Vol. 140, No. 92 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

School Board listens to multiple requests

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE - The Wayne County Board of Education listened to multiple requests during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

The requests ranged from assistance with playground equipment to turning over the former Fort Gay High School property for development.

Josh Cox, Pre-K teacher at Wayne Elementary, gave a short presentation on the school’s need for a Pre-K playground. Currently there is only a blacktop lot with a turf-covered area with no playground equipment for students. Cox and the school have raised approximately $12,700 of the estimated $20k needed to fund the total playground.

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MU honors Kenova resident

‘M CLUB’ HONORS COUNTY WOMAN – Roberta Ferguson, a Kenova resident, was honored last weekend as Marshall University’s M Club Member of the Year. The club is derived from former players, coaches, cheerleader, managers, Marcos and trainers of all athletic team. Ferguson was a member of the very successful Marshall women’s tennis team from 1974-77 when it became known as the “Green Gals.” Employed by the university for 33 years, the past 20 as registrar, Ferguson is a longtime M Club member. She was honored at an M Club reception with officers and board members Friday evening before the Marshall men’s basketball game, as well as on the field at Saturday’s football game vs. Rice. In photo above she is flanked by M Club President Steve Williams, mayor of Huntington, left, and Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick. Photo submitted

Jeremy Marcum, Elijah Marcum and Melissa Watts

Genoa man slain, wife stabbed; three arrested

HD staff reports

GENOA – A community is in shock after learning a friend and neighbor was stabbed to death early Wednesday morning as his wife recovers from her wounds in a local hospital and three people remain in the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville on different charges and no bond.

Jeremy Allen Marcum, 20, of Hampton Ridge Road and Elijah Jarvey Marcum, 18, of Drift Creek Road were arrested Wednesday on charges of first degree murder and malicious assault and Melissa Gail Watts, 34, of Billy Branch Road was arrested for accessory before the fact of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

As Wayne County Sheriff deputies and troopers with the West Virginia State Police searched for the suspects Wednesday, three schools, Genoa, Dunlow and East Lynn elementaries, were placed on lockdown for the safety of students and employees until the suspects were caught and arrested.

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REMEMBERING – Icicles form on the Marshall University fountain Friday during a ceremony remembering the 75 passengers and crew of the Southern Airways charter plane that crashed at Huntington Tri-State Airport Nov. 14, 1970. Ceredo Volunteer Firefighter Russell Hutchinson, who was one of the first responders at the scene, prepares to lay the wreath with football coach Doc Holliday before the fountain is shut off for the winter. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Marshall Fountain icicles symbolically appropriate

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – The icicles coming off the Memorial Fountain at Marshall University on a cold Friday afternoon were symbolically appropriate as a large crowd gathered to honor the victims on the 44th anniversary of the Marshall plane crash.

It was appropriate because the water frozen to the fountain appeared to signify the memories of the lives lost November 14, 1970, frozen into the individuals and community left behind. Seventy-five Marshall football players, coaches, staff and supporters lost their lives on a cold, foggy night following a game against East Carolina on Southern Airways Flight 932 as it approached the runway at Huntington Tri-State Airport.

The community and family of the victims honor the memory of those lost with a ceremony every November 14. The fountain’s waters are turned off until the spring with the ceremony. The names of all 75 who perished are then read as roses are placed on the fountain walls.

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Commissioners, despite snags, canvass votes

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – It was a short agenda for the Wayne County Commission Monday as the commissioners had to perform another duty – canvass the vote from last Tuesday’s general election.

Most canvasses have gone smoothly but not this time as numbers did not match with paper work and a roll of tape came up missing during the hand count.

Commissioners also determined many of the provisional ballots that were turned in on election day could be counted as the voter was a member of a party such as the Tea Party or Conservative Party, was not recognized by the state.

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Misc

Kenova Police looking for robbery suspects

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – Another Kenova gaming business was robbed over the weekend, but this time instead of a knife or gun, the robber used pepper spray. According to Kenova Police Chief Ray Mossman, the robber has not been caught and officers need the public’s help in capturing a woman and man team.

Mossman said the employee of the establishment that was known as the Coney Island, 12th and Pine streets, had just arrived for work and was preparing for the day when a white female, described as being about 20-years-old, 5-foot to 5-foot, 3-inches tall, wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans, a gray hoodie, a mask and dark sunglasses, began knocking on the door.

The employee blocked the woman’s attempts to enter the establishment and a struggle ensued with the woman using pepper spray on the employee, Mossman said.

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County drug unit releases year stats

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – It has been a busy year for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit.

Officials released year-long statistics from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014.

During this time, the unit made 48 drug suspect arrests, served 156 felony drug warrants, one misdemeanor drug and six search warrants, seized $19,811 in cash and made eight arrests on methamphetamine charges.

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Insurance agent asks for letter

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – After hearing a consultant talk about the ignorance of the American people in efforts to pass Obamacare, one insurance agent is getting information to start a letter-writing campaign to get money returned to his clients.

Bob Crabtree works with health insurance accounts for the Wayne County Commission, City of Kenova, City of Huntington and others, asked county commissioners to prepare a letter about a refund on fees after insurance agents received bad information on health care plans.

“I am investigating the idea of getting some of the money back,” Crabtree told the commissioners during Monday’s meeting. “You are a non-profit organization and you provide insurance for your employees. I know you can use that money elsewhere.”

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Mark Maynard

GOP wave hits with force

By CURTIS JOHNSON
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — Used car salesman and funny-car dragster enthusiast Mark R. Maynard visited reporters Wednesday, one day after he rode a Republican wave into the state Senate.

The Wayne County GOP chairman unseated longtime incumbent state Sen. H. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, as part of an election that sent packing 11 Democrats who serve as chairmen and eight who serve as vice chairmen from both chambers of the state Legislature.

The Democratic losses were statewide, flipping control of the state House of Delegates and tying membership in the state Senate. Analysts described both as landmarks in West Virginia’s shifting political identity, and it was enough to convince State Senator Daniel Hall, of Wyoming County, to change from blue to red the day after the election, officially setting up the GOP to hold the majority in the upper house. Hall’s seat was not on the ballot this year.

Maynard, still red-eyed from a long night of celebrating, described himself as pleasantly surprised. He collected 11,561 votes in defeating Chafin by 389 votes, a 2-percentage point margin for District 6, which represents bordering areas of southwest West Virginia from Wayne extending south to Mercer County.

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Commission upholds towing ordinance

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Commission decided to keep a towing ordinance intact after meeting with representatives of the county’s towing companies and the two law enforcement agencies that protect the county.

“This meeting concerns calls to different towing companies within the county,” President Bob Pasley said. “There are nine towing companies in this county and we wanted to speak with all of you, as well as Wayne County 911 Director Bill Willis, Sheriff Greg Farley and State Police detachment commander Sgt. J.D. Lucas. We just want to get the facts.”

The first question asked was did law enforcement follow the county ordinance for calling tow trucks; owner’s preference first, followed by the closest available service, then officer’s discretion.

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