Vol. 140, No. 30 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Residents voice concerns at Neighborhood Association

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CRUM – Residents and public officials gathered for the second Crum Neighborhood Association meeting Monday at the Crum Pizza House.

Wayne County Commissioners Bob Pasley and Kenneth Adkins were in attendance to provide the group with ideas to increase attendance and make Crum a more beautiful and safer community, according to Niki Rowe-Fortner, facilitator.

The commissioners discussed numerous resources the members can take advantage of such as the West Virginia State Police for a neighborhood watch and the Western Regional Day Report Center for trash pickup.

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School board recognizes CTE sponsors

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education honored several individuals and organizations that helped with the county’s first regional career and technical education expo.

Last February’s expo brought students from Wayne, Cabell, Lincoln, Mason and Lawrence County, Ohio, along with trade, labor and educational institutions. County communications coordinator Bill Rosenberger organized the event and said that Tuesday night’s meeting was the right time to recognize the vendors who participated.

Three of the various institutions were presented with plaques of recognition for their help. Those who were present included: Shane Dillon, WV Labor Union; Jeremy Jeffers, WV Carpenters Training Center; and Sheanna Spence, director of development for Mountwest Community and Technical College.
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Family wants answers to Hatfield case

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Family members of a woman who was murdered in 1988 and other victims want answers in the case against a man who has been in prison for the past 20 years.

Jury selection is set to begin April 24 for the April 28 trail for West Virginia vs. Stephen W. Hatfield in Wayne County Circuit Court.

The case is being heard by special Judge James Holliday of Putnam County. Brenda Andrews is working on finding justice for Tracey Andrews, who was shot and killed by Hatfield on May 8, 1988.

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Hugh Roberts, the carpentry teacher at Tolsia High School, has been named the first recipient of a national CTE award. Photo submitted

Tolsia teacher wins national excellence award

GLENHAYES – Tolsia High School carpentry teacher Hugh Roberts has been named the recipient of the first Excellence in Action Award presented by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education.

Kathy D’Antoni, the associate state superintendent of schools in West Virginia, nominated Roberts for the national award.

“Hugh has done an outstanding job and has played a major role in the development of an exciting education initiative,” D’Antoni said, referring to the new simulated workplace program. “He is a true asset to the teaching profession and is positively impacting the lives of our West Virginia children.”

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SPEAKING – Sen. Bob Plymale talks about the Heartland Intermodal Gateway with members of the Ceredo-Kenova Area Business Association. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Plymale speaks on HIG

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Members of the Ceredo-Kenova Area Business Association received an update on the Heartland Intermodal Gateway facility at Prichard Tuesday from Sen. Bob Plymale during its monthly meeting.

Plymale, who is now associate vice president for Economic Development for the Marshall University Research Development program, told the audience he is no longer with Rahall Transportation Institute,a leader in getting the facility to Prichard.

He described the facility as being 30 percent completed and will provide easier shipping from ports on the Atlantic Ocean to the Mid-West states and beyond. The facility is expected to go online in June 2015.

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Spring Valley Prom

KING AND QUEEN – Tanner Drown and Meredith Hall were selected King and Queen of the 2014 Spring Valley Prom. “A Night on the Red Carpet’ was the theme of the prom at Pullman Plaza Hotel ballroom. More than 350 people attended the dance. See more prom photos on page 2A. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

 

FIRE – Firefighters from Lavalette and Wayne Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a mobile home fire in Wayne. No injuries were reported. The call came in at 11:59 a.m. Tuesday. Cody and Rena Davidson, along with their children, lost everything in the fire. A drive is being set up by employees of The Wayne County News to assist the family. For more information or to donate, call Rose Pritchett at 304-272-3433. WCN photo by Bill Pritchett

Beech Fork State Park clean up

PICKING UP – Volunteers gathered Saturday at Beech Fork State Park to help officials prepare the park for visitors. Here Elora and Grady Spradlin of Lavalette volunteered with their parents to help pick up trash inside the park. Groups such as the Cabell Midland High School JROTC picked up trash, tires and cleared away tree limbs from the park’s streams and pathways. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Brien Scott Bays

Bays bound to grand jury, others waive hearing

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE — Probable cause was found against Brien Scott Bays and now the case will go to the grand jury.

Bays is accused of shooting and killing Richard Laney at his home on Riverbend Road in Crum early Saturday morning.

A hearing was conducted Wednesday in Wayne County Magistrate Court to determine if there was enough evidence to send the case forward. It was heard by Magistrate David Ferguson.

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Misc

DEPUTY “DOG” – Willard Pierce is now the Town of Wayne animal control officer. He was issued the oath of office during the Wayne Council meeting Monday. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Council considers fee for Rec Center morning hours

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Mayor Mick Sanders said he has been approached by residents who asked if the recreation center can open earlier than noon during the week.

Sanders told the Wayne Town Council he has been asked if the center could be open from 7 a.m. until noon for those who want to work out during the early morning hours.

To offset costs of utilities and the hiring of another employee, Sanders said they would like to have a sign-up sheet for those who would pay a membership fee for the 7 a.m. to noon hours.

The normal hours of noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday would remain free to the public.

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Commission looking for more info on proposed fee

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Paula Stafford of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Tax Division is asking the commission to consider a fee for duplicate receipts.

Stafford told the commission Monday she had been receiving emails from other county tax offices about the fee.

She said the receipts are needed by the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles to renew license registration.

“Other counties have a fee for duplicate receipts,” she said. “Most people do not keep their tax receipts once they pay them.”

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Wayne County Schools offering WESTEST 2 to 
home-schooled  students

WAYNE – Wayne County Schools is offering the WESTEST 2 assessments, starting Monday, April 21, at Wayne Middle School for  home- schooled students.

Parents are asked to have the children there at 4 p.m. each day that week, as it will take five days to complete all sections of the WESTEST 2.

All students in third through 11th grades that have been notified by Wayne County Schools to take the WESTEST 2 Option should attend.

If parents have not been contacted and want their home-schooled student to take the test, contact John Waugaman, director of Middle Schools and Assessment, at 304-272-5116 ext. 302.

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Emergency personnel plan for drill

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – First responders plan for emergencies constantly, because they never know when disasters will happen.
Tuesday, members of the Huntington Fire and Police departments, U.S. Coast Guard, Cabell County Emergency Medical Services and others went over a tabletop drill in preparation for a live drill to take place June 23 at Harris Riverfront Park.

The drill, set for about 8 a.m. is a working fire and trauma aboard the River Queen steamboat.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard requested to do this type of drill and said the steamboat would be available at that time.

A description of the boat, the park area, passengers and equipment on board the boat were given, as well as what emergency agencies would have available.

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Five Wayne Co. eighth graders named Golden Horseshoe recipients

Five Wayne County students will be among the more than 200 other eighth-grade students from West Virginia to receive the Golden Horseshoe pin at a ceremony in Charleston on May 1, for their performance on the Golden Horseshoe exam.

The exam, which has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931, tests students’ knowledge of the state’s history and culture.

Students receiving the award are inducted as knights and ladies of the Golden Horseshoe Society. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award.

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Wayne Co. students place at MU SCORES competition

HUNTINGTON – Three Wayne County students placed in Marshall University’s annual SCORES Academic Festival conducted April 5 at the Huntington campus.

The competition is open to high school students and encompasses a number of academic and performing arts categories. 

Autumn Booton from Wayne High School finished third for Effective Teaching Strategies; Shirley Ma from Spring Valley High School finished second for 10th-grade students for Art Portfolio; and Zachary Forrest Smith from Wayne High School finished third for World History.

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Corps seeks volunteers for East Lynn lake

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Volunteers are being sought for the annual cleanup at East Lynn Lake in Wayne County.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says this year’s cleanup will be held April 26. Volunteers can help corps employees pick up trash on the lake shore or by personal boat and do other cleanup activities. Garbage bags will be provided.

The corps says volunteers should bring work shoes or boots and work gloves.
Volunteers are asked to sign up prior to the event by calling 304-849-2355.

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Commission okays budget

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County budget took a $50 million hit as values declined on Class III properties.

During Monday’s Wayne County Commission meeting, commissioners approved the 2014-15 budget and was able to maintain salaries and operations of the county.

But Commission President Bob Pasley said the commissioners will have to consider requests of funding outside the budget as not only are values down but so is coal severance funding as the coal industry continues to decline.

“This is going to be a slim year,” Pasley said.

The budget is to be turned in to Charleston by March 28 as mandated by law.

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