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ELIZABETH JOE NEELY Elizabeth Joe ~Libby~ Ward Neely, age 86, of 313 Church Street, Clifton Forge, died December 1, 2017. She was born March 17, 1931 in Scarboro, WV, a daughter of the late Leerey and Bessie Ward. Mrs. Neely worked from the age of 12 until her retirement in 2015, including 33 years at Mizzy, Inc. and almost 15 years at Highland House. She loved decorating and cleaning homes and the church, especially her own, planting flowers and doing yard work. Libby was a charter member of the Oak Hill Bible Church. She loved her church family and church fellowship dinners. She was so Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act down this year in West Virginia Deadline to enroll for coverage is Dec. 15 Tues. Dec. 12, 2017 Hinton News - 3 By Wendy Holdren, The Register-Herald of Beckley Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is down this year in West Virginia, but there's still time to sign up for coverage. From Nov. I through Dec. 2, just more than 10,000 West Virginians had signed up for coverage. Last year for roughly the same time period, Nov. 1 through Dec. Charleston, W.Va. - The West Drug Control Policy based on a Virginia Department of Health and scoring procedure measuring public 10, nearly 15,000 had enrolled. "We're the only state in the Human Resources (DHHR) todayhealth indicators by region. A total country that's not seeing a huge announced more than $20.8 million of 23 applications were received. increase in enrollment numbers in funding has been awarded to nine Region 1: Living Free Ohio Valley; compared to this time last year," substance use disorder programs to $1,000,000; open a residential treatment facility as part of Chestnut Ridge Center and WVU Medicine. Region 5: Marshall University Wheeling: $3,000,000; provide a Physicians and Surgeons, Inc.; Condolences may be sent to Mrs. "It's extremely important to sign beds in the state to be operated by and Malachi; and numerous nieces Lillie Thompson at 25019 Barrow and nephews I all whom she loved Hill, Leesburg, FL 34748. up by the deadline," Smith said. the private sector. These beds are dearly. He also emphasizes that intended to provide substance use A Celebration of Life service was financial assistance is still available disorder treatment services in held at 12 p.m., Friday, December for individuals to pay for their existing or newly constructed 8, 2017 from the Oak Hill Bible premiums, and to pay for their co- facilities. Church, Clifton Forge with the Rev. pays and deductibles The following grant recipients Roger Bush officiating, assisted by " " A lot of people were confused were selected by DHHR's Office of the Rev. Michael Sfmmons and the when President Trump mentioned_ Rev. Virgil Woodie. Interment he would stop paying cost-sharing Energy Ef.ficlency followed in Alleghany Memorial to insurance Companies. P~n~r~m T,~lr~]v tn Park, Low Moor. The family received A lot of people took that to mean ----- e~ ......... .7 ~-~ U " friends from 11:00 a.m. until the financial assistance or subsidies S rvlve Regulatory service at Oak Hill Bible Church, would go away, but they haven't." Challenge and other times at the residence, 313 Smith noted the penalty for not .......... o- Church Street, Clifton Forge. having health insurance is still in By Dan Heyman Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton place, so those without ins N~anc~ ...... ~orge is handling md~a~n'~[~n~ ~. ~,ar~tWpay $~3;~e~ :~R~.TON, W.Va. - An T~:family s~[l~s~ ~v~oriaC o~e~:~ial~[~6~ ~.~tt~l~ve~/:~i~-!~-t~t ~h~ WVest Virginia energy tributes take ~the form oE number .... m" ............. greater, efficiency program looks likely to contributions to Oak Hill Bible "Another major problem I see survive a challenge at the Public Church, 1601 Chestnut Street, changes, that's not being talked about is ScTvice Commission. thankful for the love and care God said Jeremy Smith, program expand residential treatment recovery program focused on Huntington: $2,825,406; provide provided through her church family, services across West Virginia. The underserved female populations, trauma informed residential with special hugs to Bonnie Mynes, CHARLES T. THOMPSON , director of WV NaviCare. Charlotte Rose, EleanorBruffey, and Charles Thomas "Tommy "It's just speculation on why. All funding is supported by the Ryan Region 2: -Mountaineer treatment services for pregnant and Cathy Richardson. Libby had a Thompson, formerly of Summerswe can guess is people are confused Brown Addiction Prevention and Behavioral Health, PLLC; post-partum women through the County passed away on Saturday, about the availability of plans on Recovery: Fund as part of a Martinsburg: $3,000,000; provide Marshall Recovery Center for generous heart. She loved giving to December 2 in Leesburg, Florida." comprehensive statewide plan to both residential addiction treatment Families. and beingwith her friends. She also Smith said the "decreased combat.the opioid epidemic, plus step-down continuing Region 5: WestCare West loved ALL little children. Mr. Thompson was born January In addition to her parents, Libby 7, 1931 to Oren and Maude (Hill) enrollment could be attributed "As West Virginia fights this outpatient care using a long term Virginia, Inc.; Culloden: $1,000,000; was preceded in death by her Thompson of Ballengee. to misinformation circulating, or battle against addiction, these treatment model, develop a new substance use beloved husband of 38 years, the Preceding him in death were his residents could simply be waiting projects will allow for continued Region 3: St. Joseph Recoverydisorder treatment facility. Rev. John David Neely, in 1990; her parents; his sisters Willie Meadows, for auto-enrellment ~ something expansion of treatment beds and Center, LLC; Parkersburg: Region 6: Southern West Virginia daughter, CarolAnnNeely, in2015; Ellen Campbell-Mills and Ruthhe doesn't advise, improved resources across the $3,000,000; provide outreach and Treatment thru Recovery four sisters, Madeline, Nellie, Mowery; his brothers Arnold, Dean, "Plans have changed state," said DHHR Cabinet offer services to the region's counties Continuum, a collaboration between Sanford, and Fred. substantially," Smith said. "They're Secretary Bill J. Crouch. "We are hit hardest by substance use: Boone, FMRS Health Systems, Seneca Dorothy, and Louise; and four He is survived by his wife, Lillie not doing themselves any favors by pleased to support these grantees as Jackson, McDowell, Mingo, Roane Health Services, and Southern brothers, Johnnie, Roy, Sam, and Thompson of Leesburg and several not shopping and looking at other they work to address the substance and Wyoming. Highlands Community Mental Bobby. use epidemic on a community level." Region 3: Westbrook Health Health Center; Beckley: $2,999,927; She is survived by her nieces and nephews in Summersplans." County who remember him as a He wants to emphasize that The Ryan Brown Addiction Services, Inc.; Parkersburg: expand the availability ofsubstance granddaughter, Lisa Boone, and great role-model and with great coverage through the ACA is still Prevention and Recovery Fund, also $1,000,000; provide a drug and use disorder treatment beds, husband, Nathaniel, of Capitol available, but the enrollment known as House Bill 2428, wasalcohol-free residential, long-term partner with existing programs and fondness. Heights, MD; a sister, Ethel TherewillbeaMilita'rygraveside window is much shorter this year. passed by the West Virginia treatment environment for improve the occupancy rate of Margaret Westfall of Hinton, WV; service on Friday, December 15, Previously, folks could enroll for Legislature duringthe 2017 regular recovering consumers while they available beds in the region. "As this four great grandchildren: Antonio, 2017 at the Florida National coverage through Jan. 31, but this legislative session. This legislation build the life skills necessary to fight is far from over, West Virginia Christina, DeAndre, and Keyona; year, the enrollment deadline is mandates that DHHR identify need reintegrate back into the plans to continue to explore Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. two great-great grandsons: Sheldon Dec. 15. and allocate additional treatment community, additional funding sources from the Region 4: Valley HealthCare federal government to complement Clifton Forge, VA 24422. To send condolences to the family online, please visit www. DREMA K. MARTIN Drema Karen Martin, 67, of Ellison Ridge went to her heavenly home after a nine year battle with cancer at the Bowers Hospice House in Becldey on December 6, 2017. Born March 11, 1950 in Hinton, she was a daughter of the late Alva and Margaret Adkins Bennett. Drema was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed her flower gardens, going to church and reading. She was a member of the Avis Holiness Chapel. Drema was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Martin; a son, Stephen Martin; three brothers and two sisters. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Barbara Smith and husband Terry of Woodrumtown; son, Jack Martin Jr. of Nimitz; daughter, Sarah Weikle and husband Leslie of Hinton; son, Mark Martin and companion Amanda Sampson of Ellison Ridge; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Bradley Brown, Courtney Shaw, Jonathan, Austin, Isaac and Michaela Smith, Bethany Martin, Caleb and Marty Bittinger, all of Hinton and Brittany Finlen of North Carolina; great grandchildren, Madison Brown, Alden, Shilow and Salem Shaw, Kylee, Dempsey and Ally Smith and Mackenzie Brown; great grandson, Hunter, on the way; two brothers, Michael Bennett and Meredith Bennett, both of Hinton and her dog, M6lly. Funeral services were held 1:00 P.M. Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel with Pastor Anthony Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Upland Cemetery. Friends called from 11:00 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the funeral parlor. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Special thanks to Princeton Oncology and Bowers Hospice House. Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp. tom Great art picks up where nature ends. --Marc Chagall You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M.D. after them. --Arnold Palmer people areveryconfusedabout where to shop," Smith said. "Healthcare. gov is the only legitimate place for Marketplace plans and to be eligible for subsidies." Anyone who needs enrollment assistance is asked to call 1-844-WV- CARES. An elephant's tooth can weigh over 6 pounds. Editorial A Gas Pipeline Near YOU Soon? The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released its final environmental review of the 300-mile-long Mountain Valley Pipeline. As always, FERC has ignored the most harmful impacts this fracked gas pipeline would have on lives, communities, drinking water supplies, private property, local economies, and publicly owned natural resources. Natural gas is invisible, odorless, poisonous and highly explosive. In interstate pipelines, it is transported at an average pressure of 1,440 pounds per square inch which rises dramatically when the contents are forced up mountainsides. That extra pressure can rupture pipes, causing explosions and asphyxiations. Since 2014, there have been over 700 "incidents" involving Natural emit carcinogenic and neurotoxi~ VOCs, formaldehyde and hydrogen sulfide. They have no pollution regulation. Being heavier than air, hydrogen sulfide accumulates in low areas. The EPA has reported that venting and leaks can thus create deadly levels of this gas. Meanwhile, scientific research is revealing that exposure to long-term, low concentrations of hydrogen sulfide can .further destroy health. Among the effects are damage to the immune, digestive, nervous and cardiovascular systems. Yet, because of oil and gas company influence, hydrogen sulfide has been exempted from the Clean Air Act. There are many pipelines proposed for WV over the next few years. PSC staff had questioned the cost effectiveness of the program that American Electric Power runs for consumers of Allegheny Energy and Wheeling Power. But Emmett Pepper, executive director of Energy Efficient West Virginia, says his group and the utility have told the PSC they want to keep the program and even expand it. Pepper says when the utility helps people reduce their power bills through things such as better insulation and more efficient bulbs, it's proving to be a good investment for everyone, including the company. "This is a very cost effective way for them tO meet the energy requirements, and it's also a way to have a better, more robust electrical system," he states. "And they're looking to continue to expand those programs, because they're finding that they're working." West Virginia comes in near the bottom in most state energy efficiency rankings. Pepper says improving that could save consumers money while making them more comfortable. He says the utilities are finding it cheaper to reduce demand than to build more generating capacity, which saves money, even for ratepayere who don't participate in these programs. Plus, he says it's'a good form of economic development. "It will also help diversify our economy," he points out. 'W[aking energy efficiency upgrades are good construction jobs, that we need here in West Virginia - jobs that are literally created out of thin air." The issue is still before the PSC, brt Pepper says the parties have asked for a delay to negotiate a compromise. The program is largely the result of proposals made by Energy Gas pipelines in America. Those "incidents" have caused 278 deaths and over $5 billion dollars in damages. Eighty percent of these were reported by every-day citizens who observed something wrong. Gas pipelines are monitored for leaks by aircraft only once every few years, simply checking for dying vegetation. Compressor stations, by far the most explosive component of gas delivery, are located every 40 to 100 miles along the pipelines, closer together in mountainous terrain. These stations also constantly Most will slash permanent scars Efficient West Virginia during across some of the few pristine PSC consideration of a 2009 rate areas of clean water and wilderness increase. habitat left in the Eastern US. These increasingly valuable recreational areas, and the life- support services they provide, are our economic future. For more clear information please see: "Health Effects Associated with Chemical Emissions from NYS Natural Gas Compressor Stations", Russo and Carpenter. pages 15 and 54. Barbara Daniels Richwood A person must be 35 years old to be president, 30 to be U.S. senator, 25 to be a U.S. House member. System, Inc.; Morgantown: $3,000,000; expand number of short- term treatment beds and create long-term beds. Region 4: West Virginia University (WVU) Research Corporation; Morgantown: these projects," Crouch added. "We anticipate the additional treatment beds added to be sustained by DHHR's Medicaid Substance Use Disorder waiver, which will cover the long-term cost of treatment for Medicaid enrollees." The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success :omes only later. --Confucius It An aardvark's teeth have no enamel coating and are worn away and regrown continuously. DEC. 9TH $50 :WINNER JANICE BRADFORD i