Vol. 142, No.78 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

DECOMMISSIONED – The Unit 2 cooling tower at the Big Sandy Power Plant comes down Saturday as part of the decommissioning and retirement of Unit 2, which closed in 2015. Photo and article submitted

Kentucky Power implodes Big Sandy Unit 2 cooling tower

LOUISA, Ky., Sept. 24, 2016 – A cooling tower at the Big Sandy Power Plant that had been idled when EPA guidelines led to the closure of Unit 2 was imploded on Saturday.

The Unit 2 cooling tower, measuring 395 feet in diameter at its base and reaching 370 feet into the sky, came tumbling down at 9 a.m. as Bob Armstrong, a retired 30-year employee of the plant, pushed the button that triggered the blast. Some 500 pounds of explosives were used to bring down the tower.

“It’s a big thrill to be asked to do this,” said Armstrong, 85, of Louisa. “When I was asked if I would like to do this, I said, ‘Lord have mercy, I sure would.’ I was there when it was being built. I saw everything. I’ve been on top of that stack. It’s really something now to see it coming down.”

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Female deputy claims discrimination, retaliation

BY KAYLA ASBURY
for the WV Record

WAYNE – A woman is suing the Wayne County Commission and the Wayne County Sheriff after she claims she was discriminated against and retaliated against.

Sheria Maynard has been employed with the Sheriff’s Department in Wayne since Aug. 26, 1998, according to a complaint filed June 6 in Wayne Circuit Court.

Maynard claims she currently serves as Sergeant with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and on March 14, 2014, she had a conversation with Sheriff Gregory Farley wherein he made a statement that he needed employees to work evening shift and she responded that she would work evening shift and that it was not a problem.

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Escape from Brush Creek 10K and hike offers scenic views for participants. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Escape Brush Creek 10K, hike set for Oct. 1 at East Lynn Lake

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

EAST LYNN – ACCESS-WV continues the organization’s pattern of hosting scenic and nature-filled 10K and hike options on Oct. 1 at East Lynn Lake with the Escape Brush Creek 10K.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the trail banks of the East Lynn Lake Marina and feature a course comprised of a mountain trail runner’s haven and outdoor recreation paradise.

“This 6.2 mile timed-race will be like no race you’ve ever ran or hiked before,” ACCESS-WV said on Facebook.

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Shearer found guilty of battery

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A Kentucky man faces up to 12 months in jail and up to a $500 fine after a Wayne County jury found him guilty of battery against a 14-year-old girl Wednesday.

Herbert Shearer, 55, was found guilty after a complaint in November 2014 claimed he inappropriately touched his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter during a visit to the family’s residence.

According to the complaint, Shearer asked the 14-year-old if she was “ready to have an orgasm” then made sexual contact with the victim by rubbing his hand over the outside of the victim’s leggings in the vaginal area.

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Students from Wayne High School pose with Wayne Countian Chief Justice Menis Ketchum at Marshall University on September 20. Photo submitted

WHS attends WV Supreme Court

BY ROBERT THOMPSON

HUNTINGTON – Wayne High School civics students and Student Government attended the session of the West Virginia Supreme Court held at Marshall University on September 20.

Held every two years, the court session allows high school student from around the region to experience the proceedings of West Virginia’s highest court. During the event, students were able to hear real cases argued by attorneys in front of the Supreme Court Justices.

Prior to attending the session, students studied the cases in their civics classes at Wayne and also learned background information on the justices themselves. During lunch, the justices made themselves available to the students and mingled in the crowd.

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Shearer in court for second trial

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A man charged with first degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a parent or guardian in 2014 was back in Wayne County Circuit Court Tuesday for trial proceedings after a jury was unable to unanimously convict him last year.

Herbert L. Shearer, of Alexandria, Ky., was charged with the above crimes in November 2014 and was later tried in 2015 for the charges that came from a complaint that he had committed the acts with a minor.

During 2015 proceedings another charge was added to the list when Shearer was accused of committing intimidation of a witness during the trial.

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced fines for 27 violations against Wayne Lumber & Mulch Inc. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Feds propose saftey fines at Wayne sawmill

WAYNE - Federal workplace safety officials are proposing $214,000 in fines against a West Virginia sawmill they cited just two years ago.

On Monday, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced fines for 27 violations against Wayne Lumber & Mulch Inc.

The agency cited the company for nine repeat violations from a March 2014 inspection. Some included lacking effective hazard communication training plans, having electrical hazards, lacking a conveyor or exhaust system to remove combustible sawdust, lacking procedures to prevent machines from accidentally starting up, allowing buildup of combustible material and failing to provide leg protection.

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Misc/Events

Wayne County EDA, WGLDC announce incumbent officers

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Economic Development Authority (WCEDA) and Western Gate Land Development Corporation (WGLDC) announced their new and incumbent officers Friday.

The WGLDC is a branch of the economic authority that specifically focuses on real estate and property development in the county.

The mission of the branch as well as the economic development authority as a whole is to create jobs in the county, state and surrounding states.

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Local dentist updates board on in-school dentistry

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Dentist Charles Sammons updated The Wayne County Board of Education of regulations through the state for providing dental care to students in the school system.

Sammons spoke briefly on the importance of dental care for student-age children and informed board members of several other dentists in the area willing to come together and offer services in the school system.

“I just want to work with you to prove a protocol and plan for dental service for the children in our schools,” he said. “If we are successful, we could be a role model for other counties. The most important thing is to take care of our kids. They should be our number one priority.”

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Wayne sets Trick-or-Treat for Oct. 31

WAYNE – Children can pick up their buckets and hit the sidewalks to gather candy on Halloween night in Wayne County.

The Wayne County Commission scheduled Trick-Or-Treat night for the unincorporated areas of the county for Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m.

The date follows surrounding areas’ Trick-Or-Treat schedule.

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Tom Wolfe

Wolfe talks about ‘his journey’ to CK Business Association

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

CEREDO – Those who know Tom Wolfe, know he has his hand in a little bit of everything business wise in the Tri-State.

Wolfe says like many other businessmen, it has been a journey from Fordham University to becoming the owner of several McDonald’s franchises, local business investor, philanthropist and co-investor into a local radio broadcasting company. He says he enjoys hearing about other business owner’s journeys as well.

“I love to hear about the success stories of others. I enjoy hearing about their accomplishments and what they have been through. It really gives you perspective,” Wolfe told the CK Business Association during Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

Nancy Price introduced Wolfe talking about his dedication to the community and how he put CK on the map several years ago when he brought McDonalds to Kenova. The original restaurant featured community memorabilia along with the traditional green and white colors in the interior facilities.

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Tractor Supply hosting Pet Appreciation event

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

LAVALETTE – If you’re a proud pet owner or would like to be, mark your calendars for Sept. 17, when the Tractor Supply Co. store in Lavalette will be celebrating your furry friends for Pet Appreciation Week’s Main Event.

The main event Sept. 17 will include pet adoptions with community groups, samples, giveaways, drawings for gift cards and other family friendly activities.
In addition, deals on pet products, from food and treats to toys and crates, will be featured from Sept. 14-18.

“It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate the love of pets, find great homes for local adoptable animals, and showcase the community partners and rescues who care for these animals year round,” said Tracy Adkins, manager of the Lavalette Tractor Supply store.

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