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I Obituarie,s :,. -, ONVA MARIE ALLEN ' Onva Marie Allen, 79, of Stuarts : Draft passed away peacefully on -Thursday, September 20, 2012 at "The University of Virginia Hospital. She was born on March 5, 1933 in Hinton, West Virginia to the late Estel Dow Huffman and Myrtle : Roxie Houchens Huffman. . , In addition to her parents she is i "preceded in death by her brothers .. Carl and Harry Huffman. Onva was a person of many  talents and interests. She was a great singer who also loved to play * the guitar. Onva loved her Lord and : family, had a terrific sense of humor, : enjoyed quilting, and especially loved helping other people. : She worked for many years as a secretary for Lane High School and : then Charlottesville High School. After her retirement, she enjoyed :-visiting with people in nursing homes. She was also a longtime member of Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church. Onva is survived by her husband of 63 years Donald L. Allen, her children; David L. Allen and his wife Deborah, Dreama Thompson and her husband Earl. Also surviving her are three grandchildren, Andrew, Daniel (and his wife Crystal)and Janna Thompson; and three great- grandchildren, Christopher, Aeryn and Mary-Anne Thompson; a brother Ray Huffman, a step- brother Ralph Huffman and two and willing work, every minute, day, and year for a lifetime. Her three daughters-Heather Lauren, Sarah Elizabeth, and Leah Ellen-and husband, Jerry, were the grateful beneficiaries of her love-in-action and faith that eventually spread outside the family to her church, the Concord and Athens communities, and to the state of West Virginia. A practical believer in common sense, she devoted meticulous care to everything she did. Joyfully sewing, cooking, gardening, drawing and designing, singing and playing the piano were rewarding ways she spent time. She also liked reading, researching, writing, and editing. And, she gave willingly of these talents to countless people and organizations, never too many at one time but a considerable number over her lifetime. Although her reading was diverse, the Bible was Jean's principal source of inspiration and guidance; her commentary on reading it fills five notebooks. Yet, her faith was sufficiently deep and wide to embrace people of other faith traditions and all who are genuinely searching for ultimate meaning in their lives. She attended Riverview Chapel in Hinton as a girl; Concord United Methodist Church for the past twenty-seven years where she was the "temporary" piano player for four years, a choir member, and chair of the pastor parish relations committee. A member of the Concord Interfaith Chapel Foundation Board, she assisted in the design of and fundraising for the Wilkes Family Chapel that stand3 now on the Concord campus. Jean's local affiliations reflected a desire to grow a better community. She served as president of the Mercer County Academic Boosters, chair of the Athens-Concord Town Social Committee, a member of the _ half-brothers Roy and Rick Athens Tree Board, the American ,,  ..... Association of University Women, ; ruHman; ana many meces, ....... ..... ,, ' '  ..,and the Pine Trees Chapter of the . nepnews ann inenas. , ' ; /'A/u;4eral serv]ce was held ! at   Concord Alumni Association. She  11:00 am'. On MohHay, September '' ,w.s .a founding member of the local, : , 24, 2012 at Hinton Avenue United hospice organization and wrote its Methodist Church with the Rev. m Robert Lewis and the Rev. Terry ' Davis co-officiating. Interment immediately followed at Monticello Memory Gardens. Visitation was held on Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Hill and Wood Funeral Home. Special thanks are extended to Dr. Douvas and his staff at UVA; Mom's face would light up whenever he walked into the room. In lieu of flowers, memorial ,::6ntributions may be made to : H:j'nton Avenue United Methodist :-urch, 750 Hinton Avenue, ''-Charlottesville, VA 22902 or to Mint Springs United Methodist Church, Staunton, Virginia or to the UVA Cancer Care Cenl;er, c/o Cancer Center, West Complex, 4th Floor, Charlottesville, VA 22908. Friends may send condolences to her family at JEAN KAREN DRESSLER BEASLEY Jean Karen Dressler Beasley died on September 19th at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at 4:09 am. Born on January 17, 1947, at home in the West End of Hinton, WV, she was the daughter of the late William Edward Dressier and Virginia Clotille Harford Dressier. Her father was a railroader; her mother, a homemaker. Her brother, William C. Dressier, MD, her late sister Dr. Kloris Ann McCormick, and Jean were the valedictorians of their graduating classes at Hinton High School. " Jean continued her education at Marshall University and graduated in 1969, one of three summa cum !aude graduates in her class. After teaching Latin and English at Shepherdstown (WV) High School and serving one year as a college ounselor for the West Virginia Board of Regents, she completed her .tudies at West "virginia University certificate of need to gain authorization by the state. She judged spelling bees and social studies fairs, and joined others in planting flowers and trees in the Athens Town Park. She taught and mentored numerous college students at Concord University, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Waynesburg College. She expressed many of these interests as a member of several state boards and commissions. As a governor-appointed member of the West Virginia Women's Commission, Jean helped edit and publish profiles of exemplary women in our state's history. She was a member of the West Virginia Faculty Merit Foundation and the West Virginia Humanities Council. In addition to her loving husband and daughters, Jean is survived by her brother, William Conrad Dressier, and his wife, Wanda Dressier, and their children, Laurie, Debby, Susan, and Matthew; her brother- and sister-in-law, Philip and Mary Beasley and their children and spouses, Michelle and Eric Williams, and Brad and Erin Beasley; her nephews Grant and Jeff Aldridge; her sons-in-law, Peter McIntyre (Heather), Thomas McKenna (Sarah), and Joshua Wojick (Leah); and her new grandson, Maxwell Beasley Wojick (Leah and Josh). Gifts in her memory can be made to the Concord University Foundation scholarships, Town of Athens Flower Fund, Jean Dressler Beasley Fund of the Hinton Area Foundation, or the Concord United Methodist Church. A service to celebrate the life of Jean Beasley was held Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. from the Concord United Methodist Church in Athens with the Reverend Greg Godwin officiating. Burial followed in the Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton. The family received friends at the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton Friday evening, September 21 from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. Online condolences may be to the family by visiting www. The Beasley family was served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton. Notice BINGO Bingo every Friday night at the Hinten Senior Citizens Building on Second Ave. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. starts at 6:00 p.m. ALTON A "TATER" CALES Alton A. "Tater" Cales, 77 of LaGrange, OH, formerly ofHix, WV, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in Elyria, Ohio following a long illness. Born March 17, 1935 in Hix he was a son of the late Preston Allen and Effie Richmond Cales and stepfather Hobert Williams. Alton was a US Army veteran and a longtime steelworker retiring with over 30 years of service. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, golf, sports and was an avid WVU fan. He also enjoyed a daily meeting with his retiree friends and taking care of his two beloved dogs Mojo & Yoder. Preceded in death by his wife, Wilda Bennett Cales in 2001; two brothers, Arlie Cales and Dave Cales; four sisters, Mary Wickline, Elinore Cales, Jan Cooper and Sadie Williams. Those left to cherish his memory include his two daughters, Linda Schmidt and husband D'ave of Wellington, OH and Carla Simmons of LaGrange, OH; two sons, Randy Cales and wife Nelda of Emerald Isle, NC and Brian Cales of LaGrange, OH; six grandchildren,. Jason, Brandon, Colton Schmidt, Wesley Simmons, Preston Cales and Kailyn Cales; one sister, Genetta Humphries; three brothers, Alfred Cales, Jerry Cales and Roger Cales. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Tempa Baptist Church with Pastor Bobby Reed officiating. Burial followed in the Alderson Family Cemetery at Hix. Friends called at West Virginia is on track to nearly double its already high obesity rate by 2030, according to a report released this week by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The dramatic increase in the state's obesity rate will mean more people with obesity-related diseases and increases in health care costs, the report, titled "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future," states. But reducing the state's average body mass index could reduce those costs as well as the rates of obesity- related illness, according to the report. West Virginia's adult obesity rate in 2011 was 32.4 percent, according to data from the U.S. Centers for fall festiual The leaves are turning colors, the cool breeze blowing the smell of apple butter through the air, which could mean only one thing. It's time for the annual Fall Festival of Lockbridge which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Country and gospel singers from the area will perform, making apple butter on an open fire, WV crafts, general store featuring jellies, jams, relishes, cakes, pies, candy, and yard sale items, games for children, cake walks, and items will be auctmned off. Corn hole contest for children and adults. Three Friend Carriage Service will provide free rides for all. Food concessions of brown beans and cornbread, cabbage, hot dogs, pies, cakes, fried apple pies. Everyone is welcome to come for fun, food and good fellowship. The Festival is located at Lockbridge United Methodist Church, which is a small church located in Summers County. This is the funeral parlor/s from 5-8P.M. on the llth festival. Saturday September 22 , " PSI:). MEETING. - - Family served as pallbearers. , ....... ., . The 'Meadpw Creek !Public: . Arrangements-vre"by "th6 ' ervceDistrict meets the second Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton. Condolencesmay be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp. com M.A. "TONY" GRIMMETT M. A. "Tony" Grimmett, 73, of Hinton entered into eternal rest peacefully at home, Tuesday, September 18, 2012 following a long illness. Born January 16, 1939 at Hinton, he was a son of Imogene Grimmett of Hinton and the late Paul Grimmett. Tony was the former owner and operator of "Tony's" in Hinton retiring in 2003. He was an avid NASCAR Fan attending many races with friends, as well as fishing and spending time with family and friends as long as his health permitted. Besides his mother, those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 51 years, Barbara Cole Grimmett at home; one son, Alan Grimmett of Hinton; one daughter, Sara Fix and husband Randy of Hilldale; two step granddaughters, Molly and Kassi Fix; two step great grandchildren, . Liam and Laci; one brother, Roger Grimmett and wife Ruth of Hampton, VA; one sister, Roberta Wheeler of Hinton and several nieces and nephews also survive. In honor of Tony's wishes the body has been cremated. Memorial services will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating. Friends may call at the funeral parlors from noon until service time on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers donations of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Southern WV P.O. Box 1472 Beckley, WV 25801. Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors ofHinton. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp. corn Continued on page 6 COMMISSION MEETING The Summers County Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the County Commission Office at the Courthouse on the first and third Mondays of the month. In the event that a holiday falls on a Monday, the County Commission meeting will be moved to the following Tuesday. The next session of the County Commission will be held on Monday, Ovtober 1 and October 15. Contact Mary Beth Merritt, County Clerk at 466-7121 if you hav questions or if you have items for the agenda. Tuesday of each month at the Green Sulphur District Volunteer Fire Department at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. Tues. Sept. 25, 2012 Hinton News - 3 LEGISLATIV U PDATE Bg Delegate Virginia Mahan Disease Control and Prevention. That number could reach 60.2 percent if the rate continues on its current trajectory, according to the report. Thirteen states in all could have obesity rates that top 60 percent, according to the report. Over the next two decades in West Virginia, obesity could contribute to 282,164 new cases of type 2 diabetes, 659,007 new cases of coronary heart disease and stroke, 558,316 new cases of hypertension, 347,324 new cases of arthritis and 88,983 new cases of obesity-related cancer, according to the report. The increased obesity rate could lead to a 12 percent increase in health care costs related to obesity in the state. However, if the average body mass index in West Virginia fell by 5 percent, the state could save $3.6 billion, or 6.8 percent, in health care costs by 2030. The report found that by reducing the average BMI in the state, 59,669 people could avoid getting type 2 diabetes, 53,768 people could avoid getting coronary heart disease and stroke, 42,840 fewer people could get hypertension, 25,307 people could avoid getting arthritis and 4,379 people could avoid getting obesity- related cancer between now and 2030. In order for states to reduce their average BMI, the authors of the report recommend several policy changes, including implementing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, supporting healthy nutrition in federal food programs, encouraging full use of preventive health care services and providing support beyond the physician's office, and increasing investments in effective, evidence-based obesity-prevention programs. They also recommend making physical education and activity a priority in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The full report can be found here: If you would like to follow the daily action of the Legislature, visit the 80th Legislature on the web at As always, I welcome and appreciate your input on this or any other legislative issue. Please call me at (304) 340-3102 or write to Delegate Virginia Mahan, Room 206E, Building 1 State Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV 25305. First Christian Church Temple Street / 7th Avenue Presents Sunday Singsperation "Loving God, Loving Each Other, Making Music with my Friends" September 30 10:30 a.m. ................ Featuring,: ...... , ...... , .... .,K, erm y: and ,Kell00 .,., .... ,, ,,,; .... Robin Meador Hatcher And others Please join us as we worship the Lord in music! WALK FOR HER LIFETIME EVENT Bellepoint Park October 6 Registration 9:30 a.m. Program Begins at 10:00 Presented by the WFHL Committee and Summers County ARH What's raised in Summers County, stays in Summers County/