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,.b ! #.., OOM M,R 2r  S#[,4LL TS!#j F'qPERS ) .4, Cd L.OT;I c. .... ,-' ,t. T ! The HINTON NEWS (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of "W. Va. Water Festival" Volume 109No. 47 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday March 6, 2012 50 Cents SilverSneakersR Now Available : at Bobcat Fitness Center Bobcat Fitness Center, located at 301 Summers Street, is recognizing the unique needs of the older adults in the community by partnering with the nationally recognized Healthways SilverSneakersR Fitness Program. Bobcat Fitness Center is now able to offer older :Convention Approves New State Constitution CIVI[ WAR JOURNAl i,i, ROAD TO STATFHOOD The Constitutional Convention pnanimously approved the first constitution of West Virginia in Wheeling on February 18, 1862. It would become the supreme law of the fledgling state less than two . months later when voters accepted it by a nearly 37 to 1 margin. In his first annual address to Congress on December 3, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln had acknowledged the progress made by Unionists in-West Virginia. "Aler a somewhat bloody struggle of months, said thepresldent, winter closes on the Union people of western Virginia, leaving them masters of their own country." The convention delegates had been meeting in Wheeling since late November, working to finalize a document based on the 1851 Constitution of Virginia. However, delegates made alterations to address longtime grievances of western Virginians. These changes included equal taxation for all types of property and removed property qualifications required for voting. Population would determine" legislative apportionment, and state and local governments were lrohibited from borrowing money. The heavily criticized county court system of Virginia was replaced with that of New England-style wnships. The constitution also required that the legislature establish a public school system. Ohio County Delegate Gordon Battelle had .been the, forefront of the push for free, niversal education. Battelle had ught at the Asbury Academy in arkersburg and served as principal q the Northwestern Virginia Academy in Clarksburg!  He is raost strongly remembered, adults a way to increase their levels of physical activity while motivating them to .remain active. SilverSneakers is the nation's leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults and is available -- at little or no additional cost -- through many Medicare however, for his work in the larger abolitionism movement. Battelle was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1847 at a time when the church was splintering over the issue of slavery. Northern Methodists were a major force in the creation of the new state. Their numbers included many early prominent politicians such as Arthur I. Boreman, West Virginia's first governor. Battelle served as a pastor for the Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, and then in Ctarksburg, where he was the presiding elder. He later served in Wheeling. His failed resolutions which called for gradual emancipation were the most serious attempt to confront the taboo issue during the convention. On February 13, Rev. Joseph S.  Pomeroy of Hancock County proposed a compromise to the resolutions that would bar slaves and free blacks from coming into the state for permanent residence. The convention approved the proposal 48 to 1, and the question of emancipation was put aside until congressional discussion of West Virginia statehood the following year. The convention adjourned on February 20th. "The unanimity and good feeling: which have characterized the Convention give assurance that the great object we had in view will be confirmed by an overwhelming majority of the people of this State; and I trust that in the providence of God a very large part of you, if not all, will be permitted to return to this city in the discharge of the high and important duty devolving on those who will be charged with putting into operation the Government of the State of West Virginia," said convention President John Hall of Mason County. Civil War Journal is produced by the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation and Historic Beverly Preservation in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Beginning in March the focus turned from the first year of campaigning toward the sequence of events that would lead to West l Virginia statehood. Weather Fails to Dampen St. Patrick First Fish Fry All proceeds go to the benefit of St. Patrick Catholic Church Serving that number of dinners, the organizers noted, requires not only hard work of parishioner volunteers but also the continued support of the community, for which they expressed deep appreciation. Despite high winds and a threatening storm, more than 150 diners made St. Patrick Catholic Church's Lenten Fish Fry a success Friday, February 14. The second Lenten Fish Fry takes place Friday, March 9, and the third and final Fish Fry Friday March 23. According to the organizers, the weather did not dampen the spirits of the diners nor their hosts, with as many people eating-in at the Parish Hall on Temple St. as dinners ordered to go. In its sixth year, the St. Patrick Lenten Fish Fry features fred--and the increasingly popular bked--tilapia served with potatoes az gratin, coleslaw, roll, drink, arid dssert, all for only $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. With two dinners to go, the dnner's sponsors, the Women of St. Patrick and the men's organization, The Friars Club, express optimism tinct again this year the total ntmber ofdinners over the three e*enings wll approach or exceed last year's total of about 600. "Without that support, both from the parish and the community, this annual event would not be possible," noted Father Thomas Dagle, pastor of St. Patrick. "It's wonderful to see and, I might add, a wonderful dinner to be enjoyed amongst great company, the greater Hinton community. "We look forward to seeing even more people joining us in the two dinners ahead." Dinners are served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., eat-in or take-out, in St. Patrick Parish Hall located at Second Avenue and Temple Street, downtown Hinton; no home delivery. Take out orders can be placed beginning at 3 p.m. by calling St. Patrick Church at 304-466-3966. health plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans. 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For more information" on Silv-erSneakers, call 888-423-4632 or visit www.silversneakers.com. Commission President Jerry Berry, Circuit Clerk Linda Brumit (left),,and County Clerk Mary Beth Merritt are shown receiving a $28,000 grant from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin that will be shared equally to preserve and digitalize records in both county offices Berry said Brumit and Merritt applied for the grant and the county will match the funding with another $22,000 that will be used to improve the lighting inside the vaults. It Will also provide funding for additional storage containers The grant, through the Record Management and Preservation Board, is the highest amount awarded in the state. Berry is also a member of that board, REPLACING BENCHES The Depot Committee of the Hinton Railroad Museum is continuing their project or placing replicas of the original benches in the Depot waiting rooms. One bench is now in use. Three benches are needed to complete the project at a cost of $800 each. Contributions to this project are welcome. Contributions of $50 or more, please stop at the Museum and pick up a free T-Shirt. Checks should be made out to the Hinton Railroad Museum and mailed to the Museum in c/o of Joe Kessler, Treasurer, 206 Temple Street, Hinton, West Virginia 25951. Commission Looking to Acquire Famous Railroad Tunnel By Fred Long The now abandoned railroad tunnel where John Henry is said to have defeated a steam drill, the feat memorialized in song, could become a major tourist attraction and compliment the John Henry Park, if the county can acquire the property from CSX Corporation. Bill Dillion, who spearheaded the John Henry Day's festival and worked tirelessly towards construction of the park, appeared before the County Commission clipping from the Richmond Times- Dispatch, said officials in Nelson County were successful in acquiring the abandoned Crozet Tunnel from CSX and were in the process of developing it into a tourist attraction because of its connection with the Civil War. Nelson County, the clipping l shows, obtained the tunnel in 2006 for $1. The Commission agreed that acquiring the tunnel would be an asset towards development of the yesterday asking them to begin park and will seek assistance from investigating the possibility of Norm Kirkham, coordinator for the acquiring the tunnel where the John Henry park project and retired famous African American hero died director of Region 1 Planning and with a hammer in his hand. Development Council. It's not the first time the county Kirkham, Commission President has considered this as a possibility Jerry Berry said, will be asked to but CSX has been reluctant to enter contact officials in Nelson County to into negotiations, Dillion said. find ou what steps they took when Dillion, armed with a newspaper obtaining the Crozet Tunnel. DOT Secretary Reminds Candidates of Advertising Laws ::iiil,iiii!iiiiiiiiiiii:ii!! ...... :i;: With the primary election coming especially highway shoulders, traffic j up, Secretary of Transportation Paul signs or devices,, trees, stones, fence Mattoxwants toremind allpolitical posts and utility poles,' Mattox candidates and groups of the strict states. "In addition to being illegal, !!!!!.i!! i ii::; , regulations regarding outdoor political 'bumper stickers' on Jim Clark, president of the Hinton Kiwanis, is shown in the above advertising. Hghways" ' szgns" ost state taxpayers photos presenting the Kiwanis 2011 scholarship to Robert Striker "The law bans political signs and thosends of dollars each year and Ashley Brown. stickers from right of way locations because signs must be replaced.