Vol. 142, No.10 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

GRUB ON ITS WAY – Iron Skillet waitress Sarah “Sis” Hay poses for a quick pic on her way to deliver delicious food to lunch customers Tuesday afternoon. The Iron Skillet, located in Ceredo Plaza, is owned by former Chatterbox owner Shirley Ross. The Iron Skillet offers family style dining as well as a host of country offerings for patrons. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

Local restaurant carrying on old tradition in county

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CEREDO – The former Chatterbox Restaurant in Kenova had been a community mainstay since the 1940s despite several changes in ownership.

The small restaurant served as a gathering place and local eatery until its closure three years ago. Then owner Shirley Ross closed the doors after operating the former eatery for almost two decades.

Ross closed its doors after discovering she had cancer. Given a clean bill of health last year, Ross decided it was time to get back in the kitchen.

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Wayne County feels the burn of coal job loses

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WAYNE – While enjoying a piece of cheesy pizza, you look out the window to see dozens of large trucks traveling down U.S. 52.

A steady stream of coal trucks with loads of West Virginia’s biggest resource and source of revenue loaded in the backs of the trucks traveling to various locations all over the state to drop the coal off.

Dale Fluty, a retired coal miner, said this used to be the scene at the Crum Pizza House, but since the loss of hundreds of coal jobs and closure of mines all over the southern part of the state, Fluty said only a few trucks are on the roads.

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Tinia Creamer, owner of Lucas Farms in Lavalette, owns dairy goats and cows. For the past several years she has fought for heardshare and raw milk legislation in the state that would allow both to take place. Current state law doesn’t allow either at this point. Creamer held a protest along with several other farmers throughout the state during the last legislative session in support of herdshare/raw milk – continuing the fight this session. WCN photo courtesy of Lucas Farms

Herdshare, raw milk battle continues for local farmer

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The following interview is with Tinia Creamer. Creamer is the operator of Lucas Farms in Lavalette. She and her family raise dairy goats along with cows. For several years, Creamer has tried to spearhead efforts to pass herdshare legislation that would allow one farmer along with several other partners to purchase a dairy animal and share the products with each other while the other cares/house s for the livestock. According to Creamer, it has been an uphill battle. There has been resistance from several state lawmakers on the topic, but Creamer says she will not give up her fight. Here is the first-hand account of her opinion of herdshare and raw milk sales.

SHOALS – We purchased a small farm here in Lavalette almost 7 years ago. We really had no idea, at that time, when we moved here with a young Jersey heifer and a few young dairy goats, we would be in for a legislative battle that could go on for too close to a decade.

Some researched left me baffled. Here in our state, a state with the Motto: “Mountaineers are Always Free,” we could no sell real, unpasteurized milk to those looking to purchase it without it being pasteurized or homogenized. Actually, even if we opted to pasteurize the milk, unless we were a Grade A dairy, we could not sell milk at all. Grade A Dairy status costs about $500,000 to start up, by the way.

We could not sell it for soap making, to be fed to Orphaned animals or for any purpose. We could not even co-owner dairy animals and let the co-owner of the herd receive milk from animals we owned, in part, with them. It became even more restrictive in a few years. A rule changed making it illegal to give milk away that wasn’t Grade A milk.

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Lana Smith reads aloud to children during story time at the Wayne Library on Thursday. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson

Wayne Library welcomes little ones for story time

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WAYNE – The pitter-patter of little feet resonated throughout the upstairs of the Wayne Public Library as children did the penguin waddle on Thursday morning during story time.

The library opens its doors to preschool age children once a week for themed activities that involve story time, a craft, a little learning and a snack.

This week’s theme centered on penguins and included three books read aloud, some number education, a craft and a snack. Lana Smith, branch manager, said the theme was fitting for the cold.

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Manchin calls for Congressional hearing into proposed merger

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CHARLESTON – Norfolk Southern has rejected three times a $28 billion bid from Canadian Pacific that would merge the two railroads. Amid the fear of a looming hostile takeover, West Virginia’s senior U.S. Senator has called for an investigation into the proposed merger, calling it an attempt to “dismantle” a company that provides jobs to West Virginians and has the potential to be antithetical to purpose behind the Heartland Intermodal Gateway facility.

At a press conference Tuesday in Charleston, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced he is calling for an immediate Senate investigation into Canadian Pacific’s plan to acquire Norfolk Southern, saying the transaction is not an ordinary merger, but rather one that will profit “Wall Street titan” and hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman, whose company Pershing Square Capital Management acquired 14.2 percent of Canadian Pacific’s shares in 2011.

Ackman then won a proxy battle that ultimately earned him more board members, a new CEO in Hunter Harrison, and a new direction for the Canadian railroad.

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Tolsia teacher signing copies
of book

HUNTINGTON – Empire Books in Huntington is hosting the first signing of Noah Copley’s first novel, “They Wouldn’t Pay” February 13 from 6 to 8 pm.

Copley is a local author and also teaches at Tolsia High School. Solstice Publishing is the book’s publisher.


Sullivan to offer classes in Louisa

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LOUISA, Ky. – Sullivan University will begin offering courses in Louisa later this year.

The Louisville-based university has reached an agreement with the Lawrence County, Ky., Fiscal Court to house classes in an annex building adjacent to the Lawrence County Courthouse in Louisa.

Course offerings and enrollment dates at Kentucky’s largest private university will be announced by the end of March, according to a news release.

Initially one course will be offered along with the university’s online courses. More classes will be added as enrollment grows, according to the release.

“On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, I want to express our sincere gratitude to the Lawrence County Fiscal Court, the town of Louisa and the people of Eastern Kentucky for welcoming Sullivan University into their community and their lives,” said Sullivan President Glenn Sullivan.

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Updated Wayne Co. candidate filings

The Wayne County election filings are underway. Candidacy papers must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 29, or postmarked no later than Saturday, Jan. 30. The West Virginia primary election is Tuesday, May 10.

Ric Browning (D)
Kent Mills (D)
Randall L. Robertson (R)

Tom Jarrell (nonpartisan)
Vickey Trautwein Boyd (nonpartisan)
Joann Hurley (nonpartisan)

M.J. Jamie Ferguson (D)

Greg Farley (D)
Renick C. Booth (R)

Kenneth R. Adkins (D)

John R. Cavins (nonpartisan)
David Ferguson (nonpartisan)
Randall W. Wiles (nonpartisan)
Billy Dell Runyon (nonpartisan)
Tina Turner Sarver (nonpartisan)
Gary P. Thompson (nonpartisan)

Thomas M. Plymale (D)

Gary T. Queen (D)
Rocky Smith (D)
Doug Thompson (D)
Rick Thompson (D)
Charles R. “Chad” Shaffer (R)

Chris Slone (D)

DISTRICT 5 (Cabell, part of Wayne)
Robert H. “Bob” Plymale (D)
Tyson Smith (R)

DISTRICT 6 (Mercer, parts of McDowell, Mingo and Wayne)
Brandon T. Barker (D)
Chandler Swope (R)

DISTRICT 7 (Boone, Lincoln, Logan, parts of Mingo and Wayne)
Richard Neece Ojeda II (D)
Arthur E. Kirkendoll (D)
Jordan Ray Bridges (R)
Gary Johngrass (R)

HOUSE OF DELEGATES DISTRICT 17 (parts of Cabell and Wayne) (2 seats)
Joe M. Fincham (D)
Jerry A. Tighe (D)
Chad Lovejoy (D)
Jarred Cannon (R)

DISTRICT 19 (part of Wayne) (2 seats)
Robert Thompson (D)
Ken Hicks (D)
Matt Stroud (D)
Gary Michels (D)
John D. Creamer (R)
Henry Corby Dillon (R)


Local legislators
join committee on substance abuse

CHARLESTON – Two local legislators have been selected to serve on a legislative committee that will work to create solutions to West Virginia’s substance abuse epidemic.

Del. Don Perdue, D-Wayne, and Del. Kelli Sobonya, R-Cabell, were selected to be part of the 11-person Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse during the first day of the regular legislative session Wednesday.

“The substance abuse epidemic has been a scourge on our state,” House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said in a press release. “It has hurt many of our families and communities and cost the lives of far too many West Virginians. This new committee will spend the next 60 days focused on ways we can turn the tide against substance abuse and improve and implement prevention and treatment programs.”

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