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April 19, 2014
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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced last week
that as part of their overall plan and focus to keep mothers and their young children
healthy the income eligibility guidelines for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has
A family of four can earn $44,123 and still qualify for the WIC program. That is an increase of $555 in the eligibility ceiling.
Nearly 46,000 mothers and young children take part in West Virginia's WIC program. Currently, 70 percent of all babies born in the state receive the WIC benefits. Families enrolled in the program receive nutrition and breastfeeding education, healthy foods which are approved for purchase through WIC and access to health care services.
The department states the number of participants should increase significantly due to the raised income guidelines.
WIC Income Guidelines
By Debbie Frederick
USDA Disaster Assistance
7:00 p.m. Ellenboro Fire Hall
7:00 p.m. Pennsboro City Hall
2:00 p.m. NBSP Lodge
2:00 p.m. Berea
Press Release - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week
that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished
and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick
implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.
"These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from weather-related disasters while the programs were expired and awaiting Congressional action," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "President Obama and I prioritized the implementation of these disaster assistance programs now that the Farm Bill has restored and strengthened them."
The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Enrollment also begins on April 15th for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP).
LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Eligible livestock includes beef cattle,
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Toman Provides Update On HES Student Moves
By Debbie Frederick
Ritchie County School Superintendent, Ed Toman, gave an update to the County Commission when they met last week on tentative plans for moving students from Harrisville Elementary School while it undergoes renovations and construction in the coming year.
Grades 1-5 will be transferred to the high school. It was felt the high school students are more mature, and less problems may arise if the grade-schoolers are placed closer to the older students.
The Board of Education office will be reorganized to house Kindergarten students in what is currently the offices for Toman, Secretary Kathy McCullough, Personnel Director April Haught, and the Alternative Teaching Center. This “suite” will become classrooms and already has a SmatBoard in place for use.
The Pre-Kindergarten children will have their classrooms near the other end of the building in what is now Debbie Bever’s office.
At one point, Mr Toman requested possibly using the buildings at the 4-H Grounds, but there were too many state required deficiencies, such as an up-to-date fire sprinkler system in each building to allow them to be classrooms.
10:30 a.m. RC Public Library in Harrisville - Topic: Horses
7:00 p.m. Washington Co. Career Center