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(Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) of "W. Water Festival" Volume 115 No. 19 # Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday, September 19, 2017 50 Cents ca la By Jordan Nelson, The Register-Herald ease BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon near Pearisburg, Va., in Giles County, but many southern West Virginians said they felt a small blast beneath their feet, leaving them with a feeling of concern. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 3.2 magnitude earthquake occurred 9 miles from Pearisburg at 1:33 p.m. and had a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.87 miles), Monroe County emergency dispatchers said they received Several calls pressing concerns Wednesday afternoon. Jeff Jones, Emergency Supervisor Director for Monroe County Emergency Operations Center, said he did not feel the quake, but callers said they felt a quick boom and shake. "We haven't received any calls of any damage from it yet," Jones said website, people in the Giles County seismic zone of southwestern Virginia and adjacent West Virginia have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones. The website said the largest damaging earthquake (magnitude 5.9) in the seismic zone occurred in 1897, and smaller, slightly damaging earthquakes occur at variable intervals, but in the zone they tend to occur a few decades apart. Smaller earthquakes that cause no damage are felt once or twice a decade in the seismic zone, according to the USGS. James Monroe High School staff members said they felt the quake shortly after 1 p.m. One staff member said once they felt the shake, they thought maybe they mistook it for a loud noise or a wind gust. "But when I looked outside, the around 3 p.m. Wednesday. . trees were still. There was no wind,. "But several people said they. so I was a quite concerned," she felt their house shake, and said. are wondering why and how it Susie Meadows said on Facebook happened." she felt the blast in Pipestem. According to the USGS. ~Meadows described the feeling like a washer on a spin cycle that rattled the house. "But it wasn't on." Rocky Meador, of Forest Hill, said on Facebook he felt his house shake, and was concerned about what caused it. USGS geophysicist John Bellini, said he would like to put all worries and concerns regarding the earthquake at ease. '~rhis was just small earthquake," Bellini said. "It wasn't capable of any damage while it was going on, and it's not capable of any damage now ." Bellini said throughout the mountains in the area, there are all sorts of faults. "All mountains have these," he said. "Occasionally one will move and cause an earthquake." He Said although earthquakes are not common in the area, they do happen from time to time. '~rhis will occur in the Blue Ridge Mountains every now and again, but this was the first in a long time," Bellini said. "Although it was probably a worry to many, this isn't something people should be afraid of at this time." CHARLESTON, W.Va. - It can be hard to find a job, but imagine doing it with a criminal record. An estimated 70 million people have records and they often struggle to find companies willing to hire them. That's why Richard Bronson started 70 Million Jobs, a website that works with employers who understand the applicants have records and are willing to give them a second chance. Bronson himself used to work at the brokerage firm made famous in the movie '~he Wolf of Wall Street," and served 22 months in federal prisoaJ~or securities fraud. He understands the powerful and far reaching effects of employment. "I've seen firsthand when folks By Dan Heyman get jobs, families get reunited, and kids look up to parents, and wives look up to husbands," he states. "And when families come together, communities come together. And when communities come together, the country is a much better place." Job seekers can go to to apply. After launching the site this year, the company announced it is partnering with the City of Los Angeles on a three-month pilot program. Bronson says many of the employers on his website feel it's their moral responsibility to provide second chances. He adds the plan is to offer video resumes in the future, so that Second Baptist Church located in Hinton, WV among others have received recognition and informative exhibit about segregation in West Virginia. The African American Heritage Tour was developed by New River Gorge National River and its partners as a smart phone app to uncover and tell the stories of the many black coal miners,, railroad workers, and other community members that helped shape this region. This self-guided auto tour takes employers can get more accurate pictures of the applicants. Bronson says traditional resumes for people who have spent a lot of time in prison are woefully sparse. "And yet, if you were to meet this same person, you might discover that this person is incredibly thoughtful and bright, and personable and nice, and has a wonderful personality," he states. "But you'd never; ever know that by just looking at their resume." Recidivism rates are especially high for those who are unemployed. Nearly 80 percent of people released from prison will be rearrested within five years, and about 90 percent of that group will be unemployed at the time of their arrest. the user to seventeen historic sites in Summers, Raleigh, Fayette and Nicholas counties to learn about the history and experiences of the regions African Americans. The project was made possible through a partnership with the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, The National Coal Heritage Area, the WV Humanities Council, The African American Heritage Family Tree Museum, DuBois on Main Museum, West Virginia State University, and Visit Southern West Virginia. Workers and contractors from across Appalachian Power's service area headed to Florida and Georgia to help repair electrical facility damage from Hurricane Irma. It's all part of Appalachian Power's response to a request for assistance from Georgia Power and Tampa Electric officials. Early Tuesday, September 12, more than 120 Appalachian Power employees headed to Georgia and more than 260 employees and contract workers embarked for Florida to aid in recovery efforts. "Electric utilities have a long history of helping one another restore power following major storms, and in this case we answered the call to provide help for those affected by Hurricane Irma," said Phil Wright, Appalachian Power vice president of distribution operations. Some electric utilities in the south reported major infrastructure damage and more than 90 percent of their customers without power. Appalachian Power employees prepared for rough conditions and extended work periods to help in service restoration. Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra high voltage transmission line~ than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers. ;S BARNS OF SUMMERS COUNTY- Went Virginia Heritage An extract from the book ..... for your enjoyment By Phyllis Campbell Whitley ,riations Funds key WV priorities, including roads, infrastructure, drug treatment, black lung clinics Representative Evau Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has helped pass a landmark appropriations bill that includes funding for many West Virginia priorities, including roads, infrastructure, drug treatment, black lung clinics and economic development. The bill also continues President Trump's promise to build the wall, providing the president's full requested funding -- $1.6 billion - for the wall and security along our nation's southern border. The House voted 211-198 Thursday to pass H.R. 3354, the Make ~-merica Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, which contains eight appropriations bills. Rep. Jenkins, as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, helped write this legislation and fought strongly for West Virginia's priorities. In July, the House also passed the Make America Secure Appropriations Act. For the first time in nearly a decade, the House has completed work on all 12 appropriations bills before the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30. %Ve're getting things done in the House - for the first time in nearly a decade, the House has completed its work on all 12 spending bills. We are sending the Senate legislation that funds key West Virginia priorities, including significant investments in our roads and infrastructure. I also fought to cut nearly half a billion from the KPA and its war on coal, all while standing with President Trump to build the border wall. Iurge the Senate to follow the House's lead and support this critical funding for West Virginia and our nation," Rep. Jenkins said. The Make America Secure and ProsperousAppropriations Act: Cuts more than half a billion dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency. Fully funds the FAST Act, the landmark five-year highway bill that will reinvest in West Virginia's infrastructure. Continues a pilot program to accelerate the reclamation of abandoned mine lands, money that Rep. Jenkins fought hard to secure for a third consecutive year. Provides continued funding for black lung clinics and substance abuse treatment. Supports FEMA's ongoing hurricane efforts with more than $7 billion in disaster relief. Secures $500 million in opioid grants to the states, grants Congress approved last year in the 21st Century Cures Act. Invests in substance abuse block grants to help provide treatment to those struggling with addiction. Cares for seniors by funding critical programs, including home- delivered meals (often through the Meals on Wheels Program). Honors the sanctity of life by banning funds for programs that provide or promote abortions in the United States or overseas. Maintains funding for Essential Air Service and Amtrak. Includes language written by Rep. Jenkins directing the Federal Aviation Administration to update the Appropriations Committee on the repairs to Yeager Airport's Engineered Materials Arresting System, a critical safety feature for the Charleston airport. Miller Barn When A.C. and I made arrangements to meet Dale W." Miller he suggested we "take the short cut, just drive from Hinton to Hump Mountain Road near Meadow Creek, hang a right there and come to the top. My home is on the left, at the top." Driving 10-15 miles an hour with only steep ravines on one side, it seemed to take forever. No houses, no barns, nothing but trees. Ah, but when we arrived at the summit what beautiful, flat land lay before us. The place where his father had his farm, near the top of Hump Mountain in the Green Sulphur District, was just across the road from Dale's home. We later learned that the mountain rises to 3,245 feet above sea level. When Dale Miller showed me the photo I could see that it was showing some wear. He said he carried the photo, taken in 1968, with him when serving in Viet Nam. on HumpMountain - Memories It has always been a reminder of the b'arn, his father's dream and a favorite horse. The barn, built before 1923, was already leaning when the photo was taken. Now his father, Harry W. Miller, has passed; the barn was torn down in the 1980s; and the horse is gone: But the memories remain. When Raymond Fox owned the property in the 1920's young Harry W. Miller worked for him and dreamed of the day he would own a farm of his own. After Mr. Fox sold the property others owned it over the years. During that time young Harry continued to work hard and save his money. In 1960 Harry bought the property from Orville Bowles and thus he became the owner of the farm he had worked on as a young lad. His dreams had come true. He continued to work hard and he and his family enjoyed a good life there. Dale recalls the family milked twice each day, kept hay in the loft and used the stalls on either side of a feed way for the animals. It is not known who built the barn. Photograph and history provided by Dale W. Miller Mrs. Whitley is a lifetime member of the Summers County Historical Society. The book can be purchased at the Summers County Public Library or by order at barnsofsummerscounty. com. Mrs. whitley's latest book is Entitled "Photographer on Horseback - John C. Wikel". It details life of a photographer who lived along Little Wolf Creek in the early 1900s. It can be purchased from members of the Summers County Historical Society or by order at phtgraphernhrseback'cm" Sale of the Barn book benefits the Library and sale of the Wikel book benefits the Summers County Historical Society.