Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 18, 1976 · Page 17
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 17

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 18, 1976
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-MAIL Ourlnun. H. fa., July 18, 1976 RONT Perkins Wants Independent Recovery Team at Scotia IB LOUISVILLE. Ky. (AP) - Rep. Carl D. Perkins, D-Ky., proposed Saturday that an independent recovery team be allowed to enter Scotia Coal Co.'s No. 1 mine through abore hole and indicated that such a team could recover in less than two weeks the bodies of 11 men entombed inside the mine, .-.-";. . . . lira telephone interview, Perkins said . he and several other persons met with a local Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration official, but "got nowhere at all." He said he was told only that the matter would have to be referred to senior safety officials. Perkins didn't indicate why state and federal authorities decided on the longer route to the bodies, but said that he felt "they have never given any reason for the delay." Land Ho, Maties Always on Sunday ByB.S.Palausky Avast there ye lubbers (or was that lovers?) . . . Buckle your swashes, up your anchors and start to mizzen your masts. It is time for another midsummer cruise with your favorite admiral on his ship of state. Yep, old sea-dog Barnacle Richie the Robb, mayor of Yahoo-City-on-the- Kahawha, sails again. He's got to be fuming. I know I am. About what? About the South Charleston Lions Club naming Bob Anderson South Charlestonite of the year, plus Anderson's latest coup--a museum for South Charleston. Naturally, the museum (to be built with Bicentennial tax money and donated labor plus any other donations Anderson can get his hands on) will have a $1 admission fee. Robb is against the fee. I say get your $1 ready. If I were in Barnacle Richie's sea-boots, I would insist that the Lions glue their citizenship medal to a historic South Charleston sewer lid. Then, I would invite Anderson for a little ride on the ship of state--out Davis Creek to about the middle of the Kanawha and then I would hang medal, sewer lid and all, around Anderson's neck and have him walk the plank. The ship of state would ride a bit higher and prouder in the water. Why do I say that? Anderson is, without any help or anything else from Richie, on the verge of selling this city out from under us. He's got a deal going to sell a chunk of Little Creek Park to some mall developers; He's moving an armory up into the park. (Picture a practice bayonet charge through the Yahoo City Hop-Scotch Finals or even Lord love us through a church weenie roast.) And, now the museum . . . He doesn't want only cash donations from people. He'll also take historic-type items. I could suggest a few he should give--his knee- high tennis nets, some sticks of firewood from his various park and playground clearcutting operations, the gaudy star, he used to help erect on the South Charleston Adena Indian Burial Mound, some of his wrestling show programs, and a lot more. I'm glad I mentioned the mound there. He says now that he is going to try to get the Smithsonian to return the artifacts that were taken from the mound a long time ago. If my memory serves me right, a few years back he was kind of lining up with a group that favored bulldozing the mound flat and making parking places out of it. It is hard to pin down his exact stands on a lot of things, because his stands usually depend upon who it is he happens to be talking to at the time. As for the museum idea, if his track record holds, it will probably go like this: If will get built. ChildWn and people with- out the required $1 will wear holes in the windows with their noses. It will fall into disrepair from nonuse and neglect. After a proper but short mourning period Anderson might consent to take the white elephant off the city's hands. All is not lost. Shortly thereafter we'll get to see the unveiling of the Bob Anderson Memorial Chicken-Plucking Station or somesuch. »· RIGHT AFTER Barnacle Richie has Anderson walk the plank, he really ought to settle down and so some more about the police department barnacle. He has already shuffled the detective bureau some. I hope that while he was at it he did away with their "bankers' hours"--8 a.m. to 4 p.m. I don't guess the old crew of detectives ever did get the criminals on the same shift they were o n . . . Anyway, what with one thing and another, I understand that the police department is operating at five men under strength. A few have quit and some are on sick leave. Among those on sick leave is Patrolman Dan O'Connor, who is apprent- ly suffering some serious after-effects from his efforts to help people in an accident in Texas where several were killed and many others overcome by ammonia fumes. Of course, when O'Connor was released from the Texas hospital where he nearly died, he came home to the typical South Charleston hero's welcome--a three-day suspension for calling in sick in order to gain an extra day's travel time for the Texas trip. By the way, he was in Texas looking for a good job. Ordinarily, I'd worry a bit about living in a town with a police department that is five men or so short. But I've noticed that we've got enough men to post an armed guard at some of Barnacle Richie's stickier meetings... ^ I'M STARTING to get the feeling that the post office has delivered one of my Father's Day gifts to Our Governor's bottomless desk drawer. Taking the nature of the gift into consideration, it might be just what the old desk drawer needs. Anyway, it all started about a week or so before Father's Day. My daughter in California very carefully addressed and _ mailed my gift. Zip, or maybe that's zap, off it went, never to surface again. I am amazed by it all. What's so amazing? you ask. What's amazing is exactly what the postal service has managed to lock into the deeper and darker recesses of its bowels. Prunes. That's correct, a large crate of sunny California's finest, plumpest, guaranteed- effective firunes. MESA officials in Kentucky and Washington, as well as Scotia spokesmen at the mine site and at the home office in Knoxville. Tenn., could not be reached for comment. * PERKINS' PROPOSAL calls for the independent team to enter through a bore hole located some 2,800 feet from the bodies of the men who died in the March 11 methane gas explosion. "That's the route taken by rescue crews after the first explosion," said Perkins, adding that it took those rescue crews "only 40 minutes" to reach the bodies of 15 men who died in a March 9 methane blast. ' That crew removed the bodies through the main entrance about 16,000 feet away. After the second blast, safety officials ordered the mine sealed without attempting to recover the bodies of the victims of that explosion. It was entered last Wednesday for the first time since those twin explosions. Recovery crews working under supervision of MESA and Scotia Coal Co. have'en- tered the mine through the main entrance, but are still, by official estimates, more than 50 days away from the bodies. Perkins said he thinks it will be even longer because of possible roof falls and accumulated water. Basil Holbrook, chief electrician at the No. 1 mine before he resigned in 1969, said that "because water drains back to the front of the mine," the area beyond the bore hole shouldn't have water problems, Holbrook, whose uncle is one of the 11 men entombed in the mine, said he feels Scotia is "trying to g«t the mine ready, so that when they get the water out, they can open the mine." End of an Era Empty workshop (top left) of Boiarsky Produce Co. on Capitol Street housed live poultry in crates. Jack Boiarsky started the business on a barter basis more than 40 years ago. The shooting death of Boiarsky's 32-year-old son Carlton a year ago during a holdup attempt prompted Boiarsky to retire and sell the store. Unsold radio (top right), empty pipe filter con- tainer and unused order forms are left behind, relics of the past. Weighing the last of his stock of mayapple roots (bottom right) is Boiarsky. Locking up for the last time (bottom left) Boiarsky closes down his business Saturday afternoon. Boiarsky said he plans to take a long vacation. (Staff Photos by Lawrence Pierce) 'Court Packing' Suit Expected By Herb Little 'The Astociated Prett It remains almost certain a State Supreme Court suit will be filed to test legislation that some critics deride as "the circuit court packing act of 1976." The court test now appears most likely to originate from the 14th Judicial Circuit (Braxton, Clay, Gilmer and Webster counties). It is one of seven circuits that get an extra judge apiece under the legislation. The 14th Circuit Democratic Executive Committee has scheduled a meeting Friday to nominate a candidate for the new judgeship there. A prime prospect for the nomination is De. A. L. "Bonny" Sommerville Jr. of Webster Springs, chairman of the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee. However, Sommerville would want the legal status of a candidacy cleared in a test suit before making the race in November. Otherwise, there is a bridge he wouldn't want to burn behind him-candidacy to be speaker of the House in the incoming legislature. IF SOMMERVILLE doesn't run for judge, he will be a very likely choice of the House Democratic Caucus to succeed retiring Speaker Lewis N. McManus. The legal question to be cleared as to the new judgeships is whether nominees picked by judicial circuit party committees will run in November or whether the Governor gets to appoint the new judges for th^first two years of the eight-year terms that start Jan. 1. The way to create an issue for court resolution would be to have a circuit clerk refuse to accept a nomination certificate from a party committee. This column apparently was wide of the mark in reporting recently that such a procedure to precipitate a suit was being considered in the 12th Circuit (Fayette County), where the Democratic committee has nominated W. Robert Abbot for the new judgeship there. If it was considered, nothing came of it, as Circuit Clerk Herbert Mann has accepted abbot's nomination. Other circuits that get one more judge aqiece under the legislation are the 7th (Logan County), 17th (Monongalia), 21st (Grant, Mineral and Tucker), 25th (Boone and Lincoln), and 29th (Mason and Putnam). Besides creating seven new judgeships, the legislation makes permanent an additional judgeship temporarily established here in the 13th Circuit (Kanawha County) by a Supreme Court decision. * * * IN LOGAN County circuit, where Judge Harvey Oakley was defeated as-a primary candidate for the post he now holds, the Democratic' Executive Committee has now nominated Oakley for the circuit's additional judgeship. Assuming the new judges are to be elected in November and not appointed initially by the Governor, the duty of nominating candidates falls to judicial circuit party committees because the legislation Statehome Note Book LITTLE creating the judgeships didn't take effect until after the May primary election. Otherwise, nominees would have been chosen then. The legislature was bent on passing around an election-year pork barrel of new judgeships, despite authoritative testimony that none was needed. While the bill was pending, Supreme Court Chief Justice Thornton G. Berry Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee the court's case-load studies did not indicatea need for additional judgeships at this time. The bill passed anyway, but the Senate couldn't muster a two-thirds vote to make it effective upon passage. That delayed the effective date until mid-June, too late for nominations to be made in the primary. 1 ' Employment Top Priority, Says Byrd PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) Putting the unemployed back to work should be the nation's top priority, Sen. Robert C. Byrd said Saturday. "Nothing is more important today that putting people back to work -- providing men and women with meaningful jobs that enrich their lives and contribute lasting benefits to their communities," Byrd said. He made the comments at groundbreaking ceremonies at the Mountwood Park. The Economic Development Administration is paying for a 100 slot trailer park, an information center, a nature center and a picnic area. Earlier in the day, Byrd spoke at the groundbreaking of a terminal building for the Wood County Airport. The federal portion of the funding was $911,400. And at a luncheon, the Senate Whip said the future of West Virginia never looked brighter, but warned that "we must exploit our assets without destroying them." "We must take a d v a n t a g e of the chances of economic development with an awareness of the fragile civilization that is our to preserve."

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