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i ,$ q | (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of "W. Water Festival" =. Volume 115 No. 11 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday, July 25, 2017 50 Cents ussla to D" In a report Thursday, July 20, Special counsel Robert Mueller announced he is expanding his investigation into the Trump campaign's possible Russia ties, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, and is now looking into the business transactions of the president and his associates. According to the report, Mueller's probe includes apartment sales to Russians at Trump properties, a development deal with Russian ent of associates, the Miss Universe Trump is quoted saying, "If pageant Trump held in Moscow in Mueller was looking at your 2013 and the 2008 sale of a mansion finances and your family finances, in Florida to a Russian oligarch, unrelated to Russia -- is that a red, Despite Trump continually line?" New York Times reporter insisting he himself was not under Michael Schmidt asked Trump on investigation. Wednesday. Investigators have reportedly "I would say yeah," Trump subpoenaed bank records as part of replied. "I would say yes." the probe. Trump added later in the This report comes a day after interview that if Mueller expanded Trump warned Mueller not to look his probe into Trump's, finances into his personal finances, that it would be a "violation." the Unite mmit Be Secretary Warner Welcomed President Trump to West Virginia Bluefield College New Opportunity School for Women 2017 graduates (from left): Charity Utterback of Hinton, West Virginia; Brandi Reel of Hinton, West Virginia; Robin Novotny of Dublin, Virginia; Holly Kesner of Hinton, West Virginia, Marissa Handy of Hinton, West Virginia; and Penny Fields of Bandy, Virginia. It was commencement day at Bluefield College, June 24, 2017, as six local women accepted diplomas and celebrated the beginning of a new chapter of life filled with hope and anticipation. But, the ladies weren't typical BC students earning college degrees. Instead, they were six seasoned women whose circumstances in life had left them short of their educational goals, low on income, limited in self-confidence, and with very little hope. That is until they_ enrolled in the New Opportunity School for Women at Bluefield College, completed the life-changing three- week residential program, and earned their diplomas in the community outreach initiative designed to help disadvantaged women from Appalachia confront their circumstances, overcome their conditions, and find hope and direction for a new and better life. Founded by Jane B. Stephenson in 1987 at Berea College in Kentucky out of an urgent need to help women in Appalachia become better educated and employed, the NOSW endeavors to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances o flow-income, under- educated, middle-aged women in the Appalachian region. The NOSW expanded to a second site at Lees-McCrae College in North Carolina in 2005, and then into the Appalachian regions of Virginia and West Virginia through the establishment of the third location at Bluefield College in 2013. "Every year when I come back (to Bluefield) for graduation, I feel the love, care, concern and support for the women in this program," said Stephenson, who spoke about BC's commitment to the NOSW. "It's one of the most wonderful things. It's amazing to me how much Bluefield College has done to support and make this program happen for five years." The sixAppalachian women, ages 30-55, who completed the program this summer included Penny Fields of Bandy, Virginia; Marissa Handy ~f Hinton, West Virginia; Holly Kesner of Hinton, West Virginia; Robin Novotny of Dublin, Virginia; Brandi Reel of Hinton, West Hinton, West Virginia. "This has been a really great support system for those of us who don't have it back home, and it's really g]v'en us the power to move forward in life with the plans that we want to do," said Handy. "It's helped me face my problems and learn how to deal with them when I get back home." Together, the ladies completed three weeks of intense professional and personal development to graduate from the NOSW. During that time, they took part in a variety of career, educational and cultural improvement activities. With a sincere interest to learn and improve their lives, despite past failures and hardships and current difficult circumstances, they spent 50 hours per week in workshops, classes, internships and study trips, all for the purpose of becoming more self-sufficient. %Ve all have our own problems in life, whether it's ~n obsessive friend, addictions or self-esteem issues, but it will be easier for us now to go home and face those issues," said Reel. "Before we were used to running from them, but now we're ready to go home and change a lot of things in life." For professional development, the ladies attended workshops and classes on grammar, punctuation, creative writing, computer basics, personal finance, and basic math. They also took part in seminars on leadership, career assessment, and public speaking. "I really enjoyed the writing classes, because I would like to write a book some time, and I learned quite a bit about it," said Novotny, who also spoke about the fun she had in painting classes and jewelry making. "Coming here has opened up everything and taught me that I can deal with my problems. One time I was a people person, and now I don't go around people; I just stay at home. Maybe now I can get back out and breathe a little and be around people again. That will be nice." As part of the professional development, the women also completed a series of job skills courses where they learned how to develop a resume and write a cover It was his first official visit back to West Virginia since taking his- oath of office on January 20. And when he returned to the Mountain State late Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump addressed the nearly 4.0,000 Boy Scouts, Explorers, scout leaders, staff and volunteers from all over year. It made me want to be a teenager again and try every activity available," Warner said. "This 10-day high adventure jamboree conducted on 11,400 acres of pristine land in the heart of West Virginia is an experience of a lifetime. the United States who are at the Add a visit from the President to explore their interests and gifts Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette of the United States and the 201'/ and to determine how best to find County attending the National Boy a job. be o ,u se es here," said Utterbaci : Bac~ home, I always felt like I had to hide who I was, but here everybody is accepting and helps me be me. Being here makes you look back on the life you had outside of this, and you realize who is good and who is bad and who you need to get rid of in your life. It's helped us face our issues from the past." In addition, the ladies participated in paid internships at Blue field College, Bluefield Arts and Crafts Center, Mercer County Animal Shelter, Tazewell County Public Library, Wade Center, and WISE Women's Resource Center. '~ae first day I got here I didn't think I was going to fit in, but after three weeks I actually fit in with everybody," said Kesner. 'Tve gained a lot of self-confidence, and the goal that I've set for myself is to go to college and to make something of myself." For personal development, the ladies examined women's health issues, legal issues for women, violence associated with women, and self-defense. Alongside house sitter Crystal Oritz of Gap Mills, West Virginia, they also attended seminars on fashion, beauty tips, etiquette, and self-esteem. "I'm leaving here with a different mindset," said Reel. "I've always been a strong-willed person, but this has just made it set in stone. I can do this. I went through a divorce last year, now raising three kids on my own. It has been hard, and sometimes I didn't know if I could do it, but now I know I can do it." The personal development activities also included makeovers, physical exams, health screenings, and individual private counseling sessions. 'The New Opportunity School for Women helped me in a lot of ways," said Fields, who hopes to continue her education at Bluefield College. "I learned how to be assertive and to speak up for what I want." During the NOSW graduation ceremony, the ladies received Scout Jamboree. President, Trump is the first President in 12 years to attend the National Jamboree which is held every four years. Former President George W. Bush attended the event in 2005. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, himself an Eagle Scout as well as a retired Lt. Colonel in the United States Army, applauded the President's decision to visit the Jamboree. As a Boy Scout growing up, Warner attended the Boy Scout summer adventure camp held at Philmont, New Mexico. Later he would attend Philmont with his sons as a scout leader and parent volunteer. Philmont remains the world's top venue for traditional hiking treks. "But there is really no other place like the Summit Bechtel Reserve. It is a world-class opportunity for scouts from all over the country who will want to return year after Jamboree will be a memory these future leaders will never forget. " The Summit Bechtel Reserve is home to some of the most exciting high adventure outdoor activities found anywhere in the world. White water rafting, mountain biking, shooting sports, hiking, ATV riding, mountain climbing and riding a 3/4 mile zip line that allows scouts a birds-eye view of the entire Summit are just a few of the activities available to attendees. While attending the Jamboree, Scouts are also providing volunteer services and completing projects for communities all over the state. The director of the Jamboree estimates that the Scouts will donate approximately 100,000 hours of community service over the 10-day event. "The 2017 National Jamboree showcases the Scouting mission by combining adventure and leadership development to give youth life-changing experiences they can't get anywhere else," said Matt Myers, National Jamboree Director for the Boy Scouts of America. "Over the 10-day event, those scouts in attendance will work toward new merit badges, complete thousands 0 hours of community service, make new and lasting friendships, and take part in adventures in the beautiful West Virginia wilderness. Warner was a part of the official delegation in attendance to welcome President Trump to West Virginia. He was also on hand this past Friday to witness the BSA tribute to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Tfllerson was president of the Boy Scouts of America when the decision was made to develop a high adventure camp in West Virginia. On Friday, Tillerson Used his address at the Jamboree to challenge scouts to always %e your best and to do your best." Tillerson said that everything he relies on to make sound decisions, whether in the business world or in his position as the Secret~ry of State, he learned as a member of the Boy Scouts. Warner agreed. '~rhese Scouts are the future leaders of America and the future leaders of West Virginia," Warner stud. "And West Virginians are proud' to host these young adults with such a unique opportunity to excel while showcasing our beautiful resources that we call home." The Barracks was constructed in 1799 and began life as a tannery. Itzclalms it name from its use as a gathering place for soldiers who fought in the War of 1812. GHS Annual Membership Meeting and Picnic Virginia; and Charity Utterback of letter. They took part in exercises Continued on pg. 10 Capito Statement on Health Care, Vote to Repeal Obamacare Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the Senate health care bill and a planned vote to repeal Obamacare: "As I have said beforel I did not come to Washington to hurt people. For months, I have expressed reservations about the direction of the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. I have serious concerns about how we continue to provide affordable care to those who have benefited from West Virginia's decision to expand Medicaid, especially in light of the growing opioid crisis. All of the Senate health care discussion drafts have failed to address these concerns adequately. '2VIy position on this issue is driven by its impact on West Virginians. With that in mind, I cannot vote to repeal Ohamacare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians." Set for Sunday, August 27 The public is invited to join the Greenbrier Historical Society for the annual membership meeting and picnic on Sunday, August 27th, at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Barracks property. The Dutch Haus will be roasting a whole hog and Hawk Knob will provide Mead and Hard Cider. The meal will be served from ,1-2 followed by a History Alive! presentation of Gabriel Arthur, and then a short business meeting. Arthur is believed to be the first white man to see the Kanawha Valley while traveling with a band of Indians in 1674. He was sent with a partner and others from Fort Henry (present Petersburg, Virginia) to explore western lands and trade with the Indians. His partner was killed and Arthur traveled widely with the natives, apparently participating in raids in the Ohio Valley and elsewhere. The annual picnic is open to everyone. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the Greenbrier Historical Society, located at 814 W. Washington Street in Lewisburg, or by calling 304.645.3398. Tickets must be purchased by August 19, 2017. Please join us and enjoy a celebration of our organization's successful year and learn what we have planned for the future. i