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Obituary ,a , .. r t s Saluting Our Veterans Through Honor Flight By Senator Joe Manchin such. an outstanding group of West West Virginia is one of the most Virgmians: patriotic states in our country. _ - Steven Harris, a 62-year-old Whenever America. has needed Vietnam veteran from Ronceverte, them West Vir-inians have who earned two Bronze Stars for , I answered this countr- 's call combat heroism and theAir Medal ,Y  . ...... :^- -, ....... ,-'-- u..- for valor in aerial assaults as an when it looks the darkest, these infantryman in Vietnam. patriots step forward and say, "I'll - Gale Esker Brown of Indore, do it - I'll protect this country." now 87 years old, but only 18 when , he joined the Navy at the beginning That s why the are my heroes y . Last week 29 of these heroes of World War II, serving as a radar veterans ofth'ree of America's warsl operator on a tank landing ship in traveled from our great state to the seas near Okinawa, Sasebo, Washington, D.C. - many of them Japan, and Saipan. He once met for the first time - to visit the President Harry Truman. VERNON DALE CALES Vernon Dale Cales, 61; of Cleveland, OH formerly of Hix was called home by God at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, September 30, 2012 following an accidental fall. Born December 22, 1950 at ' Hinton he was a son of the late James Lacy and Euna Alice Richmond Cales. Vernon lived on Hix mountain for twelve years. Then, following the death of his father he moved to Cleveland, OH where he resided with his sister until he was called home. Preceding him in death include one brother, Ernest"Bud" Cales; one sister, Barbara Anna Patterson and two brothers in law, Nelson Patterson and Edward Henry Bennett. Those left to cherish his memory include one sister, Mildred Maxine Bennett of Cleveland, OH; two brothers, James Buford Cales and wife Virginia of Hinton and Nilon Hunter Cales and wife Ann of Sandstone; a very special nephew, Nicholas Leon Bennett, with whom he spent a great deal of his time. Several nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews also survive. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Tempa Baptist Church with Pastor Bobby Reed officiating. Burial followed in the Alderson Cemetery at Hix. Friends called from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 6 at the funeral parlors and one hour prior to the services at the church. Great nephews served as pallbearers. Arrangements were by the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifice to our nation. The Denver Foundation's second ".Always Free Honor Flight" brought these West Virginia warriors, at no cost, to our capital. And it was my privilege to play a part in honoring them for helping to secure and preserve America's freedom. They toured our beautiful Capitol, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial - monuments to their great victories and their great sacrifices for the cause of freedom. Unibrtunately, unlike the first "Always Free Honor Flight," I was unable to meet them in person. But I was able to greet them via an Internet videoconferencing process known as Skyping. It worked like a charm. The veterans and their guardians, some of whom were Junior ROTC cadets from high schools in Bluefield and Princeton, were sitting in a room in the.Capitol. I was in Romney, celebrating the city's 250th anniversary. But I could see them, and they could see me. And we could talk with each other, face to face. It was almost as if we were sitting only a few feet away from each other. Twenty-nine of the Honor Flight veterans served in World War II, five in the Korean War, and 18 in Vietnam. The oldest was 90, the youngest 56. They were from all parts of our great state. They came from the counties of McDowell, Mercer, Clay, Raleigh, Greenbrier, Fayette, Cabell, Monroe, Nicholas, and Kanawha. They represented the more than 167,200 veterans living in West Virginia today, 121,100 of But every veteran on the Honor Flight served this great country - some abroad, some stateside; some as corporals, some as captains; some as machine gunners in the infantry, some as radar operators on ships, some as drivers in the artillery. No matter the war, no matter the rank, no matter the duty, every one of them was willing to put their lives on the line for all of us. And I salute every one of them. I am very grateful for the hard work of the West Virginians who made the October 3 trip possible, starting with The Denver Foundation and Little Buddy Radio located in Princeton. But most of my gratitude is for the men and women who go to war for this nation, whose service and sacrifice are defined by the virtues of selflessness and devotion to duty. They are the Americans behind the guns. They are America's pride. They are themselves monuments and memorials - to the cause of freedom. Each of the memorials our veterans visited bears powerful witness to the spirit of the Americans who paid the price, bore the burden, and met the hardship of our wars. They are all clear evidence that "freedom is not free." But on the northern end of the World War II Memorial, the words of General George Marshall are inscribed, and they are well worth remembering every time we salute our veterans and every time we prepare for war: "Our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand and of overwhelming force on the other." Assessed values of property owned by public utilities have increased about $515 million, almost reaching a total value of $9 billion, members of the Board of Public Works were advised Monday. Pending appeals of assessments that utilities may bring before the board Nov. 1, that should mean an increase of property tax collections of $11.6 million for the 2013-14 budget year, said state Property Tax Division director JeffAmburgy. Completion of the Trans- Allegheny Interstate Line (TRAIL), a 500-kilovolt electric transmission line from western Pennsylvania to northern Virginia, accounted for about $283 million of the increase in assessed value of utility company properties, he said. In West Virginia, the power line goes through parts of Monongalia, Preston, Tucker, Grant, Hardy and Hampshire counties. Most of the rest of the increase Last Change Saturday on the Blue Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton. ::  *! Condolences ma ,, 0 t} family at www.ronmebwsfl tom Have you explored the beautiful Bluestone River Gorge, once of the area's natural hideaways? Well now is your change and one of the last opportunities this season to join a National Park Service ranger for a guided hike along this tranquil waterway on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. , Celebrate the beauty of autumn on this leisurely, river-side walk, a fun way to experience the out-of- doors and learn more about the seasonal changes in the natural world that surround us. This program is also a good place to find out more about the people who shaped our past too. whom served during the armed May it ever be so, and may God Meet at the base of the Pipestem bless the United States of America Resort State Park tramway for this. conflicts of the last 70 years and the men e I talked to the veterans, I ....  ' and women who keen:' :2.0 mile rour/d-trip walk into the' rej accounts of their bravery. And us ree. ' ' " ' Bluestone Nh'tc[nal Sceatc River:' .... ' BIng $2L00 for the'i-eturn t'ram ride-. two were exceptional, even among Wear comfortable walk shoes for this guided walk. Tues. Oct. 9, 2012 Hinton News - 3 LEGISLATI'00 U PDATE B!/ Delegate Virginia Mahan came from natural gas pipeline companies buying property and expanding operations with the growth of Marcellus Shale gas production, Amburgy said. "More property means more property taxes,  he noted. The 6 percent growth in assessed property value was nearly double the 3.6 percent jump in the 2012-13 budget year, which followed consecutive years of less than 1 percent growth. While those increases pushed the assessed value of property owned by public utilities to a record $8.97 billion, pending appeals, there were some declines, he said. Landline telephone companies' valuations dropped 4 percent, mirroring the decline of households with landline telephone service. "Folks continue nationwide, and in West Virginia, the practice of disconnecting their home line and going totally wireless," Amburgy said. Also, from the beginning of 2011 to the end of this year, a total of four coal-fired power plants in the state will shut down, he said. FirstEnergy Corp. shut down three plants in northern West minate High Heating 00avo$1,600 up to l Virginia on Sept 1. Those plants were used as peaking facilities, and accounted for less than 1 percent of the utility's electric production. Amburgy said the plant closures will not significantly affect the state's utility properties tax base, but could significantly affect property tax revenues in the local communities. Under state law, the Board of Public Works -- made up of the governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, attorney general, agriculture commissioner and state superintendent of schools -- must approve annual property valuations for all utilities operating in the state, including water, natural gas, electric and telephone companies, as well as railroads. If you would like to follow the daily action of the Legislature, visit the 80th Legislature on the web at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/. 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. Bee Tree Shown left to right: Willie Lyons, Stacey Lilly and Maria Thorton Observed Constitution Day Students of the 2011-2012 class of Summers County School of Practical Nursing observed Constitution Day on September 17. A copy of the original constitution was displayed with background history on the founding of the United States of America Government. Pamphlets with facts about the Notice PIPEsTEM RURITAN CLUB The Pipestem Ruritan club meets every fourth Saturday at 6:00 p.m. We have a wonderful dinner before our meeting. We would like to invite anyone interested in learning more about this service club to come and join us. We have a gospel sing the Friday before our meetings. Come join in the fun and fellowship. For more information please call Brenda Garcia at 304- q23-1622 or 304-466-6804. formation of the Constitution were freedoms our founding fathers distributed. Class president, Willie secured for us. Not pictured were Lyons; vice-president, Staeey Lilly; Santana Laws, Cindy McInnis, Erin 'and Secretary, Maria Thorton are Cook, Heather Ort, Megan Powell, pictured with their display. TealRatliff, TiffanyShafer, Rebecca Constitution Day celebrates the birthday of our United States of America Government and the FALL REVIVAL Fall Revival at the Pence Springs Community Church will be held October 7 - 10. Time: 7:00 p.m. Speaker: Grant Pettit. Our church is located on Route #3 behind the Country Roads Store in Pence Springs. Everyone is invited to attend. PSD MEETING The Meadow Creek Public Service District meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Green Sulphur District Volunteer Fire Department at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. Vandall, Katee Wickline and Cassie Withrow. JOHN HENRY DAYS John Henry Days Committee will meet Thurs., Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Talcott Fire Dept. Everyone welcome. HEALTH SCREENING Women's Health Screenings available. Attention: Women ages 25-64. If you are uninsured or underinsured you may be eligible for pap smear and mammogram (age restrictions for mammograms do apply) through the WV Breast and Cervical Screening P:ogram. These tests could save your life. Call the Summers County Health Department for more information and appointment. Paid Political Advertising RE-ELECT RE-ELECT 7 k RE-ELECT ED DOLPHIN SHERIFF of SUMMERS COUNTY I have been a resident of Forest Hill since 1996, along with my wife, Judi. We will be married 44 years in December. We have two sons, Marc and Sean. Marc is a Special Agent with the U.S. Army, stationed in Washington, D.C. along with his wife Randi and son Cooper. Son Sean is a police officer in Marlton, NJ. He and his wife Michele and two sons, Kyle and Bailey reside in southem New Jersey. Judi is the daughter of the late Ted and Gladys Canterbury-Smith of Hinton. She is also the granddaughter of Andy and Mamie Canterbury of Summers County. For the past three years I have been honored to serve as your Sheriff. Three years ago I spent most of my time introducing myself to the citizens of Summers County. I was fortunate to meet and make many friends during this time. We have made great progress in making the Summers County Sheriff's Department a professional law enforcement agency and one of which the citizens of Summers County can be extremely proud. I do not believe in trying to make headlines or boasting on the job we do. The proof is there, just come in and look at our statistics. We have proven we will and can do the job. Please bear in mind this is all performed by six dedicated Summers County Sheriff's personnel. For the past three years we have proven that government can be financially responsible and work within budget constraints and still get the job done. I would like to give a short list of the many jobs delegated to the Sheriff's Department, Law Enforcement Division: 1. Serve as Court Bailiff (Circuit and Family) 2. Service of Warrants and Civil papers 3. Handling of prisoners for court appearances. 4. Investigating crimes 5. Investigation of motor vehicle accidents 6. Providing general law enforcement patrols throughout the County. I have worked diligently for the citizens of Summers County as Sheriff for these past three years. It is once again time to elect your next sheriff. I am asking for your support as I am seeking re-election in 2012. Once again, I am asking for your vote to remain as Summers County Sheriff. Edward F. Dolphin Pol. all paid by Edward Dolphin t