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Thursday,March 26, 2009 The Glenville Democrat -- Page 15 A weekly column by Gov. Joe Manchin You Can Help Prevent Forest Fires This Spring There is nothing like West Virginiaing and help save thousands of acres windy day. in the springtime. However with of forest land every year. If burning o' Keep a rake, shovel and water warmer, drierweathercomesthedan- debris, here are some guidelines to hose nearby in case the fire does es- ger of forest fires. We must act re- follow: cape. Call 911 if you can't easily ex- sponsiblyandbecomeeducatedabout oFromMarch 1 tinguish an escaped blaze. the laws and guidelines for burning outdoor fires are allowed during the West Virginia is the second most this spring, daytime hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. forested state, blessed withmore than I encourage citizens to think before Outdoor fires may only be started 12 million acres of trees, some of they burn. Winter's harsh weatherleft after 4 p.m. and must be extinguished which are of the most beautiful and landownei's with an abundance of by 7 a.m. valuable hardwood species in the na- downed trees and broken limbs on ° You may only burn vegetativetion. We must do our part to keep our their property. Many landowners will materials like limbs, leaves and brush: forests healthy. decide to burn this debris, and I urge burning trash is illegal. Woodlands not only enhance our them to keep safety their top priority. • You must clear a 10-feet safety state's landscape, but also provide About 50 percent of the forest fires strip around the materials you are habitat for the diverse wildlife and that were reported in January and burning and this strip must be free of support a large forest industry that February were the direct result of grass and weeds so that the soil is contributed $4 billion each year to debrisfiresescapingintothesurround- exposed West Virginia's economy. If every- mg woods and burning multiple acres ° You must stay with your fire at all one pitches in to help. we can keep our of valuable forestland, times until it is fully extinguished• forests safe from the dangers of wild- By using common sense approaches • If an area is extremely dry, wait fires• and obeying the state's fire laws. land- until rain has fallen before burning As Smokey Bear says, "Only You owners can reduce the number of for- outdoors, and never start a fire on a Can Prevent Forest Fires." est fires that result from debris burn- Financial Survival Strategies During a Layoff By Jason Alderman ment of Labor's CareerOneStop web- plan. if it has one; If you've ever been laid off from a site for more details * Roll it over into a regular or Ruth job, you know how paralyzing it can I www.careeronestop, org). IRA (with a Ruth, you'll pay income be to worry about what to do next. Cut spending. Unless you've tax on the amount when filing this Because you may not find a new po- amassed sizeable emergency savings, year's taxes; however, you won't be sition right away - especially in this you may run short on cash and have taxed on subsequent earnings at re- economy-here are several steps you difficulty paying bills before finding tirement); should take immediately to protect a new job. Analyze your budget care- * Take a lump-sum cash payouc yourself financially: fully and track all expenses, looking Although the last option may sound Investigateseverancebenefits, A1- for non-essentials to trim (unneces- tempting, especially if you're short though your employer isn't obligated sary vehicles, eating out, cable TV. oncash, it's almost never a good idea. to provide severance benefits unless new clothes, etc.) Not only will you significantly re- they're partofanemploymentagree- Manage your bills. Ordinarily,duce your retirement savings, but mont. tt doesn't hurt to ask. It's wise making extra mortgage, loan and you'll face severe tax consequences: to know your company's severance credit card payments is a great finan- You'll owe federal (and possibly state) policies in advance as a basis for cial strategy, but if you're facing un- income tax on the amount, plus a 10 negotiations, employment, it may make sense to percent earlywithdrawalpenalty, un- Severance benefits may include: scale back payments to boost your less you're over age 55 or disabled. • Severance pay, usually based on available savings to pay bills (how- Also note that outstanding loans your annual pay and years of service; ever, always make at least minimum against your 401(k) must be repaid, • Temporary use of company re-payments - on time - or risk damag- usually within 30 days, or you'll face sources, such as office space or equip- ing your credit score), paying taxes and an early distribution ment, Seek additional income. Consider penalty if you're under age 59 1/2. To • Outplacement counseling, which money-making ventures like renting learn more about the financial conse- may include assistance with resume out a spare room, selling unneeded quences of 401(k) distributions, you writing, interview skills development items or taking a part-time job. How- should probably consult a financial and job searches: ever, be aware that part-time job in- professional. '~ Extended health care coverage or come could impact your unemploy- Another good source of 401(k) in- help paying COBRA insurance pre- ment benefits, so check the rules care- formation is Practical Money Skills miums, fully, for Life, Visa Inc.'s free personal Apply for unemployment ben- Protectyour401(k).Youhavesev- financialmanagementsite(www.prac efits. Depending on your length of eral options for your 401(k) balance The employment and other factors, you after a t~yoff: • site alsohas tips on what to do ifyou may qualify for unempl6ymefit'i~sur- ~ !.*~it'hl|owed,,tea~;~i~fJn y~6ur former lose your job or encounter otherunex- ' ,,hoe payments. There's usually a employer's plan(although, ifit'sless pected life events (www.practical waiting period based on when you than $5,000, you may be required to moneyskills.corn/unexpected). file, not when you lose your job. so close the account); apply immediately• Visit the Depart- * Roll it over into a new employer's lative Ro By Tom Miller, PressNetReporter thatmeans only four new major high- $50 to $100. The House passed the Abrand new member in the House way construction projects can be in- identical bill last year, according to of Delegates said last week he has eluded, Mattox explained. House Education Chair Mary Poling, legislation ready for introduction at These are the East Beckley bypass. D-Barbour, this session of the Legislature that $32 million; a portion of Corridor H • HB2419, which would allow re- wouldallowWestVirginiatotakethe in Grant and Tucker counties, $21 gionaljail inmates serving six months lead on finding domestic alternative million: the corridor expanslon of W. or more on a misdemeanor charge to energy sources by converting its abun- Va. Route 9 in Jefferson County, and earn up to five days of"good time'~ for rant coal reserves to liquid fuel. the Mon/Fayette Expressway in completing educational programs on "The technology is there." said MonongaliaCounty, $14.9 million, domestic violence, parenting, sub- Delegate PatMcGeehan. R-Hancock. Mattox said the rest of the money stance abuse, anger management and in a floor speech last Tuesday (Feb. willbedistributedequallyformainte- other topics. At least one tax increase 24). "All we have to do is get mov- nanceprojects in the state's threecon- was endorsed by legislators during ing.'" gressional districts, since it was Con- the three days of legislative interim McGeehansaidhisproposalwould gross that passed the funding bill. committee prior to the governor's encourage private investments, by A bill to establish a Silver Alert speech outlining his program for the granting a tax exemption on the state Planthatwouldhelpstatepolicesearch 2009-2010 budget year. coal severance tax to any coal corn- formissingpersonswasunanimously A joint finance subcommittee puny that made an investment of at approved by the House of Delegates considering problems with the state's ˘ least 50 percent in a plant that con- last week and sent to the Senate. It nearly 400 volunteer . !re departments verts coal to liquid fuel. He said the wasoneofthefirstbillsrecommended recommended passage of a bill to U. S. A irForce, this country's largest by the new House Committee on So- increase the state's tax on insurance single user 0fliquid fuel. has adopted niorCitizenIssues, and Delegate Larry premiums from .55 cents per $100 of a policy that it willrequire 50percent Williams, D-Preston, who chairs the premium to .75 cents. The antici- of its fuel be from this source by the committee, said it will make it much pated annual new revenue of $5 mil- year 2015. easier to find persons suffering from lion would be used to help provide up Meanwhile. Guy. Joe Manchin's Alzheimer'sdiseaseorothermemory to $12,000 to individual volunteer expected bill to place a $4,500 maxi- problems, fire departments for a years-of-set- mum on the merit-based portion of "The first 15 minutes are very im- vice pension plan for volunteers when thePromise Scholarship program was portant when a person is missing," they retire. Introduced in the Senate last week. Williams toldHousemembers. "And Senate Majority Leader Truman even though the annual tuition cost at thiswillallowforareporttobequickly Chafin, D-Mingo, said these volun- West Virginia Ufiiversity and filed with the appropriate authorities." teer fire departments are having Marshall University exceeds $5,000 The Senate.meanwhile, completed trouble attracting new recruits and a year. committee work last week on a bill to "this is something we can be proud "Something has to be done to con- lowerthethresholdforvoterapproval of." Sen. Ed Bowman, D-Hancock, trol costs." said Matt Turner, the of a metro government system in cast the only dissenting vote in the governor's spokesman. Kanawha County (SB239), and itsubcommitteeonthegroundsthatthis The Promise program, begun by should be approved there and sent on is not a good time for any tax increase. former Guy. Bob Wise, ts now cost- to the House of Delegates this week. Senate Finance Chairman Walt ing $42.3 million during the current The bill would lower the vote re- Helmick, D-Pocahontas, called for a year. even though the original esti- quired from 55 percent to a stmple taxcut, saying it ls time the state ends mated annual cost at this pomt was majority, but only in Kanawha the severance tax on timber, afterhear- only $27 million. County. In 2006, the Legislature ing state Forester Randy Dye say that The governor also began a series enacted a law to allow city-county it puts the state's timber industry a't a of private meetings with legislators consolidated government and autho- disadvantage, because other states last week to discuss state plans for rizedanexperimentinuptofivecoun- don't tmpose a severance tax. Dye spending its share of President ties. The four cities exploring this said the firms harvesting timber in Obama's federal economic stimulus option are Charleston (KanawhaWest Virginia pay a four percent sev- plan. Transportation Secretary Paul County), Huntington (Cabell County), erance tax, which is calculated on the Mattox said the Division of High- Wheeling(OhioCounty),andBridge- value of a tree when it is cut. ways will get the first allocation of port tHarrison County). "Under ourlaws, asevered tree is money for state highway work. The currentlegislation wouldlower a manufactured product the moment He told a newly created Committee the voting threshold only for counties it hits the ground," Dye told members on Stimulus Utilization in the House with 150,000ormorepopulation, and of the Forest Management Review that the state's original "wish list" of Kanawha County is the only county Commission. highway projects totaled more than in the state with that many people. Members of the Republican mi- $1.1 billion, butithadtobereducedto Among other bills passed in the nority in the House ofDelegates also the $215 million allocated to West House last week were: outlined their goals in tax reform at a Virginia. • HB2069, which will increase the press conference prior to the start of With nearly 60 percent of that amount the faculty senate in public the session last week. money headed to repair the state's . schools can give to teachers and li- existing 36,000 miles of highway, brariansforpurchasesofsuppliesfrom REALTOR" AGENCY INC. I 1 800- STEWARTS CREEK - Older country home has i been completely remodeled. Home LR, Parlor or BR has DR-Kitchen, 2 BRs and bath. House is completely furnished ~_2aek0gi!~~ii with antiques that are included in the sale. Property contains ~7c2]/l~:C2;;ih~;Sh2g5s~ndralb'affne; gmai~ b: ifrng2 st: dvv nT. hper ~c 2d at $200,000 area. 2 covered porches. Price- $75,000 #101-CEDARVILLE- 2 story house and three lots. House has great room with living room, dining room. and kitchen. Upstairs has 3 BR's and bath. Price $45,000.00 #0200 - BURNSVILLE: Metal building, 50 x 120 with 1.28 acres. One - half of interior is finished, presently being used for a bar. Possible uses tbr this property are unlimited. Call for more details. Price $340,000 #0201 - BURNSVILLE: 2 story brick building (46 x 52) ~s presently being used as a business with two rental units upstairs. Coul d have 4 apartments with some remodeling. Price $95,000 #206 - Ellis Road - 206 acres m/l with house, store building, 2 car garage with 3rooms above. Basement with cellar room. All the buildings are frame with metal roofs. Some open bottom land, grown up pasture land and woods. County road runs through middle of property. $239,1)00 #301- S. LEWIS ST.- House with 6 apartments- 4" 2 BR: I- 1 BR and 1 efficiency. Large lot. Price $60,000 #0400 - COX'S MILLS: Brick ranch has large living room with fir epiCal, kitchenq.~dinin~:oom area, 3 bed- rooms, 2 - l./2~]~two - car garage. Cellar. appha~~fildings on oppo- site side of road.~UlSt-hmd. Nice big yard. $120,000 make a reasonable offer. #0403 - BRAXTON COUNTY: Located on Three Lick above Orlando. Pre - built home has living room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Nice large lot, limited free gas reported. $75,000 #405- NOBE AREA- Nice ranch style home on 20 acres of land with FREE-GAS reported. House has large LR, DR, Kitchen. 3 BRs, FR. 2 baths. Basement ~s completely fur- nished. It has FR with gas FP, kitchen -DR-laundry, 3BRs and bath. Lots of storage space. Deck at back of house is 10x 20. concrete pauo below. 14x20 bldg and 10x20 bldg. Kitchen in house hasreverse osmosis. 2 car garage is finished inside. House is in good condition. Looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle, this is it. Price $275,000. #800 -415 KANAWHA ST. - Nice 3 BR home with LR- DR, kitchen and bath. Basement has FR, room with 1/2 bath used as office or BR, canning kitchen area, laundry area and plenty of storage. Home has FA &' CA. One car detached garage. Bargain priced at $134,900.00 #800 - 697 CEDAR CREEK RD.- 2002 Astro double wide home has 3 BR with walk-in closets. LR. with fireplace, DR-kitchen. laundry and 2 baths. Foundation is piers with block underpinning.'2 porches and concrete patio. Several outbuildings. City water, aeration septic and 2 wells. Short drive to town. Call for an appointment to view. Price $125,000.00 #803 - 28 VANHORN DRIVE - Brick home with LR, DR, Kitchen. 3 BR's, 2 Baths, full basement has FR, 2 rooms could be BR's. canning kitchen, wood stove in basement. 2 car garage, single car garage. Approx. 1 acre of land. $195,000. #1105 - EAST MAIN STREET: Two story house has apartment in upstairs. Main floor has been used as a busi- ness. Lot fronts on E. Main and Morris Streets. Lots of REDUCED $134,900 #1201- SAND FORK- House and 2 mobile homes on 13 lots: House has LR - DR. Kitchen. bath and laundry area. Upstairs has 3 BR's and sitting room or could be office on BR. Partial basement. 2 car garage, FA-CA, 2 rental trailers: Each has 2 BR's. LR-Kitchen and, bath. Good income. Lots of yard space or garden areas. Fruit trees. Nice location ofl main road. City utilities. $150,000.00 #1202 - SAND FORK ROAD -- 1352 Sand Fork RD.- One story home has LR. DR- Kitchen. 3 BR's. and bath. Fu.ll basement has BR. 2 other rooms, commode and shower. FA has. heat. new septic, drilled well and city water. 3/4 acre lot. Garage in basement. $69,500.00 #1600- VANHORN DRIVE- 3 Br home has LR. DR- kitchen, and 1 1/2 baths. Full basement with shower. Nice big back porch. Lot goes to the river. Very well maintained. Very nice area! $129.000 REDUCED $122,500 #1967 - 208 WHITING AVE - Lovely home with over 2,000 sq, ft. of living space. Home has large LR. formal DR, kitchen with dining nook, FR with FP. 4BR's. 1 1/2 baths, large utility, large carport, nice front porch. FA & CA, brick exterior, plastered walls. Well maintained. Large yard. Lo- cated on a corner lot. Nice residential neighborhood. Must be seen to be appreciated. JUST REDUCED TO $149,500.00 #1969 CEDARVILLE.- 3 BR home has LR. DR, kitchen and bath Full basement has FR, BR, kitchen, bath and cellar. Above ground pool, one outbuilding and 2 car attached 'garage. Property has eleven lots, ap]~le trees and blueberry bushes. New metal roof is being installed. Cal for more details. $150.000 REDUCED TO $145,000 #412- COR- NER E. MAIN & COLLEGE STS: 2 ,story home LR. DR. Kitchen sunroom. FR. bath on first 2ndfloorhas3 BR room for stor~ could be BR, sunroom (small) large closet bath. Pull down s te p s t ~kste.5.,˘~ ment, ~~'~ qg~g spaces, FA TO $59,000 M,,XJL~tJUx~'" #1204-- 109 PARK ST.- Nice 3 BR home has LR. DR. bath. Large patio out of basement. Price $80,000.00 kitchen and bath. House was remodeled four years ago. t New kitchen, windows, vinyl siding, insulation, rewired with 200 #1606 - 10 E. MAIN ST.: Two story brick building. First amp. service.Largedeck,54Ft.longisverynice.FA/CA,off floor is presently being used as a restaurant and has a full street parking lbr 2 cars. Price: $79,900.00 kitchen, bar area and dining room. The upstairs has 4 apts. #1300 - KANAWHA DRIVE HEIGHTS: On Rt. 5 There are three 2 BR's and one 1BR. Good rental property. West 32 building lots from one - half acre to over one acre. Price: $95,000.00 Gas. electric and water available• PRICES VARY FROM ;~ $10,000 to $20,000 #1968 - RT 5 TANNER CREEK AREA - Located half way between Glenville and Grantsville. Property is presently #1309 - BUSINESS PROPERTY AND BUILDING: being used as a bar. Front part can seat approximately 30. Back Good location with thriving business and two rental units, part used as a banquet room, hasstage, bar area and rest rooms. All included in the sale. Price $175,000 All commercial equipment included in sale. Large parking area. Lots of possibilities. Call for more details. Price $89.000 #1310- 141 - FOURTH STREET, in Burnsville. Very Reduced to $79,000 nice home has LR, DR. Kitchen, 2BR, den. and bath. Base- ment is completely finished. It has LR, DR. Kitchen, BR. #2308- WALNUT/SPRING STREETS: This house on the corne~e~c~lrl,ff-l~lrr'~j~t"~ three bath with laundry. Back porch, out building, cellar, nice. bedroomslll~/~lr~rrp/rMrl~l~l~rl~{n~4p}.Nice", private backyard. Price $80,000.00 large yard.'~ ~~ i~Vt]~ A~tl~l|~omes. They each h~Lv'i~r~o--m. Kitchen. faro- #1604 - NEWBERNE : Two lots has almost 1 acre. Old cellar and dug well filled with stone. Fronts on Newbeme Rd. $9.000. #1605- 154 BURNS ST., BURNSVILLE- A frame style home has LR-DR area, kitchen, BR and bath on main floor, Upstairs has BR with bath. Basement has FR with wood burner fireplace, BR that needs a little work and laundry with ily room and a bath. All three priced at $90,000 | ˘rE NEED NEW LISTINGS• CALL MARY LEE TO LIST YOUR PROPERTY Mai-y Lee McPherson Broker 462-7039 110 E. Main Street, Glenville, WV 26351 Sherry Bailey Agent 349-4265 Jack Heater Agent 462-5528 304-462-7039 Office townandcountry @ rtol: net • EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY Monday- Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday By Appointmdnt