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Council On Aging Tues. Dec. 30. 1997 Hinton News - 3 Obituaries GENA LEE COOPER Gena Lee Cooper, 81, of Jumping Branch died Fri., Dec. 26, 1997, in a Hinton hospital following a long illness. Born Aug. 13, 1916, at Chattanooga, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Laveda and Pearl Clemens Roberts. Mrs. Cooper was a homemaker and member of Bluestone Baptist Church, Jumping Branch, where she was past president of the Women&apos;s Circle of the Church. She was preceded in death by a sister, three brothers and two grandsons. Survivors include her husband, Quentin Cooper, a daughter, Mable White of Woodbridge, VA.; a son, Jack Lee Cooper of Seville, OH.; a sister, Willie Brown of Marianna; five grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. Services were held at 11 a. m. Mon., Dec. 29th. at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinten, with Pastors Bill Fox and Jeff Canterbury officiating. Burial followed in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton. RAYMOND W. DURRETT Raymond W. Durrett, 73, of Meadow Creek, died at 6:30 p. m. Monday, Dec. 22, 1997, at his home following a short illness. Born Feb. 19, 1924, at Fayette County, he was the son of the late Lewis and Myrtle Durrett• Mr. Durrett was a retired signal maintainer for the C & 0 Railroad and had lived most of his life in Meadow Creek. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arebell Smith Durrett in December of 1971; three daughters, Beulah Davis, and Jo Ann and Sharron Kay Durrett; a brother, Ray Durrett; and two sisters, Ruby Bennett and Alma Williams. Survivors include his three sons, Charles, Dennis, and Willard Durrett, all of Meadow Creek; four daughters, Annabell Watkins, Sue Callahan and Judy Foster, all of Seth, and Janet Kincaid of Meadow Bridge; a stepson, Dale Redden of Meadow Creek; a brother, Lucius Robert Durrett of Beckley; 21 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren• Services were held at 1 p. m. Fri., Dec. 26th. at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel in Hinton wih Pastor Eddie Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the Meadow Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton. Born Sept. 6, 1961, at Slab Fork, he was the son of Lonnie J. and Pauline Morris. Mr. Patterson was an employee of Summers County Services Council and a veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1969. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ernest E. Morris; his maternal grandfather, Francill Baxter; a paternal grandmother, Adlone Patterson; a brother, Charles Terry Morris; and a sister, Juanita Patterson. Other survivors include his four brothers, Larry Patterson and his wife, Judy, of Beckley, Ernest Morris Jr. of Ashland, Ky., Troy Patterson of Bronx, N.Y., and Tyrone Patterson of Bronx, N.Y.; four sisters, Phyllis A. Staples, Vicky L. Hoskins, Linda D. Morris, and Kimberly Morris, all of Beckley; four childrenl Kevin Pannell and his wife, Charlene, of Beckley, Lamont Smith, Keta Rene Patterson, and Andrea Nicole Patterson, all of Hinton; four grandchildren; a maternal grandmother, Essie M. Baxter of Beckley, his former wife, Doretha Patterson; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services were held at 1 p. m. Tues., Dec. 23rd. at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Abner Wright and O• T. Moore officiating. Burial followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Ritchie and Johnson Funeral Parlors, Beckley. BEULAH M. THOMPSON Beulah M. Thompson of Logan died Dec. 26, 1997, in Logan General Hospital• She was a clerk with C&O Railroad with 40 years' service and a member of Woman's Club of Logan and Nighbert Memorial United Methodist Church, Logan. Survivors include a niece, Dorothy Lambert of Hinton and a great niece Connie Willey also of Hinton. Graveside service will be 2 p. m, Sun., Dec• 28th. in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Peeks Mill with the Rev. Bruce Reed officiating. There was no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to Nighbert Memorial United Methodist Church, Logan. Honaker Funeral Home, Logan, was in charge of arrangements. LONNIE J. PATTERSON, JR. Lonnie James Patterson Jr., 46 of Hinton, formerly of Beckley, died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997, in a Hinton hospital following a short illness• THIS IS A WEEKLY PUBLICATION OF THE SUMMERS COUNTY COUNCIL ON AGING, INC., 120 SECOND AVE., HINTON. PATRICIA MCDANIEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. FUNDED IN PART BY THE WV BUREAU OF SENIOR SERVICES, APPALACHIAN AREA AGENCY ON AGING, OTHER GRANT & LOCAL RESOURCES AND DONATIONS. ANY OLDER PERSON IS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM REGARDLESS OF RACE, CREED, HANDICAP OR NATIONAL ORIGIN. THE SUMMERS COUNTY COUNCILON AGING IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. Wednesday, December 31 Menu: Sausage biscuits, fried apples, orange juice, milk. 1/2 D AY H O L I DAY. LUNCH SERVED ANYTIME BETWEEN 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Thursday, January 1 CLOSED - HOLIDAY. Friday, January 2 CLOSED HOLIDAY. Monday, January 5 Menu: Spanish more, green beans, coleslaw, butterscotch pudding, french bread, milk/butter. Activities: Bible study with Eddie Johnson: 11:00 am - 11:45 am. Tuesday, January 6 Menu: White beans/onions, cabbage, pickled beets, fruit cocktail, cornbread, milk/butter. Activities: Blood Pressure Clinic - Hinton Senior Center: 9:00 am - 11:30 am. Charleston Town Center Bus Trip: 8:30 am - 4:30 pro. Exercises: 11:05 am. Menu changes may occur due to the availability of foods or due to circumstances beyond our control. NOTE: LOCKBRIDGE SHOPPING EVERY MONDAY-- THURSDAY'S OPT. HINTON SHOPPING EVERY FRIDAY. PENCE SPRINGS SHOPPING FRIDAYS. MEADOW CREEK/SANDSTONE SHOPPING EVERY WEDNESDAY. ANY AND ALL BUS SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. GOSPEL SING Sonny Simmons presents Gospel Singing New Year's Eve Spectacular on Wed night, Dec. 31st. from 7:00 P.M. till 1:00 A. M. Downtown Charleston, Charleston Municipal Auditorium. Featured singers will be: Tony 1"2 1 Gore& Majesty; Gold City; .£ T_*--I_ z wlrcle OIJlgnl; Inspiratiorls; Karen Pek'& New You are responsible for who you are, what you are, how you act and react. Are you all that you can be or are there some areas you wish to work on? What are you trying to create? A living light or a dark cloud. What ever you create will fall upon others. Sesstar River; The Steetes, and The Wilburns. All seats reserved. For further information call 304/342-5757. AMERICAN LEGION The American Legion will meet on the 4th. Thursdays of each month at 7:00 p. m. in the Memorial Bldg. BIG FOUR DRUG STORE Starting Jan. 1st, 1998 New Store Hours Monday Thru Friday 9 to 9 Saturday 9 to 6 Closed Sunday BIG FOUR DRUG STORE 3rd. Ave. and Temple St. 466-2323 NEW YEAR'S EVE December 31, 1997 DINNER, DANCE & CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST $124.95 per couple - - Tax & Gratuity Extra DANCE & CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST $39.00 per couple -- Tax & Gratuity Extra CHAMPAGNE DINNER ONLY $99.95 per couple -- Tax & Gratuity Extra NEW YEAR'S DAY BRUNCH $9.95 per person - Beverages, Tax & Gratuity Extra CALL FOR RESERVATIONS ! 445-2606 OR 800-826-1829 Rt. 3 between Hinton & Alderson I I Legislative Note By Delegate Mary P. Compton The holiday season is upon us. Our thoughts turn toward family and friends and our hearts, thankful, for what we have. It is the one time of year when we can take a break if only for a minute, and reflect on the past year. Fond memories are shared, and lost loved ones are remembered. I have taken some time to reflect on the past year as a Legislator for the state of West Virginia. I have many things to be thankful for. I am very thankful that I represent the 26th district. I have been given the opportunity to represent the citizens of my district, my friends, family and neighbors, in state government. It has been, and continues to be a rewarding job. And more specifically, we as a state have much to be thankful for. The 1997 Legislative year, proved to be another efficient year of operation for the state. The Legislature spent much of its 1997, 60 day Regular Session, and extended special sessions, fine- tuning many of the state's existing laws. "What a productive year. We worked very hard to prove our dedication to West Virginians." This has proven to be a productive year for West Virginia. For the third straight year, no new taxes were implemented. Further progress on the organization of the state's finances, the investment of state dollars for economic development, the modification of state tax laws and the implementation of new education initiatives made 1997 a fiscally responsible and sound year. The Legislative Session is a very busy time for me. It is at this time that all of the information gained from the monthly interim sessions is collectively formed into legislative action. Not only did the past Legislative Session address important issues as the ones Session, with 913 bills introduced in the House and 570 bills were introduced in the Senate. All told, 241 of those bills made their way "into the books." Nineteen bills were passed and signed into law during the Legislature's brief special session. I think that the Legislature did a wonderful job last year. I am thankful that we were able to make the progress that was made, and I anticipate an equally productive Legislative Session in 1998. Progress was made on some major issues. For example, the state is now allowed to invest state funds into the stock market. Anew bureau for senior citizens was created. The Bureau of Senior Services, which has cabinet status within the state government structure. It will be much easier for municipalities to receive severance taxes from the distribution of oil, gas and coal. Previously, the law required the state treasurer to appropriate the taxes before distributing them. Domestic relations were heavily addressed during the last Legislative Session. Child support payments are being collected at an all time high. The WV State Police established a Missing Children Information Clearinghouse to help coordinate and centralize efforts to locate missing children. A new division of Juvenile Services was created to help improve the previous detention facilities. Victims of abuse can no longer be denied insurance from companies, whether it be life, accident or sickness coverage. Property taxes were redefined. Real property is now defined as "used and occupied by the owner exclusively for residential purposes" and phases out intangible personal property such as stocks and .bonds from the ad valorem property tax over five years beginning in 1998. Anyone found mentioned above, but other guilty of abusing or neglecting important issues were addressed as vulnerable adults, o ,i,capqc!tat  well. A total of -1,483 bills were adults may now be convicted of a introduced during the '97 Regular. felony or miSctemeanor. All persons convicted of a sexual offense or child abuse are now required to be registered. The State Police are to be notified within three days of the person's release so that an accurate registry can be maintained. A very busy year! And this is only some of the highlights. However, these highlights show that we are looking out for the best interests of all of West Virginia. Your concerns are our own. I would like to wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year! I look forward to another productive year. If you would like to contact Delegate Compton or her Legislative Analyst, Paul Miller, please call 340- 3269. CONTRA DANCE There will be a community Contra Dance on Sat., Jan. 3rd. from 8:00 to 11:00 PM at Soldier's Memorial Theatre in Beckley. Live music will be provided by Suite ContraBand, featuring Mike Herr on autoharp, Liz Daigle on hammered dulcimer, John Stroud on fiddle, mandolin, and dulcimer and Trndy Laurensen on keyboard. They will be joined by special guests, fiddler Glenn " Alexander and bass player Susan Richards, from Charlotte, NC. Steve Ballman will teach and call  all dances. No experience is necessary nor do you need to come with a partner. There will be a workshop on dance basics beginning :,i. :<: at 7:30. Admission is only $5. Enjoy ' a fun-filled evening of music, dance, and good company. For more information call 252- 4227. RIGHT TO LIFE MEETING Summers County Right To fe meets at the Wellness Center, Temple St. and 3rd. Ave., downtown. Hinton at 7:00 p: m. The meetings are held on the 3rd. Mondays of the month:  Anyone intereste d i n working for the protection of the unborn are invited to attend. Trv The Ultimate Off-Road Vehicle. Wether you're commuting or going on a longer journey, take the Amtrak ® Cardinal and avoid the hassles of traffic. Relax in our cars as you watch other people getting stuck in theirs. And with fares like these, it's more than worth it to leave the roads behind. For more information, call your travel agent or 1-800-USA-RAIL today. Trains depart from the Amtrak station at 1 C&O PLAZA AT RAILROAD AVE., ALDERSON. *Fares shown are one way based on a round-trip coach ticket purchase and are subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply. Children ages 2-15 travel for half4are when accompanied by an adult (up to two kids per adult fare) and travelers ages 62 and older receive a 15% discount. No multiple discounts Fares, schedules and restrictions are subject to change without notice. I I I