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Th00HIN NNEWS H o me of 00tile W'2 'Wate/=i est iv a 1 i,iJ Volume 92 No. 27 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Oct. 26, 1993 25 Cents Gwinn Landfill Filming for the last big action scene in the new movie "Lassie  began yesterday at Sandstone Falls. Shown with Lassie on the set is executive producer Mike Rachmil. Lassie is in. Hinton  By Fred Long Lassie is in Hinton, at the Sand- stone Falls, filming a rescue scene for a feature film that will be re. leased to theaters worldwide next year. "I can't give away the last scene,  said Mike Rachmil, executive pro- ducer of the production. "It's the last big action scene in the move!" The movie Lseie'; produced by Lorne Michaels and directed by Daniel Petrie, began production in Tazewell, Va., on Oct. 12 and is expected to be completed by Dec. 16, he said. "Everyone wanted this movie to made in their state, Vir- ginia won." Sandstone Falls was selected because it's exactly what we were lokin_g for. We scouted 1,200 miles from Staunton [Virginia] to here and back. This place is perfect for what we were looking for." The ramp.to the falls, installed by the National Park Service, was icing on the cake," he said. Yesterday the production crew began setting up for what will be an estimated five days of filming. They intend to return to Tazewell on Sat. 9rday. Lassie was on the set, sitting peacefully in the shade with his trainer, while crewmen set up cam- eras and eqtfipment+for that day's shot. Security men, with badges, stood around preventing unauthor- ized people from entering the closed set. The only reference made suggest- ing the plot came when Rachmil said the movie is a rsde of an American classic  that goes back to the silent screen. The film in being made by EEE- WAW-KEE, Inc., a name selected because in the original TV series that was the yell Porky used to call Timmy from his house. "It was like a code word for him to come outside," Rachmil said. The movie will be distributed by Paramount Pictures Corp. and is "G  rated. Along with Lassie, the movie stars: Tom Guiry, playing the part of the boy; Britiany Boyd, plays his girl friend, while John Tenney is cast as his father and Helen Slater, as his mother. They have 127 people employed. Local headquarters have been set up at City Hall in the former office of the chief of police. The production crew prepares for the first day of filming. Pipestem I Sandstone Closure Hearing For the third time the county school system is taking steps to cloee Pipestem and Sandstone Eleman- tery school and a public hearing will beheld next month for county resi- dents to voice their opinion prior to official action on Nov. 18. A public hearing for both Pipestem gnd Sandstone school will he held at the Board's office on Main St. at 6:30 p., Nov. 16. Students in the Pipestem area will be given the op thin to attend Hinton Area Elemen- tary School or Sun Valley Elemen- tary School, in Mercer County. Students in the Sandstone area will attend Hinton Area Elementary. The Board is expected to approve closure of both school along with clomng the 9th grade at Taleott for transfer to the new Summers County High School. School Superintendent ichie" Rodes said a hearing was not re- quired for closing Ta]eott's 9th grado. "You are only required to hold a public hearing when the hool eye- tam is proposing to dew an entire echool," he raft& Closing the school will help re- duce the 1MO0,O00 deficit that the school system is facing at the end of June andmest requirements for the onstruction of the countlfs new high school. Most Modern, Safest, in State By Fred Long Solid waste landfills conjure up visions ofunsightIy garbage spewed haphazardly across a stripped field of mother earth; while rubble and exposed trash fill the air with a pungent stanch. Not sowith thenew landfill in Summers County. Al- though the thought ofalandfill never generates a pretty sight, because an environmentally correct landfill has never existed in this state, Philip and Lynn Gwinn, of Green Sulphur Springs, is changing that. Today they operate the first, and only, ]egally correct," environmentally safe, landfill in West Virginia. It took seven years from start to finish for Philip, and his wife Lynn, to obtain a permit from the state to open the landfill on their Irish Mountain property, near Meadow Bridge, where Greenbrier, Fayette and Summers meet, because opposi- tion from an environmental group, Tri-County Citizens for Irish Moun- tain, bitterly opposed the project. "We never gave up," Philip said. "We nev felt ke stopping." nat's'right," Lynn interjected. 'Tie lived through the dog being shot, the windows being shot out. My life threatened on the phone." They have caller ID  now, just in case the threats begin again, she said. While they fought legal battles to stop the landfill, federal and state regulations changed continuously, imposing stiffer regulations that would protect the environment from unnecessary pollution. The end result is the "only legally correct landfill in the state," Philip said. "Our landfill is the most modern, the safest, cleanliest, state-of-the.art, landfill in the state." "I'm really proud of it,  his wife Lynn said. qt's a real clean facility. We need people in the county to support us, because we're not going to do anything to damage the integ- rity of our landfill? Groundwater, Philip said, is pro- tected by a double thick liner system which involves a synthetic liner that is stretched over five and a half feet of compacted clay. Experts, he said, say if the synthetic liner should ever get a whole in it, it would take at least 500 years for any leakage from the landfill to penetrate down to the undisturbed soil below. In addition a leachate collection system adds further protection to groundwater. A complex drainage system below the refuse, before reaching the syn- t]mtic liner, collects rainwater as it penetrates the trash. It eventually ends up in a leachate pond and is treated at the Shady Spring Public Service District before it is released The 51-acre landfill has a llfe expeetane of, about 20 years. Monitoring well& in the background, detect any problem with the into streams. Another safeguard is a number of "monitoring wells," betweenthelandfill and the leachate pond, where twice a month the wa- .ter is checked to insure that the system is operating properly. "No one else has done what we have done," Philip said, pointing out that new federal Environmental Protection Agencyregulation require a double liner for all landfills that accept over 100 tons of trash a day. The new regulations, which went into effect on Oct. 9, "say any landfill that receives more than 100 tone a day would be closed. This is the state of West Virginia and none of them have been closed," Philip said; although some have been dosed in Virginia. "At some point in time the state will have to make landfills comply, or shut them down," he said. The point is a matter of irritation because of the hard fought fight they had to experience before obtaining a state permit to operate. Groundwa- ter from every landfill in the state, except Summers County, is jeopard- izes by permitting inferior landfills in other counties to operate, Philip explained, while their dumping fee is only two dollars more per ton as compared to surrounding landfills. q would gladly pay two dollars more a month for clean drinking water," Lynn said. Gwinn can accept garbage from any county in the state and the per- mit calls for a maximum of 394 tons a day,"but we haven't hit 100 tons a drainage symtem that collects leachers in the poad below. .... :!!i: I]IIISIIIII[ '> ' i :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: An unidentified Meadow Bridge man prepares to pay his dumping fee while Steve Ford, on one of two computer systems, takes down information. day, yet." Philip said. "Our number one priority is to take care of Sum- mers County. We are doing that." The landfill is a 51.acre site, and Gwinn said when trash backs be- hind the Bluestone Dam again they will he ready to take the refuse. One free dumping day a month will also help protect the environment, Lynn said, because it leaves "no excuse for people to throw trash over the hill. Thatfs the main idea behind it? In addition to protecting the envi- ronment, Philip said, the landfill is employing 16 people, including se. curity guards around the dock. lis will be a boost to the county once we reach our full potential" because the county Solid Waste Authority receives fifty cents for each ton collected at the landfill. County taxes levied against the facility total "$50,000 a year," he said. The landfill accepts household garbege and other domestic solid waste, paper, litter, cans, bottles, rubbish, trees, yard refuse, house- hold fireplace ash, demolition and construction refuse, street and alley waste, appliances and dead animals. New Restaurant and Video Business Hopefully the community will sup- port their local businesses." "We have a lot of confidence in Hinton," Hall said, "and we believe this business will pay back our in- vestment. This is a local business. Our financing came through the First National Bank and we've done everything we could locally. The money will stay in the Hinton area." Yesterday the video rental busi- ness at the shopping center dosed and Belle began moving his stock to the new building. The restaurant, with seating for 80, will open on Nov. 2. The restaurant will offer lunch and dinner in a family setting, Hall said. `we're not going to open for breakfast, just yet. We may do that eventually. Right now our hours will he 10:.30 am to 9:00 pro., Sunday 10:30 to 7:00. We'll offer five differ- ent kinds ofstesk, seafood, it's going to be a full service restaurant." And delivery servies, Bello said. His other child is Brianna, four. Summers County's newest business, Neighborhood Station. couresl I Last Sunday, Oct. 17, Nick's wife, Susan, gave birth to a baby girl, Alymm, the second of two children. The birth came oft hie father-in-law's birthday, Larry Hall, co-owner, and in the midst of final arrangements to open flmir family ramlrant mul vidoorental bus/neu, Neighborhood By Fred Long What would be meet exciting? Seeing a life long dream of owning your own family restaurant fulfilled, or having a beby7 After experienc- ing both, this month, the answer is ea for Nick Belle, who will open his now business m Stokss drtw Saturday. q[aving a ]mby of Station, between Tony's and the Pizza Hut. "He [Larry] couldn't have asked for a better birthday present," Belle mid yesterday between interviews for 30 jobs that he intends to fill. "You couldn't ask for a better month. rm excited, nervous, anxious, eve- rything about opening the restau- rant. The closer we get to opening the more exalted I get." Belle, who has operated a video rental and dell business at the shop- ping center for the past six years, joirmd forces with hie fat]mr-in-law, a Peterstown contractor, early this year to build the new family busi- ness. Hall will take care of.the financial end of the enterprise while Belle will manage the day to day operation. Betlo, almofPetsretown, lumbeen in the restaurant business all of his adult lif% he said. "This has always been my dream," he said. "Ever dnee I w in hlllh mhooL Ial- ways wanted my own restaurant.