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Letter to the Editor TALCOTT Aging O m f Summers County In Denial ELEMENTARY :[ J  SCHOOL HONOR THIS IS A WEEKLY uttttlL Odl ROLL RELEASED PUBLICATION OF THE Dear Editor: discouraging for an officer to uphold SUMMERS COUNTY COUNCIL SPECIAL TEEN MEETING SESSION TO BE HELD i This letter is in reference to the the law when in reality, he or she 4tasweek- ON AGING INC., 120 SECOND comment of Ms. Pebble Trent, head lacks the resources to combat the 5th Gde: A honor RO ia Rongey. Cook&apos;s Chapel Baptist Church in Summers County Concora of Gilbert' s drug prevention group STOP, which appeared in the Hinton News recently. I agree with Ms. Rrent's opinion that town and cities can be in denial of the extent Of drug abuse. Quite frankly, I believe that Summers County is in denial of the abuse of Oxy Contin. As Ms. Trent described, I-Iomes are being ramsacked, items are being stolen. Items are being sold on the streets for half of there value. People are locking their doors and people are dying, e One may feel relieved that they do not reside in Gilbert, however, her statement is a true reflection of what is happening in Summers County. Access to OxyContin has no boundaries. The street value for the drug spells financial disaster for the user. Homes and automobiles are being repossessed. Household furniture is being sold on the street. Stealing from family and friends has become a necessity. Morals and values have been replaced with an evil addiction. It is a fact that individuals are dying in large numbers due to overdose of OxTContin. Is the public made aware ef those statistics? Probably not, as the actual cause of death otn mimics that of a heart condition. I suspect that difficulty of diagnosis hinders the networking of Law Enforcement, Health Care Employees and Elected officials. By speaking with an Oxy addict, you could confirm the number of deaths in Summers County. An Oxy addict acknowledges the decrease in peers. An average individual does not comprehend nor care to investigate the correlation. An individual may conclude that an 0xy user is an adult who is responsible for his or her own fate. Think again! Teens are abusing this drug. The mere fact that most teenagers lack self-sufficiency and financial stability make them a target for an Oxy dealer. A pill is exchanged for a favor, to include sexual gratification. A stroll to the courthouse may soon confirm this behavior. Take into consideration the probable number of incidents at are not reported. Adults and teemtsm are both falling victim to the prescribed drug. Another fact to consider is the children of the Oxy addicts. Are the basic needs of these children being met? Or should I say, how could they be met when their parents are selling assets with no limitation. A gallon of milk or another fix? A responsible adult would not have this dilemma; however, placing no limitation on selling/trading possessions is not the action of a responsible adult. Unfortunately, I am aware of two children that have been removed from their homes due to neglect, resulting from the parent's abuse of the substance. To complicate matters, females are using the drugs with no consideration for their unborn children. According to medical research, the chance of fetus addition is remarkably high. Could West Virginians be producing addicts. Is the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources/Child Protective Services equipped to handle the ever-growing caseloads? Senate Majority Leader, Truman Chafin was not in denial of the OxyContin epidemic when he introduced SB617. I was in favor of the bill, however I would agree that the substance could be controlled in a more effective manner. It is not uncommon to take desperateaction during a crisis. One life spared would be Worth the effort. In actuality, Senator Chafin acknowledged the problem as a crisis by introducing the bill. In addition, a Pharmacist recently shared his thoughts of SB617 in the Register Herald. He qualified himself as capable of identifying an oxy addict who purchased medication at the pharmacy in which he is employed. My guess is that the Pharmacist does well at profiling addicts. My concern is his ability to differentiate Oxy users from Oxy pushers. If those individuals prescribed the drug were utilizing the drug for medicinal purpose, there would be no epidemic. The consumer who is recognized as an addict is responsible for his/her own fate. The consumer with no addiction is profiting from the druB, while jeopardizing the lives of innocent adults and children. Last, I would like to commend local Law Enforcement for acknowledging and taking action to alleviate the epidemic. Unfortunately, the Summers County .,heris  Department.<loe  not have the manpower nor the funding to adequately address the misuse of  ! the drug. It. mnst be quite actions/consequences of those physician's who unlawfully prescribe drugs. I urge all citizens of Summers County to not only acknowledge the Oxy Contin epidemic, but to act upon it. Contact the Sheriff's Department and inquire about the increase in crime rate. Contact the Summers County Commission and voice your concern about the lack of resources for effective policing. Your family deserves to be safe. A call or email to your Elected Officials is warranted. Express your concern for life. Another death in Summers County is not necessary. Denial is not an option. Sure, one can attempt to redirect his or her energy by focusing on the disparaging opinions of those who are attempting to undermine the authority of local Law Enforcement. However, energy focused on a non-political, street epidemic could result in resolution and benefit each and every citizen in Summers County. Hallie Sims Ballengee, WV From Page 3 Obituaries brothers, John Boyd Davis III, his wife, Caroline, and their children, Caroline, Elizabeth and Boyd, of Raleigh, N.C., Kearny Davis, his wife, Diane, and their children, Eleanor, Hannah and Katherine, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and a sister, Laura Bennie Davis, her husband, A//fie Phillips, and their children, Mariah and Davis of Warrenton, N.C, Eleanor's body was cremated. Memorial service were held at 1 p. m. Wednesday, March 20th. at her home. Candlelight vigil was 6 to 8 p. m. Thursday, March 21st. at Lick Creek Church, Green Sulphur Springs. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton. Ritz Theatre EG.G  AT THE. CITY PARK The REACHH-Family Resource Center, Starting Points, and MIHOW is sponsoring an Egg Hunt at the City Park in downtown Hinton. Everyone with children birth to eight are welcome to attend The eggs will be filled with treats and prizes The Egg Hunt will be Friday the 29th from 2 to 3 pm. If you need any further information please call the REACHH-Family Resource Center at 466-2226. MEET YOUR CANDIDATE The Hinton Senior Center will be sponsoring a"Meet Your Candidate" forum on April 17th. at 1:00 p.m. The Hinton Senior Center is located at 120 Second Ave., Hinton. Cele=e Browning, Brett Cale=, Kimberly Cox, Kyra Hutchen=, Tyler Miller, Matthew Tabor, lra Wood. B Honor Roll 5th Grade: Samantha Fcetar, Bryan Johnson, Cameron Mann, Tcevis New, Niol Parkin, Bradley Richmond, Robert Smith, Jordan Wills, Timothy Wynes. th Grade: B Average: Kayla Barton, Devin Wyne=. 4th Grade: AHonor Roll, Carrie  Heather Cantley, Jennifer Gill, Troy Humphrla=, Paul Smith. 4th Grade: a Honor ROLl= James Bennett, Brittany Blankenship, Sheile Boone, Steven Cody, Angel Coleman, Timmy Fox, Dakota Grimmett, Sat-ah Hart, Zernie Miller, Crystal Smith, Crystal Stardmr, Caleb Thompson, Lavenna Walker, Benjamin Willianm. 4th Grade: B Averase: Ariel Adkins, Justin Adkins, Stacie Adkin=, Dustin Bumgardner, Morgan Gore, Jessican Gwinn, Je=sy Slatton. 8rd. Grade A Honor RoLl-. Nick Bennett, Tea Cottla, Courtney Dearer, Taran McKinney, Justin Palmer. Srd. Grade B Honor Rolb Katey Adkins, Debearh Ashley, Austin Bennett, Aaron Clay, Robert Kessler, Rebecca McKinney, Stephanie Parkin, Talena Walker. 8rd. Grade B,AveraSa Scott Angell, Katie Hamrick, Savannah Harvey, Katie Weiss, Courtney Wills. Bnd Grade: A Hoaor ROLl= Joey Blankem,h/p, Davonna Ca/e=, Caitl/n l)oover, Scott Hannah, Megan Justice, Felida Miller, Slmllay Miller, Hven Oliver, Kristen Richmond. Cae=y Starlus, Jacob Williams. 2nd Grade: B Honor Rolb Emily Adkins, Owen Adkins, ShelbyAdkius, Brnnden Boone, Shelley Cart, Derrek Huffman, Dustin Huffman, Calab King, Brnndon Martin, Eli MeRinney, Rokey Meadows, Cody Richmond, Kayla Richmond, Bailey Romanello, Royel Sovine, Chelala Webb. 2nd Grade: B AvnrnSe: Shannon Angall, Lashae Bonds, Phi[lip Coleman, Timmy Phillips. l=t. GradeA Honor RoLl= Mikayla Cales, Tiffani Cottle, Claudia Gunnoe, Stephanie Meadow=, Ashley Richmond. 1st, Grade B Honor" ROLl= Sara Barker, Brittany Boone, Johnathan Ca]ee, Samantha Fox, Zachary George, yler Gore. Marklae= Lukach, Gap Payne, Tyra Phillips Katie Walker, Holly Weikle, Halley Wheeler 1st. Grade B Average: Justin Meadows, Blake Morgan. NOTICE OF FIRST PUBLIC MEETING The City of Hinton wili hold a Public meeting on Thursday;April 4th., at 2:00 P.M. in Council Chambers. The purpose of this meeting is to seek comment and input from the public relative to activities the city should include in any application seeking FY 2002 HUD SCBG Funding. The public is urged to attend! SUNRISE SERVICE Annual joint Easter Sunrise Service of First Baptist Church of Hinton and Central Baptist Church will be held Sunday, March 31st. at 7:00A.M. at Central Baptist Church. Rev. D. D. Elwell, interim Pastor of Central Baptist Church will be guest speaker. Everyone invited to attend. BOYS INVITATIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNEY BrQthers United Community Society, Inc. In association with United Health Coalition "Healthy Hearts = Winners  Presents 4th. Annual Summers Co. Classic boys invitational basketball tourney. The age groups are, boys 15 u, and 16 u. The tourney will be held at Summers Co. High School, Hinton, on April 6th. and 7th. Times (schedule) TBA. Guarantee 3 games. Team fee $165.00. Deadline for entry is April 3rd. Gen. admission $5.00 adults, $3.00 10-under all day. Consession on site. Send, entry rquest or please contact T.R. Johnson, III, Tourney Dir. at 304-466-5975, fax# 304-466- 3380, Email-railjoc@email.cem Call Toll Free 1 -888-229-7541 RANDY'5 SATELLITE r---- .-----COUPON-- -- --.'T ---t I One Receiver Installed FREE. I [oll,j 0w,J I No Equipment To Buyt i a 0jtJ. I Two Receivers Installed for $25.001 I i Four Receivers Installed for $49.99! i As[ [0 Coupon Expires 3/31/02  L'mmmlmmm|mmm||m|m-S We Have ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, UPN, & FX (The Outdoor Channel) AVENUE, HINTON, PATRICIA MCDANIEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. FUNDED IN PART BY THE WV BUREAU OF SENIOR SERVICES, APPALACHIAN AREA AGENCY ON AGING, OTHER GRANTAND LOCAL RESOURCES AND DONATIONS. ANY OLDER PERSON IS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE THE PROGRAM REGARDLESS OF RACE, CREED, HANDICAP, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN. THE SUMMERS COUNTY COUNCIL ON AGING IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Wednemiay, March 27th. Menu: Hamburger vegetable soup vegetables in soup, spinach, cheese sandwich, apple cobbler, crackers, milk. Thursday, March 28th. Menu: Baked ham, glazed sweet potatoes, shellie beans, pickled eggs, coconut cake, rolls milk/butter. Activities: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): 8:30 am - 12:30 pro. Special singing and Easter message by Reverend Larry and Greta Bowling: 11:00 am. Bingo for Prizes: After lunch. Friday, March 29th. C L O S E D Activities: Monday, April 1st. Menu: Beef barbecue, coleslaw/carrots, green beans, chocolate pudding, bun, milk. Activities: Bible Study with Reverend Eddie Johnson: 11:00 am. Tuesday, April 2nd. Menu: Brown beans/onions, broccoli, tomatoes, applesauce, cornbread, milk/butter. Activities: Summers County Council on Aging Site Meetin 11:00 a.m. Bingo for Prizes: After LUnch. Menu changes may occur due to the availability of food or due to circumstances beyond our control. i 4-H All Stars Seek Addresses The Summers County 4-H All Stars Association is looking for a few ofits members who have lost contact with the group over the years. In order to update the database of the "A,socitiq]}, the grgup ` needs a]ress  :inJ0rmation )r the following members: Isabelle Knapp Bear; The Family "of Teleik Davis; William Basil Fox; Burton McDowell Harris; Audrey Wyant Goodwin; Chris F. Gore; Eloise Jarrell; Nancy Jarrell; Oliver Johnson; Mary Lee Hicks Lofland; Mary Thompson Mann; The Family of Volla G. Meadows; Milton E. Morgan; Verona MuSlins; William Okes; Vivian Parker; Bonnie A. Peck; and Ida Lee Viers. If you have any contact information on the above All--Stars, please contact Jim Gaal, President at 304/466,4345. Pipestem, West Virginia will be holding a special teen meeting. rhe Minutemen" will be at the church April 7-12th. Special rallies will be held on the 10th., llth., and 12th. All teens are cordially invited to attend. For more information, please call Pastor Dallas Peyton, Jr. at (304) 384-3270. REVIVAL Revival services will be held at the Little Wolf Creek Baptist Church, Hinton April 1st. through 5th. at 7:00 p. m. nightly. Speaker will be Alva Blankenship. Special singing nightly. Groups include Phillip Truitt, Faith & Danielle Hawes, Mike Wood, Joe & Marty Naylor, and Chris Brown and more. Nursery provided. WINNER OF PORCELAIN DOLL The winner of the Porcelain Doll drawing from Summers Middle School was Teresa Huffman. The drawing was held Tues. March 19th. Thanks from all of us. NEW RIVER PARKWAY AUTHORITY The monthly meeting of the New River Parkway Authority will be held at the Tamarack Conference Facility, Beckley, on April 1st., at 7:00 p. m. College Head Start Policy Council will offer its Community Air a-nd Share session at the beginning oft e Policy Council meeting on April 15, 2002. The public is welcome to atteel, air concerns and voice pubt comments at 6:00 pm on this d e:e at the Head Start location of 2o4 Main St., Hinton. We welconfe everyone to attend! - EXTENDED HOURS " The County Clerk's Office willie open extended hours for the purpo_ " of registering voters and making address and party changes for tl Tuesday, May 14, 2002 Primay Election Friday, April 19, 2002 8:30 a. ni- 8:00 p.m. -'- Saturday, April 20, 2002 9:0 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. :. Monday, April 22, 2002 8:30 a. . - 8:00 p.m. -" Summers County Courthou, 120 Ballengee Street, Hinton, V. The deadline for Voter Registra'e May 14, 2(102 Primary Election will I:'April 24th.  ,,ontact Mary Beth'Merritt, oUnty Clerk, if you have any qutigns about your Voter Registration. 466-7104. i. POLL WORKERS NEEDED! Any Registered Voter in Summers County that would like to be a Poll Worker please contact the County Clerk's Office at 466-7104. PLAYGROUP AT TALCOTT FRC The next playgroup at the Talcott FRC will be Tuesday March 26th. from 11 am to 1 pm. The ages for the playgroup is birth to five and their families. The activates will be FAMILY FUN NIGHT ': Family Fun Night will be Tuesday. March 26th. from 6 to 8 pm. This month's menu will be potato soup and corn bread. Come out and join " hand-print chicks." There will be the fun. For more information call finger paint involved, please dress REACHH-Family Resource Centex your children appropriately. A light at 466-2226. lunch will be served. Everyone from  i the Talcott and surrounding areas are invited to attend. For more information or to let us know you will be attending, please call Helen Humphrey at REACHH- miy,.R,ouce Center and thp MIHOW Program. Time Machine ,3[ Fn: 6:00 & 8:30 Sat: 5:00 & 7:30 Sun: 6:00 Pmi Coming Soon: Ice Age PG & Show Tme P.m ] H ER'S CLUB Located at Lowell : : ' ,,. ' ', OPEN DA.I'LY MONDAY THRU SATURDAY 4:00 TILL ? SUNDAY 1:OO TILL ? FrL and Sat. (9 to 2) March 29th, and 30the WALTER THE DJ No Admission Must be To Enter HOME OF THOSEDELICIOUS HOT BOGS/ MondaY: Quarter Pounder ............................................. i. ........ , ............... $1.49 Tuesday: Barbeque .......................................................................... $1.39 WedneSday: Reg. Hamburger .......................................................... $1.09 Thursday; ,Ham & Cheese ........................................................... $1.59 Frlday:-H0-agle or Large Fish Sandwich .................................................... $2.29 SOUPS: Bro Beans, Vegetable Soup, Potato Soup, Broccoli, Chill & Beans. Combread Muffins, 6,heese Sticks, $2.69; 6 Chicken Wingdings, $2.69; 6 Jalpeno Poppers, $2.99 OPEN DALLY Serving full breakfast, including homemade' waffles & omelets from 6 to 11 am. 700 Open daily from 6 am to 7 pm On the Hinton By-Pass Call Toll Free 1-888-229-7541 I