Vol. 140, No. 73 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, Sept. 13 & 14, 2014

HPD responds to barricaded woman in Westmoreland

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Several Westmoreland residents were alarmed to look out their windows Thursday morning to find a large police presence in their normally quiet neighborhood.

Huntington Police Department responded to a call in the 4200 block of Magazine Avenue at approximately 10 a.m. Thursday morning. Capt. Hank Dial of the HPD said that the department had received a call about a woman, possibly with a gun, had barricaded herself into a residence on Magazine Ave.

“We apparently had a woman who had barricaded herself into a room in a residence and we were called in to ensure the woman’s safety,” Dial said.

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One dead following two-vehicle accident

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

FORT GAY – One person has died following a two-vehicle accident near Mill Creek Road and Tolsia Highway Monday.

The accident apparently occurred around 4 p.m.

Joseph Watts, 27, was driving to his job when his vehicle collided with another. He later was pronounced dead at Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa, Ky.

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CAST IRON COOK OFF – Participants shared their Appalachian dishes with visitors to Heritage Farm Museum and Village Saturday. Spokesman Bill Rosenberger cooked up his breakfast scramble while Henriella Perry and Mike Perry demonstrated cooking over an open fire in a cast iron kettle. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Three sentenced for drugs

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Three people arrested in last year’s Wayne County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit roundup were sentenced Friday by Judge James H. Young Jr.

Appearing in Wayne County Circuit Court were Roger Perry, Joyce Berry and Danuelle Marcum following plea bargains made earlier.

All three were arrested on warrants last August following a lengthy investigation and controlled illegal drug purchases by the DEU.

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SWEARING IN – Wayne Mayor Mick Sanders issues the oath of office to new council member Judy Watts. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Watts named to council

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Receiving three letters of interest for an open council seat, members of Wayne Town Council chose Judy Watts to be its newest member Monday.

Watts was nominated by Rosie Whipkey and seconded by Danny Grace after Mayor Mick Sanders went over the rules for filling the seat vacated when Scott Robertson left due to job relocation.

Sanders read the names and said the person selected for the seat must have one nomination and a second to be voted on. Should there not be a second, council would move on to the next name.

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Towing owners complain about dispatching

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Owners of towing companies registered complaints about Wayne County 911 dispatchers only calling certain towing companies for service.

About seven towing owner/operators attended the Wayne County Commission meeting Thursday to discuss not receiving their fair share of 911 calls.

They said calls have been heard on scanners that certain companies were requested by law enforcement or fire departments.

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INVESTIGATING – Mark Bradshaw teaches students in his Law Enforcement and Public Safety class at Wayne High School how to investigate a crime scene. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Deputy transitions to teaching

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – When Mark Bradshaw retired from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department after 27 years of service, he decided he wanted to expand his knowledge of law enforcement to the future.

At the beginning of the school year, Bradshaw started his new career as a teacher of law enforcement and public safety at Wayne High School in the career and technical education department.

Bradshaw, a graduate of Wayne High School, moved away from the area to attend Berea College in Kentucky. Following college graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army before returning home and obtaining a job with the sheriff’s department.

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Hometown Barbershop as it appears today. WCN Photo by Jessica Ross

2nd business on Chestnut Street gets Clean Business Award

BY JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

KENOVA – The Ceredo-Kenova Business Association awarded Hometown Barbershop Wednesday with the Clean Business Award for the month of August.

Hometown Barbershop is the third business to win the award this year.

Gordon Jones, a member of the C-K Business Association, said the group voted to create the award in January.

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Water bill has unforeseen effects

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – The American Water and Freedom Industries water leak caused some ripples throughout the state legislature on how to prevent an event like the one that took place last January.

State lawmakers passed Senate Bill 373 or the “Water Bill” during this past year’s legislative session. The bill essentially will require municipal water companies to monitor what the state has outlined as “critical zones” or the entire watershed within a five-hour travel time.

That is a tall drink of water for municipalities to deal with on already tight budgets and other unfunded mandates, such as the storm water utility. The waters get even murkier on how the community water systems are supposed to ensure the water is safe and protected.

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Mountain Heritage Day in Fort Gay Saturday started off with a parade that featured the Tolsia High School Marching Rebels band, cadets with Tolsia JROTC, floats and horses. See more Mountain Heritage Day photos on page 7A. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

HONORED – Wayne County Circuit Judge Darrell Pratt receives the Fort Gay High School Alumni Association’s Distinctive Alumni award Friday during the annual alumni dinner. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Judge Pratt honored at dinner

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

LOUISA, Ky. – Wayne County Circuit Judge Darrell Pratt was honored Friday by his former classmates during the annual Fort Gay High School Alumni Association dinner.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Pratt said. “I am extremely humbled to be one of the recipients of this award just like Ed Lowe and Keith Spears.”

Pratt was a 1971 graduate of Fort Gay High School and went on to Marshall University where he received his degree in education, then attended West Virginia University Law School.

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Misc

AG’s mobile office visits Wayne Co.

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Consumer protection is a priority for the West Virginia Attorney General’s office and to see that the consumers of the state are being served, a regional mobile office visits areas to discuss problems that could be happening.

Bryan Hoylman, an AG representative, was in Wayne County Courthouse Wednesday to meet residents who may have issues that his office could help solve.

“Our primary focus is on the consumers,” Hoylman said. “The attorney general’s office has representatives that cover every county in the state. We reach out to the communities and people to make the office more accessible.”

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Wayne Democrats plan rally

WAYNE — The Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee will conduct a rally Saturday, Sept. 27, and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant are expected to speak.

The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Wayne Community Center, according to a news release from Tammy Pritt, vice chairman of the committee. Other local candidates are expected to attend, and barbecue, slaw, potato salad, drinks and desserts will be served.

The public is invited.

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Doug Wood in period costume.

Ostenaco to be portrayed at Beech Fork State Park

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BARBOURSVILLE -- Cherokee leader Ostenaco (circa 1703-1780) will be portrayed by Doug Wood of Hurricane as part of the Mary Ingles 18th century encampment at Beech Fork State Park.

The presentation is part of the History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council and will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, according to a news release from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

Ostenaco, an important Cherokee ally of Virginia military leaders during the French and Indian War, 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. His relationships with Virginia leaders contributed to the expansion of English-speaking peoples into present day West Virginia.

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SAFETY SEAT TRAINING – The Ceredo Police Department was able to purchase four of these dolls designed to teach proper ways to secure an infant or small child in a safety seat or seat belt. Sgt. Steve Amis, dispatcher and child safety seat technician, was able to purchase the dolls and other equipment from donations by Marathon-Ashland Petroleum, State Farm Insurance and Kenny Queen’s Ace Hardware. Submitted photo

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COOK OFF – Visitors to Heritage Farm Museum and Village will be able to taste distinct dishes of the Appalachians during the Country Roads Cook Off Saturday. Submitted photo

Heritage Farm prepping for annual Cast-Iron Cook Off

HUNTINGTON – Heritage Farm Museum and Village is getting the farm prepped for the annual Cast-Iron Cook Off, which features local and regional amateur chefs preparing tasty Appalachian dishes.

Contestants will be serving up beans and cornbread, roasted potatoes, wild boar and fired fresh corn; baked ziti, fresh bread, breakfast scramble and more.

Also, there will be a “just for fun” non-competition category headed up by Heritage Farm co-founders Mike and Henriella Perry, who, with the help of Heritage Farm Docents Dan and Sandy, will be serving some delicious cobbler.

The Sept. 6 event includes the petting zoo, museum tours and wagon rides. The farm will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, visit heritagefarmmuseum.com, check out the Facebook and Twitter pages or call us at 304-522-1244. Heritage Farm is located at 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington.

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HAPPY RETIREMENT – Sgt. Chester Adkins with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department retired Friday after 25 years of service. Adkins also served 28 years in the U.S. Army reserves and was deployed to the Middle East at the beginning of the War on Terrorism in 2001. Adkins was the bailiff in Wayne County Magistrate Court and also provided security to the courthouse. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

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Community reviews Corbin Development

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON ­– Seeing is believing, and for community members the new Corbin Building development is becoming a reality after Thursday’s community walk through.

A group of about 25 community members, area art enthusiasts, members of the development’s architecture firm and local government, attended the six-hour information tour of the project.

The event included a general overview of the project, a walk through the building and a brainstorming session with project architecture firm Mills Group LLC, to give input on the building’s layout and possible features.

“We wanted this event to be open to the community so we are engaging the neighborhood to participate in this project because it directly affects them,” Coalfield Development Corporation executive director Brandon Dennison said.

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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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