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The a large show. The Earned Income Credit (EIC) isCTC is for families with earned in- At6p.m.onthisFriday, aClosingNightReceptionwilltakeplaceattheFine the country's most successful anti- come above $10,500 who claim de- ArtsBuilding'sGallery.Donnainviteshermanyfriends, and the general public poverty program. Each year, it lifts pendent children under age 17. as well, to stop by to say, "hello," and to view her art at this Closing Night nearly 5 million people, mostly chil- Like the EIC, the CTC can reduce Reception. dren, above the poverty level. Last or eliminate the tax families owe and yearinWestVirginia, 139,969house- can also be refundable. Many fami- holds received the credit, which lies with low to moderate incomes brought $233 million to the state's raisingchildrenwillbeabletoqualify would rely on market competition, economy - an increase of $21 million for both credits. from the previous year. To make things easier, two incentives for workforce retention The EIC is for working families organizstions provide free assitance with low and moderate incomes. It in filling out 2003 tax forms. The IRS On the day he formally filed as a "By 2009, West Virginia state gov- can reduce tax burdens, boost income, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance candidate for Governor, formerWest ernment will he out of the insurance and help people move from welfare to (VITA) program and the American Virginia Tax and Revenue Secretary business," stated Capehart. Where work. Workers who qualify can get Association of Retired Persons both. Rob Capehart unveiled his plan to employers cannot qualify for cover- back some or all of their withheld sponsor trained tax assistance volun- rescue the State's beleaguered work- age from a private carrier, it could be federal tax and may receive extra cash teers around the state, ers compensation program, obtained, under the new system, from back as well. Even workers whose This year, a variety of government, The Wheeling Republican vowed an employers' mutual insurance pro- earnings are too small to have paid business, and non profit groups are to: gram." taxes can sometimes receive the EIC. participating in the West Virginia create a competitive marketplace "Employers will realize lower Here's how it can work for different EITC Campaign to get the word out for em.ployerstochoose workers'com- worker compensation premiums and types of working families: about these programs. Participants in pensaUon coverage a higher retention of an experienced It can bring up to $4,204 to fatal- the campaign include the IRS, the eliminate the $4.5 billion debt in workforce this way," said Capehart. lieswithtwoormorechildrenearning Office of Governor Bob Wise, the the State-run program The Cabinet Secretary in the most less than $33,692 (orless than $34,692 WV Department of Tax and Revenue, build incentives, through a"West recent administration of Governor for married workers). Department of Health and Human Virginia Pride" initiative, for patient Cecil Underwoodoutlinedsevencom- It can bring up to~,2,547 to famlies Resources, the WV Welfare Reform rehabilitation and job placement so ponents of his "West Virginia Pride" with one child earning less than Coalition, the Claude Worthington injured workers can return to private initiative, each designed to find gain- $29,666 ($30,666 for married work- BenedumFoundation, SistersofSaint payrolls at wages at least as high as ful employment for injured workers, ers). Joseph Charitable Fund, the Amcri- when the worker was injured, except those with severe disablities. It can bring up to $382 to adults can Friends ServiceCommittee, Annie "Getting this plan in place will ulti- Capehart invited his rivals for the with no children who are at least 25 E. Casey Foundation and members of mately deliver the increased produc- GOP nomination to discuss this, and and under65 years of age earningless the state's business community, tivity and economic output that has his "Pioneer Colleges" proposal for than $11,230 ($12,230 for married To find the nearest site for free been a huge barrier to attracting busi- reorganizing highereducation in West workers), volunteer tax assistance, callthe West hess to West Virginia," declared Virginia, to every region of the State To claim the credit, families with Virginia Earned Income Tax Credit Capehart. He predicted his proposal before May's primary election. "It is children in the home must file IRS Campaign toll free at 1-866-WVA- would also unburden the state's judi- important," said Capehart,"thatevery Form 1040 or 1040A and attach a EITC (l-866-982-3482) or check the ciary, reduce the workers' compensa- voter go beyond the quick sound-bites Schedule EIC. People not raising chil- Internet at www. wveitc.com, don caseload by more than two-thirds, and vague campaign platitudes to the drencan'filea 1040, 1040Aor 1040EZ One easy way to help families and and "help restore integrity to West clear and precise agenda each candi- and do not have to attach a Schedule makeapositivedifferenceistospread Virginia's reputation for fiscal man- date would bring to the governor's EIC. the word about these tax credits and agement, office." Some people may even qualify for encourage eligible workers to apply advance EIC payments and may also for them. Nurses e It be able to claim credits for three years unanimously committee untain 17 MountainMade.com will hold its should include a self-addressed, post- next jury session for new artists Tues- age-paid envelopes. Food and bever- day, February 17. All materials must age samples cannot be returned. be received by Sunday, February 15, Materials for consideration may be for consideration. MoutainMade.com sent to MountainMade.com, Attn: Jury is a web site and retail gallery that Materials, P.O. Box 660, Buxton & Legislation to ban forced overtime for nurses except in tightly limited conditions was approved unanimously Wednesday, Jan. 28 by the Senate Labor Committee. The bill (SB251) could be taken up as early as Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chair- hours .... " The bill provides that nurses should not work more than 12 consecutive hours without an eight-hour break and that none can work more than 16 hours in a 24-hour period without an eight-hour break. Nurses cannot be forced to work man Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, said. overtime unless a hospital faces an The bill could reach the Senate by unexpectedemergencysituation, such markets West Virginia fine art and craft. Two retail outlets are located in Thomas, the MountainMade gallery and The Country Store. Participation in the MountainMade program is free and-open to all eraftspeople and artists who reside in the state of West Virginia. MountainMade will be accepting products in three separate categories: craft and visual art, music, and food and beverage. Jurors wil pay careful attention to originality of design and fine craftsmanship. Special consider- ation also will be given to heritage Crafts.. Materials in the category of craft Landstreet Building, Thomas, WV earlythis week. , as disaster, outbreak ofdisease or act 26292. The category for which mate,- . The West Virgini~Nurscs At,~-~ of tenorism; or to complete a patient rials axe be~,suboaitted also shoul~ ~~~ ~']~h:l~pi- ~ care procedu~'~dy under way, tat Assocation negotiated over this : such as an operation. past summer to reach a compromise A hospital violating the bill could be indicated. A completed New Artist Form, which can be found on the MountaiaMade website, should ac- company all submissions. Phone reservations will be taken beginning March 15 by calling 1- 800-CALL WVA or the park directly. Walk-in reservations will be taken and are subject to availability starting April 1. Reserved campsites that are acces- sible to people with disabilities will be held from February 15 to March 14 for such individuals to reserve during and visual art may be submitted in the the camping reservation season. Proof form of slides or actual products. Art- . of disability will be required with the ists should submit slides or examples deposiL of at least three different pieces of If a reservation is canceled more Work. The jury will consider up to 10 than seven days in advance, the de- slides, including detail shots. Musi- posit will be refuhded, with the ex- clans and food and beverage vendors ception of the handling fee and the must submit actual samples of their first night's rental. No refund will be products. Artists who wouls like to given if the cancellation is seven days hav..___e their submissions returned or less in advance. Support your Gilmer County Rec- reational Center! Use it regularly for your club's special activities! Philly Steak and CheesexM McDonald's introduces, for a limited time, a tasty addition to our lunch and dinner menu. Gnllod steak and onions piled high on a hoagy-$tyle bun with white american cheese. Try on= today in an Extra Value Meal, with a medium fry and a medium drink for p4.99 plue tax. McDonald's of Glenv|lle, where good food and fast, friendly service are never out of sty. Soup's On! Enjoy Hot and Tasty Open 5:0oam Men-Sat Broccoli b:OO=m on Sunda or w t=1 $=.lal a cup on the bill to improve patient safety be reprimanded, fined tup to $500 on while providing reasonable hours for the second offense, and up to $5,000 nurses to work. on subsequent offenses. "The legislation will provide for Voting to endorse the bill in the safety for our patients, and give the Senate Labor Committee were Sens. nurses alevel of comfort. We are very Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson; Jon Blair pleased with the committee's action," Hunter, D-Monongalia; Larry Rowe, Cheri Heflin, executive director of D-Kanawha; Tracy Dempsey, D- the West Virginia's Nurses Associa- Lincon; Shirley Love, D-Fayette; tion, said. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants; Frank "Quality patientcareisjepoardized Deem, R-Wood, and Steve Harrison, by nursesthat work unnecessarily long R-Kanawha. hours in hospitals," the bill says. It WVNA is the legislative voice for also says nurses are leaving their jobs 22,000 registered nurses in the state because of "...workplace stress, long and 7,000 licensed practical nurses. -Public Opportunity- Have you tried out GSC's new FIPSE Computer Lab yet? It's located in Louis Bennett Hall and is open to the general public each afternoon and evening. See related ad in this edition! - i 111111 i 11111 ii ! i i i ii I i 11111 'I' 1 "1 WatdlSatundla at6.-OOp.m. l" i! q I Vidt your'~/estYirglrda Lottery Retailer k= ,P_tt ),i l contestant and win up to $1,000,000! I1~ On-air ~fV contestant - January 24, 2004 Maria Hearn idaying for Fran Basim of Marietta, OH...$1;100 Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004 -- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder -- Page 7B Hazard Mitigation Meeting informs flood victims of relief options By Kristal Sheets, these programs. Staff Reporter In West Virginia, 75 percent of the There's a chance that Gilmer funds used to-acquire repeatedly County's flood victims may be able to flooded property comes from federal move from harm's way in the future, sources, while 25 l~rcent is contrib- About 30 flood victims from Gilmer uted by the state treasury. This is an County met with Hazard Mitigation unusual arrangement, according to Grant Program Specialist Judy Judy Johnson. Johnson to discuss a program that "Weareoneofthefewstateswhere helps to remove home and property the state gives the remaining 25 per- owners who have been repeatedly cent," Johnson says. "Be proud of flooded from the directthreatofflood your state government for this. We events, hear so many bad things that it's nice Usually, two options are presented: to hear something as good as that." relocationofvictims through aequisi- Unfortunately, in West Virginia tion (purchase) of the property by the alOhe, requests for inclusion into the county, and elevation of the flooded program have topped $50 million, structure, while the available monies to fund the In some instances, such as damage program this year fall in the $2 rail- sustained mainly t'o areas outside the lion range. domicile, or when only basements not This makes the application process utilized as living area are flooded, very competitive among county gov- property does not always qualify to ernments in the state, and guarantees apply for the grant program, that not every person who qualifies Participation is relocation programs for property acquisition and reloca- is always voluntary; an individual tion will be granted it. never "has to" move out of harm's The purpose of the meeting on Jan. way, or sell his or her property to be 28 was to explain the application pro- razed or demolished, cess and to guide people through it. In The biggest hurdle folks face in thepast, Gilmer County has been suc- these scenarios can be qualifying for cessful in applying for this program, the program, while the challenge that having once secured $432,000 for the faces local authorities is submitting a purchase and demolition of proper- comprehensive applicationonbehalf ties in Rosedale, Sand Fork and of all affected individuals. Individu- Normantown, as well as two resi- als cannot apply directly to FEMA for dences on Brooklyn Drive in assistance; they apply to the county, Glenviile. while the county submits one applica- Many of the people present at the don on behalf of all interested parties, recent meeting have received FEMA Only flood events declared Presi- funding in the past to perform repairs dential Disasters qualify for the pro- on flood-damaged property. gram, which is funded by the Federal The deadline for individuals to con- Emergency Mitigation Agency tact Reta Kight is March 20, whilethe (FEMA), and the Small Business county is deadline for applying is Administration (SBA). Seven and a April 23. You can call 462-5660 with half percent of money given to the any questions about whether you state by FEMA is available to fund might qualify for this program. Minnora Community Scheduled events The MinnorCommunity Centerhas and under are free. Get there early for someeventscomingupthatyouwon't ringside seats. want to miss. Professsional Wrestling The Minnora Community Center will be back on Friday, February 6 at Flea Market returns on February 7, 7:30,withthekitchenopeningat6:30. with some new and some return ex- This event will be bigger and better hibitors selling flea market items, than ever, with a dozen wrestlers par- antiques, tools, jewelry, crafts, home ticipating. Returning will be T.J. baked goods, and bantam cochin Phillips, and the wrestlers the crowd chickens. The Calhoun County loves to hate, Chuck Jones and Scotty Kitchen Band will be returning to McKeever. provide live music. There will be lots of new faces, TheFleaMarketwillrunfromnoon including the Batten twins, "Danger- to 4:00, with the band performing pus" Dave Scott, The GateKeeper, from 1:00-3:00. Admission is free. and more. Advance tickets are $5.00, $5.00 per table space. Tables are lim- and will be available at Giars Grocery ited, so advance registration is re- and Dell, Kick's Place, Chloe Hard- quested. Call Donna Jordan at 655- ware, and Stinson Grocery. Tickets 7149. , ............. will be $7.00 at the door. Children 5 action on The Republican caucus in the House Governor for his signature already." voted Tuesday for a suspension of the Warner commended House GOP rules to bring about an immediate Leader Charles Trump and the Re- passage ofaHouse bill lowering blood publican caucus for supporting an ef- alcohol limit to .08, a bill the Senate fort for a quick vote. passed quickly this week. A handful "Our Republican delegates acted in of Democrats joined the GOP effort, the best interests of their district and However, Republican efforts to their state," said Warner. "Unfortu- bring the bill to an immediate vote nately, the status quo continues to were thwarted by a majority of Demo- play politics with this issue." crats, who moved the bill back into Warner scoffed at news reports committee, claiming Democrats wanted to make "This bill should have been dealt the bill "tougber." withquicklysotheHousecouldmove "In fact, they wanted to water it on to the important issues of jobs and down so that law enforcement offic- tortreform,"saidGOPChairmanKris ers could not go back more than 10 Warner. "Instead, the Democrats years on a suspect's record," said played politics with it and held it up. Warner. In fact, it could have been sent to the Father Edwin Daschbach, SVD The Under-Recognized High School Bowl Question: what group of our students, ::~:: place of education in many students' who work hard through the year to pre- lives is not unique. The inordinate atten. pare for and then take part in interscho- lastic competition, do we woefully ig. nore? Answer: our high school bowl participants. Saturday, January 17, I had the won- derful opportunity to be a reader for eight hours of competition between a half dozen or more state schools. The competition was held in School classrooms. For those unacquainted with the competitions, two teams of [ ~1.1,'~ four-to-five players face themselves across adjacent ~~:ro tables and engage in aca- demic prowess of wide fields of knowledge. Win- hers for each question are determined by speed and accuracy of information, knowledge. tion given to sports by parents and com- munity, the prestige shown sports by the plethora and placement of awards in the school setting, all contribute to students valuing sports in our schools over what schools are essentially all about: educa- tion! The enthusiasm of these teams' mem- bers, most of whom wore shirts of their schools to distinguish t~em, their ability to recall accurately the required answers, made me feel thrilled in a way I don't feel thrilled when watching sports. These kids are putting their concentration on the area of what schooling is all about: growth in Talking with adult chaperons who accompanied these students from as far away as South Charleston, Charleston Catholic, and even Wiiliamson, I learned that practice sessions are conducted through the week during such opportu- nities as their half hour lunch break. Additional assignments through intemet sites and a wealth of bowl questions that are available for purchase help ready these intellectually challenged students. To say the least, 1 was deeply im- pressed. Since GCHS was hosting the event, our own students weren't permit- ted tb compete. But given the amount of time involved all year in preparation, why are these teams so neglected in praise and publicity? Talking with one chaperone, i discovered the problem we have in GCHS with sports usurping the I've addressed it in these pages be- fore, and hem ! go again. ! see so many students in GCHS whose apparent main area of attention is sport involvement. Students with real intellectual talent or who could profit immensely from hard courses are skipping them for the ath- letic floor. 1 know many students whose intellectual prowess shotNd'have placed them at the top of classes I teach. But they don't sign for my (or other hard?) courses, or in some cases do take my course but pull a mediocre or low grade - because of sports, Assignments and homework aren't done; classes are even skipped - because of sports. We all need to realize that while sports indeed have their value, their place is secondary. The key to our youths' future is education ! Ill i Illl i I I