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c() =. ,$ ,1 I The HINTON NEWS (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of "W. Va. Water Festival" Volume 109 No. 41 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Jan. 24, 2012 50 Cents ViAHAN NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION said, "I have thoroughly enjoyed and been very humbled by this incredible opportunity to work for the needs of the people of my district and the State of West Virginia. It has been a labor of love. But there are other After nearly 16 years in the 27th = "House of Delegate District, Virginia :Mahan, Saturday, announced she would not be seeking another term of office in 2012. Mahan, (D) Raleigh/Summers, prospects I would like to be able to pursue. The district has many qualified people who might wish to seek candidacy and it is only fair to let them know my intentions before the filing period closes." Giving up a seat she has held since first elected in 1996 was a "tough decision," she said. "I feel so blessed to have represented my community for this time but I want to try my hand at some other things and utilize the knowledge and skill this work has taught me." Mahan is the first woman to serve on the Joint Committee on Government and Finance, a legislative body made up of House and Senate leadership, and the ranking woman on the House Judiciary Committee. 3 Homes Burn on Upper 4th Ave. Three homes on upper 4th Ave., between the alley and James St., burned early Sur, day morning completely destroying two of them. Hinton firemen were called to the scene around 12:20 a.m. and fought the fire throughout the morning that was caused by a faulty dryer in the center home. Both adjoining houses suffered smoke, fire and water damage when the fire moved along the back of those structures. The lower home suffered the most extensive damage, with the back of that =trLmture gutted, and apparently is beyond repair. Community Service Project Applications Needed By Sarah Elswick The Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia (CCCWV), with assistance from the Summers County Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative working group, is seeking project applications. " For the first time, Boy Scouts attending the National Scout Jamboree in July 2013 will be completing community service ,%., . {!R::ii!!:: Lee Hunt Files For Sheriff Candidacy E. L. (Lee) Hunt, of Nimitz, announces his candidacy for Sheriff. Hunt said his work experience includes joining the USMC, a Gunnery Sgt. E7. He worked at the Rigs Bank in Washington D.C. for four years, where he worked in the Accounts Receivable and Payable division. He was supervisor for two years. He also taught administration at Perris Island for four years and retired from USMC in the late 1970's. Following retirement he joined the Summers County Sheriffs Department and attended the WV State Police Academy for local law enforcement. After leaVing the Sheriffs Department he served as Hinton's Chief of Police for two years. He is a graduate of Dupont High School in Belle, WV and Beckley College and has an AS in Education. projects throughout Southern West Virginia. This is a great opportunity for Summers County which has the potential to have 100 projects completed thanks to participating scouts and volunteers. According to CCCWV CEO Robert Martin, "we can undertake projects which will have a significant impact for West Virginia citizens and the communities in which we live, work, and play. We can strengthen and revitalize our communities.' Projects should fall under one of the following categories: Construction, Wellness, Infrastructure, Green-Friendly, and Arts & Education. The scouts may build trails, paint murals, create community gardens, or beautify downtown areas. Applicants including community- based organizations, civic groups, nonprofit organizations, churches, government agencies, schools, and volunteer groups are encouraged to think offtside th'e box when submitting service project ideas. Project applications are available at the Summers Memorial Building & Courthouse, Summers County Public Library, and online at www.rtscsi.com. There will be a workshop on Thursday, February 2 at 6 p.m, in the Memorial Building Auditorium to help applicants complete the forms and answer any questions. Applications are due by March 31, to the CCCWV office in Beckley, WV. For more information, please contact Sarah Elswick at 304-466- 7167 or the Citizens Conservation Corps at 304-254-9196. Commission Candidate Jeff Lyon announces his candidacy for Summers County Commission. Jeff is a 6th generation lifelong resident of Summers County. He runs his own business in Summers County, Allbrands Appliance Service, and has been in business for 13 years. He says he is seeking the office of County Commission because, "I want to help the county move forward." She was founder and Co-Chair of the bi-partisan WVa Child Welfare Legislative Caucus and was instrumental in creating the Child Abuse & Neglect Registry, the first such registry in the nation. She was also instrumental in creating the Children's Special Victims Unit within th.e State Police and is the legislative representative on the Help America Vote Committee. Her long career includes chairing the legisl.ative Rule-Making Review, the Select Committee on Child Protection and Children's Advocacy and the Pay Equity Commission, along with being a member of the House Rules committee. "I have made lifetime friends and will surely miss much of this job I have so loved. But there are so many other paths I would like to be able to consider." Mahan says she is not ready for retirement and will likely remain involved in community activities. "I feel good about many of the measures I have championed.And I have ideas and energy that compel me to seek new, additional ways to help the people of my state," she concluded. Care Center $1,500Donation. Shwn left to right: Eugenia Brown, Jodi Bennett, Brenda Weikle, Jeff Smith, Sandy Turner, Rhodetta Jones, Louise Tabor and Trish Hoyle. Summers N&RC Presents Camp Summers with $1,500 donation Since 2007, Sandy Turner has made it her mission to rehabilitate Camp Summers for the community and for future generations. Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center contributed to that mission by presenting Camp Summers with a $1,500 donation from the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc. The $1,500 donation'will cover the costs of repairing the roof and ceiling in the Dining, Hall kitchen and assist with star-up costs for the upcoming season. Turner said the repair to the Dining Hall is only one of several projects that will improve the facilities at Camp Summers. "This camp means so much to so many families throughout Summers County," Turner said. "Families have been coming here and creating special memories since the 30's." Other projects include continued improvements to electrical wiring, burying some of the waterlines, repairing the original fireplaces in the cabins and possibly developing walking and bike trails. "My goal is'that Camp [Summers] will be able to sustain itself and be around for generations, for families and kids and so those special memories will continue," Turner said. This donation is the second from Summers. N&RC; the facility presented $500,which helped purchase new mattresses for the cabins, in July 2010. "We know how important Camp Summers is to our community, and it's our honor and pleasure to contribute to something that will benefit so many people," JeffSmith, Executive Director for Summers N&RC. The donation was made possible through the AMFM Charitable Foundation, lnc., which operates Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. The foundation provides money to its' family of skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities to support community events, charities and programs. Take Advantage of Tax Credits By Rick Moorefield The Child Tax Credit (CTC) is a The WVU Extension Service federal taxcredit worth up to $1,000 encourages all taxpayers to look for per child. An eligible child includes and take advantage of every a son, daughter, adopted child, Candidates Filing Up Date Several more put their name on the dotted line last week for the Primary Election that will be held on May 8. Tony Williams, of Jumping  Branch, will be challenging Leonard Anderson for the Democratic nomination for the office of County Commission. On the Republican ticket Geof Tuckerman, of Hinton, and Jeff Lyon, of Pipestem, will be competing for the nomination. The non-partisan Board of Education found another candidate when James Withrow, of Green Sulphur Spring, filed to retain his seat from the New River District. Earlier, Jean Gore, in the Greenbrier River District, filed her candidacy. Members of the Board of Education will be elected on May 8. No new candidates, as of press time, had filed for the election that will determine which candidate will win the party's choice. In the House race for the 28th Delegate District, Democrats Jeffry Pritt, of Pickaway, and Keith Wickline, of Lindside, added their names to the list of candidates seeking that nomination. The 42nd District of the House of Delegates also finds new candidates filing for the nomination. Democrats Peter Bostic, of White Sulphur Springs, and Lavoyd Morgan Jr., of Ronceverte, filed last Week with the Secretary of State along with Republican candidate George Ambler, of Fort Spring. Summers County High School Gym Will Host Games Thursday,.Friday and Saturday (Parents of SCHS Students receive free admission and Concession Coupons for completing school surveys) Summers County High School will host lots of basketball action this weekend. On Thursday night, Jan. 26, The Lady Bobcats host sectional rival Pikeview at 5:30 and 7:30. Friday Night, Jan. 27, Summers County Boys Basketball will host Shady Spring at 5:30 and 7:30. On Saturday evening at Summers County High School their will be a triple header between Summers County and Valley Fayette. The SMS Boys play at 4:30 followed by the SMS Girls at 6:00 and the Varisty Girls game at 7:30. Join us at the Summers County High School on Thursday night to learn about financial aid options for college. Then watch the Summers County Lady Bobcats take on Pikeview in a battle of ranked class "AA" teams. Free tickets are available to parents of students that attend Summers County High School. Simply come early and complete a survey about school safety and future college financial needs and parents receive free game tickets and a $5 coupon for the concession stand. Come early before the game and complete the surveys then cheer on the Lady Bobcats. Drawings will also be held for other great prizes. available tax credit available in their 2011 tax returns. Two particular programs of benefit to low and moderate income families are the Earned Income Credit (EIC) and the Child Tax Credit (CIC). The primary goals of these programs are to reduce the tax burden on workers, to supplement wages, and to provide a work incentive. Those that qualify for these credits can take advantage of the programs even if they have already filed a 2011 tax return by filing an amended return. The EIC is a refundable federal tax credit for eligible working families. If your 2011 earn income is less than $50,000 you may qualify. Earned income includes all taxable income gained from working. To qualify for the EIC, a person must work full or part-time and have earned income during the year. If married artd filing jointly, at least one spouse must work and have earned income. Announces Candidacv For Sheriff "I am pleased," Garry E. Wheeler said, "to announce that I am once again running for the position of Sheriff of Summers County. I was honored to serve the citizens of our county for eight years and would be honored to serve again." During his two terms as sheriff he was very aggressive with the drug problems in the county and also with domestic violence situations. He has also been a private investigator in the county for the past three years and has extensive knowledge about the county. "I don't need a year in office to learn the county and I don't need a year to learn where the drug dealers are, since I already have that information," he noted. stepchild, grandchild, or eligible foster child who is less than 17 years of age and is a U.S. citizen or resident immigrant. New rules make the credit more available to working families, even if they did not earn enough to owe federal income taxes: The CTC can reduce or eliminate the tax you owe. Further, CTC is not considered as income and should not affect benefits like welfare or TANF, food stamps, SSI, Medicaid, CHIP, foster care, adoption assistance, or public housing. Greg Vandall Announces Candidacy Greg Vandall has been the Summers County Assessor for the past three years. He says "it has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Summers County. I have strived to update the Assessor's office and provide efficient, dependable and friendly service." As Assessor, he says, "I promise that I will continue to work just as hare. to be a stable, reliable and fair Assessor." P 1 |iltlll  !1 [ Ill,  ! | i,i IiliH ii li Ii lii!t Ii I I ii,i[llIiiWiillglil,llli iiii