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Secretary Warner Encourages West Z.e 26. 2o17 m,o. Nm- 7 Virginian's to Respond to Postcards Sent Manchin Sends Recommendations on to Verify Voter. Registration Accuracy Combating Opioid Ep!demic to West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner 2017. postcards to take their civic duty DHHR for Use m ResponSe Plan announced today that some West Voterswhoreceiveaconfirmation seriously and return the postcard Virginia registered voters might card need to return them by to the county clerk or go online andwv)Senat rsent a letterJ e toManchinBill Crouch,(D" receive a "confirmation card" in February 1, 2018, to ensure there update their voter registration, Secretary of the West Virginia the mail to confirm or update the is no change in status of their Secretary Warner said. Department of Health and address at which they are registered registration. Voters who move must update Human Resources (DHHR), to vote. If a card is not returned (ortheir voter registration to ensure proposing recommendations for The voters who will be marledis returned "undeliverable"),they are properly registered for the West Virginia's response plan confirmation cards were identified the voter's registration status is upcoming 2018 elections, to combat the opioid crisis. Last as individuals who have registered marked "inactive." Voters can update their month, the DHHR announced the an address change with the United It is important to note that an information online via the Secretary development of an opioid response States Postal Service's National inactive voter has all the same of State's Online VoterRegistration plan through public engagement Change of Address 0NCOA) service rights as an active voter (i.e. they Portal, which can be found at ovr. and collaboration with experts and who have not otherwise will be in the poll book, may cast a sos.wv.gov, that will be presented to Governor updated their voter registration, ballot in any election, and will not Secretary Warner is hopeful Jim Justice and the West Virginia W.Va. Code 3-2-25 requires have to vote provisional so long as that all registered voters will check Legislature in January 2018. their registration status and polling Senator Manchin said in part: the Secretary of State compare the they satisfy the requirements). NCOAlist with the Statewide Voter An inactive: status merely Registration System database indicates a voter registration is to identifypotentialoutdated subject to cancellation if the voter re~strations, does not vote in any election or The Secretary of State's Office update her or his registration then forwards the results to each during the next two federal election of the 55 county clerks who then cycles. review their county's list and mail 'WYhile any change in status due the confirmation card3, to NCOA confirmation postcards The NCOA list was provided towill not in any way preclude you the 55.county clerks in November, from participation in the upcoming and the confirmation cards will 2018 elections, it is important all be in the mail by December 31, for everyone who receives the location before the upcoming "Given the deadly impact of this elections. epidemic, I am pleased to see West "I encourage all of our voters Virginia moving forward to develop to go online and take just a few a response plan to combat the opioid minutes to review their registration epidemic. As a former Governor and information to confirm their party currentUnitedStatesSenatorofour affiliation, polling location and great state, I.wanted to share a few registration status are Up to date," commonsense recommendations for Secretary Warner said. the panel to consider. Registration information for all I have been on the frontlines of registered voters can be found on this battle for many years and some the Secretary of State website at progress is being made, but now govotewv.com, more thap ever, we need to double NOTICE down and fight to save the lives of *** Meadow Creek Cemetery needs our fellow West Virginians." I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like veonle your donations for this year's care In the letter, Senator Manchin or hate them than to travel with them. " = for the cemetery. Four large Trees made three recommendations for Mark Twainhave fallen and need removed. Meadow Creek Cemetery, P.O. Box 85, Meadow Creek WV 25977. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) process turned partisan, because I are receiving extremely large and released the following statement on believe our country needs real tax permanent tax cuts will do. his vote against the rushed Senate reform and anything that is done in "Despite my best efforts, this bill tax plan. such a strictly partisan way is not does not work for the future of West "For the last several months I good for West Virginia or the country Virginia: It hurts our seniors, leaves have worked with President Truw~ ~ts ~, whole, the wor~n~class payingj~o~e,: ar~t Cohn, Mar c.Short ,an :tl flJ sl Pr0ce ti!ts the,playing find #mall ~onomic team at the White HoUse b'e!ieved that rea[~:efo~ needed tb businesses whil~Arresponsibly on a tax reform plan that I hoped meet four goals: it needed to focus adding to our growing $20 trillion would,benefit the people of West on permanent relief for working national debt. Virginia and the country. I was class families; make small "During my first few months in honored to be invited to the White businesses and corporations the Senate, Admiral Mike Mullen, House on multiple occasions to meet competitive in a global economy and who was Chairmen of the Joint with the President and know that set an environment for job growth; Chiefs of Staff at the time, testified he was genuine in his desire to make be fiscally responsible and not grow before the Senate Armed Services this a bipartisan tax bill that helped our debt; and simplify the tax code. Committee that he believed the the panel to consider: Empower regulators to go after bad actors: prescribers, pharmacies, distributors, and pharmaceutical companies that are contributing to the flood of opioid pills in West Virginia's communities. Adopt mandatory prescriber education about the dangers of opioids and the risks of addiction and overdose deaths. Issue a State of Emergency .declaration to provide additional flexibility in accessing the resources needed to address the opioid crisis. Read the full letter below: Dear Secretary Crouch: As you know, we lost more than 33,000 Americans to opioid overdoses in 2015 alone and early estimates indicate that that number was even higher in 2016. Our state of West Virginia has been the hardest hit state in the country: The Arts in 2016, we lost more than 700 West substance use disorders. Virginians to an opioid overdose. I have: introduced a bill in This epidemic has devastated our the Senate that would require communities and torn families prescribers in every state to receive apart. That is why it is so important 3 hours of training to qualify for that we all work together to take a DEA license, and I have pushed steps to end this crisis, the Food'and Drug Administration Given the deadly impact of this (FDA)to require prescriber training epidemic, I am pleased to see West for opioid prescribers, but West Virginia moving forward to develop Virginia can take that step now a response plan to combat the opioid and lead the way for the rest of the epidemic. As a former Governor and country to follow. currentUnitedStatesSenatorofour Finally, I urge the Governor great state, I wanted to share a few and the State Legislature to issue commonsense recommendations a State of Emergency declaration. for the panel to consider. I have While West Virginia is not the only been on the frontlines of this battle state impacted by the opioid crisis, for many years and some progress we have been hit particularly hard is being made, but now more than and lead the nation in the number ever, we need to double down and of people dying each year from fight to save the lives of our fellow an overdose. This declaration West Virginians. would provide the state additional First, I urge you to use every flexibility in accessing the resources authority that you have to needed to address this crisis. empower regulators, including the Several states have already issued West Virginia Board of Medicine a State of Emergency declaration, and the Board of Pharmacy, to go including our neighbors in after bad actors: those prescribers, Maryland and Virginia. This has pharmacies, distributors, and, Zenab!ed:them tO tap into previously pharmaceutical companies that unavailable funding, increase are contributing to the flood of. access to the overdose-reserving opioid pills in West Virginia's drug naloxone, and get more people communities, into treatment. We need to make These individuals and companies sure that every available resource are doing incredible harm to our is being utilized to its maximum state and should not be allowed to '~alue, continue to practice. I have been I am committed to doing working at the federal level to everything that I can to address ensure that the Drug Enforcement this crisis and look forward to Administration (DEA) and other working with you and sharing federalagencieshavetheauthorities additional ideas for steps that we that they need to stop irresponsible must take - at the local, state, opioid prescribing and distribution, and federal levels - to rebuild our but we all must work together at communities and save lives. Only every level of government to end working together can we stop this the flow of unnecessary opioids deadly epidemic. coming to our state. Again, thank you for the Second, I urge you to adopt work that you are doing to mandatory prescriber education raise awareness and to promote about the dangers of opioids and commonsense solutions to address the risks of addiction and overdose stop the opioid crisis. deaths. Too many people in our Too many well-meaning medical communities are losing their lives, professionals have had insufficient families, and futures to opioids training on opioids, including and we must do everyShing in our effective pain management power to help them. I look forward alternatives and the " risks of to continuing to work with you. Behalf Of The Governor's For Entrepreneu ip Announces That ptin the working class, grew jobs and "Unfortunately, I do not believe single biggest threat to our national made our businesses competitive in that this bill meets those goals. It security is our national debt. This the global economy, hurts seniors by threatening severe has stuck with me during my time "I tried to work with my cuts to Medicare next year and it as aUnited States Senator and has Republican colleagues in the Senate hurts families by destabilizing the hardened my resolve to get our to make this truly a bipartisan bill" healthcare market raising thenational debt under control. like Ronald Reagan did. average healthcare cost for a family While I am disappointed that we Unfortunately, it was clear from the of four by nearly $2,000 each year. were not able to take advantage of time Senator McConnell passed his "I do believe that this bill will this historic opportunity and pass irresponsible budget, that he had no provide temporary relief to some real tax reform, I will continue to intentions ofworkingin abipartisan working class families, and I will work with President Trump to help way, and instead, wanted to use the work with the President to make the working class and reign in our tax bill as a political tool that adds those permanent, so that hard- debt - something I know he cares a minimum of $1.4 trillion to our working Americans can plan for deeply about." national debt. their future like the corporations "I am truly disappointed that this and very wealthy individuals that Enrollment for the Spring 2018 information and links to an semester is now underway at application. Concord University. Classes begin Education graduate students .on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. interested in registering for spring Classes are available on the classes may contact Dr. Kathy Athens campus and in Beckley at Liptak at liptakka@concord.edu or the Erma Byrd Higher Education 304-384-6223; Social Work graduate Center. On-line courses are also students may contact Vanessa offered. Both undergraduate and Howell at vhowell@concord.edu or graduate courses are available. 304384-6260; and, Health Returning students will have Promotion graduate students may access to online registration until contact Erin Conner at Jan. 5, 2018 at 4 p.m. on "MyCU" econner@concord.edu or 304-384- with an individual PIN number. PIN 5130. Regents Bachelor of Arts numbers may be obtained by (RBA) students may contact Teresa contacting Carolyn Cox at F.rey at teresafrey@concord,edu or ccox@concord.edu 304-384-5226. First-time freshmen, transferInformation on courses offered students, re-admitted students, and during Concord's spring semester is non-degree seeking students who located at https://apps.concord.edu/ have been admitted for the Spring schedules/seatstaken.php (Select 2018 semester should contact the desired term from the drop down Andrea Tabor at menu.) tabora@concord.edu or 304-384- The Academic Calendar may be 6031 to schedule an advising found by going to www.concord.edu, appointment. (Please note that "Academics", "Advising" and Concord University will be closed "Academic Catalogs & Calendars ". Dec. 25-Jan.1 for the holidays.) Payment of fees for the spring New students interested in semester is due by 4 p.m. on Monday, applying to Concord University may Jan 8. The late fee for the spring call 1-888384-5249 or visit semester begins at 8 a.m. on www.concord.edu/admissions for Tuesday, Jan 9. Notie NARCONON Narconon reminds families that abuse of heroin and opiod drugs has become a national health crisis. Learn to recognize the signs of heroin abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Visit www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/ blog/naloxone-availability.html to learn about the overdose reversing " drug known as naloxone and findout its availability in your state. ADDICTION SCREENINGS Narconon can help you take steps " to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or~ rewferrals 1-800-431-1754. Applications Students in grades 9, 10, or 11 can apply until February 28, 2018 The West Virginia Governor's working with other young 11 who live and attend school in the School for Entrepreneurship (GSE) entrepreneurs to develop, pitch, and state of West Virginia are eligible to offers high-school students the launch a new venture. All teams will attend this outstanding and exciting chance to dream about a new have time to develop their idea program, including students who business or product and then make before they will pitch it to a panel of attended the inaugural session it happen. Young innovators are investors who can invest in their previously. thrown into an "accelerator" ideas. ARer a successful pitch, teams For more information or to apply, atmosphere where in three short will have time to develop, test, visit https://govschools.wv.gov/gse, weeks, they learn about business market, and launch their ventures or contact Sherry Keffer at (304: models, design thinking, and scaling on the last weekend in Morgantown. 558-2440 or by email al ne~ startupventures. GSE will take place at West Sherry.L.Keffer@wv.gov Throughout the entire three-week Virginia University June 25 July 15, Governor's School, students will be 2018. Students in grades 9, 10, or Ducks can get the flu. BINGO Bingo every Friday night at the Hinton Senior Citizens Building on Second Ave. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. starts at 6:00 p.m. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Open meetings in the basement of Ascension Episcopal Church, corner of 5th Ave. & Temple St HJnton at 8:00 p.m. every Tues Thurs & Sat. For more information call 1-800- 333-5051. BAKED STEAK DINNER TO BENEFIT JOE YANCEY AND FAMILY SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018 OAK GROVE CHURCH 3-6PM ADULTS: $12.50 CHILDREN 6-12:$6.00 BAKED STEAK MASHED POTATOES GREEN BEANS ROLLS SALADS DESSERTS TEA/LEMoNADE/WATER/COFFEE CHILDREN 5 & UNDER: FREE IF ACCOMPANIED BY A PAYING ADULT TO DONATE SAI.~DS, DESSERTS OR TO MAKE A MONETARY DONATION, PLEASE CONTACT DIANEAT: 304-466-2122 or 304-961-0269 **INCLEMENT WEATHER DATE** SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018 t