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Page Z—che iBoeahnntas flitmestebruary 18, 2021 e. 2" e 9‘ .. ~ '3 :25 .y» we». «A Suzanne Stewart Staff Writer The Appalachian For— est National Heritage Area [AFNHA], in West Virginia and parts of Maryland, focuses on con~ servation, tourism and maintenance of the historic cultural heritage of the com- munities and forests within its purview. Each year, AFN HA seeks like—minded individuals to work in those communities as AmeriCorps volunteers. Despite the ongoing COVID—19 pandemic, the United States Forest Serv— ice- Marlinton Ranger Disv trict gained three volunteers to help with ongoing and new projects on the Monongehela National For- est. Mm.“ exerwwi'wcw w» . awesome). Julie Derringer is work- ing on restoration and out- reach; Hannah Scrafford is focused on recreation and the trails department; and Emily Culp is continuing efforts with the Mon Forest Towns partnership. The three AmeriCorps volunteers are all college graduates with varying de- grees in science, forestry and natural resources. They were each attracted to the Forest Service positions be- cause they were seeking ways to utilize their skills and to spread awareness about conservation. “I have worked in conser- vation in forestry and agri- culture, so it was just time to try a new interest,” Scraf- ford said. “I was in interna- tional agriculture and rural development, but I also did gm A. V food forestry, things like that.” ’ Scrafford is originally from upstate New York. She was finishing a job in Indiana, working for the non-profit Community Gar— dens, when she found the AFN HA posting. Derringer, a Michigan na— tive, wanted a job closer to her family, which recently moved to North Carolina. “I’m really grateful I found this program because in school I majored in An- thropology and Ecology,” she said. “I’ve always been interested in combining those two things and con— necting people and local cultures to nature. I like the dual mission, and I’m able to use skills that I learned in see Best pg 6 This Week in the House of Delegates For the week ending February he West Virginia I House of Delegates gaveled in Wednes- day, February 10, for the 85th Legislature with a focus on carrying out the business of the state while keeping all participants safe from the threat of Coronavirus. House ,. Leadership has promised a SWift and aggres- sive agenda to move major issues out of the way as effi- ciently as possible, in the event of a COVID outbreak, which could prematurely end the 60-day session. “We are laser focused on quickly advancing legisla- Qlit'rcutt Court According to court records, the following hear- ings were held in the Poca- hontas County Circuit Court before the Honorable Judge Robert E. Richardson: In the case the Town of Durbin vs Michael Vance, the court denied the defen— dant’s motion to dismiss the case. The court referred the matter to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals for appointment of a three— judge panel. An extradition hearing was held in the case the State vs Joseph Robert Gibbons, 33, an inmate in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail. The de— fendant appeared by video, as did the Assistant Prosecu- tor from Floyd County, Vir— ginia. Gibbons did not waive his right to a hearing and contested the identity in the petition. 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To achieve these goals, the first bill introduced in the House this week would cre- ate the country’s first Jump- start Savings Plan designed by West Virginia Treasurer Riley Moore to help West set for March 9. Plea negotiations are in the works in the case the State vs Richard Keener, 39, of Hills- boro. A change of plea hear- ing is set for March 4. After hearing evidence from the petition, reviewing the probation memorandum, and hearing no objection from the State, the court granted expungement of the criminal record of John Advertising Deadline is Monday at Noon Call 304-799-4973 Daily Specials posted on Facebook! Virginians who intend to enter a vocation or trade by providing a tax—advantaged savings account to help cover the startup costs, equipment, certifications and licenses needed to enter vo- cational trades. “Treasurer Moore saw firsthand as a young man en- tering the welding trade how expensive it was to buy your own equipment and get certi- fied to start working,” Han- shaw said. “He experienced a barrier to entering the workforce and has come up with semething, creative to help us get more people working. This is exactly the kind of real-world, common— sense legislation we need to advance.” see House pg 12 Whitlow II, 65, of McKen- zie, Tennessee. The court determined that Lloyd William Lightner, Sr. and Betty Jane Lightner are proper persons to continue serving as bondsmen for this court and shall continue to serve as such until further order or for a period of one year, whichever comes first. was as; {8? Saw» $9 areas '8? cease. AW” USFS AmeriCorps doing their best despite pandemic as «weaver/4 mew :1 w WEST VIRGINIA ‘ State OF THE State 202’! ADDRESS Gov. Justice’s Vision of West Virginia as ‘paradise’ includes attracting new residents. But how will changes affect those already here? By Erin Beck, Mountain State Spotlight ov. Jim Justice’s vi- sion for West Vir- ginia is to clear the pandemic and eventually eliminate the state’s income tax, paving the way for a fu- ture in which workers pour into the state, work remotely via high-speed internet and build a stronger economy. But his budget plan would provide no new money for government services both new and current residents would need and would raise the sales tax on goods they’ll buy — and West Virginia leaders in both parties have been promising West Vir- ginians access to high-speed internet for years. “Think of the story. Think of the story one more time,” Justice said Wednesday night during his fifth State of the, State addressag-‘sTh’p? the nation with COV . best in the nation Four of the most beautiful seasons on the planet, the greatest peo- ple. It’s our chance.” Republican leaders in the Legislature have also said an elimination of the personal income tax is a priority. The tax contributed $2.1 billion to the state budget in fiscal year 2019, more than 40% of state revenue. They say that repealing the tax will bring people here, although they haven’t addressed how the plan to repeal it would affect those who already live here. One of the ways Justice proposes making up the gap caused by the tax elimination is by raising the sales tax 1.5%, which would bring it to 7.5%: the highest sales tax S&D DINER discount for veterans and first responders Open Tues. 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According to the West Vir- ginia Department of Educa— tion, the average contracted state salary for teachers is about $50,000, while a new teacher may make just . areas ,. fitters West Virginia are hovering right around middle-class, the bottom-end of middle class. Some teachers are hovering around the poverty level in certain parts of the Egggongt 11133:: iii" ginia Teacher's’sStrike,” with state,” Salfia said. “Those are people who, if a gallon of milk goes from $3.50 to $5, are going to be widely af- fected if the price of cereal, formula and basic groceries goes up.” Economists say one way to promote economic growth in an area is to ensure an ed— ucated workforce lives there, and Salfia said many current West Virginia teachers could easily choose to live and work elsewhere. 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