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(Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of "W. Va. Water Festival" Volume 114 No. 39 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Feb. 7, 2017 50 Cents Do you have a unique talent? Can you sing or play an instrument? The Hinton Hope Foundation will soon be hosting their 4th Annual Hinton's Got Talent. Auditions will take place on February 25th from 12 pm to4 pm at the Summers County Memorial Building in Hinton. Anyone ages 7-100 are welcome to audition. Free registration is required. Please visit their website at For questions, please contact Laura at 304-573-5320. After auditions, those selected to perform in the finals will be notified. The finals will be on March 25th at 7 pm in the auditorium at Summers County High School• Each year, money from this event benefits select seniors at Summers County High School• The seniors are awarded scholarships for their first year of college. We encourage everyone to come out to the finals in March• Laura Lilly Assistant Executive Director Hinton Hope Foundation P O Box 562 Hinton, WV. 25951 American Heart month: heart disease is number one killer According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the nation's number one killer of both men and women. In fact, every 80 seconds, one woman is killed by heart disease and stroke• That's 1 in 3 deaths among women each year• The good news is steps can be taken to reduce risk and improve outcome• The term "heart disease" refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can cause heart attack. Other kinds of heart disease may involve the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. Some people are born with heart disease• Anyone, including children, can develop heart disease. It occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in your arteries. Too much plaque buildup and narrowed artery walls can make it harder for blood to flow through your body• When your heart muscle doesn't get enough blood, you may have chest pain or discomfort, called angina. Angina is the most common symptom of CAD. Over time, CAD can weaken the heart muscle. This may lead to heart failure, a serious condition where the heart can't pump blood the way that it should• An irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, also can develop• When this happens, your arteries can narrow over timel reducing blood flow to the heart. According to ARH Cardiologist Pablo Lopez, M.D., once you get heart disease, you will always have it. '~£here are effective medicines to slow the progression ancl procedures which can help blood and oxygen flow to the heart, but arteries remain damaged," Lopez ~explained• "Also keep in mind the condition of your blood vessels will . steadiiy worsen unless you make changes in your daily habits," take your medicines and control your risk factors•" Major Risk Factors: Unhealthy blood cholesterol levels• This includes high LDL cholesterol (sometimes called "bad" cholesterol) and low HDL cholesterol (sometimes called "good" cholesterol)• High blood pressure. Blood pressure is considered high if it stays at or above 140/90 mmHg over time. If you have diabetes women, the risk for coronary heart disease increases starting at age 55. A family history of early coronary heart disease is a risk factor for developing coronary heart disease, specifically if a father or brother is diagnosed before age 55, or a mother or sister is diagnosed before or chronic kidney disease, high age 65. blood pressure isdefined as i30/80 Regarding these r~tak_ factors, mmHg or highs,-. (The mmHg isL0pez emphasized: '~Pay attei~tidn millimeters of mercury--the units to these health ~ictors and talk used to measure blood pressure.) Smoking• Smoking can damage and tighten blood vessels, lead to unhealthy cholesterol levels, and raise blood pressure. Smoking also can limit how much oxygen reaches the body's tissues. Insulin resistance• This condition occurs ff the body can't use its own insulin properly• Insulin is a hormone that helps move blood sugar into cells where it's used for energy..Insulin resistance may lead to diabetes. Diabetes• With this disease, the body's blood sugar level is too high because the body doesn't make enough insulin or doesn't use its insulin properly. Overweight or obesity. The terms "overweight" and "obesity" refer to body weight that's greater than what is considered healthy for a certain height. Metabolic syndrome: Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for CHD and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. Lack of physical activity. Being physically inactive can worsen other risk factors for CHD, such as unhealthy blood cholesterol levels, high blood pi~essure, diabetes, and overweight or obesity• Unhealthy diet. An unhealthy diet can raise your risk for CHD. Foods that are high in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar can worsen other risk factors for CHD. Older age. Genetic or lifestyle factors cause plaque to build up in your arteries as you age~ In men, the risk for coronary heart disease increases starting at age 45. In to your healthcare provider about making necessary changes to your lifestyle so you can improve your heart health." Your healthcare provider can determine your risk of heart attack, and can provide information about various tools you can use to protect your heart, including smoking cessation programs, an exercise regimen, nutrition counseling, blood pressure screenings and cholesterol testing. For a healthcare professional close to you, go online to Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) at or call YOUr local ARH hospital. Sources: American Heart Association and the National Institute of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute ARH is a not-for-profit health system operating 11 hospitals in BarbourviUe, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, McDoweU, Middlesboro, West Liberty,,-Whitesburg and South Williamson, Ky. and Beckley and Hinton, Wv., as well as multi- specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies. ARH employs nearly 5,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $297 million generated into our local economies• ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members• ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in-southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, and is consistently recognized for its medical excellence. - -' Feds Prepare By Dan Heyman CHARLESTON, W.Va• Congress has voted to eliminate a regulation that restricts the disposal of coal-mining waste in nearby streams• Lawmakers used the Congressional Review Act, a seldom-used 1996 law that says regulations finalized 'in the last 60 legislative days of the year To Undo Stream Protections almost a decade. "Now, with this new Congress and this new administration," she said, "we're seeing them use the Congressional Review Act to dismantle these well-thought-out and scientifically based rules•" Republicans called the regulation a "thinly veiled attempt to wipe out coal-mining jobs," but the U.S. can be overturned with a simple Interior Department said it would protect 6,000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres of forestland from mine waste contaminated with mercury, selenium and arsenic. The CongressionalReviewAct not only overturns existing regulations but also prevents federal agencies from imposing similar rules in the future• majority vote in both houses and the president's signature. According to Dalal Aboulhosn, deputy legislative director of the Sierra Club, the action guts the Stream Protection Rule, which was created with input from stakeholders and review of more than 100,000 public comments over Aboulhosn said Congress could be holding hearings and passing legislation to improve rules. • "Instead, they are using the blunt instrument of the Congressional Review Act to just take it off the books and never have it looked at again," she said. 'What is just a clear giveaway to industry." Under the act, any rules finalized since June 13 can be qverturned with simple-majority votes. That puts more than 50 major regulations at risk, including a new methane-emissions rule to capture wasted gas at wells on federal land, up for discussion today• • More information is online at Black History Month began as "Negro History Week," which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. In 1976, or fifty years later it became the month-long celebration we celebrate today. February was the month chosen for acknowledging the contributions of Americans of color to society to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln• Frederick Douglass who's work as a reformer ranged from his abolitionist activities in the early 1840s to his attacks on Jim Crow and lynching in the 1890s. Abraham Lincoln who on January 1, 1863 issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Below are some facts in history not taught in everyday curriculum at school: Did you know among history's most revered inventors, known for their relentless inquisition, passionate research, impeccable design and, most importantly, their desire to push the envelope? Some of the world's greatest technological and social advancements, including the modern-day gas mask, light bulb and traffic light, owe their origins to black inventors. Did you know that George Washington Carver developed more than 100 products using peanuts? Or that Madam C.J. Walker was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire? Did you know that Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - brilliant African- American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world• nmenta across he WestVirginia EnvironmentalAdvocate is the one person in Council (WVEC) today delivered a the agency charged with aiding protest letter signed by 40 groups citizens interested in protecting objecting to last Friday's firing the environment," said Ciera of WV DEP's Environmental Pennington, WVEC President• %Ve Advocate, Wendy Radcliff. call upon DEP Secretary Austin The rationale for the firing was Caperton and Governor Justice to unclear, and environmentalists answer our call for dialogue and expressed dismay that it occurred consultation with those citizens ,~astily and without consultation• the letter noted that Radcliff L..was highly valued by your mmediate predecessor during his enure as DEP Secretary." The WVEC letter calls on ~ecretary Caperton to "publicly ;xplain the process you will engage in to fulfill your statutory requirements to hire someone for the legally mandated full time position of Environmental Advocate." As the letter was being delivered, other groups were just getting word and signing on, including the Cabell/Huntington Branch of the NAACP and Friends of the Cheat. Full text of the letter is available at: http:llohvec.orgl40-groups-to- wv-dep. "At a time when the primary goal of DEP seems to be to benefit the polluters, the Environmental and groups most dedicated to the mission of advocating for the environment." "It is hard to see a DEP Secretary who would fire the head of the mining Or gas divisions without seeking input from the regulated industries," said Gary Zuckett, a WVEC Board member and Executive Director of WV Citizen Action Group (WV CAG). "Clean air and water matter to West Virginians and are critical resources fbr the benefit of the state's citizens," said Jim Kotcon, Chair of the West Virginia Sierra Club. "Citizens need someone like Wendy to navigate the labyrinth of DEP procedures and regulations. An Environmental Advocate should be a critical position in DEP." '~est Virginians have a realneed for a fair and trusted Environmental Advocate at the DEP. We know, from decades of experience, that extractive industries have much sway over this agency, an agency that should be protecting the health and welfare of all citizens," said Vivian Stockman, Vice Director with the Huntington-based Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. "One of the greatest values of the Advocate is that she or he is sympathetic to citizens' concerns no matter how small and is open to helping those individuals find away through the maze that is DEP. The Advocate is also just that, our advocate to and within the DEP, our spokesperson who advocates for Us, who makes sure our needs are 'well represented within agency discussions of environmental policy that most directly affects our lives no matter how large our neighborhood or narrow our holler," said Cindy Rank, Mining Committee Chair of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy. The Environmental Advocate position was created in 1994 when a DEP reorganization bill was criticized as too friendly to industry. State rules specify that the position is to assist citizens with programs of the agency. Rufus Brown's Home at Pipestem, West Virginia that was on DIY show Barnwood Builders• The house is believed to be a Sears House. Photo by Bill Colbert Historic Homes of Summers County The Summers County Historical Society is compiling stories and photos of historic homes in Summers County to be published into a book, "Historical Homes of Summers County." " The public is invited to partner with the Society in the project by submitting stories and photos of homes built before 1916. Stories should include the following information to the extent it is known: . location of the home; if not in a town give the number of acres of the property • current owner, resident, and' how ownership was acquired -- purchase, auction, inheritance, etc., date built, current condition of the home; if the home no longer exists, date it was burned, torn down, etc., who built it -- name of contractor or •architect, if applicable, cost of the original construction if known, type of construction o- log, brick, frame, stone, etc., unusual features, general description of the home -- porches, cellars, chimneys, landscaping, type of fencing, carpets, wallpaper, windows, number and type of rooms, etc., modifications made to the home over the years--additions, names of all owners, or residents who ever lived in the home, if known, .~ description of significant events that occurred at the home -- famous • visitors, weddings, funerals, births, deaths, ghost sightings, etc. Submit , your information to Donna Brown Brewster, project chairwoman, at 113 Begil Farm Road Pipestem WV 25979. Those wishing their photos and stories to be returned should include a self-addressed stamped envelope with their materials• Materials may also be emailed to 1