Vol. 142, No.98 • Since 1874 • Wayne, W.Va. • Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

FILE PHOTO – Pictured are the existing football stadium bleachers at Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School in Kenova.

C-K bleacher committee asks for school board support

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Several supporters of refurbishing Ward-Craycraft Stadium, the beloved home of Ceredo-Kenova High School football and baseball from 1964 until the school closed in 1997, spoke out for backing from the Wayne County Board of Education during a meeting at Wayne High School.

A committee of community members wishing to transform the stadium from an eyesore back to the jewel both Ceredo and Kenova communities once again can take pride in have developed plans to not only refurbish bleachers and improve handicap accessibility – but make the property a complex the community can be proud of.

Kenova Elementary Principal Deidre Farley addressed the board and asked that members support the project and allow volunteers to begin work as soon as possible.

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Larry and Bertha Cricks

Wayne couple accused of incest, sexual abuse

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – A husband and wife are accused of incest and sexual abuse against their two children according to indictments released from the Wayne County Circuit Court.

Larry Cricks, 43, and Bertha Cricks, 34, both of Heavenly Angels Trailer Park, are each charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse by a parent/guardian, 10 counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of incest.

The abuse took place against the couple’s son and daughter, whom are both under the age of 12. An investigation from the West Virginia State Police revealed the charges stemmed from a 22-month span of time between the dates of January 2014 and October 2015.

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Greg Page pumps up the crowd Friday, during a celebratory send-off of Spring Valley High School’s football team as they prepare to take on the Martinsburg Bulldogs at the AAA state championship in Wheeling. Photos by Toril Lavender/For The Herald-Dispatch

The road to state brings community together

By JOSEPHINE MENDEZ
HD Media

KENOVA – In 1997, when three prominent Wayne County high schools consolidated into Spring Valley High School, it was hard for the community to imagine a time when there wouldn’t be a clear division between the former students of the three schools.

Now, 19 years later, it has taken a run at the AAA state championship to give the community a big reason to erase those lines.

“It’s exciting to see,” said Dr. Ron LeMaster, a Ceredo-Kenova graduate-turned Spring Valley fan. “Spring Valley is by no means a new school, but playing in the state championship is new territory for them.”

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Benny Dillon demonstrates processing shiitake mushroom logs. The Co-Op received $25,000 from an anonymous donor in New Jersey who also purchased two inoculation guns to expand the co-op’s mushroom-growing operation. Several members have entered the shiitake mushroom-growing business. Dillon now has more than 1,000 logs prepared to produce mushrooms next year.

Wayne County Farmer’s Co-Op largest in state

By FRED PACE
HD Media

DUNLOW – In just nine months, the Wayne County Farmer’s Co-Op has gone from an idea to what is likely the largest co-op in West Virginia with more than 100 members.

“From its inception, the organization has devoted itself to making agriculture a viable economic opportunity for the people of Wayne County in response to the financial hardship and unemployment facing the region,” said member Ron Thompson.

Cooperatives are businesses owned and controlled by the people who use them; agricultural co-ops allow farmers to pool their resources in certain areas of activity.

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BOE motion to dismiss filed in Hurley lawsuit

BY MICHAEL HUPP
Managing Editor

HUNTINGTON – A motion to dismiss was filed on behalf of the Wayne County Board of Education in an alleged case of wrongdoing concerning board member JoAnn Hurley.

Farrell, White & Legg PLLC on behalf of the BOE, filed the motion November 21 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Hurley is suing the Board of Education and Thomas Messer, a curriculum specialist with the district, after thousands of county residents received recorded telephone messages trashing her record and campaign prior to the primary election.

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With ceremonial staff in hand, Spring Valley players celebrate after beating Capital in the West Virginia AAA semifinals on Saturday at Spring Valley High School. Photo by Larry Butcher/HD Media

Wolves advances to title game

HD Media

SPRING VALLEY — Next stop: Wheeling.

Derek Johnson scrambled 49 yards for a touchdown with 33 seconds remaining in the game Saturday afternoon to give Spring Valley a 20-14 victory over Capital in the semifinal round in the West Virginia Class AAA playoffs at the Wo lves Den.

The Timberwolves (12-1) advance to the Super Six in Wheeling for the first time in school history. They’ll take on No. 1 Martinsburg for the championship Saturday, Dec. 3, at Wheeling Island Stadium. The Bulldogs (13-0) blanked Morgantown, 51-0, in the other semifinal on Friday night.

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LEFT: Cassie Poff enjoys time outdoors with daughter Kyler while wearing Mountain Momma apparel. RIGHT: Kayla Dyer operated an Etsy shop called “Mountain Gypsy” from her home and online.

Locals entrepreneurs make money out of homes, online

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – Shop Small Saturday or Small Business Saturday puts businesses in the spotlight that are one of a kind and offer a little something extra with purchases.

This year the holiday saw a great increase in businesses based out of homes and online – a trend that is ever growing.

Kayla Dyer, who owns Etsy shop Mountain Gypsy, offered an open house for the online based store out of her home on Saturday as a way to celebrate the event.
The shop is an expansion of a blog Dyer started in 2012.

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Misc/Events

The Christmas Bazaar at the Wayne Public Library runs through December 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bazaar is the main fund raiser for the children’s programs offered at the library. There are baby quilts, bibs, wreaths, homemade cornhole bags, snowmen, ornaments, aprons, and much more. Above, Laney Barrett and mother Carey Barrett browse sale items. Photo submitted

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Extension service looking to up leadership in county schools

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

WAYNE – The West Virginia University Extension Service – Wayne County is looking to increase leadership skills in Wayne County high school students.

The Discovering Youth Leadership program would allow students at the sophomore and junior levels discover their leadership voice and skills through experimental education and engagement.

Julie Tritz, 4-H extension agent, said the program would aide in motivating students falling in the middle of education levels pull out and succeed.

“Our target audience would be those students who fall not in the bottom or top 25 percent, but those in our high schools and students who fall in-between,” Tritz said. “I really want to target them, and when I learned about the program I just fell in love with the idea. I think it is a great addition for Wayne County schools.”

The program is in early stages in the county, however Tritz hopes to roll it out in one of the three high schools in the county.

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Appalachian Power awards $20K grant

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WAYNE – Projects in several Virginia and West Virginia counties and cities have been selected to share $155,000 in economic development grants from Appalachian Power. The awards announced this week are part of Appalachian Power’s efforts to promote economic growth in the company’s service territory.

Wayne County Development Authority’s new subsidiary, the Western Gate Land Development Corporation, received $20,000 for development of a master plan for a 50-acre tract near the Heartland Intermodal Gateway Facility;

Thirteen localities and nonprofits total will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 through the company’s Economic Development Growth Enhancement (EDGE) program administered by John Smolak, economic and business development director. The funds will be used for site development or to support marketing and promotion, or new business development and retention.

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County offering plenty of Christmas outings for family

Wayne Public Library Christmas Bazaar
The bazaar will offer crafts for gift giving and decorating and run from December 1,2, 5-9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds collected from the event will benefit the library’s children’s programs.

Way Back Weekend: Christmas Village
Celebrate the holidays with Heritage Farm as its pioneer village is transformed by Christmas spirit from 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10. These special Friday & Saturday evening Way Back Weekends will light up the village with Christmas carolers, cookie decorating, artisan market, living nativity, writing letters to the North Pole, a special visit from Santa Claus and more. All the museums will be open as well. Visit heritagefarmmuseum.com or call 304-522-1244. Tickets are $15/adult and $10/child (2 and under, free.

Dunlow Gospel Sing
The Dunlow Community Center will be hosting a Gospel Sing on December 3 at 4 p.m. Singers from local churches will come together to provide gospel music for everyone. The event will feature free spaghetti dinner and everyone is welcome.

Coalfield Family Services Santa
The company will offer Fort Gay residents and furry friends a chance to visit with Santa and either take your own picture or have a photo taken for you for a fee on December 3, 10 and 17 from 1-6 p.m. Cost of admission is $3 per person or animal. All animals must be on a leash. There will be baked goods and hot chocolate for sale and the opportunity to make an ornament with an elf for an additional $3. All proceeds raised will go towards buying Christmas gifts and warm clothes for local families in need. For more information, visit the company’s Facebook at “Coalfield Family Services or call at 304-648-7100.

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Christmas caroling event set in Ceredo

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
Staff Writer

CEREDO – Citizens of Ceredo will bring the holiday cheer straight to community front doors during a second Christmas caroling event set for Dec. 17.

Those wishing to participate in the event will be offered cookies and hot chocolate at 6 p.m. at Ceredo City Hall and then at 6:30 the group will go door-to-door singing carols.

Teresa Jeffries, who helped organize the event last year, said the one thing people wanted was to travel door to door and sing – a request she said will be answered this year.

“Last year many people came up to me and said ‘I thought we would be going door-to-door,’ so we are giving them what they want this year,” she said.

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