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Risks leaders take should be calculated

Coal miners played a number of games in their idle time while underground. Riding the conveyor belts was one some miners played. After I had been in the mines for a few months, I heard a number of stories about belt riding from different miners. However, I had never seen it done. One day I ...

Fear can be paralyzing; remember this lesson with snakes

My grandmother hated snakes. The only good snake was one that was in many pieces at her feet. She learned this hatred as a girl growing up on the Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee in the days when snakes were plentiful and first aid knowledge rare. My Dad on the other hand, prohibited the ...

Peer pressure can undo leaders’ hard work

Smoking is, of course, forbidden in every underground coal mine. The reality of how men in different mines dealt with this issue varied, however. The smokers, of whom there was quite a few in the mining population, were fanatical about getting that last cigarette before going underground and ...

Starbucks to open store in Vienna

From local reports VIENNA – A nationally known chain of coffee franchises will open a store in Vienna. Starbucks and the PM Company of Vienna have signed a lease to open a full-service free-standing restaurant at the North Entrance of the Grand Central Mall, the PM Company announced on ...

Leaders should check adherence to laws from time to time

To a coal mine production foreman, having an inspector on his section made for a difficult day. The federal statutes fill a document almost an inch thick. Add to that a number of even more strict state laws and you have a formidable set of regulations. Most of these laws came into being as a ...

Private landowners can enroll in CSP program

COLUMBUS – Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing ...

County farm bureau will discuss CAUV program

From local reports For the past six year, Current Agriculture Use Valuation (CAUV) has been a top priority of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Washington County Farm Bureau. The CAUV calculation that was originally created was intended to follow the farm economy and for nearly 40 years ...

Good leadership starts with a plan that works

One morning a couple of weeks ago, as my wife, Carol, was walking out the door for work, I heard a thump on the sliding glass door. I jumped up and saw a female cardinal lying on the deck. This accident is not uncommon and nine out of 10 of the birds who fly into the glass doors survive to fly ...

Unity Cafe offers another choice for coffee lovers locally

PARKERSBURG — The aroma reaches the nose before the feet reach Seventh Street; the aroma of brewing coffee. The cartoon image of a scent carrying one somewhere by a finger shaped aroma comes to mind. Quite an amusing image until you read all the memes talking about how others will suffer ...

Leaders must realize impact of shortcuts on the job

Coal mine supervisors as a group were highly focused on production. Most of them tried to obey mine laws and safety policy but a few others viewed these laws and policies as mild guidelines. With the latter type of supervisor, a decision between safety and production always fell to production. ...

Farmers offered 1-day GAP training

In partnership with Appalachian Sustainable Development, asdevelop.org, Rural Action will be offering a one-day training to prepare farm and food businesses for a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit and certification. GAP and Good Handling Practices (GHP) are voluntary audits that assure ...

Altercare to welcome Greystone Healthcare Management

NORTH CANTON — Altercare Integrated Health Services (Altercare) has entered into an agreement to acquire the operations of six Ohio-based centers managed by Greystone Healthcare Management, with a proposed effective date of February 1, 2018, with the addition of two remaining facilities to ...

‘Emergency Preparedness’ topic of safety council meeting

The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council will be meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. The topic for the month is “Emergency Preparedness” with featured speaker Gary O’Brien, ...

When leaders do the right thing they expect the company to hold up its end

At times, work in the coal mine was difficult and emotional. One such set of events occurred when I was a track construction foreman. One crew member, Earnest, was on disability with a work-related accident. He had broken his neck from hitting his head on the mine top while driving a large ...

Davis picked as 2nd VP of CCAO board

The County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) announces that Monroe County Commissioner Carl Davis has been selected to serve as 2nd vice president of the 2018 CCAO Board of Directors. “Advancing effective county government is part of CCAO’s mission, and I’m honored to continue ...

Leaders need to listen to employees in times of change

In 1985, I took a job as the training manager at BorgWarner Chemicals’ Woodmar plant south of Parkersburg. This work experience was one of my most exciting and valuable. I was immediately impressed with the plant’s culture. Every meeting began with the topic of safety, quite a change from ...

Iddings Trucking to close

After filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy a year ago, it seems a longtime trucking company will be closing its doors for good this week. Iddings Trucking, located at 741 Blue Knob Road, received a motion to convert to chapter 7 after it was thought the company might be able to pull through. ...

McClung promoted to chief editor of Woodcraft Magazine

From local reports PARKERSBURG — Woodcraft Magazine has promoted Chad McClung from managing editor to chief editor, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Tim Snyder, who decided to spend more time at home in Connecticut with his family but will continue with the magazine as a senior editor and ...

Leaders must maintain an awareness of their own emotional mental state

As a supervisor in a coal mine, some of my most stressful days were those with major equipment breakdowns. These difficult days were magnified on day shift when most managers worked. When key equipment broke down, I had frequent phone calls from the mine foreman who was in the foremen’s ...

Ambiguity creates confusion, erodes trust in the workplace

The management culture of the first mine where I worked was to support and treat supervisors fairly. The supervisory support by the leaders of the second mine was more spotty. Let me describe one incident in particular. The shift foreman, my boss, told me in no uncertain terms that I would be ...