Vol. 140, No. 60 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, July 30, 2014

School attendance increased with crackdown on truancy

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Overall attendance rate has increased over the last two years as officials of the Wayne County Board of Education work with the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s office to fight the truancy battle.

About 58 petitions were filed in Wayne County Magistrate and Circuit courts against students and their parents from kindergarten to the 12th grade during the 2013-14 school year, said Attendance Director Terri Lynn Queen.

Wayne County Probation Officer Marsha McCallister said she has 54 students currently on probation for missing too much school.

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Wayne Mayor Mick Sanders cleans the streets in Wayne Tuesday. WCN photo by Bill Pritchett

Former Prichard fire chief charged with embezzlement

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Charges have been filed against a former fire chief after it was discovered he allegedly embezzled more than $20,000 from three accounts.

Don Mark Newman, 43, of Prichard was charged and arraigned Wednesday in Wayne County Magistrate Court on three counts of embezzlement.

According to the criminal complaint, new Prichard Volunteer Fire Department Chief Roger Smith contacted the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department to report that the previous chief, Newman, had been terminated from the department and was under investigation after it was discovered that $24,117 was apparently missing from three separate fire department accounts.

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Jeff Edwards

Community mourns loss of former Wonder, Herd captain

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – The Ceredo-Kenova community continues to mourn the loss of one of its well-respected citizens this past Thursday.

Former Ceredo-Kenova High School three-sport standout and former Marshall University Thundering Herd football starter and team captain Jeff Edwards passed away Thursday morning. He was 34.

Edwards leaves behind his wife Danielle along with two daughters – Ella and Emma.

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Post office will stay in Prichard

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

PRICHARD – The residents of Prichard were assured Thursday there will be a post office in the community.

“We are moving forward with the post office during the 18-month extension,” said Richard Hancock, real estate specialist for the United States Postal Service.

Hancock said he was sent to Prichard to let residents know there will continue to be a post office in Prichard after meeting with residents in a community meeting in Prichard Elementary cafeteria.

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Kenova’s Clean Water Board and Water Works department obtained a de-chlorinating diffuser, to eliminate chlorine from the water when the lines are flushed through the fire hydrants and into the road. The diffuser not only removes chlorine, but it also prevents holes from being created in the road by the water. WCN Photo by Jessica Ross

Newsletters mailed on Kenova’s clean water ordinance

By JESSICA ROSS
Staff Writer

KENOVA – The Clean Water Board met Thursday at Kenova’s municipal building to discuss the progress the city has made to become MS4 compliant.

The board made plans to post a map in the municipal building so customers can see which areas fall within the clean water watershed area.

Newsletters were also mailed out to residents included in Kenova’s storm water watershed. Those within the watershed area pay a nominal fee to the city of $2 per month for single-family homes and $4 for businesses. Most residents will pay their first fee in July and the remaining residents, located on the Kenova side of Barger Hill, will pay their first fee in August.

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BOE releases 2014-15 school year calendar

WAYNE – Summer vacation will soon come to an end for the students of Wayne County Schools as the first day of school is just around the corner. Students will be entering the doors of their respective schools Aug. 5.

The following is the 2014-15 calendar for Wayne County Schools:

August
1 - First day for teachers
4 - Preparation day
5 - First day for students
14 - Principals meeting

September
1 - Labor Day, no school
16 - End six weeks
18 - Principals meeting
23 - Grade cards go home
30 - Elementary Parent/Teacher conference

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3 arrested with meth materials

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Three people have been arrested for conspiracy and attempting to operate a clandestine lab.

On Saturday, Melissa Watts of Genoa and Medina Messer of Crum were taken into custody by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department Drug Enforcement Unit, assisted by the Wayne Police Department, after receiving a complaint of a woman shoplifting a bottle of lye drain cleaner from Kenny Queen Ace Hardware Store in Wayne.

The caller also described the vehicle and a description was sent out by dispatchers with Wayne County 911.

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SWEARING IN – New Wayne County Schools Superintendent Sandra Pertee signs her contract with the Wayne County Board of Education during a special meeting Tuesday. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Pertee sworn in, BOE goes through purchase orders

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education decided to make Career and Technical Education Director Sandra Pertee the new superintendent of Wayne County Schools.

Board President George B. “Trey” Morrone III said the board made the decision Monday night, had the contract prepared and swore in Pertee Tuesday during a special meeting of the board.

“This is an exciting day,” Pertee said. “I got a special gift. My sisters and brother-in-law are here from Spartansburg. It is a special day as I am with my sisters who have supported me and all of you, directors, support staff and audience.”

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Misc

New Jersey church group helps Dunlow Elementary with summer projects

DUNLOW – For the second year in a row, a group from St. Therese Church in Succasunna, N.J., is in Wayne County to help Dunlow Elementary.

Last year, the mission team helped get the school a library. This year, the group of 30 are assisting with a science camp, painting several rooms and helping to reorganize the library.

The church’s basketball program also donated a new basketball pole, backboard and rim kit that is being installed this week.

Principal Chanda Perry said she is extremely grateful for the partnership, which extended outside the school to Dunlow Elementary parents who got new, energy-efficient windows installed by the mission team.

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Residents celebrate barge compromise

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – For more than 20 years, residents in Westmoreland have taken on city hall in efforts to keep a barge mooring facility out of the neighborhood.

“We are here to celebrate the signed agreement between the City of Huntington and Huntington Marine Corporation,” said Carole Boster, president of the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association. “There will be no barges on the river bank.”

Boster went on to thank Mayor Steve Williams for his work on the agreement that many thought would never come.

“We had to wait for the right person and the right time, but it finally got done,” she said. “And this mayor has kept his promise.”

The celebration was attended by Westmoreland residents as well as Williams, council members Mark Bates, Rebecca Thacker, David Ball, Sandra Clements, Joyce Clark and Wayne County commissioners Bob Pasley and Kenneth Adkins.

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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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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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