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(Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of "W. Va. Volume 115 No. 27 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday, November 14, 201 7 50 Cents e ouse Governor Jim Justice has appointed Hinton native Jeff Campbell of Lewisburg to the West Virginia House of Delegates. The District 42 vacancy opened when former Delegate Stephen Baldwin was appointed by the governor to replace Ron Miller in the State Senate. Miller resigned his seat in September to take a position in the Justice Administration. "! am honored to be selected by Governor Justice for this position," Campbell said. "I decided last spring to run for the House in 2018, so when this opportunity opened up, I actively pursued it." Campbell is the son of the late James W. "Bill" Campbell and Joyce Miller Campbell. His father was raised in Clayton and served as a law enforcement officer and Chief of Police for the City of Hinton in the 1960s, while his mother was raised in Judson and worked at the Hinton Hospital and Kirk's Dairy Queen. She is a 1953 graduate of Talcott High School. His brother, Danny, attended elementary school in Hinton before the family relocated to White Sulphur Springs in 1970. "I tell people I was born at the corner of 3rd and Temple," said Campbell. "If you're from Summers County, you know that was the old Hinton Hospital." He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Concord College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Concord University. "Every time I drove back from Athens, as soon as I got to the Lilly Bridge at Bluestone Lake, I felt like I was home," said Campbell. Campbell has worked for Greenbrier County Schools since 2001 and is in his ninth year as a Social Studies teacher at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School. "Working for Greenbrier County Schools these 18 years has really opened my eyes to issues in our district," Campbell said. For 33 years, he has broadcast Greenbrier East High School football and basketball games for Radio Greenbrier 103.1 The Bear. Campbell is also in his 29th season as Chief Statistician for West Virginia University's Mountaineer Sports Network football coverage. The 42nd House District includes parts of Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties. tyof In April 2017, the City .of Hinton was awarded a Survey and Planning Grant from the WV State Historic Preservation Office. This grant will cover the cost of retaining Mike Gioulis, a historic preservation consultant, to create design guidelines for the Hinton Historic District. These design guidelines will assist historic district residents, property owners, and contractors with the information needed when considering a project to repair, rehabilitate, or alter historic properties. The guidelines also help the Historic Landmarks Commission and local Officials make consistent decisions regarding work in the Hinton Historic District. The guidelines will use photographs, illustrations, and clear narrative to articulate nationally accepted historic preservation best practices consistent with the HLC's review criteria. At the November 21, Hinton Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) meeting, Gioulis will present a report about his initial review of the historic district, the HLC's policies, standards, and practices, and a general discussion of priorities, Public comment is welcomed and will assist Gioulis in preparing the guidelines to ensure that they meet the needs of the community. Held in the City Council Chambers at 5:30pm, this meeting is free and open to the public. Citizens who are unable to attend may send comments for the commission in advance of the meeting to HintonHLC@gmail.com or by mail. Another public comment period on the design guidelines will be held when a draft is completed in early February 2018. BARNS OF SUMMERS COUNTY-We,, VirginiaHeritage An extract from the book...for your enjoyment By Phyllis Campbell Whitley ******TIME TO THINK ABOUT SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS****** Order information is listed near the end of this article. The Former Barn of John A. Wikel at Buck The small log barn with a wood multipurpose-barn. It stood just barnsofsummerscounty.com. Mrs. shingle roof seen in the background to the left of the red barn you can Whitley's latest book is entitled belonged to John A. Wikel. Perhaps it is upstaged by photographer John C. Wikel and his horse. John, enamored with the introduction of the camera at the turn of the twentieth century, never missed an opportunity to set the automatic timer on the machine and click away. We are fortunate that he did, as this is the only known photo of this barn. Four other barns are still operational today on the farm at Buck, in the Forest Hill District, owned by John and Patricia DiStefano. John A. was the grandfather of Orville Saunders. Orville and his wife Glenna (Harvey) lived at this farm for many years. Glenna, says the barn "was used to keep buck sheep, or if one of the ewes needed to be isolated - maybe with a new lamb. We considered it just a small see on the DiStefano farm at Buck today. The barn was built by John A. and his sons sometime between 1899 and 1900." Mrs. Saunders is known by everyone I talked with in the Buck/ Little Wolf Creek area for her knowledge of the history of the people and their farms. At the young age of 91 she is true "Historian" in every sense of the word. Her collection of the John C. Wikel photographs is a pictorial treasure that begs to be published. Photograph was taken by John. C. Wikel. Mrs. Glenna Saunders provided the photograph and the history. 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 "Photographer on Horseback - John C. Wikel"- the very man who is mentioned in the above story. 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 photographeronhorseback. com. Sale of the Barn book benefits the Library and sale of the Wikel book benefits the Summers County Historical Society. P.S. Mrs. Glenna Harvey Saunders recently celebrated her 98th birthday on October 21st with one of her sons and his family in Ohio. If you want to send her a card you can send it to 150 Whitehorn Drive, Vandalia OH 45377. You can give call her at 937-898-5272. I am sure she will be delighted to hear from her friends in Summers County. United States Senator Joe Manchin III joined with Democratic leaders from throughout West Virginia in honoring Jane Meador as one of West Virginia's Outstanding Democrats of the Year. This Outstanding Democrat was selected by local county leaders for hard work and dedication to pito, ecognition the Democratic Party in Summers County. Meador received tr;hute from Democrats assembled at the recent Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner Celebration in Charleston on Friday, November 3, 2017. This year's special Keynote Speaker was The Honorable Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader United States Senate. Karen Coria, a Putnam County Democratic leader and coordinator of the 32nd Annual Awards Ceremony indicated that the award was established to recognize local party officials and volunteers whom Democratic leaders feel have contributed most to the party's efforts. "Our goal is to recognize these special people who have distinguished themselves by contributing to our society, by working within the framework of our democracy and political party system," Coria said. Joining United States Senator Joe Manchin III and Coria in acknowledging the accomplishments of the honoree were State Treasurer John Perdue, State Executive Committee Chair Belinda Biafore and Vice Chair Bill Laird. The honoree was honored with special recognition and presentations by party officials. '~he efforts of the honoree demonstrates the importance of the work of every individual in affecting the outcome of local, state and national races. These people are the truly effective party workers." Coria added. it on As the House of Representatives works on amendments to the GOP- backed legislation to overhaul the nation's tax code and the Senate prepares to introduce its companion bill, West Virginia's delegation in Congress is split on how the plan will affect West Virginians. U.S. Sen, Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., joined a handful of other Senate Republicans on Tuesday in a news conference to express her support for the plan, calling it a moment of opportunity. "(Treasury Secretary Steven) Mnuchin came to West Virginia and we had a small-business roundtable," Capito said. '~rhe enthusiasm of our small-business owners cannot be overstated, coming from a state that is 95 percent small business. In asking them what would you do if you actually got a tax cut, what would you do with it? First one says, 'I'd raise the wages of everybody that works here because I can't do it now and I lose my best workers ' By Taylor Stuck, The Herald-Dispatch because I can't raise their wages to trillion to an already ballooning match." national debt as it delivers a major U.S. Reps. Evan Jenkins, R-W.tax cut to corporations and repeals Va.; Alex Mooney, R-W.Va.; and the estate tax, which would benefit David McKinley, R-W.Va., havea tiny percentage of the wealthiest expressed support for the legislation families in the country. as well. A state-by-state analysis of the The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act plan by the nonpartisan Institute promises lower individual taxon Tax and Economic Policy found rates for low- and middle-income in West Virginia, the wealthiest 1 Americans, would collapse today's percent will receive the greatest seven personal income tax brackets share of the total tax cut in year into four, nearly double the one and their share would grow standard deduction used by people through 2027. who don't itemize, and eliminate The wealthy's share of the tax special-interest deductions, cuts would grow over time due to The bill also established a new phase-ins of tax cuts that mostly family tax credit, which includes benefit the rich and the eventual expanding the child tax credit from elimination or erosion in value of $1,000 to $1,600. provisions that benefit low- and '~rhat's money in the pocket for middle-income taxpayers. For our families," Capito said Tuesday. example, after five years, the bill For businesses, the bill lowered eliminates the $300 non-child the corporate tax rate from 35 dependent credit that benefits low- percent to 20 percent and reduces and middle-income families, while the business income tax to no more fully repealing the estate tax in than 25 percent, year six for the very large estate The legislation would add $1.5 subject to the tax. Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties The West Wrgmm ~oara ot exemption from the Praxiscontent the revised policy changes the Education (WVBE) adopted two policies and placed another two on 30-day public comment during its November meeting in Charleston today. Adopted policies were previously available online for a 30-day comment period, and comments were considered in the adopted policies. A brief description of each policy can be found below. Adopted Policies 3234 - School Calendar: Six faculty senate meetings are now required, with one being held before the commencement of the instructional term, and one at the end of the employment term. The revised policy also states that instructional minutes are now part of state code requiring a minimum of 315 instructional minutes for elementary schools, 330 instructional minutes for middle schools and 345 instructional minutes for high schools. Additionally, counties now have the option to add 30 minutes to the minimum instructional day to accumulate time equivalent for up to five days to use for school cancellations due to inclement weather, and up to five days for professional learning experiences for teachers when students are not present. This policy will be effective on December 11, 2017. 5202 - Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/ Paraprofessional Personnel and Advanced Salary Classifications: Policy revisions are intended to provide additional flexibility for the hcensure of aspiring educators. Requirements have not changed, but have been expanded and provide additional options to meet existing requirements. Additional options include test for individuals who hold a master's degree and five years of directly related work experience or a doctorate in a content area. The revised policy also allows for individuals who hold a master's degree and who compieted a Speech Language Pathology Program, are licensed to practice in another state, hold a valid West Virginia Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology license and valid national certification by the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA), and passing scores on the current Praxis exam to teach in West Virginia for two years conditionally without a school certificate. The revised policy also allows for the use of eLearning courses to be used for certification renewal with the option to renew for one year with only three semester hours. Finally, the revised policy allows an individual in a medical field to serve as a temporary replacement for up to three days for the assigned coach or trainer during a season, while individuals holding a valid Professional Student Support certificate are eligible to coach without the Coaching Authorization. This policy will be effective on December 11, 2017. Policies Out for 30-Day Public Comment 2510 - Approval for Educator Preparation Programs: The revised policy is intended to ensure students are college and career ready, while providing additional flexibility to counties. Major revisions include changing the minimum number of required graduation credits from 24 to 21 and changing the number of required high school social studies credits from four to three. Finally, non-weighted course grading scale to a grading scale used by virtual schools and most colleges, which will make 0-59 an F, 60-69 a D, 70- 79 a C,'80-89 a B and 90-100 anA. The additional changes focus on personalizing education to meet the needs of individual students while maintaining rigorous educational standards. 2460 - Educational Purpose and Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources, Technologies and the Internet: The revised policy is designed to set forth recommendations, guidelines and responsibilities for any individual using the K-12 network and electronic devices. Districts must use Policy 2460 as their Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) but may incorporate additional, more stringent guidelines closely aligned with local directives. Each user on the K-12 network is made aware of the contents and must agree to the AUP prior to using any electronic device on the K-12 network. Individuals without a signed AUP would be prohibited from using any electronic device on the K-12 network. For students under 18, a parent signature is required. Language throughout the document was updated to encompass the ever- widening presence of social media and to comply with updated local, state and federal laws and policies. To review Board policies and comment online, visit: http://wvde. state.wv.us/policies/ For additional information, contact KristinAnderson at the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at 304- 558-2699 or Kristin_Anderson@ kl2.wv.us.