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Charles Town, West Virginia
January 5, 1978     Spirit of Jefferson Farmers Advocate
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January 5, 1978

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Our 0034th Year 1844.. 1978 4 N o. 1 The Newspaper Charles Town, Jefferson County and West Virginia Grew Up With First In Local- County News-Ads-Sports Thursday January 5, 1978 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Per Copy - 15 Seven Months Without One, Charles Town Brand New, Modern Motion Picture Theatre without a theatre as a part Town most m ington above, tran- the Charles Center in Lawrence Town. 8, Wayne and owner of L, Inc., which owns the Drive-Inn lly new Charles Theatre. And he has accepted newest en- very well. in spite Of the her a "slow &apos;' picre has Oeen Bank and ners of the housed tbe old m such a manner that laterl if desired, it could be easily con- vetted to a twi-theatre facility. At the top of the front part of the building which stands about 20-feet high are two marques which provides for advertising two movies at the same time. The lobby of the theatre has also been constructed in a fashion whereby two separate admission counters could be put into operation aong with two separate food and soft drink concession areas. At the present, however, there is only one ticket counter and one soft drink and popcorn concession in operation. Inside the theatre the projection booth was made large enough and also equipped with two large cameras that would make for easy conversion from struction under the supervision of persons qualified in these various phases of work. Currently the operation of the theatre is something of a family affair, with Mrs. Rankin selling the tickets and Mr. Rankin handling the popcorn and soft drink concessions; Don Reedy, and a close personal friend, is in charge of the projector booth and operating the cameras. The building is all fire resistant, has an emergency lighting system and four public exits in the front and two in the rear for quick exodus from the building if ever the occasion arises, Rankin stated. On the upper level of the building just adjacent to the projector area, is an office area from where Mr. Rankin con- one operation to twin theatres, ducts his business operationS: Candidate 30-Day Filing Road Accidents, Fires Period Is Now Underway ih.,_.,.j.x:.._ 1978 is nce again an election congressman Harley o.l,,l,]l,,,,l][1,]r s Mar New Ygbleand'ue:dyiate:uaec3,n: Sgeg/::e :Sa ith: :,SDsonlZWVlp'U'UU*'Vn, start filing for the various offices County now being held by Mrs. Theatre, utilizing the that building a new banking giving con- he should had two alter- Fort Drive- Way to build a new location. He in mid- theatres in Inc., had old Lorenzo the corner and West as the site for facility. Called for con- whicl for the persons. WOuld hosue the Izl0vies the abandone but dil building the theatre presently is all one, seating about 340 persons, it would not be too much of a problem to divide that area, if and when, the need should arise. On May 8, 1977, Rankin showed his last movie in the old Charles Washington Theatre in Ranson and shortly thereafter he and his assistants, moved all of the seats from the old theatre and began the extensive job of repairing, re-covering them, converting them into most at- tractive, comfortable and top- rate seats for use in the new theatre. Rankin also repaired and moved the projector room equipment from the old theatre, along with a number of other pieces of equipment which he knew he would be able to use in his new theatre. And by doing this, Rankin said he was able to cut the cost of the new theatre to mostly the building and its construction cost. The new 45 by 180-foot building, which faces on South Lawrence just across from the Charles Toiwn Municipal i parking lot, was purchased from a Winchester, Va., firm and after it was erected, Rankin, his brother and father, did most of the plumbing, electrical and heating phases of the con- Telephone's Public Poll Gets Underway Gener which near future, Dennis R. General, up for balloting in the May Primary and November eneral elections. The last day for candidate filings will be Saturday, February 4, in person, and Monday, February 6, providing the filings were mailed and postmarked prior to midnight, Saturday, February 4, Eastern Standard Time. Up for grabs in the Primary and general elections this year on a state-wide basis of interest to Jefferson County voters, will be one U.S. Senate seat, the one now being held by West Virginia's Senior Senator Jennings Randolph, the Second Congressional District seat now being held by the veteran Bianca James. On the county level the only offices up for balloting are two for the Jefferson County Com- mission, the seats now being held by George Crim, of Summit Pfint, the Kabletown District and the Harpers Ferry District of which T. J. "Tom" Mentzer, of Harpers Ferry, is the current Commissioner. Also one County Magistrate post, the one now being held by Peter Dougherty of Tuscawilla Hills development near Charles Town. The terms of two members of the Jefferson County Board of Education also expire this year and their positions will be up for Turn To Page 6 George E. TaDbRetires Asl District Con servationist .... ,._ , ......... :_ . L:_,... The building is eectrically " (is from n d of t -'llli ....... "  .lr. exten o e en i"i-:-" f i .... " .... large stage in the theatre to the/ga'ta ,,u< arva,,oD,e tb role g ou r e other,also is large enough that it  thoo*-,, ,. ;n t ev,,n;-,,- George E.' Tabb, District could easily be converted into/..' ".' " , "..  "": Conservationist with the Soil . ionoay mrougn r rtaay ann two screens. ' -., ......... . .;. .... i Conservation Service in Charles And while the auditorium of Saturda. nd %nda" Rankin flown, reurea on tJecemner 1. y a o y. Mr Tabb has more than 35 years offers the public two shows . . ..... [ service worling wimme Turn To Page 6 [ government. A retirement dinner was held Democratic Womanis I at the Turf Diner on December 28. There were 50 co-workers Club Will Install ! Officers. Monday Members of the Democratic Woman's Club of Jefferson County will hold a formal in- staUation of their newly elected officers on Monday night at a special meeting to be held at the Jefferson County Court House in Charles Town, it was announced Monday by Bianca James, president. New officers to be installed will be Jeannie Miller, of Kearneysville, as president; Mrs. Hilda Mclntyre, vice- president; Lisa Franzen, of Harpers Ferry, secretary, and Mrs. J. Kelley Lance, Jr., as treasurer; and Mrs. Henry ' "Edna" Snyder, corresponding secretary and publicity chairman. Lions Induct Two [ There is a lot of prime and[ i unique agricultural land that is I Igaing into developments. He l I feels that the people of the i i county should come up with I i some type of plan to preserve! [ some of the best land in West! I Virginia for future generations to farm on. Year's Holiday Locally and friends attending the dinner. Mr. Craig M. Right, State Conservationist, presented Mr. Tabb a Certificate of Service. A nice gift was presented by the A series of six minor highway to Jefferson Memorial Hospital accidents, two minor fires and by the Independent Fire Corn- some depredations marred the} pany ambulance for treatment long New Year's holiday I of minor injuries. Damageto the weekend in Jefferson County. lear was extensive. Four persons Sustained minor  About 10:50 p.m. Saturday, a injuries in three of the highway ! single car accident occurred on accidents, which resulted in i more than $5,000.00 in property! damages to the seven cars in-i volved, according to Charles Town State Police. The most costly of the ac- cidents occurred Sunday af- ternoon on U.S. Route 340 at the Old Cave Road when a car being driven westbound by Laurie Winchester, of Staunton, Va. skidded on the highway during a snowstorm, slid into a ditch and overturned. Units of both Charles Town Volunteer fire companies responded to the accident alarm, with the driver being tran- sported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. It had been reported to the two rescue squads that a person was trapped in the car but on arrival it was found the driver was not trapped. Damage to the car was placed at $1,000. Police said they did not prefer any charges against the driver because of the road conditions at the time. The other two personal injury accidents occurred Saturday, co-workers and friends. Mr. Tabb started his work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Ripley, W. Va., 'working with the Farm Security Administration. He was in serving during the war. Mr. Tabb went to work f the Soil Conservation Service in Cahrles Town in March 1946. Tabb states that he has seen many changes in rire in Jefferson Coung tl past years. He feels te pele of Jefferson County uld taka the first at 8:40 p.m. again on hard look at what is hang  U.$. Route 340 west of Charles Town at the Smith Road with just one car being involvi State Police said a car believed to have been driven by Bruce Denny of the Front Royal, Va., area, left the highway, skidded some 26 feet and smashed into a power pole. When the report came in on the accident it was to the effect that two persons were trapped in the George does not have any vehicle and so both Charles immediate plans other than to Town fire companies sent rescue catch up on some things around units to the scene. On arrival, his home on the Leetown Road. the firemen found the drivel  and The Soil Conservation .%rvice a passenger in the car, Diana will announce Mr. Tabb's Denny had managed to get out of replacement at a later date. the car. They were transported New Members; Also clays on such matters as telephone !nstallations, operator handled calls, directory assistance, rgairs, billing and dialing services There will not oe any door-to- door surveying kme so local, residents will be contacted at their homes, other than by telephone, soliciting personal information, they should report the matter to the phone com- pany. The customer opinion survey will be conducted in all seven districts which serves more than 107,000 General Telephone customers from some 42 ex- changes in West Virginia and Virginia. In addition to this phone survey, the phone company also held community meetings in the vat,us districts it serves. One such meeting was held at the Lions Center in Charles Town, Docemher 19. Present Awards ISchool Board Sets Feb. I0 The Charles Town Lions Club inducted two now members at their regular meeting last Tuesday night at the Lions Center. Conducting the induction ceremony was Lion Alfred Collins who has served three i terms as president of the Har- pers Ferry-Bolivar Lions Club. He is now serving in the District Governor's Cabinet as Mem- bership Development Chairman. Inducted as new members of the club were Dr. Robert E. Putz and James O. Bryan. In his message to the new Lions Collins urged participation in all of the club's activities in order to capture the spirit of Lionlsm and reap' the awards available in serve to others. Growth Awards were presented to all members who sponsored a new member during October, 1977 membership drive. It was announced the club had received the Golden Melvin Jones Medallion from Lions International for adding 18 new members during October. For Levy Vote Members of the Jefferson County Beard of Education, meeting in regular semi- monthly session Tuesday night, voted to try again for a special school levy approval, only this time it will be just a five-year renewal of the present 87- percent levy which the voters have approved time after time since 1946. The board decided to go to the voters on February 10 for ap- proval of the supplemental levy, with the regular paid poll workers to be used in the county's 27 voting precincts-this time. After three previous defeats by the voters in trying for not only the present 87-percent levy, but also a 13-percent increase, bringing the levy to 100-percent. The Board, realizing that time is running out on the present levy, voted to go for the same 87- percent. The Jefferson County, Tax- payers Association which has provided the strongest organized opposition to the 100-percent levy proposal, has said repeatedly in the past it would net oppose a renewal of the present levy, which expires on June 30, 1978. If the county does not approve this special supplemental levy prior to March 31, the funds the board is now receiving from this levy will not be available for placing in the next fiscal year budget which begins July I, IW, Approval of $}-percent of those voting in the February 10 election is needed to continue the levy for another five years. Schools Superintendent Raymond Frazier, said all county schools will be closed on Friday, February I0, for the election. In other action Tuesday night, the Board voted to expel three more students, one on the junior high level and two at Jefferson High for possession of marijuana on school property. Under the Board's behavioral code, the students will not be able to re-enter school until next September. A letter was read to the Board by Supt. Frazier from Daniel Taylor, State Supt. of Schools, commending the local board for submitting a balanced budget for the school term of i976-77 and for operating in the "black" once again. Also in the first of a series of special presentations to the Board from the various departments of the county school system, Kent Shock, supervisor of secondary education, reported on the status o[ his department. Shock briefed the board on the vocational programs in effect in grades 9 through 12, involving some students and the funding for them. He stressed the need to schedule replacement of some equipment for the program, especially typewriters and homemaking appliances. Shock said he is hopeful of continued funding of these programs. State Route 9, in front of the William Huyett residence which resulted in minor injury to the driver and damages of about $I ,8OO. State Police said the south- bound car being operated by Richard E. Bell, of Rt. 2, Har- pers Ferry, went out of control and veered across the highway and hit an embankment some 60 feet east of the edge of the road berm. Bell, who was charged by police with driving while under the influence of alcohol, was transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for treat- ment of injuries. Two accidents were in-. vestigated by Charles Town State Police Friday, December 30, the first at 2:45 a.m. on U.S. Route 340, near State Secondary Route 2 in which just one car was involved and property damages were listed at $1,500.00. State Police said a car being driven by Randall B. Webb, of 9 which resulted in damages of $1,0.00 to the two cars. Police said a car being driven by Owen W. Conklyn, of Charles Town, got across the center line of traffic and struck a car being driven by Zane C. Fleenor, of Gen. Delivery, Kearneysville. Police said Conklyn, heading East on Route 340, said as a result of the heavy congestion of traffic at the time, he ac- cidentally got too far over the center of the highway causing his car to hit the Fleenor car. Police said they charged Conklyn with driving to the left of the center of the highway. Charles Town's volunteer firemen were also called out over the weekend for four minor fires, none of which caused any extensive damage. The first one occurred at noon Friday when shortly before noon firemen went to the Pizza Shop in the Hilldale Shopping Center where a faculty deep fryer had caught fire. Dry powder was used to extinguish the flames. There was very little damage. About 3:50 Friday afternoon, firemen responded to a chimney fire in Summit Point at the home of Leroy Cheshire. The fire Route L Harpers Ferry, went out of control, and struck two road divider signs. Police said Webb stated he fell asleep while dl:i.'ving. Webb'w t injured'. .The other Friday accident occurred about 4 a.m/on State Route 48, near Secondary Route 17 .which resulted in $,500 in property damages. State PoliCe said a car being driven by Cynthia L. Ridgeley, of P.O. Box Shepherdstown, and which was headed north on Route 48, attempted to make a right turn and went out of con- trol. She was charged with failure to control. State Police also investigated a two-car collision which ocurred about 6:15 p.m. Thur- sdey evening, December 29, on U.S. Route 340 near State Route caused no damage, but the ifiremen dragged the dirty chimney while they were at the scene. Sunday; about ;30 a.m., firemen were Called to the frame dwellig tmm cupied by Paul Plainer and owned by Wave Turn To Page 12  - C-%%%%--%%%%%" WEATHER Period Thursday through Sunday: increasing cloudiness Thursday, partly cloudy Friday and Saturday, a chance of precipitation Thursday night and again on Sunday. Daytime hlgh's in the mid to upper 40's and nighttime low's in the upper 20's to low 30's. Installation New Officers. Featured Meeting At Bardane Community Center Of Eager Beavers 4-H The installation of newly elected officers was the feature of the meeting, Thursday, December 8, of the Eager Beavers 4-H Club held at the Bardane Community Center. And shown in the top picture are the new officers who were in- stalled. They are, left to right -- Bobby Cline, treasurer; Dawn IAk, reporter; Valorie Weller, vice-president; Christina Puckett, secretary; Kim Swartz, .president; Ann Ambrose, game i leader and Wendy Magaha, song leader. Shown in the bottom picture are members of the club. They are, front row, left to right -- Scott Fritts, Dawn Swartz,I Jennifer Blackford, Valorie[ Weller, Dawn Link, Wendy Magaha, Ann Ambrose. Back row, left to right -- Bobby Cline Rick Fritts, Christina Pucket and Kim Swartz. Geraldine Link is the leader and Darla Am. brose, the assistant leader. The program for the evening was the installation ceremony for the members and their of. ricers. The club will be ordering their 4-H Song Books and their flags. A hake sale is also planned to be held in January or February. The proceeds of the sale will he given to the improvements for the Bardane Community Center. An Energy Conservation Contest Workshop will be held on January 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Extension office. At the conclusion of the meeting, Valorie Weller, Kim and Dawn Swartz read several Christmas readings, and all joined in singing Christmas carols. The exchange of gifts were made, and the hostess, Ann Ambrose with the help of her parents, Larry and Darla, served refreshmentS carrying out the Christmas theme. The January meeting will be held on Wednesday night, January I$ at 7 p.m. at the home of Rick and Scott Fritts.