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These visitors came from not just City Council decided that the the Summers County area but from slide w~ts~needed or the park may all over the state and helped inject have to shut down and spent a large extra money into the local economy portion of the rainy day fund which that might have never happened means there is no debt on it. without the park. They not only installed the slide This park is one of the but also a huge concrete deck, cornerstones of development for added over 100 lounge chairs and Hintoh's Railyard District and the new umbrella tables, city hopes to build upon its success The slide was a huge hit as sales with other projects in the area. Sales had fallen offover the years nearly doubled any previous year. . Statewide Online Learning Portal Increases Enrollment, Helps Busy Families Complete Degrees WV Sen. Richard Ojeda will head museums are also available toVirginia that never gets properly to Monroe County on October 7 to visitors and I look forward to recognized. attend the Peterstown Heritage visiting some of these places in the Whether you are a member in a Festival. future and discussing ways that we band, a local brewer or a chef that The festival willincludecan not only increase tourism but loves to see the smile on someone's celebrating witha parade,also improve the economy overall." face after they try your food, your vendors, town-wide karaoke, VA The Peterstown Heritage entire heart goes into what you do Artillery Living History, Quilt and Festival isorganized by ,theand that is what I want to showcase Photography shows and more. Peterstown Association of about southern West Virginia." "I have been working to get Community Engagement (PACE). Oktoberfest will feature local to every county in the Third To learn more visit their Facebook live entertainment as well as food Congressional District over the page: and drinks. past two months, events/347461829018166/. For more information visit the I have yet to meet and speak After Peterstown, Ojeda will Pipestem Spa & Event site at to the people who live in Monroe attendOktoberfest at the Pipestem http://www.oktoberfest:pipestem- County so I am looking forward to Spa and Event Center in Pipestem, hearing their concerns, addressing WV. Individuals interested in their questions and enjoying my This will be the second time volunteering for and supporting time at the festival," said Ojeda. stopping in Summers County for the campaign should Visit www. "Monroe County is the perfect Ojeda's congressional campaign, place for West Virginia to increase Ojeda says his campaignisfocusing By signing up on the site the tourism," he added, on real issues that real Westvolunteer will be given access to '%Vhether you are looking to Virginians face. one of the county Facebook pages explore caves, hike beautiful trails, "I'm looking forward to hearing such as Richard Ojeda for Congress fish, hunt or golf, Monroe County and supporting local music as well Greenbrier County (https://www. offers all of that and more toas speaking with WV brewers," visitors, said Ojeda. 15837/?ref=group_browse_new ). Historical sites, farmland and'~here is so much talent in West Manchin Statement on Congress Failing, to Reauthorize Chip Funding Monday, Senator Manchin even manage to reauthorize The least we can do is put (D-WV) released the followingfunding for a program that ensures partisanship aside to protect our statement on Congress' failure 9 million children across America children, the most vulnerable to reauthorize funding for the have access to health insurance, among us. In the coming days, I Children's Health Insurance More than 21,000 West Virginia will continue working with my Program. children are enrolled in CHIP and colleagues on both sides of the aisle "It is shameful that CongreSsto let this funding expire is nothing to ensure no child in West Virginia is so dysfunctional that we cannot short of negligent, loses access to healthcare." BARNS OF SUMMERS COUNTY_ West Virginia Heritage An extract from the book ..... for your enjoyment By Phyllis Campbell Whitley WVROCKS awards more than 10,000 credit hours to adult learners Adult students now can take Chancellor Dr. Paul Hill. reality." advantage of a flexible, family- With its acceleratedeight-Another WVROCKS student, friendly pathway toward a week format (as opposed to Ray Farley of Princeton, W.Va., college degree, thanksto the the standard 16-week collegesaid after 22 years out of school West Virginia Remote Online course), students can he couldn't imagine sitting still in Collaborative Knowledge System complete 15 credit hours per year class and taking notes, so when he (WVROCKS). while only taking one course at a heard there was an online option In2016,theWestVirginiaHigher time. through WVROCKS, he chose to Education Policy Commission This convenience and flexibility finally finish his degree. Farley (HEPC) chose to expand the leads to an impressive retention completed his Regents Bachelor of WVROCKS online portal system,rate. Arts Degree in the fall of 2016. making i~ broader and more Ninety-three percent of students "Technology has certainly made efficient, who enroll through WVROCKS a huge jump in education since I Since then, it has doubled theactually attend the online classes, started way back then. , number of credit hours awarded to Ninety-two percent of students It enables non-traditional students. As of this past semester, complete their classes, 84 percent students like me who have a more than 10,500 credit hours have of those with a passing grade, limited amount of time due to full- been earned Via the online portal. One student who benefited from time work and family to be able to The system collaborates with WVROCKS, Mary Bradford of set aside time and have an easy to higher education institutions in Bluefield, W.Va., said that without use medium to enable us to finish the state to help nontraditional the flexibility of the program, our degree," said Farley. students earn a Regents Bachelor earning a degree would have "I would not have gone back of Arts (RBA) degree from home. been a daunting task, especially to college if I would have had The goal of the program is to give with a family that includes three to sit in a classroom for three students with busy lives flexibility children, hours a day several times a week. in scheduling so they may continue In May of 2017, she graduatedWith WVROCKS, I was able to their normal responsibilities while from the Bluefield State College schedule and complete the required simultaneously earning a college Regents Program with an emphasis assignments on my time." degree, in Psychology. The WVROCK$ portal provides "WVROCKS is perfect for busy '%VVROCKS allowed me to finish remote online courses t0institutions adult learners wanting to go back my senior year and still be there for across the state, including Blue field to school, my family," Bradford said. State College, Concord University, Not only does it offer flexibility "Because of this online Fairmont State University,Susan and Frank Chaney in terms of class time and location, education option, my dream of Marshall University and Shepherd purchased their 186 acre farm off but it is also efficient," said HEPC a bachelor's degree was made aUniversity. the Mouth of Indian Creek Road in Warner Confirms 1,222,967 Residents the Forest HillDistrict in 2007. They felt fortunate that the previous owners, Owen and Eligibl Sp Ruth Chairman had already Are e to Vote in ecial Election begun restoring the barns on the Since taking office on January vote. We've been very successful in hours, property. 16th, Secretary of State Mac both efforts,"Warner said. On Saturday, early voting is Restoration of this barn was Warner has worked closely with According to a report that available in every county from 9 begun by the Chapman's. all 55 county clerks to clean up the the Secretary of State's Election a.m. to 5 p.m. The Chaney's continued with state's voter registration list. Division prepared Thursday for While most early voting takes the work and the restoration is now In addition to cleaning up voter the start of early voting for the place in the county courthouse, complete. rolls, there have been 28,812 new upcoming special election, there are some counties offer early voting in when Mr. Chapman moved here citizens registered to vote since now 1,222,967 citizens registered locations outside of the courthouse, in 1982 he did extensive research Warner took office, to vote. Secretary Warner encourages and uncovered history of the farm '%Ve made a commitment early in Early voting for the October 7th citizens to contact their county clerk that goes back several generations. my administration that we would special election started on Friday, to be sure of the polling location for The first recording showed the work with our county clerks to not Sept, 22nd and runs through early voting, land belonged to Max Berrell of ~:only clean up our voter registration Wednesday, Oct. 4th. In the first two days of the early Peterstown in the late 1800's. i lists, but we would actively Early voting is available in every voting period, nearly 5,000 citizens Mr. Berrell sold the property to encourage people to register tocounty during regular businessvoted. G.W. Hall in 1927. rn on the Mouth oa Sometime later Mr. Hall sold the farm to Hank Dillard. The Chapmans bought the property from Mr. Dillard. The Chapmans found the entire farm in great disrepair and set out to restore things. This barn was built in the 1930's by G. W. "Gratton" Hall of hand hewed of chestnut and pine. Some names, chiseled in the doors, are still visible. Their son Mike set out to help restore the farm but when Mrs. Chapman became ill it was necessary to sell the farm and move close to medical facilities. Mr. Chapman said he and his wife loved the farm because it was so scenic and private. Two additional barns on the Chaney farm and will be featured in future articles. 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.