Vol. 140, No. 83 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Weekend, Oct. 18 & 19, 2014

RUNNING – Ken Hicks is running for the 19th District for the House of Delegates. He said he wants to help Wayne County grow. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Hicks wants to attract more jobs to the area

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – Ken Hicks sees good things for Wayne County but there are some issues he would like to address should he be elected to the Legislature.

One of the biggest issues Hicks wants to address is economic development for Wayne County by attracting more businesses and creating new jobs for its people.

“We have to replace Argus Coal and help the employees who lost their jobs,” he said. “We need to be able to offer things that other counties don’t, like tax incentives, and be creative and persistent. We want to see businesses expand in the market and economic development and to set the right tone for the area so we can leave this county in better shape.”

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Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, left, and Republican challenger State Senator Evan Jenkins, right, face off in a Third District Congressional debate moderated by The Herald Dispatch Managing Editor Les Smith on Tuesday, at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington. Photo by Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch

Jenkins, Rahall – score in debate

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

HUNTINGTON – Candidates for the 3rd Congressional House of Representatives seat debated Tuesday night at Huntington’s Pullman Plaza Hotel.

The Herald-Dispatch-sponsored event allowed 19-term incumbent Rep. Nick Joe Rahall (D-WV) to trade responses with Republican challenger Evan Jenkins to questions presented by mediator Les Smith, managing editor of the H-D.

Candidates exchanged remarks on topics ranging from education, to campaign finance, to health care to the one that has set the tone for both candidates’ campaigns – coal.

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READYING THE PUMPKIN HOUSE – Ric Griffith draws a design on a pumpkin in preparation for the Pumpkin House display. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Griffith looking for volunteers

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – It is one week before the Ceredo-Kenova AutumnFest and two weeks before Halloween and Ric Griffith is looking for help in carving 2,900 pumpkins for the Pumpkin House.

“I am a little behind this year,” Griffith said. “The weather has been a factor and I have had to rebuild the orchestra wall.”

Last year, a thunderstorm moved through the area following trick-or-treat and a large gust of wind knocked down the orchestra wall and destroyed several pumpkins causing the Pumpkin House to close early.

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Park board discusses pool

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – How to keep Dreamland Pool open despite a budget deficit was the topic of discussion at a recent Kenova Parks and Recreation Board meeting.

According to Kenova City Planner Gordon Jones, not enough board members could attend the meeting last Thursday, but those present did discuss ways of what to do about the pool.

Jones said the board will submit a budget and look into getting sponsors and different events at the pool.

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Tech funding secured for Genoa

GENOA – On Tuesday, West Virginia State Delegate Don Perdue, Wayne County Board of Education members Lois Little and Johnita Jackson as well as Elementary Director Shane Runyon visited Genoa Elementary School to announce funding for technology at the school.

The entire school gathered for a short assembly which began with Genoa Elementary Principal Tony Clay welcoming every in attendance and recognizing the distinguished guests to the school. Principal Clay then told the staff and students that Delegate Perdue had a very special announcement to make to Genoa Elementary.

Perdue then came forward to express his appreciation for Genoa’s hard work and commitment to education that had been recognized across the state of West Virginia, and announced that he had secured funding in the amount of $18,750 for technology upgrades at the school.

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WHAT IS HAPPENING – Ceredo-Kenova Middle School Principal Tonji Bowen and Counselor Lindsay Ellis talk about what is going on in the school to combat substance abuse during the Ceredo-Kenova Drug Summit.

Drug summit brings people together for dialogue

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – It was a way to open a dialogue between officials and community members in finding ways to stop illicit drug use in Ceredo and Kenova.

Thursday was the first Drug Summit for the two communities. Hosted by the police departments of the respective towns, more than 150 community members, as well as officials from local and state government and agencies, filled the First Baptist Church of Ceredo to learn about addiction and the help that is available.

“We need to address this super problem,” Mayor Otis Adkins said. “We are lucky to be living in these little communities like Ceredo and Kenova but drugs are coming into these little towns.”

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Misc

Crum PSD to conduct meeting

The Crum Public Service District will host an informational meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Dunlow Elementary School concerning Phase II of the water extension project.

The public is invited to attend.

Those interested may also pay tap fees to be placed on the new extension.

For more information, call 304-393-3162.

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Tim-ber! Way Back Weekend theme at Heritage Farm

HUNTINGTON – Timber in the Mountains is the theme for October’s Way Back Weekend at Heritage Farm Museum and Village 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Attractions will include pressed apple cider making and live music from The Modock Rounders. The village blacksmith, woodworker, broom-maker and potter will each share their creative genius. Also visiting and sharing family activities will be WVU Forestry Program’s Ben Spong. While presenting historic photos of the timber industry from inside the Industry Museum, he will enlighten guests with hands-on activities to learn about West Virginia’s various timber.

The final 2014 Way Back Weekends include Hot Glass and Pottery on Nov. 1 and Heritage Farm’s Holiday Market, Dec. 6.

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Heron festival this weekend

BARBOURSVILLE – Lots of crafts, food, music and fun will be part of Beech Fork State Park’s Heron Festival.

The festival includes applebutter making, hayrides and vendors, as well as a pumpkin decorating contest and more.
Visitors will also get a chance to explore

camping equipment and a car show.
The event is free and open to the public.

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SVHS forms SADD chapter

HUNTINGTON – Students at Spring Valley High School have joined SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide.

Tiffany Elliott became interested in forming a SADD chapter and enlisted the help of James Caudill, Driver Education teacher, who will serve as the SADD Advisor.

“Teens sometimes make poor choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol without realizing the harmful consequences,” said Elliott. “I’m hoping our SADD chapter will be a positive influence on our school and community. We’ll be participating in campaigns and activities throughout the school year to spread our message.”

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Spooktacular underway at Camden Park

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

HUNTINGTON – The calendar may say it has just turned October, but chills, screams and other things that haunt the night can be found at Camden Park.

Camden Park started the Halloween season Friday with the 16th Annual Halloween Spooktacular set for every Friday and Saturday night in October from 6-11 p.m. and two additional nights of Oct. 26 and Nov.1.

Attractions include the Haunted House, the Evil Clown Maze walk-through, The Legendary Haunted Train Ride and other rides and attractions.

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WMS to host Parent Teacher/Open House

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Staff and administrators of Wayne Middle School will host an open house from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the school.

Hoping to get more parents to attend, the staff also arranged to have Parent/Teacher night as well.

Information about programs for students to get grades online and others, such as drug information, will be available and include a Book Fair and a program for Parents for Pioneers.

Free food will be available in the cafeteria. and parents will receive a raffle ticket for a door prize.

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Crum to celebrate annual fall festival

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CRUM – Leaves slowly starting to change color and the scent of fall in the air means it is time for annual Wayne County fall festivals.

On Saturday, the campus of Crum Elementary and Middle schools will turn into a carnival for the 10th annual Fall Festival, hosted by Starting Points Family Resource Center.

A parade at 11:30 a.m. will start the festival with floats by students from both schools and other youth organizations, as well as firefighters from different volunteer fire departments including Kermit and Dunlow.

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