Vol. 141, No. 60 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BLUE KNIGHTS BIKE SHOW – Members of the Blue Knights pose with the winning motorcycle from the group’s bike show this past weekend at the Huntington Regatta. The motorcycle club is made up of current and retired law enforcement officers to promote family fraternity, riding and charity. Several Wayne County officers are part of the group. Submitted photo

WORK BEGINS – Construction work has started at Wayne High School for the addition and renovation of several classrooms and office complex. The project is expected to be completed by January. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Construction underway at Wayne High School

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The first of three construction projects has begun in Wayne County. Construction of a new addition and renovations started at Wayne High school earlier this week. The project is expected to be finished by January.

Wayne is one of three projects funded by monies from the West Virginia School Building Authority after voters approved the selling of bonds last May. The other projects are the new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary and Crum Pre-K-8.

Principal Sara Stapleton said the project includes four new classrooms, two remodeled classrooms, a new entrance, new administrative and guidance offices and a completed “tie in” to existing buildings with the whole school being under one roof.

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Blake Clayborn

Ceredo teen accused of kidnapping

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HUNTINGTON – A 19-year-old Ceredo man has been charged with felony kidnapping after a witness and police said he forced his girlfriend into a car at knifepoint.

Blake Anthony Clayborn, 19, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony kidnapping and misdemeanor domestic battery and obstruction. He was taken to the Western Regional Jail, and bond was denied.

Police got involved after a witness called 911 to say she had received a text from a woman in the 300 block of Cherokee Trail in Huntington stating “help me he’s going to kill me.” The witness went to the residence, told a man who was there to leave, but he went into a bedroom and returned with a large knife. The witness said the man chased his girlfriend through the kitchen and then forced the victim into her vehicle and drove away.

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HONORED VOTER – Wayne County Clerk Renick Booth presented Helen Matthews a certificate for having voted in every general election for 50 or more consecutive years. Booth wanted to honor Matthews for her voting record as well as exercising her right to vote. Submitted photo

NEW BUSINESS – Diana Whitt’s “Diana’s Round 2 Clothing Store” will have a grand opening 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 2 near Kenny Queen’s Ace Hardware near Lavalette. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Consignment store moving to new location

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A man whose trial ended in a hung jury two months ago will appear in court July 27 for a new trial.

Brien Scott Bays will face a new jury in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Bays is represented by public defender Valarie Maynard. He is accused in the shooting death of Richard Laney at Laney’s Riverbend Road home in Crum in March 2014. The first trial ended in a mistrial after the jury could not come up with a unanimous verdict after seven hours of deliberation.

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King Coal Authority considers possible alternate funding

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

HUNTINGTON – The King Coal Highway I-73/74 Authority met at the Tri State Airport in Huntington Tuesday afternoon for its quarterly meeting.

Business was light, but the topic of discussion focused primarily on the roads’ progress as well as getting a pulse on possible funding sources for completion.

Once completed, the road will travel from Michigan to South Carolina. The road will travel through Wayne, Mingo, McDowell and Mercer Counties in West Virginia connecting Huntington to Bluefield. The road will cut travel time from three hours to an hour-and-a-half providing four-lane highway in entirety.

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LAVALETTE VFD COMMUNITY DAY – Sparkey the Dalmatian and Smokey Bear wave to motorists on W.Va. 152 Saturday inviting people to attend the first Lavalette Volunteer Fire Department Community Day. In addition to face painting visitors could view fire equipment and trucks, jump in inflatables, see what they would do in a smoke trailer and learn about the different service organizations in Wayne County. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Bays retrial set for end of month

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A man whose trial ended in a hung jury two months ago will appear in court July 27 for a new trial.

Brien Scott Bays will face a new jury in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Bays is represented by public defender Valarie Maynard. He is accused in the shooting death of Richard Laney at Laney’s Riverbend Road home in Crum in March 2014. The first trial ended in a mistrial after the jury could not come up with a unanimous verdict after seven hours of deliberation.

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BOE honors top CTE students

BY MICHEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education honored the top Wayne County Schools’ Community and Technical Education students during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Four students received top CTE honors. Awards were given for top JROTC Male and Female Cadet, as well as top Male and Female CTE students. The winners were: Natasha Napier, Top Female Cadet (Wayne High School); Nicholas Lawson, Top Male Cadet (Wayne High School), Sarah Kelly, Top Female CTE Student (Spring Valley High School) and Cody Salmons, Top Male CTE Student (Tolsia High School).

“These students are the first to volunteer to help with projects, first to meet people at the door of our schools and are just hard working students,” CTE Director Velvet Kelly said.

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Scholarship Winner

CONGRATULATIONS – Brooke Smith, senior at Wayne High School, is the 2015 Kristen Hailey Stiltner Scholarship award named after Kristen Stiltner who died in a motor vehicle accident three years ago. She was the daughter of Wayne Police Chief Dwayne Stiltner and his wife, Traci, who set up a memorial scholarship in her name by raising money with a 5K Run/Walk. Photo submitted

End of the Line

The last coal train along the East Lynn line made its final run early Friday morning. The line will is no longer needed after the announced closing of the Rock Springs Mine. The run symbolizes the end of nearly 150 years of coal moving out of the East Lynn area. WCN photo courtesy of Robert Thompson

 

 

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LIFESAVER – These two pieces of equipment are the transmitter and battery tester for Project Lifesaver. The equipment is available to those who may have a cognitive issue with a tendency to wander. The program is sponsored by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Dept. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Project Lifesaver equipment ready for public use


By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Three Wayne County families have taken advantage of signing their loved one up for Project Lifesaver.
Project Lifesaver provides a timely response in an effort to save lives and reduce potential serious injury to adults or children who may have a tendency to wander due to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, autism or other related conditions or disorders.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department is the contact to enroll a person who may have Alzheimer’s or autism and may have tendencies to wander off, Deputy Randy Pratt said.

Pratt and Cpl. Adam Baumgartner are the sheriff’s department coordinators for the project.

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Rep. Jenkins announces grant for Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department


BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced Friday that the Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department has received a $259,139 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The money will be used to purchase thermal imaging cameras, self-contained breathing apparatus, hoses, nozzles and a fill station.

Ceredo VFD Chief David Caudill said he is absolutely enthused by the announcement. He said the money could not come at a better time.

“Our air packs are on their last leg. There are Federal safety guidelines that dictate the lives of those air packs. Had we not gotten this grant, I do not know what we would have done,” Caudill said.
The Ceredo chief said his squad has been fortunate to receive grants the past several years and he is grateful for every additional dollar that comes in.

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Two arrested in Rite Aid parking lot


By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Two women were arrested during an alleged drug transaction on a local business parking lot Monday.

Shani Medina, 33, of Wayne was charged with aiding and abetting (delivery), conspiracy and three counts of possession. Carolyn “Susie” Cottrell, 61, also of Wayne was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy, five counts of possession with intent to deliver, driving under the influence – drugs and improper registration.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department report, Deputy N.E. Triplett was responding to be on the lookout (BOLO) for a vehicle driving recklessly near Wayne.

The report states Triplett caught up with the vehicle and its occupants on the Rite Aid parking lot in Wayne.

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Airport looking at constructing access building


By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Members of the Huntington Tri-State Airport Authority Board approved executive director Jerry Brienza to sign a grant application for the construction of an elevator/stairway system during its Thursday meeting.

The $800,000 grant will be through KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission for the purpose of designing/constructing an elevator/stairway system including walkway canopy and retaining wall. Brienza said the system will be in a new building which will allow customers to travel from the terminal to the parking lot to make it easier to transport luggage and other items in case of bad weather.

Currently, customers travel up and down concrete steps, constructed on an embankment in front of the terminal. Brienza said the system can also provide easier travel to and from the parking lot to the terminal.

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Several indictments handed down by grand jury


By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The July 2015 term of the grand jury met last week and handed down several indictments which included drug charges.

On Friday, those indicted appeared before Judge Darrell Pratt for arraignment.

Indictments include:
– Tina Mae Edwards, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
– Desean Lamar Briscoe, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

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Beth Thompson, a native of Lavalette and a 1987 graduate of Wayne High School, is the new Cabell County Manager. Photo by Lori Wolfe/HD Media

Thompson gives back to state, local community in new role


BY LACIE PIERSON
HD Media

HUNTINGTON – It seems no matter where she is, Beth Thompson is at home.

Whether it’s taking trips to places like Ireland, cheering on her grandchildren at the baseball field or working in the political arena in Charleston, Thompson is ready for whatever life throws at her.

So when a storm knocked down a tree in the lawn of the Cabell County Courthouse just days before she was set to officially take over as Cabell County Manager, Thompson didn’t flinch.

“(Former County Manager Chris Tatum) was out, so I was in charge of making sure everything was handled properly,” said Thompson during her second day on the job July 2.

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Ceredo passes 2nd ordinance readings

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

CEREDO – The Ceredo Town Council Monday night approved second readings of an ordinance setting the rates for the new stormwater utility as well as a second reading for an ordinance on drug paraphernalia making both official ordinances of the city.

The new stormwater rate ordinance sets the amounts that will be charged to customers. All residential customers will be charged a flat rate of $7.00 per month. Non-residential customers including multi-unit property owners, commercial, industrial or governmental properties will pay different rates.

Non-residential customers will be charged $7.00 per month for the first 3,000 sq. ft. of impervious property. Anything over 3,000 sq. ft. will be charged an additional $2.50 per 1,000 sq. ft. per month or any portion therefore. The minimum monthly charge for properties less than 3,000 impervious sq. ft. will be $7.00 per month.

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Wayne Co. Health department campus now tobacco free


By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Tobacco products will not be allowed on the property of the Wayne County Health Department beginning Aug. 3.

During its June 8 meeting, the members of the Wayne County Board of Health approved to adopt a policy making the whole health department property tobacco free.

The policy has been established to help keep a safe and healthy environment for the employees, clients and visitors, director J.K. Fife said.

The policy covers smoking of any type of tobacco product, using oral tobacco and e-cigarettes and applies to all employees, clients, contractors and visitors inside, outside, on sidewalks, parking lot and inside vehicles.

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