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r y ,$ | e ,I I HE'd;TO N E WS Water Festival" Volume 110 No. 26 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012 50 Cents u The new Avis location for Family Dollar is moving at a steady completed before the end of the year. The property is owned by pace. It is hoped, if weather permits, that the building will be Hinton businessman Larry Fox. Photo by Vicky Maddy "Mann & Nature" a Book Review By Robert Shetterly Review: Mann & Nature: A Collection of Essays, Perry Mann, Kettle Moraine Publishing Co., 2011 "Every heart divorced from nature starves." -- Perry Mann To read Perry Mann's essays about his upbringing during the Depression on his grandparents' labor intensive, cash poor farm outside of Hinton, West Virginia and then about his subsequent years (he is 91 now and still gardening) of farming and sharing his experiences of being in nature is to, at first, be overwhelmed by the paucity of one's own life  no matter how financially rewarding. Perry Mann's joyous and intense presence on the land and the acuity of his descriptions of nature leave one with the nagging feeling of never having really seen anything at all. That feeling, however, is not Mr. Mann's intention, nor does it last long, except as a spur to get outside, observe the complex and mysterious irterplay of plants, animals and weather, to plant some seeds, and to glory in nature. If there is one overriding theme of all of these essays, it is that the illusive quest for happiness need not be illusive at all: "It may be happiness is producing by hand and mind what isessential to live and the use and enjoyment of it to sustain life with Available during Railroad Days Oct. 20 and 27 from 1 to 3 at Otter & Oak on 2nd Ave. Perry will also be available to autograph books. enough surplus to give time for rest and reflection." What makes these essays so sustaining and compelling is captured, in what Mr. Mann means by "reflection." He is a man deeply schooled in philosophy, poetry, economics, and science. But however academically erudite he may be, his primary teacher is nature. :i 2012 Joseph M. Plumier/ :: Rotary Scholarship Awarded Sdp Mills presented the Joseph U. Plumley/Rotary Scholarship Award to SCHS 2012 graduate, Brooke Edwards, at the Hinton A'ea Foundation Scholarship banquet on May 24, 2012. Reflection atr keen observation of nature is the teacher that none of us needs a student loan to profit from. ("Poetry helps, but it is no excuse for spring in the woods. ) Mr. Mann sees not only the land, the trees, the fields, but its history -- how it has been used or abused by humans, its geological history, and the critical role of the land in the survival of our species: "No occupation or industry or any entrepreneurial undertaking matters more to humankind than the man with the hoe." But just as the essays remind us of the importance of small agriculture and hard work, they also are about the critical importance of relishing beauty and the consequent building of vivid memory of family, time and place. No one could write a book celebrating the joys of small farming and communing with nature without also necessarily being political. Political and corporate plundering of nature for profit is a strong undercurrent in this book and its only occasion for cynicism: "Can a nation that claims it is Christian and whose inspiration is Jesus of Nazareth reconcile its maniacal materialism with its religious aspiration...?" And: "The West's wealth has come from the shameless spending of its natural legacy, that is, the mindless conversion of its soil, forest, streams, and other natural resources into forty zillion pieces of silver, a betrayal of God and nature so gross Judas's treacherous bribe- taking pales in retrospect." Such sentiments fit well in a continuum of writers about land use in this country from Thoreau and John Muir through Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson to Wendell Berry. And such a statement about betrayal derives from Mr. Mann's conviction: "I know in my soul's deepest depths compliance with nature's demand is man's true salvation." And he knows that the monuments of accomplishment that humans cherish depend on that compliance: "...the base of any civilization, the substance upon which its most magnificent creations stand, is topsoil. When the topsoil goes, all goes." And he chronicles how we are squandering that topsoil at a prodigious rate. However, the overall tone of this book is not anger at the desecration of nature. These essays celebrate nature's mystery and beauty, how it sustains one's soul, offers happiness, and shapes a sustainable meaning for life. The essays are about delight, delight in the transitbry moment and delight in the memory of ecstatic of perception. There is an ache in them, like the ache of muscles worked hard in honest toil, of a life well lived. Perry Mann loves gareniqg and nattlre primarily bec'us he relishes pi*ecise and poignant taste. He says, "I gathered green onions, the succulent sizzles of spring." Let his essays be your green onions. Funding for Regional Development Councils U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin (both D-W.Va.), announce Federal funding to help communities in southern W Va map out a strategy for attracting private- sector investments and fostering job creation and economic growth. "This may not be the largest grant in terms of dollars, but in terms of impact, it's huge in helping our local planning councils assist town, cities and counties," said Rahall, who is the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with jurisdiction over the Economic Development Administration (EDA), which awarded the funding. "Local governments can seldom afford the technical assistance required in identifying and maneuvering through all the various levels and complexities to secure grant funds. These funds provide the manpower to help us compete on a more level playing field to create jobs." Rockefeller said, "securing a better future for our state and its workers means creating new opportunities, and that is exactly what these economic development grants are designed to do." "Strategic planning," said Manchin, "and development - and coordinating our resources - means that we'll be able to more effectively take advantage of opportunities and overcome challenges." Planning & Development Councils in Princeton/Mercer County (Region I), of which Summers County is a part, will receive a $70,000 grant to establish strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation. This EDA planning investment supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the regions served by the Planning and Development Councils. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. Bobcats Down Patriots Summers Co. 48 Independence 20 Summers County outscored Independence 33-6 in the second half, and had three players with over 100 yards rushing in route to a 48- 20 win over Independence on Friday night Oct. 5. The Bobcats rushed for 429 yards on the night. Coach Josh Houchins was pleased with the balance and paid trbute to the offensive line for opening the holes. T.J Smith led the Bobcats with 171 yards on 17 carries, and he found the end zone twice in the victory. Not to be outdone, Isaiah Brown picked up 113 yards on nine carries and scored three times. Dustin Smith had 109 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Matt Ryan also rushed for a touchdown scoring on a 40 yard run late in the ball game. Isaiah Brown got the Bobcats on, the board early running in from 10 yards out for a touchdown. Buddy Vega kicked the extra point. Aaron Tolliver found the end zone for Independence with nine seconds left in the first quarter. He then ran in the two-point conversion to put Indy up 8-7 at the end of the first quarter. Summers County's Brown scored from a yard out in the second quarter and then caught the two- point conversion pass from T.J. Smith to put the Bobcats on top 15- 8. Tolliver would find the end zone for the second time of the night late in the first half, but the Patriots trailed the Bobcats 15-14 at intermission.. Bobcat fullback Dustin Smith opened up the second half with a score when he blasted his way in from nine yards out to put Summers up 23-14. The two point conversion pass was good from T.J. Smith to Isaiah Brown. Independence made the score 23- 20 on a 44 yard touchdown pass from VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE Voter Registration Deadline for the Tuesday, November 6 General Election will be 2klesday, October 16. 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 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or you may call 466-7104 to receive voter registration application by mail. Powell to Sargent. Dustin Smith then rambled 39 yards down to the five yard line to set up a five yard touchdown by T.J. Smith. After a Independence fumble on the Bobcats 18 yard line Summers County struck quick when T.J. Smith ran a quarter back trap 82 yards for a touchdown. Summers County put the game away when Isaiah Brown ran 75 yards for a touchdown and Matt Ryan ran a 40 yard touchdown. The Bobcats travel to Meadow Bridge Friday night at 7:30 in a match-up with with a powerful and highly ranked Meadow Bridge Wildcat team led by one of the states leading rushers in Jake Parker. GAME SUMMARY SUMMERS COUNTY 48, INDEPENDENCE 20 SUMMERS COUNTY (4-3) 7 8 20 13  48 INDEPENDENCE (2-4)8 6 6 0 --20 First Quarter (SC) Isaiah Brown 10 yard touchdown carry (KICK GOOD) 4:56 (IN) Aaron Tolliver 2 yard touchdown carry (RUN GOOD) 0:09 Second Quarter (SC) Isaiah Brown 1 yard touchdown carry (PASS GOOD) 8:54 (IN) Aaron Tolliver 1 yard touchdown carry (PASS FAIL) 3:17 Third Quarter (SC) Dustin Smith 9 yard touchdown carry (PASS GOOD) 8:27 (IN) John Powell 44 yard touchdown pass to Bill Sargent RUN FAIL) 6:36 (SC)T.J. Smith 5 yard touchdown carry (PASS FAIL) 5:11 (SC) T.J. Smith 82 yard touchdown carry (RUN FAIL) 0:27 Fourth Quarter (SC) Isaiah Brown 75 yard touchdown carry (KICK GOOD) 02:55 (SC) Matt Ryan 40 yard touchdown carry (RUN FAIL) 0:25 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING (SC) T.J. Smith, 17 carries, 171 yards, 2 TD. Dustin Smith, 12 carries, 109 yards, 1 TD. Isaiah Brown, 9 carries, 104 yards, 3TD Matt Ryan, 1 carry, 40 yards, 1 TD. PASSING  (SC) T.J. Smith, 4/8 47 yards. RECEIVING (SC) Matt Ryan 2 ree. 25 yards, Caleb Harrah 1 rec. 10 yards, A.J. Bennett 1 rec. 12 yards 2012 Bill Van Sant Scholarship Awarded The Bill Van Sant Scholarship was established by his family in memory of a man who believed in the power of education. Van Sant taught Social Studies and American History and took a deep Interest in the Summers County School system, b'Usan Basham, a 2012 graduate in SCHS, was awardeJ this scholarship by Richard Lawrence at the annual HAF Scholarship banquet.