Looking Back – July 6
A look at some of the headlines gracing the pages of the Observer-Reporter and Waynesburg Republican this week in Greene County history:
Former area man selected to head MSHA
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Greene County native has been nominated by President Barack Obama to head the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Joseph A. Main, who now lives in Spotsylvania, Va., was selected to head the agency that oversees the health and safety of the nation’s 392,000 miners.
Main spent 22 years heading the United Mine Workers of America’s Occupational Health and Safety Department before retiring. The union’s current president, Cecil Roberts, praised the choice.
“Joe is perhaps the most knowledgeable person about mine safety and health in the nation, and his experience was gained where it counts the most – fighting every day for over 30 years on behalf of miners’ health and safety,” Roberts said.
In announcing the nomination, the White House said Main has vast mine health-safety experience in the United States and is internationally recognized as an expert in mining health issues.
Main began working in coal mines in 1967 and quickly became an advocate for miners safety as a union safety committeeman as well as serving in various local union positions in the UMWA, the White House said.
Jefferson asked to reimburse state $15,172 in liquid fuels money
JEFFERSON – Jefferson Borough has been asked to reimburse the state $15,172 for failing to comply with regulations regarding the use of liquid fuels money between January 2000 and December 2001.
Council was informed Wednesday that the borough received a letter from the state last month requesting the reimbursement.
The letter cited an audit conducted by the state that found the borough failed to comply with regulations in its use of the liquid fuels money, which is money the state distributes to municipalities for transportation-related expenses.
Council President Theresa Knight told council a letter had been sent to the state explaining that the borough has taken steps to correct problems that led to the findings.
The borough’s letter also explained that the borough, with its current financial situation, does not have the money right now to pay the reimbursement, she said.
The borough is currently waiting for a response to its letter, Knight said.
County officials support plan to boost economy, recreation
WAYNESBURG – Greene County officials pledged their support for a new initiative to spur economic and recreational development throughout the entire Monongahela River valley in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland.
Commissioner James Rizor made a county contribution of $1,000 to the Mon Valley Tri-State Network Inc. when its executive committee met at Waynesburg College for its monthly meeting.
Keynote speaker was county Administrator Stephen Love, who spoke about some steps the commissioners have taken since1988 to help spur the county’s economy.
He mentioned the new tax deferment program on new industrial, commercial and residential construction; reactivation of the Greene County Redevelopment Authority; and plans for improvements at the county airport, as well as the efforts being made to put together a plan for the construction of a regional jail.
Not injured as lightning strikes bed
Mrs. Regina White, 24, escaped injury when lightning entered an open bedroom window and struck the bed in which she was sleeping.
The incident happened at 6 a.m. Saturday at the home of her husband’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marion L. White of Pine Bank. She and her husband, David, of Zanesville, Ohio, were visiting there for the holiday.
“We didn’t believe her when she told us about it and said that fire was all over the kitchen stove as she ran for the cellar,” her father said.
But they later discovered brown marks on the mattress cover where the lightning has scorched the bedding, and evidence the stove has been hit. A circuit breaker also was knocked out, but otherwise there was no damage.