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2 - Hinton News Tues. June 13, 1995 -More and Mor'eP00ple are 00ading our Newspa00r 1 I Because a recent survey found that The HINTON NEWS is the favored source for three out of five for local news and advertising items. O SIGN ME UR Send me a full year of THE HINTON NEWS (52 issues). In state residents $16.43. Out of state residents $18.00. Orders must be prepaid. Name (lleaN 10tim) Address City State .Zip My payment is enclosed Please allow up to 3 weeks for delivery of the first copy TEAR & MAIL TO: THE HINTON NEWS P. O. BOX 1000 HINTON, WV 25951 LETTER TO THE EDTITOR , I I J Truth Not Told On Worker's Compensation Dear Editor, When the working men and women ofW. Va. realize what hap- pened to them, the rich and powerful will see that they can't fool our people all the time. The meanest piece of legislation became law under Gov. Gaston Caperton and the legislative leader- ship of beth the House and Senate. In an unprecedented move, there was only one public hearing on this 180 page bill - just one day after it was introduced. Gov. Gaston Caper. ton and legislative leaders trampled on our democratic traditions in their rush to solve the worker's compen- sation problem even before the people had an opportunity to respond. The rationale given by Gov. Caperten and legislative leaders for rushing this bill to passage is a huge, un- funded liability of $1.85 billion. They say worker's compensation premi- ums are so high, employers can't be asked to help pay this debt without making them uncompetitive with other states. This argument is un- true, considering the following facts; A. The premiums paid by W. Va. employers is 46th in the nation. B. Only South Carolina, Wyoming, North Dakota and Indiana employ- era pay less than those in W. Va. Well, then aren't W. Va. benefits too high? No, they're smack dab in the middle of all benefits paid na- tionally. W. Va. ranks 26th. More- over, premiums paids by each WV. industry are comparable to or lower than neighboring states including Ky. and Oh. Let us look at that unfunded lia- bility of $1.85 billion as calculated by the workers compensation actu- a_ry. 1. More than half is directly re- lated to breaks given big businesses by former Gov. Arch Moore in the mid 1980's when he artifically keep premiums 30% below the level indi- cated by actuaries. That created a $570 million deficit. (Corporate welfare) 2. d00 million of the deficit re- stilted when self insured employers dumped disabled claimants into a second iury fund at no cost to them. Listen! These issues were not even discussed. This workers compensa- tion bill hurts the weakest of our society. Consider the following facts. 3. This bill takes away the two years of benefits, widows now re- ceive upon the death of a totally disabled spouses. 4. It requires an injuried worker himself to finance the widows bene- fit if the worker dies after retire- ment age. 5. It cuts off benefits entirely for permanently disabled workers at retirement age. This leaves them only with reduced Social Security benefits.reduced because they were injured and unable to earn wages during the last working age years, the basis upon which Social Security benefits are calculated. Lettere are welcome, but nO mere than one letter each month will be accepted fromthe same writer. Pref- ereaoe will be given to letters of 300 words or leu. Longer lettere may be shortened or rejected. Lettel muat be signed and must include an ad- dress and phone number. The tele- phone number will not be published. re will be edited for grammar, spelling, taste, syntax, and libel. Names will not be withheld. Address them to Lettere to the Editor, P. 0. Box 1000, Hinton, WV 25951. .... 6. It deprives injured workers of their choice of doctors. After their initial doctor visits, workers whose employers have managed care pro- grams will be forced to go to doctors chosen by their employer for treat- ment. 7. This bill infringes on a workers right to privacy by permitting em- ployers to call a claimant's doctor to ask not only about an injury but also about personal medical history, in- cluding whether he/she suffers from diabetes, heart problems or other personal medical difficulty. This overturns a state Supreme Court decision protecting an inujured worker's right to medical privacy. 8. The Medical panel which was selected by the governor will deter- mine total disability claims at the same time legal standards for ap- peals are restricted. 9. The administration's own esti- mates indicate the bill will reduce total worker's compensation bene- fits paid in this state, on a yearly basis by one third. This is not a narrowly crafted new law aimed at getting the cheaters out of the system. It's aimed at ev- eryone unfortunate enough to be hurt at work and more than half of all working West Virginians are hurt at work at some time in their lives. Continued on page 6 GENTRY MINE EXPLOSION MAR. 2, 1915 One of the most devistating ex- plosions in Fayette County occurred Mar. 2, 1915 in the Gentry (Lay- land) mine on Laurel Creek Branch of the C&O Railway, nix miles above Quinnimont. The Gentry mine lo- cated 2,600 ft. above eea level and higher than any in Raleigh County, was opened on the corporate prop- arty of Berwind White Coal Mining Company. The Berwind White Company was owned by the "big- gest" name in bituminous coal min- ing, Mr. EdwardJ. Berwind. In 1904 Mr. Berwind bought the Minden Mine from W. P. "Paddy  Rend for $1,000,000. Mr. Rend would flaunt Sheriffs Report Prepared by the Sheriffs Dept. June 6, Eugenia Ramsey, 42, arrested on an alleged parole viola- tion, appeared before Judge Irons and held without bond, Sheriffs Chief Deputy Dennis Roark. June 9, Janice Fritz, 51, charged with obtaining goods under false pretenses, appeared before Judge Irons and held without bond, Chief Deputy Dennis Roark. Jimmy Rittman, 32, charged with domestic battery, appeared before Magistrate Jeffries and sentenced to two years probation, Chief Deputy Dennis Roark and Deputy Terl T Smith. Chief's Report Prepared by Police Chief Johnny Mann. June 5, Roger L. Fox, 23, charged with violation era protective order, posted bond, Chief Johnny Mann. Robert B. Smith, 45, charged with issu]ng a worthless check, paid check, Chief Johnny Mann CIRCLE OF LIGHT To delight in ones own abilities is to find the talents so well known to your soul. A soul's experience is an experience that no one can share with you. For it is the gifts of spirit that allows you to know and to be who you are and what you are. Bask in the Light of your soul. Sesstar Top-Notch Heal Care inn Down.Home Setting q IIII APPALACHIAN REGIONAL HEALTHCARE I Appalachian Regional Healthcare's Summers County ARH In Hinton, WV is seeking candidates for the following opportunitlee: LPN: 2 positions available - swing shift - experience necessary. MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST: pert-time position (PRN) - non.benefitted. ARH offers an excellent salary and benefits package including fully paid health Insurance, paid vacation and holidays, sick leave allotments, etc. For additional informetion, please send reaume to or contact: Terri Mender, Summers Cou nty Appalachian Regional Hospital, Terrace Street, Box 940, Hinton,  25951, 304-466-1000, Ext. 116. EOE M/F. HOW'S THIS FOR A GREAT-LOOKING NUMBER? 60 MONTH CD ANNUAL PERCENTAGE YIELD (APY} 5.76 % i i 24 Month CD Annual Percentage Yield (APY) 5.44 % i Take advantage of some of the best Interest rates and annual percentage yields available on a full range of CDs, from 3 months to 7 years. Select the term and Interest payment option that best meets your needs. And, have the secudty of FDIC Insurance, up to $100,000 per depositor. Give me a call today L. Yvonne Campbell 466-3896 APY b offered on accounts opened from 1/31/95 through 2/6/95. The above address Is not an office of the Bank. All funds will be received for depoeit by The Prudential Bank, P. O. Box 740070, Atlanta, GK 30374-0070. The Prudential Bank oilers its deposit products through The Pmdentbl Bank and Trust Company and The Prudential Savings Bank in the state of PannwIvani deposit products are offered through The Prudential Savings Bank. The minimum balance to open the account Is $25,000. Interest is compounded dally and computed on a .tay basis. A penalty will be Imposed for early withdrawal. Get a piece of the Rock. ThePrudentml @ eteMmmm II II that million dollar check at the bar of Dunglen hotel, across New River from Thurmond, and set up drinks for all present. Of course, that was not all the money he could show off with. He had been in the coal busi- ness for several years and was wealthy by his own enterprise be- fore the Minden mine sale. The Gentry explosion was the first to occur on the north side of New River. Mine operators who were familiar with explosions of the past stated the force ofthe Gentry explosion was the most terrific in the history of New River coal fields. Windows were shattered in some nearby buildings and the earth trembled. Smoke in large quantities poured out of the mouth of the mine after the explo- sion and it was so strong of gases that those who were there felt cer- tain no one could live but a short time in the mine. Two-hundred-six- teen miners were in the mine at the time of the explosion and of that number, during the next several days, fifty-seven were rescued alive and one-hundred-nine brought out dead. At 3:30 p.m., the day of the explo- sion, ten men were brought out alive and one dead. Because of the magni- tude of the blast and amount of gas present it was feared everyone left in the mine would be found dead. In preparation to care for the dead, a temporary morgue was set up and 100 caskets lined up side-by-side in which to place the bodies as they were prepared for burial. March 6th., four days after the explosion, the body of 17 year old Mack Caldwell was brought out. The youth had only begun working in the mine the previous day. But this day proved to be a happy time when five men walked out and directed rescue teams to the location where forty- two miners were holed up" and still alive. William Derenge, who proved himself a hero in the Eccles mine explosion by saving the lives ofmany of his fallow-workers April 28, 1914 when one-hundred-eighty lives were lost, was among the men entombed in the Gentry mine and who led 42 miners out of the mine alive. They had patiently waited and survived after four days with no food and very little seepage floor water until the poisonous air dissipated. Bark was pealed from posts and the inner side eaten. Some ofthe men cut pieces of leather from their shoes and chewed them for nourishment. Also among the forty.two rescued Saturday March 6th. was an Italian named Antonio Abbate. All fiRT-one miners had been working in the headings of entries 9, 10, 11 and 12 off the main entry No. 3 when the explosion occurred. They barricaded themselves in No. 10 entry by build- ing a brattice to keep out the deadly after-damp. Antonio Abbate proved himself a hero by keeping up the spirit of those entombed by his wit and continued to joke with them and talk about "Angel", his girl -friend. Antoniocame to Hinton Sunday March 7th., to attend the funeral service of some of his fellowmen. During the disaster a total of 61 Italian miners were brought to Hinton for burial service by Father Jenkins at St. Patrick Catholic Church and burial in the Catholic Cemetery. One long grave was dug and the coffins placed side by side and covered with dirt taken from extending the grave trench. Dennis Deitz wrote a short story about Bill Derenge's experience in the Gentry mine explosion titled "The Man Who Saved 42 Lives! The Lay- land Mine Explosion  and is for sale at Hinton's Arts' and Crafts' Center. The story explains how Bill Derenge was able to keep the men calm dur- ing the critical days and lead them out of their poisonous tomb. He mentions "Tony" many times in hia article believed by this writer to be Antonio Abbate. Reverie is the Sunday of thought. --Frederic Amiel. COIL kd AVE. & TEMPLE fir. HINTON, WVa, PHONE 4SS4S2S Mark EIHn, R. Ph. New Treatments for MS Investigated According to a recent report in Pharmacist's Letter, medical i researchers are excited about" potentially new treatments for" multiple sclerosis (MS), a neu- rological, autoimmune disease in which the myelin sheath sur- rounding the nerves is damaged.. This damage can lead to several problems including muscle': weakness and paralysis, diffi- culty with balance coordination, fatigue, and blindness. Currently the only medicine approved by the U.S. Food.dl. Drug Administration for Mgis. interferon (Betaseron). Potential new treatments for MS include:" Cladribine: This is a medicine. approved for leukemia. It may help the MS patient by blocking some of the white blood cells that attack the nerves. Methotrexate: In low doses this cancer drug is being used in ccr-. tain cases of MS. The drug also is useful in other autoimmunc diseases such as rheumatoid ar- thritis and psoriasis. Copolymer 1: This is an invcs- tigational drug that is thought to' block the immune destruction of" myelin. Myloral: This is an oral myelin preparation that is being tested to see if it protects the immune: respons to brain proteins, ' 1 " i I006TWOOD MKMOI00IAL C',00KN00b Would like to Thank the following individuals who assisted in the construction of our New Veterans Memorial: james Withrow/Principsl, SCHS Norman Farley JrJTsecher, SCHS Floyd Ticklerraacher, SCHS & The following students: Ruldy Bannett, Jason Brsen, Gary Farmer OJ Ully, Ryan Martin, David Richmond Jack Richmond, Joay Romanello JR Tickle, Michsel Williams Also, The following veterans from our committee: Rev. Carl Edward=, Curt Messer Charles Skldmore, John Reed Kyle Gwlnn, D. W. Rifler We would also like to thank the following individuals for participation in tha Dedication Ceremony of the Naw Veterans Memorial: Those who took part In the ceramonles; who carried the flags and banner of the Military Service= and Prisoner ofWar & Missing in Action and the Colors of the United States were as follows: The U. S. Army: John Lilly-Yet WWII, 9th. inf. DIV. Germany; John Haffleld. Vet Vietnam; SFC., Jack Kirby - Active duty W. V. Army Guard. The U.S. Navy: Charles Skidmore-Vet WWU - & DAV; William "Bill" Bulmer - Vet WWII-Navy Air; Betty Schroeder - Vet Navy Medical Corp - Post Korea; Tony Lombardo - Vet Vietnam - Seals. The U.S. Air Force: Ople Young - ReL Vet Korea & Vietnam; Llzbeth Young - DAV - Vet Desert Storm - WY Air Guard; Billy Joe Lilly - Vet Vietnam - Air Security; William Phillips - Vet Korea. The U. S. Marines: Dalvln D. Elwell - Brother of PFC J. Elwell Killed in Korea; Master E. Macot Camera - son of SGT. Mecot Camara Killed in Beruit Lebanon Bombing; Malcolm M. Howell - Vet - Survivor Berult Bombing. The U.S. Coast Guard: Commender Arthur E. Adkins, Coast Guard Ret., Hillsry Adklns - daughter and Adams Adkins - son. Carrying the Black & Bilvor Banner of the Pew & MIA's: Carl Edwards Former Pew WWII Germany; Gall Keyes - Former Pew - 4 years Vietnam. Members of the COlor Guard are Active duty personnel stationed at the U.S. Army Recruiting Main Stetson In Beckley. SFC. Laughton, SFC Mason, SSG Smith, SSG Holstein, SSG Potter, SSG Bowling and SGT Bilhoff. SFC Leughton was Rifleman. Staff Sergent Curt Masser U.S. Army RaL - Vaterane Memorial Committce member - was planner and coordinator of the "Presentation and Raising of Armed Services colors and the American Flag" portion of the dedication eremony. 42 W te lo