Vol. 141, No. 25 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, March 28 & 29, 2015

WSAZ Hometown Hero

HOMETOWN HERO - Kenova Police Chief Ray Mossman was named WSAZ’s Hometown Hero. Mossman shares the award with the officers and support staff he serves with in Kenova. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

SPRING IS HERE – Daffodils can be seen on Fisher-Bowen Road near Beech Fork State Park. The yellow flowers are the announcement of spring’s arrival and Easter is not far away. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Finally, spring has arrived

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The first day of spring brought rain to the Tri-State, but according to the National Weather Service in Charleston, sunny skies, drier days and warmer temperatures will be here for the week.

A dense fog is expected to start today off, but temperatures in the mid-60s are forecast with partly to mostly sunny skies expected for the week.

Spring flowers such as jonquils, daffodils, tulips and crocuses can be seen throughout Wayne County as farmers get ready to prepare their fields for planting.

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Bill Cole

Sen. president comments on Wayne County development

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

CHARLESTON – Wayne County is a vital hub to two important pieces of the state’s economic future.

Both the Prichard Intermodal facility, located in central Wayne County along with the King Coal Highway I-73/74 project, are two developments that have the potential to expand economic growth not only on a local level, but for the entire state.

The Prichard Intermodal is nearing a December 1 estimated completion. Despite the opening scheduled for later this year, there has yet to be an operator named for the facility. The I-73/74 project’s completion continues to elude not only Wayne County, but Southern West Virginia, despite its importance to the development of the Prichard Intermodal.

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Ric Griffith

Kenova Council approves fourth auction attempt

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – If at first you don’t succeed, try again – and again, and again, and if that doesn’t work, try one more time.

The Kenova City Council approved another public auction of the former Kenova Elementary site for May 2 at 10 a.m. during Thursday night’s regular meeting. The auction will be the city’s fourth attempt to sell the property. The prior three auctions did not garner a single bid.

Mayor Ric Griffith and council differed in opinion last month on how to sell the property. Griffith, in a special meeting, outlined a plan to council that included working with the Wayne County Economic Development Authority to help recruit a buyer – possibly a company wanting to locate headquarters for the Prichard Intermodal Facility.

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IT COSTS HOW MUCH? – These Wayne Middle School students get a quick education about the cost of childcare from Wayne County Board of Education members Johnita Jackson and Lois Little at the Reality Store. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Students get taste of reality

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Students at Wayne Middle School had looks of shock on their faces after learning the costs of necessities of life.

Volunteers assisted Wayne County West Virginia University Extension agent Julie Tritz Thursday with the annual Reality Store.

The Reality Store is a program where seventh grade students are given a job title, salary and family just like in real life.

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WINNERS FOR REGION 2 – Wayne Middle School History Bowl sponsor Maynard Hay stands with Brad Cremeans, Braden Ross, Alex Simpkins, Wyatt Tabor, Raymond Abbott, Jacob Albertson, Ben Browning and Nick Napier who were winners and first runners-up for the Region 2 History Bowl. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

WMS wins Region 2 of History Bowl tournament

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

 MILTON – The only team to beat Wayne Middle School Team Two in the annual History Bowl was Wayne Middle School Team One, and when Two took the lead, the team never looked back.

Brad Cremeans, Braden Ross, Alex Simpkins and Wyatt Tabor of WMS Team Two were named champions of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Region 2 tournament for the 2015 West Virginia History Bowl.

WMS Team One, consisting of Raymond Abbott, Jacob Albertson, Ben Browning and Nick Napier, was the runner-up.

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Matt Rohrbach

Del. Rohrbach discusses Beech Fork, Prichard Intermodal

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – For freshman House of Delegates Dr. Matt Rohrbach, it was an action packed first legislative session.

He battled against his own party on easing public smoking bans, fought for legislation that allows first responders access to possible life saving medication to counteract the effects of heroin in overdoses and fought for economic projects that could benefit the entire state.

Those were some of the highlights Rohrbach related to district constituents during Monday’s Westmoreland Neighborhood Association meeting, but it was two topics that took most of his time.dy Perry.” Dad (A. Michael Perry) would have loved all this. This is a Mike Perry Day.”

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Misc

Clean Water board approves contract

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA - The Kenova Clean Water Board approved a services contract with URS Corp., or AECom, during a meeting Thursday in the Kenova Council Chambers.

The company will prepare a written illicit discharge detecting and elimination program and construct a site for runoff control. The contract is part of the MS4 compliance, where communities with floodwalls have to separate stormwater systems from the sanitary sewer systems in an effort to prevent pollution from going into the Ohio and Big Sandy rivers.

Cost of the services is about $21,044 with work invoiced on a time and materials basis.

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WHS rank 25 in WV Best High School

WAYNE – Wayne High School was recently ranked by Niche School rankings as the 25th best high school in West Virginia out of nearly 200 schools.

Only the top 100 schools were listed in the final rankings with Wayne scoring an A in health and safety, a B in academic as the best in Wayne County.

Categories, such as academics, faculty, health, safety, extracurricular activities, and sports, were judged to determine the rankings.

Tolsia High School and Spring Valley High School placed 39th and 43rd respectively in the state.

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Wayne man waives hearing

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – A man from Wayne remains in the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville without bond after he waived his rights to a hearing in Wayne County Magistrate Court Wednesday.

Austin Michael Dillon, 35, was charged with wanton endangerment after allegedly chasing a man in the Westmoreland area with a gun March 10.

According to the criminal complaint, Huntington Police responded to the Auburn Road home of Denise Day-Dillon, the ex-wife of Austin Dillon, after Dillon approached her home, produced a handgun and allegedly chased Jeffrey Gregg across the street waving the handgun.

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Volunteers sought for park cleanup

Officials at Beech Fork Lake State Park are seeking volunteers to participate in the park’s annual spring cleanup.

Volunteers are asked to sign up before the April 4 event.

Lunch will be provided and the workday includes a camping option. Registered volunteers for the Saturday cleanup can camp for free Friday and Saturday nights or at a later date, according to Park assistant superintendent Dillard Price.

A registration form can be printed from the Beech Fork State Park’s event Web page at www.beechforksp.com

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Native American group has new website, rules

The Native American Indian Federation, Inc. has moved to a new location. For all past, present and future potential members, we have completed a new website and new regulations for tribal membership.

On the website there is a new application for membership which includes directives for showing your Indian background. The site also notes that there will now be a yearly membership fee.

For more information, our website is: naifwv.weebly.com; E-Mail site: naifwv@gmail.com, or call Principal Chief David L. Cremeans, 681-204-3721 or e-mail: dcremeanslhd@yahoo.com

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MR. PRESIDENT – Spring Valley graduate Duncan Waugaman was re-elected as student body president at Marshall University for the 2015-16 school year. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Waugaman elected to second term

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Duncan Waugaman learned a lot during his first term as Marshall University Student Body President and has won another term as president.

Waugaman, a 2012 graduate of Spring Valley High School, won the student election Wednesday at Marshall for the 2015-16 school year.

An economics major, Waugaman will be a senior and says he has a lot of ideas that could help improve Marshall.

“During my first year, I did not know many of the people in charge and students and faculty were telling me things that needed to be fixed on campus,” he said. “Last year we got a lot accomplished.”

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Fourth 2012 murder suspect enters plea

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A man accused of assisting in the death of a Radnor man in 2012 entered into a plea agreement Tuesday.

William B. Coleman was expected to go on trial Monday on charges of first degree robbery, murder and conspiracy to commit first degree robbery in the death James Spurlock in Spurlock’s Radnor home May 31, 2012.

Coleman agreed to enter a plea of no contest to conspiracy to commit first degree robbery, Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Plymale said. Coleman will be sentenced May 15 by Judge James H. Young Jr. for a term of one to five years in a West Virginia correctional facility.

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Bonds ready to sell, city gets grant

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – In a previous meeting, Huntington City Council agreed to sell bonds to repair lines and other items needed for the Huntington Sewer Plant.

The bonds could be sold as early as Monday, officials said during Monday’s meeting.

John Stump, bond council with Steptoe and Johnson, told council the Huntington Sanitary Board’s credit rating was A minus, one grade below the city’s.

“That grade is very good and qualifies for bond insurance so you can get the bonds at a lower cost,” Stump said.

The bonds, which are expected to sell Monday, will be at 3.26 percent fixed rate for 20 years.

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Gospel sing to benefit American Cancer Society

LAVALETTE – Philadelphia United Baptist Church will host a gospel sing beginning at 5 p.m. March 14 at the church on Beech Fork Road in Lavalette.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Relay for Life of Wayne County.

Singing will begin at 6 p.m., but the church invites the community to come at 5 p.m. and enjoy the food that will be served at the event.

Jesse Maynard, one of the deacons and treasurer of the church, is in one of the groups scheduled.

“I was recently diagnosed with cancer,” Maynard said. “I feel blessed that it is a treatable cancer, and that I have been given a positive diagnosis, but there are a lot of folks that have had to battle cancer from our church, our association and in my family and friends. My wife and I have always supported the Relay for Life and will continue to do so. We are happy we are able to help with this event.”

The Relay for Life is scheduled May 2 at the Spring Valley High School Football Field. The Relay for Life is a walk that begins with cancer survivors, then a lap for the caregivers. A Luminaria Ceremony also occurs at the event to remember loved ones lost to cancer, as well as to support those who are currently battling cancer. It also honors those who beat cancer.

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