Vol. 142, No.51 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, June 25 & 26, 2016

Patrons enter the Trout’s Hill Coffee Shop located in the historic Urling Building in Wayne across from the courthouse after Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Wayne’s Trout Hill Coffee shop officially in business

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – After years of hard work and collaborative efforts from the community, Coalfield Development along with hours of hard work – Joe and Betty’s Trout’s Hill Coffee Shop in Wayne is a reality.

Located in the historic Urling Building across from the courthouse – Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony marked five years of plan to progress.

“What people saw five years ago as an ugly building that needed tore down, we have turned it into something special for the community,” Coalfield executive director Brandon Dennison said during the ceremony.

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SUPPORTING CAST – Former players, players and parents show their support for Buffalo Middle Coach Mike Ward outside a Wayne Board of Education meeting Tuesday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Buffalo community shows support for coach Ward

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Members of the Buffalo community gathered at the Wayne County Board of Education meeting to show support for coach Mike Ward Tuesday night.

Past, current and parents of players on the Buffalo Middle School girl’s basketball team attempted to voice their opinions to the board about the head coach position.

Ward has been the head coach for the team for the last 11-years and has led Lady Bison to several county championship games – a feat that players say should not be overlooked.

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MODELING ATTIRE – Phillip Skeens poses in his unique attire by Ronnie and Dee Hatfield’s 1926 Ford Model T at the Ceredo Antique Car Show Saturday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Car show cruises into Ceredo

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

CEREDO – People from near and far gassed up their antique cars and cruised into Ceredo Plaza Saturday for The Huntington Region Antique Automobile Club of America’s 16th Annual Ceredo Antique Car Show.

Phillip Skeens came from Milton to attend the show and support his friends Ronnie and Dee Hatfield who entered their 1926 Ford Model T and 1930 Ford Model A in the show.

“I came down here when I heard Ronnie was going to drive his Model A in,” Skeens said. “It’s a nice automobile.”

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Bill Woodrum of Marshall University discussed the ins and outs of markets at the Co-Op meeting. Photo submitted

Marshall’s Woodrum addresses Wayne County Farmer’s Co-Op

By ROBERT THOMPSON

WAYNE – At the recent meeting of the Wayne County Farmer’s Co-Op, Bill Woodrum of Marshall University discussed the ins and outs of markets. Woodrum, a board member of the Wild Ramp in Old Central City, explained the details of gaining access to local markets and how to maintain quality standards in produce.

He is also working with the Wayne County group to sell their produce at the Wild Ramp. Additionally, the Wayne County Co-Op has been invited to sell in Williamson and at HIMG’s market on Route 60 in Huntington.

With recent efforts to supply local charitable organizations and restaurants with produce, the Wayne County organization has come a long way in just a few months. It is currently composed of more than eighty members and is one of the largest farmer’s co-ops in West Virginia.

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State agency clarifies WCCSO funding cut decision

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

CHARLESTON – With questions surrounding Wayne County Community Services Organization’s (WCCSO) recent announcement it will lose funding from two state agencies – one of those agency executives has stepped forward to explain the reasons for the funding cut.

According to the Bureau of Senior Services (BSS) commissioner Robert Roswall, mandatory financial audits required by the state from 2013 and 2014 revealed serious concerns in how WCCSO was handling the funding. Roswall said the 2013 audit, “showed serious concerns the agency is not sustainable.” The commissioner said the 2014 audit did not show any improvements and had its own set of “issues” but declined to go into further detail of the audit findings.

Roswall said that for two years, WCCSO has been on a corrective plan but failed to make any progress to remedy the addressed issues. The lack of corrective action led to the funding cut from the BSS.

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Marathon Petroleum Human Resources Manager Greg Jackson presents Kenova Police Chief Chris Cole with a donation check Thursday. The money will be used to get R.A.D and D.A.R.E. programs up and running in Kenova. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Kenova Police gets donation from Marathon Petroleum

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Marathon Petroleum Corporation donated funds to the Kenova Police Department due to its drug prevention efforts during a Kenova City Council meeting Thursday.

Marathon Petroleum Human Resources Director Greg Jackson presented Kenova Police Chief Chris Cole with the check. The amount of the charitable donation was not disclosed.

The funds received by the police department will be used to buy equipment to get its Rape Aggression and Defense (R.A.D.) and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) programs up and running.

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Participants stroll past the old Wayne County News office in last year’s Kristen Stiltner 5K race in Wayne. Proceeds from this event go to a Wayne High School senior for use to continue education at a college level in the form of a scholarship. WCN file photo by Scott Parsons

Kristen Stiltner 5K set for July 8

By Nikki Dotson Merritt
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The 5th Annual Kristen Stiltner 5K is set for July 8 at 8:45 p.m. at Wayne Town Hall. Anyone wishing to participate in the event should visit www.tristateracer.com to do an online application or to download a paper form of application to mail in.

Participants can either walk or run the race.

Proceeds from the event will go to a Wayne High School senior for use to continue education at a college level in the form of a scholarship. The annual race is in memory of Kristen Stiltner who passed in a tragic car accident in East Lynn in 2012.

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Misc

Rep. Mark Maynard tours Cabwaylingo State Forest

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WILSONDALE – U.S. Rep. Mark Maynard took a tour of Cabwaylingo State Forest Tuesday in an effort to see what can be done to save the park.

“I’ve been hearing complaints of Cabwaylingo shutting down, boarded up windows and firing staff,” Maynard said in a post on social media. “l decided to run up and see first hand what was going on.”

Maynard toured half the park on his own, and was then led by the assistant superintendent of the park for the other half.

“I took notes on all the things that could be done to make the park better,” Maynard said.

State parks took a 10 percent cut from the budget this year, a cut that equaled the pay of one employee at Cabwaylingo.

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Commission okays conference phone for housing authority

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Commission approved a request from the Housing Authority of Wayne County for use of a phone system that would provide conference calling.

The system is a Polycom Soundstation 2 conference phone, and was used in the Wayne County Courthouse previously.
When the courthouse implemented a new phone system, the conference phones could no longer be used.

Commission voted to surplus the conference phone, and then to give the phone to the authority.

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BOE considering several items

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education will conduct a regular meeting next Tuesday to vote on several agenda items.

Kim Adkins, Director of Special Programs, will present a budget summary for special education grants to board members.

The Board will also vote on the following action items: renewing a contract with Barbara Brazeau for assistance to the Human Resources Department as needed effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017; renewal of Workers Compensation coverage through Traveler’s Insurance; transfer proceeds from the pre-demolition “auction” from the general fund to a special fund for the C-K Elementary School playground in the amount of $5,062.00; award bid for county-wide garbage pick-up and disposal to Republic Services in the monthly amount of $8,859.18; approve a pair of change orders involving the Crum PK-8 School; and approve a pair of contracts with West Virginia Business Products to provide a pair of copiers to the Wayne High School graphics classes.

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Fireworks light up the sky in a past 4th of July celebration in Wayne. WCN file photo by Bill Pritchett

Town of Wayne gears up for July 4th celebration

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Town of Wayne will celebrate the Fourth of July with hot dogs and fireworks this year.

Similar to festivities last year, the event will kick off at 8 p.m. featuring hot dogs, possible music and then finish the night off with fireworks starting at 10 p.m.

Council approved the purchase of 1,000 hot dogs, up to $2,500 worth of fireworks and $100 toward music for the event at a meeting Monday.

“Last year we had like 750 hot dogs and they went fast,” Mayor Mick Sanders said.

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Wayne County Work Camp set

Wayne County News staff

WAYNE – Some residents of southern Wayne County will be getting some home improvements donated to their homes this week from workers of the Wayne County Work Camp.

About 100 people from Kansas, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania will be participating in the annual camp from June 12-17.

Participants will be building a new home for an elderly man, constructing porches, building handicap ramps and replacing roofs at 12 sites across southern Wayne County and northern Mingo County.

For more info contact Bill Likens at 304-654-3460

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County school enrollment drops again

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Enrollment in Wayne County Schools has once again dropped, a problem that effects West Virginia formula for funding.

According to a Superintendent report on student attendance at Wayne County Board of Education meeting Tuesday, county schools have dropped by 70 more students on top of the 99 reported previously.

West Virginia’s state aid funding formula is based on each district’s student enrollment, which is used to determine the number of personnel that are funded.

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Christoper Johnson of Dunlow gets soaked in the log flume at Camden Park in this file photo. The family amusement park will host a Childrenís Festival from noon to 4 p.m. every Tuesday in June and July as part of the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Funington campaign. Photo by Bishop Nash/The Herald-Dispatch