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2 - Hinton News Tues. March 20, 2012 More and More People are Reading our Newspaper i I eca ea su y u t I" HINTON NEWS is the favored source for three out of five for local news and advertising items. Save $$$. Call Monday through Friday, or send this coupon to the address below and we will bill you for.your 52 week subscription. Name Ad rlress (please print) City State Zip TEAR & MAIL TO: THE HINTON NEWS P. O. BOX 1000 HINTON, WV 25951 L ' .J Hinton Area January Student of the Month: Grades 4-5 shown left to right: Luke Mills, Samuel Wykle, Makaylah Jeffries, Megan Lucas, Tyra Lemon, Belle Smith. Hinton Area January Student of the Month: Grades Pre-K, K, 1st shown left to right: Row one: Nathan Hill, Ava Stover, Elayna Jeffries, Madison Adkins, Branden Gross. Row two: Joseph Romanello, Tyler Pitzer, Ethan Eerenberg, Imani Patterson, Seth Gill, Kaylee Lester, R. J. Adkins. Ken Allman, Founder & CEO of would like to invite you to join him and others for a 0ne-of-a-kind leadership event that will inspire you at work, at home" and in your community. On May 4, the beautifully restored Ritz Theatre in the Hinton Historical District will host LEADERCAST, a livebroadcast featuring world-class leaders speaking about the leadership principles that matte most. The name LEADERCAST represents the growth of the leadership concept and communicates responsibility to help cast a vision of leadership in you," organization and community. The vision began with noted leadership author, John C. Maxwell in 2000 when he created a leadership conference that is affordable and open to leaders from every background. LEADERCAST. gives individuals and organizations the opportunity to gather in their own communities, build relationships with each other and grow as leaders. The one day conference on May 4 celebrates the eleventh year anniversary of LEADERCAST which has become a global leadership event. We hope you will -A Notice SPECIAL EVENTS The Historic Graham House. Rt. 3, Lowell is available for reunions, parties, meetings, weddings, receptions; etc. Indoor with large kitchen, dinning room, picnic tables & shelter outside, restrooms & outdoor area for recreation. For rates and availability call 304-466-3321. join us as we inspire leaders anu make a lasting impact on the lives of those they lead. "If you get one good thing out of these conferences, it's worth the money. It's one more step toward being successful or impacting someone's life and developing them." Kim Holmes, Director (Global Proposal Management Nortel) Seating is limited for this important leadership event. So that we can better plan attendance, you may reserve your seats by calling 304-466-8015 today. Ticket pricmg is as follows: $49'.95 Regular Price (includes lunch, $44.95 Group Price The LEADERCAST'event will begin at 8 am. and conclude at 4 pin. Group rates available. Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired and make a difference in your community. Reserve your seat today a~ 304-466-8015 or visit to learn more about this unique and respiring event. LETTERS POLICY Letters are welcome, but no more than one letter each, month will be accepted from the same writer. Preference will be given to letters of 300 words or less. Longer letters may be shortened or rejected. Letters must be signed and must include an address and pNone number. The telephone number will not be published. Letters by E-mail will not be accepted unless followed up with a signed letter. Letters will be edited for grammar, spelling, taste, syntax, and libel. Names will not be withheld. Address them to Letters to the Editor, R O. Box 1000, Hinton, WV 25951. SEWELL, W. VA. IN NEW RIVER GORGE Conductor John B. Lutz Killed Like many pioneer people to the New River Gorge, Mr, Peter Bowyer came to New River from Pennsylvania. He settled at a place where a wagon road crossed New River near the mouth of Mann's Creek and wi~s granted a right to operate a ferry by the Virginia Legislature. The place was known for many years as Bowyer% Ferry. With the coming of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway through the gorge, Longdale Iron Company of Longdale, VA., in need of coke, bought several acres of coal land in the area to mine coal and manufacture coke for their blast furnace. The C & O. Railway built a depot and yard facilities there named it SeweH Station after the early explorer, Steven Sewel] who left signs of his having been in tt~e area much earlier. Soon afterward, Longdale Iron Company employed John A. McGuffin and John B. Wren, two engnneers for the C. & 0. locating the rail~ay line through the gorge, to oversee their enterprises at Sewell Station. Mr. McGuffin located the mine on the side of the mountain some 940 feet above the railway and Mr. Wren, with his gang of stonemasons, began building beehive coke ovens to convert the coal into coke for shipment to Longdale, VA. A rope hauling incline was constructed from the mine entry to a tipple alongside the railway track. Not long after the mine went into operation there was an accident on the incline and was repOrted in Roy ong Hinton's newspaper, The Mountain Herald, January 29, 1874 as follows: "As the cars were going up the incline at Sewell Station a few days ago, one of the screws that holds the bands gave away, and the three empty cars going up were thrown with such force against the landing as to be broken all to atoms. One piece struck Mr. Burke, the guide, hitting him on the back of the head with such force as to cause the belief that he was killed, but he rallied from the shock and when Dr. McChesney arrived found him without a fractured skull. "The three cars loaded with coal that were coming down the incline when the rope broke, jumped clear on to the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad track emptying the coal and falling on the opposite side, broke all to pieces." Coal, coke and lumber put Sewell on the map and for several years was the busiest and highest revenue paying station for the C. & O. in the New River Gorge. A terrible accident occurred at Sewell, Tuesday, March 12, 1907 when John E. Lutz, a popular Hinton resident and conductor for the C. & O. was killed and brakeman Hugh Ratliff injured. This accident was the first of two that would occur that day casting grief and gloom over the entire Hinton populace. A short time after the accident at Sewell, the "F.F.V." fast passenger train No. 3 ran into a slide at Powley's Creek in,which Engineer John W. Flanagan and Fireman Michael Gwinn were killed but.that is another story to follow next week. At 3:20 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, 1907, Conductor John B. Lutz and Brakeman Hugh Ratliffwere in the caboose of an eastbound coal train being delayed at Sewell. The caboose of their train was standing on the bridge over Mann's Creek when they observed the headlight of an eastbound train approaching and closing in on the rear of their train. Suddenly realizing the tram was not stopping short of their caboose, both attempted to vacate to safety. Brakeman Ratliff quickly jumped and landed in Mann's C reek about thirty feet below the road bed. Conductor Lutz was unable to get out and was crushed to death when the caboose was destroyed upon impact. Mr. Lutz's body was brought to Hinton on passenger train No. 4 and taken to Vest Undertaking Rooms to be prepared for burial. Hugh Ratliff was taken to Hinton Hospital. His injuries were minor cuts and bruises and in danger of pneumonia being thoroughly chilled from exposure in the cold icy watdr of Mann's Creek. John B. Lutz was born October 15, 1866, killed March 12, 1907, age 41. He lived in Avis with his wife and seven small children who. along with many friends and associates, grieve his untimely death. He was born into a large family of eight, four brothers and two sisters living in Florida and two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Burr and Mrs. Jere Whitlock of Clifton Forge, VA. A funeral service was held in First Christian Church of Hinton located on Ballengee Street across from the school library, Minister D. M. Walker officiating. Burial was in Hill Top Cemetery near Hinton, V~ VA. The Summers County Adult Basic Education Program is now offering a Keyboarding Computer class. This class will be held every Tuesday for a total of 8 weeks beginning March 27, 2012. The class will be held at Summers Middle School from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. There is no cost for this class! Keyboarding is a necessary skill in today's workforce. Keyboarding within the ABE pi~ogram is designed for students whose keyboarding skills will be for personal and/or occupational use. This course ~s designed to teach basic touch control of the keyboard and proper keyboarding techniques using the computer and keyboard on an individualized basis. Because keyboarding is taught on an individualized basis, instruction is BEST KEPT SECRET IN W. VA. Hilldale Community Park, Rt. 3 East of Hinton. Bldg. w/kitchen facilities, bathrooms, inside and outside, 7 picnic tables, 4 under shelter. Huge field for children to ,, =..~.,~.L.- play~ inctuding baH field away ~i-om provid;~t most often witi'the'use'ot~" v6h~icle traffic:" ,Orei~t "for ~'e~nio~ig: J tyioing tut0iqal"sdftware tea{ will birthday parties, meetings, etc. Excellent Rates. Call 466-1451, assess, assist the student in the setting of keyboarding goals, provide instruction in the use of proper touch techniques, and track progress. You will be working at your own pace! If you want to register for this class please call Teresa Johnson at 466-6009 by Wednesday, March 21, 2012. 466-3441, 466-7110 or 660-7156 for details. e AL-ANON Are you troubled by someone's drinking? A1-Anon Family Group can help. To help them, you have to help yourself first. Meeting every Tuesday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at 411 Temple Street. For more information call: 466-2760. Political Advertising Benny seSSOF Equal & Fair Taxes Servant of the people for the people 5 years experience Pal. ad paid by Benny Oickenson Fine Retirement Respites Caregiver Breaks & Trial Stays Hour Staffing o Total Flexibility ,Activities Laundry Delicious Served Dining Transportation , Housekeeping Optional Medication Program www. thebayberryinn, cam CFM MEETING The Campbell-Flannagan-~ Murrell House Museum Board of 2 Trustees meet on the third Thursday...; of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the~ house museum located at 422:~ Summers St., Hinton. All meetings: are open to the public and all CFM members (card holders) are urged to attend. .. ~ Railroad Ave. Aiderson, WV CALL: 30@445-2920 www.Tmcvalue.corWhomecenter I~~~ HEATING COOLING PLUMBING ELECTRICAL RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION l' I wvuc#= sw l'LtrmS I- I Uc SmA)OmU l_ I u YOW DO AT l I -- ~0, I i IE 'O Y DI ATA COI@O AIE I Now Hiring Registered Nurses. Licensed Practical Nurses & Certified Nursing Assistants Summers Nursing & Rehabilitalion Cen~er is hiring RNs. LPHs ana CNAs ~o provide quality care for our oa ~i~ ,-ils. We v(JlJe frle oassJorl, experi- ence an J commitment Of ou; employees and offer a comc~efi- tire pay wiH~ affordab e benefiTS. c)aid orofessional fees 401 tK retire- menT o~an. wenness oroaram and rnuch more~ ~:i apply in p..rson a~: ?" Sdmmets Nursing & Rehabilitati~ ,11 JohnCook No~sing Home Rd. Hintor~ WV 2595~ Phone: [304) 466-0332 EOE M/F/V/H * Drug Free Employer at Bobcat Den/Pop's on the By-Pass 1 Free Day With 2 Paid Days (With This Ad) New Lower Rates Thanks to "Mary Anne" His rates were to high. Now $22-25 small cars per day. $45 - $55 Suv's, $50 - Pick up Local miles I Long distance rates available *All Types of Painting *Pressure Washing *Free Estimates *Senior Citizen Discount *References Upon Request *Satisfaction Guaranteed *Over 25 Years Experience *License and Insured *Specializing in Wood Houses and Decks Top Quality Paint at Contractor Price Leslie Berry, Owner HC 74 Box 98 Meadow Creek, West Virginia 25977 Ph: 304-466-2102/Ce11:673-0136 Fax: 304-466-5309