Vol. 141, No. 6 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

The Great Outdoors Marine owners Phil and Diane Daniel had the opportunity to meet President George W. Bush at the annual Tracker Marine Dealer Conference. The Daniels’ dealership was named a Top 10 Tracker Marine dealer in the world for 2014. Courtesy of Diane Daniel

Great Outdoors Marine gets national recognition

LAVALETTE – The Great Outdoors Marine in Lavalette has recently received national recognition for the quality of their boat dealership.

For the third year in a row, The Great Outdoors Marine was selected as one of Boating Industry’s Top 100 Boat Dealers, out of more than 5,000 dealers in North America. This award was presented to them at the Marine Dealer Conference and Expo in Orlando in November.

The Great Outdoors Marine is the only West Virginia boat dealer ever to receive this award, and is the only West Virginia boat dealer to have earned Marine 5-Star Certification, another measure of quality for boat dealers.

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School Board applauds Wonder Dome progress

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – When the announcement was made that the old Ceredo-Kenova high school would be demolished to make way for the new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School, many residents wondered if the separated gymnasium building dubbed the “Wonder Dome” would also become history.

Fortunately for the community, plans for the new school included using the historical building as the gym for the new school – but another problem loomed. The building has slowly become disheveled with years of neglect, vandalism and age since the high school’s closing in 1998.

The building has been used for youth sports, baseball practice for Spring Valley High School when the team did not have an on-campus field and other community events. Despite some activity still occurring in the old building the bathrooms were unusable, several windows broken out, bleachers were in disrepair and the gym floor was in terrible shape. The roof leaked and required buckets to be placed on the floor and removed only for activities.

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Kenova water issues problem for new school

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – Kenova mayor Ric Griffith painted a grim picture during Thursday night’s Kenova City Council meeting concerning issues discovered in recent weeks surrounding the city’s water lines.

The issues have a direct impact on the new Kenova Elementary School construction. Griffith said there has been discussion with ZMM Architects about the new school needing a fire suppression system that can handle 35 psi (pounds per square inch) of water pressure. Griffith said that upon investigation, there appears not to be enough pressure to fulfill those requirements.

“I had Dennis (Gubert, Kenova public works director) do research on the pressure in Kenova. There was a piece of pipe removed from in front of the property along Beech St. and the date stamp on it was 1894. We were unaware of the severity of the issue. The problem is when we looked at the inadequate pressure we realized the pipes are filled with calcium,” Griffith said. “There is serious concern that we cannot build the school without adequate water pressure.”

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SPEAKING – West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick speaks to the guests at the annual Wayne County Economic Development dinner Thursday at Wedge restaurant at Silo Golf Course. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Helmick pushes Ag programs

By RON FERGUSON
Managing Editor

LAVALETTE – West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick outlined some of his aggressive programs to once again make the state a viable food producer to Wayne County Economic Development Authority members, guests, political figures and local leaders at The Silo’s Wedge restaurant Thursday evening.

The occasion is an annual dinner to honor the county’s Business of the Year. Chandler’s Plywood Products, led by Bruce Mosser, accepted the 2014 award.

Lauding systems in North Carolina, Iowa, Pennsylvania and several other states, Helmick told the gathering that West Virginia could also be a leader in agriculture.

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School closed until water pressure checked

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – “You can’t react to what you do not know about.”

Those were the words of Wayne County Schools Superintendent Sandra Pertee Friday morning after letting Kenova mayor Ric Griffith’s presentation sink in from the night before. Griffith announced during Thursday night’s Kenova City council meeting that the construction project for the new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary PreK-5 School may be in jeopardy.

Griffith said he is concerned the building cannot be constructed without sufficient water pressure for the fire suppression system. That is required for the building. According to Griffith aging, calcium clogged lines are causing 5 psi (pounds per square inch) water pressure in many areas throughout the city.

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Murder suspect denied bond

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A Kermit man appeared before a Wayne County Circuit judge last week to ask for bond on a murder charge.

Shane Robert Marcum, 24, moved for a bond hearing and appeared in front of James H. Young Jr. because no bond was set in magistrate court, according to Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Plymale.

“We argued against bond of course, as Marcum is on record as being a threat to himself and the community. During the hearing, he mentioned that he had homicidal and suicidal tendencies. This was a shock to the entire courtroom,” Plymale said.

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CALL FOR DUTY – New Kenova Police officers Jake Wellman (left) and Scott Anglin (right) are sworn in during Thursday night’s Kenova City Council meeting. WCN photo by Michael Hupp

2 new Kenova officers sworn in

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – The Kenova Police Department welcomed two new officers during Thursday night’s regular meeting of the Kenova City Council.

Officers Scott Anglin and Jake Wellman were sworn in after the police force administered Civil Service Exams and the two officers were the highest scoring candidates on the exams.

“They passed their polygraph exams showing their integrity and have been on the streets for a few weeks now. They have done a good job,” Mossman told council.

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AWARD WINNING – AAA presented Highway Safety / Traffic Enforcement Awards to several departments in our region recently. Departments included Barboursville, Cabell County Sheriff, Ceredo, Hamlin, Kenova, Huntington, Mason, Milton, New Haven, Point Pleasant, Putnam County Sheriff, Williamson and West Virginia State Police, Huntington Detachment. The Ceredo Police Department and the Kenova department received the 2014 AAA Platinum Award for outstanding service dedication and the significant impact made by improving the quality of life through Traffic Safety Programming. Submitted photo

Kenova Police Department, officers receive awards

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

KENOVA – Sometimes public service can be a thankless job, so receiving recognition for the hard work the public may or may not notice goes a long way to those providing the service.

The Kenova Police Department and several officers were recognized Thursday evening for their dedication.

Chief Ray Mossman presented Kenova City Council with an award the police department recently received. The department received Platinum Award from AAA for Traffic Safety during the 2014 year.

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Fish are Bitin’ but Brrr it’s Cold!

LOCAL FISHERMEN, both large and small took advantage of the sunny weather Friday to hook a few trout under the Brinkley Bridge, renamed the Wayne County Veterans Memorial Bridge. The Department of Natural Resources stocked the area Wednesday, but cold, windy conditions kept most fishermen off the banks but a few folks dressed warmly and braved the touch of winter. Above, Jeff Porter of Wayne helps Abigail Glick try to land a big one, while the youngster’s mom, Brittney Glick, also of Wayne, looks on from the background. In addition to a West Virginia fishing license, a $10 trout stamp is also needed. WCN photo by Greg Turner

 

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Kenova Police Dept. arrest two

KENOVA – Two men were arrested Saturday by Kenova Police on driving under the influence charges.

Steve Allen Kirk, 33, of Kenova was arrested for DUI, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Kenneth Ray Hill of Huntington was arrested for DUI and open container.
Both were arraigned and told when to return for court.

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NEW CAMERA – Cpl. Jamie Wolfe with the Ceredo Police Department shows the new body camera the department has purchased. The camera, on the right-hand pocket of the officer, is used to keep officers professional and to collect evidence. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

CPD latest to purchase body cameras

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Many police departments across the country are purchasing body cameras in efforts to protect not just the citizen, but the officer from career-damaging complaints.

The Ceredo Police Department has purchased two such cameras and are awaiting the delivery of four more, Chief Tony Poston said.

“Each officer will have a camera,” Poston said. “The camera will help the officers be respectful to the people and treat them with dignity and respect. It also holds the officers accountable and helps us to decide if there is an official complaint.”

The small digital camera records video and audio. It can be clipped onto the officer’s tie or pocket with a special notch on the clip to keep it in place.

The video is later downloaded to a computer for review, as well as for evidence.

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Police cite four businesses for selling beer to a minor

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

KENOVA – The Kenova Drug Task Force cited four Kenova businesses for selling beer to a 19-year-old Tuesday evening.

According to Chief Ray Mossman, the ParMar station (Shell) on Oak Street, Shirls and Kathy’s Parlor, Goldenrail and Classic Liquors failed to ask for identification and sold beer to the person helping police.

Three businesses carded the person and one employee gave the person a stern lecture about being underage and attempting to purchase beer.

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Not many file for municipal elections

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The first two days of filing for office in two municipalities was slow as four signed up for one town while the other had none.

Kenova and Wayne will be conducting elections for municipal offices in June and this month potential candidates can file for mayor, council, municipal judge and, for Wayne, recorder.

Three candidates have filed to run for Wayne council and one for municipal judge.

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Council approves purchase of vest

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Current events involving police officers being shot has one chief looking to purchase bullet-proof vests for his department.

Wayne Police Chief Dwayne Stiltner asked town council for approval to purchase at least one vest from Tri-State Uniform for $940.

“We have not seen crime like what has been happening for at least five years,” Stiltner said. “There is no such thing as a typical traffic stop. Look what happened in Lewisburg where two officers were shot when they pulled over a speeder.

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Candidate filings for two municipalities begin Monday

By DIANE POTTORFF
Staff Writer

WAYNE – It has been two months since the national general election and candidates are thinking about office once again.

This time it is not county, state or federal offices but municipalities.

Kenova and Wayne will conduct municipal elections this year and candidates can file intentions to run for office beginning Monday and continuing to Jan. 31.

Kenova’s general election is June 2 while Wayne’s is June 9.

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Weather closures, delays tough decisions

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Staff writer

WAYNE – The decision had already been made Tuesday night to put Wayne County students on a two-hour delay Thursday as temperatures were forecasted to plunge to below zero.

Weather forecasts are a tool to help county school administration make decisions when to delay or close schools – but what about when the forecast doesn’t paint the whole picture?

Several parents were angered Wednesday afternoon when students were dismissed early at 1 p.m. as temperatures were expected to drop throughout the day causing fears students would be forced to travel home in dangerous conditions.

The temperature was actually higher at 8 a.m. than it was when school opened – which to many parents was the true issue. Although the thermostat registered 10 degrees at 7 a.m., Wayne County chose to run school at regular time. There were some parts of the county where buses did not run and there was actually snow on the roads – which caused several parents to take to social media to show their anger.

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