School Board approves two central office changes

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education moved two in-school administrators to fill open central office positions.

The board approved Spring Valley Vo-Tech assistant principal Velvet Kelley to Central Office Director of Career Technical Education and Kellogg assistant principal Danny Mayo to Central Office Director of Secondary Education/Alternative Education. Both moves are effective August 21, 2014.

In other news, the board heard several delegations. The first delegation was Kendal Partlow and Bernard Ross representing the Wayne Touchdown Club. The two men spoke to the board about putting turf on the ballot for upcoming general election.

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ANNOUNCEMENT – Eric Fletcher, manager with Allegiant Air, announced a new flight Tuesday from Huntington Tri-State Airport to Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, Fla., Airport. The new flight will begin Nov. 20. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Allegiant announces new flight

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Allegiant Air announced a new flight destination for Tri-State Airport travelers Tuesday morning.

Beginning Nov. 20, Allegiant will have flights to Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, Fla., two days a week for $77 each way, Eric Fletcher, manager, said.

“We are always looking to add new destinations,” Fletcher said. “If everyone continues to support the flights that are offered we can start adding more destinations.”

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TALKING FARMING – West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick speaks to residents and officials during the Strikeforce meeting in Wayne Tuesday. Topic of discussion was agriculture and economic development. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Officials gather to talk food

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – West Virginians consume $7.3 billion in food but grow only $6.70 billion themselves, according to West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick.

Helmick, along with Congressman Nick Joe Rahall II and other officials, were in Wayne Tuesday to talk about Strikeforce, a program developed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to help rural area in economic development.

According to Doug Cyphers, coordinator, the program is new in West Virginia although it has been in existence since 2010. Some 29 West Virginia counties are participating in the program.

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Steve Marcum

Whites Creek man enters politics

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

PRICHARD – Even Einstein was an amateur.

The art of politics is still a crash course as Steve Marcum runs for his first political office. Marcum, a Republican, is running for the 19th District House of Delegates seat against longtime Democrat incumbent Don Perdue.

The Whites Creek resident said he is getting into this year’s race mainly because he is concerned for his children’s future in the state. Marcum has three children (Carri, 16; Connor, 13; and Caelyn, 10) with his wife of 14 years, Christa.

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Support letter asked of Wayne Co. Commission

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County Circuit Judge Darrell Pratt asked the Wayne County Commission for a letter of support in efforts to obtain grant funding for drug treatment centers in the county.

In a letter to the commission, Pratt asked for the commission’s support for grant proposals and ways to find funding as well as finding former government buildings to house those who have an addiction.

One of those buildings is the former Crockett School.

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Farm bureau pushes Vo-Ag, helps speech contestant

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County Farm Bureau President Bill Stewart has been leading the charge to get vocational agriculture back into the school system.

Stewart believes young residents in the county need to learn to grow food in order to survive should inflation get out of hand and the population continues to grow in the United States.

He also wants to see students get involved with 4-H, as well as getting Future Farmers of America chapters back in the county.

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