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/O ,$ e,i | ~; >!i~ '-i :ii?~ ! ~'! ~'~ ~? ~i! !:!:~:? :~ ,1 I F m ,$ q | a_ (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) of "W, Va. Water Festival" Volume 114 No. 41 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017 50 Cents :!:! :i i!~!:~: :? i Pictured above: (L to R): Will Taylor, son of Mary Jane and Jimmy Taylor Jalin Keaton, son of Jason Keaton Ian Gardner, son of Phyllis Sea 'Inla ram The West Virginia Legislature's Page Program has become an integral part of the services provided to legislators and the public. The Page Program, from its inception, has been a communications link between lawmakers and our young students. The Page Pi-ogram gives students, grades 6 thru 12, from West Virginia's public and nonpublic schools an opportunity to serve as Pages in the West Virginia Legislature during the regular session. Pages serve members of the House and Senate in a nonpartisan capacity, within the Legislature. The Program accomplishes the following objectives: Provide students with a meaningful and exciting experience in s~tate government Meet and work with other young people, their state representatives and those from different areas of the state Give students firsthand learning experiences regarding the role of the legislators in the state Have students share thoughts and ideas with legislators as lawmakers formulate and make decisions affecting every citizen (The above information came from the WV Legislature Website) hinton We would like to congratt~late our Summers Middle School. 8th grade Senate Pages In By Chris Chanlett Hinton has had its huddle. ."Huddle" is a new term for small gatherings across the country that have grown out the Women's March in Washington on January 21. Shalom Tazewell , literacy educator at the library, called together 45 people in Hinton following meetings in Beckley (25) and Lewisburg (60). The Women's March drew over half amillion people into the streetsof the capital to demonstrateunhappiness with the freshly inaugurated President Trump. Sister raUies in every state drew millions of participants including 2800 in Charleston of whom at least ten Came from Summers County. Not a single person was arrested that day as the mood was defiant and good-natured, jubilant in its numbers and knowledgeable that a long struggle lies ahead. A huddle involves 100% participation as everyone introduces herself and says a few words. concerns, hopes, and promises to act on their issues: The small groups bring their lists back to the whole group. Men and women chime in their pledges and dates of upcoming events to move along the agenda.. The major issues expressed in these huddles boil down to several areas: health care, the environment, human rights, and the proper role for government. Huddlers believe that Obamacare despite all its problems has improved rather than destroyed the health care system. The survival of Summers County Hospital depends in no small part on the extension of Medicaid and support for emergency services. It could easily go the way of 80 other rural hospitals that have closed since 2010, according to Patty Huddlers believe in protecting the earth from gigantic pipelines, accelerating climate disruption, and defunding public land. Anna Ziegler, Hinton attorney, said that the region's natural beauty and environmental integrity are driving factors for a tourism based economy. She reported that the National Park Service employs nearly 100 people locally and more state, and federal cutbacks will compromise the appeal that the NPS and Pipestem State Park offer travelers. The other issues bring out so many different viewpoints that it is impossible to summarize in a couple paragraphs. It can be safely said that the Trump triumph in assuming power has set off a new wave of civic Crawford, Hinton resident and activism especially in areas where director of rural outreach services he won big majorities. at WV School of Osteopathic This movement is striving to Medicine. define its issues and find candidates The current majority party hasto voice them. Shalom Tazewell promised to repeal Obamacare and at shalomtazewell@frontier.com The meeting breaks out in small cannot agree on how to fund the will be informing people of future groups in which people relate their parts of it that are so popular, meetings. Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $769K for WVU STEM Programs Funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support efforts to recruit and prepare STEM teachers Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that $768,998 will be awarded to West Virginia University (WVU) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to partner with Doddridge and Marion County School Districts to recruit and prepare mathematics and science majors for careers in teaching secondary mathematics or science. This project will help train and recruit six or seven new scholars per each year for four years and provide each scholar with up to two years of support. This grant will facilitate the training of at least 25 new STEM teachers in West Virginia. "I am thrilled to see this investment in STEM education and STEM teachers head to West Virginia University," Senator Manchin said. "Equipping our next generation of West Virginia teachers with the skills they need to be successful educators is crucial for West Virginia to remain competitive in the global marketplace. I applaud WVU for their commitment to STEM education." "As technology continues to rapidly advance, we must ensure that our students are prepared to fill the cutting edge jobs of tomorrow. It is more important than ever before to train educators and students in STEM fields, and I'm glad to important funding is heading to WVU to support math and science education programs," said Senator Capito. This project will leverage the internal expertise in the WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education and capitalize on the existing WVUteach program, which is an adaptation of the successful UTeaeh program. A hallmark of this program is a curriculum that is rigorous in STEM .content but also enables students to complete both the STEM degree and the requirements for teacher licensure within four years. The WVUteach-Noyce Scholars will participate in activities specifically designed to prepare them to teach in the high-need Appalachian schools. Based on the UTeach model, the WVUteach program will offer prei~aration in relevant cultural competence and pedagogical knowledge, as well as mentorship from experienced teachers who will support them as they learn to teach in these high-need settings. Results from external evaluation and lessons learned from this adaptation will be broadly disseminated through the existing UTeaeh network as well as through national organizations and other relevant venues. We are up and running. We have now had the time to digest Governor Justice's State of The State message. I am sure that most of us liked parts of his plan and I am equally sure that we all found part of it not so appealing. The increase in gasoline tax is most troubling to me since I know how much business our counties already lose to our neighboring states. I do like the idea of a "tiered" severance tax on our natural resources. I think we all agree that we have to sell what we have to sell and at the same time make sure that our citizens get a benefit from those sales. We have the Rainy Day Fund because we saw the need to save in the good times in preparation for the not so good times. The Governor outlined a Commercial Activity Tax that would be .20% on gross revenues for those doing business in West Virginia. That sounds reall} low until you consider that it comes Your State, Your District from total value of sales before the expense of the product being sold is subtracted. Simply put it would mean that a service station selling gasoline would have to pay the state two dollars in tax for every $1000 dollars sold. Again, this tax would be based on gross sales. The governor outlined his education plan that would raise teacher pay, provide more flexibility and local control in education matters, eliminate the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA), allow more flexibility in development of school calendars, and eliminate Smarter Balanced Assessment. He also expressed his disfavor with the A-F grading system put in place by the state Board of Education this past year. I am of the opinion that all these are steps in the right direction. In the House we have had several bills introduced so far that range from reinstating the death penalty to increasing the tax credits for rehabilitating certified historic structures. In addition to re-introducingbills from last year, I have sponsored the following bills; school calendar and student accountability bill (HB2412), a bill to change the expiration date of hunting and fishing licenses (HB2362), and a bill to require all holders of a CDL license to have a current medical evaluation certification (HB2363). There will probably be 1800 bills introduced before the session is over and every delegate here will be striving to get his or her bills in front of the appropriate committee. A complete list of bills may be viewed at, wvlegislature.gov. Should you want to see a bill heard in committee you can contact the committee chair to express your opinion. In the coming days we will be having hearings in regard to all the legislation being considered and I hope that you will go to the legislative website (wvlegislature. gov) and listen to the various committees as they conduct your business. I also hope you will Continue to contact me for any reason at (304)340 3119, (304)646 1209, or at: Roy.cooper@wvhouse. gov Submitted by Roy Cooper duce Testing in Schools and Move Away The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) took several actions regarding state'wide testing at its meeting today. The WVBE v6ted to eliminate English language arts and mathematicsstatewideassessments in grades 9 and 10. Beginning during the spring 2017 testing window, high school students will only be tested in grade 11. The change puts West Virginia in line with federal requirements to test at least once at the high school level. The WVBE also voted to move away from the Smarter Balanced assessment beginning with the 2017-18 school year and direeted the West Virginia Department of Education to explore options to adopt another statewide assessment. In response to comments received during a 30-day public comment period on assessment policy 2340, the WVBE voted to remove policy language which would have utilized end-of-course exams in'selected high school courses. The public overwhelmingly did not support the use of end-of-course exams within comments received. The WVBE also approved a change in grade levels for the statewide science assessment from grade 4 to 5 in elementary school and grade 6 to 8 in middle school. Mountain State students will now be tested at the end of each programmatic level in science, resulting in a more accurate depiction of how well students master science skills. "As a board, we are committed to finding the best assessment solution for the students in West Virginia," said State Board of Education President Tom Campbell. "With that goal in mind, our board will listen to the public and our state's educators who always have students' best interest at heart." For more information, contact Kristin Anderson at the West Virginia Department of Education Communications Office at (304) 558-2699 or kristin.anderson@k12. WV.US. BARNS OF SUMMERS CO UNTY- West Virginia Heritage An extract from the book ..... for your enjoyment By Phyllis Campbell Whitley ROBERT SMITH BARN AT BALLENGEE Will this winter be a repeat of 2011 when I traveled from my home in Virginia to capture this barn in the snow? A scene from winters past highlights this barn located on the Ballengee Road in the Talcott District For as long as I can remember it was called the "Frank Nelson Place". Frank and his wife, Bonnie, had a store at Ballengee. My grandparents lived just up the hill from the store. My summers would not have been complete if I had not had a daily trip to the store for a five-cent treat of candy or a Coca Cola. The barn was built of rough cut lumber around 1940 by Frank Nelson. It has been told that a young man named Ron Rudisill, although a victim of polio, helped build the barn. The current owners, Robert and Nancy (Anderson) Smith, say the loft holds 1000 bales of hay. In 1929 a family named Ford had purchased the farm. It is not known who owned it after them and before the Nelson's. Others who have owned it since the Nelson's were a family named Fortness and then Monroe Eads. Robert and Nancy Smith purchased the farm in February, 2008. 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 baimsfsummerscunty" com. 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. .I r