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WARRIORS LEARNING CPR. Left to right: Adam Resusci-Annie and Clay Baxter. Front row: Lyndsey Casey Withers and, standing, Instructor Robbie Onoto Warriors 0 4`H Club Newsletter January 12. we had our since we formed in 2002. A lot of great been going on with our sold Christmas wreaths bars to raise money for We donated a Christmas Kevin Workman's Physical at Pocahontas Memorial We held Christmas and Day parties for our club Our last meeting we had harp come and demon- We each took a turn at With the dummy doll he with him. He re- meeting a great learn- Our next meeting held March 9, at 6 p.m. , we would like to thank the Dollar Store and Robbie Sharp. Stephen Bums, Reporter Buckeye Winners 4-H Club The Buckeye Winners 4-H Club would like to welcome our six new members for 2003. We hope they will like it as much as we have in the past. We have alrea- dy received our project books and membership cards for the new year. On December 12, 2002, we had our Christmas party at the youth center in Marlinton. We opened gifts, played games, and ate snacks. A good time was enjoyed by all. Also, this year we adopted a grandmother at the local nursing center in Marlinton. We purchased a gift for her and gave it to her for Christmas. We hope she liked it. We will be visiting her soon. Buckeye Winners Reporter Miranda Wilfong enrichment weekend by WV School for the Deaf will be hosting a Faro- Weekend on the campus April 4-6. The Weekend is open to any adeaf preschooler age five years. During Siblings will be involved in activi- ties that will focus on the concepts of hearing loss and also activities to promote positive self-esteem. Applications are now being Will be grouped together appropriate peers for deveJgp.mental activi- and language Parents will attend on topics such as: language development, issues, behavioral and the effects of on the family unit. II II Gax .00F2 Federal Tax Credits Raise Income for Working Families By Rick Wilson, American Friends Service Commiuee Tax season can mean good news for many working families in West Virginia this year. The federal Earned Income Credit (EIC) is the country's most successful anti- poverty program. Each year, it lifts nearly 5 million people, mostly children, above the poverty level. Last year in West Virginia 132,871 households received the credit, which brought $211 million to the state's economy. The EIC is for working families with low and moderate incomes. It can reduce tax burdens, boost income, and help people move from welfare to work. Work- ers who qualify can get back some or all of their withheld federal tax and may receive extra cash back as well. Even workers whose earning are too small to have paid taxes can sometimes receive the EIC. Here's how it can work for dif- ferent types of working families: *It can bring up to $4,140 to families with two or more children earning less than $33,178. *It can bring up to $2,506 to families with one child earning less than $29,201. *It can bring up to $376 to adults with no children who are at least 25 and under 65 years of age earning less than $11,060. To claim the credit, families with children in the home must file IRS Form 1040 or 1040A and attach a Schedule EIC. People not raising children can file a 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ and do not have to attach a schedule EIC. Some people may even qualify for advance EIC payments and may "also be able to claim credits for three years back. Changes in federal tax laws also mean that more working families raising children may qualify for the child Tax Credit (CTC), which can be worth up to $600 per child. The CTC is for families with earned income above $10,000 who claim dependent children under age 17. Like the EIC, the CTC can reduce or eliminate the tax families owe and can also be refundable. Many families with low to moder- ate incomes raising children will be able to qualify for both credits. IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assis- tance (VITA) program and the American Association of Retired Persons both sponsor trained tax assistance volunecrs around the state. To find the nearest site for free volunteer tax assistance, call the West Virginia Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign toll free at 1-866- WVA-EITC (1-866-982-3482) or check the internet at www.wveitc.com. One easy way tO help families and.make a positive difference is to spread the word about these tax credits and encourage eligible work- ers to apply lot them Many Eligible Taxpayers Not Taking Advantage of Saver's Tax Credit H&R Block, the nation's lar- gest tax services company, released a consumer survey which shows that 83 percent of Americans have never heard of the Saver's Tax Cred- it, a new credit that rewards low-to- middle-income taxpayers for saving for retirement. The Saver's Credit is a dollar- for-dollar tax credit on money a tax- payer contributes to a qualified retirement savings plan, and it can reduce taxes by up to $1,000 per taxpayer. Taxpayers can actually benefit twice from their retirement contribution: first by reducing their taxable income through the pretax contribution to an IRA and again by claiming the Saver's Credit--a rare case of double dipping allowed by tax law. Taxpayers have until April 15, 2003, to take advantage of the Saver's Credit on their 2002 lax return. "Our survey of 1,000 taxpayers demonstrates how people can get lost in the complicated world of taxes," said Nana Mensah, president U.S. Tax Services at H&R Block. "It's important that more Ameri- cans discover the Saver's Credit and get an early start on retirement sav- ings. The credit is intended to ben- efit those who are forced to watch every penny, so they have the flex- ibility to start saving while still taking care of everyday expenses." The amount of the Saver's Credit, which is new for 2002, depends on the taxpayer's adjusted gross income. Those with the low- est incomes receive the largest credit benefits. Income qualifica- accepted for the Family Enrichment Weekend Each family is resi: Tmake things easier, two are: single tax fth with ble for a twenty-five dollar fee that organizations provide free assistance homes of $25,000 or less, head of will be used to purchase educational materials that will be given to each family. The West Virginia School for the Deaf will provide lodging and meals at no additional cost. For an application or additional information, contact Karen Hott or Rose Palmer at (304) 822-4843 or (304) 822-4837. winners announced Grade 8: Ben Rittenhouse; Grade 9: Daniel Lacasse; Grade 10: Jonathon Bums; Grade 11: Nicole Rose. Each of these students will re- ceive a $100 savings bond. Nicole Rose's paper was also selected as the state winner for 1 lth grade. She will receive a digital camera for her entry. Congratulations to all students who participated and to our county and state winners. in filling out 2002 tax forms. The hotehold with income of $37,500 ltnX wl= == mll= x xl= I= == = if = IIIIaIIIXUIXW W X W n = mW = X X  ! Tom's Garage ! • Batteries Tires Exhaust . • Computer Diagnostic-.Arn.e "rich & | ; Imports ,, Transmission Flush Machine. • • Fuel Injection Cleaning | | • Jasper Enges & Transmissions 5 • Galford's Creek Road , " 304456-51114 9Lutomot00ve Exhaust • Tires ° 24 tlr. Towing Standard & Modified Inspections Hillsboro * 653-4562 Evenings 653-4467 II I II I I III II A FEW GOOD BULLS 12 Strong Topped, Heaw Muscled Bulls Sell County students in the Character Educa- Contest, sponsored by Virginia Department of County and state win- been selected and are as Offering 35 performance tested winter and spring yearling Angus Bulls. 50 home-raised black & black/white face breeding age commercial heifers & 20 registered Angus females. 3: Summer Chestnut; Daniel Mothes; Grade 5: Grade 6: Andrew 7: Kristen Pollard; 00enior {gbent00 March 10-14 Green Bank knitting; Mar- Exercise; Hillsboro Jar ' MarhntordBeaver Creek to Green Bank St. Patrick's bake: Marlinton Com- Green Bank to Elkins. Green Bank Satellite t; Hillsboro Satellite Meet- ing; Marlinton Stencils. Thursday: Green Bank Choir at 1 p.m.; Hillsboro to Lewisburg. Friday: Green Bank Fun Bingo; Marlinton Button craft; Hillsboro Fun Bingo; Green Bank to Marlin- Ion. • 4 Heifer Bulls • 8 Stock Bulls Sons of: DHD Traveler 6807, Durabull, Buahwacker, Right Time, Ideal 1418, 9929, Prime Time • Sired Only by Proven AI Sires • 13 to 16 Months Old • Balanced EPDs I : 100% Breeding Guarantee Performance Registration Certificates Transferred . Free Subscription to the Angus Beef Bulletin • 5% Discount on 2 or More Bulls • $50 Credit if Your Purchase is Picked Up by March 15 • Free Delivery & Boarding until April 15 • Gain, Yeading Weight, Scrotal, and Ultrasound Carcass Data GINSENG ANGUS SKE Ellington Ginseng Mountain Farm Blue Grass, VA 24413 (540) 474-5137 III Sales, Harman New "Value in stock now!!! 28x80(76) to 5 BR available) SCHEDULE HAKES OTHER TAX FORMS QUIVER IN FEAR. Small Price 8X(60}, . tO 4 BR avaitame) 28x44(40) also available) exterior walls, ther- heavy carpet roof w/25 yr. shin- 19. 11 insulation 40 r heater and momll make the to Sales in Harman i or 1-800-677-3238 The capital gains form is pretty intimidating. All the more reason to leave it to a professional. We'll make it less frightening and help get you the most on your return. Call 1-800-HRBLOCK or visit. H&R BLOCK jltlt pi.D Bmrt TM 221 8th Street Marlinton, WV 24954 304-799-6417 Additional fee. dlsdosed all all Interest rate, ehatlll by Inll:flld eaptull Bank. Limited availability based on credit worthiness. Tho not qualll'ylHg foe lnatant Money may qtmllfy for a cl&.llc It'fund antlellaUon loan In as little as one day. €.X)(3 H&R Block Tax Servlcea, Inc. i =i=mi=nm m e otabontas ime--March 6, 2003--Page 5 I r ii ,i ,, 00umanr 00otirtp i ii • • • " /ii) ) "MARLINTON PORCH PUPS" are available for adoption. Call Leslee McCarty, 653-4722. Various other dogs and cats are looking for a good. For vouchers to have you pet spayed or neutered, call 653-4989. or less, and married filing jointly with income of $50,(K)0 or less. The Saver's Credit can work in connection with the Earned Income Credit (EIC) to increase a taxpayer's savings," stated Mensah. "Taking advantage of the Saver's Credit by contributing to an IRA, for exam- ple, could put a taxpayer who is in the phase-out range for EIC, back into EIC eligibility. The EIC can be worth up to $4,140 and the Sav- er's Credit can be worth up to $1,000 per taxpayer. This is great news for many low-to-mid-income taxpayers." "Taxpayers will benefit from new tax credits only if they're aware of them," said Mensah. "There are many ways to find help, including free online research and/or talking to a tax professional." Information about the Saver's Credit can be found at www.irs.gov or www.hrblock.com i i Protect yourself by attending a Concealed Weapons Class classes are taught by a WV Police Officer. (Since 1970) A Licensed, Certified NRA Firearms Instructor.(Since 1972) Classes last for 5 1/2 hours. Cost $50 per person and come with a MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE. Some of the topics covered are: The Fighting Mindset, Equipment Selection, t tolsters, Take-Away Tactics, Reactionary Gap, Action vs. Reaction and Find out which is the quickest - the hand or the eye. LADIES WELCOME! Thursday, March 13 • 6:00 - 11 p.m. . Marlinton Mtmicipal Building ' For more information, call: Rich Robertson - (304)847-5006 or Doshia Webb - (304)799-7414 i iii iiiiiii ii ii ii Ill 51:lttretin00 00ep0rt l'ucahontas County i)emucratic Executive Committee The Pocahonla:, C,unty l)cm- ocratic Exoculivc C:mmaitlcc reel w, ith Slalc l.cgi,,lalive Inembcs on l)cccmher 5. at the Marlinton Mo- tor Inn for a dm,er hl,,ted by Stale Senator Walt Hetmick. Th,,c attcndine were Slate Senators Walt ttelmick and Mike Ross. State Representatives Bill Proud foot and Bill Harlman. Exccu- tivc Committcc members, Sum- mers Dean. l.orctta Malcomb. San- dra Fricl, Janie Sharp. I.cslee Me- Carry. Tim Hevcncr. Janet Ghigo, Alfrcd Ervine. Ray Schultz and Everett Hedrick. News and views were ex- changed. The Icgishmr,, were wait- ing to hear the Governor's agenda for the cming session of the legis- lature. "1o exple%, ymr concerns and ideas contact any committee member ’r state legislator, DON'T BE A VICTIM i i,, i i, ii i, Cattlemen's Edge PERFORMANCE TESTED BULL AND ! Contract one of the following t:onsignors for more information: Bellemonte Farms Kee Hill Farms Zelinda Farms Triple O Farms Arthur Barlenslager Bdan Wickline Terry Boggess Lewis O'Dell 304-645-3535 304-772-3361 304-645-4793 304-565-3061 Greenbrier Valley Livestock Auction, Lewisburg, WV 304-647-5833 1:00 p.m. (Complimentary Lunch 11:30 - 12:30) All bulls will have passed a breeding soundness exam. Complete performance records and EPDs will be available ..... - plus ultrasound, data for REA and marbling I Ill I II III I II I ag°unHesLan Spring unbeatable 0% APR for upto 60 months financing There has never been o better time to buy... Hurry, offer expires Morch 29, 2003 on all model Disc Mower Conditioners and Round Balers Circle Equipment 220 f00dh, I00x0000kNd 538-7394