Vol. 142, No.68 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Study shows pot legalization could earn West Virginia millions

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy released a report last week that examined the amount of money and the benefits W.Va. could receive if the state legalized marijuana and collected tax revenue off purchases of the drug.

The Center on Budget and Policy points out that the state faces a $300 million budget deficit next year, and adds if marijuana is legalized and taxed at a rate of 25 percent of its wholesale price by the government, the state could collect an estimated $45 million annually. That number increases to $194 million if 10 percent of marijuana users who live within a 200-mile radius of W.Va. come to the state to purchase marijuana.

The report says that W.Va. spent more than $17 million enforcing the state’s marijuana laws in 2010, and that legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana could reduce the number of marijuana-related arrests, especially among African Americans, and reduce criminal-justice-related costs.

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Students learn about book orders at Lavalette Elementary. WCN photo by Nikki Dotson Merritt

Wayne County students return to classes

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Summer break has come to an end for students in Wayne County as they packed their backpacks and headed back to school on Wednesday.

Teachers and faculty returned on Monday to prepare for students’ arrival, a task that Lavalette Elementary Principal Allie Brewer said takes some planning.

“A lot goes into getting ready for students to arrive,” she said. “Our staff has come together to make schedules seamless for the students. That is our main goal – to make things the best we can for the kids. We want to make sure we do everything to make their day a great one academically, mentally and socially. We want them to go home this evening and say ‘I had the best day at school.’”

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Kenova approves purchase of body cameras

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

KENOVA – The City of Kenova approved the $3,500 purchase of body cameras for each police officer of the Kenova Police Department out of department equipment funds during a meeting Thursday.

According to Chief Chris Cole, the department had been waiting on a grant for the cameras, however they were not awarded with the monies.

He presented council with three options including a high, middle and low range bid, stating that the mid range bid were the cameras he preferred for officers.

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TRAIL BLAZERS – Congressman Evan Jenkins (second from left) invited community leaders to ride the Bearwallow Trail in Logan County to see firsthand the benefits the trail has brought to Logan. He was joined by Secrist, Lusk, Wayne County Commission President Bob Pasley, Wayne County Economic Development Authority Director Don Perdue and Associate Director Park Ferguson. Photo submitted

Hatfield-McCoy Trail could help Wayne County

Submitted article

Promoting tourism and local recreational activities can help grow West Virginia’s economy, Congressman Evan Jenkins said at a tourism event this week.

At the tourism roundtable in Logan, Jenkins joined Army Corps Huntington District Colonel Philip Secrist III and local leaders to discuss how to harness the region’s natural resources to attract tourists – and their dollars.

“West Virginia has natural beauty that’s second to none,” said Jenkins, who cosponsored legislation in West Virginia Legislature to create the Hatfield-McCoy Trails. “What we need to do is make sure we’re using it to attract tourism, bring new businesses, and show just how much fun it is to ride, fish, run and bike in West Virginia. The Hatfield-McCoy Trails project has been a great success, and we need to create and link new trails to expand our offerings and maximize our economic potential.”

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RT. 152 PHASE II – QUAKER/FERGUSON WATERLINE EXTENSION PROJECT – The projected $4.3 million project by the Crum PSD will bring public water to residents from Radnor to Dunlow as part of Phase II of the operation.

Southern county residents one step closer to public water

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

GLENHAYES – Residents in the southern part of Wayne County are one step closer to public water access after a pre-bid meeting Tuesday.

The projected $4.3 million project by the Crum Public Service District will bring public water to residents from Radnor to Dunlow as part of Phase II of the overall job that has already been taking place.

Chairman of the Crum PSD Troy Varney said the project is crucial to the area.

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The Wayne County Commission expressed interest in taking part in a stream clean-up project during a meeting Monday.

Wayne Co. Commission shows interest in area stream clean-up

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Commission approved a motion to sign a memorandum of understanding for the National Dislocated Worker Grant from the Human Resource Development Foundation during a meeting Monday.

The memorandum is signed to express interest in taking part in the 2016 Severe Storm and Flooding project that brings in workers to clean streams throughout the county.

The document signed is not binding; it is solely to express interest in participating in the clean-up efforts. Commission took part in the program last year.

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Menis Ketchum

Menis Ketchum elected VP of national justices group

By LACIE PIERSON
HD Media

HUNTINGTON — West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Menis Ketchum’s legal expertise not only will be used to manage the state’s highest court, but it now will be put to use in trying to make such courts throughout the country operate more efficiently.

Ketchum, a Wayne County native and Huntington resident, was elected second vice president of the Conference of Chief Justices during the conference’s annual meeting in Wyoming.
Ketchum is the first chief justice from the Mountain State to be named an officer in the conference, founded in 1949, according to a news release from the conference.

“I was really honored and thrilled,” Ketchum said. “Nobody from West Virginia has ever been selected as an officer or to serve on the (National Center for State Courts) board of directors. I really was honored that they would select me when it’s really been the bigger states that have always gotten people appointed to office or on the board.”

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Imagination Library offers free books for children

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Dolly Parton Imagination Library offers a free book each month for Wayne County children and children all over the country from ages birth to five.

The program, launched in 1995 by Country Music Star Dolly Parton for her hometown in T.N., was created to insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.
According to the program’s website, Parton wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create.

Director of Education Initiatives for the United Way of the River Cities Lana Burdette said the program is not only crucial for children in the county, but the country to improve literacy.

“This program is fantastic,” she said. “It allows children the opportunity to receive a book in their name each month at their home.”

Burdette said the program is beneficial for raising reading test scores and over all literacy in children.

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BOE gets donation from Marathon

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The Wayne County Board of Education received a donation from Marathon Petroleum for $14,259 during a walk-through of the Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School construction project.

Superintendent Sandra Pertee was presented with the check from Marathon representatives that can be used for whatever the board deems useful for the monies.

“They felt the money should be used for any of the school’s in the county that may need a little extra help or money,” Pertee said.

There is no word as of now what the funds will be used for, but board members expressed gratitude for the donation.

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Town Hall forum on heroin set Aug. 24

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

KENOVA – The Wayne County Prevention Coalition is sponsoring a Town Hall Forum on Heroin at First Baptist Church of Kenova at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 24.

The event will feature various speakers and panelists who will speak on the effects of heroin and prescription painkillers along with an informational video that will follow a step-by-step guide of addiction.

Cassie Chapman will speak about prevention and how drug usage can be stopped before it starts.

Ceredo Police Chief Tony Poston and Nancy Fry will highlight how to intervene once someone has become an addict or is on the path to be becoming one.

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SNYS golf scramble at Silo Golf Aug. 28

LAVALETTE – Special Needs Youth Sportsmen, Inc. (SNYS) will be holding its fourth annual benefit Golf Scramble on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Silo Golf Course, Lavalette, West Virginia.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the many outreach programs of SNYS, such as annual fishing and hunting outings, as well as other outdoor events for special needs youth. All activities conducted by SNYS are free to special needs participants and their parents.

The Scramble will begin with a lunch for golfers at 12:45 p.m. The shotgun start will begin at 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be presented to the first-, second- and third-place teams. Other prizes will be given for Hole in One, Longest Drive, Longest Putt, and Closest to the Pin. Entry fee is $75 per person or $300 per four person team.

Hole and tee sponsorships for the scramble are available for $100 each.

For more information, or to register to participate, interested golfers and sponsors may contact George at 740-646-6590 or Kim at 304-962-2709.

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