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Cutting EPA Grants Means More llhlcss Tues. Sept. 19, 2017 Hinton News - 5 Beaver, W.V. New River Community and Technical College is offering two three-day photography classes concentrating on composition, lighting and camera tips for capturing pictures of West Virginia's splendid fall colors. The class will be held September 26 - 28 at the Raleigh County Campus in Beaver and October 10 - 12 at the Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg. Both classes are from 5 to 9 p.m. Instructor Mark Romano, owner of Images by Romano, has taught for 21 years. His work and stories about his work have appeared in national and state publications. Romano has published 17 pictorial books, such as the acclaimed Brooks Run: We Mine Coal, and Heroes Among Us for the WV Veterans Legacy project. He served as photographer and videographer for the Josh Stewart movie, The Hunted, and his coal photo exhibit has been on display at TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia. He has received awards from Professional Photographers of America and Professional Photographers of West Virginia for his work. Pre-registration for the course is required by September 20 for the class in Beaver and October 4 for the class in Lewisburg. The cost is $125. For more information about community education classes at New River CTC or to register contact Gloria Kincaid at 304-793-6101 or gkincaid@newriver.edu. New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver/Beckley). 9 Charleston - Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and Speaker of the House Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, today praised the Legislature's efforts in changing West Virginia's lawsuit climate after a new national survey released by the U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform showed the state's ranking had improved from 50th to 45th in the country. The ranking is the state's highest one in the previous 10 surveys. West Virginia ranked at the bottom, forward to making that a priority in The survey cited the Legislature's the upcoming legislative session. commitment to legal reform during There is no reason to leave any the previous three sessions and obstacles to development in our what it described as "significant way." improvements" to the West Virginia Speaker Armstead said the Supreme Court of Appeals as arankings show that West Virginia is reason for the new ranking. It also finally becoming a place outlined areas of improvement, businesses are ready to consider including improving West Virginia's as a location. circuit courts. "For decades, West Virginia's "I am tremendously proud thatlegal climate had been a roadblock our efforts as a Legislature are to putting our citizens back to work," Harris Poll conducted the 2017 finally starting to get the kind of SpeakerArmstead said. "Since 2015, Lawsuit Climate .Survey~"tliY6~l~''~ national recognition that they i~ve've taken a number of bold steps imore than 1,30{~ ~elephont~ alt~' deserve, " Senate President Mitch ~i]r~V~i~ t~e pei~c~pl:io'n t]i~ifWe~ 0n~tntervie~g~tilqier this.year .... Carmichael said .................. Virginia's legal climate is unfair, and Participants were senior attorneys "From the beginning of our time I'm pleased that job creators across and executives in companies that in the majority, we have been laser the country have taken notice. We have revenues of $100 million or focused on creating the kind of have more work to do, but this is an more per year, and they were asked environment that businesses would encouraging sign that the steps to rate the states based on a number find irresistible, and it appears we we've already taken are beginning of factors relating to its lawsuit are making significant strides. Now to eliminate the view that our state's environment, including judges, is the time to push forward even civiljustice system is an impediment juries, courts, and laws. In the stronger: We clearly have work to do to economic growth and investment previous survey, conducted in 2015, with odr lower courts, and I look in our state." COMMISSION MEETING The Summers County Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the County Commission Office at the Courthouse on the second Wednesday of each month. The Session for October will be Wednesday, October 11. Contact Mary Beth Merritt, County Clerk before Oct. 11 at 466- 7104 if you have any questions or if you have items for the agenda. The love of a parent for a child is the love that should grow towards separation. --Kahlil Gibran Manchin Honore l to Secure Purple Heart for Pearl Harbor Survivor Wetzel Sanders ..Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) helped secure a long overdue Purple Heart earned by Midkiff native, Wetzel "Sundown" Sanders. Sanders was assigned to service in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked the island of O'ahu on December 7, 1941. While assisting in repelling the Japanese attack, Sanders was wounded, receiving shrapnel in his right knee. The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. Mr. Sanders served in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945. In December 2016, Sanders, who is 94 years old, authorized the office of Senator Manchin to assist him in this endeavor. Today, Senator Manchin spoke with Sanders to congratulate him and learn more about his service in Pearl Harbor. "Helping Wetzel secure this long overdue Purple Heart is one of my greatest honors as a U.S. Senator," Senator Manchin said. "Wetzel's service speaks for itself. It is because of brave men and women like Wetzel that we remain a safe, strong and secure nation. I thank Wetzel for his service and speak for all West Virginians when I say he makes me proud to be a Mountaineer." m EOE M/F/D/V Dan Heyman CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Deep - cuts to federal grants that help state and local officials protect clean air and water would threaten the health and livelihoods of West virginians, according to a new report. The Trump Administration has proposed cutting nearly one third from the EPA budget. According to the "State of Risk~ report from the .Environmental Defense Fund, those cuts would mean more people getting sick from pollution in air and water, and on land - because health and environmental agencies depend on those grants. Bill Becker is the former executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. "If states and localities faced a 30 - percent cut in federal funding to run their programs, more people would die prematurely and many more would get sick unnecessarily,~ he notes. "And that would be tragic because all of these illnesses are preventable. "Critics of the EPA in the coal industry and its political allies argue the agency and the regulations it enforces have deeply damaged the industry. But the federal Energy Information Agency says cheap natural gas has caused most of the decline in demand for coal. The State of Risk report projects the cuts would eliminate or hobble state programs dealing with local tap water quality, brownfield redevelopment and threats from leaking underground storage tanks. And Becker adds cutting the EPA grants also means problems for other types of businesses - for example, reducing the appeal of outdoor recreation. "If you take away the regulations to help reduce emissions in these areas, then visibility will be further impaired and the public may not be as excited about going to some of our nation's treasures as they previously were," he explains. The EPA grants to West Virginia totaled almost a quarter of a billion dollars in the last five years. According to the report, Congress will likely decide the fate of the funding over the next 30 dayst~D~ep cuts to federal grants that help state and local officials protect clean air and water would threaten the health and livelihoods of West virginians, according to a new report. Dan Heyman (HI-men) has the details. Notice 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! (left to right) Ewilda Bay and Elizabeth Martin at the New River Community and Technical College Campus in Princeton. Grandmother and Granddaughter Earn Associate Degrees, Will Graduate Together The Career You've Worked Hard For in a Community You'll Be Proud fo Whether you have twenty years on the job or you're just out of nursing school, you'll find a rewarding RN career at ARH serving the people and community you love. Princeton, W.Val "We're best with the computer but we don't have friends," Ewilda Bay says. classes together anymore." "We do everything together," adds Not only are the family members Elizabeth Martin. completing classes together, they are From trips to Disney World to doing well in their studies. Bay was hobbies including scrapbooking, invited tejoin Phi Theta _Kappa, the cake decorating, singing and playing largest honor society in American . guitar, to taking college classes higher education, but was unable to together, the grandmother and attend the 2016 ceremoily. When granddaughter duo really do Martin was invited in 2017, Bay everything together, requested to participate in the Ewilda Bay raised Elizabeth ceremony with her. Bay was also Martin, and they have always been named to the All Academic Team close, during the spring semester. To be Martin Went to cosmetology eligible for Phi Theta Kappa, a school after graduating from student must be enrolled in a Pikeview High School. She regionally accredited institution completed the program and worked offering an associate degree in the field for a year before deciding program; must have completed at to return to school with the goal of least 12 hours of coursework that teaching. She loves kids and has'~ may be'~aisplied,~o~ an 'aS'~'0~iafe~ ~aughtStmday School at her church':: --c~egree;~ ~nd. have t/' ........... :, r , : r ~ ',~ ,..--.'gi'ad~,,, :p~ ~:~ '~ :~i~,,.~.~6lnt~ since she was 16. A~ ~ducational: averageof3.5 or higher. ., ,~ ~ i Outreach Counselor had Martin is completing the recommended New River Associate of Science in General Community and Technical College Studies, and plans to continue her for her general education classes education at Concord University. because oftheaffordabletuitionand Bay is pursuing the Board of ability to transfer classes to many Governors Associate of Applied four-year institutions. Science. Both will complete their Bay followed her granddaughter programs of study this semester and after being out of school for 48 years, plan to walk in graduation in May. She had wanted to go to college prior, 'Tou're never too old or too young but the opportunity had not to go back," Martin said. presented itself before. For information on admissions "We started out in the same and the programs offered at New classes and sat side-by-side," Bay River CTC, email explained. 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