Vol. 141, No. 31 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, April 18 & 19, 2015

NEW LANES - Wayne County Schools maintenance employees placed gravel for additional lanes to alleviate traffic congestion as parents pick their children up from Wayne Elementary. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

School Board, town work out traffic problem

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE - A solution may have been found for the traffic jam at the W.Va. 152 traffic signal.

When the 2014-15 school year began in August, traffic problems were once again an issue at Wayne Elementary School.

During the August Wayne Council meeting, Wayne Municipal Judge Kevin Bradshaw, who is also a Wayne County School bus driver, asked Mayor Mick Sanders what could be done about traffic that sometimes stopped in both directions as parents picked up their children after school.

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Schools present needs to Board

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – Local School Improvement Councils from feeder school systems for Wayne and Spring Valley high schools met this past week to inform the Wayne County Board of Education about their schools.

The LSICs provided information about what their schools have accomplished this year, progress on test scores, discussed the results of each school’s OEPA visits - as well as discussed the school’s individual needs.

Several schools including Wayne Elementary, Lavalette Elementary, Kellogg Elementary, Buffalo Middle, Vinson Middle and Spring Valley High School each stated they need some kind of paving done on their campus. Work has recently begun on expanding the parent pick-up lane at Wayne Elementary due to traffic issues that traditionally has backed traffic up from the school to Route 152.

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Wayne County Schools address test opt-out debate

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE — As students throughout the state are taking or currently preparing to take the Smarter Balance testing assessments, a battle between the state and parents is brewing in Wayne County.

According to multiple sources including Wayne County Schools Superintendent Sandra Pertee, nearly 200 students brought testing opt-out forms to Spring Valley High School that were signed by parents and stated their child would not participate in this week’s testing. The action forced Pertee and Director of Assessment for Wayne County Schools John Waugaman to take immediate action.

Students who had turned in forms were called to an assembly where Pertee and Waugaman explained that there were no laws stating students can opt out of the testing. The assembly was recorded by several students prompting parents to go to social media to voice their anger.

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FELT THE EARTH MOVE – Sammy Coy points to the tree that slid down in a landslide Tuesday that knocked his home off its foundation. Coy expressed his concerns about the tree falling on electric lines and onto W.Va. 152. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Landslide takes out trailer

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON - Candace Coy thought she heard a tornado approaching her home on W.Va. 152 near German Ridge Hill.

But, it was not a tornado.

It was part of the hill behind her home sliding and knocking her mobile home off its foundation, as she and family members were inside. The home moved several inches off its foundation.

“Everything began to break, and the trailer was shaking,” said Candace Coy, who was inside with her mother, Tracy Swimm, and brother, Eric Swimm. “I looked out and saw the hill sliding. It was so loud I couldn’t hear anything.”

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WHAT IS IT – Sam M. Ash, grand master of Masons in West Virginia, watches a past grand master pull out a 1921 issue of The Wayne County News during the opening of the time casket Saturday at the Ceredo-Kenova Community Center. The time casket was placed in the cornerstone at the time of construction of the former Ceredo-Kenova High School building. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Cornerstone ‘Time casket’ reflects 1921 Ceredo, Kenova

By LACIE PIERSON AND MICHAEL HUPP
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KENOVA – An event nearly a century in the making came to pass when a “time casket” found in the cornerstone of Ceredo-Kenova High School was opened during a ceremony at the Ceredo-Kenova War Memorial and Community Center on Saturday.

More than 100 people packed into the center, where Grand Lodge Masons of West Virginia opened the casket, which was discovered in the school’s cornerstone during demolition last fall.

The casket was placed in the cornerstone by the Masons in 1921 as the school was being built, and its discovery had been a surprise to Masons as well as school officials, said Wayne County Board of Education President Trey Morrone.

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GUEST – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was the guest speaker at the Ceredo-Kenova Business Association meeting Tuesday. Morrisey spoke on an upcoming federal court case that West Virginia is taking the lead on. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

AG prepping for Obama battle

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is preparing for the state’s court battle against President Barack Obama on Thursday and wanted to let the members of the Ceredo-Kenova Business Association know about the case during the organization’s monthly meeting Tuesday.

Morrisey was the guest speaker during the association’s lunch Tuesday in the conference room of United National Bank in Ceredo.

“It is an honor for me to be here along with your favorite son, Bob Leslie,” Morrisey said. “We are trying to work for the people with no politics involved. We are proud of the changes we have made in the office, and that we have hired the best and brightest attorneys in the State of West Virginia.”

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Workers from local fire departments hang the American flag across US 52 south of Kenova Monday afternoon to honor former Wayne County Sheriff Bill Wellman, who passed away last week. Photo submitted

HEALING PLACE – Del. Don Perdue speaks as The Healing Place of Huntington holds a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new expansion on Thursday, in Huntington. The facility will now be able to house 100 men. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Del. Perdue plays key role in drug treatment effort

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HUNTINGTON – Thursday was an amazing day, West Virginia Delegate Don Perdue said at the ribbon cutting for the latest expansion of Recovery Point Huntington, formerly known as The Healing Place of Huntington.

“It’s an amazing facility with amazing graduates moving on with their lives to become what they would have without the detour,” he said.

Perdue was among several officials who joined Recovery Point residents and graduates, their family, friends and supporters Thursday to celebrate its expansion to 100 beds for men in addiction recovery. The center also announced its name change from The Healing Place of Huntington, which was borrowed from The Healing Place of Louisville, Ky., along with its peer-led model of recovery.

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NO INJURIES – Wayne County students and bus driver were not injured after this bus became stuck in a ditch Wednesday. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

No injuries reported in bus incident

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A Wayne County school bus transporting children home Wednesday became stuck in a ditch along German Ridge Road near the intersection of Haynies Branch and Harveytown roads Wednesday.

No students or the driver were injured in the incident.

Wayne County Schools Superintendent Sandra Pertee said she had received the call from Mark Queen, an employee at the bus garage, notifying her of the incident and assured her the students were safe.

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Misc

Parents suing Wayne County Schools claiming molestation

WAYNE - A couple is suing the Wayne County Board of Education after they claim it failed to protect their son from being molested by a teacher and a teacher’s aide.

The West Virginia Record is reporting Lisa Thacker and David Martin Thacker were also named as defendants in the suit.

During the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years, Seth Farley was a student at Wayne Middle School where Lisa Thacker and David Thacker were his teacher and aide, according to a complaint filed Feb. 26 in Wayne Circuit Court.

Kimberly Farley and Mark Farley claim their son is autistic and was in a self-contained classroom with the defendants.

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Airport signs new lease with Allegiant

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KENOVA - Tri-State Airport has signed a new lease with Allegiant Air, which offers many of the airports popular flights to and from vacation destinations in Florida and South Carolina.

“Last week we wrapped up and came to terms with Allegiant on some new lease rates,” Airport Director Jerry Brienza said Thursday at a meeting of the Tri-State Airport Authority. “Allegiant has been operating at the same lease rate they started in 2006.”

It has been a profitable arrangement, but overtime there are have been other factors to consider.

“Our employees that started in 2006 have gotten raises, the equipment we purchased for them was old when we bought it, and it’s now nine years older so a lot of it needs to be replaced, which means we have to purchase new equipment to support that,” Brienza said. “All these things they understood and agreed to the new lease rates, so we are happy about that.”

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NOW ON-LINE - Lavalette Volunteer Fire Department introduces its newest ambulance, a 2014 Mercedes Sprinter, that was purchased with department funds. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

New ambulance now in service

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE - The Lavalette Volunteer Fire Department has recently put into service a new ambulance that will not only serve and help the people of its coverage district but can also help save money.

The department purchased a 2014 Mercedes Sprinter van-style ambulance that has a five-cylinder diesel engine that gets 20 miles to the gallon of fuel, said Darrell Ennis, emergency medical services director. Cost of the ambulance was about $90,000, and it was purchased with EMS and fire department funding.

The new ambulance replaced an older model ambulance and allows the fire department to maintain its three-ambulance fleet.

Ennis describes the truck as a standard size van-style ambulance with a little more height for more head room in the patient compartment.

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Wayne residents talk trash, pick-up

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE - Residents from the Tom’s Creek Road area of Wayne are not pleased with the service they are receiving from a refuse company.

One resident told the Wayne County Commission during its meeting Monday that Dalton Refuge has not been picking up trash that the residents set out for pick-up for up to five weeks at a time.

Many are tired of seeing their garbage remain by the roadside when they return home from work or running errands.

Residents said they have contacted another refuge company and are waiting for a reply..

“We are tired of dealing with this company as well,” Commission President Bob Pasley said. “We have dealt with this issue for years.”

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Friends of Beech Fork working on activities

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON - The Friends of Beech Fork organization received its corporation status from the state recently and is ready to promote and plan activities for the lake, park and surrounding area.

Friends of Beech Fork meets at 1 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The organization began as a grassroots program to help get a lodge constructed at Beech Fork Lake and to promote activities that happen in not only the lake side portion of the park but at Beech Fork State Park as well.

Activities being planned include trail races and hikes.

Volunteers are still needed to help with cleaning up and picking up trash from around the lake area and keeping the lake clean.

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Westmoreland Community hosting “Make it Shine”

WESTMORELAND - Project Westmoreland and Crosspoint Community Church of Westmoreland are hosting “Make it Shine” Day at Westmoreland Park Saturday, April 18, at 9 a.m.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. to receive supplies and instructions. The group will clean up around the flood wall, area parks, schools, residential streets and other areas designated by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

For more information check out Crosspoint Community Church or Project Westmoreland on Facebook.

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Bill Wellman

Former sheriff, commissioner Wellman dies

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Bill Wellman was a businessman, sheriff, commissioner and neighbor and to all who knew him, friends said Friday.

Wellman died early Thursday morning following a long illness, according to Commissioner David Pennington.
Pennington, a life-long friend, said he will have memories of his friend to last a lifetime.

“Bill was the first two-term sheriff of Wayne County,” Pennington said. “It used to be sheriffs were elected for just four years then they changed the law in 1972 making the office two-terms.”

Wellman was first elected in 1976 as sheriff and left office in 1984. After that, he became a county commissioner but resigned early due to health issues. He was also a former chief of the Lavalette Volunteer Fire Department and owned a construction company.

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WVSP arrests 2 on various charges

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE - Two men were arrested Sunday after a break-in at a home in the Eighth Street Road area over the weekend.

Daniel O. Price Jr., 31, of Kenova and Samuel Scott Haren, 25, of Huntington were arrested by Cpl. D.L. Chapman with the Wayne Detachment of the West Virginia State Police on charges of daytime burglary, petit larceny, simple possession - marijuana and fleeing.

According to the criminal complaint, Chapman responded to a burglary call in the 4400 block of Eighth Street Road in Lavalette.

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Underage drinking topic of meeting

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA — A crowd of parents, students and officials gathered in Kenova City Council chambers Tuesday to learn how to prevent underage drinking.

Jaclyn Johnson, coordinator for the Wayne County Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition, spoke about the dangers of alcohol at the meeting.

Johnson also invited all who attended to join the coalition, which is working on reducing underage drinking in the county.

Guest speakers included Tim White, regional prevention coordinator with Prestera Center; Gig Robinson, spokesman for the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration; Bo Evans, Region 2 director for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program; and Michelle Perdue, project coordinator at the Cabell County Substance Abuse Partnership.

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