Vol. 142, No.42 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dunlow hosting poker ride

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

DUNLOW – The Dunlow community is asking residents to fire up their vehicles and ‘ride for a reason’ at a benefit ATV poker ride on Saturday. The event will benefit the Dunlow Fire and EMS and feature a 50/50 split pot between a chosen winner and the departments.

Participants will be able to ride in jeeps, trucks, four wheelers, ATVs, motorcycles or any other vehicle of their choosing.

Registration for the event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Dunlow Fire Department and last until noon. An entry fee of $20.00 per person wishing to be eligible to win half the pot will be charged. For more information, call 304-687-6752.

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Arrest call leads to meth bust

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

FORT GAY – Local law enforcement got more than they expected Thursday afternoon while making an arrest in Fort Gay.

West Virginia State Police arrested Michael Lee Bartram, II, 38, for charges from a domestic violence incident in Genoa. Investigators say over the weekend, he hit his girlfriend several times.

Bartram had been on the run from law enforcement since the incident was reported earlier this week. The Sheriff’s Department stated they received a 911 call about a breaking and entering in Dunlow early Thursday morning. When they got on scene, the homeowner told them he caught a man trying to break into an out building on his property and the homeowner fired a shot to scare the suspect off.

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CONGRATS REBEL GRADS

Tolsia High graduated 72 seniors Friday night during the school’s graduation ceremony at the school. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

The Honorable Stephen Lewis (left) has sat on the bench of the Wayne County Family Court for nearly 14 years and will pass the gavel to longtime family law attorney and Wayne County native (right) Sean Maynard. WCN file photos

Changing of guard coming to Wayne County Family Court

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – The Honorable Stephen Lewis has sat on the bench of the Wayne County Family Court for nearly 14 years.

Over the years, the longtime judge has seen many cases – but his caseloads are coming to an end after announcing his retirement. He will leave behind a long legacy of upholding the law for families, but most importantly children.

The man determined to for Lewis to pass the gavel is longtime family law attorney and Wayne County native Sean Maynard. Maynard has served the past decade as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Wayne County focusing most of his time on cases involving families and/or children.

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SIMPLY THE BEST – BOE president Trey Morrone honors Kathy Miller (left) as the Wayne County Service Employee of the Year and Stacy Hodge (right) as the Wayne County Teacher of the Year during Thursday’s regular meeting at Spring Valley High School. The BOE also honored all the county school system’s retirees. WCN photos by MICHAEL HUPP

BOE honors employees

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

SPRING VALLEY – Sometimes a little recognition can go a long way.

The Wayne County Board of Education named the Teacher of the Year, Service Employee of the Year and honored all retirees during a Thursday night meeting at Spring Valley High School.

Stacy Hodge, fourth-grade teacher at Dunlow Elementary, was named Wayne County Teacher of the Year. Wayne High School cook Kathy Miller was named Service Employee of the Year.

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WELCOME ABOARD – The Kenova Police Department would like to welcome its two newest officers to the police department – Officer Evan Wilson and Officer Alex Combs. Photo courtesy of the Kenova Police Department Facebook page

 

 

 

Misc

Free meals for kids offered this summer

HUNTINGTON – Any child 18 and younger can receive free meals this summer at seven locations in Huntington, Ceredo, Kenova and Lavalette.

Playmates Preschools and Child Development Centers is sponsoring the federally funded Summer Food Service Program, which aims to ensure low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

The program runs Monday through Friday from May 26 through Aug. 16, with the exception of July 4.

Breakfast is served from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and lunch is served from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. at the following locations:

Playmates Child Care Center, 725 Chestnut St., Kenova;

Playmates Child Care Center, 5185 W.Va. 152, Lavalette;

Playmates Child Care Center, 418 Bridge St., Huntington (program runs May 27 to Aug. 10);

Playmates Child Development Center of Westmoreland, 3603 Piedmont Road, Huntington;

Bison Child Development Center, 330 Buffalo Creek Road, Kenova; and

Ceredo Playmates Child Development Center, 111 4th St. East, Ceredo.

Additionally, lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and a snack is served from 3 to 3:30 p.m. at the Westmoreland Teen Center, 3609 Hughes St., Huntington.

Beech Fork Dam Safety Day May 31

National Dam Safety Awareness Day occurs on May 31st of each year to commemorate the failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889. The dam failure resulted in the loss of more than 2,200 lives and was the worst dam failure in the history of the United States.

National Dam Safety Awareness Day was created to encourage and promote individual and community responsibility for dam safety, as well as to provide information on what steps can be taken to prevent future catastrophic dam failures. A secondary goal is to promote the benefits dams offer to communities.

For 30 years, the federal government has been working to protect Americans from dam failure through the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP). The NDSP, which is led by FEMA, is a partnership of the states, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders to encourage individual and community responsibility for dam safety.

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Nancie Harmond

SVHS sophomore to attend medical conference in Boston

By NIKKI DOTSON
Staff Writer

SPRING VALLEY – Spring Valley High School Sophomore Nancie Harmon has been named a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders located in Lowell, MA on June 25-27.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or into medical research fields.

Harmon said she was surprised by the nomination, and found out about it by receiving notice in the mail.

“I was really surprised to receive word of the nomination,” she said. “I didn’t expect it for someone from a rural area.”

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