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,b ! a ~: ~ i(:~ i :~ :/~i~: :: ~ ~i:: ~!~ ~ :~/= ' i~ ; = vt ! 0 =. ,$ ! Volume 115 No. 20 al (Continuing the.Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) of "W. Water Festival" Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday, September 26, 2017 50 Cents nc, Becky Cooper, Jumping Branch Elementary School Teacher A Paint the Town Teal benefit will be held September 30 at cry Jumping Branch Elementary to benefit 2nd grade teacher, Becky Cooper. Cooper, a 14 year veteran of the school system, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer and all proceeds will go toward her treatments. According to event coordinators, the day will begin with a Shake Your Teal Feathers one/two-mile walk beginning at the school. Registration will be available that morning for $20 per person and will commence at 8:00am. The event will also feature food and vendors until 1:00 pm including hot dogs, baked goodies, and drinks. Vendors included are Mary Kay, Scentsy, Princess Amelia's Boutique, and Lularoe just to name a few. A silent auction will also be available and will featuring 15+ items including a round of golf for 2 from Pipestem State Park and items from vendors. Various activities for kids are also being planned including pumpkin painting, a bouncy house, face painting, and much more. '~ Ve're so excited to give back to Becky for the countless hours she has given over the years to her students." Said Jumping Branch Principal Angela Miller Taylor. 'T~e hope all her former students and parents and friends come out to help us show our support." Pictured from left to right: Doris Yates, Treasurer; Douglas Wayne Harvey, President, Mayor Joe~ Blankenship; Vaden Tabor, Vice-President; Margaret Nelson, member. ,amation to t in At their regular meetings, both the City of Hinton and Summers County Commission have proclaimed October 13 - 21, 2017 to be Stand Up for Kindness Week. Stand Up for Kindness is sponsored by a non-partisan coalition of residents and community groups that include faith community, the Summers County Huddle, REACH- FRC, and representatives from the public schools. 25- 29, 2017 The proclamation reads as follows: Whereas, Summers County, West Virginia seeks to foster kindness and compassion in our community, and; Whereas, acts and language of kindness and caring promote positive behaviors, strong relationships, and improve the quality of life of ALL our residents; and Whereas, these are values that should be reflected in our interactions with each other; and Whereas, everyone, no matter how young or how old, can make a difference in our community by using these values to guide their lives; and Therefore, be it resolved that Summers County stands up for kindness and against hate-based violence of any kind; and that We declare October 13 - 21, 2017 to be Stand Up for Kindness Week. During Kindness Week (+2), the community will have an opportunity to share activities that reflect our recognition that caring for each other is a core value, irrespective of political affiliation, gender, age, race, creed or national origin. Planned events for Stand Up for Kindness include a Kindness Wall, an Interfaith Prayer Service, a Community Clean-Up day, a Food pantry, and Kindness Rocks. If you are interested in volunteering to help with any of these activities, please contact Shalom Tazewell at shalom. tazeweU@frontier.com or call 304- 466-6431. To participate in Stand Up for Kindness Wee, please look for the calendar events in the local newspaper, Stand Up for Kindness Facebook page, etc. nounces ty Library USDA grant to serve rural areas of Summers County Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that Summers County Public Library has received a $35,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program to purchase a new bookmobile to continue serving rural areas of the county. "Access to books and literature is a marker of how prepared we will be in our lives and careers. County libraries are community treasures, helping readers to learn at all ages of life and continue to broaden their horizons. Our rural counties face unique challenges in serving their citizens, and solutions such as this help us reach even more of our community. I am grateful to the USDA for this grant and thank Summers County Public Library and its staff for their service," Rep. Jenkins said. Austin Persinger, Director of Summers County Public Library, said this grant will help them replace their existing bookmobile and continue its outreach efforts in rural parts of the county. "We currently have an older bookmobile which is showing serious signs of wear, The bookmobile is one of our most popular outreach programs. We take the bookmobile to the schools of Summers County serving as a proxy school library. We also serve our rural communities and nursing homes with our mobile library. This grant will allow us to continue providing this valuable service to the citizens of Summers County," Austin Persinger said. 2017 Summers County Student Writing Contest This fall, 3rd through 12th grade students in Summers County have an opportunity to win cash for writing. The 2017 Summers County Student Writing Contest is now open with a deadline of November I with two categories of Poetry and Short Story. The Jones Writing Fund as well as the Student Writing Contest Pass-Through Fund is sponsoring this contest. Both of these funds are available through the Hinton Area Foundation. The sponsors hope this contest encourages new writers to share their creations, get some valuable feedback to refine their craft, and of course, hopefully get some cash as a reward for their efforts. Prizes are $30 for first place, $20 for second place, and $10 for third place in each category. Winners will be selected from each grade (3rd grade through 12th). Winners will be announced in December. Contact Cheryl Kula or your local school secretary with any questions. Entries can be turned into the School Secretary for pick up - or emailed directly to Cheryl Kula at Cheryl.kula@gmail.com. Retired teacher, Lena Jane Jones, established the Jones Writing Fund in order to encourage practice of the writing craft for students of Summers County. Cheryl Kula facilitates the fund and contest. To make donations to this contest, checks can be sent to Hinton Area Foundation, PO Box 217, Hinton, WV 25951 Proclamation Be It Known By These Presents: In recognition of the presence and valuable contributions of the Summers County Association of Retired School Employees (SCARSE), and affiliate of the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees (WVARSE), I do now proclaim the week of September 25 - 29, 2017 as WVARSE Week. Signed this twenty-first day of" September 2017 Joe Blankenship Mayor of the City of Hinton Summers County, West Virginia: Capito and Manchin Announce Funding to Support Transitional Housing Program in Charleston Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today announced that the Young Women's Christian Association of Charleston will receive $345,858 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) Office on Violence Against Women for the Transitional Housing Grant Program. This funding will be used to provide housing and supportive services, including safety planning, case management, counseling, adult and children's support groups, life skills, legal and court advocacy, and transportation and housing advocacy. The Transitional Housing Grant Assistance Program aims to provide needed aid to individuals who are homeless or in need of housing assistance and are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The program's goal is to deliver flexible support to victims, including transitional 'housing services. The victim-centered approach that the program has adopted allows victims to select the course of action that suits their individual needs. The YWCA of Wheeling will use these funds to provide housing and supportive services to help victims shift from transitional to permanent housing. "Anyone who has suffered from domestic violence or sexual assault deserves access to resources that will keep them safe and help them heal," Senator Capito said. '~rhis particular grant will help victims during their recovery process by providing housing opportunities that will put them back on track to lead successful lives. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I have strongly advocated for funding like this so organizations like the YWCA in Charleston can continue helping victims in need by offering critical services like this." "Fighting for victims of violence is such an important priority for West Virginians," Senator Manchin said. '~rhe Violence Against Women Act helps ensure the safety of women who are suffering from inexcusable acts of violence. This grant gives hope and protection to women and children, and I will continue fighting for more funding and opportunities to reach even further in our work to protect those who Manchin Receives Michael Prestera Award of Excellence for his Fight Against Substance Abuse Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was recently awarded with the 2017 Michael Prestera Award of Excellence for his work in the fight against West Virginia's substance abuse epidemic. Last Friday at the "Recovery 4 a Change" celebration at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington, Prestera Center CEO Karen Yosi presented Senator Manchin with the award in front of a crowd of people in substance abuse recovery. "I've got hope and faith in each and every one of you," Senator Manchin told attendees. "If you've been one day clean, one month clean, one year clean, know that I am proud of you. We need you. We are all in this together. And we are not giving up in this fight." Every year, the Prestera Center - which helps individuals with both mental health and substance abuse needs - and its Board of Directors present this award to an individual who is committed to improving the lives of individuals with behavioral health and substance abuse disorders. 'This year, I am so proud to give this award to Senator Joe Manchin." Yost said. "He has shown dedication and unfailing commitment to do whatever he needs to do to improve the lives of us all." At the event, Senator Manchin highlighted his bill, The Clean Start Act, which would allow people with a federal felony or misdemeanor conviction for a past nonviolent crime committed as a result of drug addiction an opportunity to have their criminal record sealed after undergoing comprehensive addiction treatment and demonstrating a commitment to their recovery. Since many employers are unlikely to consider a job applicant with a criminal record, this bill would give people who' wish to reform their lives a clean start. l