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2 - Hinton News Tues. Dec. 17, 1991 From Page 1 Dillon's Opinion I'm proud of my record and I'm still 100% in favor of a new high sdaool and if we had made these cuts two years ago we would be in the black instead olin the red.  Board member Bill Mathews addressed the audience saying =it seems to me that there is a conspir- acy between the editor of our local paper and other agitators to demean, discredit and undermine the good men and members of this Board- namely Mr. Dillon, Mr. Neely and myself. If this Board is in debt it is do different then the government of the United States, the Summers County Commission, the Sheriffs office and all of these bodies have fine upstanding people trying to run the business of state. If you didn't think they were upstanding you wouldn't have put them in there to start with." Mathews said the defict =did not comeover night. Itsbeen happening for some time. But only now it seems to be brought to light: Why? Thank God for Mr. Redes. Under his lead- ership and scrutiny it is being looked into and we are trying to correct it.  Mathews noted that about 20 bus drivers were in the audience. =At four people to a family, I hope we don't lose this levy by less than 80 votes,  Hinton High School girls basket- ball coachep Rort Williams and Wayne Ryan were presented with =Certificates of Achievement  for their outstanding basketball pro- grams at the outset of the meeting. Dillon noted that Williams be- came head of the girl basketball program in 1987 anl in 1988 his team won the state AA champion- ship and he was named Coach of the Year. Every year since 1988 his team has played in the state cham- pionship games. Ryan is head of the junior high girlsbasketball program and Williams' assistant. Williams said his program is successful )ecause of the support of the community. I wonder how many other basketball coaches are recog- nized by their Board of Education?  Williams noted that the girls are dedicated team players that =want to play. They give 100% and they are a pleasure to work with because they work as a team." Many of his former players are in college, he said, and several won sports scholarships. He said Ryan works with the youriger girls and gets them ready for him, explaining that he and Ryan also work as a team. Ryan said the children are =tre- mendous kids. We have kids that are true leaders.  LETTERS TO THE=EDITOR Mathews Attack On Kessler Insulting Editor concerned with the 34% dropout rate Over the Thanksgiving holidays, I had a chance to visit my hometown. It was indeed a pleasure to learn on Sat. that a fellow classmate, Jerry Cooper, had been named sheriffand I would like to take this opportunity to publicly congratulate him on his new position and to encourage the residents of Summers Co. to support this fine gentleman in this most difficult time and position. That, frankly, is all the good that I ob- served in three days. After reading the last several issues of the Hinton News, I was deeply saddened. When my wife and l were first married, we use to read the Meadow River Post and have numerouslaughs at the type to times that graced the news in that paper. The Post can't hold a candle to the current News. and the quality of education the youth of Summers County should be getting. That's what he was elected for, wasn't it? Why doesn't some of the voters take him to task over his obvious inability to really get a grasp on the problems of the local educa- tional system. "Thi s anal-re tentive, pompous bore should investigate why the teachers in the school system fail to motivate the students to learn, to challenge them to excel, to encourage them to make the sacrifice and succeed aca- demically. Its had to do this type of work when one is offin a dark corner searching for demons. Mr. Kessler, I en :ourage you to ignore the babblings of a seriously demented personality and continue to perform to your best. Since no one who lives in the city or the county Pharmacy & Your Health If there is nothing better.to pld:i:.@.u rt you ir your tsks, ir3Onr tlr than the pabHc lydch:-: '; nere h  outraged t Mathvs,: . ing of the local school board treas- I will ask, rda I will DtIAND at ureryoumightconsiderleavingthat Mathew publicly apologize for his space blank. Bill Mathews public attack of Billy Joe Kessler should have insulted every person who marked a C' in Mathews' ballot box. As a member of the school board and the human race Mathews should have better social graces than he obviously possesses. Is he too cow- ardly to ask questions during the beard meetings, or does he simply sleep through them. If Matthews was so incensed by Mr. Kessler's financial statements and the headings there on, common decency and decorum should have led him to suggest during the board meeting that confusing headings be changed to accurately reflect the nature of the transactions. To com- pound this breach of, etiquette now know that Mathews wasted his money sending his daughter to HARVARD. Maybe a refund should be requested. To appear so stupid as to believe that the bank would allow the school board to have an account overdraft of more than $100,000 leads one to question whether this individual has the mental capacity to be a functional school board member at all. As to the idiotic questions con- cerning the increasein expenditures from June, 1990, to June, 1991, the proper arena would justly have been the beard meeting. In asking ques- tions concerning the mechanics of infantile behavior towards you. You deserve it. In the future, when this man in another of his non-lucid state attempts to slander you, don't lower yourself to his level. Let he and Cleo search for their demons without your assistance. You are not qualified to argue with a fool. To the citizens of Hinton and Summers Co., have you taken a look around lately. The ghettos of Wash- ington, D.C., Baltimore, and N.Y. City look far better than your area and there are more opportu ni ties for advancement in the latter areas. Your elected officials (leaders) should be formulating a plan to enhance the economic stature which will create new jobs for your youth which in turn will require them to seek and demand a quality education. Don't you wonder why your sons and daughters LEAVE? If not, THERE IS NO OPPORTUNITY FOR FU- TURE FOR THEM IN THEIR HOMETOWN. The area along Greenbrier Drive between Pizza Hut and Krogerslooks worse than Leonard Sears'junk yard ever did. It really needs tobe cleaned up. The downtown Hinton area looks like a ghost town, with no historical value. Where is the commerce? Where are the jobs? Where are the opportunities? Where is your children's future? Somewhere Else, USA2!! By Roy C. Long LOCAL MAN MAKES GOOD: "I sometimes think that the dif- ference between staying put and moving ahead is the difference be- tween self-distrust and self-faith. When we refuse to look ahead, we admit that we have no faith, no desire to move on - but it is when we look forward to the job ahead that we admit to ourselves what the scien- tist recognizes throughout the uni- verse, and that is that nothing is still, static, or fixed. The more amen can understand of himself, the bet- ter he will understand his friends and fellow-workers. But then, you have got to give yourself a chance.  The above was spoken by Mr. E. M. Whanger when he was inter- viewed by Fred Rotherrnell, a write for TRACKS, C&O R'y Magazine for his article, =The Job Ahead,  in the Nov. 1954 issue. Edgar McDonald Whanger, known by his many Hinton friends since high school days as Jake , was born at Fort Spring, W.Va. The son of Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Whanger whose residence was on Main St. and whose father, also a railroad man, spent 52 years in C&O service, in the Maintenance ofway and Stores Departments. Jake attended elementary and high schools in Hinton and Wash- ington and Lee University at Lex- ington, Va. He began his railroad career at Hinton in 1912 in the Transportation Department as a messenger at the passenger depot. Subsequently he was a clerk, time- keeper and accountant at Hinton. He then transferred to the Mechani- cal Department and began a ma- chinist apprenticeship in the shops Letter to the Editor Bothered by so called Gag-Rule Dear Editor: I was told a member of the Board of Education publicly ridiculed you and your paper at a Board meeting Thurs. Dec. 12th. It reminded me of the infantile demeanor of a former public official who tried to intimi- date the lress in recent years. I was told of the character you displayed in completely ignoring the ludicrous remarks. But that is not why I am writing this letter. I want Mr. Gill in Leesburg, Va., to know I too support Joe Kessler and would defend him but I have every confidence Joe is smart enough to stay way out front on his B of E adversaries. I am bothered by the so called 'GAG RULE'. Is it a one way rule? John Lilly, in his letter (Dec. 10 msue Hinton News) said, "There is much that needs to be said, but Dr. Mathews, Mr. Dillon and Mr. Neely's attorney has a =gag rule" in the Tassos Agreement that keeps me Pieces Many anxius moments have passed throughout your life, hours of wondering and praying, discus- stuns with your wife. Searching for your family not sure of what to do but hoping someday God would answer and make your dream come true. When it seemed you were for- saken and you would always be alone, your family sen t the letter and hoped that you would phone. It seemed like an eternity before you called that night, to find that God had finally answered, he knew the time was right. Your family you see was missing a very special part, unaware the piece they were missing would be found inside your heart. Now the gathered pieces have been placed together very carefully, with the greatest love they have been bonded to last eternally. Written by: Alice Owens For her brother Bobby Mullins of Nimitz, WV., whom she was only informed about Oct. 12, 1991. SERVICEMEN IN THE NEWS silent ....  Yet, Mr. Dillon, in his letter (the same newspaper) alleged. =At the presentation in Morgantown last year, the SBA Committee was told by former Supt. Jim Tassos, Summers Countians are not inter- ested in education, they will not pass levies." In the first place, I don't believe Mr. Tassos said that and in the sec- ond place I believe Mr. Dillon vio- lated their gag rule. It reaffirms my doubts as to the credibility of some members of the B of E. We believe Mr. Dillon was attempting to put the blame on Mr. Tassos for Summers County not being funded for a new school. Dec. 14th. is the first time since I came to Summers County in 19401 have voted against a levy and this time only because of the irre- sponsible action of some B of E members much too numerous to mention here. I believe the levy vote is sendinga adate to the Board toshape up or slp out. I for one do not want Summers County tax dollars going to Mercer County through their at- torney who must be laughing all the way to the bank. The Board had a perfectly competent "attorney in Summers before they fired him for some trumped up reason. It is time the B of E shoulders its responsibil- ity for the school system being in its present condition. Not David Ziegler, nor Jim Tassos, nor Joe Kessler and most certainly not the good citizens of Summers County. Pay no attention to those few characters who would try to intimi- date you. Keep reporting the facts, both good and bad, as you have in the past. The press is sorely needed. Someone very eloquently put it to words when he said: =Freedom of the people rests upon freedom of the press, and the free- dom of the press rests upon one of the great truths and facts uttered by Christ, who said, =The truth shall make you free." There can be no freedom of the people without the Freedom of the Press. Chain it about with restructions which prevent it from presenting the facts and the truth, control it so that only that will be told those in control want told, and the people will be kept in dark- ness - and their freedom destroyed.  Roy C. Long 818 Summers St. Hinton, W.Va. 25951 at Hinton and Clifton Forge, Va. His first promotion came in 1925 when he was transferred to Colum- bus, Oh. as Mechanical Inspector for the C&O owned Hocking Valley Railway. Here he was in charge of locomotives, car and shop equipment inspections and various test work. During 1929 and 1930 Mr. Whanger was transferred to Cleveland, Oh., for locomotive development work on the C&O, Hocking Valley and Pere Marquette Railways. In 1930 he was transferred to the C&O owned Pete Marquette Railway as special repre- sentative in the office of Vice Presi- dent RJ. Bowman in Detroit, Mich. Mr. Bowman was later made Presi- dent of the PM and, still later, the C&O. Mr. Whanger's next big move came in 1937, when he was made Assistant to Vice President, Mainte- nance and Operation. In 1943 he was elevated to the position of Assis- tant to President R.J. Bowman of the Pere Marquette whose office was in Detroit. Mr. Rothermell had the following to say in his TRACKS article, Nov. 1945 issue: =Subject of our portrait for prog- ress is Edgar M. Whanger, Assis- tant to President Bowman of the Pere Marquette Railway, whose of- rice is in Detroit. An unassuming man with a ready smile and under- standing manner, he is called upon to perform a variety of special as- signments, in addition to regular and continuing duties including budget work, joint facility arrange- ments, and upkeep of personnel records. During the recently ended war period he was liaison officer in connection with several governmen- tal regulation agencies as they had a bearing on the maintenance and operation of PM such as Wage and Salary Stabilization, Service, etc. For three years he has been active in employe War Bond purchases through payrolls, acting as co-chair- man of PM's system War Bond Committee." What, he was asked,by Rother- reel!, would he make for. the case of opportunity, chance, luck, or call it what you will? =Opportunity is not a happy acci- dent, nor is it partial to the few," he replied. "Nor again, is it that some- thing we are too often prone to think of as 'pull', or special privilege.., of those born under a lucky star. I think that opportunity doesn't be without, so much as it lies within the man, and that it is how he is able to handle his capacity for taking advantage of opportunity that matters.  The Editor of The Independent Herald, published in Hinton Mar. 24, 1937 said of Jake Whanger on the announcement of his appoint- ment to Assistant to the Vice Presi- dent: He is a young man that we have always predicted would climb the ladder of success because ofhis splen- did ability, fine character, temper- ate habits and the energy and ambi- tion he has always displayed in any task he has undertaken. We con- gratulate Mr. Whanger upon his merited promotion and wish him and his estimable wife, who was formerly Miss Peggy Noel, of Hin- ton, continued success.  After retirement Mr. Whangsr and his wife, Catherine, lived in Charlottesville, Va., until his death in Dec. 1974. Mrs. Whanger was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Noel who resided on James St. in Hinton. Army National Guard Private From Page 1 Chrtstmas Parade positive manner. Mrs. Angotti and Mr. Briers represent a vision shared by many of the downtown businesses. The Hinton Key Club sponsored the 1991 Snow Court entry in the parade. Two Hinton High School .seniors shared the honor as Snow Queen. By popular vote Lisa Sel- domridge and Paige Gwinn were elected Snow Queen. The Snow Court attendants were selected from each Summers County Jr. High School School 9th grade class. Represent- ing the Hinton Jr. High School was Helen Boone. Sandstone Junior High elected Leri Shafer and Talcott Junior High selected Susan Turner. Awards were given to the follow- ing parade entries. FLOAT DIVISION 1st-- City ofHinton. 2nd  Epis- copal Youth Club. 3rd -- Summers Co. Food Service. BAND DIVISION 1st--Princeton High School. 2nd -- Hinton High School. WALKING/MARCHING DIVI- SION 1st -- Ramsey Elementary Jr. ROTC. 2nd-- Hinton B.P.W. 3rd-- Summers Co. Girl Scouts. HORSE DIVISION 1st -- Tasha & Tonna Richmond. AUTO DIVISION 1st---Jumping Branch Elemen- tary Cheerleaders. 2nd-- Summers Auto Sales. 3rd -- Upland Baptist Church. SAVE OIJR MOUNTAIN Save Our Mountains meeting every first Thurs. of every month. COR. Srd AVE. & TEMPLE fir. H INTON, WV PHONE 44-2t :::i::i:::!::!:i i : Ellison,R. Ph. Blood Pressure Control Without Medicines High blood pressure is best controlled through a combination of healthy behaviors and the use of medicines, when needed. Some people are able to keep their blood pressure in the proper range for their age by reducing the amount of salt in their diets, staying fit through appropriate amounts of exercise, stopping cigarette smok- ing, and handling excessive stress properly. If blood pressure is not controlled through these measures. high blood pressure medicines may be necessary. The benefits of taking high blood pressure medicines every day are well documented, However, some studies suggest that people can someumes stop taking blood pressure medicines without a rise in their blood pressure. Are there certain situations that may warrant the complete withdrawal of these medicines without risk to the pa- tient? A recent review of 19 stud- ies in which patients actually dis- continued taking their high blood pressure medicines provides sev- eral clues. According to the review, which occurred in the Journal of Ameri- can Medical Association, patients most likely to maintain a normal blood pressure drank no alcohol, were of normal body weight, were young, had been controlled with one medicine, and had little'or no damage to target organs such as the eyes. the school board, I was informed that all expenditures made by the treasurer were first approved by the school board. Maybe Mathews was asleep during Mr. Kessler's presen- tation and request for approval. We are not privilege to know how Mathews voted on these expendi- tures, most likely he voted to ap- I used to be proud to say that I was a native of Hinton, now my home- town is Leesburg, Va. Hinton should embarrass all of you, not just me. During our visit, I asked my fifteen year old daughter and fourteen year old sen would they like to live in Hinton. Aresoundi ng, "NO WAY!!!!  burst my ears. Upon reflecting that Scotty J. Richmond has completed the basic field artillery cannoneer course at Fort Sill, Okla. During the course, students were taught the duties ofhowitzer or gun section crewman. They also received instruction in communications, maintenance and the handling of ammunition and explosives. proved them as he was aroused from was my sentiments in 1965. No way. Richmond is the son of Homer E. his stupor. Continued on page 8 and Mettle J. Richmond of Hinton. Rather than attempt to ridicule a hardworking member of the school system, Mathews and other mem- bers of the board should be more Letters are welcome, but no more than one letter each month will bc accepted from the same writer, Pref- erence will be given to letters of 300 wordsor less. Lengcrletters maybe shortened or rejected. Letters must be signed and must include an ad- dress and phime number. The tele- phone numbcr will not be published. letters will be edited for grammer, spelling, taste, syntax, and libel. Names will not be withheld. Address them to Letters to tim Editor, P. O. Box 1000, Hinton, WV 25951. Dec. 17th to Dec. 24th. Draw your own discounts O O 10 '/o to 50 off All Jewelry "'Come m and Regmter FREE for a Dtarnond Neck. lace to be Given Away Christmas Eve'" No Purchase Necessary / Sale Applies to all in stock Jewelry Items 9am to 8pm daily/reg, hours Christmas Eve Pack's Jewelry Temple Street, Downtown Hinton HINTON S OLDEST STORE I l: t