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i. I Obituar es I . ORA CURTIS BENNETt Ora Curtis Bennett, 88, of Hinton, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 22, 2003, in Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital, Hinton, following a long illness. Born July 9, 1914, in Summers JOHN HENRY MINTON John Henry Minton,, 72, of Jumping Branch, died 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at his home following a long illness. Born Feb. 28, 1930, in Tampa, Fla., he was the son of the late .County, he was the son of the late William H. and Nettle Gardener ]Ibert P. and Eunice Mooney Minton. Bennett. , Mr. Bennett had lived all of his life in Summers County. He .0ttended Brooklyn United Methodist Church near Hinton. He was employed by New River 'Grocery and C&O Railway where he retired due to a disability. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Elbert Carl Bennett, on Sept. 27, 2002. !iSurvivors include two brothers, harles Bennett of Lombard, Ill.,' ',d Clair Bennett of Rivera Beach, Fla.; four sisters, Esther iFitzsimmons and Mary Cantrell, both of Hinton, Edna Bennett of Covington, VA., and Betty Agee and :husband, Harold, of Bartlett, Tenn.; land several nieces and nephews. i Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 26th. at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton, with Pastor Don Hannah officiating. Burial followed in the Restwood Memorial Gardens. Nephews served as pallbearers. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton. LUTHER CLARENCE BRAGG Luther Clarence Bragg, 92, of Alderson, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Summers County Continous Care Center, Hilldale, following a long illness. Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson. L. WALTER 'Stoney' LOOMIS L. Walter "Stoney" Loomis, 82, of Hinton, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, 2003, at Summers County ohtunious Care Center, Hilldale, following a sudden illness. Born Feb. 15, 1919, in Everetta, 1hA., he was the son of the late Vi!liam Bradley and Mildred Vialls Ioomis. Mr. Loomis was a member of linton First Presbyterian Church id the Hinton High School Bobcat lall of Fame. He was a formr ember of the Hinbifhycbesd a former employed"of the Hinton  I}sily News. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Carol Tingle . and Muriel (ommers. " Survivors include a sister, Doris le of Hinton; and several nieces ahd nephews. . Memorial services were held at 2 prn. Friday, January 24th. at lonald Meadows Funeral Parlors qhapel, Hinton, with Pastor Benny Alen and Dr. Dewey Bowen oficiating. His ashes will be intezred the family plot at a later date at Greenbrier Burial Park, Hinton. "In lieu of flowers, donations of snpathy may be made to the W.L. rten Scholarship Fund, c/o Joe I hnkenship, at City National Bank, I ton. ' ,rrangements by Ronald ] Icadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton. -:iGOLDA ETHEL MEADOWS Golda-Ethel Meadows, 91, of pert, died Sunday, January 19, 03, at her home following a long $1hess. 'iBorn April 29, 1911, at Hinton, :e was the daughter of the late Ibuston and Bertha Bragg. . .She was preceded in death by her ]sband, Dallas Meadows. :. Mrs. Meadows was a member of Duo Community Church, was of  Baptist faith and a homemaker. " .Survivors include four daughters, Eva B. Tygrett of Rupert, Ella Mac ragg of Rainelle, Norma Kirby of upert and Stella Thomson of olumbia Station, Ohio; a sister, amie Barr of California; 31 randchildren and 50 great- randchildren. Services were held at 11 a.m. dnesday, January 22nd. at the Wallace and Wallace Chapel of lainelle with the Revs. J. A. Talbott ahd the Mark Taylor officiating. ]urial followed in the Wallace emorial Cemetery, Clintonville. , Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle. " NOTICE , The Summers County Health Ipartment would like to remind all residents in Summers County that before any installation or modification to individually own sptic systems, a valid permit must be obtained from the health dpartment. : A certified installer licensed by tl[ie State of West Virginia must be ued to do all work relating to the iStallation or modification of the sewage system. This is a state law ahd individuals not abiding by this rule can be subject for fines. Mr. Minton was retired from the Metro Police Department in Nashville, Tenn. He also served for 13 years in the U.S. Air Force and 28 years in the Air National Guard, and was a master sergeant when discharged. He was a member of the Church of Christ, the Fraternal Order of Police and had been a resident of Jumping Branch since 1993. He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. Survivors include his wife, Colleen Keaton Minton; three sons, John Stephen Minton, Randy Dale Minton, and Kerry Wayne Minton, all of Nashville; a stepson, Charles McBride of Bradenton, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Barbara McBride of Nashville and Patty Carpenter of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two brothers, Floyd Minton of Tampa and Ronald Minton of Dunellen, Fla.; five grandchildren, Mitch, Shana, Cameron, Ryan and Ashley Minton; four stepgrandchildren, Nell Cole, Robin Poole, Charles McBride and Meredith Carpenter; and a stepgreat-grandchild. Services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24th. at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel, Hinton, with Pastor William Fox officiating. Burial followed in the Keaton Cemetery, Indian Ridge Road, Pipestem. Friends called from 11 am. until time of service Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton. HOWARD E. O'BRYAN Howard E. O'Bryan, 86, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Summers County, died at 2:30 pm. Thursday, January 23, 2003, in a Columbus hospital following an accident. Born Nov. 18, 1936, in Hinten, he was the son of the late Robert and Mazie Wheeler OBryan. Mr. O'Bryan was retired from Kroger CO. aRer 32 years of service. '"He was nrceded in death by two sisters, tarrle uryan uook ana Nancy OBryan Sears. Survivors include his wife, Cora Lee Pitzer O'Bryan; a son, Robert O'Bryan and wife, Deborah; three daughters, Sheila O'Bryan Rothe and husband, Cliff, Lisa O'Bryan Hamilton and husband, Darren, and Barbara O'Bryan VonMoegen and husband, Mark; six grandchildren, Derek Martin, Caitlyn O'Bryan, Meghan O'Bryan, Nicholas VonMoegen, Judith Paige Hamilton and Bryan VonMoegan; a sister, Syble Richmond of Alderson; and a brother, Edward OBryan and wife, Brenda, of Marengo, Ohio. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton, with Pastor Eddie MAR00Wn00S Mark Willis, 45, of Wayside, his spirit at peace, went home at 12:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, aRer a long illness. Born July 18,1957, in Hinton, he was the son of the late E. C. "Jim  Willis of Sandstone and the late Betty Andrews Willis. 'Mark was a paramedic and sawmill operator. Survivors include his wife, Donna Gilpin Willis; two sons, Jeremy and Justin Willis of Wayside; a daughter, Shelley Ross and husband, Jason, of Lincolnton, N.C.; a daughter of the heart, Vickey Lester; two sisters, Cheryl Basham and husband, Bob, of Cool Ridge and Donna Basham and husband, Donnie, of Jumping Branch; three brothers, David Willis and wife, Penny, of Waxhaw, N.C., Doug Willis and wife, Tammy, of Sandstone and Dennis Willis and wife Ronea, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; brothers of the heart, Dennis Gilpin and wife, Cindy of Denver, N.C., and David Gilpin and wife, Laurie of Lincolnton, N.C.; mother and father-in-law, Bettie and Darrell Gwinn; special nieces, Brandi Basham and Nikki Willis; special nephews, Dusty Basham, Bobby Basham, Jarrid Basham, Brett Willis, Andrew Willis, Zackary Willis, Colton Willis, Matthew Gilpin, Nathan Gilpin, Seth Gilpin and Brian Gilpin. There will be no visitation. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinten. EMORY D. 'Lee' YOUNG Emory D. "Lee  Young, 1934- 2003, born in Summers County on Sept. 10,1934, passed away Jan. 18, 2003 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Beckley. He was the son of the late Emory Young Sr. and Grace Lawrence Young Miller. Survivors include three sisters, Juanita Pennington and husband, Carrol, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Mary Wade and her husband, Kyle, of Oak Hill, and Stella Aliff and husband, Hilmer, of Summersville; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Young had served 21 years in the U.S. Army, two tours in Germany and two tours in Vietnam. He/tlsb/bted dt't Iffean Conflict.He was k.:dve Vietnam. He proudly e,c s Military Police Officer at Yuma Proving Grounds, Yuma Ariz. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Loretta May. Services were held at ! p.m. Tuesday, January 21st. at High Lawn Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Bush officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill. Pallbearers were officers of the Oak Hill City Police Department. Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Chapel; Oak Hill. Johnson officiating. Burial will followed in Upland Cemetery near Hinten. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinten. TEMPTATIONS/FOUR TOPS The Temptations and Four Tops will be in concert on Friday, February 21st., at 8 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium of the Charleston Civic Center. Ticket prices are: $46.25* / $39.75*/$30.75* All Seats Reserved. *Includes Facility Surcharge Fee. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Alcoholics Anonymous meetings Tues., Thurs. and Sat. at 8:00 pm at Ascension Episcopal Church, corner of 5th and Temple St. GRAHAM HOUSE MEETING The Graham House meeting is the 2nd. Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Graham House. Anyone is welcome to attend. BIG BEND PSI) Big Bend Public Service District will hold their monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the water plant at 3:45 pro. For ticket purchase - call Ticket Big Bend PSD serves the areas of Master Charleston Area (304) 342- Talcett, Hilldale, Pence Springs, and 5757, Huntington Area (304) 523- Willowwood Road. The public is 5757. invited to attend these meetings. Jarrell's Exxon "Your Full-Service Service Station" 466-0133 TI RES TI RES TI RES Winter Tire Sale 2002 ,4ZZ IZRF_00: KUMHO IIgf00: FREE MOUNF $.00 OFF EACH 1ZgE FREE BALANCE ICUMitO 795 gO/IP FREE/]'RE VAt FES /MZ4RO Nom: Road Haza on PmmerK Tlam Only. First 50% Tread Free Rmtwd. Ward We're drivers too. As the Legislature tackles dramatic topics such as medical malpractice insurance costs and Workers Compensation, there are many issues we're discussing that will receive very little attention, but are of critical importance. Last week, my" fellow members of the House Health and Human Resources Committee and I listened to a presentation about a major health problem among West Virginia's children which continues to quietly spread: Obesity. Our committee adopted a resolution asking the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study of what we could only refer to as a childhood obesity "epidemic.  Severely overweight children often are not getting proper nutrition or exercise and their obesity can lead to chronic diseases. The situation must be taken seriously. Consider the facts presented to us by state Bureau of Public Health: * Forty percent of West Virginia's children have been found to be overweight or obese, according to a 2001 survey. There is a severe lack of physical activity among kids in this state, with 22 percent of middle and high school students age 12 to 18 reporting they engage in little or no strenuous physical activity. Less than 40 percent of school age children can pass the President's Physical Fitness Test, according to the state Department of Education. * Only 18 percent of children eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, while a 2000 study showed that 60 percent of West Virginia fiRh-graders consume high-fat diets, 46 percent had elevated cholesterol and 18 percent had high blood pressure. This isn't a question of vanity. Obesity is associated with Type II diabetes, coronary heart disease, and other illnesses. Physicians agree teseisd  Qu:on will. reui a m.l:aftfi approach. There must be parent education, diet managemen and behavior modification. It will have to involve not only parents, but health officials, researchers, Tues. Jan. 28, 2003 Hinton News - 3 HiD H H H LEGISLATIVE U PDAT Bg DelegateVirginia Mahan I I educators and certainly legislators, another. Meanwhile, at least one The Health and Human senator has announced plans to Resources Committee submitted the amend more safety restrictions into suggested study resolution to the the bill once it reaches the Senate full House late last week, and the Judiciary Committee. House approved it Friday. The Sen. Brooks McCabe has been resolution requires the Joint working on his own Workers Committee on Government and Compensation legislation, which Finance to report back to the would differ drastically from the Legislature during the current House version in the method used session with recommendations and to pay down the $2.5 billion debt. He draft legislation, proposes using a payroll tax, to be Meanwhile, I'm continuing to paid 50-50 by employers and monitor with great interest the employees, whereas the House bill status of House's four major pieces would garner $20 million annually of legislation now that they have from the consolidation, merger or traveled to the Senate for closure of two higher education consideration, institutions, as well as through other As I mentioned in my, previous cuts in higher education. As I write column, the House has, already this column the Senate Judiciary adopted bills which offer Solutions Committee is still trying to to the problems of the medical determine how much the tax should malpractice crisis; the insolvency of earn annually. the Workers Compensation Fund; Another bill very likely to be the the dangers all-terrain vehicles pose subject of House-Senate negotiation to children; and an overly costly is the medical-malpractice higher education system. Long legislation. The House approved its before the session began, the House bill by a vast majority - an 84-14 leadership gauged what concepts vote - but the Senate Judiciary the majority of delegates would like Committee members many have to be included in each piece of some different ideas, and lobbyists legislation, and the chairs of the for insurance companies, trial major committees started working lawyers and physicians are surely on proposed legislation as early as working hard to sway them. two months ago. As a result, It will come as no surprise to my consensus in the House came constituents that a new Marshall quickly. University survey found that 94 But the ball is now in the Senate's percent of those polled want the court. Legislature to take action to stop Senate President Earl Ray skyrocketing maipractice insurance Tomblin has said he would like the costs. Legislators feel that pressure, Senate to finish work on the four and it's my hope that we can come bills almost as rapidly as the House to a timely consensus. did. But some differences are * I welcome and appreciate your already surfacing, so it's likely that input on these issues, or any other the House and Senate will soon be legislative matter. Please call me at engaged in negotiation. (304)340-3108 or write to Delegate The Senate Transportation Virginia Mahan, 215-E, Capitol Committee made changes to the all- Complex, Charleston, WV 25305. terrain vehicle safety bill before advancing it to the Senate Judiciary Committee. While the requirement DIABETES PROGRAM that clden undi@ ge of 18 Take control of youdiabetes wear ]}net was lipkt, the ratherthandiabeteitroUlngou. Senatclsion w@difl'aIb@ ATV Summers:,Cunty ARH Rural riders to travel up to 25 miles along Health Clinic is sponsoring a free theberm of highways, whereas the "Diabetes Self-Management House bill would only allow riders Program.: to travel briefly along a berm, such Call 466-2905 for more lifesaving as in order to get from one trail to information. Knowledge is power. CATS ONLY SPAY/ NEUTER CLINIC THIS IS THE SEASON WHEN 1 +1 = 4 OR EVEN 6 ,Bring your cat to New River Animal Hospital's Cats ONLY Spay/Neuter Clinic February 3 - 14th. Get 30% o, a spay, neuter and vaccines (if given at the time of the surgery) CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT 466-0251