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■ HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL

W.Va. official: Feds failed to explain insurance law Affordable Care Act marketplace ready to go in state, but ‘low public understanding’ could hinder signups By Vicki Smith ASSOCIATED PRESS

West Virginia is ready to launch a health insurance marketplace born of the Affordable Care Act, but a

state official overseeing it says enrolling the average uninsured person will be a challenge because the federal government has failed to adequately explain what’s happening. While the technical systems should function as designed, “low public understanding” could hinder signups, said Jeremiah Samples, assistant secretary for the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

“This is a federal law, and it is the responsibility of the feds to fulfill this mission,” he wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press, “and for the most part, this effort has been a failure.” Private and nonprofit organizations are ramping up outreach efforts, and Samples said that should help increase awareness during the open enrollment period, which starts Tuesday. See INSURANCE, 6A

Health care exchange Q&A people will be able to find at least some level of coverage for Starting Tuesday, people $100 or less per month, after in West Virginia who current- tax credits. ly have no health insurance But low premiums have a can sign up for coverage under trade-off: They could lead to a health care exchange — big out-of-pocket expenses lata state and federal partnerer when medical bills exceed ship. the amount that insurers conCoverage will kick in Jan. 1, sider reasonable. 2014, and the U.S. DepartON PAGE 6A: Some information ment of Health and Human Services predicts that six in 10 to help you get started. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Perfect Harmony Couple honored for dedication to dance and community Jerry and Sherry Rose win 2103 Spirit of Beckley Award By Wendy Holdren REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

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Elijah M. Green, 2, of Lester works a six-string during Saturday’s School of Harmony Creative Kids Festival in Daniels. MORE PHOTOS, 2C

Creative community

Two Beckleyans with an undying love of dance and passion for their community are being honored with the 2013 Spirit of Beckley Award. Jerry and Sherry Rose have dedicated their lives to dance and bringing opportunities to dancers in southern West Virginia through their Beckley Dance Theatre. “It’s so wonderful to know that people appreciate the work you’ve done,” Jerry said. “It sort of gives credibility to the last 50 years of what we’ve devoted our lives to, and that’s to bringing opportunities for young people here and exposing our area to the dances and performances that people in metropolitan areas have all the time.” Jerry and Sherry were both born and raised in Beckley, both graduates of Woodrow Wilson High School and Beckley College. Jerry’s father instilled a love of dance See SPIRIT, 8A

Kids let imaginations run free at School of Harmony festival By Brandi Underwood REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

Hay rides were rolling and imaginations were roused at Saturday’s third annual Creative Kids Festival at the School of Harmony in Beaver. The football field behind the former school was transformed into an interactive community of hands-on booths, with activities ranging from creating take-home works of art, pressing fresh apple cider, walking through a story book, bracelet making and more. Lacy Treadway, event coordinator and School of Harmony instructor, said this year’s festival was the

biggest yet, as more than 300 kids and family members mingled among the vendors throughout the afternoon. “They all love the animals,” Treadway said. “There isn’t a bounce house. We wanted activities to be hands-on and let kids use their own imagination to create and have fun.” No one was missing a bounce house with all of the other exciting things going on. Notes rang out over the commotion from the “instrument petting zoo,” an interactive display of varying instruments that kids could touch, pick up and take a turn playing, all with the goal of getting

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youths more exposed to the arts. One of the most popular events of the day was the interactive story book exhibit, featuring Scruffy the Scarecrow of “Scruffy’s Big Search.” It was written on a whim by local author Laura LyAn Meadows for her church kids at Faith Baptist Church, in Rupert. She decided to submit the book to be published and it was picked up overnight. “The story shares the gospel with kids in an entertaining way,” she said. On site was a group of life-size and hand-painted interactive scenes from the book, including a See CREATIVE, 8A

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Jerry and Sherry Rose champion dance and bringing opportunities to dancers in southern West Virginia.

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BECKLEY BLASTS OFF

Rocket Boys and Chili Night light up the town Festival encourages kids’ interest in science By Cody Neff REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

FWOOOOOOSH! Rockets sprayed off of their launch pads Saturday at the second annual Rocket Boys Festival in Beckley in front of a cheering crowd. One of the original Rocket Boys says the event is a great chance to inspire children. “The goal of the festival is to allow us to come together each year and participate in other events and promote the major idea behind the Rocket Boys’ story and that is education and the importance of education,” Rocket Boy Billy Rose said. “Our lives and how we overcame difficulties in each of our lives can serve as something that kids can take away and apply to their lives. These kids should be able to say, ‘If I get an education, I can get out of whatever situation I might be in.’ “As a result of going to schools and speaking to students ..., we tend to inspire them to do a better job of being a a good student. Maybe they all would have gone on and done all of this anyway, but I like to feel that we had a part in doing that and inspiring them to go on and to go to college to replicate what we’ve done in our lives.” Another of the original Rocket Boys says the old version of the festival ran into a few problems in its former home of Coalwood before it eventually had to stop. “Coalwood is very difficult to find,” Roy Lee Cooke

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Dennis Daniel gets a chili sample from McBee’s Irish Pub and Restaurant’s chef Rocky Goodell at Chili Night in Uptown Saturday.

People bring their specialties for a spicy cook-off Uptown By Cody Neff REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

Things were really cooking Saturday in Uptown Beckley. Crowds made their way through the streets in an effort to try the chili of 42 different cooks at the 23rd annual Chili Night According to those who were at the festival in the beginning, the event has grown quite a bit.

“It started out in a parking lot where the federal building is now,” Beckley Renaissance director Jill Moorefield said. “It was the very first year and we had 400 people. It wasn’t a cook-off. It was just selling one person’s chili and raising money. The money that we raised from this event funds all of the events throughout the year, along with some sponsors.” See UPTOWN, 7A

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ABOVE: “October Sky” actor Chris Owen, left, fires the rocket of Virginia Tech student Renee Spangler, right. Owen portrayed original Rocket Boy Quentin Wilson in the movie. RIGHT: Brittany Drake holds Erik Daniels as they enjoy the rocket launches Saturday during the Rocket Boys Festival at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine.

See FESTIVAL, 7A

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Deb Evans, of Beckley, enjoys a chili sample in Uptown Beckley, where throngs of people crowded the streets, left, in search of a spicy concoction.

■ RALEIGH COUNTY STOP TEAM

Beckley Police officer’s domestic violence work has statewide impact By Jessica Farrish REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

As National Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues, one local police detective will be continuing life as usual. But for Cpl. Morgan Bragg, 28, of Beckley Police Department, and for victims of domestic violence, the detective’s work is anything but the norm. Bragg, who began his career at BPD in 2008,

was a domestic violence officer for the city for two years. Although he recently stepped out of that position, his work with domestic violence is continuing to impact the city and the state. Bragg is a member of the Raleigh County STOP Team (Family Violence Task Force), which is being awarded the 2013 U.S. Attorney’s Law Enforcement and Victim Assistance Award.

He was recently appointed to the Governor’s West Virginia Domestic Violence Fatality Review team, a Charleston-based group that reviews domestic fatalities from across the state and works on prevention. Bragg was one of several officials from the area to receive an Incite Hope award Saturday, given by the Women’s Resource

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Cpl. Morgan Bragg, of Beckley Police Department, works with domestic violence issues and was recently appointed to the Governor’s West Virginia Domestic Violence Fatality Review team.

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MAC’S TOY FUND

Oak Hill volunteer plans trip to Ecuador

Outdoor use permit granted for Montwell Park eatery

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Tia Coleman, a 23-year-old from Oak Hill, is planning a missions trip to Ecuador this summer to help children in need. “I’m going to work with ‘street children.’ They call them ‘street children’ because they don’t have the opportunity to go to school,” Coleman said. “They work the streets with their parents 365 days a year, and some start working as early as 3 years old.” She said she plans to spend a month there with an organization called International Volunteer HQ. This organization provides these “street children” with activities, art projects, singing, dancing and games to allow them to just be kids for a change, Coleman said. Coleman’s love of travel and love of volunteering inspired the idea for her trip to Ecuador. “I stayed in Spain for a month and I loved it. I just felt like I wanted to do work while I travel, to get to see the community and help them out. I also love working with children.” She recently graduated from Marshall University with her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She said she’s saving money to go to graduate school at West Virginia University and she plans to further her education in the

Satisfied with developers’ answers to their concerns, Lewisburg City Council members unanimously agreed to grant a conditional use permit for outdoor consumption of food and beverages at a restaurant expected to open soon in Montwell Park. City officials had tabled the permit request when it first appeared on the agenda in October. None of the developers attended that council session, and in their absence, members of Lewisburg’s governing body raised a number of questions about the ownership of the park and the proximity of the restaurant’s outdoor dining space to a proposed teen center on the property. According to Mayor John Manchester, nearly half of Nov. 19’s 2.25-hour meeting was consumed by a presentation by attorney/developer Joe Lovett and a question-and-answer session among the developers and council members. Manchester said Lovett allayed council’s concerns regarding outdoor consumption of alcohol by presenting a map of the park and walking council members through the proposed access points for the restaurant and the teen center. “We could see the spatial separation of the teen center and the entrance to the restaurant,” Manchester noted. The teen center is planned for the basement of the restaurant structure, which is located in a log lodge building that previously served as the registration and office area, restaurant and bar in the now-defunct Ft. Savannah Inn complex. Developers hope to have the front room of the refurbished log building ready to open as a

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Volunteers go full throttle fixing donated bikes for Mac’s Toy Fund. Cara MacAulay, from left, and Thomas Kozer, both of Beckley, work on a kids’ bike as part of their confirmation from St. Francis de Sales as chief organizer Arnold Bolen, of Boy Scout Troop 103, center, and volunteer Walter Winant lend their expertise Saturday.

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Volunteers work on bikes big and small to make sure there are enough wheels for the distribution party Dec. 21 By Cody Neff REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

With Christmas coming up fast, locals are rolling up their sleeves so little ones will have the chance to roll out of the holidays with a bicycle from Mac’s Toy Fund. “The Beckley Board of RealWant tors is doing a to help? bike drive,” BBR Send donations to: Community Mac’s Toy Fund service chairman P.O. Box 2398 Beckley, WV 25802 Paige Tipane said. “We’ve List of donors, been taking up donation sites, 3A donations over at ERA. They have a big space so we’ve kind of been dumping them off over there. We have about a dozen over there so far. “We also have an event at Buffalo Wild Wings on the 9th. People can come out and eat and 15 percent of their meal goes toward new bicycle purchases for Mac’s

See ECUADOR, 8A

See MAC’S BIKES, 8A

Bolen, left, and Winant begin wheeling in donated bikes Saturday morning at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center. It is Bolen’s 15th year of collecting and repairing bikes for Mac’s Toy Fund.

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■ CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION

Key figure in federal probe in Mingo due in court THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHARLESTON — A central figure in the federal corruption investigation in Mingo County wants his guilty plea to drug charges dismissed. The Charleston Gazette reports that George Reuben White of Delbarton will make the appeal Tuesday before Circuit Judge John Cummings. The office of Boone

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Tia Coleman plans to spend a month volunteering in Ecuador with International Volunteer HQ. This organization provides children with activities, art projects, singing, dancing and games. Coleman is looking for donations of supplies and funds.

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County Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph confirmed the scheduled appearance. Cummings released White from Huttonsville Correctional Center on Nov. 15 until he could consider White’s petition. Former Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury sentenced White in May to up to 15 years in prison. White pleaded guilty on April 8 to

delivery of oxycodone and possession of oxycodone and morphine with an attempt to deliver. Federal prosecutors say several former Mingo County officials hatched a scheme to protect former Sheriff Eugene Crum from revelations he’d bought drugs from White. Prosecutors say Crum had White arrested instead of paying him $3,000 for cam-

paign materials. White then went to federal agents and told them about allegedly providing Crum with pills. To silence White, county officials allegedly offered him a deal. If he switched to an attorney who was favored by Crum and Thornsbury, he would get a lighter sentence, according to federal prosecutors. See PROBE, 8A

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