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6 - Hinton News Tues. March 11, 2003 House Bill 4289 is a year old this month. This law prohibits Racial Profiling by police agencies. The Huntington Herald Dispatch and the Morgantown Dominioh Post ran a guest column I did about it last March when Governor Wise signed HB 4289 into law. In that column I was critical of the measure because it did not include any real punishment, which made the law only symbolic in my view. The punishment in HB 4289 for a department who was found to have racially profiled in a court was they had to rewrite their Conduct Code Book, enact corrective procedures and decide themselves the punishment for an offending officer. I quote from last year's column about my observation of how the prescribed punishment in the law related to the City of Hinton. "Over a decade ago a previous Chief of Police drafted a written policy of a code of conduct. The policy stalled in the City Council and Hinton is without an adopted written policy today. I am sure a study would reveal that other Police agencies in our state operate without written codes regulating their behavior." We still have no officialAdopted Hinton Code of Conduct Manual for our Police Department. Try this, go to City Hall and ask to see the written code section on Arrest Procedures from the John Plumley code written during the merge of City and the Sheriff's Department experiment years ago. They are likely to treat you like you are from Mars. I can't find any official adoption ofa Hinton Code in the City Council Minutes. I think this is the root of a lot of our community policing problems. To date HB 4289 the profiling bill has had little effect. I can only find a few cases in the state where the law was put into play. It is as I predicted last year; without punishment the police who lack the conscience and training to begin Amendment Rights mean that they get a Bull's Eyetoo? $ Do Supporters of the Mayor in Hinton get special group packages that comes complete with Bull's Eyes, Hate Mail, and Phone Threats. $ Is there a special deluxe Bull's Eye package that includes your very own policeman who comes in your home without a warrant and conducts a field sobriety test on you in your own living room? Does it include removal of a household guest for intoxication for a free trip to jail. Is this Bull's Eye targeting profiling to the max or what? (Modern vernacular!) Did anyone ever stop to think if this target . practice is Constitutional?This sort of profiling creates more then the alienation referred to in HB 4289 it makes war on its own citizens. The solution to this profiling to the max problem is a Hinton Police Manual with carefully thought out police procedures designed to make' our City a more tranquil place with increased respect for Civil Liberties. It would make our police department more citizens' friendly and tourists who come could feel =Freedom" as our forefathe1's meant it to be. Our Police should be trained from that manual to rekindle the image of the Peace Officer of days gone by. Or should our tourist brochures say; Come to the Hinton War Zone and get your very own Police Bull's Eye! Do you think this target practice could be a spectator sport? Hinton should follow the lead of many other cities and towns across the United States and pass a resolution in City Council that Hinton is declared a Civil Liberties Safe Zone, (more on that later) Someone has to save the Civil Liberties our forefathers fought to give us. It should be us. A Police Manual needs to be written, posted for the citizens to see in open forum Brownie Troop #5110 from Hinton, Leader Cheryl Miller assisting Brownie Scouts Alex Miller (left) and Sydney Rancer Rosenberg (right) with their JET SKI adventure in the arcade at Mercer Mall during the Girl Scout Kick.Off Lock-In January 10th. Girl Scout cookies will be delivered in the Hinton area the beginning of March. Girl Scou00: News By: Gayle Rancer "A moment on the lips, forever on the hips," those delicious Girl Scout Cookies are on their way to Hinton. Local troops in Hinton and Summers County will begin delivering 5,340 boxes of cookies, and several troops are planning cookie sales at several locations around Hinton during March. The sales of these 445 cases adds up to $2,620.00 dollars Girl Scouts have raised for their troops, funds that will be used for things like "field trips, badges, awards, summer day camp and other activities during the year," according to Summers County Service Administrator Alice Adkins. The cookie sale was launched statewide in early January, with numerous activities throughout the area. A Cookie Launch and pizza party was held at Hinton Area Elementary School for scouts in Summers County. A much larger event, for scouts throughout southeastern West Virginia, was held in Mercer County January. The overnight Mercer Mall Lock-In drew over 300 Girl Scouts, leaders and parent volunteers. Some of the events held during the lock-in were crafts, dancing, and a celebrity Cookie Eating Contest, featuring winner Michael Haynes from Channel 6 TV News. Dressing, Soft Pretzels, Strawberry Bavarian Dessert and French Eclairs. Earlier this year, The Ritz Theatre worked with local scouts to host "Too Fun Tuesdays," a film festival for girls. The festival was so well received that William and Denise Kimball, owners of The Ritz, have offered their facilities for additional movie events. The first in the new series of special family Saturday events will be March 15 at 2:00 p.m. with the showing of"The Man from Snowy River." Admission will be open to the public for $1.00 per person. Concessions will be available as usual and for their usual prices. Troop #5110 will be holding a Girl Scout Cookie Sale in the lobby that day. EXTRA SPACES IN GRANT WRITING SEMINAR There will be several extra spaces in the Grant Writing for Non-Profits Training to be held on March 15 at Flatwoods Days Inn. This grant funded project will cover one nights lodging for March 14, and food during the Conference. Interested persons should pick up an application at the Library and send it to Carol Jones, Project Director. (address and email information on the application) or email: with will continue to profile. In Hinton our police engage in profi!in"bt'itis "not exclusively raci.: ;/!d: 1}k f:arge'ts are selected. -These targets become symbolic Bull's Eyes for the police. They pull over motorists who have committed no moving violation. They pick people and just pull them over or they follow folks around like the Bull's Eyes are painted on their cars. They run their plates before they decide to pull them over. For instance this was revealed in Court in County Commissioner Jerry Berry's case where Sheriff's Chief Deputy =Butch" Worley ran Berry's plates 10 minutes before he was accused of a-violation. I believe it was done even before he got behind the wheel. This target practice of picking citizens prior to them getting behind the wheel, or pulling them over when they have no visual vehicle imparity, or the motorist had not committed any moving violation is another form of profiling plain and simple. It is as if there is a hit list or something. In fact there are examples of repeated stops of the same individuals where no tickets were given and no moving violations occurred. Its like police fishing. The sad part is our police who do not have a spelled out Hinton Code or training b.ased on that manual think that this is proper and Constitutional. I quote HB 4289 "The reality or public perception of racial profiling alienates people from the police, hinders community policing efforts, causes law-enforcement officers and law-enforcement agencies to lose credibility and trust among the people law-enforcement is sworn to protect and serve." This logic not only applies to Racial Profiling. It applies to the target practice our police engage in as well. Now here are some questions I would like some answers tool How can an officer be trained to address local issues without a local Code? What does someone have to do to get his or her very own police Bull's Eye for his or her car? t Do they sell them Bull's Eyes down at City Hall or at the Courthouse to raise money? B If a citizen is proclaimed by the police to be a criminal before they are convicted of a crime in court, does that entitle the proclaimed to a Bull's Eye? Does exercising your First Amendment Rights entitle you to a special larger Bull's Eye that is a combo package deal that includes some vacation time in handcuffs while they try to make a case? Is being a relative of one who exercises their First or Fourth and then adopted by City Council so Cookies aren't the only thing we can strike a balance that protects keeping local troops busy. Girl the Police, 'Civil Libertieaand al i Scouts i n Summers County have : "citizensfike :: ,::: ;be'en busy researching and _ _ . -, = , .i :, .... preparing for almZge Ifiternational Summers County Boara oi D1 ner "n February 22 in celebration Education of Thinking Day. Thinking Day is Regular Meeting when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides March 12, 2003 10:30 a,m. all over the world hold celebrations Agenda and get togethers with other troops, think about their sisters in the 1. Roll Call World Association of Girl Guides and 2. Invocation/PledgeofAllegiance Girl Scouts, and link thoughts 3. Approval of Agenda around the earth that all people 4. Approval of Minutes shall be friends. Girls in Summers 5. Approve Educational Leave for County were asked to think' about Student the diversity that exists in their 6. Personnel families, communities, country and 7. Approve Employment of the world and how they think people Professional Personnel from different backgrounds could 8. Approve Employment of live and work together and make the Administrative Personnel world a better place. 9. Approve Mutual Agreement Over 100 scouts, leaders, parents 10. Request for Donation and guests in Hinton will enjoy/ 11. Revise Family Act Leave of (enjoyed) dishes from nearly a dozen Absence countries, prepared by the scouts 12. Approve Out of County and their parents as a Family Transfers Partnership event. Some of the 13. Informational Item(s) countries featured at the dinner are/ 14. Discussion and/or Action on (were): France, Holland, Germany, Payment of Attorney Fees Ireland, Guatemala, France, Russia 15. Discussion and/or Action on and Israel. Among the featured Filling Board Member Vacancy dishes are/(were): Russian 16. Approval of Bills Viniagrette Beet Salad, Matzah Ball 17. Transfers and Supplements and Chicken Soup, Falafel and 18. Adjournment Tahini, Noodle Kugel, Apple Haroset, Potato Salad, Guacamole ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Dip and Chips, Spaghetti and Garlic Alcoholics Anonymous meetings Bread, Quiche, Potatoes Anna, Tues., Thurs. and Sat. at 8:00 pm at Roast Chicken, Cucumber and Ascension Episcopal Church, corner Tomato Salad with French Dressing, of5th andTemple St. Tossed Salad with Russian I I Jarreli's Exxon "Your Full-Service Service Station" 466-0133 Ti RES TI RES Ti nES Winter Tire Sale ILl. I'I'RES." KIIMHO TIRES.." FREE MOIINT $5.00 OFF EACH TIRE FREE BALANCE KUMHO 795 ROAD FREE TIRE VAI.  tlAE/IRD Note: Road Hazard on Passenger 'res Only. First 50% Tread Free Replacement Tim Ward We're drivers too. coatsrus@inetone.net Loaves and Fishqes Reaches. Goal .il Leaves and Fishes is pleased to announce that it has surpassed its 2003 Annual Campaign goal of $6,000. According to director Cathy Plumley and fundraising coordinator, Jane Duffield, 78 donors have contributed $6,001 as of February 28, 2003. "On behalf of our board of directors, staff, and volunteer helpers, I want to thank all our contributors," Duffield said, "Reaching our goal means that we will be able to continue for another year in reaching out to persons in need in Summers County. It's assuring to know that the community has provided the funds to keep our effort going for another year." This marks the fourteenth consecutive year Loaves and Fishes has met its campaign goal. The funds help Loaves and Fishes to provide a wide array of services within Summers County. These include a summer camp, and emergency food snd utility assistance program, the SHARE food buying cooperative, the Lest 'N Found thrift store, and a home gardening project. Although the campaign goal has been reached, contributions can still be made to the agency and will help to expand its emergency assistance fund. All such donations are tax- deductible and are restricted to helping persons in need in Summers County. Those wishing to make contributions may send them to Loaves and Fishes, P.O. Box 56'i'; " Hinton, WV 25951 or bring them by.-., the 127 Ballengee Street sterefront ,. during regular office hours (Monday,.. Wednesday, Friday, from 10 AM - $i PM). :, Since the last report, th.. following donorsave contributed ., Loaves and Fishes' Annua! , Campaign: William and Cleo Mathews, The Wednesday Club, Danny Richmond,...] Kent Rogei, s, Mildred Sawyers, . Betty " " Schwlmmer and John Rubel, :, E.Y. and Akiko Shima, Jack and/, Peggy Weaver, Kathleen,.. Timberlake, Gary Garland and Paul. : ; Kreyling, Regina G. Eckle, Carolyn  Van Sant, David and Jeannie Schmauss, .., Everett Crawford, Margaret Nelson i,/ Symon and Yvonne Satow, Conrad,., and Eva Graham, Fred, Brenda and :,  Nicholas Vass, Timothy O'Farrell .... ! The Carmelite Monastery, and. Renald and Geneva Sowder. NOTICE: TOURISM PLAN COMMITTEE  MEETING There will be a meeting of the." ! Tourism Plan Committee at 7 P.M.,.: March 11th., downstairs in the i':, Memorial Building. . , ;. , Everyone interested n . developing the Hinton/Summers i_ ,. ' County Tourism Plan is invited.  .,'3 T00.NFASTr March Tanning Specia ' With the purchase of 20 sessions or 30 Sessions get a discount on Breeze, Breeze Platinum Series, Or Elements Lotions. Regular Lotion Price: $20,$66 Sale Price: $1o-$33 126 Railroad Ave., Hinton, WV 25951 Call 466-4038 for an Appointment nomvounmimvEm nnmnp Sometimes all you need to sweeten it is a Dental Cleaning at New River Animal Hospital, We are offering a 30% discount on a dental cleaning and an annual vaccine March 12th. through the 26th. Oall teday1466-021 Seafood Buffet FRIDAY NIGHT 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm EXAMPLE 4, Clam Chowder 4, Fried Oysters 4, Broiled Flounder 4, Fried Clams 4, Fried Cod 4, Seafood Salad 4" Stuffed Crab 4" Fried Shrimp 4" Peel-n-Eat Shrimp 4" Hushpuppies 4" Fried Catfish 4" Steamed Spiced Shrimp 4" Oysters on the1/2 Shell 4" Broiled Catfish 4" Carved Roast Beef 4" Assorted Vegetables 4" Salads 4" Desserts $16.95 per person (Beverage - Tax - Gratuity -:are not Included) Some items may be substltuted wlthout notice SUNDAY BUFFET 11:30 am to 4:00 pm Carved Ham / Cawed Roast Beef Assortment of Entrees (Fish - Fowl - Pasta) Assortment of Hot Vegetables Soup / Desserts / Salad $8.95 per person Bluestone Dining Room (304) 466-1800 ext,:368 3-S & W Corporation Pipestem Resort State Park [i,