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In mining work it’s important to see the light

Sometimes an underground coal miner’s caplight goes out during a shift. This problem usually happens when a miner on the previous shift uses it and runs down the battery, the miner doesn’t put it on charge properly, or because it is defective. In any case, when I was a supervisor my job was ...

Wharff promoted to news director

WMOA President Johnny Wharff announced the promotion of Brett Wharff to News Director of WMOA Radio. “Brett has been with the radio station since November of last year, and brings us a honest flair to our local news, and some really unique color to our dayparts. He is embedded in the ...

Employee loyalty pays dividends for all invovled

The state law in Ohio requires that there must be two means of ingress and egress (entering and exiting) coal mines at all times. In all three of the mines in which I worked, the elevator and the slope were the only two openings. This state requirement meant that if the elevator was broken ...

Current leaders teach skills to next generation

My Dad tried by every means at his disposal to make me a capitalist. He took me to the Barnesville First National Bank to set up a savings account when I was in the fourth grade. Until my first year of college, I deposited and withdrew money from my allowances and money I made from putting up ...

Truth is on the side of the best leaders

When I was a roof bolter at Youghiogheny and Ohio Coal Company (Y & 0) near Powhatan, Ohio in 1976, I found myself dressing beside an older man named Karl Kaftan. Karl was a very friendly guy who talked more than I, which takes some doing. Soon, he began telling me his fascinating life ...

BRIEFCASE

Peoples Foundation donates $3,000 to The Wilmington Schools Foundation Peoples Bank Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to make contributions in Peoples Bank market areas, recently announced it has donated $3,000 to the Wilmington Schools Foundation of Wilmington. The donation ...

Responsibility of leaders is to first identify the areas for learning

A few month ago, I headed to Columbus for a meeting with a client. I had gone less than a mile on a dark, curvy two-lane road when around one bend I was startled to see the silhouette of a small animal in the middle of the road, a skunk. She froze with fear. I was concerned about losing control ...

Peoples Bank Foundation makes YMCA donation

Peoples Bank Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, recently awarded two donations totaling $7,000 to the Marietta Family YMCA in support of the organization’s camp bus and youth summer camp. The donations will provide $4,000 towards ...

Task checklist: How is this different? How is this the same?

When I was a boy, we bought a pony from a friend of mine. It was accompanied with a nice saddle. The pony was chestnut brown with a light brown mane, hence her name, Chestnut. We weren’t very imaginative with farmyard animal names. It was fun to ride her across our 60-acre farm and pretend ...

Lowe’s falls short of expectations

By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Home-improvement retailer Lowe's posted a profit Wednesday that didn't impress Wall Street, results that came in stark contrast to those of its rival Home Depot. Lowe's shares slumped after reporting its profit fell 32 percent to $602 million, or 70 ...

Huggins touts value of hard work

PARKERSBURG - Bob Huggins, head basketball coach at West Virginia University, spoke about the necessity of hard work and the ability to embrace change when necessary to succeed during a presentation at the Smoot Theatre on Tuesday in a program organized by Shale Crescent USA. About 500 ...

Leaders are the keepers of the rules, no exceptions

My first experience with an accident in an underground coal mine occurred when a stone fell on a miner who was a roof bolter. All I could see was his hat at one end and his shoes protruding from the other. Fortunately, he returned to work after about six months. His injury consisted of only ...

Safety Council rates 3rd in state

From local reports The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council (MOVSC), a program of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, announces it has been named the 3rd top-rated safety council in the state of Ohio by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The MOVSC received the number-three ...

Copper Leaf completes 21st year in business

From local reports Copper Leaf Interior Design Studio announces the completion of its 21st year in business. Copper Leaf, owned by Pamela Holschuh, ASID, began in 1996 as Designs, a design firm and retail location, on Front Street in Marietta. As the business grew, Holschuh, who holds a ...

Safety Council rates 3rd in state

From local reports The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council (MOVSC), a program of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, announces it has been named the 3rd top-rated safety council in the state of Ohio by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The MOVSC received the number-three ...

CCMC awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation

The American College of Cardiology has recognized Camden Clark Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Camden Clark was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI and Resuscitation in April based on rigorous onsite ...

Peoples Foundation donation goes toward floodwall mural

From local reports Peoples Bank Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, recently announced it has donated $2,000 to Ashland in Motion, for the painting of a mural of the Booker T. Washington School on the floodwall at the Port of ...

Peoples Bank Foundation donates to Recovery Resources of Cleveland

From local reports Peoples Bank Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed to make donations in Peoples Bank market areas, recently announced it has donated $5,000 to Recovery Resources of Cleveland to assist with the organization’s training and job counseling for people with ...

Good leaders create systems where secrets are unnecessary

When I worked in the coal mines, strikes frequently shortened my paychecks. I did my best to make up the difference by working a lot of overtime. Sometimes, the strikes resulted from roving pickets. Pickets are men who stand at the mine’s entrance to stop union men from going to work. Roving ...

SAM SHAWVER   The Marietta Times
Welding instructor Anthony Darnell, left, talks with Ohio 30th District Senator Frank Hoagland inside a welding booth at the new Local 168 Plumbers and Pipefitters training facility addition.

Local 168 opens training center addition

By Sam Shawver Special to the Times A growing demand for skilled workers, especially welders, is being met by Local 168 Plumbers and Pipefitters, which opened a new $1 million-plus addition to the union’s apprenticeship training center in Marietta Friday. “This state-of-the-art ...