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O $ @q | e~ (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The week of "W. Va. Water Volume 113 No. 53 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday May 1 7, 2016 50 Cents Lion Jack David Woodrum and Maggie Richmond S Hinton Lions Club is proud to She has been very active in local announce the recipient of the 2016 clubs and organizations including Lions ClubScholarship. the Leo Club of Lions Clubs Miss Margaret "Maggie" International, National Honor Richmond daughter of James andSociety, Key Club, Beta Club, Jackie Richmond and a Summers County High School graduate was presented a $1,000 scholarship from the local Hinton Lions Club. Maggie will be attending Concord University in the fall majoring in Social Work. FBLA, Hi-Y and the Hinton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Maggie states that she enjoys helping her community through these organizations. She has also worked on the SCHS Yearbook staff and as 'an office assistant during the 2015-16 school year. Her paternal grandparents are Gary and Ernestine Bremer and her maternal grandparents is Roy and Virginia Mitchem and her honorary grandparents are Dennis & Nellie Robertson. The Hinton Lions Club proudly supports Maggie Richmond and the Summers County Community. Tourism to National Parks of Southern Social Homelessness and Helps Veterans Access Benefits Carolyn W. Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of Social Security, and other leaders in the fight to end homelessness gathered Thursday, April 28, 2016 to continue the ongoingbattle against homelessness among veterans, seniors, and other vulnerable populations. "Social Security plays a key role in reducing homelessness, and our benefit payments help people to secure and maintain stable housing," Acting Commissioner Colvin said. "Social Security is the most successful anti-poverty program in our country's history and collaborates with other federal, state and local agencies to ensure that veterans, people who are disabled, have lost a loved one, or are retiring have access to our benefits and services." Acting Commissioner Colvin joined with federal and state officials to discuss initiatives to end homelessness and outreach programs to vulnerable populations, including veterans, at a forum called "Ending Homelessness: Lessons Learned from the Commonwealth of Virginia." Representatives from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, and the Virginia Housing Alliance participated in the discu- sion. In 2015, Virginia announced that it had ended homelessness among veterans. Many federal and state agencies are looking to replicate best practices from Virginia's success in their respective states. Social Security has collaborated with other federal agencies to develop key strategies forconnecting veterans and other individuals experiencing homelessness to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits. Through partnerships across the country with the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) initiative, the agency receives more complete disability applications. They have a higher rate of approval on the initial application because someone is helping the applicant, especially homeless people who have difficulty documenting their cases and getting the~r medical records. SOAR is a national project, funded by the SAMHSA, designed to increase access to SSI and SSDI for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. The SOAR project provides training on how to complete the SSI/SSDI application to service providers working with individuals experiencing homelessness. Veterans are at an increased risk of both homelessness and disability. Social Security offers several initiatives to accelerate processing disability benefit claims from veterans. Since 2005, the agency has provided expedited processing of disability applications for wounded warriors who have suffered an injury or illness while serving on active duty after October 1, 2001. Beginning in 2014, disability applications for those with a Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% receive expedited processing for Social Security disability benefits. Social Security worked with the VA to set up a data exchange to identify these veterans when they first apply for Social Security or SSI benefits. The agency is proud to support Presic[ent Obama's efforts to take care of veterans who have sacrificed so much. For more information about wounded warriors and veterans who have a compensation rating of 100%, please visit www. socialsecurity.gov/veterans. For additional information about the SOAR projegt and initiatives to help people experiencing homelessness, visit www. socialsecurity,gov/homele s sness .i) West Virginia Creates $64.1 Million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 846 jobs in local economy Glen Jean, WV - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,320,859 visitors to New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River, and Gauley River National Recreation Area in 2015 spent $56,266,400 in communities near the three parks. That spending supported 846 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economies of $64,108,000. The parks span four counties in southern West Virginia: Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers. "The national parks of Southern West Virginia welcomed more than 1.3 million visitors from across the country and around the world last year," said Superintendent Trish Kicklighter. "We are delighted to share the story of these places and the special experiences they We appreciate the partnership m_~ support of our many neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities." The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. The report shows $16.9 billion of direct spending by 307.2 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 295,000 jobs nationally; 252,000 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $32 billion. According to the 2015 report, most park visitor spending was can provide. Our parks are a great . for lodging (31.1 percent) followed way to introduce visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it's a big' factor in our local economy as well. by food and beverages (20.2 percent), gas and oil (11.8 percen% admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.8 percent). New for 2016, the report authors produced an online interactive tool. Users can explore current Tams Scheduled m Perform Here in October The internationally famous Tams The legendary Tams will feature will be the featured entertainment Little Redd, son of the famous music when t~he%Hinton High School Class giant that entertained millions of 1966 holds their 50-year reunion throughout the 1960s, the 1970s at Pipestem Resort State Park in and the 1980s. October. Although Charles Pope is year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data.' The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage: go.nps.gov/vse. The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state. To learn more about national parks in West Virginia and how the National Park Service works with West Virginia communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/ WestVirginia. www.nps.gov/neri About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 411 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov. Follow us on NewRiverGorgeNPS Facebook, Youtube, Flickr and Instagram. no longer with us, Little Redd continues to keep the tradition alive with his wonderful voice and stage presence. This show promises to bring back those cherished memories of the '60s when young hearts danced to such classic hits as "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am) and "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy." Winner of the "Outstanding Black Musical Group" award in 1988 and inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the Tams continue to entertain millions, here and abroad, and are now among the most sought after music groups of. the '60s era. The Hinton High School Class of 1966 invites you to join them Saturday evening, October 22, at 8:00 p.m. for an evening of fantastic entertainment, dancing if you like, and a downright good time. Tickets for the show are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. Space is limited. Make you check payable to: HHS Class of 1966 and mail it to 3513 True Road, Hinton, WV 25951. Do it now because you may never get this oppo~unity again. Pfaces to Visit in Summers County This week's historical marker is NEELY PLANTATION Submissed by Donna Brown Brewster and photo by Vicky Maddy One of the first settlers of Pipestem was the John"Buttermilk" W. Neely. He was born around 1780 in Kentucky and died November 15, 1865 in Mercer Co., now Summers Co. WV. He married Delilah Sweeny on June 15, 1808. She was the daughter of James S. Swinney and Susanah Hammrock. They are buried at John Buttermilk Neely Cemetery in Summers County. A-~. Hopkins in this book Genealogical History of the Hopkins,Farley, Cook, Keaton and Brown Families; gives us the following story of John Neely. "Jonh Neely, who was born in Kentucky in 1780, came to Monroe county and married Delilah Sweeny in 1808. John was one of the first settlers in Pipestem Creek in 1822. He built a cabin of split chesnut logs near the lake. There is still a small mount where the chimney of the house once stood. One day, John Neely went up on Long Branch hunting wild turkeys. It is not known if he saw any turkeys that day, but he did see a large black bear. He was unable to get a shot at it. He came down the branch to Pipestem Creek and called to his dog. He put the dog after the bear, thinking, no doubt, the bear would take to tree and he could easily shoot it. Mr. bear had no idea of taking to a tree. As soon as the dog got after the bear, it took right up over KNOB ridge and down the north side to the Bluestone River. Neely ran to the top of tbe ridge in time to hear the dog going up the south hill on the north, or other side of the Bluestone River. He ran to his house and saddled up his old yellow mare and started after the dog to bring him back, not wanting to lose him as he was a valuable hunting dog. He followed as closely as he could. When he came to a cabin, he would ask the people if they had heard a dog. If the man would think a minute and answer yes, I heard the dog going up the ridge about half an hour ago, Neely would tell the man that was his dog and he was after a bear. Neely would hurry on as fast as the lack of roads and rough terain would let him. It is a well established fact that a bear will run in a straight line for many miles. Neely knew this to be a fact. The dog ran the bear into the PINEY River, as I understand, between Beckley and Qr'nimount, a distance of about 25 miles as the crow flies. Neely caught up with the bear late in the evening. The bear had come to the river where there was a great row of cliffs on the other side for a distance both up and down the river. The bear had crossed the river and sat down on its haunches on the sand. The dog was standing in water up to its belly and barking at the bear with every breathe. The bear was growling at the dog. Neely worked his way around behind the bear and from a cliff shot the bear in the back of the neck, near the base of the skull, killing it instantly. He went back some distance to get a man to help him dress out the bear, It was very fat and dressed out over 400 pounds. The muzzle loading gun he used is now in the possession of his great, great grandson Oswald Neely." The following are "Buttermilk" and Delilah's children: 1. Nelson H. Neely 2. William G. Neely 3. Susan Neely 4. Betty Rachel Neely 5. Nancy Neely 6. Squire L. Neely 7. Hannah Neely 8. Harrison Neely 9, John W. Neely 10. Deliliah Neely Buttermilk descendents are highly respected in the Pipestem District. They are to many to count.