3 arrested with meth materials

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Three people have been arrested for conspiracy and attempting to operate a clandestine lab.

On Saturday, Melissa Watts of Genoa and Medina Messer of Crum were taken into custody by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department Drug Enforcement Unit, assisted by the Wayne Police Department, after receiving a complaint of a woman shoplifting a bottle of lye drain cleaner from Kenny Queen Ace Hardware Store in Wayne.

The caller also described the vehicle and a description was sent out by dispatchers with Wayne County 911.

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SWEARING IN – New Wayne County Schools Superintendent Sandra Pertee signs her contract with the Wayne County Board of Education during a special meeting Tuesday. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Pertee sworn in, BOE goes through purchase orders

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education decided to make Career and Technical Education Director Sandra Pertee the new superintendent of Wayne County Schools.

Board President George B. “Trey” Morrone III said the board made the decision Monday night, had the contract prepared and swore in Pertee Tuesday during a special meeting of the board.

“This is an exciting day,” Pertee said. “I got a special gift. My sisters and brother-in-law are here from Spartansburg. It is a special day as I am with my sisters who have supported me and all of you, directors, support staff and audience.”

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School Board splits vote on superintendent

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

WAYNE – The three new members of the Wayne County Board of Education were enough to name Sandra Pertee superintendent at a special meeting Monday night at the Central Office.

Pertee, director of the county’s Career Technical Education program, took over for retiring Superintendent Lynn Hurt Tuesday, according to board President George (Trey) Morrone.

Morrone, Johnita Jackson and Lois Little, the newest board members cast the majority vote for Pertee, while leftover members JoAnn Hurley and Vicki Boyd dissented.

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Church gets blessing following break-in

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

EAST LYNN – When members of the East Lynn Church of God arrived for service Sunday morning, they discovered someone broke into the food pantry.

“When we got to church, we noticed the door was open,” Leslie Lucas said. “It looked like someone kicked the door in and broke the door and frame, then wiped out the refrigerator and freezer.”

Lucas said it is estimated that $1,000 worth of food was taken.

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Sheriff questioned
on cruiser markings

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County Commissioners shared their concerns about the markings of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department cruisers with Sheriff Greg Farley Monday.

Commission President Bob Pasley said he had received complaints from residents about not seeing deputies patrolling different areas of the county.

Pasley did say the deputies are patrolling, it is just that the cruisers are not marked “Sheriff,” except for a license plate and lights on, or in, the vehicle.

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Kenova Council clears busy July agenda

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – Kenova City Council cleared a full agenda during July’s regular meeting Tuesday night.

The meeting was originally scheduled for last Thursday but was moved due to the death of Councilwoman Betty Spry. A moment of silent prayer was given in honor of Spry to open Tuesday’s meeting.

Council then soon got to work on clearing the full agenda. Council approved a request from Tim Bias, representing the C-K Autumnfest committee, to close the 1500 block of Chestnut Street for a Tractor Show October 25. The event is part of this year’s Autumnfest and is a first-year event expected to bring in 30 tractors.

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