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8 - Hinton News Tues. March 5, 2019 ommu lt DAY CAMP The Light of the World Day Camp will be held this year on June 17 thru 21 and June 24 thru 28. Free Pancake Dinner The Feast of Pancakes will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at Ascension Church in Hinton, across from the middle school. Pancake dinners will be served from 5 to 6. There will be a service of Ashes upstairs following the dinner. Everyone is invited. ONE STOP OPERATIONS Summers County Public Library will welcome Workforce/One Stop Pop Up Service Representative, Cindy Adkins, to the Library on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to offer Free assistance to the public. Cindy will have recourse and contact information about services available at the Workforce/American Job Centers located in Beckley, Lewisburg and Princeton. TO PERFORM On Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. the Inspirations Quartet will be perform at Central Baptist Church located at 100 Union Street, Hinton. For more info call 304-673- 5088. FreeAdmisssion adn everyone is welcome! HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Summers County Historical Public ServiceAnnouncemcnt Society will meet on Tuesday Over the last several years drug evening, March 12, at 6:00 p.m in overdoses have continued to the basement of St. Patrick's increase. At this point, the Surgeon Church. There will be a meal and General has issued a statement for the business meeting. Please bring all communities to increase Narcan some suitable food items, etc. availability since research shows Further discussion of plans for when communities increase Summers County's 150th education- and availability, the anniversary will be part of the number of overdose deaths decrease, business meeting. For more information, visit: https:// Addiction Screenings www. narcononnewliferetreat.org/ Narconon can help you take steps blog/where-to-get-narcan.html to overcome a ddiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754. Spring is in the Air: Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March and Receive 10 Free Trees The Arbor Day Foundation is 'making it easy for everyone to YOUTH RALLY celebrate the arrival of spring by AYouth Rally.will be held at 6:00 planting trees. p.m. at Riverview Chapel on Join the Arbor Day Foundation Saturday, March 16. in March 2019 and receive 10 Special music and singing by the free white pine trees or 10 white Riggs Family. Quizzing from Psalm flowering dogwood trees. 51. "White pine trees or white Preaching and Refreshments. flowering dogwoods will add beauty Everyone Welcome. to your home throughout the year," said Matt Harris, chief executive REVIVAL of the Arbor Day Foundation. Passion Week Revival will be held "Dogwoods are knownfor their at Bellepoint Baptist ChurchApril showy spring flowers and red 14-19 (Sunday - Friday). berries that attract songbirds Preachers will be Delvin Elwell, during winter. White pine trees are Doc Adkins, Derrick Leslie, Dale fast-growing landscape trees that Elwell, Eddie Harris and Ronnie will break heavy winds, making Cobb. them an ideal addition to any yard." FRIENDS MEETING The free trees are part of the Just a reminder that the next nonprofit Foundation's Trees for Friends meeting is Tuesday, March America campaign. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Library. Open With planting instructions to anyone and everyone. Hope to see included, the trees will be shipped you there, at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31. The RETIRED SCHOOL 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to EMPLOYEES grow or they will be replaced free of The Summers CountyAssociation charge. of Retired School Employees will Arbor Day Foundation members meet at the Hinton Dairy Queen on also receive a subscription to Arbor Saturday, March 16, at 10:00 a.m. Day, the Foundation's bimonthly The program will be of local publication, and The Tree Book, which contains information about interest and lunch will be on your own! All members are urged to tree planting and care. attend and prospective members are To become a member of the invited to attend. Foundation and receive the free trees, visit arborday.org/march or send a $10 contribution by March 31, 2019 to: Arbor Day Foundation Ten Free White Pine or. Ten Free Dogwood 100 Arbor Avenue Nebraska City, NE 68410 SENIOR CENTER TRIP Summers County Senior Center is sponsoring a trip toAmelia Island, St. Augustine & Jacksonville, FL, March 17 to 23, 2019. Please call Cindy for more information at (304) 466-4019. The Capitol Report Delegate JeffCampbell March 4, 2019 One week remains in the first session of the 84th West Virginia Legislature. Here are some of the happenings around the capitol over the last week CAMPUS CARRY- Let's go ahead and pull the scab off of this issue. One of the most debated bills this session is House Bill 2519, the Campus Self Defense Act. The intent of the bill would allow people with concealed carry permits to carry pistols and revolvers on college campuses. This is only for public colleges and universities in our state, such as West Virginia University, Marshall University, Bluefield State, Concord, West Virginia Tech, Glenville State, etc. This does "not include private schools, such as the University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan, Alderson-Broaddus, etc. Only 11 states have Campus Carry laws, while another 16 have outlawed this legislation. There are also 23 states that allow each college and university to decide on the issue. The fiscal note attached to this bill is $11.6 million. The estimated costs include expenditures for additional police officers, security guards and other staff, protective gear, weapons, metal detectors, vehicles, body cams, lockers, security cameras, door locks, emergency dispatch equipment, and training. Some institutions also anticipate a decrease in enrollment resulting from the enactment of this legislation. Community and Technical Colleges do not have residence hails and do not conduct organized events taking place at stadiums or arenas with a capacity of more than 1,500 spectators. The Community and Technical College System will continue to study the fiscal implications of the proposed legislation. When the House passed its budget on Saturday, there was nothing in it to cover the $11.6 million price tag. If this becomes law, our state colleges and universities will have to absorb the cost. How will it be paid? Likely the same way higher education normally deals with budget cuts - tuition hikes. Delegate John Shott of Mercer County is the House Judiciary Chairman and one of the most respected members of the legislature. He's been a vocal opponent of the Campus Carry bill and offered several amendments in an attempt to make the legislation better, using portions of what other states have on the books. The only approved amendment would require colleges to submit annual reports on how campus carry affects their campuses, and that passed by a slim margin of 51 -49. Chairman Shott offered several reasonable amendments that were defeated in an attempt to Raise the age to 21 by excluding provisional permits, while still allowing military members and veterans under 21 to carry, Ban guns at all athletic events and other activities, Suspend or expel students who are carrying a weapon under while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, Allow colleges and universities to suspend or expel a student who discharges or brandishes a weapon in a prohibited area or event. Virginia Tech is used as the talking point behind the bill. I grew up with family living in Blacksburg very close to the campus, rve spent lots of time there for as long as I have memories. I remember the Virginia Tech shootings of April 16, 2007 like they were yesterday. Of the 49 shot, 32 were killed. It is the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. So what's Virginia Tech's campus gun policy today? Here it is "The university's employees, students, and volunteers, or any visitor or other third party attending a sporting, entertainment, or educational event, or visiting an academic or administrative office building, dining facility, or residence hall, are further prohibited from carrying, maintaining, or storing a firearm, ammunition, or weapon on any university facility, even if the owner has a valid permit, when it is not required by the individual's job, or in accordance with the relevant University Policies for Student Life. This prohibition applies to all events on campus where people congregate in any public or outdoor areas." In short, no guns are allowed on Virginia Tech's campus, even with a permit. I voted no HB 2519 and it passed, 59-41. I voted no because the schools did not want this; it was forced on them. I believe West Virginia's colleges and universities should determine what is best for the culture of their c.ampuses. We have two public institutions in the 42nd District, New River CTC and WVSOM. I reached out to both and both were against this legislation. Beyond that, I fred it hypocritical for the legislature to pass a bill that allows guns on college campuses, while concealed carry permit holders aren't allowed to bring guns inside the state house. Visitors at the State Capitol must go through security checkpoints and metal detectors. Even small pocket knives aren't allowed in the capitol. State Police and Capitol Police have a presence under the dome, especially during floor sessions in the House and Senate. The West Virginia Legislature must lead by example. HB 2519 fails the test. This is a non-partisan issue. There were nine Democrats voting yes and nine Republicans voting no. My no vote joined Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw of Clay County, Chairman Shott, Delegate Bill Anderson of Wood County, the longest tenured member in his 27th session, and Delegate Eric Nelson of Kanawha County, a Greenbrier County landowner with strong family ties to our area still today. QUOTE OF THE WEEK - "We have allowed national level politics to become a cancer on our state, to become a cancer on our Legislature, to invade our chamber in a way that frankly makes me ashamed." - Speaker of the House, Delegate Roger Hanshaw of Clay County on Friday, March 1, 2019. I have great respect for the Speaker, and he's right. On the campaign trail, I told many people that Washington politics and Chadeston politics are two different things. It's disappointing to see political discourse trickle down to the state and local levels. We are neighbors. It didn't used to be this way. It doesn't have to be this way. CAPITOL VISITORS - On Monday and Tuesday, I had a great visit with Youth Leadership Association students from Monroe County. Special thanks to James Monroe HS teacher Ashley Mann for the invitation to spend some time with these students from JMHS, Mountain View Middle School and Peterstown Middle School. I went on their tour of the West Virginia Supreme Court, gave a behind the-scenes tour in the House Chamber, and accompanied them on a trip to Kanawha County Courthouse, where we watched an arraignment hearing in night court. Recently, I mentioned meeting White Sulphur native Andy Gallagher. Last week, I met his brother, Brian Gallagher. A Greenbrier East graduate and former Delegate from Monongalia County, he is Chief of Government Affairs at Marshall University and Chairman of the Govemor's Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment. On Friday, we honored the 2019 Class A State Champion Greenbrier West HS Wrestling program with a citation ceremony in the House of Delegates. This is the second state title for the Cavaliers in six years. Congratulations to coaches Jeremy Tincher and Steven Tincher and the entire Greenbrier West community! The team was joined by Jerem~,'s wife, Greenbrier County Commissioner Tammy Shifflett Tincher. Eastern Greenbrier Middle School students Grace Boettner, Luke Dolin, Fielding Foster, Cecelia Mason, and Ryan Wagner, along with Dana Mason from Greenbder East served as legislative pages. Proudly serving my hometown 42nd District counties of Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers! Delegate Jeff Campbell Room 6-R, Building 1 State Capitol Complex Charleston, WV 25305 Phone - 3041340-3131 jeff.campbell @wvhouse.gov mr mnma prmn on Charleston, W.Va.--The West Virginia spring fire season begins Friday, March 1, and continues through Friday, May 31. During fire season, outdoor burning is limited to the hours between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. To remind more residents about the limited burn season, West Virginia Division of Forestry (WV DOF) has posted a new ~ video online. In the one-minute film, Assistant State Forester Don Kelley talks about conditions that affect fire risk and who to contact when in doubt whether burning conditions are safe. The restriction limits outdoor burning to evening hours when cooler temperatures, increased humidity and calmer winds reduce the risk of a fire escaping. The state's forests are most vulnerable to fire in fall and in spring, when trees have no leaves to protect the ground cover from drying out. The WV DOF reports that debris burning ranks as the state's second most common cause of fires, behind arson. The VW DOF provides a summary of forest fire laws on its website at www.wvforestry.com/ firelaws.cfm. The fire safe law includes: No burning from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fires must always be attended. Before leaving any fire for any length of time, the fire must be completely extinguished. Clear at least a 10-foot area around the fire and make sure the area is clear of all burnable material. If your fire escapes, you are liable for the costs of fighting the fire and any damage the fire may cause. Violation of the burning law is punishable by a fine up to $1,000. The Division of Forestry protects nearly 12 million acres of forestland across West Virginia. For more information on fire safety and programs such as forest legacy, logging and landowner assistance, visit http://www. wvforestry.com 27, 2019 People often ask, "What's the end of the legislative session like?" I tell them it's like pulling an all-nighter before a big test but it goes on for a full week. Buckle up, because this final week will be a wild ride. Here's the latest on several major issues. MONEY IN POLITICS In this week's episode of "You Can't Make This StuffUp," the Senate voted to increase campaign contribution limits. By 300%! As I Said Ori the floor, the last thing we need is more money in politics, and a group of politicians who allow themselves to take more money from special interests ought to be ashamed. SCHOOL BUS SAFETY My bill to drastically increase penalties for drivers passing they argued that the age stopped school buses, thereby increase would benefit our endangering our children, health and our economy, as we passed the Senate unanimously spend millions dealing with the this week. I named it "Haven's effects later in life. We learned Law," after a little girl who died that lung cancer kills more than stepping off her school bus in the next four most common types Lincoln County, WV, several of cancer, opioids, and suicides years ago. If drivers won't take combined. I voted in favor of the children's safety seriously, they change. will face serious consequences PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PAY including higher fines and even RAISE Senate President license revocation. Carmichael promised a public PHARMACEUTICAL ADS employee pay raise for months. Last week I offered an The House passed it. The amendment to ban governor wants to sign it. pharmaceutical TV ads, which However, when the omnibus cost $6 billion per year and education reform bill failed, partially account for our high Carmichael began backpedaling. prescription drug prices. Senate So did other members of his leadership ruled me out of order leadership team such as Senator and refused to allow a vote. An Blair, Chair of Finance. I predict astute constituent in Greenbrier they will continue to pout for a County rightly researched few weeks but eventually campaign finance donations and provide what they promised, alerted me that those senators either at the very end of the who ruled my amendment out of session or in a special session. I order had themselves accepted know Gov. Justice will do all he thousands of dollars from the can to make it happen. drug companies. That's the view from the back TOBACCO 21 In a hotly pew. contested vote, the Senate Y'all take care! passed a bill raising the legal age SehEltor St~iJlt~tt Baldwin i~ a for purchasing tobacco products local Presbyterian pastor. Reach to 21. The three doctors (one him at 304-357-7959 or Democrat and two Republicans) stephen.baidwin@wvsenate.gov. in the Senate all advocated Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, strongly for this bill. Because of or Instagram @BaldwinForWV. the long-term consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke, The stormy March has Come at last, With winds and clouds and changing skies; I hear the rushing of the blast That through the snowy valley flies. JAM SESSION J.B./Nimitz Senior Community Center will be having a Jam Session on Maych 16 at 5:30 til ?? Center will have food and baked goods for sale. Bring a song, instrument, or story or poem and enjoy an evening of music and fellowship. The center is raising money for needed repairs. The Center is located behind the Jumping Brnach School. The more the merrier. All ages are welcome. Manchin Urges Bezos to Invest in West Virginia with New Amazon Headquarters :' Sen. Joe Manchin wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, urging him to choose West Virginia as the new site of Amazon's second headquarters, in response to the cancellation of the headquarters site in Long Island City, New York. The letter highlights West Virginia's hardworking citizens, business-friendly economic environment, vast interstate highway system, and beautiful landscape as reasons why it is the perfect location for a new Amazon headquarters. Senator Manchin applauds increased investment from tech companies like Infor, IBM, and Leidos in recent years, and believes Amazon could see similar benefits if it were to locate its new headquarters in the state. The letter said in part,'2VIr. Bezos, my little state could benefit from the type of investment Amazon's second headquarters could bring, and I think Wild and Wonderful West Virginia would contribute more than you could ever believe to your company and your legacy. As West Virginia's senior U.S. Senator, I pledge to assist in any way I can to make this a reality. West Virginia would make an ideal location for Amazon's second headquarters. But don't take my word for it, go to the state and ask anyone. They'll give you the right directions. And they'll take you anywhere you want to go." March is a month of considerable frustration it is TOPS so near spring and yet across TOPS (Take OffPounds Sensibly) a great deal of the country is a very affordable, nonprofit, the weather is still so violent weight loss support group, and changeable that outdoor Meetings are held at the Miller activity in our yards seems Memorial Methodist Church light years away. basement, 109 Miller Ave. Every Monday evening. Weigh-in begins at 5:00 p.m. meeting starts at 5:15 p.m. First Meeting is free. Come join us or call 304-890-2112. MUSEUM CLOSED The Railroad Museum is closed for the winter opening back up in April, To get a' copy of the Historic Hilltop Cemetery Book you can call Bobby Cox at 304-890-3554 or you can get by mail, by sending check for $30.00 plus $5.00 shipping to hilltop Cemetery 146 Cross Street, Hinton WV all proceeds go to the maintenance of the cemetery. BOOK The Newly released book on the Historic Hilltop Cemetery Book is now available at the Hinton Railroad Museum, or call Bobby Cox at 304-890-3554 or you can get by mail, by sending check for $30.00; plus $5.00 shipping to Hilltop Cemetery, 146 Cross Street, Hinton, WV 25951. mill==== = == = ---=--,-- (