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f I The HINT NEWS Home of&apos; al 00W';t;rrF estival i ,i Volume 93 No. 6 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday May 30, 1995 30 Cents i New River Parkway: Environmental Study By Doug Tolbert, New River Parkway Authority and Lee Skabelund, Virginia Tech Community Design Assistance In this, the second in a series of articles concerning the New River Pmkway, we discuss progress being made on the project's environmental impact statement, or EIS. Funding for the construction of the New River parkway will come, in part, from the federal government. As a federally funded project the New River Parkway must go through an environmental impact statement. Legally required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the EIS must present a thorough discussion of the significant impacts associated with each project alter- native. It also identifies measures which could avoid or lessen poten- tial impacts. In the case of the New River Park- way, the Federal Highway Admini- stration (FHWA) is the lead agency responsible for the EIS. As part of their responsibilities the FHWAhas identified eight other federal and state agencies that have regulatory responsibility over the project area. All of these agencies have been in- vited to participate in development of the EIS. The steps of the EIS process in- clude the acceptance of a "purpose and Need Proposal  for the project. This is followed by the acceptance of project alternatives to be studied. Finally, the EIS is written in three stages. * The first stage is the re-draft EIS,  which receives informal re- view from the federal and state agencies involved. After their com- ments are received, a Draft EIS  or I)EIS" is written and this is pre- sented for formal review and com- ment by the public and the agencies. /iFne "Final EIS7 or "FEIS," identi- fies the preferred alternative based on public and agency comment. The EIS process began for the Parkway in 1989, and in 1991 the first DEIS" was submitted for pub- lic and agency review. Through this review it was decided that additional study would be required, and the process of creating a new EIS began. The EIS now includes alternatives on both the east and west sides of the New River, and the EIS goes into greater depth in discussing poten- tial impacts to natural and cultural resources in the project study area. In 1992, a "Purpose and Need Proposal" was submitted for agency review and the document was largely accepted by the agencies. The fol- lowing three needs for the New River Parkway wqre identified in this study: 1) greater protection of natural resources, cultural resources and private property, by providing safe and appropriate access to the New River and its resources; 2) improvement of access to out- door recreation experiences in the project area; and, 3) support of compatible and appropriate economic development within the vicinity of the parkway and adjacent communities. After the "Purpose and Need  was reviewed by the agencies, FWHA made the decision to move forward and discuss parkway alternatives. Alternatives for study were proposed and accepted by the agencies. The alternatives being studied include a no-build alternative, a west side alternative, an east side alternative, two alternatives which combine parts of the east and west sides, and a minimal upgrade alternative on the east side. Currently, agencies are complet- ing their review of the "Pre-draft EIS.  Once revisions resulting from their comments are completed, a )raft EIS  will be released for public review and comment. A tentative release date has been scheduled for this August. When it is released the DEIS will include a discussion of a corridor management plan for the parkway. This management plan will be de- veloped, in part, by area residents. The plan will provide standards for development which will allow the local citizens to benefit from park- way development without disrup- tion of the area's quality of life. Local residents will have the opportunity to share ideas about how to guide local development within the park- way corridor at neighborhood meet- ings scheduled for June and July. The final article of this series will discuss the future of the New River Parkway and the steps that will be taken over the next three months. Two Sentenced in Hinton News B & E By Fred Long Two Hinton men, last week, en- tered a guilty plea in Circuit Court to charges of breaking and entering the Hinton News building, on 2nd Ave., and each were sentenced to a prison term of one to 10 years. Kenneth E. Adkins, 32, and Earl ish" Banks, Jr., 31, were arrested on the morning of May 16 after removing an air conditioning unit from the back of the building and entering into the basement. Police captured both inside the building within minutes of the attempted burglary. Both epformed the court, a week after their arrest, that they wised to enter a guilty plea to the charge and face sentencing. Adkins entered his plea Wednes- day while Banks entered his Fri day. Both gave up their right to a grand jury investigation, a trial by jury; and, if convicted, a pre-sentencing report that could have recommend probation. Both were sentenced to one to 10 years in the state peniten- tiary. Banks said, prior to his court appearance, Friday, that the two had planned to "just take the air conditioner to get some money." When they saw a flash light they climbed inside the building to hide, not knowing it was the police. e were going to wait until they went by. The next thing I know, Johnny Mann [Hinton Police Chief] was there." Banks said he could be released in "a year to 18 months, sometime in '96. I need that much time to get my head together. I just want to do my time and get it over with7 Five misdemeanor charges filed in Magistrate Court against Banks, as well as misdemeanor charges against Adkins, were dismissed in exchange for th e guilty plea. Banks, during his court appear- ance, admitted to the attempted robbery and, repeatedly told Judge Robert Irons he wanted to be sen- tenced immediately. Last Wednesday," Irons told him, "Adkins was in here doing the same thing you are doing and I sent him to the penitentiary. Knowing all of that you still want to enter a plea?" "Yes," Banks said. "I'm guilty." Banks, not wantinga pre-sentenc- ing report prepared, was denied any probation and remanded to the re- gional jail to await transportation to a state penitentiary. "It's Unusual, Irons said, "to see a man stand up and take his medicine like that7 Successful Season for SCHS 1st Girl's and Boy's Track Team Mike Meadows, member of Summers County High School Girl's and Boy's Track teams, starting in a shuttle hurdle relay race at one of the teams successful meets this season. The team finished first or second in all meets except one. See page five for the story. First SCHS Graduating Class Co-Salutatorian Erica Williams Honorarian Sara Fitzsimmons i.iii !if!! ! i;!;!;!i iiii!i:i::::" .... ':'::::::! i!!i!!!iiiiiil : ii];[!!ii!!ii;iii!il;!;!;!;i!i;i!i;:::.: ..... ::iiii;;!!ii!i!i!ili;iil;!i!iiiiiii!!ii!i:-$!!!  :Si;/::5253,:E33:EisEsiip/ii'?.'< " :. . ..:;55i5i;!5 53!;33!57;Gii-iiii?;;ii? i!iii:::: !::';i !!!ii!!i iiii! i: ii i i?': Valedictorian Cheryl Cooper Summers County High School will hold the First Commencement, Ex- ercises on Fri. evening, June 2nd. at 7:00 P.M. at the Summers County Athletic Facility. Co-Salutatorian Shelly Newton Dale Bragg, Tanya Lynn Brandon, Angela Nicole Cales, Cheri Rae Caudle, Sadie Amelia Chanlett- Avery, Joel Thomas Coffman, Donna Lynn Cole, Erin Christine Cole, Teresa Dawn Cole, Patricia Ann Conner, Benjamin Carl Cook, Lori Roseann Cook, Jennifer Rose Cook, Mark Ste yen Cyrus, Ryan Lee Davis, Dennis E. Dick, Rebecca Rae Dom- inick, Brian Gwinn Eckle, Amanda Louise Elkins, Jamie Lee Erskine, Steven Eric Ewing, Scott Eric Farrell, John Rodney Ford H, Amy Roseanna Forren, Kevin Daniel Footer, Sharon Marie Fox, Sharon Kay Gill, James Brian Graham, John David Graham, Joyce A. Greene, Michael Wayne GHmmett, Richard Melvin Grim. mett, Jody Lee Gwinn, Philip James Gwinn II, Tomarra Shannae Harshaw, Kimberly Dawn Hartwell, Eric Scott Hicks, Heather Dawn Hill, Wendy Renee Hinerman, David Michael Honaker, Benjamin Keith Houchins, Derek Wayne Houchins, Lisa A Humphries, Jared Ray Kea- ton, Robert A. Keaton, Aaron Lee Keffer, Sharon Elaine Kessler, Angela Marie Kincaid, Corey Mi- chael Lambert, Araneda Paola LeBlanc, Courtney Leigh Leslie, Farrah Ann Lilly, Jamie Darrell Lilly, Jason Truby Lusk, Leslie Laurs-Lee Malone, Jody Lee Mann, Donald Neal Martin, Paula Mich- elle Martin, Stacy Leanna Martin, Thad Edward Martin, Donald Chris- tophor Milam, Robyn Denise Mitchem, Jonathan Jacob Mize, Sherry Lynn Mize, David Lee Mor- rison, Alicia Ren Pack, Jason Dwight,,Pack, Mark Stephen Pack, Matthew McCoy Pack, Samuel McCoy Pack, Samuel Honorarian Chris Houchins Joseph Pack II, Troy Lee Pack, Kathryn Renee Painter, Rachel Anne Parker, Stacey Virginia Pitzer, Michael Andrew Reich, Lori Roch- elle Richmond, David C. Richmond, Jack W. Richmond, Jason C. Richmond, Jimmy Franklin Ro- manello, Jr., Jamie Marie Scott, Patricia Ann Sea, Benjamin Keith Sears, Lori Ann Shafer, Philip Scott Sizemore, Jennifer Sue Smith, Ali- son Paige Steele, Janet Leigh Ste- wart, Sara Dawn Surbaugh, Robyn Rochelle Taylor, Michael Joe Th- ompson, Melissa Sue Triplett, Susan Penes Turner, Monica S. Virtu, Mildred Pays Waddell, Joni Nicole Ward, Roger Dale Ward, Jr. Ray- mond Lee Whitten, Jennifer Marie Williams, Bobby Joe Wills, Braden Lewis Wykle, Sharon Marie Yopp. *Member National Honor Sod. sty. SENIOR CLASS OF 1995 Student Body President - Chad Erik Meador; Student Body Vice- President - Erica Leigh Williams; President . Christopher Warren Houchins; Vice President - Gregory James Bowles; Secretary - Shelly Marie Newton; Treasurer- Brian Gwinn Eckle. Class Flower: Yellow Rose. Class Song: "Edge of a Dream . Class Col ors: Purple and Teal. Motto: "If your mind can conceive it and your heart can believe it, you can achieve it.  Clam Sponsors: M. Allen, J. Cole- man, H. Crowder, N. Dobbins, N. Kirk, T. Kirkham, B. Maszella, J. Meador, L. Meadows, S. Romanello, M. Rudge, B. Williams. Class members: *Susan Jane Adkins, *Katie Marie Bailey, *Lura Kay Bennett, *Joetta Sue Cales, *Cheryl Lynn Cooper, *Andrea Dawn Crook, *Ryan Conrad Crowder, *Elizabeth Ann Elmore, *Sara Fern Fitzsim- mons, *Jason Tucker Ford, *Robert Aaron Coins, *Thomas Andrew Honaker, *Christopher Warren Houchins, *Teressa Dawn Katz, *Chad Erik Meador, *Shelly Marie Newton, *David Austin Redes, * Erica Leigh Williams, *Jennifer Lynn Woodrum, Christopher Vin- cent Adkins, Johnathan Shane Adkine, Roger Lee Adkins, Jr., Dale Harrison Basham, Deborah Kay Bennett, Russell Lee Bennett, Brian Monroe Bowles, Gregory James Bowles, Heidi Joy Bragg, Johnathan Regional Water Project gets Additional Fundin The Hinton Princeton re- : gional water project got an- f other shot in the arm, last ' week, when the United States Department of Commerce's Economic Development Ad- ministration awarded an- other $990,000 for the proj- t The $37 million project, arheadedin 1991byState - Senator Leonard Anderson : (D-Summers), will span the  area between Hinton and Princeton on Rt. 20, includ- ing Pipeetem Resort State Park, and ultimately serve nearly 45,000 people in Sum- mere and Mercer County. U. S. Pep. Nick Rahall, (D- WestVirginia) announced the new funding, Friday, saying, this portion of the funding is to extend public water into a 2.5 square mile area of the Oak'vale Road Public Service District where only private wells and ponds exist as a eouroo of potable water. Approximately 140 homes i in the Pipeetem area will receive public water as a result of this funding, he said. The application for the mercy came from a joint ap- plication between the Sum- mere County Commission and the Oakvale Road PSD. WV.American Water in- vefed about $27 million in the regional system which ineludu a new water treat- ment facility in Summers County.