Vol. 140, No. 57 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, July 19 & 20, 2014

Evan Jenkins visited residents at the Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center during his trip through Wayne County. WCN photos by Jessica Ross

Jenkins responds to Rahall accusations during his trip through Wayne County

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Evan Jenkins visited the Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Thursday to speak to residents as he made his way through Wayne County.

Jenkins, a Republican, is running against U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., for the third district seat in the House of Representatives.

“I opposed the privatization of Medicare or Social Security,” Jenkins said. “I support the Medicare and Social Security promises that have been made.”

A recent Rahall commercial claimed Jenkins wanted to increase the out-of-pocket costs for seniors by $6,000 and require co-pays through Medicare. Factcheck.org recently verified the ads were false and misleading.

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Dakota Chaffin

Burglary investigation leads to sexual assault arrest

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Sgt. S.G. Poff of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department had been conducting a lengthy investigation into sexual assault on two juvenile females - one three years-old, the other 11 years-old, while Wayne Police Chief Dwayne Stiltner was investigating a break-in at a home on Asbury Road Friday.

At that time, the two officers did not think their cases were related, but during an investigation of a man fleeing a moving vehicle, they discovered their cases were combined.

Dakota Ray Chaffin, 19, of Wayne was arrested Monday hiding in a closet in a residence on Norway Avenue at 10:30 a.m. by the U.S. Marshal’s C.U.F.F.E.D. Task Force on charges of sexual assault- first degree, sexual abuse- first degree, two counts of nighttime burglary and grand larceny. He appeared before a Cabell County magistrate who set bond at $350,000 and was taken to the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville. Hearings will be conducted in Wayne County where the crimes of sexual assault of the 3-year-old and 11-year-old allegedly took place.

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Supt. interviews completed; community input taken

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – It has been a very busy few days for the Wayne County Board of Education as the search for a new superintendent moves forward.

The Board conducted five candidate interviews beginning at 4:30 p.m. and ended them at midnight, according to newly elected Board president Trey Morrone. Morrone said no decisions were made, but there was a lot of discussion about the five candidates.

Candidates included Barbara E. Brady, Loren S. Perry, Sandra F. Pertee, Ryan S. Saxe and John B. Waugaman Jr. Morrone said each candidate was assigned a different time to come in, but were given the exact same set of questions.

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Nicholas McFann

Community mourns loss

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – The Spring Valley community is mourning the loss of one of its residents from a fatal vehicle accident Saturday on Spring Valley Drive.

According to Ceredo Volunteer Fire Chief David Caudill, the 1999 Ford F-150 was traveling northbound on Spring Valley Drive when the driver, Jonathan Kennedy, 21, lost control and the vehicle overturned and landed on its top in the creek.

Kennedy and Nicholas McFann, 21, were ejected from the truck which landed on top of McFann. Kennedy was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

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From left: Jack Finley accepts the Clean Business Award for the month of June last week from ON TRAC Main Street’s President Steve Jordan. WCN photo by Jessica Ross

Finley’s Variety Store is a C-K ‘Clean Business’

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

KENOVA – The Ceredo-Kenova Business Association selected Finley’s Variety Store, owned and operated by Jack Finley, to receive the Clean Business Award for the month of June.

The C-K Business Association selects a business each month to win the award and Finley’s business was awarded last week.

“It is mighty nice for an old country boy in a little town [to be rewarded],” Finley said. Finley’s Variety Store has a large selection of t-shirts and caps, as well as many other items.

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Former town official indicted

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A former town recorder was indicted by the Wayne County grand jury this week on charges of embezzlement, forgery and uttering.

Jessica M. Robertson, 32, of Fort Gay was the Fort Gay town recorder during 2011 when allegations of missing funds were reported by the West Virginia Auditor’s office.

After receiving a report from the auditor, Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Plymale asked Cpl. L. Pennington with the Wayne Detachment of the West Virginia State Police to conduct an investigation.

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Misc

Business responds to complaint

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

PRICHARD – A local business has made things right with one of its customers after complaints had been reported to the state.

In Wednesday’s Wayne County News, Roger Workman of Prichard described how he attempted to complain to the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office and West Virginia Tax Office of Prichard Mart charging tax on groceries.

On Wednesday, Patty Brown, manager of Prichard Mart, contacted Workman to make things right with the store’s long-time customer.

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Wayne Co. EDA has meeting in Ceredo

CEREDO – The Wayne County Economic Development Authority met at Ceredo Town Hall Thursday for its monthly meeting.

Members heard of a marketing grant officials are applying to receive.

Last meeting, members agreed to donate $500 to Huntington Tri-State Airport for economic development marketing efforts and a donation of $200 to Wayne County 4-H Youth Ambassadors for developing a Heritage Quilt Square trail.

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Fire department celebrates 60 years

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – For many years, volunteer firefighters of the Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department have answered many calls in the response district, whether it is a structure fire or an emergency medical call.

Celebrating its 60 years of service to the area, the department is looking for former members who have been firefighters and emergency medical services providers to join in the festivities.

A Community Celebration and Reunion is planned from 1-6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the main station, on B Street in Ceredo next to Town Hall.

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Man breaks cruiser window with head

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A Wayne man may have had a slight headache over the weekend after he broke the back passenger door glass of a Wayne Police cruiser.

Chief Dwayne Stiltner said William Alan McCloud was arrested on charges of obstruction during a burglary investigation Friday.

McCloud had become irate during the investigation, which as it turned out, he was involved in the burglary Stiltner had been investigating.

After placing McCloud under arrest, Stiltner put him in the back of the Wayne Police cruiser and McCloud promptly head-butted and broke the glass in the door.

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A look at the five superintendent candidates

Here is a brief look at the five candidates being interviewed Monday by the Wayne County Board of Education to fill the spot of superintendent being vacated by current superintendent Lynn Hurt’s retirement:

Barbara E. Brady – Brady is currently the School Counseling Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education. She has served in the past as Advisory Board Member at Education Trust, Research Fellow at CSCORE_NOSCA at National Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and a Board Member at WV State ACT Board.

She has also been an Advisory Board Member at College Summit for West Virginia and served is past president of (ASCA) American School Counselor Association.

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Democrats plan pig roast

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee made plans to raise money during Thursday’s meeting.

The committee decided to host a pig roast close to election time, so people from the county can come out and meet the candidates while enjoying some good food.

They hope to find a day when most of the candidates are not already booked somewhere else. The committee would like both Natalie Tennant and Nick Rahall to be there, if possible.

Democrats will also sell raffle tickets for a quilt made in West Virginia. They hope to have one made with the county or state on it.

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Commissioners accept resignation of board member

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Wayne County commissioners reluctantly accepted the resignation of a long-time board member of the Crum Public Service District.

Sherwood “Woody” Meddings submitted his letter of resignation during the commission meeting Monday.

Meddings had been on the board since the beginning of the PSD in the 1990s.

“It is with deep regret that we accept the resignation of Woody Meddings,” Commission President Bob Pasley said.
The commissioners will start the process of seeking a replacement.

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