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9 $ ,m 0 71,1/7 !,~,ii~i/ii! ! =/'~ ~i i i::~iTi!:~L~ /~: 'iii:i , "nntinuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home f "W. Va. Water Festival" Volume 116 No. 35 Hinton, I est Virginia Tuesday, January 8, 2019 50 Cents the e .own Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on how the partial government shutdown is impacting West Virginia. According to OPM, there are roughly 18,000 federal employees in West Virginia. "I have always said we should never shutdown the government and governing this way is embarrassing for both Democrats and Republicans. This partial government shutdown effects every American, including the 18,000 federal employees in West Virginia. I am proud that many of these employees will continue to come to work without pay to make sure that our nation remains safe and secure, but I am very concerned that they will be missing critical paychecks - something that is always difficult, but particularly so during the holidays. That's why I remain committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a commonsense solution that reopens the federal government and funds our border security to keep Americans safe," said Senator Manchin. How the Shutdown Impacts West Virginia Workers Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, FBI: The FBI's largest .dj'yision is located in Clarksburg and employs over 2500 federal workers - making it a substantial employer in central West Virginia. As a result of the shutdown, around two-thirds of these employees will be forced to work without pay, while the rest will be furloughed, or temporarily laid off, for the duration of the shutdown. Bureau of Fiscal Service, Dept. of Treasury: The Department of Treasury employs around 2200 employees in Parkersburg. However, because a large number of employees are paid through a revolving fund separate from annual appropriations, almost 80% of employees in the Bureau are exempt from the shutdown. Those that are deemed essential may have to work without pay until the shutdown ends, however. Bureau of Prisons, Dept. of Justice: The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has around 1000 employees at 7 federal correctional institutions, penitentiaries, and prison camps around the state, making it one of the largest federal employers in West Virginia. Nearly all of these staff, and particularly those working directly at federal prisons, are considered essential and will work without pay through the duration of the shutdown. Coast Guard, Dept. of Homeland Security: The Coast Guard has over 400 employees at three facilities located in West Virginia, the Vessel Documentation Center in Falling Waters and the Operations Systems Center and National Maritime Center in Martinsburg, making it a significant employer in the Eastern Panhandle. Both the Vessel Documentation Center and the Operations Center have closed, and all civilian employees in the state are furloughed without pay for the duration of the shutdown. Active duty personnel report for duty as usual, but are not be paid. Customs & Border Patrol Advanced Training Center, Dept. of Homeland Security: CBP operates its Advanced Training Center in Harpers Ferry, where hundreds of federal employees and contractors train over 8000 border agents each year. DHS does not deem training to be an essential activity during a shutdown, so DHS requires the Advanced Training Center to close when its students are able to be relocated. Independent Verification & Validation Center (IV&V), NASA: NASA employees around 200 full-time federal workers and contractors at the IV&V Center in Fairmont. All but one of the federal workers will be furloughed during the shutdown. Federal contractors m ay continue to work if they have already received contracts and their work does not require supervision from federal employees. Green Bank Observatory, National Science Foundation (NSF): The Green Bank Observatory is a critical employer in Pocahontas lrglnla County. While it is operated by the National Science Foundation, which is closed during the shutdown, Green Bank's funding is provided by both NSF and other sources, so it will remain open at this time. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Dept. of Transportation: The FAA employs around 120 people throughout the state. Of these, around 20% have been furloughed, while some others are paid through funds not impacted by annual appropriations. Air Traffic Controllers, who keep our skies and airports safe from accidents and disasters, will work without pay. Federal Courts: Federal courts in West Virginia have enough funding through court fee balances and other funds to operate until next week before they will be impacted by the shutdown. While many staff will continue to work without pay to ensure the judiciary and law enforcement continues, some employees will likely be furloughed. National Parks and Forests: West Virginia has a number of National Parks and Forests throughout the state. These national recreation areas will remain open for visitors, but services will not be available, arid non-essential employees will be furloughed. National Parks and Refuges such as the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the New River Gorge National River are operated by the National Parks Service within the Department of the Interior. National forests such as the Monongahela National Forest and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests are operated by the U.S. Forest Service within the Department of Agriculture, which also operates the Wood Education and Research Center in Princeton and a Research Center in Morgantown. Finally, wildlife refuges such as the Canaan Valley and Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuges are operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which also operates its National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown. Manchin, Kaine, Warner, Brown, Jones and Casey Introduce Legislation to Secure Miners Pensions and Healthcare The American Miners Act of 2019 ensures the promise of lifetime health care arid pensions to retired miners and their families invites Me Turnrow's recent achievements in promoting agricultural business throughout Appalachia. Light snacks will be provided. For questions about the Annual Producer Meeting, contact Beth Ryan by calling 304-573-4242 or emailing beth@sproutingfarms.org. About Turnrow Appalachian Farm Collective: Turnrow Appalachian Farm Collective is a coordinated group of farmers and organizations that market, sell, distribute, and process local products for customers across the region. Turnrow's focus is "seed to box," working with producers and buyers to bridge the necessary gap to fundamentally changing our approach to accessing local food. Turnrow is the largest food Farmers access broader markets through partnership with Turnrow collective in the state and serves Appalachian Farm Collective. Learn more at the Annual Producer Meeting a regional customer base that January 29, 2019 reaches beyond West Virginia into Kentucky, Ohio, and Virginia. [Talcott, WV] On Tuesday, Montwell Commons in Lewisburg, Approximately 75 farmers January 29, local farmers areWV, located behind Hill and Holler partner with Turnrow throughout invited to join representatives (970 N. Jefferson St Lewisburg). the region to ensure fresh, quality from the Turnrow Appalachian Attendees will learn about food is distributed quickly and Farm Collective to learn aboutTurnrow AppalachianFarm efficiently tobuyers. growing their farm business andCollective and what they are doing To learn more about Turnrow " new partnerships for sustainable to support local agriculture in WV. Appalachian Farm Collective visit success. Farmers will hear about the TurnrowFarms.org This free event will take placeopportunities to access newly from 6pm to 8pm at the Barn at developingmarkets, andlearnabout Trump's Government Shutdown Affects 18,000 West Virginia Federal Employees West Virginians deserve to know Trump, in his own words, is 'proud' roughly 18,000 federal workers in where Governor Justice stands to shut the government down and West Virginia that are impacted by Senator Joe Manchin pointed seemingly Governor Jim Justice is a government shutdown. out that because of the Trump okay with it," said Belinda Biafore, "West Virginians and federal . Government Shutdown 18,000 WVDP Chairwoman. employees across the nation are federal workers in West Virginia "Governor Jim Justice is having to choose between buying are being effected, supposed to protect and fight for food and filling their prescriptions. Those 18,000 West Virginians West Virginians so where does he Shutting the government and their families deserve to know stand on Trump's shutdown while down may not mean much for the where Governor Justice stands on 18,000 federal employees in West wealthy and powerful like Trump Trump's shutdown. Virginia could be working and not and Justice, but these are peoples "18,000 West Virginians could getting paid?" lives, not a political game." be working without pay because According to OPM there are BARNS OF SUMMERS COUNTY-westvirginiaHeritage An extract from the book for your enjoyment By Phyllis Campbell Whitley U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D- WV), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Doug Jones (D-AL) and Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced the American Miners Act of 2019, legislation to secure our nation's retired miners pensions by: 1) shoring up the 1974 Pension Plan which is headed for insolvency due to coal company bankruptcies and the 2008 financial crisis, 2) ensuring that the miners who are at risk due to 2018 coal company bankruptcies will not lose their healthcare, and 3) extending the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund tax at $1.10 per ton of undergr und'mined coal and $0.55 per ton of' surface- mined coal fbr ten years. This tax is critical fbr supporting the Black Lung Disability Trust fund, which provides hcalthcare and benefits to more than 25,000 miners and their dependents. The American Miners Act of 2019 will amend the Surlhce Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to transfer funds in excess of the amounts needed to meet existing obligations under thc Abandoned Mine Land lund to the 1974 Pension Iqan to prevent its insolvency. It will also amend the (Joal Act to include 2018 bankruptcies in the miners' healthcare liz I.hal, passed in 20l 7, and ext(md tim tax that funds the Black I.ung I)isabdity Trust Fund at 2018 h~,wds for 10 years. "Our coal miners made a commitment to provide our nation with the energy we needed to power our nation to prosperity. They did so time and time again even when it risked their health and their lives. It is our turn now to keep our promise to them and ensure that we secure their hard earned pensions and their promised healthcare and black lung benefits. We cannot continue to allow these solutions to be put off again and again. Our retirees and their widows deserve better than that. For these retired miners, their pensions and healthcare benefits are the difference between paying their mortgage or being kicked out of their home, it's the difference between putting food on their tables or going hungry. ] look fbrward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to finally secure our miners pensions and healthcare," Senator Manchin said. "Virginia's mincrs earned their pensions and health care benefits aftcr years ofdiflicult and dangerous work to provide us energy," Senator Kaine said. "I hupe that Congress will quickly act on this legislation and give miners pcace of mind." "Congress made a promise in 1946 to protect coal miners after a lifetime of arduous aml dangerous work to hel p power this nation," said Senator Warner. "This legislation wouhl ensure that we fulfill that prom{se by protecting retired coal miners across the country, including in Virginia, where roughly 500 miners and their dependents are at risk of losing their healthcare following the bankruptcy of Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Company. This bill will also protect miners' hard-earned pensions, and makes important changes I've been pushing for to defend and strengthen the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, which provides healthcare and benefits for thousands of retirees suffering from this deadly disease." "Ohio miners put their health at risk for their country. And alter years of backbreaking and dangerous work, they deserve the health care and pension benefits they've earned," said Brown. "We need to be a country that values hard work and respects the people who do it. We can start by keeping our promise to these miners," Senator Brown said. "It is our responsibility to keep our promises to the men and women who built our great nation. I won't stop lighting until we've secured healthcare benefits, pensions, and an extension of the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund fbr coati miners and their families. 1 hope Congressional Reputflicans will join our mission to address this crucial issue in rural America," Senator Casey said. FORMER EPPERLY [NOW ALLMAN] BARN The Thomas A. and Mary sawduot for the floor. (Basham) Epperly home place on She had crepe paper and taught Madams Creek is just one mileme to weave the orange and from the New River Bridge and the black to make streamers to hang town of Hinton. everywhere. A group played music. Current owner, RosemaryI remember everyone bobbed for Allman, had been told as a child apples in a big tub ofwater. Wehad that the mules that were used to so much fun at the party as well as work on the railroad in Hinton, preparing for it. were brought there for feed and The barn, beyond repair, was rest. torn down in 2002, but the good From her childhood memories memories remain." she recalls the barn was built from When Mrs. Alhnan was asked boards made from several types of about previous owners of the farm, wood, some very narrow, some 18- she wanted to know more herself. 20 inches wide. She spent time at the Court It was a banked barn with theHouse tracing owners back to 1900 lower level supported by a rock when it was owned by Mrs. Avis wall. Six small stalls and three Hinton; 1902 Mrs. C.A. Hinton, large storage rooms were in this widow of John D. Hinton; and then, level. 1907 W. C. and Edna Anderson; The upper level had five stalls 1912 W H. and Josephine C. and a long room where harnesses Deeds; 1917-1919 L.L. and Nina and such were stored. Reed; 1919-1922 A.S. Burton and Rosemary said she remembers P.S. Burton; 1922-1923 Charlie A, "When I was about six years old, & Osa A. Comer; 1923-1936 J.W. my older sister, Anna, decided to and Aroma Frazier ; 1936 - 1983 have a Halloween party. Thomas A. and Mary (Basham) We cleaned the big long area in Epperly; 1983-1989 Kenneth and the lower barn. Someone hauled in Rosemay (Epperly) Alhnan,Sr.; ON MADAMS CREEK 1989 to present Rosmary Allman and son, Kenneth H. Allman II. Photograph were taken and provided by Mrs. Allman. The history was provided by Mrs. Allman, her daughter Shelia Billups, and Nancy C. Richmond, another granddaughter of Thomas A. and Mary Epperly. Mrs. Whitley is a lifetime member of the Summers County Historical Society. The book can be purchased at the Summers County Public Library or by order at barnsofsummerscounty. coin. Mrs. Whitley's latest book is entitled "Photographer on Horseback - John C. Wikel". It details life of a photographer who lived along Little Wolf Creek in the early 1900s. It can be purchased from members of the Summers County Historical Society or by order at photographeronhorseback.com. Sale of the Barn book benefits the Library and sale of the Wikel book benefits the Summers County Historical Society. It 1 7',