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/ m Volume 79 No'J 53 HINTON NEWS Continuing the Hinton Daily News 'Home of Lake Bluestone' i Hinton, West'Virginia Thursday November 6, 1980 I [ I I r oJ 1 Search Yields Su ect Local Winners four-wheel-drive bucked and bounced back to the hard road and as they reached the city limits, a trainman reported by radio that he had seen a rider fitting the description riding the drawheads on an eastbound coal train. Wheeler radioed the informa- tion to the deputies and the four headed for the Big Bend Tunnel as Wheeler told the engineer to hold his speed. The four took up positions in a cut before the tunnel and Wheeler radioed the train to stop when he was in position. The trainman had spotted the fugitive about thirty cars from the end of a 125-car train. Wheeler wanted to avoid stopping the engines in the tunnel because of the exhaust fumes. One deputy took up a position on each side of the train at one end of the cut, and Wheeler took a position atop the bank where he could see the tops of the cars. A yard worker had report- ed seeing no one on the draw- heads between cars as the train passed him, so Wheeler assum- ed the rider was riding in the coal if he was still on the train at all. A fourth man, who asked to remain anonymous, was a little further to the front of the train to hold the fugitive in the cut. The fourth man didn't know Ihat Phil Gwinn and .lames Beasley from the State Prison for Women had arrived and sealed the far end of the cut. atop the cars to keep the fugitive from slipping away as the lawmen moved along side the cars. He heard someone running along the train and looked over the side. Wheeler saw the movement'and swung the l2 gauge riot shotgun into position. Both men froze for an instant as the color drained from Number four's face. The agent recognized his compan- ion and turned to start back along the train. Ball had spot- ted Number Four atop the train and stopped a couple cars away. Jeffries and Wheeler were moving beck along the train toward the rear and had drawn nearly opposite Ball. Suddenly Number Four shout- ed, "There he is!" or a facsim- ile, as the fugitive popped up from the coal two ears ahead. The fugitive turned toward the shout and quickly raised his hands. A .357 magnum faced him at eye-level two cars away, two'more from the ground with Wheeler's shotgun muzzle top- ping off the landscape. 'Tm just hopping a freight", insisted the fugitive. "Don't move," was the only reply. "My bedroll's up here", the fugitive said. "Don't reach for it, don't move," Wheeler in- structed. Checking that every- one had the rider covered, Wheeler then gave step by step instruction for climbing down. He and Jeffries covered the man from the ground as No. Four changed position to cover from above. The fugitive be- came reluctant when instruct. ed to lie face down, spread- eagled on the ground.  Jeffries encouraged him with a scream- ed, "Hit it!". The fugitive was cuffed and led to the vehicles and read his rights. His wallet contained papers identifying him as Grover Brown of Spring- field, Ohio. Fingerprint results are not back yet. Two people have identified Brown as "deft nitely not Williams," but famil- iar, perhaps having run in the same circles. FBI agents show- ed up an hour or two later to question Brown. They said the resemblence to Williams was close. The FBI was apparently rounding up dogs and heli- copters when Brown was cap- tured. They weren't taking any chances either. Williams is said to be very adept at changing his appearance and identification would be no problem for him. Still, the consensus is that Brown is not Williams. After all, Wheeler is still alive after a one-on-one, point-blank con- frontation, and Brown was un- armed, neither a likelyhood in dealing with Williams. After the incident, Number Four said,"Thank God Bobby's ceol under pressure. We were mentally geared for Williams; he could have blown me off the top of the car. I'm glad Brown wasn't any closer when he popped up; I don't remember drawing." Wheeler and Number Four were bol hered by Brown's hair, short on lop and long on the sides, with the long part much lighter than the rest, as if it had been bleached. Gwinn and Beasley were troubled by the eyes. In fact they asked for photos to wire to Moundsville for a positive identification. Before Brown was taken into custody, Wheeler said "I just want to know who he is. If I had arrested.him, he might have gotten a couple days in jail for trespass. He didn't want any part of that and threw a piece of steel at me after he started rUnning away." Brown has ask- ed for a jury trial in magistrate court on a charge of resisting arrest. He pleaded guilty to trespass and was sentenced to five days in the County Jail. "He was draggin' me through the ballast rocks; I had to shoot or back off, so I backed off." It wasn't the first time Bobby Wheeler had been in that spot, and it probably won't be the last. Wheeler is a Special Agent for the Chessie system and covers a big chunk of southern West Virginia alone. "Maybe it wasn't him, but I'd like to know for sure. Whoever he is, he's hot." Wheeler pulled the want- ed po!jer from his coat pocket again'Vhat bothered him was that he may have let Ron Williams escape, right here in Hinton. Williams was serving time in the State penitentiary at Moundsville for killing a police- man in Beckley. He escaped about a year ago with fifteen other inmates and killed an off-duty state trooper in the process. Williams is th= only. one of the escapees that rema- ins at large. He's made the FBI's ten most wanted list. Wheeler called for assistance in the rail yards in Avis near the Greenbrier River. Chief Gary Miller of the Hinton City Police, Cpl. G.B. Browning of the State Police, Sgt. J.W. Jeffries and Deputy J.A. Ball of the Sheriff's Department arriv- ed within minutes. Wheeler thought the subject took to the wtuds after he escaped. The group searched the wds to the bottom of the cliffs bul found no sign of the fugitive Browning headed up Route 3. Miller cruised Avis, The Deputies circled 'to the Greenbrier Cemetery and Pea Vine ttollow was the destina- tion of Wheeler and a compan- ion. About the time Wheeler and his sidekick had gone to the end of the narrow dirt track and searched an abandoned cabin, the deputies radioed for the agent to return to town. The As the train stopped, Wheeler was informed that someone was seen climbing down the side of a car, so Wheeler dropped off the bank to move back along the train. As he descended, he caught a glimpse of someone atop the train about thirly cars from the end. In the meantime, Number four thought it best to climb Area Brief "Mossie and the Strippers," New Drama Here November 13 when this story takes place, in 1969, strip mining laws were n't enforced and there were prob- lems." Wheeler added that the ecology activists aren't going to be too happy about' Mossie's fight either. " _ the anti -strippers are going to think she sold out." Admission to this Theater Wesl Virginia show which is being co - sponsored by Ece MOSSIE AND THE STRIPPERS is a powerful drama about Mossie, the wife of a retired coal miner, and her brave fight against the coal operators who strip mine her land. In her bitter struggle, Mos- sie gains the courage to speak up for her rights, and finally . late in her life, she becomes her own person. Native West Virginian Billy Edd Wheeler, author of the famous song "Coward of the County" whcih Kenny Rogers recently recorded wrote MOSSIE AND THE STRIPP- ERS. "I'm not anti-coal. I've gro- wn up wtih coal in my blood. But the coal miners mlght think otherwise after seeing MOSSIE, " he said. "Back Theater and the Hinton High School Drama Club is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. MOSSIE AND THE STRIPP- ERS will be performed at the Hinton High School Auditorium on Thursday, November 13, 1960 at 8 o' clock. Review of Mossle and The Strippers By Maryat Lee We piled in the car and went to Charleston for the grand opening of Mosaic and the St- rippers by Billie dd Wheel- er. It was the world 'premier with SIlO t standing room only). We stood against a side wall because we didn't arrive an hour early. It was worth every minute. Folks, this is a slam bang, funny, tender portrait of a married couple after their chil- dren are grown up and gone. Many times I have criticiz- ed Theatre West Virginia for doing sMe, old plays. Others have criticized them for the language i8 last year's play. But I am assured by Ewel Cornet that there will be no bad words in the Hinton perform. anee. Don't miss this NEW - not imported play from New York -- a mountain comedy that gen- uinely exposes the wonderful humor, timing, integrity and vivid ( and clean! ) language of people in this area. No Cure Insulin was discovered in I921 by Dr. Frederick Bant- ing and Dr. Charles H. Beat. While Insulin helps diabetics lead normal and productive lives, it does not cure dish. etes. But you can live with diabetes, if you learn how. Contact your local American Diabetes Association office for information. Call 466- 1382. Blume, Eagle, Mock, and Gilbert were the apparent win- ners in contested county races in 'Tuesday's election. "Bud" Shanks lost the Sheriff's race to Democrat candidate Jim Blume by 650 votes while Re- publican Harold Eagle defeat- ed Democrat incumbent Perry Mann by 661 votes in the Prosecutor's race. Don Mock won a landslide victory in the Board of Educa- tion race, chalking up 2937 votes while his nearest oppon- ent, Dallas Meadows, collected only 1009 votes. Mock totaled more votes than all three of his opponents who collectively gathered only 2131. John Gilbert defeated Rick Eades for the County Commis- sion seat by a 3013 to 2382 margin. Republican Congressional candidate Cleve Benedict upset Pat Hamilton by a 2927-2440 total. Benedict also won the district. Carter carried the county with 56 percent of the vote over Reagan while Rockefeller took just under 54 percent of the local vote over Moore. Carter and Rockefeller also carried the state, although Regean won a landslide victory over Carter nationally. See page 10 for local results i 15 Cents. Kiwanis Player of the Week Bobcat Day Proclaimed to the Court House for a Snake Dance and Pep Rally that will begin at 10:45 AM Friday. The public is invited to participate. A group of' Hinton fans is asking everyone to wear orange and black to Saturday's game and take something orange to wave. Mayor Simms Wicker signed a Proclaimatiou Wednesday naming Friday "Bobcat Day" in Hlnton. Pictured looking on as Wicker signs are (left to right) Joanie Rookstool, Janet Chesne, Sue Cheene, and Jan Rogers. Wicker okayed the closing of Ballengee Street from the High School The Kiwanis Player.0f-the-Week is center Keith Hughes, son of William A. and Jenny Hughes. Parvovirus Epidemic Expected in County valent for sometime in the southern part of the United St- ates but only this summer has it been diagnosed in this part of West Virginia and southwest Virginia. At this time it is not of epidemic proportions m mm area but it is expected to be within the next 30 days. Parvo virus infection in dogs has invaded Summers County. Over twenty cases has been diagnosed here in the past few days and obviously there is no way of knowing how many dogs get sick and die with this that are never diagnosed or treated. The disease is characteriz- ed by a sudden onset with profu..s, e vomiting and diarrhea, usually with some blood. The animal rapidly becomes very weak, depressed and dehydr- ated and dies within 36 to 72 hours. Parvo infection has been pre- Area veterinarians are en- couraging owners to have their dogs vaccinated. It has proven very effective against the mal- ady and consists of two inj- ections given at 2 to 3 week intervals. Area Obituaries Mrs. Ruby Bragg of Brooks. Funeral services will be Th- ursday at 2 p.m. in the Ron- aid Meadows Funeral Parlors in Hinton. Burial will be in the Cook Cemetery at Pipestem. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. GODDARD Arzy Goddard. 54, formerly of Meadow Bridge, was found dead Sunday at home. Accor4ing to police and cor- oner's office officials in Cleve- land, Goddard was found on his bed by a friend. He was dead on arrival at a Cleveland area hospital. He had last been seen October 27, officials said. Officials said they suspect carbon monoxide poisoning ho- wever, test results have not been confirmed. Born Aug. 28, 1926, in Sum. mers County, he was a sonof the late Myrlen and Pansy Williams Goddard. Mr. Goddard, having living in Cleveland for 20 years, was a Navy veteran, t Survivors include three dau- ghters, Oleta Goddard, Mrs. Opal Hedgeke and Linda God- dard; a son, Herbert Goddard, and a step son, Franklin Va- ndall, all of Cleveland, and seven grand children. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in Calfee Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Freddie Dinkier officiat- ing. Burial will be In the Pros- perity Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. BISHOP Roy B. (Red) Bishop), 72 , died Tuesday in a Hinton hos- pital after a short illness. Born in Hinton, Sept. 5, 1908, he was a son of the late George H. and Nora Meador Bishop. Mr. Bishop had lived most of his life in Hinton, a World War II veteran and a member of the Bluestone Baptist Church at Jumping Branch. Survivors include a brother, Mark Bishop of Charlottesville , Va., and a sister, Mrs. C.E. Miller of Mechaniesville, Va. The body is at Ronald Me- adows Funeral Parlors in Hin- ton. BRAGG Robert A. Bragg, 44, died Tuesday at home of an appar- ent accidental gunshot wound, police said. Born in Summers County, Dec. l, 1935, he was a son of the late John Bragg. lifelong resident of Sum- mers County, he was employ- ed as a butcher by the Food- land store. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Phillips Bragg; a dau- ghter, Melanle Bragg, and a son, Roger Brargg, both of Brooks;.a step son, Keith Tal- bert, and two stepdaughters' Sandra and Pamela Talbert, all at home; two brothers, Les- ter and William Bragg, both of Brooks, and five sisters, Mrs. Dessie Lilly of Forest Hill, Mrs. Edith Hall and Mrs. Mary Ward, both of Hinton, Mrs. Amy Miller of Memo, Ark., and Photo by Sally Hayslette Ketth has played a key role as offensive center during the Bobcats' 9-1 season. Subscribe Today ..... SERVICE CLUB The Service Club will meet at the home of Mrs. W.G. Meador Thursday November 6th at 7: 30 p.m. Members unable to .attend please notify the hos- tess. EASTERN STAR Silver Leaf Chapter Order of the Eastern Star will have a school of instruction on Nov- ember 9th at 1:30. Evelyn Roberts will be instructor. All officers are urged to be present and bring a cover dish. AVIS FLOWER CLUB The Avis Flower Club will meet Monday November 10 at 7:00 P.M. at the Avis School. Evelyn ShuU hostess. Memb- ers are asked to bring gifts for mailing . Lena Turner door prize WOMAN'S CLUB The regular monthly meet- ing of the Hinton Woman's Club will be held Monday ev- ening November t0th at 7:30 POST 450O The ladies auxiliary to V.F. W. Casey M. Jones Pint will meet Thursday November 6 at 7 P.M. at post home on 2rid Avenue. All members are ask- ed to attend. EASTERN STAR Talcott Chapter No. 139 Ord- er of the Eastern Star will be sponsoring a bake sale aercu from the Mountaineer Food Store at Talcott Saturday No- vember 8 beginning 9 a.m. There will also be hand made items for sale. RUMMAGE SALE Addle Gooch Sunday School Class will hold a rummage sale in the Methodist Church Edu- cational Building Friday and Saturday November 7, 8 from g - 2p.m. YOUTH RALLY Youth Rally will be held at the Pillar of Truth Church o1 P.M. in the Memorial Building. November 8 at 7 p.m. Featured Kroger Company will pres- stagers will be the Believers ent the program " Consumers Quarter of Roanoke, Virginia, Information on Fruits and Ve-- and a youth choir from Beck. getables." Icy. Mrs. J.O. Carden and her Rov. Tommy Mounts invit committee will be hostesses, everyone to attend. DANCE The Hinton Lions Club will sponsor a dance at the Hinton National Guard Armory Nov- ember 15. The dance will fea- ture the big band sound of the Concord Commanders and tick- eta will cost $10 per couple, $6 single. The dance will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets may be purchased from any Lions Club member and further informa- tion may be gotten from Dr. Edward P. Lilly at 466- 3696. DATE CHANGE The date of the Hinton High School Band Skate- A - Thon has been changed to November 11 due to a ball game that day. PUBLIC MEETING There will be a public meet- ing of the Summers County Services Council on November 13 at 7 P.M. in the basement of the St. Patrick's Catholic Ch- urch. The public is invited to attend. DELPHI CLUB The Hinton Delphi Club will meet Tuesday November 11 at the Hinton Moore3 Lodge at I p.m. GARDEN CLUB The Bluestone Lake Garden Club meeting has been post poned from Monday November 10 to Monday November 17. It will meet at the home of Mrs. T.Q. Johnston, 423 Third Ave. AMERICAN LEGION The Pack- Richardson Post No. 51 the American Lemon 'will meet Thursday, evening at 7PM in the legion room Mem- orial Building. All members please be present. APPLICATION8 The Summers County Sarvi- ces Council ls now accepting applications for the I.w In- come Energy Assiatanea Preg- ram. Call 466- 4785.