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10 - Hinton News Tues. March 19, 2019 ommu lt . ctl ATTENTION VETERANS NOTICE All Summers County Veterans on Any person wishing to join the Wednesday, March 20th. from 8 to Talcott Fire Department Auxiliary 12 there will be a meet and greet at we encourage you to join us at our Kirk's. Free Coffee. monthly meeting at the Talc0tt Fire House on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. We welcome new FREE! FREE! FREE! members as well as new ideas. The Ministry Place is at it once again. WE have scheduled another TEA PARTY BOOK CLUB BLOCK PARTY for March 31,2019 at the church located at 221 Temple Join us for a '~rea Party" with Street Hinton West Virginia. Party good friends and good books. time is 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. We Thursday, March 28 at 5 p.m. in have been receiving lots of public the Library. donations ofclothing and household RSVP is not required, but is items. Come out andjoin us the last appreciated to ensure we have Sunday in March and be Blessed enough books and treats for with Good Used Clothing and everyone. You can RSVP by calling Household Items for Free~!!!l the library. Please let the librarian Refreshments and snacks will be know if your child has any food served. We care about you all and allergies. Summers County Public Library. hope to see you there. 304-466-4490. BEAN DINNER Martha's Chapel Church on Madams Creek will have a fundraiser bean dinner with all the fixings Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m cost $10.00 adults, children 3-12 years of age $5.00, under 3 free. Round up the family and friends bring the kids come join us in support of this cause." NOTICE OF SPECIAL SESSION With the concurrence if Commissioners Lightner and Saunders, the Summers County Commission will meet in Special Workshop Budget Sessions in the County Commission office on the following Dates: Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Jack Woodrum, President DAY CAMP The Light of the World Day Camp will be held this year on June 17 thru 21 and June 24 thru 28. TRIP DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE Summers County Council on COMMITTEE MEETING ONE STOP OPERATIONS Aging is sponsoring a trip toThe SummersCountyDemocratic Summers County Public Library Lancaster & The Dutch CountryExecutive Committee will hold its will welcome Workforce/One Stop September16th to 20th 2019. Please regular monthly meeting on Pop Up Service Representative, Call Cindy for more information at Monday, March 25, at 6:00 at the CindyAdkins, to the Library on the (304)-466-4019 ext. 123 or visit Chamber of Commerce LogCabinin 3rd Wednesday of each month from summersseniros.com Avis (238 Main Street, Hinton). The 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to offer Free meeting is open to the public, assistance to the public. RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE Cindy will have recourse and There will be a Rummage & Bake LENTEN FISH FRY contact information about services sale at the Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 30, from Saint Patrick Catholic Church is available at the Workforce/American gearing up for our annual Lenten Job Centers located in Beckley, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Fish Fry. Dinner will be held on Lewisburg and Princeton. March 22 and April 5 this year. Plan PUBLISHNG COOKBOOK to come join us for a great meal at a The Talcott Fire Department great price. This year's menu will Auxiliary wiJ4 be publishing ainclude Fish (fried or baked), Cole cookbook and Would like to include Slaw, Au Gratin potatoes or Rice your favorite recipes. Recipes may Pilaf, Sweet Rolls, Dessert and be dropped offto cashiers at Lowell Drink for $10 per dinner. Eat in or Market or Adam's Gotta Stop Take out each Friday from 4 p.m. Market. Please check recipe and until 7 p.m. Looking forward to see include your name and phone you there. number in case we need help with TOWN HALL MEETING Delegates Roy Cooper and Jeff Pack will be conducting a town hall meeting on March 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the Summers County Memorial Building. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the actions of the. legiplature during .the; past session; the purpose of the special session being calIed by the Governor, and to receive input from folks about any other issue that needs to be discussed. Everyone is invited to this meeting. "We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No. no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another. we can break open the sky." Walter Mosley, Blue Light your instructions. If in memory of someone include that name. Any past or present members of fire department or its auxiliary please let us know so we can include it as person donating the recipe. We hope to have book published by fall or next spring. Recipes may also be mailed to Karen Cales at 1559 State Route 3 and 12 Hinton,wv 25951 or call 304- 4664407 for more information. "How would your life be different if You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey." Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free SMS students A/B Honor for the 3rd 9 Weeks 6th Grade A Honor Roll Noah Houchins, Robert Jones, Jacob Boone, JohnathanChester, Joanna Kessler, Anthony Leftwich, Matthew Cox, Sophie Ford, Jadeyn Kaylee Lester, Raven Lucas, Grace Fox, Avery Gill, Reece Houchins, Martin, John Meadows, Alyssa Elayna Jeffries, Taylor Koenig, Niday, Michael Northern, Logan Avery Lilly, Marie Lopez, Harleigh Osborne, Ella Pack. Morgan McGraw, Mackenzie Meadows, Persinger, Kristen Ratliff. Madison Abigail Naik, Sarah Okes, Linley Ratliff, Harmony Richmond, Jacob Pack, Jonah Pugh, Lacey Reed, Richmond, Charles Rodes, Morgan Tyrone Sea, Alex Smith, Cheyenne Sears, Wilson Sears. Emily Short, Smith, Jacob Smith, Ava Stover, Caitlin Smith, Imani Smith, Bryce Gauge Thomas, Elijah Ward, Taylor, Nathan Tickle, Jaiden Landon Williams, Joseph Wills. Trail, Jasmine Winkler. Remington 6th Grade B Honor Roll Zimmerman. Kaitlyn Adkins, Nikki Adkins, 8th Grade A Honor Roll Tyler Adkins, Tyson Adkins, Grady Sarah Angell, Amanda Bennett. Allen, Hannah Allen, Kynleigh Christopher B!ankenship, Ellisssa Archer, Cara Boone, Amber Brown, Khloeigh Brown. Jaden Cales, Bryana Carr, Lyndzee Claypool, Emeli Cline. Emily Cox, Childs, Kaitlyn Clay, Easton Karsynn Davis, Shyann Finley, Dickenson, Christian Dillon, Rhyan Meghan Gill, Seth Gill. Paige Eerenberg. Jaycee Folwer, Ayden Graham, Aurora Harvey, Xana Gardner, Haylee Gill, Noah Goins, Kelley, EmilyKoenig, Brittney Alexis Gore, Keira Hardy, Lucas Lilly, MorganMeador, Peyton Hoke, Gracie Lester, MickenzieLilly, AubreyPetrey, Sullivan Loudermilk, Hannah Mansfield, Pivont. Steele Pritchard, Emily R. Ella McDaniel, Alyssa Meadows,Richmond, Emily N. Richmond, Ethan Meadows, Makayla Nichols, Daniel Shepherd, Emilee Smith, ArieannaOwens, AbigaitPersinger, Billie Stone, Andrea Terry, Sarah Lindsey Pitzer, Alahna Plumley. Turner, HarleyWard.JessicaWard, Haley Ratliff. Bryson Redmon, Halley Wheeler. Sonny Whitt. Hayden Richmond, Jennings 8th Grade B Honor Roll Richmond, Tyler Richmond, Bruce SjeanAdkins, Preston Ballengee. Richmond-Yancey, Braeden Sears, Dylan Cales, Madison,Cales. Xena Sears, Emily Stapleton,Alexander Connor, Ashley Cooper, Quincie Stennett, IsabellaEthan Craighead, Jacob Crawford. Thibeault, Kaley Wamsley, John Cody Crook, Justin Degroft. Taniah Williams, Stephenie Williams, Dekle, Willie Dodson. Angel denne Wriston, Madison Wykle, Eagle, Ethan Eerenbel:g. Hershel 7th Grade A Honor Roll Grimmett Jr Paisley Harem, Roy Katelyn Crook, Aaliyah Forreh. Harper. Joseph Harrah Jr Crisa Lauren Foster, Stevan Harrah. Hinton. Daisie Hopkins. Shayla John Isaac, Lawson Jones, Molly Jackson. K~'le Johnson, Breanna Mann, Ashton Rose, Jordan Sears, Lilly, Enmm Lindsey, Michael EmilieStanley. Mann, Devin Mansfield, Peyton 7th Grade B Honor Roll Matheney. Coen McClaugherty, Liv MadisonAdkins, NathanAngell. Meador, Eli Meadows, Madison Kyanna Bailey, Cameron Baird, Meadows, Andre Pakacki, Joshua Bramlon Baker, Elizabeth Bodine, Pitzer, Tyler Pitzer, Carly Nathan Brooks, Cheyanne Cales, Richnmnd, Joseph Romanello Natlmniel Canterbury, Brandon Jr James Sharp, Isaac Smith, Carter. Jacol) Chester, Drake Cole, Luke Smith, Bryanna Stewart, Benjamin Dunford, Zavier Farmer. Atlantis Sweeney, Tanya Sweetser, Sydney Farrish, Dominick Floria, Keeg;m Sykes. Caray Tolbert. I,akelyn Fox, Thomas Fox, Aden Katelyn Ward, Amity Whitelight, Gill, Olivia(Jill, Ella Gore, Branden lan Williams, Robert Williams, Gross ,Jr Benja:nin Hamrick Jr Megan Wills, Aaron Wood lI, Emily Alyvia Harw~y, Lane Houchins. Wright, Michael Yancey. 3,20 9 This marks the end of my third legislative session. Each year, I say, "Well, I doubt it can get any stranger next year." Each year, I'm wrong. COAL SEVERANCE TAX In a last minute vote, the WV Coal Association successfully lobbied the legislature to cut the coal severance tax. You read that right--they cut the severance tax from 5% to 3%. Typically, severance taxes are cut when times are bad to ensure companies remain solvent. However, times are really good right now. Prices are sky high, production is way up, and executives rake in the profits. Murray Energy, which contributed close to a million dollars in WV political contributions last year, benefits greatly from this tax cut. Two years ago, they agreed to pay 8% severance tax if prices ever Mitch Carmichael refused to reached $74/ton again. They include them in the budget. stand at $78/ton today. Instead While he says he "set aside" of paying 8% as agreed to or 5% money for the raise, the budget as current, they will pay 3%. We does not enact it. That could be are giving away $120 million done in the special session, but over the next three years. If it it is not guaranteed like the raise would benefit our miners and our is for all other public employees. state, I would support it. But it SPECIAL SESSION We will only supports the personal return fer a special session coffers of Murray's chief. I voted sometime this spring/summer, no. but we do not yet know when. We VETERAN'S NURSING know it wiU involve "educational HOME Less than a week after I betterment," but we do not know successfully amended the budget exactly what that means. It will to include surplus money for a be entirely up to legislative veteran's nursing home, the leadership. chairmen of the Finance TOWN HALLS In Committees took away those preparation for a special session fundu. When we have $120 on education, I am holding town million for lobbyists but not $5 t halls to listen to ideas about how million for veteran's, the system to improvv public education. is badly broken. I will continue Everyone is welcome to attend fighting for our veteran's top and share ideas--students, priority--this nursing home in parents, educators, service southern WV. SOCIAL personnel, business leaders. Two SECURITYAftermuch back and town halls are scheduled right forth, the income tax on Social now--March 19 at Eastern Security will be phased out over Greenbrier Middle School (6pm) the next three years. Single and March 21 at Oak Hill High senior citizens making $50,000 School (6pm). Additional or less annually qualify, as do opportunities forthcoming. couples making $100,000 or less. Thanks so much for reading! PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PAY It is my sincere pleasure to RAISE Public employees will represent you. That's the view receive a 5% average pay raise from the back pew! this coming year. That includes Senator Stephen Baldwin is a county health department local Presbyterian pastor. Reach employees, who were somehow him at 304-357-7959 or omitted last year. However, it stephenbladwin@wvsenate.gov does not yet include school Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, employees. Senate President or Instagram@BaldwinForWV. TO PERFORM On Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. the Inspirations Quartet will be perform at Central BaptistWest Virginia Department of Education Announces Church located at 100 Union Street, Financial Watch List Update Hinton. For more info call 304-673- 5088. FreeAdmisssion adn everyone The West Virginia Department of resolve the financial issues that is welcome! Education (WVDE) announced that were problematic and remind them REVIVAL eight counties have been removed of the continued due diligence Passion Week Revival will be held from the Financial Watch List.necessary to move forward with at Bellepoint Baptist Church April This list is maintained by WVDE's sound fiduciary practices," said 14-19 (Sunday- Friday). Office of School Finance, which Dr. Steven Paine, West Virginia Preachers will be Delvin Elwell, keeps an accounting of local county Superintendent of Schools. Doc Adkins, Derrick Leslie, Dale boards' general fund balances."Financial stability is more Elwell, Eddie Harris and Ronnie Counties removed from the listcritical now than ever as many of Cobb. include Boone, Clay, Hampshire, our counties face population shifts MUSEUM CLOSED Hardy, Lewis, Pocahontas, and other economic factors." The Railroad Museum is closedSummers and Tucker. After removal of the eight for the winter opening back up in Removalwaspromptedprimarilycounties with improved financial April, To get a copy of the Historic by the improvement in the county circumstances, the Watch Hilltop Cemetery Book you can call boards' unrestricted current List stands at eight counties. Bobby Cox at 304-890-3554 or you general expense fund balances. Remaining on the watch list for an can get by mail, by sending check Another factor considered wasadditional year are Calhoun, Grant, for $30.00 plus $5.00 shipping to the number of personnel paid Greenbrier, Pendleton, Randolph, hilltop Cemetery 146 Cross Street, through local funds. Upshur and Webster counties. Hinton WV all proceeds go to the "We are encouraged by the Additionally, Brooke County maintenance of the cemetery, effort of each of these counties to was placed on the Financial Watch List because of a significant one- year decline in its general current expense fund and the large number of personnel projected to be paid with local funds in the 2019-20 year. The county attributes much of the decline in fund balance to a large, one-time building project expenditure, and not recurring expenses. WVDE county .~,provides boards witl~ additional support ai~d analysis to assist them in navigating. the process and in moving toward financial stability. For more information, contact Kristin Anderson at the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at 304- 558-2699 or Kristin.Anderson@ kl2.wv.us. to Opinion: wv Citizens for Clean Elections says Legislature poised bring more money, less transparency into WV politics Opinion from WV Citizens for Clean Elections: By Julie Archer WV Citizens for Clean Elections Despite the way practically every West Virginia voter -- Republican or Democrat -- feels about the state of our politics and money's role in it, West Virginia politicians are charging ahead with SB 622 -- the bill no one asked for. No one except wealthy special interests, of course. Most West Virginians can't afford to give $1,000 to their favorite candidates, let alone the new, nearly tripled upper limit of $2,800, so it's worth asking: who wants these higher limits? That is simple enough to answer: on one hand, politicians who would rather attend ritzy behind-closed-doors big-money fundraisers than actually knock on doors and raise money from regular West Virginians. The other big beneficiary? The wealthiest few who can afford to donate more than $1,000 to a state candidate in both the primary and general election (would be raised to $2.800 for each) and the big-money special interests who can afford to give state part), caucuses more than $1.000 (would be raised to $10,000 per calendar year) and Political Action Committees (PACs) more than $1,000 in both the primary and general election (would be raised to $5,000 for each). SB 622 is on 2nd Reading (amendment stage) in the House today, and will be up for 3rd Reading (final passage/vote) on Friday, March 8. It's cleat" that these changes are being done as quickly and as quietly as possible because the people of West Virginia overwhelmingly support elections where candidates listen to the voices of everyday people -- not wealthy special interests. It goes without saying 'that SB 622 would go against this will. What is more, the voters of West Virginia want to know who is trying to influence their representatives and their votes with their big-money donations. That is why it is especially egregious that Republican members of both the Senate and House Judiciary Committees shot down an amendment that would have brought disclosure to independent expenditure groups (often called "dark money" groups), that give more than $10,000. Unbelievably, the opposition to the dark money transparency amendment claimed it would have hurt the free speech of a hypothetically oppressed donor who gives more than $10,000 to an 501(c)4 dark-money group. There may be a place for real concern about political retribution and the need to protect free speech rights, but it most certainly does not apply to the elite individuals who are already able to give more than $10,000 in a single election cycle. Which brings us to another question: Why do we have contribution limits anyway? To prevent corruption, and ensure equality of political voice. You don't have to go too far to see why million-dollar campaign donations can lead to nearly direct quid-pro- quo corruption. Just take a look at the past actions of Don Blankenship and the West Virginia Supreme Court. But the other important function of contribution limits is to ensure that all West Virginians, no matter how much they make. have an equal voice and equal representation with their state elected officials. It is this fundamental principle of fairness -- so essential to West Virginians -- that is violated by this rapid and secret passing of SB 622. which will give more power over our government to the richest few, lobbyists, and wealthy special interests. West Virginia should be a model of government by the people, not for the wealthiest few. The Legislature should shoot down SB 622 and give the people of West Virginia a real voice in our government through the Pro- Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform. For more details on the bill, or its path through the House and Senate. please reach out to Julie Archer at (304) 610-9094 or julie@ wvoter-owned.org. SUPPORT SUMMERS COUNTY YOUTH - MARCH 27 The Kiwanis Club is offering jumbo baked potatoes stuffed with your choice of Broccoli, Cheese, Chili, Butter and Sour Cream, Homemade Cookie, and water for only $8.00 on March 27 from 11 p.m, - 3 p.m. for delivery or carry-out at the First United Methodist Church at the Corner of 3rd Ave. & Ballengee Street. Proceeds will support the Summers County 4-H program offered through West Virginia Extension and other activities for Summers County youth. Orders can be placed by calling (304) 573-4920 by March 22. Order information should include name, delivery or pick up time, delivery location, and phone number. Notice Public Service Announcement Over the last several years drug overdoses have continued to increase. At this point, the Surgeon General has issued a statement for all communities to increase Narcan availability since research shows when communities increase education and availability, the number of overdose deaths decrease. 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