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Obituaries EDITH G. ECKLE Edith Graham Eckle, 98, of 222 10th. St., Princeton, died Monday, March 25, 2002, in Princeton Community Hospital following a long illness. Born Feb. 12, 1904, in Brooks, she was the daughter of the late A.B.C. and Molly Bowden Graham. Ms. Eckle was a retired postmaster, having served the Simdstone Post Office from 1926 to 1964. She. was a member of Stmdstone Baptist Church and was t])e oldest in membership and age a the church. She was a clerk/ treasurer at the church for many years. i She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard J. Eckle, in April 161; a son, Lyle "Buck" Eckle, in April 1963; four brothers, Raymond Graham, Russell Graham, Ovid Graham and Ellsworth Graham; and three sisters,Lottie Willaman, Clyde Robbins and Macie Allen. Ms. Eckle was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Eckle of Princeton, with whom she made her home; two stepgrandchildren, Charles Maddy of Moorefield and Molly Savilla of Hurricane; a special nephew, Conrad Graham and his wife, Eva, of Hinton; and many other nieces and nephews. Service was held at 11 a. m. Thursday, March 28th." at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, Hinton, with Pastors George Cook and Jim Hendricks officiating. Burial followed in Greenbrier Burial Park, Hinton. Nephews served as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Community Church, P.O. Box 5958, Princeton, WV 24740. Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton. HENRY P. HARMON Henry Porter Harmon, 55, of 184 Main St., Hinton, formerly of Princeton and Oceana, died Sunday, March 24, 2002, a this home following a long illness. Born March 17, 1947, in Tazewell County, VA., he was the son of the late Henry and Flora Frazier Harmon. Mr. Harmon was a disabled coal 11 a. m. Tuesday, March 26th. at Gunter Cemetery, SandStone. Contributions in Harietta's memory may be made to Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Hospice Services, 250 College Ave., Lancaster, PA. 17603. Arrangements by Clyde W. KraR Funeral Home, Columbia, PA. LORRAINE LANG Lorraine Lang, 83, of Dayton, KY., died after a long illness at the home of her daughter, Georgia Rae Ramsey on Tuesday, March 26, 2002. She was a former resident of Hinton from 1946-1959, and was employed by the C & O Diner. She was also a member of St. Patrick's Church and the Catholic Daughters of America while residing in Hinton. Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Lang. She is survived by her three children, Donna Scott of Hinton; Georgia Ramsey of Dayton, KY.; and Larry Lang, also of Dayton, KY.; ten grandchildren and ten great- grandhchildren. A memorial service was held in Dayton KY. on Friday, Mshch 29th. at 10 AM. Burial to be in Dayton, KY. CHARLES EDWIN SKIDMORE, JR. Charles Edwin Skidmore. Jr., age 56, died on March 26, 2002, in Washington, DC of a heart attack. Charles was preceded in death by his parents: Charles and Rosalyn Arbogast Skidmore; and a son: Mark Edwin Skidmore., Charles is survived by two daughters: Shelia Kinsella and Sherry Skidmore Jackson; three grandchildren, three sisters: Nancy Skaggs of Fayetteville, Karen Zutaut of Beckley, and Sharon Whelan of Hinton; two brothers: Gary Skidmore of Covington and Keith Skidmore; an uncle: Vern Skidmore of Hinton. Charles was employed by Vance Security Systems in Maryland. He had lived in the DC area for the last 30 years. He was to start a new position in April as office manager in a medical clinic in Hinton. Services are being held in the Washington DC area and memorial services will be held in West Virginia at a later date. PINA S. SMITH miner, a member of the United Mine Pina Sarah Smith, 88, of Indian Workers of America and was of the n IVlills,.died Monday, March25, 2002, Baptist faith.  ....... Survivors include tiin'e 'slstei'S , Brenda Cox and husband, cHals,' o Hilldale; Barbara Doss of Cleveland, Ohio, Violet Piasecki and husband, Box, of Baltimore, MD.; Ivy Miller and husband, Roy of Texas; Caroly n Hubard and husband, Monty, of Brooksville, Fla.; Faye Brewster and husband, Vernon, of Princeton; Maxine Cruthers and husband, Cecil, of Winston-Salem, NC.; Anna Nelson of North Carolina, and Sallie Harmon and husband, Winfred, of Abbs Valley; four brothers, Pete Harmon and wife, Pat, of South Carolina, Bill Harmon and wife, Pat, of Denver, Colo., Mike Harmon of Denver, Colo., and Garland Harmon and wife, Pat of Columbia, S.C.; a niece, Donna Jarrell, with whom he made his home; and several other nieces and nephews. iServices were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27th, at Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, with Pastor Lawrence Sizemore officiating. Burial followed in the Crawford Cemetery on BigCreek near Hinton. '.Family and friends served as pa[lbearers. 'Arrangements by Pivont Funeral H?me, Hinton. HARIETTA KEPPEL :Harietta Keppel, 77, of 45 Rolling Hills Estates, Columbia, PA., died Friday evening, March 22, 2002, at hr home of natural causes fonowing a lengthy illness. .Born in Sandstone, she was the da.ghter of the late Walter Kirk and Ee Miller Kirk. Mrs. Keppel worked for many years as an inspector in the chip plant for the former Charles Chips Irt., Lancaster, PA. She was a m}mber of Faith Tabernacle CKurch, Lancaster. "he enjoyed playing cards and bingo and enjoyed activities at Cumbia Senior Center. Burvivors include her husband, Tlomas Keppel; two sons, Dennis ad his wife, Laura Szampruch Davis, of Columbia and Albert Sfirubel Jr. at home; two daughters, Ydanda and her husband, Steve Enan, of Columbia and Sheila Oborne at home; seven grhndchildren; 15 great- grbndchildren; two sisters, Georgia and her husband, James Lewis, of Cblumbia and Ruth and her husband, Earl Bowles, of Sdstone; and many nieces and nephews. ervices were held at 11 a. m. M'nday, March 25th., at Clyde W. Kal Funeral Home, 519 Walnut St:, Columbia, with Pastor Francis C::Flosser offidating. Interment was tatnceton CommunitT Hespital followin@ a long ilhiess ........ Born Jan. 17, 1914, in Alderson, she was the daughter of the late Elwood and Sally Bryant Dosier. Mrs. Smith had lived most of her life in Summers County and was a member of Indian Mills Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Russell Smith; and three sisters, Miss Marie Dosiser and two infants. Survivors include a brother, John Dosier of Indian Mills; a sister, Abby Rhodes of Montgomery; and several nieces and nephews. Service was held at 2 p. m. Wednesday, March 27th. at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton, with Pastors Steve Howdock and Darrell Hamm officiating. Burial followed in Indian Mills Cemetery. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton. CHARLES E. WARD Charles E. Ward, 52, of Tug Creek, died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at his home following a long illness. Born Oct. 1, 1949, in Summers County, he was the son of the late Paul and Geneva Bennett Ward. Mr. Ward was a lifelong resident of Tug Creek. He was employed as a construction worker and timber man throughout his life." Survivors include his wife, Lois Jean Adkins Ward of Dover, Ind.; two sons, Ronald E. "lub  Ward of Hinton and Nicholas W. Ward of Dover; two daughters, Regina K. Ward of Hinton and Sarina D. Ward of Dover; two granddaughters, Brittanie Sawyer and Tearsia Fischer; five sisters, Donnie Brookman of Hilldale, Tammy Richmond of Wayside, Emma McCommas of Big Creek, Wanda Blagg of South Carolina and Nadine Teabo of Hilldale, and a brother, Richard Ward of Kiugsman, Ohio. Service was held at 2 p. m. Thursday, March 28th. at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton, with Pastor Travis Hocum offidating. Burial followed in Smith Cemetery, Tug Creek. Pallbearers were Alonza Brown, Pete Smith, Howard Cales, Jerimia McAlpine, David Chewning and, Basil Teabo. Arrangements by Ronaldt Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton. NEW mVF00 PARKWAY AUTHORITY The monthly meeting of the New River Parkway Authority will be held at the Tamarack Conference Facility, Beckley, on April lst., at 7:00 p. m. Council on Aging THIS IS A WEEKLY PUBLICATION OF THE SUMMERS- COUNTY COUNCIL ON AGING, INC., 120 SECOND AVENUE, HINTON, PATRICIA MCDANIEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FUNDED IN PART BY THE WV BUREAU OF SENIOR SERVICES,APPALACHIAN AREA AGENCY ON AGING, OTHER GRANT AND LOCAL RESOURCES AN D DONATIONS. ANY OLDER PERSON IS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM REGARDLESS OF RACE, CREED, HANDICAP, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN. THE SUMMERS COUNTY COUNCIL ONAGING IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Wednesday, April 3rd. Menu: Lighter chicken salad, whole wheat bread, cream of spinach soup, watermelon, butter/milk. Thursday, April 4th. Menu: Potato soup, turkey sandwich , kale greens, sliced pineapple/cottage cheese, crackers, butter/milk. Activities: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): 8:30 am- 12:30 pm. Exerdse: 11:05 am. Bingo for Prizes: After lunch. Friday, April 5th. Menu: Roasted beef, creamier mashed potatoes, broccoli, cake/ice cream, whole wheat bread, butter/milk. Activities: April Seniors Birthday Party: 11:00 am. Special singing by Reverend Lawrence and Bonnie Bennett and also Vrdma Cales: 11:00 aln. Monday, April 8th. Menu: Fiesta hamburgers, whole wheat bun, red tomato, iceberg lettuce leaves, oven browned potatoes, banana, butter/milk. Activities: Bible Study with Reverend Eddie Johnson: 11:00 am. Tuesday, April 9th. Menu: Hamburger vegetable soup, vegetables in soup, spinach, cheese sandwich, apple cobbler, crackers, butter/milk. Activities: SCCOA Board of Directors Meeting: 9:00 am. Jenny Comer, R.N., From Becldey ARH Home Health, will speak on Fibromyalgia: 11:00 am. Bingo for Prizes: ARer Lunch. Menu changes may occur due to the availability of food or due to circumstances beyond our control. YOUTH COUNCIL The Region 1 Workforce Investment Board Youth Council will hbld i ts quaer!y meetiig on Thursa/f,'April lSth.; at 2"30 p. in: in the conferen"bofii "'bT 'the WORK4WV Career Center, 201 Grey Flats Read, Beckley. Tues. April 2, 2002 Hinton News - 3 By Delegate Mary R Compton As the dust settles from this year's Regular Legislative Session, the significance of certain issues is becoming more clear Economic development was certainly at the forefront of our discussions and is so important to all of us. We struggled to make it easier for businesses to locate here and for the retention of our valuable small businesses. I believe we passed some substantial economic development bills. Only time will toll if we are successfully moving our economy forward. Senate Bill 701 authorizes the Department of Natural Resources Director to develop and implement a program to preserve the historical integrity of the town of Cass. This bill originated because of many factors, including the importance of preserving the West Virginia's culture. The town of Cass, in Pocahontas County, is one of the few remaining historical logging towns .in the Urh'ted States and is lushly endowed with historical buildings, structures and sites. The abundant qualities of this town are indicative of the historical and cultural heritage of our state. Ronceverte is also one of our many important logging towns and was under discussion as we looked at the possibility of providing funds. for an outdoor drama, Riders of the Flood." We have such a vast cultural rich heritage and we need to preserve it. Senate Bill 686 creates the Coal Heritage Highway Authority, which will promote economic development and tourism along the Coal Heritage Trail. This trail is a national scenic byway in Raleigh, Wyoming, McDowell and Mercer Counties The Authority will be overseen by a beard of five people for two years and will have the authority to construct, maintain, repair, operate and manage facilities on the trail. A special revenue fund designated the "Coal Heritage Highway Authority lund," will be created in the state treasury. House Bill 4083 relates to workforce investment. The hill 'created the West VLinia Workforce Investment Coundl and established the membership of the coundl. This legislation also created the Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development and established the powers and duties of the commission, which will be permitted to require disclosure of information through the use of subpoenas. Senate Bill 447 creates the Industrial Hemp Development Act. The purpose of this bill is to create a statutory distinction between industrial hemp" and marijuana for purposes of authorizing the cultivation of the industrial type. The Legislature found that the development and use of industrial hemp can serve to improve the state's economy and agricultural vitality. Also, the production of industrial hemp can be regulated so as not to interfere with the strict regulation of controlled substances in this state The purpose of the Industrial Hemp Development Act is to promote the economy and agriculture by permitting the development of a regulated industrial hemp industry while remaining strict control of marijuana. Continued on page10 HINTON GUN AND PAWN Loan Money on Th,ngs of-Value r Buy @ Sell @ Trade @ Pawn OPEN 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Saturday Location 310 3rd Ave. Across from the Big Four Durg Store We Sell New & Used Guns & Ammo If YOU Needsome Cash Quick Come to Paid Political Advertising TOM EASTERLY, Candidate for delegate, offers description of legislature: The Tail is Wagging the Dog Civic activist Tom Easterly has officially announced that he Is running for delegate to the West Virginia legislature. Easterly is a Democrat and he'll be running In the primary on May 14th. in District 27 which includes Raleigh County and most of Summers County. Easterly said, "My main goal is to restore people's trust and confidence in their public officials. Many West Virginians feel that nobody seems to !:  care about their Interests and that ::: the big-monied special Interests and lobbyists dictate what goes on in ::::: Charleston." Easterly says "that the grassroots, door-to-door campaign that he is conducting and his refusal to accept any campaign contributions from special interest groups, known as Political Action Committees (PAC'S), will help dispel the prevailing notion that politics is all about big money and nobody seems to care." Pointing to the recent Enron debacle, Easterly says "Hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions went to a company that soon thereafter went bankrupt thousands of people lost their life savings while at least some high level government officials knew of its deteriorating position. Yet nothingwes done. Big money talks. It is the tail that is wao olno the dos Jn today's oolitica." Easterly has campaigned extensively in Summers County since early this year. There is a reason for that. He wants the people of Hlnton, Sandstone, Nimitz, Jumping Branch, Meadow Creek, Pipestem and Green Sulphur Springs to feel as though a delegate from Raleigh County is one of their own. Pointing out that four (4) of District 27's deiegatee come from Raleigh County and only one (1) from Summers County, Easterly says "1 want the people in Summers County to feel that they have a friend and delegate in Raleigh County as well as a friend and delegate in Summers County - - and the only way to convince the voters of Summers County of that is to spend a lot of time there." With that in mind, he has taken his campaign to the people - - door-to-door, to their homes, businesses, schools, and government offices - - to talk to them, listen to them, and find out what is on their minds. A big sports fan, Easterly has gone to several Summers County basketball games this year, both boys' and girls' games. "it was s. great experience" he says "being at the boys' game against James Monroe st home on January lath. and the girls' game against James Monroe in Princeton on February 28th. Both went right down to the wire. Great games. I won't talk about the girls' game at home against Mercer Christian on February 9th. They (Mercer Christian) were awesome that night. They probably could have beaten the Woodrow Wilson boys i" Easterly believes that his civic activities in Bsckley and Raleigh County give an indication of the kind of legislator he'll be if he is elected. He has been president of the Steneford Elementary School Fro, has conducted a flag program for all 5th grade classes in Raleigh County elementary schools for the iaat two years and has conducted the local high school oratorical contest for the American Legion In Raleigh County and the district oratorical contest which includes eight counties in southern West Virginia. Easterly's interest in our youth includes athletic as well as scademic pursuits. He coached the Eagles (9 & lO-ysar olds) last summer In the Beckley Little League and is also a member of the Quarterback Club and Dugout Club at Woodrow Wilson High School. His hobbles, In addition to playing sports and watching sports, Include listening to country music, going to movies and doing crossword puzzles. In his professional career, Easterly has been a licensed general agent with Globe Life & Accident Insurance Company, specializing in federal employees benefits for the last 21 years, and has been their national Agent of the Y'eer five times. He practiced law for 10 years prior to setting up his Insurance business In 1981. In addition to managing his Insurance business he is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Government and Spanish at Bluefiald State University. Easterly's education Includes a B.A. degree in French Literature, a Master's Degree (M.A.) in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky and a law degree (J. D.) from the University of Tennessee. He studied a year at the University of Paris on a French government scholarship and at the University of Nuremberg on a Fulbright scholarship: He has taught government, administrative law, Spanish, French and German at the university level. Easterly is a Vietnam veteran who enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private E-l, went to officer candidate school (OCS) and was discharged a 1st Lieutenent in 1968. He volunteered for duty in Vietnam after DeS and spent 18 months in Pleiku, Duc Pho and Nha Treng between December 1966 and June 1968. A paratrooper who specialized in Psychological Operations, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star and Air Medal while attached to the 25th (later the 4th) Infantry Division In the Centrel Highlands and later the 101st Airborne Division and 5th SpeciarForcos Group along the coast of Vietnam. Having seen the military from the enlisted and officer perspective, Easterly says that he is especially appreciative of the high quality of personnel that serve in our armed forces. He is, he says, mindful that their benefits be protected, and that their contributions not be forgotten. Aithouoh a better education for our children and better, more affordable health care for all West Virginians are major areas of concern for Easterly, another srea of concern is stalled traffic in Bsckley which is an increasing headache for motorists and a potential threat to future growth. Regarding long term growth, Easterly feels that West Virginia is missing out on a golden economic opportunity by not expanding and enhancing our state park system. He says, '%Vith its unsurpassed naturel beauty and gracious, down-home hospitality, treveiers with deep pockets from Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania sml other nearby states would come here in droves to golf, hike, ski, whitewater raft or Just relax in a first class, comfortable cabin or lodge, especially in the aftermath of September 11th, when people sre doing more driving than flying to vacation spots. West Virginia has s  park system- but why not make It ? That famous line from the baseball movie  ("build it and they will come") offers a blueprint for changing our good state park system to one that ie the finest east of the Mississippi." Tom Eaatedy  the Memorial Baptlet Church in Becldey where- he started a Spanlsh class that Is now continusd by enothar church member. Hls wife Maria and their two chlklren, April (age 9) snd Philip (age 11) five at 204 Tlmber Rldgo Drive In Bscldey, A third son Edgar (age 29) llves in Durham, North .Carolina, with hls wife and the Easterly granddaughter. PoLed paid by Tom Easterly 4