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:.,ton NewsTues. Sept. 15, 1981 , . ...... i  mm imiiu ..................... =aw au ............. I I e ! ! ,I .I I, | ,I I I I I l" arne Address Cit,, IIIII State Zip Code Enclosed fid $10.50-.for a 1 year sebscriptlen te the Hiiitoi Hews ;Postal ,lelIlatiees reqeill payieit ii advance MAIL TO: THE HINTON NEWS, P.O.D. 1000, Hinton, WV 25951 L ..... _ ..... HAIL IT IN TODAY!-- .... I |', , I Before the coming of motor- ized vehicles such as steam engines and automobiles, the horse and buggy was the only mode of transportation. In bert F. Karolevitz's book " Doctors of The Old West A Pictorial History of Medicine on the Frontier", he gives many historical facts about the many hardships the doctors had to endure to travel to their patients. "A country doctor's practice offered two distinct challeng- es: how to get to his pat- ients and what to do after he got there ! Often the former was the more difficult of two. It is somewhat unusual that the spotlight of nostalgia has tended to focus on the country doctor's buggy or " matching blacks" rather than on his pro-- fessional skill or personal ach- ievements. Somehow, though, ' the memoirs and diaries of Old West pioneers invariably recall how the contemporary physician made his rounds -- but little of what he accom- plished. Possibly it was because they, too, knew the rigors of a 30 - mile horse- back ride through the bitter cold and almost nothing about the ministrations of a doctor at an ailing patient's bedside. Though two- wheeled carts were faster and less cumber- some, pioneer physicians see- med to show a preference for four- wheeled vehicles. Carts were far less comfortable, and they had a tendency to upset or throw a dozing doctor out when they hit a rut or rock. On the other hand, the two- wheelers were better for off- road tr- avel and for dodging mud holes and other obstacles -- if the driver stayed constantly alert. Some practices covered se- veral counties, so it was not uncommon for a doctor to tra- vel by train when it was feas- ible. In earlier days " canoe doctors" like Charles Hadley Spinning and Clarence A. Sm- ith of Washington Territory made countless journeys over water to threat ailing Indians and white settlers. Dr. Fred- erick A. Churchill of Seattle added a small compass to his instrument hag after he and the frantic husband of a patient spent all night trying to row to Mercer Island - and ended up on the wrong side of the Lake Washington when dawn disclo- sed their position. For town calls, a bicycle was sometimes used. Doctor Herb zler in his memoirs said that it was difficult for a physician to maintain his dignity while ped- aling up the street, especially if he were long and gangly. Mules , the same doctor believed, were equally unbecoming to the profession, though he used them himself when the going got especially rough. Another physician -- an exponent of bicycles -- actually advertised that he could be at the pat- VA NEWS \\;,(ES'UVIRGINIA FILM OVERSEAS -- U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph and Jim Boles (cciier)]of Beckley present a copy of the movie, "In the Woods . . . A Light," to Jim Perrlin film service director of the International Communications Agency. Cosponsored by the*Telephone Pioneers of America and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, the film portrays children participating in the 1980 International Sports Jamboree for the Handicapped at North Bend State Park near Cairo in Ritchic County. It is now listed at US1CA in Washington and available for loan to organizations and groups throughout the w0dd: As ranking minority member of the Senate Subcommittee on the Handicapped, Rndolph said, "West Virginia is providing leadership and guidance during this lniernlat!oual Year of the Disabled Person. NEWS ii " i About 4-H :#late Fair awards will be prcsented io eligible 4-H'ers at 4 i! Achievement Day on ,;unday alternom, September 'z',L at Camp Art Lough ( Sum- mer: C,. 4 - 1t Camp). (qe hujdred and forty- four 4 i project exhibits from Su- rw,es C,tmty were shown in l:t',ment O at the W. Va. StaW Fair in August. These exhit ts were from completed projicl work of 130 4 - H nemtmrs. The basic project, "This is 4 - tl" was exhibited by 44 mem- bers: Kevin Adkins, Gregory Angell, Sandy Ayers, Regina Basham, Jeffrey Bennett, Mi- chelle Bennett, Chris Bragg, Larry Barnett, Gregory Cales, Michael Clark, Leslie Cole, Stephen Cole, Kelly Combs, Jeanette Cooper, Jennifer Coo- per, Dana Gibson, Dawn Gibson, Michelle Gill, Steven Grainy, David Harris, Rochelle Humphreys, Curtis Lilly, Der- ek Lilly, Matthew Lilly, Pat- rick Lowe, Charles Lucas, Gen- eva Lucas, Tea Maddy, Latricia Meadows, Charles Pitzer. James Richmond, Teresa Ri- chmond, Rebecca Sears, Tere- sa Shepherd, Rebecca Smith, James Stone, Stephen Turner, Melinda Vandall, Keith Vet, James Waddell, Sybil Wilkin- son, Brenda Wills, Thomas Yo- st, and Susie Jan'ell. "Hobbies" project was repre- sented by exhibits from 24 Hopkins Drug Co. Rich Creek. Va. 24147 All Cigarettes $4.49 (00arton Liter Pepsi Sunkist S I.09:x Bottle l.,'t Sa,,e .00lone00 ()n ',)llr Pres,'ripti()n ..Xll l)av Sun(t00v o Hopkins Drug Co. Rich Creek, \\;a. 24147 120-MILE WATER'JFELINE .... Flobtd by barge to its destination in the Keys, th[snew bridge form contains portion of the way'.pipeline that will link Key Wast to Miami. 4anks to our advanced way, the Florida Keys have technology, a two-by-four- become a Mecca for North- mite .island situated in the ern tourists seeking escape G iof Mexico, 140 miles from the winter cold. Key soafJ0f Miami, will soon be We'st is the only frost-free joibeO-ln a 120-mile water city in the'United States. lifetne that should satisfy Along with the influx of its2wtdr needs through the tourists, however, came a yea/2200, greater demand for water .vffia't island, known to and a strain on the archaic Asricans as Key West, system of collecting rain- hoed among others, tbe drops in cisterns from roof- wr]te iErnest Hemingway, tops. An 18-inch pipeline, mda."U.S, naval base. It installed in 1942, practical- juL-i]b lhe Gulf, the final ly eliminated the need for islmhin a chain of 39. cisterns, but as the Keys Th" " water lira:, being continued to grow, it was fitgr vith expansion joints easy to see that an even and tiel couplings made greater supply of water by'l{ockwell International, would be in demand. The will provide a water llfe-new pipeline, which willuse lini that stretches all the about 760 steel couplings way.from Miami to Key along its route, is modern W(:: technology's answer to that ];aily accessible by high- demand. -i Q -- I am interested in st- arting my own business. Does the Veterans Administration provide business loans to vet- erans? A -- No. The VA does not provide business loans for vet- erans. Such loans may be av- ailable through the Small Bus- iness Administration. Check the " U. S. Government" sec- tion of your local telephone directory for the address of the nearest SBA office. Q -- I am a World War II members: Mikei Boone, Carat veteran who let my GI insur- Benign, Randy Combs, Lore ance lapse years ago. I rec- Crawford, David Davis, Helen ently read that a new bill Davlsl Chris Graley, Chris Lilly passed Congress giving veter- , Mark Lilly, Andra Morgan, ans like me a dividend on this Myra Morgan. lapsed insurance. How do I apply? Annette O' Brien, Sue Patt- erson, Matthew Richards, Lore Sears, Amy Sims, Leslie Si- sson, Christie Turner, Lynn Turner, Brian Vest, Andy Will- iams, Josh Thompson, Steph- anie Buckiand, and Michelin Talbott. Seventeen youth had an" Energy "exhibit: Tummy Adk- ins, Carol Benign, Angle BI- ankenship, Laura Brandon, Au- dra Harvey, Lisa Lightner, Pam Lilly, Keith Lively, Dan- yel Mann, Andra Morgan, Erie Richmond, Stephany Rich- mond, Leslie Sisson, Edie Ann Ward, James Ward, Kregory Ward, and Becky Willey. Leading the foods exhibits was the " Snacks and Little Lunches" project with 12 mem- bers participating: Denise And- rews, Edna Rose Cales, Tins Marie Cales, Terri Lilly, Su- san Long, Monica Mann, Ang- ela Patterson, Michelle Thomp- son, Cathy Vandal, Cheri Ward, Connie Jean Ward, and Karen Ward. Other 4 - H project exhibits at the Fair were as follows: Spring Wild Flowers: Carol Benign, Julie Webb. Meals for Today: Barbie Bragg. 'rri. cks for Treats: Jennifer Ri- tchey. Baked Desserts: Car- olyn Patterson. Good Groom- ing for Girls: Karen Boise, Sandra Wills. Ready to Sew: Becky Adk- ins, Lisa Darlene Ayers, Mel- issa Hicks, Dawn Pullen. Girls and Clothes: Jules Webb, Te- rry Young. Making Your Own Clothes: Cindy O' Brien. Fun with Children: Nets Angeli, Rhonda Cox, Terry Young. Strawberry Planting : Ner- issa Young. Strawberry Har- vesting: David Davis, Helen Davis. Potatoes: Annette O' Brien. Home Garden Ill: David Davis, Helen Davis, West Virginia Trees ! or II; Chris Bragg, Lydia Goodson, Annette O' Brien, Cindy O' Brien, Andra Morgan. Bicycle: Mikel Boone, Dan- iel Harris, Clifford Tinsley. Archery: Jeff Cooper, Jeff- rey Young. Handicraft ! : J.C. Cales, Joseph Maul, Michael Webb, Sue Patterson r. Handic- raft llh James Allen, Kenn- eth Webb. Electric Welding: Dean Greenlief. Teen Leadership: Myra Mor- gan. Indian Lore: John Alan Lilly Rabbit Raising: Becky Sweeney. Vet Science 11: ' NerissrYoung. Photography ! or ih John Bauer, Mary Kay Bennett, Jules Webb. A -- Any story you hear about insurance dividends for lapsed Veterans Administration insur- ance is only a false rumor that occasionally spreads in differ- ent parts of the country. The only insurance dividends curr- ently being paid by the VA are to veterans who were issued participating policies in World War I, World War II and the Korean Conflict, who have maintained the policies in premium- paying status. Q -- Is there any time limit for using my certificate of eligi- bility for a Veterans Admini- stration guaranteed home loan 9 A - No. There is no time limit for using your certificate of eligibility for the purchase of a home. Small-business by Wilson S. Johnson HIGH INTEREST RATES STRANGLING SMALL BUSINESSES High interest rates affect almost everyone in the coun- try somehow, but for the small-business person high in- terest rates may be the "straw that breaks the camel's back." One small-business man in Michigan recently reported, "Business is the worst I have ever seen. Ours has been a successful company for 40 years, but if things don't improve by September, we will close our doors." The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has been taking a quarterly economic survey of Small businesses since 1973. The latest such survey shows that for the first time "interest rates and financ- ing" were named the most important problem of those responding. The average rate of interest paid on short- term loans rose abruptly in the second quarter of this year, from 17.6 to 19.0 percent, according to the survey. Those whose loans are tied to the prime rate fared even worse, paying an average of 21 percent. What this means to the economy in general is best il- lustrated by the comment of a merchant in California who said, "Interest rates are too high to expand and wages are so high we can't afford to hire anybody, so we just get by with what we have." Or another retailer in Florida who explained, "If interest rates come down for business, I know we will increase our labor force by 30 or 40 people, because we have plans to build a new store," In other words, small business, the source of more than half the jobs in America, isn't hiring at the rates of recent years. In fact some firms surveyed last month reported they had to let workers go in order to have enough cash to meet other obligations to keep the business operating. Business expansion, which has a rip- ple effect through the entire economy, is off as well. The interest rate problem cannot be solved overnight. High interest rates are a symptom of the bad economic conditions created by the federal government over the past two decades. Government deficits and the borrow- ing to cover those deficits have helped push the interest rates to current levels. The cure is continued reductions in federal spending, because only when the federal government reduces its borrowing needs will interest rates begin to fall. The President and the Congress have taken some important steps in this direction. We can only hope that the thousands of small-business people, like the man in Michigan, will soon experience some improvement in the economic climate so that they can keep the doors of their establishments opera Wilson S. Johnson is president of the National Federation of Independent Business, representing more than half a million small-business men and women. Railroadin' . By Bill Dressier ient's door while his old- fabh- ioned competitors were still harnessing up. Professional dig- nity meant nothing to Dr.Edwin W. Bathurst of Siskiyou County, California, who donned snow- shoes to make winter calls in the mountains, and once he swam the raging Salmon River and walked six miles in wet clothes to treat an injured miner. Summoning the doctor in an era of limited communications facilities was not always an easy task. Quite often a young- ster, a worried husband or the patient's neighbor galloped into town on a latherod berse with a confused tale of symptoms and dire fears. Some practi- tionors had an o]door bell sys- tem rigged up so that their wives could signal them in such emergencies. Of course, every- one else knew that" Doc" had a hurry- up case when the bell rang and tongues wagged until the details were known. When the doctor was called out on an especially long trip, he tried to see as many fam- ilies as he could along the route. The prairie grapevine had a way of preceding him, and families who wantod him to stop hung a signal flag or a colored lantern - which could be seen from the main road - because a three - or - four - mile trek up a ranch trail was wasted time if he wasn't nee- dad. Not all people were that considerate, however. Nothing was more galling to the country doctor than an all - day or all- night ride - usually through inclement weather - to find a false alarm or a lonely hy- pochondriac at the end. That's when many of them earned their reputations for forthright commentary l" Birth Mr. and I.. G. Ernest Sk- ,aggs have announced the bir- th of a son, Grafton Ernest Sknggs It. The baby was born August 3 at St. Francis Hos- pital in Memvhis, 'In. He wei- [ghed 7 Ibs. and 3 ozs. The baby is Mr. and Mrs. Skagg's second child. They also have a three - year - old . daughter Heather. : Both Mr. "and Mrs. Skaggs are law students. Both are for- mer Hinton High School tea. chers. Paternal grandparents are i Mr. and Mrs. Grafton W. Sk-' aggs of Minden, WVA., and maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Skidmore of Hinton, W. Va. Applications To Be Reviewed Pension Offset May Affect Spouse Benefit People working in :t Federal, Slate, or local government job nol covered by Social Security should know thai Ihe pension from this work could affect Ihe Social Security benefit they were expecting In receive as a husband or wife, a Social Security represcnl:ttive said recently This is because the Social Security benefit for a hus- band, wife. widow, or widower will be reduced-- dollar for dollar--by Ihe amount of the government pension. This offset will not affect the amount of the government pension or the amount of any Social Security benefit the person rccei,es based on his or her own work covered by Social Security. In addition, the spokesperson said, the law provides an exception for some people. A person is ex- empl from the offset if: He or she is eligible to receive a Federal, State, oi" local government pension before December 1982 even though he or she does not apply for it, and He or she meets all the requirements for wife's, hui.band's, widow's, or -Vt.est Virginia Unive_K' " mm/n uni mma LAWN SEEDING TIME - Homeowners who need to seed an entire lawn or reseed bare spots in an existing lawn will find nature on their side at this time of year. Conditions nee- ded for grass to sprout and grow are close to ideal during the month of September. Although the nights are cool, the ground will remain warm for many weeks, providing the seed with the right temperat- ure for germination. Crabgrass and other annual weeds are approachin. [. the end of their hie cycle ,and will not be competing for light and nouri- shment. Grass seed sown now will germinate readily and be- come established before winter sets in. widi)wer's benefits in effect in January 1977. At that time, a man had to have been dependent upon his wife for more than half of his support to be eligible as a husband or widower, and a divorced woman's marriage had In have lasled 20 years, rather than the 10 years now required for her to be eligi- ble. The purpose of the offset is to prevent windfall pay- ments to retired government workers who have their own pensions and would also receive Social Security benefits as a spouse or sur- viving spouse. In addition, the offset will not apply if the person's government job is covered by Social Security on the last day the person works. More information aboul the government pension offset can be obtained al any Social Security office. A free leaflet, (ioPt,rtlltu'nl pc'n- sion o.[/et--How it may allbct .rot/. can be obtained there. The address and telephone number of the nearest social security office can be found in the telephone directory. There are more than 1,300 social security offices. SOIL TEST NOW - Tak- ing soil samples now could be a first step in starting a succ- essful growing season for next year. A major part of this success depends upon accurate soil sampling procedures. Here are some sampling hints: Take soil cores from at least 15 spots to obtain a repres- entative sample. Sample bet- ween rows. Avoid old fence rows, dead furrows, and other spots not representative of the entire field. Take separate samples from problem areas. Serape away and discard surface debris be- fore taking a core sample. Take sample at the depth of root zone of the plants. Collect the sample in a clean container. Mix the core samp- lings, air dry, and remove roots and stones. Fill the soil test mailing container ( available free of charge at our office in the Courthouse Annex). Be sure to identify the sample as to where it was collected. Complete the information sheet, giving all the information requested. Sending soil samples now helps to avoid the fall rush. v The State Health Planning and Development Agency ( SHPDA) has accepted for rev- iew an expedited application from Beckley Appalachian Re- gional Hospital for the initiat- ion of a Hospital Day Care Treatment Program as part of the Hospital's Division of Be- havioral Sciences and Psychia- try. The review will follow an expedited procedure. On or before September 22, 1981, any affected person may preset reasons to the SHPDA as "J[' why the applicant should com- plete a standard application. If the SHPDA concludes that the standard application should be used, this review will be stopp- ed and a new one begun using the standard application. Also by October 12, 1981, any affected person has the right to request that the SHPDA hold a public hearing as part of its review. The West Virginia Health Systems Agency, Inc. has not- ified the applicant and the SH PDA that it will not conduct a review of the project. A final decision will be iss- ned by the SHPDA after it has reviewed the contents of the project's case file which will include the application, addit- ional information submitted to the SHPDA during the review, and the record of any SHPDA public hearing. The SHPDA's decision will be issued on or before November 11, 1981. A press release will be issued after the decision is made. Any affected person wishing to be directly notified of this decis- ion should submit a written request to the Director, Certi- ficate of Need Program. NOTICE Every Thursday .HEARING AID SERVICES located in Summers County Community. Clinic .epcritcd by Mmmtain &mt Hesria s Aid Center which ha| been serving Ult hIl e{ herb I for 17 years in Ikmtbera We, tt Vlrglain PROVIDING THESE SERVICES , Testing , EvalnatlH , $1vice and alahs , Hnadag aids and baBerios - , gHw Cards Homed Every Thursday Homing from 9:00 to 12:30 or iafomation or appointment Call 466-4797 or 466-1000 Ext. 238 Every Thursday ia 8 t a r i I ( | I ! i ( ] .i (