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2 - Hinton News Tues. Sept. 26, 2017 More and More People are Reading our Newspaper i 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. 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) City State Zip L TEAR & MAIL TO: THE HINTON NEWS P. O, BOX 1000 HINTON, WV 25951 ! Following is a true story written by Mr. L. B. Allen and is a reprint from "TRACKS - C. & O. Rwy Magazine" December 1956 issue. Moving a mountain sometimes doesn't make an impression in itself. But if you start with that, then taken a suicide swim across a swirling river jagged with ax-sharp rocks and prevent a crack passenger train, carrying your line's president, from piling up well! I lived through that, and I'd like to relive it with you. It happened in 1900 at the New River Gorge in West Virginia on a blustery cold day. It had snowed hard and the Alleghenies were blanketed by three feet of crusty whiteness. Icicles hung down menacingly everywhere, like witch fingers. I had been sent into the coal-rich gorge area as assistant resident J engineer on a difficult Chesapeake & Ohio railroad Construction job. About this New River It flows out of the Carolinas and, in its lower end in central West Virginia, pushes through a gorge that has almost perpendicular sides several hundred feet high. Here, near Hawks Nest, the river is angry and defiant, at its snarling worst. In those days there was no highway or road or trail along the north side of the river through the gorge. Only one highway bridge and ~reenbrier Valley Theatre, inreading "The Barber" by Flannery a few cable footbridges crossed the parthership with WV Writers, Inc O'Connor on Oct. 23. The Literary water. C . & O. had tracks on the is proud to announce that it will hold Tea Series will conclude with a north bank, btit coal mined on the its annual Literary Tea Series, now Poetry Reading on Oct. 30. Cookies, south bank had to be shuttled across with an event tailored for children coffee and tea will be provided. This the river on cables to the railroad. on Monday, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit event is free and open to the public. When C. & O. decided to build a For more information, call the Box branch on the other side, our job was Office at 304-645-3838 or visit to cut a shelf along the precipitous This program is hillside for the road bed. There were presented with financial assistance no steam shovels then - just men and This season's Literary Tea Series from the West Virginia Division of mules and muscles. Strictly pick and will include a reading specifically for Culture & History, and the Natiol~al shovel. children. GVT's Teen Conservatory Endowment for the Arts, with But the grading progressed students will entertain children with approval from the West Virginia rapidly, until there was just one readings frooin~classic favorites such Commission on the Arts. asABadCaseoftheSt~pes, Where AboutGreenbrierValleyThea~e: large~'~ut Te'maipm" g~'~' rp~'c~-Y : the Wild ThingsAre,Ask Mr. Bear, Located in beautiful,~ historic " :~;~' Click Clack Moo, Do Unto Others downtown Lewisburg, "America's and Room on the Broom. Coolest Small Town," Greenbrier "Join us asour Teen Conservatory Valley Theatre, The State student put their skills to work Professional Theatre of West actively bringing stories to life," said Virginia, is committed to its mission Education Director Courtney statement to create live, professional Susman. quality theatre in West Virginia and, The Children's Literary Tea is through theatre, to enlighten, perfect for children ages 1-7, and all enrich, and enliven the life of our ages are welcome. The reading will region. include complimentary cookies and Throughout each year, GVT hot chocolate and will be held in produces first-class theatrical GVT's Youth Education Wing at 824 productions featuring professional Jefferson St. South. actors. Additionally, Greenbrier In GVT's Daywood Lobby on Oct. Valley Theatre offers a successful 2, guest actor Kimberlee Monroe will after school drama program, a be reading "A Bright and Morning summer camp for children and Star" by Richard Wright. teens, literary readings, live The series will continue withAlan simulcasts of the Metropolitan Ball reading Katherine Anne Opera, special events and musical Porter's "The Witness" on Oct. 9, performances, art appreciation Kermit Medsker reading "Where is activities, lectures, discussions and the Voice Coming From" by Eudora workshops. Welty on Oct. 16 and Cathey Sawyer Event Postings Via Expl Summers County Tourism Website If your business or organization has any upcoming events you would like help promoting please go to w~vw.ExploreSummers County. corny submitevent and complete the form so we can add your event to our calendar and help further promote it through social media. You can find us on Facebook under "Explore Summers County." We also have a bulletin board in our window if you have event fliers for display. TOPS Tops (take offPounds Sensibly) is a very affordable, nonprofit, weight loss support group. Meetings are held at the Miller Memorial Methodist Church basement, 109 MiUer Ave. Every thursday evening. Weigh-in begins at 5:00 p,m. meeting starts at 5:30 pm. First meeting is free. Come join us or call 304-890-2112 or 304-466-3045. Hon- Fri. 7 am to 7 pm Sat. & Sun. Closed NARCONON Narconon reminds families that abuse of heroin and opiod drugs has become a national health crisis. Learn to recognize the signs of heroin abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Visit blog/naloxone-availability.html to learn about the overdose reversing drug known as naloxone and find out its availability in your state. ADDICTION SCREENINGS Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free' screenings or rewferrals 1-800-431-1754. BOOK FOR SALE A book the founding and history of Marthas Chapel Church is now available ibr sale. For information call Dean Bennett: 304-466-1402. West Virginia Home The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $5,762,816 in funding to West Virginia through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV Program). These funds will allow West Virginia to continue to provide voluntary, evidence based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry. "Evidence based home visiting programs help children get off to a better, healthier start," said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. "Today's awards allow states to support local agencies in providing home visiting services that meet the needs of families in their own communities." The MIECHV Program serves almost 42 percent of U.S. counties with high rates of low birth weight infants, teen births, families living in poverty or infant mortality. More than 3.3 million home visits have "Your Full-Service Service Station" 466-0133 For Pay At the Pump Gas & Diesel Fuel ALL TIRES." FREE MOUNT FREE BALANCE FREE TIRE VAL YES BRAKE SPECIAL: FRONT PAPS ONLY LIFE lIME WARRANTY WEAR V R GOLO $69.95 WAGNER $79.95 COMPUTER SCAN Mechanic Nick Connell We're drivers too. Roy bluffthatjutted over the river. This towards the rock pileup. hooknose had to be blasted off the I saw a red blotch in the track - a face of the mountain. The contractor bleeding man. The track walker! figured one big blast would do it. He He had been on the tracks when decided to use Judson, a special the blast went off. I had thought him slow-acting powder, confident it dead, having seen him fall under the would jar the bluff free of its grip spray of debris. But he was alive - and topple it gently into the river, unconscious and bloody, but, The blast was to go off at 6:00 a. miraculously, with no broken bones. m. but was delayed, with one thing Rocks around him were as big as and another, for more than an hour. kegs. I had my doubts about it all. No. 3, Then I heard it. A train whistle. the crack westbound-train, the No, 3 blowing for Fayette station FAST-FLYING VIRGINIA was four miles away. I had to Warn it. due across the river at 10 a.m. i had I took the track walker's flag and suggested we delay the shot until torpedoes and stumbled eastward the train had passed, up the track. But I couldn't make it But the contractor insisted there - couldn't. I was passing out. In was no danger of blocking the main desperation, I fastened the line If a few rocks did fly onto the torpedoes to the rail, hoping they'd track there would be time to clear go off in warning. them off, he said. He couldn't let his Then - darkness. Next thing I men stand idle and, besides, maybe knew I was awake again and the the train would be hours late. train's engineer was hovering over So the blast went off. But instead me. "Thank God, you stopped me," of the muffled, gentle blast the he said. "I would have plowed into contractor had expected, the that mess at fifty miles an hour!" mountain belched its side loose with Passengers from the train spilled tremendous fury, erupting rocks, onto the tracks, including a dirt and stumps into the river and distinguished, white-haired onto the opposite bank, blocking the gentleman. "Young man," he said, tracks. "we owe you our lives. Swimming And No. 3 due anytime! For it that river- imagine!" could be on time as well as late. The white-haired gentleman, of Something had to be done - fast! course, was George W. Stevens, C. Someone had to cross the river, to & 0. President. While the track was flag No. 3, but nobody would, being cleared he insisted I have Somebody had te warn it, andithad lunch in his car, occupied by to be me, I decided, numerous dignitaries. Everyone protested - I'd get killed Soon after, I was promoted to take trying to swim that choppy, wild full charge of the tracklaying job - river. But I rigged up a harness and thanks to Mr. Stevens. The track tied a half-inch rope to it. I slipped later became an important link in off my jacket and shoes and dipped the east bound main line. into the dark, icy, violent water. The That's how I took a big step up current pucked me under, slapping the ladder. Fortunately, I was able me against rocks. I thought my to haul my skin up with me. lungs would burst. Barely conscious Note: Author L. B. Allen, a I fought for air, struggling to reach C&O vice president, retired in 1947 the other bank. after forty-seven active years with I made it - half alive. Tattered, the railroad. bleeding, frozen, I pulled myself up He was the father of Mrs. J. N. to the track level and hobbled Wills, Hinton. W. VA. Faro ,816 ilies Th and Visiting Pro been oonduCted through the MIECHV Program, serving parents and children in 893 counties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories. Three-fourths of families participating in the program had household incomes at or below 100 percent of the,Federal Poverty Level. "The MIECHV Program helps parents and caregivers connect with services and resources and improve the skills they need to support their families 'well-being and provide the best opportunities for ,their children," said HRSA Associate Administrator for Maternal and Child Health Michael Lu, M.D M.S M.P.H. "In these voluntary programs, trained nurses, social workers, early childhood educators, or other trained professionals meet regularly with expectant parents or families with young children in their homes, building strong, positive relationships with families who want and need support." Administered by HRSA, in to rough the Idhood partnership with the Administration for Children and Families, the MIECHV Program gives pregnant women and families, particularly those considered at-risk, necessary resources and skills to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn. Funded through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 through FY 2017, the MIECHV program is also addressing HHS' clinical priorities such as the opioid crisis, serious mental illness, and childhood obesity. Nationwide, $342 million in funding was awarded to 55 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations. Or more information on HRSA's Home Visiting Program, visit httpd /mchb .hrs a. gov/progr ares/ homevisting, or a list of awardees, visit https:Umchb.krsa.govi maternal-child-health-initiatives/ home-visiting/fyl 7-home-visting- awards. AGENDA Summers County Board of Education Regular Meeting September 26, 2017, 5:30 p.m. Summers County Board of Education Office 1 Roll Call 2 Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance 3 Approval of Agenda/ Adjustments 4 Presentations 5 Consent Items Approve Minutes from September 12, 2017 Approve Payment of Bills Approve Transfers and Supplements Approve Out of State Travel Request Approve Student Transfer Request 6. Old Business Policies to remain on review- VII- B-3 Attendance Policy and V-I-5 Public Use of the Gym and Weight Room at Summers County High School 7. New Business 8. Personnel Items 9 Superintendent's Report 10. Public Comments 11. Adjournment 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- HEALTH DEPARTMENT SCHEDULE Immunizations are given every Monday and Wednesday at the Summers County Health Department. Please call if any questions 304-466-3388. i nl Main Street Care Certified nursing assistant applications being accepted Now accepting private pay and Medicaid residents A small nursing home located on 3rd floor of summers county hospital. 304-466-6090 OFFICE HOURS Hinton News is open Monday thru Thursday Business Hours: Mon. & Tue.: 9 am to 4 pm. Wed,: 9 am to 12 pm. Thurs,: 9 am to 4 pm. Have a plumbingp blem? Calll Donnie Zimmerman for quick, efficient, friendy service anytime, any day. 304-222-2630 Licensed Master Plumber T ~ .t ~f 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 phone number. The telephone number will not be published. 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, P. O. Box 1000, Hinten, WV 25951. i