Vol. 140, No. 100 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

ALMOST GONE – Demolition of the former Ceredo-Kenova High School continues as only a small portion of the main building remains. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

SELLING BRICKS – Kenova Elementary PTO President Missy McChristian works on tying ribbon around bricks of the former Ceredo-Kenova High School. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

C-K High School comes down, bricks for sale

Staff Writer

KENOVA – Deconstruction of the former Ceredo-Kenova High School continues, but its legacy continues in the form of fundraisers for the new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School.

Officials at Kenova Elementary are selling bricks that construction workers place outside the construction fence.

Principal Deidre Farley said the school has received 90 orders for the bricks, on sale for $20.

Volunteers have been tying green and gold ribbons with a description card and picture of the front of the old high school around the bricks.

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Charles Mickel Salmons

Man discovered dead in woods

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DUNLOW – The cause of death of a Wayne County man found in the woods recently remains under investigation by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

Charles Mickel Salmons, 43, of Crum was found dead in a remote area of Miliam Creek in Dunlow Monday by a property owner who was checking the area after discovering Salmons’ pickup truck parked nearby, Capt. D.A. Thompson, chief deputy, said. The pickup truck had apparently been parked in the same spot for several days.

“This is in the middle of nowhere,” Thompson said.

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PERFORMANCE – Members of Valley Brass, a brass quartet consisting of Colten Brumfield, Austin Caldwell, Bobby May, Dustin Lewingdon II and Anthony Reynolds, graduates of Spring Valley and Huntington High schools, perform a selection of Christmas music during a holiday luncheon Wednesday at the Wayne Senior Center hosted by the Wayne County Democratic Executive Committee. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

‘Wolf Pack’ pride returning

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HUNTINGTON – Even though Spring Valley High School has an enrollment of well over a 1,000 students, the Timberwolves have never been known for their enthusiastic student sections.

While C-K, Vinson, and Buffalo alumni reminisce about the “good ol’ days” when the stands were packed for every game, Spring Valley students simply can’t relate. And with factions of the three communities still resistant to Spring Valley unity – students aren’t exactly receiving the greatest amount of influence from outside the walls of the school. But it appears that things are about to change.

At a Timberwolves boys’ basketball game last winter, Brandi Davis and Jennifer Wiles looked around at the dismal crowd and finally had enough. Brandi and Jennifer, both Wayne County Schools employees (and Vinson and C-K alumni), started talking to students to find out the reason for such little involvement.

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CELEBRATION – Huntington Tri-State Airport Director Jerry Brienza speaks to the crowd gathered for the annual holiday celebration at the airport Thursday. Below, Commissioner David Pennington shares a laugh with Brian Byard while members of Ceredo town council, Dennis Adkins, Steve Diamond, Mayor Otis Adkins and Bob Leslie, enjoy the festivities with Del. Don Perdue. WCN photos by Diane Pottorff

Tows sink during flooding on Big Sandy River

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KENOVA – Salvage operations are expected to begin today for two tow boats that sank in the Big Sandy River Sunday.

The River Marine Enterprise tow boats out of Paducha, Ky., were being moored along the Kentucky banks of the Big Sandy River over the weekend when the sinking occurred, according to Wayne County Office of Emergency Management Director Bill Willis.

According to Willis, weekend rains caused the river to rise and crews did not use enough rope to compensate for the rising waters which led to the boats sinking and spilling diesel fuel into the water near the intake valve of the Kenova Water Plant.

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Alexander Sammons and James Rowe

Two men arrested for B&Es

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WAYNE – Two Wayne men are scheduled in Wayne County Magistrate Court for hearings in connection with several breaking and enterings that occurred within town limits over the last two months.

Alexander Cody Sammons, 23, was arrested Friday and James Doyle Rowe, 25, was arrested on Monday on charges of nighttime burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, four counts of breaking and entering of automobiles, four counts petit larceny and four counts conspiracy in at least four separate break-ins of automobiles that were reported to the Wayne Police Department, according to Chief Dwayne Stiltner.

“One of the victims was an 89-year-old woman who has dementia,” Stiltner said. “Another was a cancer patient whose medication they stole from his vehicle during the week of Thanksgiving.”

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SPEAKING – Kevin Brady, executive director of Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation Board, was the guest speaker at the December meeting of the Ceredo-Kenova Business Association. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Parks Director Brady speaks at
business lunch

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CEREDO – Promoting local businesses is just part of the Ceredo-Kenova Business Association’s efforts to bring visitors to the area.

On Tuesday, the organization met at United Bank in Ceredo where Kevin Brady, executive director of Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation Board, spoke on the history and future of parks the agency manages in Cabell and Wayne counties.

Brady said Camp Mad Anthony Wayne in Wayne County is the most frequently rented of the organization’s 14 parks, three cemeteries and 1,500 acres in the area.

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K-9 PRESENTATION – A Huntington Police officer and his K-9 partner do a check of lockers at Ceredo-Kenova Middle School. Submitted photo

CPD conducts K-9 presentation

CEREDO – The Ceredo Police Department conducted a Special Drug Awareness Presentation at Ceredo-Kenova Middle School.

Chief Tony Poston said this presentation was part of the Drug Summit conducted a few months ago.

He went on to say, “If we can prevent young people from experimenting with drugs, we can prevent drug addiction.”

Poston commented that it’s true today as it was years ago and that is DRUGS don’t discriminate, they don’t care about age, names, title or gender. It respects no boundaries, obeys no law and is a master of disguises. It has many names, forms, faces, colors and taking business with it is talking death.

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Annie’s Project to be offered by WVU Extension Service

CHARLESTON – Annie’s Project, the popular program which provides risk management education for women in agriculture, is coming back to our local area through the West Virginia University Extension Service. An advanced level is being added for participants who completed the original training.

Annie’s Project provides training, resources and networking opportunities to help West Virginia women build viable, efficient and sustainable farm businesses. The first courses cover everything from business planning, finances and marketing to food safety and insurance.

You may also contact Gary Selby, WVU Wayne County CRED Extension Agent at 304-272-6839 or at gary.selby@mail.wvu.edu.

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Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith throws the switch to light the tree at the 8th Annual City of Kenova Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Photo by Larry Butcher/For The Herald-Dispatch


Community invited to a Herd Holiday

HUNTINGTON – Kids of all ages from throughout the community are invited to join Marshall University for A Herd Holiday from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

The special evening will feature the official holiday lighting of the student center plaza by MU President and Mrs. Stephen J. Kopp, along with numerous activities, snacks, giveaways and music. The event is sponsored by Marshall’s Office of Communications and the Campus Activities Board.

The Old Main Carolers will kick off the event at 6 p.m. with Christmas Carols on the plaza before the President and Mrs. Kopp flip the switch to light the plaza.

After the lighting, everyone will move inside the student center for games, music from Kelley’s Bridge and snacks – including hot chocolate and s’mores. Other features include holiday ornament painting with the Pottery Place (the first 100 ornaments are free), a holiday photo booth and a Marshall Bookstore fashion show with giveaways. The bookstore will remain open for holiday shopping until 9 p.m., when A Herd Holiday winds down. A lucky Marshall student will win books for the spring semester, courtesy of the bookstore, which also will give away gift cards ranging in value from $25 to $100.

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Marshall Health launches new online patient portal for easier access to health information

HUNTINGTON – Marshall Health has launched a new patient portal program called “Follow My Health™,” which offers patients a secure option to view their health records online.

Follow My Health™ allows patients to conveniently view, manage, transmit and download medical records of items that include office visits, immunizations and certain test results. The portal also provides the patient with the option of requesting appointments and prescription refills, as well as the ability to send secure e-mails to the health care team, at any hour and wherever Internet access is available.

The portal is for non-urgent communication only.

“We are pleased to offer this new and free technology to our patients, which provides them with enhanced access to their own personal health record,” said Beth L. Hammers, executive director for Marshall Health. “We hope our patients will register for the portal to gain instant access to their information which ultimately means expanded communication between them and their health care team.”

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PROJECT – Officials with Columbia Transmissions Pipeline show Commissioner Kenneth Adkins an overview of the planned pipeline from Marshall County, through Ohio and into Ceredo on Google Earth. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Columbia Pipeline has open house

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CEREDO – Residents in the Ceredo area had a chance to take a look at a project that is expected to bring about 600 jobs and $1 million in taxes once construction gets going.

Officials with Columbia Transmission Pipeline conducted an open house Thursday at Ceredo-Kenova Middle School to show residents its new 150-mile natural gas pipeline project from Marshall County through Ohio and reenter West Virginia in Ceredo.

According to Zane Daniels, project manager, the first phase of the project, the survey and staking is underway.

“Since we are doing this in two states, we had the Federal Energy Regulation Commission here as well,” Daniels said. “The impact study is done and now we are getting input from the public.”

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