only minutes after being pulled off the stalk. Try a small plot of corn, working your way to a large field of several varieties. Suggested variety: Peaches and Cream, Incredible, Sugar Buns

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NRA Foundation awards $4,908 to the Wayne Co. 4-H Shooting Program

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WAYNE –The NRA Foundation has awarded the Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports a grant totaling $4,908 to help replace outdated equipment and provide new equipment to expand the program. “We are very excited about the opportunity this grant will provide to serve more youth throughout Wayne County, “said Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent, “and pleased that the NRA is making an investment in our community.”

The Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports program has been active in the county since 2005. Its Air Rifle Teams have won several state titles, which in turn have afforded them invitations to the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition in Nebraska.

The Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports program teaches safety and proper use of equipment such as air rifles, shot guns, and bows and arrows. It has a team of committed 4-H volunteers and coaches who dedicate evenings and weekends to training youth in these important life skills.

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Ashlee Smith shares her appreciation and passion for 4-H during a Wayne County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson

Wayne County 4-Her appointed to National 4-H Design Team

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

WAYNE – West Virginia University 4-H Youth and Development member Ashlee Smith is one of eight teens from the United States who was appointed a youth member of the 2016 National 4-H Congress Design Team.

Smith will be responsible for helping plan the 2016 National 4-H Congress, an annual event that dates back more than 90 years.

Youths at the event network with other members and participate in educational workshops focused on diversity, cultural experiences, leadership and team development.

“As you can imagine, I’m a little nervous, but this role is pushing me to challenge myself which indicates that I will grow and benefit fro the experience,” Smith said. “I’ve helped plan and carry out many 4-H activities on a local club and county level, but have never done so on a national level.”

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Let’s get ready to READ! Read Across America Day March 2nd

Submitted article

WAYNE – March 2 is a very special day. It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday! People nationwide will be celebrating by participating in Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss’s newly discovered book, What Pet Should I Get?

The book, believed to have been written between 1958 and 1962, chronicles the adventures of Jay and Kay, the siblings from Seuss’s One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, in their attempts to buy a pet. It was discovered after Seuss’s death, and first published in 2015.

According to Terri Collier, literacy specialist with the West Virginia University Extension Service, reading is a critical step in educational and emotional development of young people. “Reading helps develop concentration, language and logical thinking skills in children,” Collier said. “Starting the habit early allows children to associate reading with pleasure. They’ll view it as an indulgence and seek out books on their own as they grow older — then reap all of the benefits that a healthy, lifelong relationship with books provides.”

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Colonel Milton Jameson Ferguson

The Battle of Murder Hollow – 152 Years Ago

By ROBERT THOMPSON

By February of 1864, the countryside in Wayne County had been ravaged. After three years of daily war, crops had been destroyed, livestock stolen, and buildings burned. That winter, Colonel Milton Jameson Ferguson, a native of Wayne and distinguished Confederate soldier, returned home to Wayne County with a portion of his men from the 16th Virginia Cavalry.

Ferguson had served for the South from the moments the war began in 1861 and had spent a term as prisoner of war at Camp Chase, Ohio. Upon his release, he raised a battalion of Confederate Cavalry which later became part of the 16th Virginia Cavalry, a regiment which Ferguson led as colonel. After proving himself at Gettysburg and Droop Mountain among other places, Colonel Ferguson returned to Wayne County in the winter of 1864 with special orders.

Ferguson’s goal was to draw the attention of Union forces away from eastern Virginia by causing trouble along the Kanawha and Big Sandy Rivers. As his base of operations, Ferguson set up camp south of present East Lynn at the head of Lick Creek. From there, his men struck out at surrounding Federal outposts. Among his most successful raids was an attack on a steamboat on the Kanawha River which led to the capture of a Union general. Another deadly raid was launched against Federal Kentucky soldiers across the Big Sandy River from Prichard.

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Blankenships' 50th

Hiram Jr. and Mary Blankenship of Kenova will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Thursday Feb. 18. They are blessed with three children and their spouses, Lisa (Bill) Palmer, Steve (Vicki) Blankenship, LaShelle (Scott) Stambaugh. They are grandparents to Courtney, Alex, Jacob, Jordan, Marci, Christian, Allison and Austin, and two great-granddaughters, Reese and Lilah. Photo submitted

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The cover of the book about Rebel Bill Smith. Photo submitted

Twelve Pole Terror: The Legend of Rebel Bill Smith

By ROBERT THOMPSON

No other figure in Wayne County history inspired more fear in his day than William S. Smith, better known then and now as Rebel Bill. During the research for my new book, Twelve Pole Terror: The Legend of Rebel Bill Smith, I discovered a man who inspired dread and respect in his time. Throughout his life, Bill was directly responsible for the murders of at least six men. Although most occurred during the Civil War, they could hardly be described as battle deaths. Most resulted when Bill ordered the execution of Union prisoners.

Bill Smith’s wild life began as a child on Twelve Pole Creek near the town of Wayne where he grew up hunting in the dense forests and working on his father’s farm. At age seventeen in 1847, Bill left farm life behind on a raft down flooded Twelve Pole Creek and eventually made his way to New Orleans. After working on river boats plying the Mississippi River, Bill worked his way farther west toward the Rockies and joined in with a company of men headed to California during the Gold Rush. Along the way, Bill and his company confronted grizzlies and Native Americans; however, the group eventually made it to the gold country.

The year 1850 found Bill living in a gold mining camp. Soon, when riches did not arrive, Smith began operating a ferry across the San Joaquin River for former Wayne County resident, Wade Hampton. During his tenure at the ferry, Bill was robbed by two men with whom he had been gambling. In response, Bill tracked the men to a saloon in San Francisco and murdered one of them. He quickly fled California and made his way back home to Wayne County.

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Hikers take winter trek at Beech Fork

By DAVID E. MALLOY
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LAVALETTE - It may have been a cold January day, but it also was a good day to walk in the woods.

More than a dozen members of the Huntington Area Hiking Club, joined by several Lavalette area residents who live near Beech Fork Lake, didn’t let temperatures in the 30s bother them Saturday afternoon as they went on a 5.5-mile hike that started at the marina parking lot.

June Thompson and Vicki Deweese, both of Lavalette, often hike near the Beech Fork marina and dam.

“It was either go walking or do dusting,” Thompson said. “I hate dusting. We come out here quite often and hike. We usually go two or three miles.”

“The cold doesn’t bother me,” Deweese said. “We were out here in the ice and snow last year.”

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READING THE PAST – The search is on to find Betty Jean Dietz – a 1945 graduate of Vinson High School. Her graduation announcement was recently discovered tucked away in a book donated to the Anthony Boys School library in White Sulphur Springs. Retired Anthony School principal Rowena Harman sent the book along with the graduation announcement to the Wayne County News in hopes of returning it to the owner. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Piece of local history
found in White Sulphur Springs; looking for owner

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WESTMORELAND – The thing about history is it carries throughout time and distance.

This past month, one email has sparked a search to help link the past with the present.

I received an email from Rowena Harman. The name is not going to ring a bell locally because Harman is in White Sulphur Springs – nearly four hours away and an opposite side of the state compared to Wayne County. Harman retired this week as the principal of the Anthony Center School in White Sulphur Springs. Until last month, she had no reason to even think about Wayne County – let alone the former Vinson High School.

The Anthony School receives donated books to its library. Harman said that the librarian approached her last month with a book and requested that the principal take a look inside it.

“I opened it and tucked away in a tiny envelope was a graduation announcement for a Vinson High School student named Betty Jean Dietz,” Harman said.

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Dec. Alpha Lambda Chapter Meeting

On Thursday, December 10, Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, international honorary sorority for women educators,met at the Lavalette Woman’s Club for their Christmas dinner.

The clubhouse had been beautifully decorated by hostesses; Gail Brumfield, Beverly Burgess, Belva Matthews, and Joan Chambers. Rebel Barn Catering from the Tolsia area prepared a delicious meal.Chapter president Paula Dudley asked Dr. Kevin Smith, husband of chapter treasurer, Rosalind Smith, to bless the supper. Members had brought unwrapped toys for “ Toys for Tots”.

This was the December altruistic project. After playing Christmas charades, Tim Smith, husband of chapter secretary, Pam Smith led the following members and guests in singing “Jingle Bells”:Pam Stevens, State Historian, chapter historians and their husbands,Sandra and Jim Hale, Janeen and Steve Reynolds, Doris and Mike Smith,Sharon Berry and her husband , James, Reda Baker, Polly Blankenship and her daughter, Brenda Perry,Edna Gillispie and her daughter, Brenda Thomas, Belva Matthews and her sister, Tudy Toney, Myrtle Hill, Stephanie May, Gail Brumfield, Beverly Burgess, and Joan Chambers.

The next meeting is scheduled to held on Thursday, January 28. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Florence Memorial United Methodist Church. Hostesses will be Barbara Wilson, Donna Kiser, Ann Ross, and Judy Maynard.

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Local teachers present new teaching techniques learned at conferences

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Teachers from Fort Gay PK-8 and Kenova Elementary presented fun, new teaching techniques learned by attending conferences to the Wayne County Board of Education on Dec. 15 during a meeting.

Jennifer Smith, Kassie Dudding, Ashley Thompson and Melanie Slayton from Kenova Elementary School attended the WV Reading Association Conference at the Greenbrier in White Sulfer Springs, WV.

At the conference, teachers were able to choose different stations according to what their school’s specific reading needs were.

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Perrys’ 60th
Anniversary

John Bill and Irna Leah Perry celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 3, 2015 with their son Jeffrey Kim Perry and Mary Arthur, his partner. Mary’s parents Richard and Joyce Arthur, along with their daughter Barbara and her daughter Olivia Hunter. Dave May, Mary’s brother-in-law and Chris Edwards and his two children Bo and Brooke Edwards. We all had a good time and hope John and Irna Perry have many more great years together. J.K. Perry

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Santa to visit WFGH

GLENHAYES – It’s that time of year again when Santa makes his annual visit to WFGH Radio to read letters from boys and girls in Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade in Wayne County Schools.

The visits will begin Thursday, December 3, and continue weekdays through Tuesday, December 22. Santa has received over eleven hundred letters from Wayne County Students and looks forward to making Christmas very special for them.

WFGH Program Director, Hazel Damron wants to extend a big “thank you” to the Wayne County teachers involved in the program. The letters can be heard on 104.5 FM WASP in Huntington, 101.1 FM WVWP in Wayne, 90.7 FM WFGH in Fort Gay, WV, www. Wfghfm.com and Armstrong Cable CH 204.

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PIONEER PRIDE – On November 12, Wayne Middle School held a Veterans’ Day program. The colors were presented by the Wayne High School JROTC. Wayne Middle School choir students led the student body in the pledge of allegiance, performed the Star Spangled Banner, and shared information about the armed forces with the student body. Pictured are Wayne Middle School students presenting teachers John Mega and Greg Lake with posters of thanks for their service. Photo submitted

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Spring Valley starts first pickers club

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

SPRING VALLEY – Spring Valley High School Principal Steve Morris has a love and interest in antiques.

With the popularity of “American Pickers” on the History channel, Morris thought about forming a club at Spring Valley for those students who are interested in antiques.

Thinking he would have about four to five students, Morris got a big surprise when 36 students, grades nine through 12, from all walks of life, attended the first meeting.

“I thought for the first year, we would have a few students and would start building from there,” Morris said. “But, when I saw it was 36, it was a nice surprise.”

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Cathy Pleska

Creative writing focuses on work

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – A subject authors have not written about in a long time is “work.”

And writing about “work” is what author Cathy Pleska spoke on during a Creative Writing class at West Edge Saturday.

Pleska is a professor at the Marshall University Graduate School, South Charleston campus.

After going over her history of how she became a writer, Pleska began talking to the group about how to write creatively and about work.

“I have had a great view of the world,” she said. “And that is necessary for writing. Plus, you need to live a little bit to write about it.”

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Is 4-H for you?

Unless you know someone in 4-H, you may not know much about it. You might have heard the mission statement that, “4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.”

You might also have heard that 4-H uses research-driven programming to create hands-on learning activities, that it’s the largest youth development organization in the United States, and that 4-H members learn life skills that prepare them for success in their future careers.

But unless you know someone in 4-H, you may not know one of the most important things about the program – that it’s fun!

A new program year is just underway, making this a great time to get involved. To learn more about 4-H opportunities in our county, contact the Wayne County WVU Extension Service office at (304) 272-6839.

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Lavalette
woman turns 105

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

SHOALS – Opal Smith Fisher has seen many changes in her lifetime from conflicts to luxuries that have made life a little easier.

Fisher was born on Oct. 4, 1910, in Huntington, a daughter of Julius and Minnie Smith. She was one of four daughters in the family.

On Sunday, family and friends celebrated Fisher’s 105th birthday at Grayson Assisted Living Home near Shaols with a small party.

Fisher was excited to see her friends and family, including a niece and nephew from her husband’s side of the family who journeyed to West Virginia from Jackson, Miss.

When she was born, William Howard Taft was president.

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Trick or Treat times

WAYNE – The following days and times have been set for trick-or-treating in Wayne County for 2015.

Wayne County: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Ceredo: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31; 7-9 p.m. block party

Fort Gay/Louisa, Ky.: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31

Huntington (Westmoreland) 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29

Kenova: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Wayne: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31; 7-9 p.m. block party.

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NAMASTE – Wayne County import Eva Ball is trying to bring healthy, preventative lifestyles to the Tri-State via yoga and massage at Brown Dog Yoga in Huntington. WCN submitted photo

County implant looking to expand healthy lifestyles

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

HUNTINGTON – Anyone could have a little culture shock coming from Europe to Denver, let alone Denver to Huntington.

That is exactly the path Wayne County resident Eva Ball has taken during her journey. She married husband Matt, a former Buffalo High School graduate, and made the move to West Virginia to be closer to her husband’s family. During her time in Denver, Ball said she became certified in massage therapy and became active in healthy lifestyles.

Originally Ball went into nursing, but was not completely satisfied with Western medicine.

“Do not get me wrong, I think Western medicine is great and we are lucky to have it. It saves lives, but I wanted to focus more on what could help prevent people from needing it to begin with through other philosophies,” Ball said.

Once settled into Huntington, Ball said she was taken back by the lack of those “alternative” options in the Tri-State area. She had already been studying yoga and ayurveda – which is the “little sister” to yoga as Ball calls it. She said once seeing what Huntington had to offer panic set in.

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Frys' 50th

Roger and Patty Fry, of Wayne, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married August 20, 1965 in Wayne. Roger retired from Owens-lIinois. Patty retired from Ballard’s. They are the parents of Patricia (Virgil) Crockett and Lee (Tina) Fry. They have four grandchildren, Jennifer (Aaron) Napier, Justin Crockett, Marinda Fry, and Emma Fry. They have two great grandchildren Alexas Crockett Napier and Gavin Napier. A celebration was hosted by family and friends on August 15. Roger and Patty would like to thank each and everyone who attended their celebration and made their day special. Photos submitted

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Wayne County camper Aiden McCloud attended the Governor's Youth Opportunity Camp. Photo submitted

Wayne Co. camper at Governor’s Youth Opportunity Adventure Camp

Submitted Article

HORSESHOE – St. George, WV – Summer camp is a rite of passage for many kids. However, not all are as fortunate as those throughout West Virginia who are able to take part in the Governor’s Youth Opportunity Adventure Camp program each summer.

Four six-day sessions are conducted at Camp Horseshoe, where 7-to-12 year olds take part in kid-friendly outdoor activities including swimming, creek walking, and nature hiking, along with access to the arts and reading. Home-cooked meals served family style are always a daily highlight with purposeful activities from rise and shine to lights out.

AmeriCorps members serve as counselors, and all are impacted by the children that they meet. “Every week brings a new set of impressionable minds that we can help mold into tomorrow’s leaders”, said counselor Hannah Gibson.

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Long time Wayne residents Mr. Belvard Gillette and Mrs. Leona E. (Adkins) Prichard are celebrating their 57th Wedding Anniversary. They were united in marriage at the Wayne United Methodist Church on September 5, 1958. They are wished a happy anniversary by their children Mary and John Laverty of Liverpool, New York; Skip Prichard of Paris, Kentucky and Karen and Dan Mills of Wayne, West Virginia. Along with their grandsons Kyle Mills of Lewisburg, West Virginia and Joshua Mills of Barboursville, West Virginia.

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Pat and Sam Januszkiewicz prepare dishes in the Cast Iron Cookoff at Heritage Farm Museum and Village on Sept. 1, 2012. This year’s event is set for Sept. 5. File photo/HD Media

Cast Iron Cook-Off looking for more entries

HD Media

HUNTINGTON - Heritage Farm Museum and Village, which boasts of nearly a dozen museums that celebrate Appalachian history and culture, also gives attention each year to cooking the way it was done 100 years ago.

That happens annually at the Cast-Iron Cook-Off, which takes place this year on Saturday, Sept. 5.

This year’s format is a little different, with 10 spots available for those who want to compete for prize money and a special location for those who simply want to cook and share samples with visitors.

Regardless of the category you’re interested in, signing up needs to take place by Wednesday, Aug. 27. Currently, only a few spots remain for the competition, while there is room for those wanting to cook for fun.

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Miller's 50th

Larry and Barbara Miller were married on July 31, 1965 in Huntington, West Virginia. Larry is retired from Inco and Barbara is retired from Southwestern Community Action Council. They have two children: Bo (Melanie) Miller and Teresa (Phil) Riley. They have five grandchildren: Andrew, Allison, Savannah, Caroline and Ashley. They celebrated by taking a cruise to the Bahamas early in July as well as a party hosted by their family at Trinity Episcopal Church.

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The late Willie Joe Ekers is shown with his restored Farmall tractor. Submitted photo

Annual Ekers Tractor Ride Aug. 15

The Second Annual Willie Joe Ekers Memorial Tractor Ride is slated for Saturday, August 15 at 9 a.m. in Prichard.

The event is a celebration of the life of Whites Creek resident Willie Joe Ekers and his love of tractors.

Tractors of all ages and styles, their owners and enthusiasts will gather on the morning of August 15 at the Sogefi parking lot at the Prichard Industrial Park. Trailers will be available for those not driving a tractor and would like to ride along.

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Dreamland Pool party to celebrate going back to school

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Underage Drinking Coalition is sponsoring a Back to School Splash Bash from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 14 at Dreamland Pool.

All Wayne County middle and high school students are invited.

The event is free with food, prizes and a disc jockey playing favorite songs.

This is a tobacco-free, alcohol-free and drug-free event.

For more information, call Jaclyn Johnson at 304-412-7036.

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Artist to make a buzz at the fair

By JESSICA ROSS
For HD Media

The Wayne County Fair will welcome a new face to their entertainment lineup this year with artist Harley Dougherty who is a chainsaw wood sculptor.

Dougherty has several pieces of his work on his website at: www.chainsawsculptors.com, and he sells many of his works of art from his business, which is located 10 to 15 miles south of Mount Sterling, KY.

Gary Selby is a West Virginia University (WVU) extension agent for Wayne County, and an advisor to the Wayne County Fair’s Board of Directors. He was the one to suggest Dougherty to the fair board.

“I actually met him at the Boyd County Fair when I was there last year,” Selby said. “I went around to a bunch of fairs and festivals, just to do a little reconnaissance work and trying to see what they had going on. I saw his show and really liked it, so I asked him for a card. When we started looking for sideshows and little stuff like that, that we could bring to the fair, he was one of the ones we had talked about and thought he’d be a good addition to the fair.”

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Watts’ 50th Anniversary

Bobby J and Catherine (Harvey) Watts were married July 28, 1965 in Wayne, West Virginia. He retired from Jefferds Corporation in Huntington. She retired from the Wayne County School Board. They reside in Genoa. They have two daughters and one grandson. They celebrated with a party given by family. Photo submitted

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Several 4-H members from Wayne County participated in the annual Southern District Horse Show at Camp Virgil Tate in Kanawha County last month. They include Lauren Crabtree; Sam Napier, who was awarded Reserve Champion in the Advanced Trail Class; Ashlee Smith, who was awarded Grand Champion in the Intermediate Trail Class; and Jessica Mitchell (featured in photo), who was awarded Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Racking & Pacing Class. There are many great opportunities for youth interested in the 4-H Horse Program. To learn more, call the WVU Wayne County Extension Office at (304) 272-6839. Photo submitted

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Quilt trails, folk dances and home arts keep tradition alive at the Wayne County Fair

By JESSICA ROSS
For HD Media

WESTMORELAND – The 4-H Club has always had a heavy presence at the Wayne County Fair related to livestock, but this year the 4-H Ambassadors will add to that presence.

Julie Tritz is a WVU extension agent for Wayne County and an advisor to the Wayne County Fair’s Board of Directors. She works with the 4-H Club and on some additional things for the fair board.
“The 4-H Ambassadors are a talented group of young people, teenagers, that are actively involved in whole community service projects,” Tritz said. “The primary project that they’re involved in is the 4-H Quilt Trail. They have been actively involved in creating a quilt trail for the county. From helping secure grant monies, to actually constructing barn quilts and then helping to market that through the Facebook page. A variety of activities centered around making a 4-H Quilt Trail a reality in Wayne County.”

The trail the students are working on is strictly for Wayne County, although other places in the area have barn quilts too.

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Both new and old events scheduled for Wayne County Fair

By JESSICA ROSS
For HD Media

WESTMORELAND – The Wayne County Fair has a variety of new entertainment, along with some repeat performers, lined up for this year’s patrons to enjoy.

The fair will kickoff at 8:30 a.m. August 1 when registration starts for the Open Horse Show, with the show commencing at 10 a.m. The show will be located at Shirley Burgess Park on Route 152 near Wayne.

The fair will then move to Camden Park 4 p.m. August 4, which will be its location for the rest of the week. The featured entertainment for the day is the Beauty Pageant scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., following the Opening Ceremonies that begin at 5 p.m.

A recent change has been made to the Beauty Pageant registration. Following the recent storms and the cleanups in the area as a result, the deadline to register for the pageant has been extended. All entries now must be postmarked by July 25 in order to participate in the pageant.

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The Jenny Wiley headstone at River, Kentucky.

Jenny Wiley’s epic struggle

By ROBERT M. THOMPSON

The most famous frontier tale associated with Wayne County, West Virginia began on October 1, 1789 when a group of Indian warriors attacked the cabin of Thomas and Jenny Wiley on Walker’s Creek in present-day Bland County, Virginia.

The Indians mistakenly believed the cabin belonged to the Harman family which produced many frontiersmen who had numerous clashes with the Indians. A pregnant Jenny Wiley was at home with her brother and children, but Thomas Wiley, her husband, was away at the time. The Indians killed everyone in the cabin except Jenny and her small child whom they took captive.

The group set out north through the mountains and crossed Flat Top Mountain. They then followed the ridges west toward the Tug Fork River. All the time, they were pursued by hunters from Walker’s Creek who were trying to free the unfortunate woman and child. At one point, the Indians, Jenny, and her child supposedly camped near the head of Twelve Pole Creek.

The following day, the group began wading down Marrowbone Creek in present-day Mingo County; however, the water became too deep forcing them to cross the ridge to another stream, which has been known as Jenny’s Creek ever since. While moving along Jenny’s Creek, Jenny and her child began lagging behind, and the Indians feared the hunters were gaining ground. Tragically, one of the warriors grabbed the baby from Jenny’s arms and smashed its head against a beech tree, killing it instantly.

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Kelsey Siebert, who competed in the special talent competition, placed third over all. She performed for the 5,000 attendees of the national convention in Nashville. Photo courtesy Kerry Carter

By Abigail Maynard

I wanted to let you know that our Beta Club students did a wonderful job representing Spring Valley High School and Wayne County at the National Convention. Without the very generous support of the board, I’m not sure this trip would have been possible.

The quiz bowl team was one of the top 20 in the country, and we were the only quiz bowl team from West Virginia that qualified and attended. Members pictured from left to right are Eddie Stamper, Alexis Copley, Jason Holland, and Bailey Stewart.

These students practiced twice a week most of the school year, and they even came to school to practice during summer break. Their hard work in the classrooms of Wayne County prepared them for this competition.

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Travis Maynard

Wayne Co. native gets Fulbright Scholar Award

HD Media

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Dr. M. Travis Maynard, a native of Wayne County and an associate professor in the department of management at Colorado State University, is currently in Lisbon, Portugal, having been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, according to a news release.

The FFSB is the presidentially appointed 12-member board responsible for supervising the Fulbright Program worldwide and approving selection of all Fulbright recipients. As a Fulbright grantee, Maynard joins the ranks of 360,000 Fulbright alumni who have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs and university presidents, as well as 53 Nobel Prize winners.

Maynard received his Ph.D. degree in 2006 in organizational behavior from the University of Connecticut. He holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from the College of William and Mary, and an MBA degree in organizational behavior from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

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Ashlee Smith was selected to serve as one of over 10 delegates to represent the West Virginia 4-H Program at the 94th National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA this November. She will join over 1,000 delegates from across the nation in educational and service opportunities while in Atlanta. Ashlee is a member of the Whites Creek Critters 4-H Club in Prichard. To learn more about how you can join the Wayne County 4-H Program, please contact the WVU Extension Service Wayne County office at (304) 272-6839. Photo submitted

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Tim and Amy Smith of Prichard, were married on June 8th, 1990. They have two children, Ashlee (16) and Chase (13). They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Buffalo Valley Baptist Church on June 6. Photo submitted

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Moriah Corns-Stanley

Tolsia High student receives Multiple Distinguished Honors

GLENHAYES – Moriah Corns-Stanley, a Junior at Tolsia High School, has been selected to attend The National Academy of Future Physicians that will be held June 24-26, 2015 in Lowell, MA at the University of Mass. Attendees will have live discussions with world renowned Nobel Prize recipients. They will be mentored by Harvard and Duke University attendees, and Dr. Rick Sacra, an Ebola Survivor. Topics they will discuss include gene therapy, synthetic organs, genetic engineering, and tissue engineering. Moriah will also attend a live surgery observation.

Moriah also received an official “Certificate of Recognition” from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and a “Recognition Letter “ from Senator Joe Manchin III , for being chosen as a member of the the 2015 Congress of Future Medical Leaders. The requirements for this distinguished honor include: The Congress is an academic honors program. Moriah’s current GPA is 4.4, you must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA to attend, a school transcript, and certification by a teacher or school official. Thanks to Mrs. Sabrina Hill, Tolsia High English Teacher and Mrs. Reva Wallace, Tolsia High Principal, for their verification of Moriah’s qualifications.

Moriah was also recognized as a “National Language Arts Award Winner” by the United States Achievement Academy for 2014 National Awards representing Tolsia High School. The nominating educator was Tolsia High English teacher, Mrs. Teresa Muncy.

Moriah is the daughter of Janice L. Corns and Russell Stanley. Tolsia High School and all of Wayne County is extremely proud of Moriah and her accomplishments!

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Natasha Napier

Westmoreland Chapter NSDAR presents DAR ROTC award to Natasha Mischan Napier

WESTMORELAND – June Ashworth, Regent of the Westmoreland Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently announced that Natasha Mischan Napier, a graduating senior of Wayne High School, is this years’ winner of the DAR National Defense Committee’s ROTC Awards.

The award is presented to a Wayne County graduating female student who was enrolled in the JROTC Program in their school and has demonstrated all of the following qualities: academic excellence, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Natasha is the daughter of Crystal and Daniel Napier. After high school, she plans to attend Marshall University and major in Civil Engineering. When she receives her degree, she hopes to work as a Civil Engineer at the Army Corps of Engineers in Huntington, WV.

Submitted by Linda Parsons, Wayne, WV

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Board members announce new
location for Ceredo Freedomfest

CEREDO – Board members of the Ceredo Freedom Festival have released the schedule for the 4th annual event this year.

In addition to moving to a new venue at Ceredo Plaza, the festival is proud to announce an amazing line-up of musical talent for this year’s event.

Friday July 3rd will be classic rock day presented by 98.5 “The Planet”. Music will kicks off at 2 p.m. with Charleston’s popular jazz/rock ensemble “Plus One”, presented by American Legion Post 93. At 4:30 p.m. the band “Legacy” from Ironton takes the stage courtesy of Ross Drug Store in Ceredo.

At 7 p.m. a local favorite will be making its 3rd appearance at the festival as “The Jeremy Walters Band’ takes the stage presented by Rocco’s. Then at 9:00 PM Foodfair of Ceredo proudly presents RCEM recording artists “Already Gone” to close out the night with it’s hard driving classic rock show.

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Maynard’s celebrate 65th Anniversary

Tinnis and Flora Maynard were married May 12, 1950 in Wayne by the Rev. Andrew Perry.Mr. Maynard is a retired barber in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and a US Army veteran. The Maynards are the parents of Keith Maynard, Wesley Maynard of Orlando, Florida and Joni Beth Maynard of Fairbanks, Alaska. Photo submitted

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Cathy Smith

New WVU Extension Service
Program Assistant

WAYNE – Cathy Smith started May 18 as the new Program Assistant for the WVU Extension Service Wayne County Office. Cathy comes with a strong background in office and program administration.

She will provide administrative and program support to the 4-H youth development; agriculture and natural resources; families and health; and the Community Education Outreach Service (CEOS) programs. Cathy may be reached at ctsmith3@mail.wvu.edu.

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C-K citizens, church leaders participate in NDP

CEREDO – A crowd of 50 prayed and sang inspirational songs Thursday at Mitch Stadium in Ceredo to celebrate the “National Day of Prayer”.

Children’s pastor Tony Cicenas, for the First Baptist Church of Kenova, led the ceremony. Church leaders and community members from the Ceredo-Kenova area joined in the event. Pastors led the group in prayers for the community, children of C-K, the area’s elected officials, the state and the nation. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

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West Virginia first state to adopt Mother’s Day

By STEVE WILLIS
First Baptist Church of Kenova

over 100 years ago, a young woman named Anna clashed with her mother so greatly that she moved from West Virginia to Philadelphia. So great was the disillusionment that the two refused to reconcile and did not speak for years. Soon thereafter, the mother became ill, and before Anna could make her way back to her home in Grafton, WV, her mother passed away.

On the second Sunday in May of 1905, Anna Jarvis stood at her mother’s graveside and promised that she would make things right. Anna dedicated herself at that moment to create a national awareness to remind every child of their need to demonstrate appreciation of their mothers.

Only two years later, in 1907 Anna began her movement by passing out 500 white carnations at her mother’s church, St. Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia — one for each mother in the congregation. In May 1908, Anna went to the West Virginia state legislature and requested a state holiday on the second Sunday in May to recognize the significance of all mothers. By 1909, she had worked to introduce legislation in 46 states so that they would have a special day to encourage children to honor their mothers as the Bible commands. West Virginia became the first state to adopt an official Mother’s Day in 1912 and in 1914 the U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution and President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law, establishing May 10 as the first official national Mother’s Day.

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American Cancer Society releases Relay schedule

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Officials with the Huntington Branch of the American Cancer Society, recently released the event schedule for the Wayne County Relay for Life.

The Relay will be May 2 at the Wolves’ Den at Spring Valley High School with opening ceremonies beginning at 5 p.m. with events until 11 p.m.

Good Samaritan Food Pantry Director Tom Knopp, of Kenova, is this year’s grand marshal.

Knopp is a cancer survivor and made news when he walked in all 55 counties with his “Stamp Out Hunger” project.
At 5:30 p.m., cancer survivors have the honor of taking the first lap around the track followed by caregivers, sponsors and all participants.

For more information or to participate, call coordinator Holley Durham at 304-523-7989, ext. 29203, or visit relayforlife.org/waynewv.

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Heritage Farm hosting volunteer training

HUNTINGTON – Heritage Farm Museum and Village will host volunteer training from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18, for those wanting to assist in bringing the Farm to life for the Spring Festival on May 2.

All new volunteers should attend training at the Farm, located at 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington.

And, with less than three weeks to go, Heritage Farm wants to remind folks about the new Way Back Weekend season pass. For one low price, visitors and their families can attend all seven Way Back Weekends, including a music festival, ice cream social and the popular cast-iron cookoff.

Season passes are $30 per person and $75 per family and can be purchased at the welcome center at Heritage Farm (3300 Harvey Road, Huntington); online at heritagefarmmuseum.com; or the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau (210 11th St, Huntington).

Spring Festival only tickets will be available on the day of the event for $20 per adult and $10 per child (ages 2-12).

For more information, call 304-522-1244 or visit heritagefarmmuseum.com

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Teighan Garrett

Ceredo couple proud of daughter’s journey


BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CEREDO - It is hard to believe that 18 months ago little Teighan Garrett was in a fight for her life.

Born three weeks early and weighing just under 6 pounds, she took a helicopter ride before her first car ride back in October 2013. Dr. Jack Stines at Cabell Huntington Hospital had determined that what was originally thought to be a minor heart murmur was something more serious. So Teighan was flown to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for life-saving surgery to treat aortic stenosis, which restricts blood flow to the rest of the body.

A little over a year later, Teighan is the Heart Hero for the American Herat Association’s Herat Walk at Ritter Park - and parents Philip Garrett and Erin Persun could not be more proud.

“She is the best thing we have ever done or will ever do in this lifetime,” Persun said.

Phillip Garrett, who has been with Persun for 18 years, says he is unsure why they waited so long to have Teighan.

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Fort Gay PreK-8 has been celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss this month. Dr. Seuss’s birthday was March 2. The students had a week long celebration in his honor. Above, students dressed up as Dr. Seuss characters on Wacky Wednesday. Several of the older students performed for the younger students. Below, Aden Watts read, “The Foot Book”, by Dr. Seuss as three other students acted it out. Photos submitted

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SHARP SHOOTER – Sydney Smith, a member of the 2013-14 WVU Rifle NCAA Championship Team, was recently honored, along with her teammates, at a WVU Men’s Basketball Game in Morgantown. She received formal recognition in front of the home crowd, along with a NCAA Championship ring. Sydney is a sophomore at WVU and was active with the Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports program since the age of nine. She also represented Wayne County at the 2011 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in Texas. To learn more about the Wayne Co. 4-H Shooting Sports program, contact WVU Extension Service Wayne Co. office at (304) 272-6839.

THE WALMART 4-H YOUTH VOICE –Youth Choice is a program designed to train teens as teachers who in turn, work with youth in their county about nutritional choices and food security challenges. Ashlee Smith, a 4-H member from Prichard, has been active with this program since last summer, serving as a 4-H Health Ambassador. Since January, Ashlee has been providing nutrition and physical activity lessons at the Buffalo and Prichard Elementary after school programs. In fact, she was recently honored, for her successful teaching efforts, with an iPad mini at the State 4-H Teen Leader Weekend last month. 4-H is open to youth ages 5 – 21 years.

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Wayne County Veterans Association

LUNCH AT THE SENIOR CENTER – The Wayne County Veteran’s Assoc, Inc. will be serving lunch out of the Wayne Senior Citizens Center, 11713 West Virginia Street, RT. 152, Wayne on Wednesday, March 11th between l0 a.m. and 2 p.m. We would be grateful to have you join us to help raise money in order to support veteran’s for Wayne County.

We will be having a spaghetti dinner with salad and rolls for $7 per person. Deserts and drinks are complimentary with the meal. You can come to us or we will deliver to you within a 2 mile radius.

We would be grateful for any donation or assistance that you can provide. Any donation you can make, no matter how small, will make a difference in our purpose. All donations given are classified as a charity and are tax exempt. Thank you for considering a donation to WCVA Inc. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

For more information please contact: Dolphus Perry (304) 523-1977; Howard Queen (304) 272-6444; David Perry (304) 272-6286.

INVITATION TO MONTHLY MEETINGS – The Wayne County Veterans Assoc, Inc would like to take the opportunity to invite you to our monthly meetings that fall on every fourth Monday of every month. The meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Senior Citizen Center in Wayne.

Meetings generally consist of discussions that address the allocation and construction of land and building a monument to honor our Veterans and the issue of honoring our Veterans by naming designated roads and bridges in their names.

All that attend will have the opportunity to ask questions and give suggestions on the West Virginia legislative session and state government about Veterans and veterans affairs.

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When was your ‘best of times’?

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

There is always a period in someone’s life that was, as Charles Dickens once said, “the best of times.”

But just what are “the best of times.”

Raising family and watching the baby grow to be a responsible adult… taking him (or her) to practice and games… watching them become “somebody” has been a very enlightening and enjoyable process.

But for many of us old codgers, the “best of times” was the 1960s. Most of us had few bills to pay. We didn’t have to worry about feeding the family or paying the utilities.

We were young.

We had no thoughts of retirement income, finding health insurance, getting a job (most who needed one had one)… our thoughts were about school, cars, girls (or guys) and how we would become successful, or rich or maybe famous.

Rock and roll was coming into its own, and folk and protest music hadn’t been written.

Detroit was turning out some of the prettiest, best performing cars in history… and the Baby Boom generation was graduating high school and heading out to find their place in the world.

Elvis Presley had already made his mark, but early in the mid-60s came the British Invasion.

The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Peter and Gordon, The Byrds, The Who, Kinks, Hollies, Paul Revere and the Raiders and many more crossed the ocean to find a generation that found something special in the music.

At the same time, the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, the Everly Brothers, Johnny Rivers, the Four Seasons, the Righteous Brothers, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Linda Rondstadt and the Stone Poneys, The Association, Bob Dylan, the Supremes, the Monkees, Glen Campbell, Simon and Garfunkel, Roy Orbison, the Mamas and Papas and many other one-shot wonders.

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Vinson volunteers raise money for field

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Goodwill Industries donated $1,800 to the Vinson Middle School baseball team Saturday afternoon.

The team raised the money by filling two Goodwill trucks nearly full of donated items as members of the baseball team, along with family and community members accepted donations at the middle school.

All the proceeds will go toward the refurbishing of the old Vinson High School baseball field.

Last year, the Wayne County Board of Education approved middle school baseball and softball teams. Vinson, with no field to play on, was forced to play all games on the road with the exception of a “home” game at Spring Valley High School.

Terry and Melanie Adkins, along with other volunteers, are hoping to bring the hope into a reality. For the past year, the group has been working to bring the field back to its former glory.

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Cancer Society asks for Relay participants

HUNTINGTON – Holly Durham, of The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life movement, is asking for participants in the local Relay For Life event scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at Spring Valley High School’s football field.

“The group unites millions of people around the world to fight every cancer in every community by raising funds to support the Society’s lifesaving mission,” Durham says adding, “The only way to finish the fight against cancer is by continuing to rally the troops and pack the track at Relay For Life events. As a leader in this fight, we hope you will join us in the challenge to continue to grow this movement.”

Durham pointed out that on Monday, the American Cancer Society challenged Relay events across the nation in encouraging their communities to take up the fight and join the movement through the 2015 Pack The Track Challenge. The Relay event with the largest percentage of growth in participants signed up online between now and February 3, will win a prize Relay For Life cowbell and thunder sticks for ALL participants.

For more information or to sign up, contact Holley Durham, Relay For Life Specialist, at 304-523-1939.

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Kickoff for Relay for Life January 23rd

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Many people within the United States have been touched by cancer, whether themselves or a loved one.

To help raise funding for research and a cure, the American Cancer Society conducts Relay for Life across the nation and this year the Wayne County event is scheduled for May 2 at Spring Valley High School’s Wolves Den football stadium.

Relay for Life will kickoff with a celebration 6-8 p.m. Jan. 23 in the commons area of Spring Valley High School, according to Holley Durham, organizer.

The theme this year is “Tailgating for a Cure.”

All participants are being asked to dress in their favorite team apparel, whether high school, college, professional sports, or a team that has named itself for a cancer patient.

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Free student popcorn night Friday at SV

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Friday night’s Spring Valley basketball game will offer students another opportunity to be a part of the “Wolf Pack” and howl the boys’ basketball team on to victory.

For the fourth straight week, RSN Sports ranked the Wolf Pack in the Top 10 AAA cheering sections in the state. The section had been No. 1 the prior three weeks – but was ranked No. 5 in this week’s poll.

The website listed the Wolf Pack at No. 5 because, “Last week’s #1 down from no home dates. But bet on the Wolf Pack to bounce back.”

To celebrate the Wolf Pack’s success and keep the momentum of the season going, all Wolf Pack members wearing their Wolf Pack tee-shirt to Friday night’s home game against Princeton will receive a free popcorn along with free admission.

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4-H to host hippology clinic

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County 4-H Horse Club will host the fifth annual Wayne County Hippology Clinic Jan. 24 at Spring Valley High School.

The clinic is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. for people ages 9 to adult.

Cost is $10 per person by Jan. 16, then $20 per person. Lunch will be provided.

Hippology is the study of horse anatomy, care, nutrition and equipment.

“Wayne County 4-H has a good horse club,” said Wayne County West Virginia University Extension Agent Gary Selby. “People can learn about horses and about competition.”

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For more yields, try clover

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Winter’s cold weather has set in, but county farmers can start getting hayfields and meadows ready for the growing season.

Corine Powell, district conservationist, spoke to members of the Wayne County Farm Bureau during its monthly meeting Thursday in the cafeteria of Wayne High School.

Powell’s presentation of “Legumes in Pastures and Meadows” explained how clover can be a benefit to the farmer.

“Clover can make the land better,” she said. “Putting clover in pastures can get an extra week of growing grass and clover produces nitrogen naturally.”

In the presentation, Powell explained how clover can deliver higher yields, upgrade animal performance and save on cost in purchasing nitrogen.

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Residents will be left dreaming of white Christmas

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – Wayne County residents will most likely be left dreaming of a white Christmas this year.

According to the National Weather Service, Christmas 2014 appears to have no snow in the Huntington metro area – following the typical pattern of snow two out of every 10 years for our area.

Earlier models this month showed a 25 percent probability for a snow of at least an inch on the ground for Christmas Day, but since that time, warmer temperatures have settled in the Tri-State. Local weather forecasts are showing the high for Christmas Eve will be 64 degrees with a chance of rain showers moving in the early evening. Overnight a cold front will follow with rain dropping temperatures into the 30s for the low.

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Dawn E. Topping-Streets was recognized as the 2014 Wayne County 4-H Volunteer of the Year at the State 4-H Volunteer Leaders Weekend last month at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Weston. Dawn has been a Wayne County 4-H volunteer for over 20 years. She has served as the camp nurse for both residential camps (Younger and Older 4-H Camps) and been the creative genius behind the camp decorations for each year’s camp theme. Dawn also helps with other county events throughout the year. To learn more about being an adult volunteer for the Wayne County 4-H program, please contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at (304) 272-6839 or via email at julie.tritz@mail.wvu.edu.

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Jay Thompson

Thompson graduates basic

Airman Recruit James “Jay” recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. and graduated October 31, 2014.

During the eight-week program, Thompson completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Thompson is now attending A-School at NATTC located on the Gulf Coast in Pensacola, Fla., where he is in training for Aviation Boatswain Mate.

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Santa reads students letters on WFGH

GLENHAYES – For 38 years, Santa Claus has been reading letters from Wayne County students on WFGH -FM.

This past Thursday, Santa began reading letters from pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade students from all Wayne County schools over the air and on the Internet, according to station manager Hazel Damron.

“The reading of letters was initiated by the late Vernon Stanfill who was general manager of the station, Damron said. “This year, Santa will be reading letters every weekday until Dec. 19.”

Damron said the letters are part of a writing assignment in the schools with the letters being addressed to “the North Pole.”

“Santa wants to give a big thank you to all the teachers and aides who helped with getting the letters to the North Pole,” she said. The letters can be heard on WFGH -FM and on wfghfm.com.

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GETTING READY – James O. Robertson works with wire making items to sell at the Holiday Market while Jane Gilchrist places a garland inside Heritage Hall Artisans Center. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Holiday Market is last Way Back Weekend of 2014

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Looking for a unique gift for Christmas? Then visit the Holiday Market at Heritage Farm Museum and Village Saturday.

This year, the market is moving from the conference barn to Heritage Hall where visitors can watch artisans work and purchase gift items that are a part of Appalachian heritage.

The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public.

“This is a way for us to say thank you to our visitors and our artisans,” said Bill Rosenberger, spokesman for Heritage Farm Museum and Village. “Artisans will be setting up and selling their wares.”

New this year is that children can work on crafts while parents shop, Rosenberger said.

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CHARLOTTE’S WEB – The Vinson Middle School Library is hosting a pumpkin decorating contest called Battle of the Pumpkins. Students have decorated pumpkins to resemble book, comic, and other characters. The entire student body is voting on winners. The purpose of the contest was to promote reading and library programming. Photo submitted

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The WV 4-H All Star Organization held its annual conference September 19-21 at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Weston. Karen Stephenson (left) was inducted into the organization and Amy Smith was recognized as the 2014 Wayne County Outstanding 4-H All Star. The WV 4-H All Star Organization recognizes 4-H Leaders and members for outstanding leadership and service to the Wayne County 4-H Program; a 4-H All Star is the highest honor any leader or member can receive as part of the 4-H program. Photo submitted

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THANK YOU – Westmoreland Woman’s Club member Freeda Crockett receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Bill O’Dell, coordinator for Wayne County Underage Drinking Coalition, for the club’s efforts to help combat underage drinking.

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Boot camp for men set up at Heritage

HUNTINGTON – Men, here is a chance to attend Boot Camp.

Heritage Farm Museum and Village of Huntington will be home to the Empty Stone Boot Camp Sept. 18-21.

Based on the best-selling book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge, Boot Camp is a four-day journey into the masculine soul with teaching sessions that go deep into the Wild at Heart message.

Men can expect guided times of personal reflection and prayer all the while enjoying the beauty in nature that Heritage Farm has to offer.

The mission of the event is to teach men to guard their hearts and strengthen them against the enemy and to help men realize that they are meant to be more, have more and live more than they could even imagine.

Boot Camp is for men ages 18 and up while space is limited and the cost is $275 per person.

For more information, or to register, visit www.EmptyStone.com.

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ENGLAND HILL FWB CHURCH CRUISE – On Monday the England Hill FWB Church of Catlettsburg, KY, held its annual Cruise-In and Car Show from Noon to 4:00pm. There was music from the 50’s through the 70’s outside for the Cruise-In participants and gospel music indoors for everyone, plenty of great food, fun and fellowship for everyone as well. Dispatcher Stephen Amis of the Ceredo Police entered the department’s Model T ‘C’ Cab, Paddy Wagon Go-Kart in the Car show and was awarded the trophy for the Most Unusual entry. During the event he also donated stuffed animal Toys with the traffic safety slogan “You Otter Buckle Up” and “Click It or Ticket” key rings. Photo submitted

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At the annual Wayne County Fair Open Horse Show on August 2, Ashlee Smith (featured) was awarded the High Point Rider Award and Levi Napier was awarded the Reserve High Point Rider. The awards were given to Wayne County 4-H Horse Project members who had the highest total points based on three classes featured at the Open Horse Show : 4-H Showmanship, 4-H Walk & Favorite Gait, and the Trail Class. The Wayne County 4-H Horse Program teaches safety and horsemanship and offers lots of great educational opportunities for youth ages 9 and up. To learn more, contact Gary Napier, 4-H Horse Project Leader at (304) 486-5077.

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Lavalette Advance Auto recognized by JROTC


LAVALETTE – Wayne High School JROTC cadets presented Advance Auto Parts of Lavalette with a plaque in recognition of the store’s support over the years.

Advance provided the Wayne JROTC cadets a venue to conduct numerous fundraising car washes over the years.

Randy Tibbets, manager of the Lavalette store, was presented the plaque during the most recent car wash, conducted at the Advance Auto Parts location.

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MY, WHAT BIG SPUDS YOU HAVE – Perley and Glenia McSweeney of Blankenship Road, Wayne, show a few of the super-sized potatoes they grew this year. Perley said he used only triple-12 fertilizer – no Miracle Gro – for the Kennebecs. Glenia is holding a V-shaped spud, actually two that grew together. WCN photo by Bill Pritchett

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Parents can make a difference on underage alcohol drinking behavior

By BILL O’DEL

WAYNE – The Wayne County Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition – Partnerships for Success wants you to know that parents play an important role in underage alcohol drinking behavior.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org states – “Many well-intentioned parents think that letting their child drink in their home will in the long-run teach them how to drink responsibly and will prevent them from drinking elsewhere.

Early consumption of alcohol in any context increases the likelihood of problems in the long run. Unfortunately, drinking with parents in the home does not prevent children from drinking outside the home or with their friends. There is no real evidence for the effect that most parents fear – the “boomerang effect” – that is, “if I don’t let them drink here at home, they’ll have a higher chance of drinking elsewhere”.

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Farming dignitaries heading to Wayne

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – With the country’s population growing in size and expected to double within the next few years, officials are showing concern for a food supply.

Especially, when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Bill Stewart, conservation officer with the Guyan Conservation District, said a meeting will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Wayne Senior Center.

Expected speakers include West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick, Rep. Nick Joe Rahall II (D-W.Va.) and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

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Interesting slave story: Wayne County – 1800s

Revolutionary War soldier, John Madison Chadwick, believed to have been born in England, died in Catlettsburg, Kentucky in 1850. His wife was Karenhappauch Shortridge, the daughter of another soldier, George Shortridge. For many years this writer has known that John Chadwick owned slaves and his son Hiram Chadwick, that lived on the Big Sandy at Cedar Run, near the mouth of Whites Creek, in Wayne County, also owned slaves.

For today’s article, I have not been able to prove the date that Wiatt Smith wrote the following article in a Huntington newspaper, probably was in the 1930’s or 1940’s, but it does make interesting reading.

“AN INTERESTING SLAVE CASE: Reuben Chadwick, better known as ‘Nigger Rube’ was such a worthy slave that his master, John Madison Chadwick, Sr. granted him freedom after years of service. Rube became inspired with the idea of purchasing pickaninnies (sp) as rapidly as he could afford it, place them in non-slavery white homes until they grew to be of age, then free them. For this purpose he had acquired Susan and Mary Anne. But in 1858 Rube’s philanthropy got him in trouble.” Read the following, copied from an article by Wiatt Smith in a recent issue of the Huntington, W.Va. paper. (Wiatt’s articles were in the 1930’s and 1940’s).

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New events for fair

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Fair is just two weeks away and new events are on tap this year.

The fair is Aug. 5-8 at Camden Park. Gates open at 4 p.m. Admission is $12 plus tax; $8 for seniors 55 and older; $35 for a four-day pass; children under 3 are free and parking is free.

The annual Wayne County Fair Open Horse Show will be Aug. 2 at the Horse Show Arena/ Shirley Burgess Park (W.Va. 152). Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the show at 10 a.m. The show is open to youth and adults alike, and features 26 classes. All horses are required to have a negative Coggins test. Admission is $5 (five years and under free). Entry fee for each class is $10, except Lead Line which is $5. For more information, visit http://waynecounty fair-wv.com/horse-show or call Jessica Willis at 304-486-5299.

Applications are currently being accepted for the beauty pageant Aug. 5.

Contestants do not have to be a resident of Wayne County to participate. This pageant is open to girls from to 21-years-old and boys, birth to 5-years-old. Entry fee is $30 and deadline to enter is Aug. 1. For more information, call Trish Ross at 304-272-3229.

New to the fair this year is an open rabbit show for any child, farm implements for visitors to view and a cornhole tournament.

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Peggy Lee Napier

Local author writes warm-hearted novel

Just published by Xulon Press, Out on the Hills is the first novel written by Lavalette, WV native, Peggy Lee Napier.

It is set in the hills of Wayne County and eastern Kentucky. Sheltered in the simpler time of the late 1940s, twelve-year-old Deenie O’Loughlin finds that life in her rural Appalachian community of Sugarwood is changing.

Her former teacher is now her new mother, and her teenage sister seems to be falling in love. Deenie discovers that she has a God-given talent for playing the fiddle, but she also finds that she has a knack for getting into scrapes – in spite of her best intentions. But she encounters even more excitement – and danger – when she and her sister join Preacher Winston Thurgood’s team on his “Kentucky Crusade”!

Readers of this book have expressed great enthusiasm. One wrote, “Thank you for taking me back to a gentler, sweeter time with a spunky young woman innocent enough to ask the important questions and brave enough to take the life-shaping risks.” Another reader added, “Such a wonderful book...I couldn’t put it down!”

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HONORED – Betty Craig was unable to attend the Neighborhood Institute Awards ceremony at Huntington City Hall last week, so her friend, Carole Boster, president of the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association, presented the certificate to Craig at the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association meeting. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

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Memorial Day celebrated At Veterans Memorial Arch

By JUNE B. ASHWORTH
Regent Westmoreland
Chapter NSDAR

HUNTINGTON – Only a year after the Civil War ended May 5, 1866, women in Waterloo, N.Y. began to place flowers on soldiers’ graves. It did not matter whether they were Union or Confederate soldiers. Today their efforts are recognized as the birthplace of what we know as Memorial Day.

Times changes things. What was Decoration Day for almost 100 years became Memorial Day. The last Monday in May was chosen by the U.S. Congress with the 1968 Uniform Monday Holiday Act and in 1971 Memorial Day became a Federal Holiday.

While individual families travel long distances to place flowers on loved ones’ graves, many organizations join in efforts each year to recognize our Veterans on this very special day. The President presents a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and cities and town across the country conduct parades and ceremonies to honor all veterans.

On Saturday, May 26, 2014 the local Veterans Committee’s Civic Improvement, which is represented by 14 leading Veterans Organizations in the Tri-State Area, joined with the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District at Veterans Memorial Arch in Huntington for the 67th Annual Memorial Day Service.

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Area business celebrates 30 years helping other businesses

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Henderson Electric Motors, 2003 Chestnut Street in Kenova, is celebrating 30 years of being in business.

Chester Henderson, the company’s owner, worked on electric motors while he was in the U.S. Navy. He went into the Navy following high school and served for four years, from 1967 to 1971. He was on a ship off the coast of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

In 1984, Henderson formally incorporated his business, Henderson Electric Motors, after starting the business the year before.

Henderson repairs commercial and industrial electric motors. This includes air compressors, generators, hoists, gearboxes, submersible and centrifugal-type pumps, as well as pumps of all types. He also sells parts for electric motors.

“We do all kinds of repairs on riverboats, industrial plants, overhead cranes and coal docks,” Henderson said. “We don’t do anything directly at mines. We’ve got some customers that bring us stuff, but I don’t deal directly with the mines.”

Henderson will work on almost anything with an electric motor, he said.

“We do a lot of work for a lot of people in the area and we keep them running because our repairs are done very quickly,” Henderson said. “We do everything from fractional-horsepower motors up to 500 horsepower and that is quite a large motor. It’s probably almost as big as a small car.”

Henderson has been rewinding motors by himself since 1968.

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Wayne Co. 4-H looking to create Heritage Quilt Trail

WAYNE – The Wayne County 4-H Ambassador’s Team is working on a project to bring beauty and a bit of history to Wayne County as a community service project.

The team, which consists of Erin Ferry, Emily Hudson, Olivia Dodgion, Lucas Dodgion, Collin Dodgion, Ethan Cade, Ashlee Smith, Zoe Harold, Zane Smith, and Kayla Willis, is working to create a Wayne County 4-H Heritage Quilt Trail of beautiful painted quilt patterns mounted to barns, historic buildings, and businesses or other structures.

The idea came from Ashlee’s Uncle Aunt, Eric and Paula Napier, who have their own barn quilt. Recently Paula took Ashlee to Fairmont so she could meet Suzi Parron, co-author of Barn Quilts and The American Quilt Trail Movement, a book about how Donna Sue Groves, Ohio State University Extension Agent, started the quilt trail movement in 2001.

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Paws hit the pavement for first AARF 5K run

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

KENOVA – The Ashland Animal Rescue Fund (AARF) will host the first AARF To The Rescue 5K run 2 p.m. Saturday in Kenova.

AARF is a private shelter located in Ashland. They take in animals that are to be euthanized from area pounds and have them seen by a veterinarian. They also move the animals to a no-kill shelter.

Registration for the event will begin at 1 p.m. the day of the race. The fee is $20 per person and race shirts will be given to the first 150 people who register.

AARF will use the funds raised to help offset the costs associated with housing, as well as veterinary fees, and to help fund animal adoption efforts.

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A variety of produce, including corn, tomatoes, watermelons and cantaloupes at the Wayne County Farmer’s Market in Wayne. WCN photo by Jessica Ross

Fresh produce now available in Wayne

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Farmer’s Market opened for business in Wayne Thursday offering residents a new place to get fresh produce.

Bill and Dorothy Stewart, who are residents of the Greenbriar area near Wayne, opened the market in the lot across the street from the Marathon gas station.

The stand offers a variety of produce including cabbage, corn, green beans, tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe and watermelon.

“We purchase a lot from farmers who raise produce,” Stewart said. “They often don’t have time to sell it themselves.”

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Cloverbud camp announced

WAYNE – Wayne County 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp is June 10-13 at Mays Chapel, Lavalette (near Beech Fork). Youths must be 5-8 years old.

The program features lots of age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Cost is $20 to attend and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and all programs. Registration materials are found at http://wayne.ext.wvu.edu/4h/4hcamps.

Deadline to register is June 4 or when camp is full. Contact Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent at (304) 272-6839 for more information.

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Alpha Lambda meet in Dickson

Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators met April 24, 2014 at Florence Memorial United Methodist Church at Dickson.

Pam Smith, Chapter President, conducted the meeting. She had previously requested each member to bring two favorite recipes. These are to be compiled into a sorority cookbook that will be given to each member. Stephanie May, Chapter Chaplain, presented the devotion. Responding to the president’s idea to share recipes, her theme was, “Recipe for Friendship.” She stated that a friend is a person that one loves and trusts; a close companion or comrade. Perhaps, the most famous friendship in the Bible was that of David and Jonathan. (I Samuel 18:1 – 4) Friendship is one way God takes care of us.

During the meeting the altruistic project for April was discussed. It was approved to give a monetary donation to “Relay for Life” to be held on May 10, 2014 at Spring Valley High School.

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Father and son honors family member with business name

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Adam Endicott and his father Rick Endicott opened their shop, Bulldog Graphix on Chestnut Street in Kenova, in March after renovations that began last January.

The shop was named in memory of the father’s sister, Misty Endicott, who died in 2005. She was known for the name “Bulldog,” so both father and son felt it would be a good way to honor her memory.

Adam Endicott grew up in Kenova, so when he and his father decided to open a shop, they both wanted it in Kenova.

The idea to open a shop came from Ernie Colegrove, Endicott’s uncle. Endicott and his father had created signs for Colegrove’s construction company.

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SPLASH – Camden Park opened its gates for the 2014 season Saturday. Visitors took a ride on the log flume ride to get all wet. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

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Heritage Farm prepping for Spring Festival

HUNTINGTON – Heritage Farm Museum and Village is prepping for the annual Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3.

The festival will include tours of all the museum buildings, re-enactors and artisans. To make this an enjoyable experience for the thousands of visitors who attend each year, Heritage Farm relies on hundreds of volunteers.

Those interested in working a shift at the Spring Festival are invited to a volunteer training that will take place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at Heritage Farm, 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington.

For more information, contact Josh Sowards at 304-522-1244.

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Alpha Delta Kappa monthly meeting

Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators met for their monthly meeting on February 20 at Florence Memorial United Methodist Church at Dickson.

Pam Smith, chapter president, presided at the meeting. Members were given information concerning upcoming events planned for the spring and summer. Altruistic projects were also discussed.

Members and guests enjoyed especially good fellowship, since the group’s January meeting had been cancelled due to inclement weather. Those attending the meeting were: Pam Smith, Gail Brumfield, Joan Chambers, Rosalind Smith, Edna Gillispie, Mary Williamson, Myrtle Hill, Pam Hill, Stephanie May, Pam Stephens, and Janeen Reynolds. Pam Hill won the prize for the Share Your Talent game.

Everyone enjoyed refreshments prepared and served by Pam Hill, Myrtle Hill, Mary Williamson, and Rosalind Smith.

The next meeting will be on March 20 at 6:30pm at Florence Memorial United Methodist Church at Dickson. Hostesses will be: Reda Baker, Sharon Berry, Polly Blankenship, Cindy Smith and Stephanie May.

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WINNER – Scott Partlow of Chesapeake, Ohio, crosses the finish line first for the second annual Run For the Clovers 5K at Beech Fork Lake. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

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Neace 50th Anniversary

Lloyd and Judith Motz Neace were married on Thanksgiving Day November 28, 1963 in Huntington. He is retired from Local #80 Asbestos Workers. They own Lloyd's Greenhouse and Nursery in Lavalette. They have two daughters, Cathy Hudson (Phillip), Cheryl Cotter (Bobb), grandchildren Adam and Emily Hudson and grand dog Lucky. Lloyd is the son of the late Willie and Helen Wood Neace. Judith is the daughter of the late James Motz, Richard and Clara Hay Osburn.

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Ramey-Beckett Wedding

The marriage of KRISTIN BECKETT, daughter of Patricia and Thomas Beckett, Jr. of Dunlow, WV, to TERRY RAMEY, son of Louise and James Ramey, Jr. of Wayne, WV, took place October 19, 2013 in Gaitlinburg, TN. The Rev. Larry Claiborne officiated the ceremony. Kristin has three children, Taylor Alyse Perry, 17 years old, Stratton Kincade Perry, 10 years old, and Stasia Brooke Perry. Terry has two children, Tessa and Rocko Ramey, and five grandchildren.

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50th Anniversary Announcement

Leonard and Patricia (Watts) Napier of Prichard, WV, will celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a reception on November 10, 2013 from 3 -5 pm at the Antioch Old Regular Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Craig Road, Wayne, WV. They were married November 8, 1963 at Philadelphia United Baptist Church in Huntington, WV.

Leonard is the son of Pat and the late Ida (Damron) Napier and is retired from AK Steel, Ashland, Ky. Patricia is the daughter of the late Jay and Polly (Nelson) Watts and is a homemaker. They are members of Little Tavie Old Regular Baptist Church, Point Pleasant, WV.

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Wayne Fall Festival

MEETING FRIENDS – A large crowd attended the opening of the Wayne Fall Festival Friday. A lot of vendors were placed around the different areas near the Wayne County Courthouse as many sat and listened to the evening’s entertainment. Many organizations, such as the Wayne High School JROTC set up food booths and prepared food like First Sgt. Johnny Abbott, instructor. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

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Happy Birthday!

Lorene Marshall, of the Wayne Nursing and Rehab Center, turned 90 years old on Sunday, September 22nd. Family members came in to celebrate with her on Saturday evening, September 21st with cake, ice cream and gifts. Nineteen people attended. We hope she had a good time and we wish her many more birthdays. She is a special lady who is loved very much! Photo submitted

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Burns to celebrate 50 year anniversary

James and Phyllis Burns of East Lynn will celebrate 50 years of marriage on October 8th. They were married October 8, 1963 in West Hamlin. They are the parents of six children – Okle (Steve) Atkins; James (Frances) Burns, Jr.; Kenneth; Patricia (Gale) Perry; William (Lisa) Burns; Delta (Danny) Eaves. They also have 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. James and Phyllis are members of the Booten-Millers Fork United Baptist Church in Wayne. They will celebrate their special day with their family. Photo submitted