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i i The HINTON NEWS (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of the W. Va. Water Festival Volume 90 No. 16 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Aug. 13, 1991 23 Summons Issued for II IIIlll' ,1: 25 Cents I Illegal Dumping Don't dump your trash in Sum- mers County," warns Larry Red- mond, Supervisor of the Summers County Solid Waste Authority. In the last two months Redmond says that he has obtained 23 summonses ordering people to appear before a county magistrate to answer charges of allegedly dumping garbage in Summers County. Another 20 have been notified of a possible violation, he maid, =which later may result in a summons being issued." According to Redmond, "almost half of the violators are from other counties in the state." So far three have been convicted in magistrate court for litter viola- tions. Two of these, Redmond said, were Raleigh County residents. Richard James, of Daniels, en- tered a no contest  plea before Magistrate Bill Jeffries and was fined $150 plus $26 court cost. Jerry Lee Miller, of Rhodell, en- tered a =guilty" plea before Magis- trato James E. Wootie" Beasley and fined $150 plus $26 court cost. dent with a Meadow Bridge address, entered a =no contest" plea before BNudey. Along with a $150 fine and $26 court coet, Beasley sentenced him to 3 days working with the county cleanup program ecause he lives in this countyfi Redmond said. "We intend to bring everyone we believe to be involved in litter viola- tions to trial," Redmond said. =As we cleanup the county we continue to collect more names. Unfortunately, because of the case load of both magistrates, it will take a few months before all litter violators are brought to trial." Redmond said names are being collected daily as county prisoners shift through mountains of trash from illegal open dumps and debris that has been scattered along the highway and in rivers and streams. In the past two months, Redmond said, county prisoners have removed a total of 34 illegal dumps through- out the county. This has "resulted in over 35,000 pounds of trash being sent to a landfill and over 83,000 pounds that could be recycled." Every major highway and most secondary roads in Summers County has been cleaned at least once, he said. According to Redmond, in- mates picked up over 125 bags of trash in tp .da,bet.wn,  .... and Meadow Bridge. =It's unbeliev- able the amount of garbage that as been thrown along our highways. We worked one day on Rt. 3 from the Raleigh Co. line to the New River Bridge at Hinton and picked up 61 bags of trash. People don't realize how much trash is out there.  Special Day/Special Train By Sheri Benson Dozens of some of Summers County's finest home craft talent was on display Sat. in celebration of a special event. The running of the train organized by the Collis P. Huntington Historical Railroad SoCiety, from Huntington, WV, pulled 31 cars into Hinton by diesel engines, but was taken home by two steam engines, the 765 (Nickeplate Railroad) and the 1225 (Pere Mar- quette) from Oh. People from Eng- land, Australia and across the U.S. Were among t' 1,099 aboard, arriv- ing in Hinton around 5:00 p.m. Enroute to Hinton, the two steam engines made a stop-over at Meadow .:Creek for watering and coaling pur- pos before arriving for its fans in Hinton at around 7:00 p.m. The travelers were met by an enthusias- tic and welcoming crowd. They were prented plenty ofgood food, enter- tainment and take home souvenis - memories to take home, (by Sum- mers County's refreshing hospital- ity.) Bob Wheeler, a railroad special agent (policeman) for 28 years said that this =train days" type of event has become festive and enjoyable, having started out as simple refresh- ments and wares offered to =Free- dom Special = train arrivals at the station. Now the whole community is involved in the celebrating of train arrivals. But can anyone ride these special passenger trains? Where are tickets purchased? Brian Gessel, Commu- nications Representative for the Historical Railroad Society said, =Get tickets well in advance, a ]east a week before the scheduled trip. The number to call is 304-522-6140. Weql sond you a trips borchure on re- quest. Some of the ones planned soon are Sept. 1, a trip from St. Albans aboard the 765 to Cincinnati to see the Reds vs. the Mete baseball game; pt. 7 - front.Logan to Huntington for the inaugraticm of the new sta- diumEtMi;and the New River Train from St, Albans to Hinton on Oct. 12, ] 3, 19, 20, 26, 27." What makes riding the 765 or the But the people that live along these roads appreciate what the inmates are doing for the county and =have been very cooperative in watch- ing areas where dumps have been cleaned," Redmond said, =and re- porting 'litter violator' to me, the Sheriffs Dept. and to local Conser- vation Omcdrs." County prisoners that volunteer for the cleanup program, sponsored by the Sum&ers County Solid Waste Authority, receive one day off their prison sentence for each day worked. Except for one minor nail puncture to a foot, a few insect bits and minor scratches, no injuries have been reported. =It's hard work for everyone and we still have a lot of dumps in the county to clean, but we intend to get to all of them as soon as possible," Redmond said. Many people deserve a =special thanks  for making the cleanup program a success, Redmond said. "I want to recognize Bobby Joe Maddy and Jim Rihmond of the 1225 steam engine trains special? They are the only two steam engines still operational. and drivers to pick ul we have collected. The inmates at the Summers County Jaithat have volunteered for the pff Tom Briers and his staff, Magistrate's Bill Jeffries and "Wootie" Beasley, the Solid Waste Authority which is he by An- drew Maier, president, and Steve 'Dusty' Trail, vice prnidont, and everyone involved in the 'Adopt a Highway Program in Summers County.' We are all striving to make Summers County the cleanliest county in the state." Settlement Reached, in Students Lunch Suit By Fred Long A federal civil rights suit against the county Board of Education, brought by Hinton High School stu- dents that suffered "public humili- ation = when their names were posted on a list of unpaid school lunch bills; ended, yesterday, with an out of court settlement for an undisclosed amount, Three students eligible for free lunch at the Hinton High School filed suit against the school board in May 1990 after being ordered to pay for "milkshakes which would other- wise be free to them," according to the suit. These students, the suit says, suffered =embarrassment and pub- lic humiliation" when they had their names placed on a =deadbeat" list that was posted at as many as 30 locations throughout the school. They were also told, the suit says, that %eniors will not be permitted to graduate with unpaid bills..." The three students, one a senior, the other a junior and the third a sophomore, filed the federal civil rights complaint, which alsoincluded their parents, Jack Harvey and Janice Shrader, in Beckley U. S. District Court claiming the school system violated the National School Lunch Act which provides for free and reduced meals under certain conditions. Named as defendants in the suit is School Board members John Lilly, Bill Dillon, Bud Shanks, Bill Mathews and former board member Billy Joe Lilly, former superinten- dent Jim Tassos, acting euperinten. dent tichie" Redes and Hinton High School principal Lynn Crowder. The suit sought $30,000 from each of them. According to the court settlement, =the defendants are enjoined (for- bidden) from posting lists in public view of students who owe money to the school lunch program" and =the defendants and their agents are enjoined from engaging in reprimls or threats ofreprisals in other school areas for failure to pay bills alleg- edly owed to the school lunch pro- gram." =To me," Harvey said following the settlement, =this is just another embarrassment for Summers County. How very sad that a parent or student has to appeal to thecourts on a matter such as this and that the judge has to tell the leaders of our school system that it's wrong to humiliate children, to deny them their rights and also wrong to threaten them and engage in repri- sals when children stand up for their rights." The settlement also states: "... students participating in the school lunch program at Hinton Hi gh School shall be notified of thel right to request a hearing prior t termina- tion of eligibility for the lunch pro. gram as provided for ih Federal Statutes and RegulationS; "... studenteat I-linton High School shall he notified of their right to a hearing prior to being prohibited from attending the Junlor/Senior Prom as a consequence 4f a delin- quent account with the school lunch program or other p roblemh with the program of like nature; "... students at Hin ton High hool shall be notified of their Hght to a hearing prior to having gr report cards and graduation /rivtle withheld  a oonNqtmn, af a do, linquent account with t hool lunch program " other roblems with the program of like rmture.  County inmates worked hard last month remov- ing garbage from open dumps and from along the highway in the second month of the Summers County Solid Waste Authority cleanup program. Larry Redmond, supervisor, said the successful cleanup operation could not have been possible without the cooperation of county road supervi- sor Bobby Joe Maddy and Jim Richmond of the county highway dept. According to Redmond ways dept. lie said, of that amount, 83,000 lbs. could be recycled. Shown in the photo above, on the DOH truck, is Tom Stennett, left, one of the supervisors, and inmate Darrell Weikle. On the ground are inmates (left to right) [Ienry Ruff, Jr., David Weikle, Leslie Weikle, Roger Dale Ham- monde and Randy Cox. The below photo shows the inmates on the Pie Hollow Rd. where over 42,000 lbs. of trash was removed during a five day over 118,000 lbs. of trash was hauled to a landf'dl in cleanup campaign late last month. June and July by trucks furnished by the high- A total of 277 bags of trash, 34 appliances, several vehicles and vehicle parts were re- moved from open dumps on the Pie Hollow Rd. by nine county prisoners that have volunteered to work in the county cleanup program. For each day a prisoner works they become eli- gible for one day offtheir sentence. According to Larry Redmond, Super- visor, inmates spent five days on the Pie Hollow Rd. cleaning up and re- moving the unsightly trash that has been ac- cumulating along the road for a number of years. All photos by Larry Redmond. Inmates David Weikle, left, and Brad Lester found four venomous copperheads while cleaning up tons of trash at one of three open dumps on the Pie Hollow Road at Talcott late last month. Larry Redmond, Supervisor, said these sites were selected for early cleanup because they could be seen from the Talcott schooL County Prosecutor's Arraignment Scheduled By Fred Long County Prosecutor Joe Aucre- manne is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 29 on felony charges that he allegedly injured a Pennsylvania man during an altercation near Aucremanne's farm on July 20, ac- cording to magistrate court records. Charges of malicious assault were iseued against Aucremanne based on a complaint filed by Paul Witiw, of Phili4v|phia, Pa., before Magis- trate Bill Jeffries. According to Witiw's complaint, the alleged struggle occurred after Aucremanne called police to investi- gate gunfire. =I was talking to Trooper (R. C.) Jones when Aucre- manne arrived.  Witiw claims he =approached Aucremanne to speak with him, in a non threatening manner." At that point, Witiw alleges Aucremanne "grabbed me and threw me to the ground. I hit my head on a reck." According to the complaint, Witiw was allegedly treated the next day at a Princeton hospital and released. =The Dr. said that I had a possible concussion,  Witiw alleges. Both county Magistrates have removed themselves from hearing the charge =to avoid the appearance of impropriety  and Louis L. Longs- nacre, a Greenbrier County Magis. trate, has been appointed a special magistrate to hear the Summers County complaint. The arraignment is scheduled to begin at 10 am. ' Upon conviction, malicious as, sault charges carry a possible two to 10 year prison sentence. "