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A ! ! ,t ! """*,' r, ]";2 ....... 'r .', '.'@ . ", A i N The HINTON I00,TEWS (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of "W. Va. Water Festival" Volume 109 No. 46 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Feb. 28, 2012 50 Cents CV Making cing Plans Fred Hafer, his son Sam and Chris Johnson, members of the Carolina Virginia Race Association. Photo by Brenda Wi/son Visit Here Brings Back Fond Memories The West Virginia State Water Festival's host committee for the American Power Boat Association Races had a very exciting event, Saturday, when they met with members of the Carolina Virginia Race Association (CVRA) at the Hinton Dairy Queen. They discussed the future plans of the Region 4 power boat races in June on Bluestone Lake and also visited the pit area at Bluestone Lake. One of the board members and a racer of the CVRA, Chris Johnson, remembers when his father raced here in the 70's. His Grandfather, he Hinton's Newest Employee said, was the chief inspector for the National American Power Boat Association races when they were held on the lake back in 1969. Chris raced his very first race on Bluestone Lake when he was only eight years old, he told organizers. That was in 1972, saying the visit here was a very "nostalgic experience" for him. There are many reasons why Chris and others are excited to bring the regional and national races back to in Hinton. "Hinton is a gorgeous place to race with such a picturesque view," Chris said. He recalled how enjoyable the Shown with Police Chief Derek S. Snavely, left, and Hinton Mayor Joe Blankenship is Hinton's newest officer, Pltm. Tim Adkins II. Pltm. Adkins was sworn in on Jan. 30 and is a second generation police officer. His father, Tim Adkins, is a retired police officer from the Hinton Police Dept.and during his tenure also served as the Chief of Police. Pltm T. S. Adkins II began his career in law enforcement on January 30, and is expected to go to the West Virginia State Police Academy this summer to be certified. "We are pleased with our decision to hire Pltm. Adkins and have high expectations for him," said Cheif Snavely. "I think it's an honor for Adkins and his family for him to be serving for the same agency that his father once led. I feel we have a fantastic group of officers working for the City of Hinton now and we believe Pltm. Adkins' addition to our department will only continue to make us better." course was to race on back in the 70's, 80's and 90's and the size of the lake along with the spacious pit area makes it a perfect location for both the regional and the national American Power Boat Races, he explained. Chris and other club members have many memories racing on the Bluestone Lake in Hinton and they are very excited to start racing back here again, organizers said. One of the youngest racers of' the Carolina Virginia Race Association is Sam Hefer. He is 12 years old and has been racing for the past two years. During that time, Sam has been racing in the Region 4 J-Class with other children (boys and girls) ages 9-12. Now that Sam is 12 years old, he can move up into a new race class, theAX class which are ages 12 to 16 years of age. "We and many other families spend our vacations, boat racing. We are boat racers!" Sam said. According to Fred Hafer, his son Sam drives the boat. Fred and his daughter are the "pit crew," his wife is the publicist and. q.heerleadm" fo- Sam. The America Power Boat Race is truly a family event for the Hefer family as well as many others families that have the same passion for boat racing as they do, said organizers. The West Virginia State Water Festival host committee consist of Kent Bartgis, Chair; Geof Tuckerman, Planning and Development; Eddie Fernatt, Co- Chair of Logistics; Ann Smith, Co- Chair of Sponsorship; Brenda Wilson, Co-Chair of Public Relations. If you are interested in sponsoring, volunteering or you would like more information call 304-573-5487. Local ]E)elegates Form New Regional Caucus Beckley- State Delegates from the southeastern counties of West Virginia have joined together to create the Southeastern Caucus (SEC),which will serve as a nonpartisan coalition to support regional interests in theWest Virginia House of Delegates. Delegate John O'Neal (R-Raleigh) was selectedas coordinator and spokesman at the initial meeting. "We felt that it wasessential for us to put partisan interests aside, and to stand up for theinterests of our region as a whole. We are meeting weekly to share informationand strategize." Currently the Southeastern Caucus consists of twelve delegates Irish Festival On Saturday, March 17 8:00 p.m. come celebrate Saint Patrick's Day and the Irish heritage of southern West Virginia at Pipestem Resort .Vate Park with Ballyhoo. "The blarney stone meets old time nmsic when Ballyhoo takes the stage with Mary Dailey on vocals, guitar and bodhran, Rachel Johnson on fiddle and Bob Adams on mandolin and guitar. This talented and diverse trio mixes songs and instrumentals from both the Celtic and Appalachian traditions, with high energy dance tunes perfect for kicking up your heels as well as poignant ballads and everything in between." The fun starts early with two rounds of Irish road bowling at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p. m.(rolling small "cannonballs" down the road - fewest rolls to the finish line wins[) You are invited to give it a try or cheer on the lads and lassies! Meet at Park Headquarters. After road bowling you can take in the beautiful scenery of this very special park and still have time to dine in the park's Bluestone Dining Room, which is featuring Irish dishes and desserts, betbre the show starts. We lost long time festival organizer, Joe Hurley, this past year. He will be greatly missed. A short celebration of his life and service to the area and the Irish festival is planned. "Come to a beautiful park and enjoy Irish music and fellowship. Pipestem provides a wonderful location for this annual event. Join us and be ready to have some fun. Remember- everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick's Day! Tickets for this year's Irish Festival are $5.00 and available at the Hinton Visitor Center, POP's in Hinton and Pipestem Resort State Park. For more information call Pipestem Resort State Park at (304) 466-1800. ACWP Charity Jiuction A Great Success lessons, a mini spa package, and auto service. The auctioneer for the evening was Terry McIntyre, owner of Hinton New & Used Furniture. Thanks to the tremendous support by the community, the event exceeded all expectations and hopes by raising over $6,000 that will go directly toward ACWP's spay/neuter programs, rescue efforts, veterinary services, food, and transportation. Last year, ACWP saved over 350 dogs and puppies that were adopted through other east coast rescue organizations or by direct adoptions: The Animal Control and Welfare Project, Inc. (ACWP) of the Summers County Humane Society held its first charity auction recently. The event held at The Ritz Theater in downtown Hinton, was well attended by people from all over Summers County. After registering to bid, attendees Were invited to enjoy selections from a dessert buffet prepared by Summers County High School's ProStart program and enjoy complementary beverages while socializing in the theater lobby. Throughout the lobby were pictures Also in 2011, the spay and neuter program helped to alter 371 dogs and 154 cats that were either companion animals of Summers County residents or rescued by ACWP. ACWP would like to thank all of those who donated items for the auction and the event, and all the volunteers who gave of their time and talent to make the evening such a success. For more information on ACWP see our website at acwp-wv.org or leave a oice mail at 304-466-6935. and stories of many of the animals that have been rescued by the organization. Once entering the theater, potential bidders were directed to the front of the theater where over 70 auction items were on display for inspection. Items up for auction included locally produced arts and crafts, jewelry, and home decor. There were also a number of activities and services available including a White Oak Country Club golf package, a four-day Myrtle Beach vacation, Winterplace ski packages, riding from six different counties. Democrats membersare Tom Campbell (D- Greenbrier), Virginia Mahan (D- Summers), Ricky Moye (D-Raleigh),John Frazier (D- Mercer), Gerald Crozier (D- Monroe), and Daniel Hall (D- Wyoming). Republican members are Ray Canterbury (R- Greenbrier), Joe Ellington(R- Mercer), Marty Gearheart (R- Mercer), Rick Snuffer (R- Raleigh), LindaSumner (R- Raleigh), and John O'Neal (R- Raleigh). The Southeastern Caucus willsupport projects and entities that have a positive effect on the entire region.Examples include economic development projects; transportation improvements; tourismpromotion; educational institutions; drug abuse reduction and treatment;responsible turnpike toll elimination; and helping border county businesses tocompete. "One of our highestpriorities for this legislative session has been preparation for the Boy ScoutsNational Jamboree in 2013. This is an incredible economic development eventthat affects the entire region in a major way. Roads, airports, railways,lodging, and infrastructure must all be upgraded," said O'Neal. "Additional prioritiesof the SEC for the remainder of this session include: funding for the New RiverParkway Authority; reducing prescription drug abuse; and protecting landowners'rights." "The Southeastern Caucus wasformed to promote an optimistic vision of the future of our region. The membersof the SEC believe that together we can do more to enhance the quality of life ofour people, encourage economic growth, and build a more prosperous future forour children." Second RTSCSI Workshop Scheduled Everyone is invited to attend a workshqp and infbrmation session about the Reaching the Summit CommuMty Service Initiative project application on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 6 pm in the Summers Memorial Building Auditorium. This is a great opportunity for volunteer groups, non-profit organizations, schools, churches & faith based organizations, civic organizations, government agencies, and individuals to learn about how the Boy Scouts of America can assist yOU. WVU Extension Agent Riqk Moore field and AmeriCorps VISTA Sarah Elswick will be hosting the workshop. Those in attendance will be given an overview of the Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve and Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative as well as assistance in completing project applications. For more information, please contact Sarah Elswick at 304-466- 7167. Lady Bobcats in Regional Showdown at Westside The Summers County Lady Bobcats for the first time in 26 years were not able to win a Sectional Chamipionship as Pikeview upset Summers County 54-51 last Thursday. This loss means Summers County will travel to Clear Fork to play Class "AA" #1 Westside this Thursday night at 7:00 with the winner advancing to the state torunament and the losers season coming to an end. Undefeated Westside has beaten Summers twice this year by scores of 71-64 and 70-58. Please make your plans to travel to Westside High School Thursday Night and support the Lady Bobcats in this clash of"AA" powers. County Man Facing l O0-years in Prison Kevin Wade Zickefoose A Summers County man is facing upto 100-years in prison after being arrested, last week, on multipule charges of sexual abuse. Sergeant M. K. Summers with the State Police Crimes Against Children Unit arrested Kevin Wade Zickefoose, 18, Tuesday, Feb. 21, on charges of 1st Degree Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse by Parent, Guardian, Custodian or Person in a Position of Trust to a Child and Indecent Exposure, he said. Zickefoose lived in the Alderson area, he said. The offenses relate to incident which occurred on or about December 26, 2011 in Summers County. Zickefoose was arraigned before County Magistrate J. W. "Bill" Jeffries Jr. and committed to Southern Regional Correctional Facility pending a $50,000 bond. Zickefoose, Summers said, is facing imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred years and a fine of not less than five thousand dollars nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars for 1st Degree Sexual Assault, felony offense, imprisoned in a correctional facility not less than ten nor more than twenty years, or fined not less than $500 nor more than $5,000 and imprisoned in a correctional facility not less than ten years nor more than twenty years for Sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child, felony offense and fined not more than $500 or confined in jail not more than twelve months, or fine and imprisonment for Indecent Exposure, misdemeanor offense. Summer said no further information will be released due the age of the victim. t