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10 - Hinton News Tues. Aug. 29, 2017 l ommu lt SUMMER BIRD Campbell-Flannagan-Murrell. As a "summer bird" who just returned to this beautiful area for several months, I wanted to tell everyone about the new changes at your Campbell-Flannagan-Murrell museum. The museum is fascinating and free to tour on Saturday afternoons. Over the winter, the volunteers at the museum were abl~ to write a script that explains much of Hinten's history. Now while you tour tl~o museum you are able to listen with your smart phone! Docents are still with you and will talk with you if you do not have a phone, Please come and see the wonderful museum and learn more about Hinton's history! Come visit- 422 Summers Street Hinton, WV VETERANS MUSEUM HOURS The Museum will be open each Saturday from 12 noon to 4:00 p,m. Historical Displays range frcm Early frontier days, the Revolutionary War, The Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, and to the Present Mideast. Tour guides are present. Admission is free. SC FARMER'S MARKET The Summers County Farmers Market has grown! The Market is now open twice a week. Tuesday evenings from 4 p.m. -6 p.m. at the Hinton Freight Depot located at 509 Commercial St. and Fridays from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. in the parking lot of Lifeline Church, 505 Stokes Dr. Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fresh flowers, value added items and much more all grown locally! For more information visit Summers County Farmers Market on Facebook. FALL LADIES CONFERENCE Riverview Chapel will be having a Fall Ladies Conference on Saturday, September 23rd from 10- 3. Contact Cathy Ross for n~ore details and to reserve your seat. 304- 466-0769. REVIVAL A Holy Ghost Revival will be held on Sept. 7th 8th and 9th. at Spruce Run Chapel. Services start at 7:00 p.m. Guest Speaker will be Pastor Dalley Maynard. Special music by: Johnny Jones, Berie and Anne Neal, Destiny Moore. Time of fellowship and snacks after the services. Spruce Run Chapel is located on Rt. 12 in Forest Hill, WV. LIBRARY FRIENDS MEETING There will be a change in the next Friends meeting. It will be at 5:00 p.m. instead of 4 p.m, Tuesday, September 12. Hopefully this will make it easier for working folks to attend, Everyone and anyone welcome. See you there! GWiNN REUNION The 66th Annual Gwinn Family Reunion will be heId on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at Lockbridge, West Virginia. The grounds are located approximately 2-1 miles on Lockbridge Road on Route 20 near Meadow Bridge. There will be Sunday School at the Lockbridge United Methodist Church at 9:00 a.m. Pastor Robby Shorter will present the sermon at 10:00 a.m. at the church. The lunch hour will be 12.00 noon 1:00 pm Trevor Ford will be at the keyboard from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. The a ~rnoon program will feature Calvary's Call and John Gwinn from 1:00 3:00 Mike Gwinn II, incoming president, will read the memorials at 3:00 p.m. followed by special awards, the drawing for a $50.00 door prize (must be present to win), and closing remarks. Bring a picnic lunch to share at the church pavilion or make a purchase from the concession stand spoon by the members of the Reunion Committee with proceeds going to next year's reunion. Everyone is invited to share the day of entertainment, renewing acquaintances, and fellowship! COURTHOUSE CLOSED The Summers County Courthouse will be closed on Monday, September 4th. for Labor Day. 2017 Ward Reunion Saturday, September 2, 2017 Bluestone State Park Activity Building 10 a.m. Registration & Family Pictures 12:00 p.m. Group Photo 12:30 p.m. Lunch 2:00 p.m. Business Meeting 2:30 p.m. Craft Auction 3:00 p.m. Egg Toss & Games 5:30-7:00 p.m. Wiener Roast 7:00-8:00 p.m. Bingo RomomEor to brln~ a oouplo of dishes to share for lunch as well as hot dogs and buns. Chili slaw, onions, and condiments for the wiener roast will be furnished by the Ward Reunion. We will be selling drinks again this year Sodas and bottled water will be 75 cents. All proceeds from drink sales go into to Ward Reunion Treasury. Support the Ward Reunion Remember to bring your homemade craft item (no food please) for the Craft Auction. And please be prepared to bid generously as this is first, and foremost, a fund- raiser for the Reunion treasury. , For sale this Year Group Photos $10 Choose from the following packages: One 8x10 Two 5x7 or Three 4x6 Photos will be mailed the week following the reunion Selection of Adult or Youth T- shirts as well as Hats Limited Sizes and Quantities available The Ugly Man & Pretty Girl Contests Are You ready to Challenge the 2017 Winners? **Special Note** We have limited change available. at reunion. Please help us and remember to bring smaller bills for purchases and quarters for cake walk All proceeds from sales at the Ward Reunion, including drinks, shirts, and photos, as well as any other collections, go into the Ward Reunion treasury for the benefit of the Reupion. Thank you for your continued support and success of the reunion. If you have questions about this year's reunion contact Stan Ward, President at 304-466,1554. WALK FOR HER LIFETIME ANNUAL SALE The Walk for Her Lifetime Committee will hold its Annual Yard/Bake/Hot Dog Sale in the Hinton House Community Room on September 2, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Our hot dogs and baked items are all homemade and delicious. We are asking everyone who can to donate clean, usable household items to be sold at this event. Due to health concerns clothing and ether fabric items cannot be accepted. The proceeds from this sale and other events throughout the year are used to assist the citizens of Summers County who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or to provide mammograms to those who cannot afford one. To donate items or for more information concerning our services please call Stephanie Elkins, our yard sale coordinator, 304-228-9189 or Shirla Ballard at 304-466-8904. Voter Registration Deadline Voter Registration Deadline for the Saturday, October 7, 2017 Special Election will be Monday, September 18, 2017. All address changes, party changes and new voter registrations must be made by that date to be eligible to vote in this Election. The County Clerk's Office in the Courthouse will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or you may call 466-7104 to receive voter registration application by mail. GOSPEL SING DINNER The Jumping Brancvh-Nimitz Senior Community Center will be having a Gospel Sing on Sept. 2, at 6:00 p,m. Singer will be Creations (Mary Williams). The Center is located on Rt. 3 behind the Jumping Branch Tabernacle Church and beside Jumping Branch School. Please bring a covered dish. All ages welcome. He that would the daughter win must with the mother first begin. --English Proverb A Cyber Terrorism Strategy in WV is Important to Safeguarding Election Systems and Voter Databases By Mac Warner, Secretary of State The most challenging war we may need to fight in the future will be in cyberspace. It's a fight I am preparing for as your Secretary of State. Cyberspace is a new frontier for terrorism, one that threatens far out of proportion to its cost. A non-traditional cyber attack on American infrastructure could happen without a single aircraft or boot on American soil. For example, one skilled Russian hacker sitting m a Moscow basement coula potentially wipe out an entire city's electrical grid here in the United States, causing indeterminate suffering for hundreds of thousands of people for an extended period of time. Similarly, the integrity of elections and voter databases have become targets of nefarious international cyber attacks. In 2014, two years before our recent national election, Ukraine accused Russia of launching a series of coordinated cyber attacks attempting to control the outcome of that country's presidential election. Officials in Germany, Austria, Norway, France, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands have made similar accusations against Russia. On August 19th, President Donald Trump elevated the country's cyberspace operations to full combatant command status. Those active in the military understand exactly what that means. This move will substantially strengthen the country's effort to protect our people, government and critical infrastructure against cyber terrorism and cyberspace threats. This new focus on U.S. Cyber Command (CyberCom) will improve the control and response to time- sensitive cyberspace operations by consolidating them under a single military commander leading some of the most talented technology professionals in the world. The most important part of the President's announcement is the support the new Command will be able to offer to the protection of the nation's critical infrastructure, Which now includes election systems and voter databases. Over the last six months, I've relied on my education and military background to help lead a national effort to improve the communication between the federal government and state elections officials. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) endorsed my recommendation to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide secretaries of state with security clearances. The move was approved and now allows CyberComm and the National Guard to communicate directly with the secretaries. Since taking office, I've focused on recruiting an Information Technology team of professionals who understand the threat that cyberspace brings to the Secretary of State's office. We've developed a three-prong strategy to deal with cyber security in the Secretary of State's Office: Protection - Detection - Correction. Our primary focus is on protection. But we aren't foolish enough to believe that, despite our best efforts, there aren't hackers out there creative enough to find a weak link in our process. That's where our detection and immediate correction strategies kick in. ' Cyber security is not just a concern for my office. I want to encourage law enforcement officials and government administrators at all levels to educate themselves and stay updated on cyber threats, technology, and the improper use of computers to create havoc in cities large and small. Shutting down or contaminating water systems, air systems, traffic systems, or electric power grids would create immediate chaos. Law enforcement agencies need to work closely with community leaders and the utility industry to identify and assess possible vulnerabilities. You'll be hearing more from the Secretary of State's Office in the coming weeks as we announce new initiatives nnd nartnershins to protect our critical elections systems. As your Secretary of State, I will always remain vigilant in the protection of your voter information. Before being elected West Virginia's 30th Secretary of State, Mac Warner had a 23-year career in the United States Army. He retired as a Lt. Colonel after having served in countries throughout the world. He is a graduate of West Point and the WVU School of Law. He earned his Master's Degree in International Law from the University of Virginia. The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to issue a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants. The U.S. Department of Energy has decided the order is unnecessary, and the White House agrees, according to The Associated Press. The Energy Department says it considered issuing the emergency order sought by companies seeking relief for plants it says are overburdened by environmental regulations and market stresses. Pre,qirl~ + r~,~ ~ a committed to the measure in private conversations with executives from Murray Energy Corp. and FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. after public events in July and an early August rally in Huntington, according to letters obtained by The Associated Press. The letters from Murray Energy and its chief executive, Robert Murray, said failing to act would cause thousands of coal miners to be laid off and put the pensions of thousands more in jeopardy. One of Murray's letters said Trump agreed and told Energy Secretary Rick Perry, "I want this done," in Murray's presence. The White House declined to comment on Murray's assertion: A spokesman for Murray Energy, Gary Broadbent, also declined to comment on the letters. Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said the agency was sympathetic to the coal industry's plight. '~ e look at the facts of each issue and consider the authorities we have to address them, but with respect to this particular case at this particular time, the White House and the Department of Energy are in agreement that the evidence does not warrant the use of this emergency authority," Hynes said in a statement Sunday. Meanwhile, in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice said earlier this month that one of the reasons he switched political parties from Democrat to Republican was because he is a good friend of the Republican Trump. "i have the ear of this president," Justice said in a news conference after officially making the change. Justice claimed he had developed a plan to put tens of thousands of coal miners back to work in West Virginia and across Appalachia, while providing a critical addition to national security and the stabilization of theEastern Seaboard's power grid. "Keeping our Eastern coalfields and our miners working is critical to national security," Justice said in a prepared statement. "All it is going to take to shut the power grid down to the entire Eastern half of the country is a bomb being placed at a key natural gas pipeline or on a major highway artery to the West. Chaos would ensue." Justice, whose family has interests in several coal mines in the region, said then that he had already met with Trump and had presented his plan that calls for $4.5 billion annually in federal funding to power companies that burn steam coal mined in Northern and Central Appalachia. It calls for federal funding to pay Eastern power plants $15 for each ton of thermal coal they buy from the Central or Northern Appalachian region, which includes states such as West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The governor claims this incentive would guarantee that Eastern coal would be available to keep the power grid up and operational in the event of any type of emergency shutdown that would affect power plants utilizing natural gas or coal produced in other areas of the country. 'TVhen the power grid gets compromised, the coal from Appalachia can be trucked to our power plants so they can be put back online as quickly as possible," Justice said. "If we don't do this and protect our Eastern coalfields, we will be putting the country at great risk." Justice's plan did not say an emergency order was needed, but it appears to be very similar to the promise Murray claims in his letters Justice's office did not respond to an email or telephone messages seeking comment. The aid Murray sought from Trump involves invoking a little- known section of the U.S. Federal Power Act that allows the Energy Department to temporarily intervene when the nation's electricity supply is threatened by an emergency, such as war or natural disaster. Among other measures, it temporarily exempts power plants At least two dozen big coal- from obeying environmental laws. fired plants are scheduled to shut In the past, the authority has down in coming months as utilities been used sparingly, such as during transition to new steam turbines the California energy crisis in 2000 fueled by cleaner-burning natural and following Hurricane Katrina in gas made more abundant in recent 2005. years by new drilling technologies. The Obama administration never Trump, who rejects the consensus used it. The Trump administration of scientists that burning fossil has used it twice in seven months fuels is causing global warming, in narrow instances, has made reversing the coal Murray's company is seeking aindustry's decline a cornerstone two-year moratorium on closures of his administration's energy and of coal-fired power plants, which environmental policies. would be an unprecedented federal Since taking office, he announced i~t tion in e1=o natior~'o onorgy that the U.8. will withdraw from markets, the Paris climate accord, and he has The company said invoking themoved to block or delay Obama-era provision under the Power Act was regulations seeking to limit carbon "the only viable mechanism" to emissions. protect the reliability of the nation's power supply. [~~~~1 Murray told the White House that his key customer, Ohio-based electricity company FirstEnergy ~ ! ~, Solutions, was at immediate risk of bankruptcy. Without FirstEnergy's plants burning his coal, Murray l/~ ~~~l said his own company would be 1.~4---.~)), ~/'/Iba / ~,I forced into "immediate bankruptcy," triggering the layoffs of more than 6,500 miners. The average American drinks 210 FirstEnergy acknowledged milligrams of caffeine a day. That's to the AP that bankruptcy of its equal to two to three cups of coffee, power-generation business was a depending on how strong it is. possibility. After a conversation with N O t i C e Trump at a July 25 political rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Murray Special wrote, the president told Perry three times, "I want this done." SOS iOll| Trump also directed the emergency order be given during an Aug. 3 conversation in Huntington, Bill Lightner, President, with he said. "As stated, disastrous concurrence of Commissioners Jack consequences for President Trump, David Woodrum and Tony Williams, our electric power grid reliability has .called a Special Session of the and tens ofthousands of coal miners Summers County Commission for will result if this is not immediately Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 1:00 done," he wrote, p.m. in the County Commission Office for the following purpose: Murray's claims raise the possibility that Trump was warned 1. Consideration to write a letter against the move by his advisers of support for Rock Ridge Bar and - some of whom are known to be Grill for three concert events in more cautious - or that he simply Pipestem, West Virginia to be held made assurances to Murray to on September 16, October 6 and avoid immediate confrontation. October 7, 2017 The people who worked on the 2. Consideration to resend the decision most directly were Perry, motion of April 28, 2017 amending Michael Catanzaro, who works the rates for the Summers County under National Economic Council Fire Service Fee. Director Gary Cohn as the top3. First Reading of Summers White House energy adviser, CountyWVProposedAmendedFire and Perry's chief of staff, Brian Service Fee Ordinance. McCormack, U.S. officials told the 4. Consideration to approve AP. They spoke only on condition Resolution to support honey bees of anonymity because they were and Appalachian Headwaters not authorized to discuss internal policy considerations by name. Beekeeping Collective. 5. Consideration to approve Murray and his company have Summers County Commission been impassioned supporters employee handbook. of Trump, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to his Bill Lightner, President campaign and inauguration, hosting Summers County Commission fundraisers and embracing him as the rescuer of the Appalachian coal industry. The friendliness has been mutual: When Trump repealed an Obama administration regulation barring coal companies from V.F.W MEETING dumping mine waste into streams, V.F.W Casey Jones Post 4500 Murray and his sons were invited meetings 3rd Monday 7:00 p.m. for the signing, monthly at Veterans Museum 419 The Energy Department has Ballengee St. Hinton. Veterans already informed Murray it will Needed. not invoke the law, an official with Call 304-250-4152 or 304-573- knowledge of the decision told the 3550 for more information. AP. MASONIC MEETINGS Coal has become an increasingly Hinton Masonic Lodge # 62 meets unattractive fuel for U.S. electricity 1st. and 3rd. Monday of every month companies, which have been retiring at 7:30 p.m. old boilers at a record Dace.