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(Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of Va. Water festival" Volume 109 No. 49 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday March 20, 2012 50 Cents Thanks to the extremely mild winter work on the new Hinton Fire it will be a credit to the City of Hinton and its citizens. This state- Station is progressing rapidly. Interior work has already begun of-the-art, $1,450,000 building, will be one of the finest fire stations in some sections of this magnificent building and once completed in the state when firemen move into the building later this year. The County School Board is asking parents of school students to help select the school calendar. ~ecently the West Virginia Depa.rtment of Education asked local school systems to look at several options when deciding on the school calendar for the 2012-2013 school year. All calendars have 180 ir~structional days for students. All calendars have seven holidays: I_/hbor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luthur I(ing, Jr.'s Day, and Memorial Day. The Summers County School Board is considering the following Options. "-: 1. The traditional calendar: First day for students, August 23. Thanksgiving week, off five days, (Nov. 19-23). Christmas break, off eight days, (Dec. 21-Jan. 1). Spring break, offfive days, (Apr. 1-5). Last day for students, (with no snow days, May 31. Last possible day for students, with snow days, June 11. 2. First semester ending before Christmas: First day for students, August 8. Thanksgiving week, off five days, (Nov. 19-23). Christmas break, off eight days, (Dec. 21-Jan. 1). Spring break, offfive days, (Apr." 1-5). Last day for students, with no snow days, May 15 Last possible day for students, with snow days, May 24. 3. First semester ending before Summers county Middle School Lil' Bobcats 4-H Club will partner with the S.C. Green Team Recycle Program to provide recycle barrels at festivals in Hinton, 4-H Camp Summers and in the S. C. Public Schools. Recycle Committee members loading a box trailer are:(L-R inside) Alexis Mann and Mary Trent, outside of the trailer i -Matt Ryan. The Lil' Bobcats 4-H Club will be reporting on f ycling to the DEP Youth Environmental Program for 2011-2012. Asia club fund raiser they will collect aluminum cans and as a community service project they will recycle #1 plastics from various places and events in our county. Christmas: First day for students, August 2. Labor Day break, offfive days, (Sept. 3-7). Thanksgiving break, off five days, (Nov. 19-23). Christmas break, off 11 days, (Dec. 21-Jan. 4). Spring break, off 10 days, (Mar. 25-Apr. 5). Last day for students, with no snow days, May 24. Last possible day for students, with snow days. June 6. 4. Balanced year-round calendar: First day for students, July 12. Fall break, off15 days, (Sept. 17-Oct. 5). Thanksgivingbreak, offfive days, (Nov. 19-23). Christmas break, off 13 days, (Dec. 17-Jan. 2). Spring break, off 15 days, (Mar. ll-Mar. 29). Last day for students, with no snow days, June 3. Last possible day for students, with snow days, June 11. 5. Balanced year-round calen dar: First day for students, Aug. 6. Fall break, off 15 days, (Nov. 5-Nov. 23) Christmas break, off 11 days, (Dec. 21-Jan. 4). Spring break, offl0 days, (Mar. 25-Apr. 5). Last day for students, with no snow days, June 4. Last possible day for students, with snow days, June t4. 6. Balanced year-round calendar: Same as number 5 except: Fall 'break, off 14 days, (Nov. 6-Nov 23) Christmas break, off 12 days, (Dec. 17-Jan. 1). Employees will vote on their choice April 6. The Board of Education will make the final choice April 17. Prior to the decision being made, the Board office would like to have input from parents. Comments should say which calendar is pi'eferred and why. Send your comment to the Board of Education Office, 116 Main Street, Hinton, WV 2595I, or e-mail your comments to: vhinerma@.access.kl2. WV.US Richard William McVey, 40, of Hampton, Va., was not indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, (Grand Jury Indictments, March 13, 2012). His indictment involved driving under the influence with minors in the vehicle. McVey remains innocent of his charges until convicted by a court of law. Rahall Calls for White House Action U.S. Rap. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Monday afternoon sent an urgent request to President Barack Obama, calling for quick action on the State of West Virginia's request for a federal disaster declaration for the counties of Lincoln, Logan, and Mingo all of which have been affected by, severe storms, heavy rain, wind driven rain, flooding, high winds, mudslides and landslides beginning on March 15, 2012, and continuing. "Yesterday, as I toured Logan County with our National Guard and state and county emergency service directors, and met with citizens in storm damaged areas, once again, I witnessed firsthand the response and recovery operations deployed by West Virginia and understand the tremendous need for speedy action," said Rahall. "It was disheartening to see so many individuals, families and businesses have been affected, but I am so grateful no lives were lost. I will do everything possible to get the resources our citizens need bn the ground and in full force to help those who are struggling in this aftermath to get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible." The initial damage assessments are estimated in excess of $5.6 million throughout the state, which are the affected areas included in this initial request. "I am working with our Congressiona,1 delegation and Governor Tomblin to ensure this declaration is expedited in every way possible, so our communities can get the federal help they desperately need to have a chance to recover from this disaster," said Rahall. If the disaster request is approved by the President, federal assistance would be coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and could include debris removal, emergency protective measures and public services,repair of damaged public property, low interest loans needed .by communities for essential government functions, and grants for'individuals, households, and businesses in the affected counties. By U.S. Senator Joe Manehin This week, I had the honor of addressing the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners at their winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Our regulators ! across the natron do very important work to en~ure that Americans receive reliable utility service at reasonable rates, and I thanked them for their leadership and dedication and urged them to do all that they can to keep your rates low. Whenever I speak to a large group of people assembled from across the nation, I always take the opportunity to share my love of West Virginia, and to brag about how our little state - and our coal industry - helped build this great nation. But I also like to share the facts that folks might not know, such as the fact that West Virginia is so much more than just a coal state. We have so many abundant natural resources, and we are truly a great example of how we use everything we have to use to power this nation and build a stronger future. For example, we have tremendous resources coming online with natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, and we are home to one of the largest wind farms east of the Mississippi River. the Utility MACT rule. They know these two rules will destroy thousands of jobs, and be very expensive - and we don't want you to have to pay mere for your electricity. Instead of working with industry to determine what ,nmkes sense, the EPAwould rather impose unfair and unreasonable timelines and benchmarks. When it comes to these rules - like so ninny other issues - we have reached an impasse in Congress. Some Democrats and a few Republicans don't want any changes to the rules. Some Republicans and a few Democrats want them completely eliminated forever. I have a commonsense bill to stop the EPA and bridge the divide. I was pleased to talk about my legislation with the utility regulators this week, ninny of whom are supportive of my plan to stop the agency from pursuing this dangerous course. I am working with my friend Dan Coats, a Republican from Indiana on the Fair Compliance Act - a bipartisan, comm onsense compromise that has suppor~ from industry and labor. With respect to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Utility In We~t V irgi.nia, we a .re dpjng...,,MACT :ru:le, tt~is.~llwqN~_,get~:id everything we possibly can to diversify our energy portfolio - but we are running into roadblocks when it comes, to getting the EPA to take a commonsense approach to balancing the environment with the economy. As many of you know, as Governor, I took on the EPA in the courts because I believe that it's just unfair that we've got bureaucrats in Washington dictating who will have jobs and who will lose them. Who will survive and whoql be shut down. That is not an energy policy that is working for America. And many of the people who run our power plants are now worried - rightly so - about two major EPA rules: the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and of confusing timelines tha~ jeopardize jobs and undermine our infrastructure, and instead provide industry with a reasonable timeline to comply with the existing rules. In addition, it would keep utility rates stable and protect the safety and reliability of our energy grid. Our bill is gaining bipartisan support, and I am so pleased that many of the state utility regulatory commissioners support the passage of the Fair Compliance Act. It is just one example of the type of legislation I have joined Democrats and Republicans to support over the pas~ 15 months, a commonsense policy that sets this nation and this economy on the right track. James Meadows is pictured prior to checking in his third Bobcat for this trapping season. His tally for this year was three Bobcats, five Coyotes, five Foxes, and numerous Racoons. Photo by Buck/ey Reed