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6 - Hinton News Tues. Oct. 17, 2017 $8 ill I!1 ner Diane Cardwell This Is Bee Paradise' by John W Farrell John Farrell Story HINTON, W.Va. -- "Solar's not and it has plant species like black going to be everything, and one of locust and sourwood whose honey the big challenges for the state is can fetch a high price. how do we diversify and get lots of 'this is bee paradise," she said, cool stuff going," Mr. Conant, the sitting on the porch of the cafeteria Solar Holler founder, was saying as building where a Patriot Coal he drove from a solar installation at banner hung askew on one wall. a hilltop farmhouse toward a 1940s For now, Ms. Delaney and the summer camp that the local coal program's staff are getting the company provided for the children colony established on a hillside in of its employees until 1984. 86 hives that buzz away behind "When you've been a one- electrified wire fencing to protect industry town for a really long them from bears. time, that's an issue. Next spring, they plan to The last thing we would want distribute about 150 hives to 35 to do is pin our hopes on doing beekeepers either free or through a that again, just with some other low-or no-interest loan. technology." Come harvest time, the After winding down a road beekeepers would bring their canopied by emerald-green trees, honey-laden frames to the camp he passed the opening of the for extraction and processing; Great Bend Tunnel, during whose organizers would pay them for construction in the 1870s, as one their yield and then sell the honey cannot replicate what coal once did, economists say. Long-term jobs at the Wyoming wind farm would number in the hundreds at best, while the solar program thus far trains only 10 workers each year. Even a coal boom wouldn't create jobs the way it used to: like the steam drill that ultimately took John Henry's place, new equipment and technologies have replaced workers in heavy industries. Production of coal, for instance, increased over all from the 1920s until 2010, while the number of jobs dropped to 110,000 from 870,000. So interest in the bees has been high here. '~rhought it was weird at first -- bugs in a box in the backyard," said Sean Phelps, 27, who left a secure job as a school janitor to work with the bee legend.tellsit~:ttle~ifridan-American to support the priam. ' ~: .......... / program. n beat a steam Exposure to his ~[tl~er in law s folk hero John He ry An old cabin at Camp Lightfoot... " " _ le the rock hives changed his perspective Now drill in opening a ho ' in ,George Etheredge for The New only to die from his efforts.York Times he sees them as a way to help the Minutes later, Mr. Conant "For some people it might be a area, as well as fun. 'This is what came to Camp Lightfoot, which a side hustle, but for other people it I want to do," he said. "Whenever nonprofitorganization,Appalachian could really turn into, over time, you're out in them, it reduces a lot Headwaters, is turning into an a true income that could sustain of stress." apiary with an eye toward helping a family," said Kate Asquith, displaced coal workers and military program director at Appalachian veteransget into the honey Headwaters. business. Economists say this kind of Early nextyear,Mr. Conant diversification is important, plans to install solar panels on an especially in a region where coal is old gymnasium, which now holds unlikely to make a major comeback, racks of wood frames for the hives, even if Trump administration Deborah Delaney, an assistant policies are able to foster a revival professor of entomology and wildlife elsewhere. ecology who oversees the apiaryDemand is strongest for the and bee program at the University of Delaware, said the area was well low-sulfur coal from the Powder River Basin straddling Wyoming suited for a honey enterprise. It is largely forest, unsullied by and Montana, rather than what the pesticides that threaten the Appalachia produces. The new-energy industries insects in industrial farm areas, Summers County ARH Auxiliary Friendship Tree The Friendship Tree in the*lobby of the Summers County ARH Hospital was decorated with Sunflowers for the month of August. Names were placed on tree in memory of: llene Edwards, Robert Patrick, Theresa Patrick, Ovid Graham, Mattie Graham, Pansy Seldomridge, C. H. Seldomridge, Blub Westmoreland, Marie Jackson, Russell Pierce, Willie C. Hawkins, Linnie B. Hawkins, James Hawkins, Lucy Canterbury, Jo E. Hawkins Canterbury, Betty Burdette, Irwin Maddy, Marie Maddy, Norma June Allen, Henry Noel, Dickie Noel, Bill Thomas, Cecil Patrick, Billy Turner, Betty Joyce Adkins, Lloyd Ray Adkins,.Darrell "Doc" Fox, Cleatus Gwinn, Kenneth Lambert, Tommy Crook, Margaret Miller, Eddie Willey Sr., Eddie Willey Jr., Kenneth L. "Buck" Harvey, Dorothy Lee Harvey, Spurgeon Ward, Connie Ward, Gary Ward, Evelyn Morris, Eula Kibler, Patricia Kannae, Janelle Whitten, Martha Maddy, Ralph Wilson, Vivian Lilly, Roland Davis, Jim Miller, Jane Gibbons, Bertha Richmond, and Mary Sue Frazier. Get well wishes for Willie Jones. For $1.00 per month you may have a name placed on the tree in memory of a deceased loved one or if you wish to honor someone for a birthday or anniversary. If you would like to be considered for volunteering, please stop by our gift shop and pick up an application. Submitted by: Joanne Duvall Auxiliary Secretary Missionary Baptist Church, Alderson WV. We are glad to announce our All services will start at 6:59 pm. autumn revival services at Flat Special singing nightly. Mountain Missionary Baptist Brother Trout is an extrodinary Church of Alderson. speaker with both the youth and Evangelist Gary Trout will be adults. The folks at FMMBC extend preaching the Word of God a warm welcome to Come Join Us! beginning on the evening ofSunday Country and casual on the Nov. 5th at 6:59 pm. Evangelist Mountain, only 2 short miles from Trout isalso Pastor at Bellpoint theAlderson Senior Baptist Ch~.~rch i1~ Hinton, WV The Center on the Monroe Count~ services will r~n until Wednesday side of town. Pastor, Randy S. evening Nov 8tb. Burdette. Addiction Screenings Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754. FARMERS MARKET The Summers County Farmers Market is now open. Market hours are Friday starting at 8 a.m. until noon or until the farmers sell out. The Market is located in the Lifeline Church Parking Lot, 505 Stokes Dr. Hinton. Please visit Summers County Farmers Market on facebook to learn more or contact the Summers County Extension Office, 304-466-7113. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced $8,335,145 in funding from Economic Development Administration (EDA) to assist in economic development projects in Mingo, Braxton, Randolph, Kanawha, Monongalia, Marion, Hancock and Mercer Counties. The grants are estimated to impact 1,289 jobs and leverage $75,750,000 in private investments. "The West Virginian economy is dependent on the availability and access to jobs at all skill levels, and it's important to make sure all West Virginians have access to quality job opportunities," Senator Manchin said. 'This federal investment will support job creation, technology and educational opportunities in our state and 1 look forward to seeing the positive impact in our economy, businesses and workforce." Individual Awards Listed Below: $2,500,000 - Randolph County Development Authority: to fund the expansion of an existing manufacturing plant in Randolph County, West Virginia. The plant is one of the county's largest employers and requires additional space to accommodate its growing manufacturing needs. Completion of the project will support the development and growth of the innovation cluster, create and retain jobs and promote initiatives that expand the competitiveness of the region. $1,478,100 - Flatwoods Canoe Run Public Service District: to support the replacement and extension of a water line and related infrastructure in Braxton County, West Virginia devastated by the downturn in the coal industry. The completion of this project will provide adequate water supply to local businesses in the area especi~ally during an emergency, help retain jobs, attract new businesses to the area and promote initiatives that expand the jobs. competitiveness of the region. $747,123 West Virginia $1,392,480 - Mingo County University: to fund the development Redevelopment Authority and of the West Virginia University Mingo County Public Service LaunchLab Network to facilitate District: to fund construction of a small business development and waterline to provide water services foster economic growth in to the new Twisted Gun Gap Morgantown, West Virginia. The development and the Hatfield- LaunchLab will provide students, McCoy trail system in Mingo local residents and small business County, West Virginia. Once owners with the opportunity to completed, the project will serve as develop entrepreneurial skills and a catalyst for enhancing the region's products that are not available in tourism cluster and for attracting the traditional curriculum. new commercial and industrial $400,000 - WV Coalition for development and job creation to the Technology Based Economic area. This investment will provide Development: to support new economic stability, diversification programs to assist with the and strengthen the local economy, development of high-tech positions $767,442 - Pierpont Community in the West Virginia region. The and Technical College: to fund the Tech Assist program will provide purchase of training next stage development guidance to equipment and provide staffing to a network of entrepreneurs and new support the expansion of the businesses in the area. This Aviation Program, at the Robert C. investment will provide needed Byrd Aerospace Center, operated by economic stability, development of the Pierpont Community and high-tech positions and companies Technical College in Marion County, through a coordinated approach of West Virginia. Completion of the services by the existing incubator/ project will increase staff and accelerator system, and the upgrade the equipment to current : development of a larger regional industry standards to double the private investment consortium that graduating classes from the college will ensure business and job and provide highly skilled workers sustainability into the future. to the recently announced $300,000 - Business Development Bombardier expansion project. This Corporation of the Northern investment will provide economic Panhandle: to fund the creation of a diversification, create jobs, and Weirton Area Reuse Plan for strengthen the local economy,repurposing, redeveloping, $750,000 - Center for Applied upgrading infrastructure, and Research and Technology: to fund attracting new investment to a technical assistance to the new former steel facility and BluefieldCommercialization Station underutilized industrial land in in Mercer County, West Virginia. Hancock County, West Virginia. This This investment will provide high- reuse plan will provide strategic tech industrial technical services recommendations for pursuing and an incubator that will foster new manufacturing, infrastructure business creation in the region. In improvements and community addition, the funds will help to revitalization initiatives to support expand the production line of the transformation of Weirton and existing businesses, diversify the the'Northern Panhandle region. local economy, and create and retain Civil Rig Groups g Decry New FBI Report l! ..... Civil rights groups are speaking Matter targeting people ofa certain announced it is de-prioritizing out against a report by the FBl's background or racial identity and funding to combat white counter terrorism division that murdering them or torturing them," supremacist groups. included warnings about "black Russell said "You can't compare an Russell said this new focus at the identity extremists." A government organization fighting to end police FBI is a continuation of divisive report marked for official use only brutality to organizations fighting to statements made by Trump. "We do was recently leaked to Foreign maintain white supremacy. "The have a real threat in the United Policy magazine. In it the bureau primary incidents cited in the report States, and that's right-wing warned, "perceptions of police were the July 2016 attack in Dallas extremists, white nationalists and brutality againstAfricanAmericans in which a man, reportedly angry white supremacists who have been spurred an increase in about police killings of African emboldened by this administration's premeditated, retaliatory lethal Americans, killed five police officers; rhetoric," he said. Russell noted that violence against law enforcement and the riots in Ferguson, Mo., after the FBI has a history of targeting and will likely serve as justification the 2014 killing of Michael Brown. AfricanAmerican leaders, including for such violence." Malik Russell, President Trump has been criticized Martin Luther King Jr. He added director of communications with the for saying there were some "good that there is no connection between NAACP, said this new designation people" among the armed, torch scattered acts of violence against creates a false equivalency between wielding marchers attending a neo- police officers and the established groups fighting for racial equality Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., in political groups fighting for racial and those fighting against it. August. In addition, the Department justice. The FBI declined to "There's no history ofBlack Lives of Homeland Security has comment on the leaked report. st Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) the opioid epidemic is having on released the following statement children in Huntington and across Tuesday, Oct. 10, regarding First our state," Senator Manchin said. Lady Melania Trump's visit to West "The work Lily's Place does is crucial Virginia to tour Huntington's Lily's to helping our communities and Place, a facility that provides short- families overcome opioid addiction term medical care to babies born and I will continue to support the addicted to drugs. "I'm pleased the work they do. I look forward to First Lady has come to West Virginia continuing to work with President to bring national attention to the Trump, the First Lady and with the front-line of the opioid epidemic and Opioid Commission to find an end to learn first-hand about the impacts to this horrible crisis." Lily's Place provides treatment for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a syndrome that occurs after birth in infants suffering from opioid withdrawals. West Virginia has the highest rate of NAS in the country, and Lily's Place handles overflow from hospitals in the Huntington area. The non-profit is also the first clinic to provide counseling and treatment to parents. S '9 To buy new vehicles for police, sheriffs departments Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced today that the Bluefield Police Department and the Summers County Sheriffs Office have received federal grants to buy new vehicles. The Bluefield Police Department will receive $50,000 to buy six new vehicles, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Agriculture Department's Rural De~.,el~pment grr.,nt pr(~rnm~ The Summers County Sheriffs Office will receive $24,500 to help finance the purchase of new vehicles, thanks to a grant from the same program. The department's vehicles have outlasted their expected lifespan and need frequent repairs. "Funding cuts and the ongoing opioid epidemic have put new preast~ros on our polic~ and sheriffs departments. Thanks to these grants, the Bluefield Police Department and the Summers County Sheriffs Office will be able to buy new vehicles and continue to serve their communities. I thank all of our officers for their commitment to our communities and congratulate these departments on these grants," Rep. Jenkins said.