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Legislative Report By Tom Miller PressNet Reporter Charleston -- Legislation ecommended to the 2012 Legislature by Gov. Earl Ray omblin would give a major tax break to any company investing at least $2 billion to build a "cracker lant" in West Virginia to convert thane, a byproduct of Marcellus hale natural gas wells, into the ighly useful chemical compound thylene. ; The companion bills (SB206 and ;HB 4086), introduced in both hambers last Tuesday, were one of hree initial tax incentives dvocated by the governor. He also as recommended bills to continue o a four-year exemption from the tate's severance tax first enacted by the 2009 Legislature and to repeal the present tax on :telecommunications services that is no longer producing any revenue. : Gov. Tomblin wants to grant the ;tax break to a cracker plant for 25 ears by reducing the property taxes for such an operation to five percent, or salvage value. He gave no :estimate of the potential amount of such a tax break but Ted Boettner, i :executive director of the West :Virginia Center for Budget and !Policy, estimated that an investment :of only $1 billion in Kanawha County would enjoy an annual i property tax break of $13 million, State officials, meanwhile, :estimated that at the five percent alvage value, any facility that ould qualify for this tax break ould still pay about $1.5 million in annual property taxes. In the wake of the findings about the poor safety standards at the :tpper Big Branch mine where 29 :miners died, the House of Delegates :asted no time introducing a broad oal mine safety bill last Monday Jan. 16). House Speaker Rick hompson, D-Wayne, is the lead sponsor of HB4085 that has 10 house sponsors including the ::Majority Leader, the Majority Whip nd the chairman of the House udiciaTy Committee where the bill Ibr this infraction. As a "secondary offense", drivers can only be cited if they are stopped for a primary traffic offense such as speeding or reckless driving. According to the Highway Safety Administration, 35 states already prohibiting text messaging while driving and 32 of those treat tha  offense as a primary violation. The House of Delegates also voted unanimously last week to pass a bill that would tighten the state's Freedom of Information Act and expand what is considered a public record. The latest version would include personal e-mails of public officials as documents that would be subject to the FOIAlaw. The House passed the bill, 94-0, and sent it to the Senate--the first bill to pass the House this session. Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox has asked legislators to consider putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot for this year's election that apparently doesn't have the blessing of the governor. During a recent joint legislative public hearing, Mattox said a $1 billion to $1.5 billion road bond issue, if approved by the voters, would enable the Division of Highways to finish 17 different projects statewide. One of them would be a toll-free U. S. Route 35 in Putnam and Mason counties that is already partially upgraded to four-lane status between 1-64 near St. Albans and the Ohio border at Point Pleasant. The final 14.6-mile section is still awaiting funding and conversion to a toll road is one of the options if there is no alternate plan for financing that remaining segment, imposing tolls on the highway is a potential option. The 2011 Legislature passed a bill to raise $40 million annual in increased fees charged by the Division of Motor Vehicles for license plates, drivers' license renewals, etc. but the bill was vetoed by Gov. Tomblin. Mattox estimated it would require somewhere between $65 million and $75 million in annual is now pending. state revenues each year to pay off Gov Earl Ray Tombhn h" " ' " .... a$'i'bilii)road lond issue over th# ndicated he will jnodu: mie r(,,a  -  ........ I! .-safety legslatmn as Sel  ai ,s Another bill that began movin expecte d that his proposal will be early in the House of Delegates ombined with the bill already ffered by the House leadership. One feature of the House bill is that [t  would require certain mining Tachines to shut down automatically when methane becomes 1.25 percent of the air. This s the explosive gas that cause the ][ragic disaster at the Upper Big ranch mine in April of 2010. , Another hot button issue that began its legislative journey last week was the governor's proposal to make ]t illegal to send text messages r use a cell phone while driving. owever, some lawmakers are not atisfied that the administration }vould make this a "secondary" ffense. Efforts to send the bill out of the House Roads and ransportation Committee last iveek, however, were stalled because f many questions and potential mendments from members and it ill be on the agenda when the committee meets again this week. Nine other states, along with Washington, D. C., already have during the first full week of the 2012 legislative session was a measure to create the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs that has passed the lower chamber each year since 2008 only to die in the Senate. Del. Clif Moore, D-McDowell, the bill's sponsor , is optimistic that the Senate is now ready to agree to the legislation including the $350,000 of state funding required for the new agency. The program that would advocate for all minorities in the state is named after the late Herbert H. Henderson, a prominent civil rights leader from Huntington who served as head of the West Virginia NAACP for 20 years. He died in 2007 at the age of 78 and Moore has been advocating this proposal every year since then. TOPS TOPS WV 207, Hinton is a support group for those who are striving to lose weight. You are aws banning the use of handheld welcome to meet with us at Miller Memorial ell phones while driving but in eight basement, 109MethodistMiller Avenue" ChurChon fthose nine states, it is a primary: m , nursay bffense which means law 5 to 7 p.m. nforcement can pull a driver over For more information call 304-  890-2112. ]oins Adopt A Highway Program The Neighborhood Association of Ballengee, NABE, joined the Adopt a Highway Program with a community trash pick-up on Wayside and Ballengee Rd. on January 12. The group included left to right: Monte McKenzie, Phil Church, Frank Jones, Valerie Church, Elora McKenzie. Sheila and Charlie Johnson, all of Ballengee. The Neighborhood Association of Ballengee is a newly fbrmed group organized to help the rural community. NABE is 160kingtoinclude the entire community of Ballengee. If you would like to know more about the group call Elora McKenzie at 304- 466-1350 or Sheila Johnson at 304-466-4507. ,,===================== Shane Boone WMTD Welcomes New Account Executive RadioAM1380, WMTD-AM, a subsidiary of MountainPlex Properties, LLC in Hinton introduces its new Account Executive Shane Boone. With experience in supervising employees and a passion to better serve the community, MountainPlex Media, is pleased with the addition of Mr. Boone to the operations of its locally owned and operated broadcast enterprise. MountainPlex Properties, LLC is proud to announce the transfer and promotion of Shane Boone from MountainPlex LawnCare to the position of Account Executive with RadioAM1380. Shane is a resident of Hinton where for two years he served as a Children's Librarian at the Summers County Public Library. Shane is also a Veteran of the United States Navy where he was a Wm:k Center Supervisor while stationed in Norfolk, VA. Through his military career he was awarded the Navy and Marine Carp Achievement Medal, and a Good Conduct Award. After several months of assisting in the growth of MountainPlex LawnCare, Shane's gregarious nature captured the attention of WMTD-AM General Manager Mike Craft and he was pursued as a radio station employee. Shane's experience, disciplines, and creative talent qualify him to provide the service of community lations thr0ughthe medium adio brQadcasting tooun Sotther ftilest Virginia listnfffg :audlefl. In his new posigion of Account Executive, Shane will be responsible for developing new revenue through creative prospecting, meeting with customers,and providing customer focused marketing solutions. He will also assist in the scheduling of on air programming to fuel the growth ofRadioAM1380. Shane is based out of the main studio office of MountainPlex Media, LLC & WMTD-AM located above the Ritz Theatre in Historic Downtown Hinton. Council on Aging This is a weekly publication of the Summers County Council on Aging Inc., 120 Second Ave., Hinton. Funded in part by the WV Bureau of Senior Services, Appalachian Area Agency on Aging, other grant and local resources and donations. Any older persons is encouraged to participate in the program regardless of race, creed, handicap or national origin. The Summers County Council on Aging is an equal opportunity employer. Wednesday, January 25, Tasty Meatloaf, Corn, Buttered Rice, Applesauce, Whole Wehaat Bread, Margarine/Milk.Activities: Swimming At Pipesem State Park Please Sign Up If You Plan To Go. Thursday, January 26, Pinto Beans, Sliced Onions, Cabbage, Apricots, Cornbread, Margarine/ Milk. Activities: Blood Pressure Clinic At 10:45 a.m. Bingo At 10:15 a.m. Friday, January 27, Baked Fish, Coleslaw, Parsley Potataes, Sliced Peaches, Bun, Milk. Activities: Gospel Singing. Monday, January 30, White Beans, Sliced Onions, Tomatoes, apricots, Cornbread, Margarine/ Milk. Activities: Bible Study With Preacher Avi At 11:00 a.m. Menu changes may occur due to availability of food or due to circumstances beyon d our control. HEALTH SCREENING Women's Health Screenings available. Attention: Women ages 25-64. If you are uninsured or underinsured you may be eligible for pap smear and mammogram (age restrictions for mammograms do apply) through the WV Breast and Cervical Screening Program. These tests could save your life. Call the Summers County Health Department for more information and appointment. From Page 4 Goldenseal Winnter Issue farming, religion, traditional crafts,  food, and politics. Priced at $5.95 per issue, magazines are carried at the 'Pipestem Gift Shop in small quantities. They can also be purchased at Goldenseal by telephone(304-558-0220), or E-mail www.wvculture.org/goldenseal.html (postage & handling added). Subscription Rate is just $20.00 per year (4issues). The book, "Barns of Summers County, West Virginia Heritage" can be purchased at the Hinton Library for $42.00 (or ordered for $46.98). ,The Library Telephone number is 304-466-4490. Books can also be ordered through the web site www.barnsofsummerscounty.com where charges cgn be made by credit card. Tues Jan 24, 2012 Hinton News - 5 If you tell the truth, you don't NOT ACCEPTING CLOTHING have to remember anything. Loaves and Fishes is no longer --Mark Twain accepting clothing. Will resume in *** Feb. Fitness Center Bobcat Fitness Center will be opening on Monday December 26th and will be located at 301 Summers Street. The hours will be Monday- Friday 5 am - 9 pm and Saturdays 7 am- 5 pm and will be closed on Sundays. Various fitness classes will be offered throughout the year for an additional fee. Packages go on sale Monday December 19. They are based on the individual monthly rate of $25.00 per month or a family rate Of $55.00. Packages discounts apply please call 304-309-4181 for more information or look us up on Facebook. Passing ru and00tone Ritz eater sunday, 9 1:00o No reserved seats box ofce opens 12:45 Open H Friday, lOam - 3pm Open to Physicians, Nursing Homes.and PubI Our new Senior Care Anxiety Signs and Symptoms Excessive anxiety and worry occurring in several areas of life such as work and home The person finds it difficult to control the worry The anxiety and worry are associated with 3 or more of the following 6 symptoms - Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge - Being easily fatigued - Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank -Irritability - Muscle tension - Sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless unsatisfying sleep) The anxiety or worry causes distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning Lethargy: loss of energy and/or motivation Aches and pains with no physical cause Changes in sleep patterns: insomnia, hypersomnia, sleeping during the day and up during the night A depressed or empty mood A loss of pleasure in activities A substantial unplanned weight loss or gain Restlessness, irritability Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness Excessive or inappropriate guilt , Difficulty in thinking clearing Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide Persons who exhibit some, or all of the above, may be suffering from Major Depression The Senior Care Program provides transportation up to a forty mile radius of the hospital, with sessions four days a week, Mon-Thur. Lunch provided with the program. To qualify participants must have Medicare part B and a Supplemental ARH Summers County Hospital Senior Care is located in main lobby across from the gift shop. Terrace Street Hinton, WV 25952 304-466-2969 ARH Summers County www,arh.org