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2 - Hinton News Tues. Aug. 8, 2017 More and More People are Reading our Newspaper Because a recent survey found that The 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 Address (please print) L City , State Zip__ :l I TEAR & MAIL TO: I THE HINTON NEWS I P. O. BOX 1000 I HINTON, WV 25951 I J Letter ot the Editor you are or who your parents are• This would help the faculty• This I CARE would help the community. The ares churches need to weigh in on our community problems. Dear Editor: Teach character to all ages. I write this because i care• I care Then there is the "What About Us about my community. So what I am Group?" These are the folks that about to say goes under the category endured the challenges of obtaining don't blame me I am just explaining funding for Summers County High how the world works. School, who bore the brunt of My name is Cleo Mathews. I am consolidating Talcott and Hinton an educator. I taught in a coal camp, High Schools, and the Orange and ane-room school, split 3rd - 4th Black fight• grade, junior high, high school, Then there all those property vocational school, and four-year owners whose property taxes go college. Most of my teaching took directly to the school system. We are place in Summers County. I loved stakeholders, too. The school belongs teaching. I loved my students and to us, too. Students, we do not want tried to teach them what they feces in our classrooms• We do not Long MACHINES DON'T SING: man who took charge• He would take To carry my backer down, With the many technological the lead in singing, or chanting, and Backer sellin' high, changes in the railroad industry, all the work was performed in time with And nobody wants to buy. we "old timers" have left of how it the singing, or chanting if you *** used to be is our memories• please• Those driving the spikes I pawn mywatch, Machines have taken over so much would sing a song, each line ending And I pawn my chain, of the work it would be prohibitive in "huh" as their hammers struck O, go 'long Liza, to try to name them here. One group the spike head. Poor old Liza Jane. of employees replaced by machines This old hammer - huh, She lost her lover, is the rail layers using tongs to left Killed John Henry - huh. And found him again, and carry the rails, lining bars to This old hammer - huh, Up old Liza, move the rails to gauge (proper Killed him dead - huh. Poor old Liza Jane. width) after they are connected and *** *** spike hammers to drive the spikes• Aint no hammer - huh, She lost her lover• In sections of track where old worn In these mountains - huh, In the bottom of the sea, rail would be replaced, a work train Aint no hammer - huh, Up old Liza, would unload new rail. The rail Rings like mine - hub. Poor old Liza Jane. laying gang would then come in and *** *** the slow task of taking up the old I tole Minnie - huh, She lost her lover, rail and laying the new would begin. To whop those children - huh,Gone on the train, Now, in modern railroading, solid I tole Minnie - huh, Up old Liza, trains of ribbon rail, enough for Make 'em mind - huh. Poor old Liza Jane. several miles of track is moved to *** During certain intervals the places needed and all of the work is Cause the penitentiary - huh,workers of each group would stop for done by men using machines. Is f~ll o' people - huh, water and a brief rest period• Laborers in the Maintenance of Wont raised right - huh. Suddenly, when it was time to get Way Department working on track The men handling the tongs back to work, the leader would start sections and rail laying forces in carrying the rail and putting them singing the first part of the following earlier years were called "Gandy in place would chant a different song and the rest of the men would Dancers•" Being so called had tune. The leader would sing the first follow with the second part and soon nothing to do with their ability to part followed by the rest of the gang all would be back to work. sing or dance. They were called with the second part, thus: We're fallin'behind - ain't no rest, Gandy Dancers because the tools I told her - bargains a bargain, We're fallin'behind - ain't no rest, they used were made by the Gandy Done no good - not a bit, My old hammer - ringin' m the Tool Manufacturing Company. True, Change her mind - right away,mountains, they did sing but no one danced to Wants a yard - foot aint enough, Nothin' but my hammer - fallin' the tune. It was work, all day long. Got my baby - honey too, down. Most of the laborers in those days Got a big farm - house on it,This is a part of railroad folklore were freed slaves or their Got a fine horse - barn full o' corn, that will probably never be heard descendants following the railroad GOt a fine buggy - ridin' out, again. The Negro workers were where the working man was in Got a water mill - best in the gifted with the ability to sing the demand, world, songs, make up their own songs and It was the chance of a lifetime to Pharoah's army - got drowned,improvise as the work changed. be in the proximity where a force of Fallin' in - the Red Sea, They were experts in singing the Negro laborers were engaged in Forgot to lay - a rail across, blues and spirituals as they worked heavy labor such as laying new rail. Hour after hour the men wouldto the time of the singing. When we Letter to the Editor Recently In Hinton News Dear Editor: Recently I read in the Hinton News the article regarding the men who volunteer to care for the , Rollynsberg Cemetery in Talcott. Their work includes restoring the tombstones, mowing and general maintenance• This is a very old cemetery, and several of my relatives are buried there, including my grandmother Mary Hedrick Sherwood and several of her children who are my aunts and uncles• It certainly moved me to send a donation to support their efforts• When men like this are willing to spend their time to honor those buried there, the least I can do, is help financially. If everyone who has relatives or friends buried in the cemetery, or those who just care for old cemeteries, would send a contribution, even small ones, it would not only provide needed financial support, but show that the volunteer men doing the work are greatly appreciated• The Rollynsberg Cemetery Fund is maintained by the Rollynsberg Baptist Church in Talcott, W.Va. I am a member and officer of the San Antonio Conservation Society. Our motto is "Shall I say, Tee, I remember it,' or 'Here it is, I helped to save it?" These men are on the "I helped to save it" part of this motto. God will surely bless every one of them. Mary Evelyn Lively Rogers San Antonio Tx V.F.W MEETING V.F.W Casey Jones Post 4500 meetings 3rd Monday 7:00 p.m. monthly at Veterans Museum 419 Ballengee St. Hinton. Veterans Needed• Call 304-250-4152 or 304-573- 3550 for more information. |. Main Street Care Certified nursing assistant applications being accepted needed to know and also the values want our teachers demeaned• We The big boss man, who was white, sing their songs and work to the "old Timers" are gone, our memories N'OW accepdng private was insignificant and really not time• They seemed to be moving very will go with us and the only thing pay and Medicaid th needed to have a ood life In cherish our beautiful auditorium ey g • . . . ' needed except to keep the time slowly but at the end ofthe day a lot left will be loud noises made by residents "unior hi h that meant a generous You can't vandahze our audltormm J g " sheets and records relates to the ofworkhad been accomplished• machines and they, too, will A small nursing home located use of my custom-made paddle. We want you to get the best work being performed. Another chant they would sing eventually fade into the past. The urpose of an education education we can give youJbecause on 3rd floor of summers P . There would always be the leader would go something like this: county hospital. system is to prepare students next to love the best thing you can of the group, a big, brawny, black I'm goin' down town, mentally an~m~˘ally to be good, gi achildisagood@d :ation˘ ............ ~ ........ :~ -..... - ..... . ' ...... 304-466-6090 produetiVe~h~s•~s~,~leaMaq~ - ~.: tolmp~ knowledge, ~,ha~ one needSknow, and builds character, a ~mton, ~ ~ ~ ~• . .... : " : :Have a plumbm' g =--?problem strong sense of what is right and wrong. A community or society permits Letter to the Editor, an individual to exist in its midst• In other words, society has Tribute expectations of us. We can't do just what we want• Society punishes those who do not meet I have been fortunate enough in expectations--by our being my life to have met and worked with shunned, not being hired, not some very powerful people from getting into the college we would like around the world. Most did what • and so on. they thought was best for their So what has happened recently at people, faith, job, occupation and Summers County High School defies their nation or branch of military how the world really works. As a service. Most were shining examples result of the disposition of this case, of leadership worthy of emulation these young people do not and ofholding the pesition they had understand what good citizenship attained• and character are. Let me say I do I would like to point out an not blame the Summers Countyindividual with whom I had the Prosecutor's Office• They did the extreme pleasure of working for and best they could, with for the last six years right here The evening of the Summers in Hinton, West Virginia. This County BoardofEducationhearing person never sought out the on the SCHS vandalism matter I sat limelight. As a matter of fact, in the back of the Board meeting avoided any notoriety at all. This room because I had another meeting person took a chance on me to work to attend• Before the Board of in a field that ~as not totally Education members came into the unfamiliar to me, but was not my room, the students involved in the forte. I learned whole new ways of school vandalism came in with a dealingwith people, communicating festive mood, dressed for hanging with others that I had little practice out not a serious hearing. There was in doing so before and gaining new no remorse, no concern about the insights to leadership. This person outcome of the hearing. It seemed is Shalom Tazewell. Shalom has just they knew they would get a slap on recently retired after 26 years from the hand which eventually was the her position as the Summers County outcome. Adult Education Coordinator with Again, the real world has our offices located on the third floor expectations of us all. of the Library. One university puts it this way: If you did not know her directly, "Come in and gather wisdom and go you probably were a beneficiary of forth and serve mankind." her work via the trickle down affect. Other truisms mostly mine: Many hundreds and hundreds of God gives each of us talents and people gained their high school abilities and expects each of us to equivalency diploma, gained use them for the good of all mankind, employment, gained self- esteem or The talents you have are God's continued their education because of gift to you. What you do with them her singular dedication and belief is your gift to God. that all people are worthy if they God did not put us on this earth themselves can believe they are just to breathe the air and have a worthy. You were either related to a good time• person she helped, were the person Don't be mean to people justshe helped or hired a person she because you can. helped• Her enthusiasm to help Do not be rude, crude, or socially those in need was contagious and unattractive• most needed in our community. Yes, my students and children I count myself very fortunate had to endure my wise sayings, indeed to have known her, worked Getting back to the Summers with her, and can call her friend. Our County School System the crude communitywasblessedtehavebeen obscenities spoken around the school the beneficiary of her selfless system needs to stop. That is part of dedication for so many years. So if building character. Witness Anthony you believe in the theory of "six Scaramuueci. degrees of separation~ you will not The Summers County Board of have to look very far to witness all Education can remedy much ofthe good she has done for all of us. unwanted behavior with policy Thank you Shalom! making and e~forcement. No John F. Vuolo exceptions• It doesn't matter who Hinton, WV 2017 Athens, W.Va. - Enrollment for Tabor at or 304- or 304-384- the Fall 2017 semester is now 384-6031 to schedule an advising 5130. Regents Bachelor of Arts underway at Concord University• appointment. (RBA) students may contact Teresa Classes begin on Monday, Aug.14, Returning students will have Frey at or 2017. access to web registration for courses 304-384-5226• Classes are available on theuntil Aug.ll on "MyCU" with an Information on courses offered Athens campus and in Beckley at individual PIN number• The PIN during Concord's fall semester is the Erma Byrd Higher Education numbers may be obtained by located at https'J/ Center. On-line courses are also contacting Carolyn Cox at schedules/seatstaken.php (Select offered• Both undergraduate and or through the the desired term from the graduate courses are available• students' assigned advisors, drop down menu•) New students interested in Education graduate students TheFall2017AcademicCalendar applying to Concord University may interested in registering for fall may be found by going to call 1-888-384-5249 or visitclasses may contact Dr. and]apply Liptak at or clicking on "Academics," First time freshmen who did not 304-384-5155; Social Work graduate "Resources," and "Calendars." attend Orientation, transferstudents may contact Vanessa Payment of fees for the fall students, re-admitted students, and Howell at or semester is due by 4 p.m., Aug.14. non-degree seeking students who 304-384-6260; and, Health The late registration fee for the fall have been adrnitted for the Fall 2017 Promotion graduate students may semester begins 8 a.m..Aug. 15. semester should contact Andrea contact Erin Conner at West Virginia's State Hinton Masonic Lodge # 62 meets 1st. and 3rd. Monday of every month ESSA Plan Available at7:30p.m. Public Comment The West Virginia Department of meaningful feedback during this 30- Education (WVDE) announced day public comment period." today that a draft of the state's ESSA was signed into law in Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) December 2015, replacing the No plan is now available online for Child Left Behind Act. The federal review and public comment. The legislation represents a shift from plan will be available until August broad federal oversight to greater 30, and the WVDE will submit its flexibility of primary and secondary final plan to the U.S. Department education at the state and local of Education September 18, 2017. levels. ESSA requires all states to "Throughout the past several develop plans that address months, the West Virginia standards, assessments, Department ofEducation has taken accountability and support for a transparent and deliberative struggling schools. approach to developing a plan that Individuals are encouraged to takes advantage of the flexibility visit http'J/]essa] provided under ESSA and supports review-and-eomment.html to read the development of highly effective the draft plan and provide feedback. schools in the Mountain State," said For additional information, West Virginia Superintendent of contact Kristin Anderson at the Schools, Dr. StevenPalne."Wehave West Virginia Department of worked tirelessly with stakeholder Education Office of Communications groups across the state to develop at 304-558-2699 or this plan, but still hope to receive ',alil Donnie Zimmerman for quick, efficient, friendy service anytime, any day. 304-222-2630 Licensed Master Plumber LETTE~ POLICY Letters are welcome, but no more than one letter each month will be accepted from the same writer. 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