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= = ~!!ii;i if!ill ! iD i'..i i~,i ~::~ ':7' zii!!: !:!:~ ~!!! ~:i ~ (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) of "W. Va. Water Festival" Volume 115 No. 25 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday, October 31,2017 50 Cents lrglnla SSloners nnounces armer cqutsti ton ouse Washington - Summer County Commissioner Jack David Woodrum joined more than three dozen West Virginia county leaders at the White House for a day of meetings with key administration officials, including Deputy Chief of St~tff Rick Dearborn, Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta, and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway. countiesand residents. Topics includedthe opioid epidemic, economic and workforce development, infrastructure, health care reform, local NASA programs, and transportation. "It was an honor to be invited by the White House to discuss our county's priorities," said Commissioner Woodrum. "I plan to follow up with the officials we met and continue discussions about how the federal government can help those of us in local government better serve our county residents." In addition to Secretary Acosta, county commissioners heard from federal departments and agencies, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Small Business Administration, Veterans Affairs, Energy, Transportation, Health and Human Services and the tell the White House about the challenges and opportunities we face at the local level," said County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia Executive Director Vivian Parsons. "Federal policies have real consequences in counties across our state, and we'll continue to work with the administration to inform those policies." Prior to the White House meeting, county leaders participated " in a federal policy briefing at the National Association of Counties. U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito joined the group to discuss the federal budget, tax reform, economic development and other legislative activity on Capitol Hill. West Virginia commissioners were the sixth group of county officials to attend such an event. County leaders from Ohio, Florida, White House Economic Council.Pennsylvania, Michigan and They discussed how federal , . ..... ~rhm was a great opportunity Missouri were invited to the White policies impact West Virginia .... for county comm~ssmners to House earlier th~s year. City of Hintonto Continue Holiday Traditions Mayor Joie Blankenship announced Oct. 26, 2017 that the City of Hinton will continue its many Christmas/Holiday traditions' established over the past several years. Plans are underway to host the Fourteenth Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the historic freight depot on Commercial Street. This event serves as the kick off of our hometown holidays and we are pleased to welcome back some of our long time vendors and some exciting new vendors. For vendor applications or more information regarding the Bazaar, please contact Mary Jane Taylor at City Hall (304) 466-3255, or Margie Temple at Grandma's House (304) 466-1011. The annual Christmas parade will be held on the same day at 6 p.m. We are currently seeking entrants for the parade. For information, please contact Nicole Miller at (304) 466-4181. Each year at this time the City honors a local resident who has exhibited all the qualities to be named the "Spirit of Hinton". This recognition is bestowed upon an individual that has been a leader in our community and exemplifies the character, courage and determination to improve our town and preserve its unique history. "~ A reception ~ill be held immediately following the parade for this honoree. At l:he same time, the Snow Queen and King from Summers County High School will be presented. Look for more information forthcoming in the Hinton News and on our Facebook page @City of Hinton. MERRY CHRISTMAS! OFF DUTY At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017, off-duty Alderson Police Officer Mccaden Brackenrich was shot and wounded in Summers County. Tyler Smith and Shannon Earhart were also wounded in the altercation. Bill POLICE OFFICER SHOT Lightner and Travis Copenhaver were also on the ATV but received no injuries during the incident. Mr. Brackenrich was airlifted to CAMC and no other details are available at this time. Senior Trooper Booth of the Summers County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police is investigating this situation. The thoughts and prayers of all the staff and citizens of the Town of Alderson go out to Mr. Brackenrich and his family. BARNS OF SUMMERS COUNTY_ West Virginia Heritage An extract from the book ..... for your enjoyment By Phyllis Campbell Whitley Hinton Area Foundation President, Stacy Ford announced today that the Foundation has received a major gift from David and Barbara Parmer, 104 James Street. '~b'e intend to use this property as the permanent office for the Hinton Area Foundation. We are very grateful to the Parmers for their incredibly generous gift," Ford said. Ford added that to honor the Parmers, the building will be known as the "Parmer Center." "Hinton has been so good to us that we wanted to do something for the community" Barbara Parmer said. The building was used as a law office, first by David Parmer and later by their son and daughter- in-law. The donation also includes the furnishings. The furniture is gorgeous and we're very excited to make the building it the Foundation's home" Ford added. The donation was also special because Barbara served on the original board of directors of the Hinton Area Foundation and later served as president of the Foundation. David was also one of the incorporators of the Foundation. The Hinton Area Foundation has been meeting and headquartered, first in a building owned by Ralph Wilson, and more recently in a building belonging to Mary Lou Haley. Ford added that the Foundation is very grateful to have had those accommodations. They've allowed us to grow to where we are today, Ford said. Barbara graduated from Glenville State College and began her teaching career in Alexandria, Virginia. She also taught in Berkeley County, West Virginia, and Washington County, Maryland and while David attended law school at Wes~ Virginia University, she taught in Preston County, West Virghlia. Barbara received a Master's Degree in English from Virginia Tech: After a tour in the military, David graduated cum laude from Shepherd College in 1967 and taught briefly at South Hagerstown High School in Washington County, Maryland. Enrolling in law school at West Virginia University, David graduated in 1971 and worked for a large Pittsburgh law firm, Eckert, Seamans, Cherin and Mellott, specializing in nuclear energy law and corporate law. In 1974, David and Barbara moved to Hinton with their young son, Jason. David began a practice of law and Barbara was employed by the Summers County Board of Education, first at Sandstone and later as countywide teacher of the gifted. Starting in 1990 Barbara also taught as an adjunct instructor at Beckley College and its successor Mountain State University. Barbara retired as a public school teacher in 2001 but continued teaching as an adjunct instructor at Concord University. During her tenure as a public school teacher she was named Summers County Teacher of the Year. She is also a charter member of the Friends of the Summers County Public Library and served as president for past twenty years. Barbara has also served for several years as the chair of the Wednesday Club's Community Service Committee that furnishes the City of Hinton with flower displays and Christmas boxes. She has also served as president of the Business and Professional Women's Club years as a director of the Summers County Library and for nearly forty years as a director of the First National Bank of Hinton, and its successors, City National Bank and First Century Bank. Since his retirement David has authored four published non-fiction history books about central West Virginia and has two additional books pending publication. , David and Barbara's son Jason is an attorney in Charleston. Their grandson Patrick is attending West Virginia University and their granddaughter Abbey is a student at West Virginia University Tech. Their grandson Nick is a student at George Washington High School in Charleston. The Parmer Law Firm was originally located at 119 Ballengee Street, now the home of Barbara's mother, Mrs. Helen Jeffries. In January 1979 David and Barbara purchased real estate at 104 James Street from Miss Susan Ellison.After extensive renovations, David moved his law practice to this latter site in September 1979. He practiced there until his retirement in 2006. The Hinton Area Foundation will forever be grateful to the Parmer's for their generous gift. The Hinton Area Foundation is a non-profit, community foundation organized to encourage philanthropic giving and to provide a common source for contributions to benefit the local community. In short, the Foundation's purpose is to build a better community. The Parmer's gift will allow the Foundation to continue to grow and serve its community. To learn more about HA1e or and the Service Club of Hinton. ways you can contribute visit http:// David served for nearly thirty www'hintnareafundatin'rg" HOUSE PASSES 2018 BUDGET The fall colors are at their peak at the ..... Morgan Barn on Sourwood Mountain George Morgan built this barn sometime between 1894 and 1897. The center of the barn is made of hand hewn logs, dovetailed together. Between 1905 and 1930 the barn was "reskinned" and it is now four times larger than the 10g structure inside. It housed livestock, milk cows, sheep and horses in the ground section. The second floor was used to store hay and to dry selected crops. Colvin Morgan's grandfather, George Morgan, bought 72 acres at $3.00 an acre from Elijah Meadows in 1893. Mr. Meadows was a surveyor by occupation. George Morgan operated a sawmill on the property for thirty-three years and became a wealthy man. Colvin says his grandfather was the first in the area to own an automobile. Lumber from the sawmill was used to build the home and in the upgrading of the barn. The farm is located on a private road on Sourwood Mountain in the Green Sulphur District. 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 Mrs. Whitley's latest book is entitled "Photographer on Horseback - John C. Wike1". 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. On Thursday (Oct. 26, 2017,) after most all of WV's mainstream media had shut down for the day, the US House of Representatives passed the proposed Budget Bill (HCR 71; vote #589). Five representatives did not vote. This House legislation sets the United States budget for 2018 and subsequent years through 2027. It cuts spending for Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, Senior Services, CHIP Programs, Planned Parenthood, Veterans' Services, SNAP, Agricultural Programs, workplace safety (O SHA), Coal Mine Safety, Consumer Products Safety, National Parks, air and water pollution controls, just to name a few. Included are reductions in the tax rates for the wealthiest Americans and the corporations, many of which are not paying taxes anyway. HCR 71 also eliminates all deductions for state and local taxes paid, which hits working Americans hardest. Our National Debt is projected to rise to $25 trillion dollars during this period. This budget was passed by the same Representatives who mercilessly attacked the deficit spending by the previous administration as "irresponsible" and '%ankrupting the nation." West Virginia Representatives voted: David McKinley (WV lst) AYE Alex X. Mooney (WV 2nd) AYE Evan Jenkins (WV 3rd) AYE Had they voted NAY on this measure, HCR 71 would have been defeated 213 for 215 against. Despite Trump's declaration yesterday that it is a National Health Emergency, HCR 71 did NOT include one cent in funding to fight the OPIOD CRISIS. Since 2006, .W.Va. candidates have rePortedly snagged $250K in donations from pharma groups. The attitude of the ll5th Congress appears to be that the public will tolerate gradual elimination of "people programs" which assist the defenseless and powerless.