Vol. 143, No. 5 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

An early morning fire destroyed a Prichard home located on Centerville Road Monday morning. The home owner was able to escape unharmed. Photo Courtesy of Roger Smith

Fire destroys Prichard home

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

PRICHARD – An early morning fire destroyed a home located in Prichard Monday morning after crews worked three hours at the scene.

The fire was reported at approximately 5 a.m. at 3611 Centerville Road. When crews arrived at the scene, the home was fully involved.

According to Prichard Volunteer Fire Department Chief Roger Smith the homeowner, Gary Belchor, stated he woke up and was “just about overcome from the smoke.”

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Vandals disrupting Town of Wayne water service

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

EAST LYNN – The Wayne Water and Sewer Board is urging vandals to stop causing problems at a fill-up station located at the East Lynn Volunteer Fire Department.

Residents in the area fear that the wrong doings of some could cause them to lose the water service for good.

Sam Stapleton, a resident of the area, said he keeps hearing that water is going to be shut down in the East Lynn area and brought the topic up in a meeting Monday night.

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The ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Valley Health System’s new location is set for Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and Valley Health Executive Director/CEO Steve Shattls are expected to speak at the event. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Official Valley Health ribbon cutting set for Jan. 17

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Valley Health System’s new location is set for Jan. 17 at 2 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and Valley Health Executive Director/CEO Steve Shattls are expected to speak at the event, which will feature light refreshments.

The new 15,000 square foot building houses family medicine, dentistry, obstetrics/gynecology, behavioral health, pediatrics and internal medicine. The facility is three times as large as Valley Health’s previous facility located at 203 Kenova Avenue in Wayne.

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Elderly man dies in Ceredo fire

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Preliminary reports point to a space heater as the cause of the second fatal fire in 15 years located in the Town of Ceredo.

Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Caudill said a 68-year-old man lost his life in the fire that was reported around 9:50 p.m. Saturday night.

Crews were on the scene within 8 minutes, but Caudill said in that amount of time the whole front of the home, located on the 1400 of B Street, was engulfed in flames.

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Left to right, top down: Joshua Deitz, Austin Enyart, Mark Sollazzo, Mark K. Sollazzo, Michael Skeens and Rebecca Skeens.

Two wanted men arrested in Dec. 26 robbery

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Two Huntington men considered “armed and dangerous” by law enforcement were arrested Monday in connection to a Fort Gay robbery of a 79-year-old man.

Austin Shane Enyart, 20, and Joshua Thomas Deitz, 40, both of Huntington, were charged with first-degree robbery after being apprehended by West Virginia State Police on Oney Avenue shortly after midnight Monday. Deitz was also charged with grand larceny.

Enyart, Deitz and Rebecca Lorene Skeens, 31, who was arrested earlier, allegedly broke into a 79-year-old Fort Gay man’s home Dec. 26.

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Park Ferguson explains the Fallen Timbers course for participants in the 15K and 5K at last year’s run at Elmcrest Farm. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Fallen Timbers 15K Jan. 28

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – ACCESS WV is gearing up for the third annual Run Through Fallen Timbers 15K event set for January 28 at Elmcrest Farm.

The main event is a rugged 15K that traverses mountainous terrain, plows through creek crossings and forces runners to endure the wild winter weather.

The race is accompanied by a 5K, guided hike, enriching workshops and a locally sourced meal courtesy of the Wayne County Farmers Cooperative.

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Misc/Events

Ceredo receives State Farm grant for teen drinking intervention

Submitted article

CEREDO – The Ceredo Police Department is pleased to announce that State Farm has approved our educational grant of $5,000.

The funds will be spent on items from the Drunk Busters of America Company. The funds will be used to purchase three Pedal Karts with a trailer; drug impairment goggles and challenge activity mats.

These training items will demonstrate the dangers of impaired driving in a safe way. The Ceredo Police Department thanks State Farm for their support in our efforts to educate the children of community.

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SLIM PICKENS – Photo shows the meal provided for Buffalo Middle students on an early dismissal day.

County nutritionist disappointed with
school’s action

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

WAYNE – Allegations of one county school serving students what parents called, “an unacceptable meal” last week on social media were confirmed by administration at the Wayne County Board of Education central office this week.

Brenda Arrowood, Child Nutrition specialist for the county, confirmed the allegations made on social media.

Photos started circulating last weekend of a tray with a single roll on it. The post claimed it was the lunchtime meal students were served last week at Buffalo Middle School on an early dismissal day.

The post also stated students were offered milk, yogurt and the salad bar – but a hot lunch was not provided.

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Spring Valley High
Tech Specialist nominated for national award

Submitted article

SPRING VALLEY – Will Totten, Spring Valley High School’s Technology Integration Specialist, was nominated by several teachers at Spring Valley for the Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education.

In 2017, the prize will be awarded to a school administrator, that is an educator whose main responsibility is not classroom teaching. Those who are nominated are noted for their ability to create life-long learners, do more with less, and rise to all challenges.

The award was named in honor of two educators from Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. Nominations close March 31, and winners will be announced in September 2017.

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DMV launches online license renewal

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Do you dread visiting the Division of Motor Vehicles more than a dentist or doctor appointment? Are the long lines and wait times so daunting you would do anything to avoid it?

Luckily for West Virginia residents, the DMV just announced that it now offers online license renewals to those whom qualify for the service.

Online renewal is available for non-commercial drivers aged 21 years and older, and applicants must be US citizens with licenses in good standing with the DMV.

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New Family Court Judge Sean Maynard took his oath on Dec. 16 in front of a courtroom of co-workers and family. He will begin his 8-year term on Jan. 3. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Maynard’s Facebook