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2 - Hinton News Tues. Dec. 26, 2017 More and More People are Reading our Newspaper 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 TEAR & MAIL TO: THE HINTON NEWS P. O. BOX 1000 HINTON, WV 25951 "1 Improve Your Cell (NAPS)--If your home is like most, you no longer have a landline. Accord- ing to the Centers for Disease Con- trol and Prevention, 51 percent of U.S. homes rely off cell phones alone fo:r a telephone connection. So a reliable cel- lular signal is more crucial than ever. "[he Problem Unfortunately, bad cell reception can happen in urban areas, thanks to all the obstacles that block cell tower signals from reaching your phone. 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If you're driving, find a high spot location without a subscription fee, go and park there, to Events and contest help students register for spring classes New River Community and scholarship winner Will be chosen Technical College ;s holding through a random drawing and Registration Day events during the announced prior to the start of the first week in January to help spring semester. students get registered for spring The registration events give classes, and the New River CTC current students an opportunity to Foundation is holding a scholarship register for spring classes and new contest to help new Students pay for or previously enrolled students a tuition, chance to take their first steps, "New River CTC's tuition is regarding admissions and/or significantly less than other areas registration. Enrollment services, schools, so $1,000 goes a long way business office, financial aid and towards helping a student achieve Student Success Center their dream of earning a degree or representatives will be on hand to workforce certificate," said Interim assist students. Students needing to Executive Director of the take the placement exam should Foundation Michael Green. arrive no later than 2 p.m. Registration Days are scheduled For information on degree and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the campus certificate programs at New River in Summersville and the campus in CTC, call 866-349-3739 or email Lewisburg on Wednesday, January 3; the campus in Beaver on New River Community and Thursday, January 4; and the Technical College serves nine campus in Princeton on Friday, counties in southeastern West Jan uary 5. January 5 is the last day Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley to register for spring 2018 classes Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer starting January 16. County Campus (Princeton), To be eligible for the $1,000 Nicholas County Campus scholarship, a student must initiate (Summersville) and Raleigh County the registration process during one Campus (Beaver/Beckley). of the Registration Day events. The KING COAL IN FAYETTE Sewell to Thurmond. tipple. There was a bridge over New COUNTY, 1885-1905, Part I. It is interesting to note the many River here connecting Cunard with By the year1890 Fayette County mines that were in operation in l900 Sewell for use of a county road mines were producing'l,458.600, between Thurmond and Hawks through the area. tons of coal annually. A large Nest on the main line and also the At M.P. 8 was the location of majority of this tonnage came from mines on the South Side Branch Caperton mine with it's cable car the many mines along the C&O. between Thurmond (present South facility to a siding on the main line. between Thurmond and Hawks Side Junction) andKaymoor where Chapman Coal and Coke Nest. Exceeded by none, the largest the branch line terminated. Company was at M.P. 8.5, a small operation, in-so-far as the C. & O. Construction v~as under way that mine. was concerned, was between East year extending the branch line to Brown Coal and Coke Company Sewell and Sewell. Mr. James Rush Macdougal. There was only one yard was at M.P. 10.5 directly across New Cary, Sr had been appointedAgent- track at Mile Post O, South Side River from Nuttall Station, and Yardmaster there in 1886 to oversee Junction. . finally, at the end of the branch line the Company's interest and takeGoingwestonSouthSideBranch at M.P. 12 was Kaymqor, the Low care ofthc coal operators needs. The 1,500 feet east ofM. P. 1 at Arbuckle Moor Iron Company mines, another engine house of Manns Creek Creek was located Arbuckle Coal large mine with it's company store, Railroad was at Sewell where there and Coke Company. Mr. W. P. Rend coke ovens and a large community was a water tank and side track of Chicago, Illinois had leased the of company houses which was, in capacity of 1910 feet on the main land from W. D. Thurmond and later years after the mine closed, line. Shifter crews ran out of Sewell opened his mines here. This was a destroyed by fire. for Manns Creek Railroad as also did very large operation and was, in In 1900 construction was started shifters to pull the main line mines. 1904, sold by "Paddy" Rend to E.J. extending the railroad on the south The Agency for the entire operation Berwin, a New England financier, side of New River from Kaym0or to was located at Sewell and the yard for $1,000,000 a large sum of Macdougal. My article in the office was at East Sewell where money any day. Mr. Rend, a very September 6, 1988 issue of Hinton there was 11,613 feet of yard tracks wealthy man, loved to belly up to the News was a true story written by C. bar in the famous Dunglen Hotel at & O. Vice President Mr. L. B. Allen as well as 150 beehive coke ovens alongside the track between East South Side Junction, flash the who was, in 1900, working with 3ewell and Sewell. million dollar check and order up forces constructing this extension. By the year 1900 double track had drinks for everyone in the room. He related how an explosion using been laid from a point east of Thurmond Coal Company was Judson, a slow acting charge of Thurmond terminating at Sewell next at M.P. 2.2 with a tipple, coke powder, had sent debris across the where a single track main line ovens and a company store. A boat river blocking the main line ahead continued westward on the north ferry was in operation plying the of the FFV passenger train No. 3. side of New River. Coal Production river to a landing on the north side Mr. Allen endangering his own life, had grown to 5,092,600 tons in 1900 at Rush Run on the main line. This, swam the swift and treacherous which spoke loud and clear to the like Arbuckle, was a large operation, river and was able to flag No. 3 Mr. J. F. Efllnger was President and before it reached the blockage. C. & C.& O. management that an Ferdinand Howald was General O. President George H. Stevens was expansion of facilities as necessary to keep pace with coal. Manager. John Laing was brought riding No. 3 that morning and was At Thurmond, just west of the in from Pennsylvania and rdade boss quick to give recognition to Mr.Allen depot, 11,879 feet of side track were driver. He was to move up fast to for his heroic action of placing already in operation. A turntable Foreman, then Superintendent and himself in danger to save others. was immediately behind the depot General Superintendent of the mine. A bridge was constructed just at the west end just east of the There was a very serious minewest of Sewell connecting with the bridge track and a water tank was explosion here in 1905 but the South Side. South Side Branch was located about 800 feet west of the damage and number of deaths are then terlninated at a point named depot on the north side of the track, unknown by this writer. Bridge Junction and thereafter the The engine house was at its present M.P. 3 was the location of RedAsh line between the bridge and location. Yard tracks between Stone Coal and Coke Company. Macdougal was used as the Cliff and Thurmond were hastily Across the river from Sewell was eastward main track and the single Cunard Coal Company with 1,081 main on the North side changed to feet of yard track space ~da coal the'Westvcm'd main track.' AnteroLandfill Compelled to Undergo Radioactivity Monitoring Permit appeal leads to stronger monitoring requirements for landfill accepting frack waste by products On December 11, co-appellants this site. The agreement modifies increasing amounts of contaminants West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the landfill permit to include new released during the fracking West Virginia Highlands enforceable monitoring process," said Cindy Rank of the Conservancy entered into an requirements for at least the next West Virginia Highlands agreement with Antero Treatment, twelve months: Conservancy. "However, an urgent LLC, to settle a permit appeal 1) Monthlylaboratory analysis for need to find safe, reliable treatment involving Antero's landfill that radioactivity of material entering options is no excuse to permit accepts salt by-products from their the landfill; untested methods without including adjacent fracking wastewater 2) Monthly groundwater essential monitoring requirements." recycling facility. The new facility sampling for radioactivity; "We're glad our appeal will result and landfill spans a 447-acre site 3) Regular monitoring for in knowing more about what is going across Ritchie and Doddridge bromide, known to cause problemson at this site," said Angle Rosser, Counties. The permit allows the " for drinking water treatment, in Executive Director of West Virginia discharge of storm water runoff and surface water discharges; and, Rivers Coalition. associated pollutants from 13 out 4) Regular monitoring for Total "This is one example of how the falls into tributaries of the Hughes Dissolved Solids in surface water state is tasked with evaluating new River, within five miles upstream of discharges, sources of pollution brought about the City ofHarrisviUe's public water "Ur~derground injection of by the fracking boom. We need to system intake, massive amounts of wastewater find out sooner rather than later if West Virginia Rivers Coalition from horizontal drilling and we'~e geeing harmful things, like and West Virginia Highlands hydrofracking appears to have radioactivity, affecting our water Conservancy appealed the permitcreated unstable geological supplies." based on lack of evaluation andconditions in Texas, Oklahoma and Appellants were represented by monitoring for the potential for elsewhere. So, it's no wonder Mike Becher of Appalachian radioactivity and other harmfulindustry and the state are looking Mountain Advocates. pollutants from waste disposed at for better ways to deal with the ever- If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart 6f a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. --George MacDonald To find yourself, think for yourself. --Socrates about your club, church 'group and civic organizations, births, engagements, weddings, academic honors, men and women in the armed services, sports and all community activities. To be considered for publication, items should be timely, either typed (NOT in all caps) or printed legibly. The best way to send an article by e-mail is to cut and paste the article in to the body of the e-mail. The best way to send a photo isjpg. They .should be sent as an attachment only. EPA Awards $300,000 to West Virginia for Air Quality Programs Wednesday, December 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $300,000 grant to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to help improve and protect clean air throughout West Virginia. "Providing this funding directly to the states, where the work on air quality is accomplished, allows us to make great strides in keeping the air we breathe clean," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "This is another example of 'cooperative federalism,' that recognizes the state's known ability to maximize the use of federal EPA funds," said WV DEP Secretary Austin Caperton. This annual funding, provided through EPA's State and Tribal Assistance Program, is used to help the state implement air quality standards and support planning, development, and improvement of air quality programs across the state. 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