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{0 (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of "W. Water Festival" Volume 115 No. 31 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday, December 12, 2017 50 Cents L-R Matt Fleshman, manager, Megan Cooper, Gavin Pivont, Kennedy Drennen, Riley Richmond, Bryleigh Davis, Erica Merrill, Greg Rogers, Hannah Taylor, Chloey Davis, Tiffani Cline, Jaiden Dickenson, Taylor Isaac, Lilli Plumley, Heaven Cales. rs Featuring a performance by Caleb Crevier @ 6:45 Friday R. T. Rogers Oil Company and the Summers County Lady Bobcats Basketball Program announce the annual Rogers Oil Classic Girls' Basketball Tournament on Friday and Saturday December 15 & 16 at Summers County High School. The Summers Co. Lady Bobcats headline the ~rnament field. Summers County has captured nine AA State Championships and placed in the final four last year. Chapmanville, Pocahontas County and Richwood round out the outstanding tournament field. Pairings for the tournament are as follows: Friday Dec. 15, 4:30 p.m. Summers Co. J.V. vs. Pocahontas Co. J.V.; 5:30 p.m., ChapmanviUe vs. Pocahontas; 6:45 p.m. Performance by Caleb Crevier, and 7:45 p.m. Summers County vs. Richwood. Saturday Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m., Summers Middle 7th Boys vs. a.m. Summers Middle 8th Boys vs. Western Greenbrier 8th Boys, 1:30 p.m., Summers Middle 7th Girls vs. Western Greenbrier 7th Girls 3:00 and do interactive activities with students. Caleb is from Elkton, South Dakota and is from a family of 12 On December 2nd, the City of Hint0n's annual Christmas Bazaar and parade filled the city with holiday cheer. Approximately 200 people attended the bazaar, which was held from 12-5 p.m. in the Freight Depot. p.m. Summers Middle 8th Girls vs. Western Greenbrier 8th Girls, talent, his family made it to the allowed for several on the outside children. 40 vendors filled up the interior On season 8 of America's got of the depot and nice weather 4:45 p.m. Summers Co, J.V. vs. final round. Chapmanville " j.V., 6i~0- p.m.-" He ha~ performed in 49 of the 50 deck. Vendors ranged from the Middle Consolation Game; 7:45 p.m. Championship Game. The presentation of trophies will be at the conclusion of the championship game by Greg Rogers, president of R.T. Rogers Oil Co. The tournament will also feature a great show between varsity games Friday night Dec.15 at approximately 6:45. The Summers County Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Lifeline Church are proud to sponsor the appearance of Caleb Crevier. Caleb will perform a wide states and traveled to over a dozen countries around the world. Caleb has also performed during halftimes'at the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 NBA finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and The Golden State Warriors. He has performed at over 300 prisons and juvenile detentions facilities across the United States. Caleb, along with his entertainment brings a positive message of hope for this generation. The entertainment andtheRogers Oil Tournament promise to provide great family entertainment. School Beta Club to local authors and handmade crafts, there was something for everyone! Live music filled the space, Western Greenbrier 7thboys; 12:00 spectrum of ball handling tricks Manchin, Cornyn Introduce Skylar's Santa & Mrs. Claus made a visit, and the Spirit of Hinton award winners were recognized. The 2017 Snow King & Queen were also crowned in front of the large crowd at the bazaar. Following the bazaar, just after dark, the parade began to wind through downtown Hinton. Over 20 groups participated in the parade itself, including the Summers County Middle School Band, local churches, and the City of Hinton staff, among others. First Baptist Church won Best Overall award for their float that included a nativity scene. The parade ended at the park on Temple & Third where The Spirit of Hinton award winners, the founders of the community group Making a Difference, lit the newly-planted Christmas Tree, the community sang Christmas Carols and enjoyed hot cider. Mayor Joe Blankenship remarked that the event "was just like a Hallmark movie." The Bazaar & Parade committee would like to thank everyone that made the day a success: vendors, attendees, parade participants, the City of Hinton Public Works Department, and so many others. Law to Save Children Like Skylar Neese Senators Joe Manchin (D- WV) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced "Skylar's Law," which will establish a national endangered missing advisory (EMA) communications network to enable immediate public notification for missing child cases that do not meet the strict criteria for issuance of an AMBER Alert system. In July of 2012, sixteen-year-old" Skylar Neese went missing from her home in Morgantown, West Virginia. Even though Skylar's parents were immediately alarmed at their daughter's absence and insisted that Skylar would not have left home voluntarily, no AMBER Alert was issued at the time of Skylar's disappearance because her case did not meet the strict criteria for issuance of an AMBER alert. Skylar was later found to have been murdered by two of her friends, and her case gained national attention. The SKYLAR Act would assist law enforcement officers nationwide in issuing immediate public notifications to help locate missing individuals like Skylar whose cases do not meet the strict criteria for an AMBER Alert but are still at risk of serious injury or death. "What Skylar went through and what her family is dealing with is unconscionable and it's something that I will do whatever I can to preverkt from happening ever again," Senator Manchin said. "I have been working with Skylar's parents on "Skylar's Law" which would establish a national communications network to issue immediate public notifications for missing indiwduals like Skylar whose cases do not meet the strict criteria for an AMBER Alert but are still at serious risk. "Skylar's Law" is a no brainer and I hope my colleagues see this legislation and hear Skylar's story and swiftly pass this bill." 'WVhile AMBER alerts have been successful in bringing missing children home, there are still missing persons who do r~ot meet the alerts' strict criteria but whose cases warrant an immediate public alert," said Sen. Cornyn. "I am proud to join Senator Manchin on Skylar's Law which will create a national communications networl~ that can be activated immediately so our law enforcement officers can access timely information to help solve these cases." "I want to thank Senator Manchin for his hard work and staying on top of this. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue. This is about our kids, protecting our kids. Anytime a child goes missing, it's the most helpless feeling in the world and I don't want anyone to have to go through what we went through. With the introduction of 'Skylar's Law," we can help children and other parents," said Dave Neese, Skylar's father. The AMBER Alert system has succeeded beyond all expectations, and is credited with directly aiding the safe recovery of approximately 75 children every year. However, issuance of the AMBER Alerts requires satisfaction of strict criteria--including evidence of abduction. In most cases, such evidence is usually not present, especially in the critical first few hours of the case. Immediate public notification is critical. More than two-thirds of all child abduction homicides began, as a missing child or runaway report, and one out of five child abduction homicide victims are already dead before police are even notified. Yet states are understandably wary of issuing AMBER alerts absent clear evidence of abduction, in order to avoid dulling the public response. This bill establishes a national Endangered Missing Advisory (EMA) communications network, modeled after state-wide networks already in operation in states like Montana and California, which can be activated immediately to notify the public that a child has gone missing. COORDINATED: Much like the AMBER Alert network, the national EMA network would be overseen by a coordinator who works closely with states, law enforcement agencies, local governments, and AMBER Alert professionals to develop EMA plane and act as the network's nationwide point of contact. The Coordinator would establish voluntary minimum standards for the issuance of alerts through the network and ensure that state and local law enforcement agencies and communications personnel are trainedoto utilize it. VOLUNTARY: The EMA system only works when it's voluntary for both states and communications network participants, and this bill would preserve the voluntary nature of the system. Recent trends are positive - in 2005, only 5 states had EMA networks in place. Now, 18 states have such networks, plus another 16 who have similar networks in place for missing seniors. Thirty years ago she headed to West Virginia Univer.sity to learn what she knew would become a life- long passion. Upon graduation, she returned to her first love, Hinton, WV, to put that passion to work for the community she loved. Kristi Scott says it all started with Wood and Shirley McCue allowing her to volunteer in their practice Moore-McCue Physical Therapy while she was high school and during the summers while she was in college. '~hey encouraged me to come back. They said, 'We need you in our hometown." So with her physical therapy degree in hand, she returned, married the hometown boy, Jack Scott, and began serving her community. "I wanted to be here. Hinton is a great place to be," said Scott. In addition to serving her community at Summers County ARH as the director of the physical therapy department, she also participates on the Hinton Area Fpundation and the Second Saturday committee. In the past she and her husband were involved in Hinton Youth Football programs, too. '%Ve feel like we've made a difference in our community," said SCott. #1iveleadlovewhatyoudo #onefamily #one community #scarh #arh Capito Student LoanRehabilitation Bill Advances in the Senate The ' U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee yesterday approved a provision based on bipartisan legislation introduced . by U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) to help private student loar~ borrowers rehabilitate their credit after a default on their loans. Currently, federal student loan borrowers are able to remove a default from their credit report, yet private student loan borrowers are not. The provision was approved as part of a larger package and now heads for consideration by the entire Senate. "Students invest a lot in their education, and we need to do our part to help them maintain a secure financial footing as they pay off loans. Senator Peters and I have worked together on a solution to help make this possible. Like federal student loans, our bipartisan legislation will allow students with private loans opportunities to rehabilitate their credit following a default. I thank the Senate Banking Committee for advancing it out of the committee," Senator Capito said. The provision, based on the Federal Adjustment in Reporting (FAIR) Student Credit Act, would create an equal opportunity for private student loan borrowers who have successfully completed a series of on-time payments to remove a default from their credit report. Under current law, federal loans may be rehabilitated one time, and borrowers can repair their credit by removing a default. However, private lenders currently do not have the ability to remove negative credit information on borrowers who participate in loan rehabilitation programs. Instead, private lenders may only request to delete information from a credit report if it is inaccurate. While 90 percent of higher education loans are public and therefore eligible for loan rehabilitation, private student loans currently total $9.9 bilhon, and more than 850,000 private student loans are in default, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A bad credit report from a default can negatively impact a borrower's ability to get a job, rent an apartment, buy a home or purchase a car for years. Senators Capito and Peters previously introduced the FAIR Student Credit Act during the ll4th Congress, and as members of the U.S. House of Representatives during the ll3th Congress. / J 4