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(Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Volume 115 No. 16 ' Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday, August 29, 2017 50 Cents Governor Jim Justice has called for a special election for voters to decide on a constitutional amendment. The Roads to Prosperity~v Amendment 0f2017, if passed, would provide for the improvement and construction of safe roads in the state by the issuance of bonds not to exceed $1.6 billion. The Special Election will take place on Saturday, October 7. Polls are open from 6 30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The last day to register to vote to be permitted to vote in this Special Election is Monday, September 18, 2017. You can register to vote any time online by going to this link: Check your registration: Voter/AmIRegisteredToVote Please contact your local county clerk for information on early and absentee voting or you can call The WV Secretary of State's Office at 1-866-SOS-VOTE Question & Answers About the October 7th. Special With our completely unverifiable, tally. proprietary electronic voting machines that even election officials cannot examine, we "elected" Jim Justice as Governor. Justice was--and now again is- -a Republican. When I campaigned for Charlotte Pritt, WV Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate, I often heard Democrats say they were voting for Justice because a third party "doesn't have a chance". Well, how do we like him now? Justice recently proposed a budget amendment that increases sales taxes and gives coal still another tax break. And when his proposal was not included in the budget, he refused to sign it. According to Wikipedia, Justice jumped to a winning count in the election by about the same difference in numbers that Pritt had polled but then lost in the Hinton, W.Va. - American Medical Facilities Management (AMFM) announces that Phillip Jerrnan is the new Executive Director for Summers Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (N&RC). He was previously the Social Services Su~sor for Summers N&RC, a position he has had since joining the AMFM family in 2014. Jerman was born and raised in Richland, Washington and was one of the top 100 runners in the nation for track and field. He attended Washington State University obtaining his Bachelor Degree in Psychology, and then attended West Virginia University obtaining Internal and State Police reviews are underway after two separate, unrelated deaths at West Virginia correctional facilities on Monday: Philip D. Casto, 35, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex during an early morning head count. He was pronounced dead a short time later. The initial indication is suicide: Casto was convicted of first-degree Election. How can I learn more about the Special Election and the "Roads to Prosperity" constitutidnal amendment? You can read the official legal notice regarding the constitutional amendment by going to the Secretary of States website at When is the last day to register to vote? If you are not already registered to vote, the last day to register in order to participate in the Special Election is Monday, September 18, 2017. Can a 17 year old register to vote and participate in the Special Election? Only if the 17 year old will be 18 yearsold by October 7, 2017. Ifa 17 year old will not be 18 years old by October 7 2017 then he or she should wait to register to vote until after the Special Election. Will early voting be permitted for the Special Election? Yes, early voting will take lace from September 22 - October 4, 2017, in the County Courthouse or By Barbara Daniels Before the election Pritt was polling at 13% yet received only 5.89% of reported votes. Meanwhile, Justice's pre- election numbers were behind his Republican contender by roughly 6.5%. Testimonies were given in 2009 before a WV subcommittee that revealed on-going electronic voting machine irregularities in at least 6 counties. Similar expert testimonies were given in Kanawha County in 1983. Even so, Pritt received the highest vote for any Green Party- affiliated, gubernatorial candidate in the U.S.--enough to now be included in broadcast debates. In a highly complimentary, Aug.10 article, American Prospect Magazine noted that the WV Mountain Party -- which takes no corporate money--did best in counties suffering the after-effects Annex. For more information, contact your county clerk. For this Special Election in October, will I vote in the same location where I usually vote? Not necessarily. Most polling locations will remain the same. However, it is not unusual for polling locations to be moved and/or combined for Special Elections. It is The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced it will u~e $22 million in settlement monies received from drug distributors to combat t/ze drug epidemic in West Virginia. House Bill 2428, also known as the Ryan Brown Addiction Prevention and Recovery Fund, was passed by the Legislature during the regular legislative session, and mandates that DHHR ensure beds to provide substance use disorder recommended that you contact your treatment services in existing or county clerk to be sure. newly constructed facilities. I recently received a postcard in the mail asking about the status of my voter's registration. What does that mean? Simply follow the instructions on the card to update your voter registration information. This can be done online at, by returning the postcard in the mail, or contacting your county clerk. IfI wanted to be considered for a poll worker position, who should I contact? County clerks are always looking for individuals to work elections. To inquire about open positions and rates of pay, please contact your county clerk. The Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse (GACSA) will now become the advisory board for DHHR's newly formed Office of Drug Control Policy under the leadership of Gov. Jim Justice. The GACSA, established by and will be an integral part of our coordinated and comprehensive approach to combatting the epidemic, led by the new Office of Drug Control Policy." The drug settlements resolve allegations that the defendant DHHR plans to evaluate where there is the greatest need for drug treatment services in West Virginia and will utilize an application-type process to empower private entities to build these facilities. "The legislation directing the use of these settlement funds for treatment beds will address a critical gap in the fight against substance abuse," DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch~said. "These funds will help DHHR continue critical substance abuse initiatives, and will complement existing prevention, treatment and recovery services." Executive Order 5-11 on September 6, 2011, ha~ provided guidance to the Governor and recommended priorities addressing substance use in West Virginia. "The opioid crisis is impacting the very fabric of our communities across the state beyond the affected individuals," said Dr. Rahul Gupta, State Health Officer and Commissioner for DHHR's Bureau for Public Health. "This initiative will focus on long term treatment services, which is a much needed component to providing help to those individuals in need of treatment services. They are a welcome addition to the services currently available companies failed to detect, report and stop the flood of suspicious prescription drug orders into the state. The settlements also require each distributor to comply with state law in reporting suspicious orders. The defendants denied any allegation of liability, with the parties agreeing to settlements to avoid the delay, expense, inconvenience and uncertainty of protracted litigation. For more information and instructions for application, please visit AFA. Summers County Schools Provide Meals To Students At No Cost Hinton, W.Va. Students inEducation Agencies. learn and we must provide access Summers County Schools will haveIf at least 40 percent of a school's so all students have a chance to of co~L . the opportun.ity to eat breakfast students are directly certified for achieve: But it failed to mention gas.and lunch at school at no cost. free meal benefits, the entire school The U.S. Department of According to the industry's own The county is participating inqualifies for the option. Agriculture recently released estimates WV is slated to soon a program called the CommunitySummers County expects to data reporting high levels of food have much more hydro fracturing. Eligibility Provision (CEP). have all five schools participate in insecurity and hunger across the Although this would help the The CEP was enacted as a result the CEP. country. I Mountain Party whose platformof the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids The program allows the school n West Virginia, over 14 percent calls for a fracking ban, West Act and provides universal meal system to feed nearly 1550 students of residents live in food insecure Virginia always loses in extreme- service to children in high poverty each day."I am proudthat Summers households and nfore than 100,000 extraction rampages, areas. County Schools will be participating children live below the poverty Our new Governor is a coal This is the fourth year for the in the CEP program to help meet a line. company owner, part of the fossil- option. The CEP is an alternative to crucial need for student success in For more information contact fuel industry, collecting, approving and verifying our county," Superintendent Kim Linda D. Knott, Director of We are apparently still on that household eligibility applications Redes said. 'Tee know academicStudent Services Summers County same damaging path. for free and reduced price eligible achievement increases when ourSchools is an equal opportunity If West Virginia is to avoid students in high poverty Localstudents are well fed and ready to provider. further destruction, maybe we BARNS OF SUMMERS COUNTY: We.t VirginiaHeritage should look at our election process and the media who, with industry help, control public opinion. An extract from the book for your enjoyment Third parties, often champions By Phyllis Campbell Whitley of the people, require fairness to compete. They need equal and accurate media coverage and hand-counted, paper ballots. ellt allllOl Mce$ Hew National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). About AMFM AMFM operates 17 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout West Virginia. They operate in Braxton, Boone, Clay, Cabell, Summers, Fayette, Hardy, Webster, Wayne, McDowell, Lincoln, Wyoming, Harrison (Clarksbnrg & Bridgeport), Marshall and Mercer counties. AMFM's mission is "To exemplify excellence in quality care to our customers by providing an environment that enhances personal growth, individuality, dignity and respect."' his Master of Social Work Degree. After moving to Lewisburg, W.Va he began his career working with abused and neglected children. He spent 23 years leading the state in in this field helping to re-write the state regulations, running four different group homes and training many of the social workers in W.Va. and other states. He is married to Tina Jerman, and has three sons, Nicholas Jerman, 23, Caleb Morgan, 23, and Austin Jerman, 20. Summers N&RC is a winner of the prestigious 2014 Silver National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association/ medical technicians called to the facility. She was pronounced dead at a hospital around 10:45 a.m. McDonald had been brought to the jail Saturday evening on a bail revocation charge. Because both cases involve ongoing, reviews as well as inmate medical privacy issues, additional details are not expected to be released at this time. murder and sentenced to life in prison without mercy for the September 2015 shooting death of Jennifer Evans in her Hurricane residence. Casto was captured in Massachusetts following the crime. Denna Ruth McDonald, 48, suffered an apparent medical episode while in the booking area of the Western Regional Jail. Staff immediately provided medical attention, as did emergency Tobacco Barn on DiStefano Farm off Harvey Road - Little Wolf Creek :It was quite a hike to the tobacco barn from the DiStefano house but it was a nice, brisk fall day and Joyce and I savored the quietness that surrounded us. It sits in a hollow but it was obviously a place where the tobacco could be grown. Glenna Saunders said, "Robert Wilde had the tobacco barn built around 1850 (sometime before he went off to fight in the Civil War) and this surprised the family as Robert was against people using tobacco." This small photograph is a copy of a shipping bill dated 1876 might indicate his reason. With the completion of the railroad through the area a few years earlier, shipping tobacco to Richmond was lucrative. Mrs. Saunders recalls John A's wife. Matilda, talking about making the long walk to the barn to check the fires. To maintain ideal curing temperatures over the course of the curing process, farmers not only rely on the vents in the structure for air flow but on heat. Both measures helped reduce moisture. Each leaf loses approximately eighty percent of its own weight : by the time the curing process has successfully finished. In the first two weeks of the curing process, about an acre of hanging tobacco loses about five tons of water There are four barns on the farm of John and Patricia DiStefano. We will visit the others at another time. Mrs. Whitley is a lifetime member of the Summers County Historical Society. The book can be purchased at the Summers County Public Library or by order at barnsofsummerscounty. com. Mrs. Whitley's latest book is entitled "Photographer on Horseback -John C. Wiker'. It details life of a photographer who lived along Little Wolf Creek in the early 1900s. It can be purchased from members of the Summers County Historical Society or by order at Sale of the Barn book benefits the Library and sale of the Wikel book benefits the Summers County Historical Society. :~~ :: ~ .+-?~: ~s;::::::::::- ": i~*:~! ~'i~::