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eL . %, -= i _C/00s e t-s t .-= -7. ,,,, ,ii ' ,! Volume 90 No. 27 The HINTON NEWS (Continuing the Hinton Daily.News & The Weekend Leader) Home of the W. Va. Water Festival Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Oct. 29, 1991 25 Cents Delegate Districts Boundary Lines Changing i, Summers Seat on House Questionable By Fred Long House of Delegate District bound- ary lines for Summers County will be different next December when the House votes on a redistricting plan developed because of a state loss in population; but House mem- ber Mary Pearl Compton (D) for 21st Del. Dist. of Summers & Monroe County said the new lines should be an improvement. The new boundary lines, drawn Oct. 16 by Jack Roop (D) for 22st Del. Dist. of Raleigh & Summers, would still split Summers County between Monroe and Raliegh; but the orgin- ial plap had Summers split four ways According to Roop, the original plan was drawn by Mercer delegate Richard Flanigan (D), and it had Summers County split between Monroe, Fayette, Raleigh and Mer- cer County. Summers County would not have a delegate. Next week Roop will introduce an amendment to the original plan that will guarantee Summers County a seat on the House and restore the boundary line close to its present appearance. The seventeen memberredistrict- ing committee will meet in Char- leston orl Nov. 3rd., 4th., and 5th. =I'm in hopes that when we go into committee they will acton the redis- tricting of Summers County to keep it like it is,  Compton said. =The people in Summers County don't want to lose there seat on the House and see it split apart. I'm not going to stand for it. Perry Mann [(D) 22nd. Del. Dist. of Summers & Raleigh] is working very hard on this too to see that this doesn't hap- pen.  =I think I have enough votes," said Roop, the only member of the redistrictincommittee for this area. =I just feel that Summers County should have a seat on the House. Summers County has three-fifths of the population, about 14,000, and the way I read the State Constitution, Summers County should have a delegate. Some of them said I was reading it wrong but I think I have the votes. The chairman agrees with me. I think I have 13 or 14 votes.  Poop said when the original plan was presented to them, =they said this is the only way you can do it. I said. "No! We are not going to do this. rtt =When I saw what they were trying to do to Summers County,  Compton said, "I told them there was no way that I was going to sit back and let them split Summers County four waysT Compton and Roop worked to- gether to come up with the new dis- trict boundary lines Compton, in order to prevent the county "from being split four ways, has agreed to give up part of her territory in ex- change for some new territory. Under the new boundary lines Compton would be giving up the Sandstone and Green Sulphur area which would then be placed with the Raleigh County district In return she would pick up residents in the Seminole Hill area. =This will make it better for those people because they have to drive by one precinct to get to their voting precinct. The County Commission will have to make the change in precinct lines,  she said. =the  redistricting committee started at the top of the state," Compton said. =That's how Sum- mers County got carved up so bad." When they got to the southern end, trying to come up with one delegate for every 17,935 people, =they had the southern counties chopped up so much that you couldn't even find Summers County." According to Compton, Fayette, Mercer, Summers and Raleigh lost population but Monroe County stayed just about the same as ithas for the past 10 years. Fayette add ) Mercer wanted to reach into Sum- mers County's population in order to prevent the loss of a delegate. Fayette County has enough popu- lation for 2 1/2 delegates,  Compton said. "They can go into Kanawha to pick up the other 1/2 and still keep their three delegates. Mercer County has enough for 31/2 delegates. Ifthe new plan i s approved Mercer County EP 72 will lose a delegate.  =The problem we face right now is with Fayette County," Roop said. "I don't think going into Kanawha County will work. We may have to make a single member district to solve that. I did that for Mercer County. My map has a single member district for one delegate from Blue field." ' .... pree r ,re : .Er :f '  t.F" 1-" The new redistrictingmap for Raleigh, Summers, be approved. The full House will vote on the state Monroe, Mercer and Wyoming Counties will be redistricting in December. Mary Pearl Compton presented to the State Redistricting Committee (D)" said the redistricting plan would not be pre- next week for a votb. Jack Roop (D), member of sented to the House unless it had the required 51 the committee, said he believed the design would votes needed to pan it. JOB APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE Applications are now being ac- cepted for eight positions to be tMled in the new Concord College ' Sum. mere County Head Start Program, according to Concord's Presidential Associate, Dr. Wellington Friday. The positions consist of a Head Start Director / Education Coordi- nator; a Social Service / Parent In- volvement Coordinator; two teach- ers with early childhood education experience; two part-time classroom aides; and two part-time bus driv- ers. Applicants should submit a com- prehensive resume and the names and telephone numbers of threo ref- erences. These can be turned in at the Personnel Office of the Summers Qounty Board of Education in Hin- ton or the College Personnel Office inAthens. Iftheychoose, applicants may mail their resume and refer- ence information to Dr. Friday at Concord College Box 82, Athens. All applicants must have experi- ence in working with people from diverse socio-economic and educa- .tional backgrounds, Dr. Friday stressed. He also noted that "every attempt will be made to hire mem- bers of the immediate community to rill the Head Start positions." The deadline is Nov. 18. Under the program, 38 children will begin their Head Start experience on Jan. 6, although the new employees will need to complete a training, and familiarization period starting ap- proximately Dec. 1. There will be two sites for the program: the Avis Center in Hinton and Twin Towers on the Concord campus. All children will come from Summers County, however. The Head Start Director will serve both locations. Qualifications re- quired for this position include a Bachelor of Science in Early Child- hood Education; three years' experi- ence in grant or contract admini- stration; and the ability to delegate authority, organize, supervise, and coordinate activities of the staff. The employment term is 11 months per year. The Social Service / Parent In- volvement Coordinator will also serve both locations on an ll-month contract. This person must have a Bachelor of Science in Early Child- hood Education, Social Work or re- lated area; one year of experience in preschool programs; and good or- ganizational skills. Qualifications for the two teach- ing positions also include a B. S. in Early Childhood, with one year of classroom experience in a preschool program. The teachers'employment period will be 9-1/4 months. The two Classroom Aides are required to have a high school di- ploma or GED and one year of expe- rience working with preschool or elementary children. They will be employed for 8.28 months, accord- ing to the staff vacancy announce- ment. The Bus Drivers must have a valid commercial driver's license and a safe drivingrecord, as well as one year's experience driving a van or bus and working with young chil- dren or parents. Their employment term is 36 weeks. Magistrate's Office Get High Marks "Audits of the magistrate courts the magistrates, assistants, and have improved dramatically over the past five years," an official with the State Supreme Court of Appeals said in a letter to Chief Circuit Judge Frank Jolliffe following a review of the records kept by Magistrates James "Wootie" Beasley and Bill Jeffries. Ted Philyaw, Administrative Director of the Courts, said in his letter after reviewing the audit re- port for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1989, =this audit indicates that magistrate court clerk (Kay Meador) have done an outstanding job for the audit period in question, and they should be commended for their ef- forts. The magistrate system con- tinues to improve, and is evidenced in the current auditreport completed by the State Tax Department. =An audit report of this nature is an excellent commentary on the ef- forts and competence of the magis- trates and support staff to do a good job2 T. :: HALLOWEEN SCENE This photo was taken recently in the front yard of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Mann at 1400 Greenbrier Drive in Bellepoint.'l-ick or treat will be observed in the City of Hinton on Thurs night Oct. 31st. from 6to 8. APCO REQUIRED TO FILE COMPLETE IMPACT STATEMENT' Appalachian Power Corn pany will be required to file a complete envi- ronmental impact statement with its application to construct a 765 kv high voltage transmission line in southern W.Va., under an order handed down recently by the Public Service Commission. In June, APCO filed a petition with the Commission seeking per- mission to file the environmental impact statement after filing its certificate application but not later than Dec. 31. The PSC, in denying the request, said that a delayed ril- ing of the environmental impact statement unreasonably limits the opportunity of PSC Staff and other parties to review such statement at the time of APCO's certificate filing. Although APCO has not yet filed its application with the PSC to con- struct the line in question, it is pro- posing to construct a 765 kv high voltage transmission line from its Wyoming Station in Wyoming Co., W.Va., to its Cloverdale Station in Va., and possibly passing through the counties of Wyoming, Raleigh, Summers, Mercer and Monroe. Upon the filing of the June peti- tion, several area residents inter- vened as did the Commission's Con- sumer Advocate Division, Peters Mountain Associates, Inc. (a non- profit corporation organized to rep- resent its members); and Sweet Springs Valley Water Company, Inc., a company in the business of bot- tling and selling spring water lo- cated in Gap Mills. Under existing W.Va. law, a util- ity proposing construction of a high voltage transmission line of 200,000 volts or over is required to file a proper application with the PSC containing a description of the loca- tion and type of line facilities pro- posed; a statement justifying the need for (hcilities; an environmental impact statement; and such other information as the Commission may require. APCO specifically sought exemp- tion from Commission rules which require that a certificate application for a transmission line contain the type of line to be constructed includ- ing the height of the proposed line and number and type of poles or towers to be erected to support the line. APCO asserted in its petition . that it will not have this information until survey work has been com- pleted and the survey work will not be completed until the Commission approves a specific transmission line corridor. Finally, the PSC told APCO that it will be required to file with its certificate application the typical maximum and minimum pole and line height expected to be used in the construction ofthe transmission line within its proposed corridor. Families May Apply for Head Start on Nov. 6 Applications for children and their families to apply for the new Con- cord College/Summers County Head Start Program will be available on Wed., Nov. 6 and should be turned in by Dec. 16, school officials announced today. Applications may be picked up at the Summers Board of Education office; ariy Summers Countyelemen. tary school; the Pipestem Post Of- rice; the Hinton Office of the WV Dept. of Health and Human Serv- ices; and at selected grocery stores, hardware stores, and clothing stores around the county. The completed forms should be turned in to the Summers Board of Education office. The 38 children enrolled in the program will attend half-day ses- sions, five days a week. All the children will be from Summers County. This program will not compete with Mercer County Head Start efforts, Concord officials em- phasized. =We want to reach as many eli- gible families as we can,  said Head Start Interim Director Sharon Neu- stadter. "We are using all possible means to get the word out and get the forms to places where people can pick them upO