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118 - No. 2 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA 25414 THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 1982 20 PAGES-PER COPY 20 BP00DLZy Van Metre, M.D., General Chairman 0,000 "Community Campaign" for Jef- Memorial Hospital this week that D. Nash has yoined General Campaign Van Metre also f Mrs. and C. as Associate Four Prominent County Business, Civic Leaders Join Dr. John VanMetre I n Heading Hospital Drive Winter Strikes With Real Ferocity;,Brings Cold, Snow C. MANNING SMITI-I Chairman to Nash and that Shirley Hunt will serve as Executive General Chairman in this vital community effort. "We are fortunate to have four such inspired leaders accept these responsible positions" stated Van Metre. Jefferson Memorial Hospital has embarked on a con- struction program designed to keep the Hospital above the Commission President Rejects Dostert Claim because R did not cont his rejection of the statement which he said was given a reporter well ahead of the story publication. In other actions, the Commission assured that it would he able to control the program, agreed to enter into a work incentive program contraCt with the Department of Welfare. The Deparmmut of Welfare will provide the county with workers for specific l'ams, on a part time bas, and Fill pay the salaries involved fro welfare funds. ' Prosecutor Braun Ham- stead introduced Martha T. (Tar|) Gracey, a senior at Fernma College, who is ser. ring as an intern in his office He tc4d the Commission Mira Gracey will be charged with developing ordinance covering dog activities in the county. three members the Jefferson County conducted a uneventful, punctuated, by Commission Garland Moore's of the failure of a to publicize the rejection of a by Judge Pierre said the Dostert ina brief against e West Supreme Court, that the CoEn- had asked him to plea bargain in caper" trials so County tumid not be with further bills, ew.phaticully denied had ever and MRS. FAYE DAVENPORT ever-growing demand for bed space brought on by rapid increase in the population growth of Jefferson County. Construction will begin this spring and completion is scheduled for sometime in 1983. The construction of a new third floor will add a 12- bed Pediatric Department; a Pharmacy; Inservice Education and PSRO Utilization Review Office. Also planned are 22 additional Medical-Surgical beds and 2 private beds. A Hospital Chapel will also be added. The four leaders agree that adding additional beds and improving Jefferson Memorial Hospital's health care facilities is among the most worthwhile purposes of any community. Financing these improvements is a challenging responsibility for all men and women, Nesh, currently the Mayor of Harpers Ferry has quite an extensive background in governmental work beginning in 1949 as Secretary to President Herbert Hoover. He served as Assistant Secretary of the ir Force, undei" Secretary. of Transportation, Department of Commece, and a Consultant tothe United States Weather Bureau under President Eisonhower as well. He served in the Armed Forces during WWII as a Lt. Col. and saw action in the MTO and Italian Campaigns where he was decorated with the Bronze Star. He graduated Cure Laude from Harvard in 1923 and is a published author SmRLE M. HUNT including such works as In- vestment Banking in England and Staffing the Presidency, 1952. Mrs. Faye Davenport is a former school teacher and choir director. She serves on the Board o[ Millbrook Chamber Orchestra and the Shenandoah Garden Club. She also is an active Cub Scout I.e.ader, a member of the Jefferson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Zion Episcopal Church, and the West Virginia Horticultuire Society. She received her B.S. degree from Bridgewater College and her M.A. degree from James Madison University. C. Manning Smith has been President of Peoples Bank of Charles Town. He served on the last major fund raising drive for Jefferson Memorial Hospital which built the existing two-story complex. He is a former Postmaster of Charles Town where he served for 20 years before retiring. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Duke University. Shay Hunt is a Vice President and Trust Officer for the Bank of Charles Town where he has served for years, He is a member of the Board of Directocs. A former Sheriff of Jefferson County, County Commissioner and a member of the Board of Education. He has served on many community fund drives which include: Citizens Fire Hall, Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Zion Episcopal Church, Jefferson County Nelson Robinson, Jr. Snow Causes Delegate Candidate Road Mishaps ,PJ ..... i Nelson B. Robinson, Jr., of Route 1, Shepherdstown, well. known auctioneer and businessmaan, has mmounced his candidacy for the West Virginia House of Delegates, subject to the Republican primary next June. He seeks a seat from the 35th Delegate District which embraces Shepherdstown district in Jefferson County, and all of Berkeley and Morgan counties, A graduate of Martinshurg High School he attended Shepherd College, then served in the United States Navy as a second class petty officer from 1971 through 1978, receiving the good conduct As snow covered highways Wednesday, West Virginia State Police reported a number of minor accidents, but none involving serious personal injury. During the past week, high- way accidents caused high property damage. On Route 9, at Ranson, a station wagon driven by Pearl L. Stump, of Ranson, and a sheriff's department vehicle operated by Robert E. Shirley, Route I, Kearneysville, collided. The sheriff's car was totaled, with a loss of $2,300; there was $800 damage to the station wagon. A two car collision on Rt. 340 near Charles Town, in. volving vehicles driven by Edward J. Viands of Route 3, Charles Town and Richard O. Forsythe, of Charles Town, caused $2,500 damage. Viands sustained minor injuries. A Route I, Kearneysville man, Donald Peacher, was slapped with three charges following an accident on Route 9 near Shenandoah Junction. Peacher was cited with ira. proper registration, assault and resisting arrest after his vehicle struck another and Navy commendation operated by Hugh G. Milliken, medals. IILs duty was in of Catonsville, Md. Dmnage Iceland, Wahlngton, D.C. and was $1,400. aboard the U.S Steinaker, Charles E. Aikens, of Route An auctioneer, he also owns 3, Kee, was cited for and operates NeLson's coins taking the right of way after and Collectibles, 416 NOrth Ms truck collided with a ear Queen Street in Martinsburg. driven by Rll W. Hose, He is active in civic and Jr., on Secondary 1 near service organizations, president of the Sheph- erdstown Jaycees; president of the Tuscarora Coin and Stamp Club; Member Jackson-Perks Post 71, American Legion;the Loyal Ord of Moose; West Virginia Auctioneers Association and Middleway. Damage was 0. And Carroll L, Harshman, of Virginia Beach, Va., was cited with driving under the influence after his van left SeXy 17 and wrecked early Tuesday. Damage was Dr. Lee R. Moore Jr. Turn to Page 10 the American Numismatic Association. mission Faces Very Inpo[itics, he.lned Postpones Opening Number Thefts organ,ze the Jefferson Cotmty Republican ClUb; is vice.president of the club;  TO Jan. 25 Budget In '82 BeingProbed t Reagan-Bush-Moore cam, Wednesday morning by Dr. paign in the county last Lee R, Moore, Jr., that he had By City Police .,.,o.; and was an un- postponed theepeningofhis successful candidate for offices for the practice of the Jefferson face in What tight budget that promise of doing but possibly the consensus of anong three Corn- Garland Phalen and at recent informal in the commission Pointed out that restrictions, affected by tighter controls on and state level, krly in categorical could largely the Commission only for of this fiscal now underway :Solution when it is pted and im- 1983, but R will because, how much R valuations in e great bulk of wtllgo to the some 70.5 per and The county  21 per cent from Collected in and ZD per cent State of .5per Collections this current personal was slightly board receives the comty ; the municipalities the remainder. At any rate, money, or the lack of it, may well govern what the county is able to accomplish in the next year and a half. There is some smtiment for a regional jail, but the county has only about $IZ5,000 in its jail improvement fund to contribute to a facility which may cost as much as million dollars. And a recent trek to Washington by the Regional Jail Authority got little encouragement that Federal funds would be available under a measure introduced by Senator Robert Dale (R-Kan.).  In fact, Semtors Randolph and Byrd, and the office of Congressman Benedict, were somewhat blunt in stating that Dole's measure would probably not survive "Renganomics," the budget cutting spree currently in vogue in Washington. Additional deputies for the sheriff's department, ad.' mittedly understaffed, are also out of the question for the time "being, according to the commissioners. But, they said, there is hope that sometime in the future the depm'tment will be bolstered by the addition of personnel. There has been some ciamor for the possible con- struction of a new and im- proved animal shelter, in co- operation th the Animal Welfare League. But, with the Commission short on funds, and utilizing current monies to imwove facilities at the local dog pound on the Lestown road, any unusual construction in this area seems to be out of file question at the moment. For the past several years, the Commission, together with a consulting engineer, has been laying plans for the construction of a county-wide sewer system. Phase I of this project, which outlines the possible areas which might be covered, has been completed, with the help of funds from the Environmental Protection Agency. But Phase Two, the actual engineering of areas where the sewer would be constructed, appears to be endangered, again by the possibility that EPIC, funds out of Washington will not be available. Commission members noted that many of the rules and regulations which force local governments to consider the construction of jails, the ex. tension of sewer systems, stem from Federal and State courts, but that no provision to fund or help fund such con- struction |s forthcoming, leaving the burden squarely on the shoulders of the local taxpayer. On matters which will require little if any ex- penditure, the Commission" looks forward to improvement of the county's comprehensive plan (with no zoning in con- slderation) and to a quick solution to the problem of dumping sludge at the county landfill if that sludge is proven to be non-hasardous. In essence, it appears that the remainder of the 1981-82 fiscal year (ending June 30) and the 1982.83 fiscal year will be belt-tightening years for the Jefferson County Com- mission, with some little relief scheduled for the fiscal year 1983-84 when reappraisal provides additional tax revenues for the school board, county and municipal coffers. A Rippon man, Alan J. Thomas, has been charged with resisting arrest, trespassing and destruction of property following an incident last Saturday at 840 West Washington Street in Charles Town. According to a com- plaint filed by Wllbert Scott, Thomas was an unwanted visitor at his residence. When Charles Town police, assisted by State Plice, attempted to arrest Thomas, he jumped through a bathroem window, causing $25 damage; then refused to cooperate as the officers attempted arrest. Other incidents during the week, investigated by city IkOOlice, were primarily thefts. Theotis Duly, Washington Village, reported the loss of a handbag containing $150 in cash and important papers. A battery, valued at $60,was removed from the automobile of Dr. W.E. Trussell on East Liberty Street, while a pair of hubcaps, worth $196, were removed  a car owned by Glenn Edwards, 618 South Church Street. Susan Geno, Route 2, Harpers Ferry, had her wallet stolen from the offices of Shenandoah Collection Agency. R contained $20 in currency and a number of credit cards. Charles Rago, 410 South Charles Street, reported theft of a chain saw valued at $115; a handbag containing 0 in currency was removed from the automobile of Bertha Keller, of Ke, on North Mildred Street; and two young black males, were reported to have stolen a kerosene heater worth $249.95 from Sbella Norton, 326 West Washington Street. Jefferson County Com- missioner in 1980. He is married to the former Joyce Ann Vickers. They have two children, Chad Douglas 7; and Alyson Marie, 7 months. Bolivar Okays Pair Projects The Bolivar Town Council, meeting Monday evening, approved action on two water- related projects. One was for $6,400 for a storm drainage system on East Spruce Street, to be carried out by Jefferson Asphalt Company. A second contract with the mane firm, for $18,729, will bring construction of two small catchbeains, one large catch basin and provide ub- Winter finally struck this section of the nation and when R did it was with a vengeance. A cold air mass from S/beria, propelled into the United States by a huge high pressure system, sent tem- peratures plummeting from the mid-west to the east coast last weeken How cold was it? In Jef- ferson County, weather ob- server Laurence Lloyd Sr., recorded a two below zero reading on Sunday morning; and a high of only 4 degrees above during the day Sunday. On Monday, the low reading was minus three. These readings are the coldest in early January since January of 1936, 46 years ago. Chill readings also plum- meted with an early Sunday morning wind chiE reading of minus 53 degrees; and at noon, a minus 44 degree wind chill. Lloyd also predicted the possibility Monday thata low pressure area would form in the southwestern part of the nation and this in turn would bring snow to this area at midweek. He was right. It started to snow early Wednesday morning, and at noon, some three to four inches had fallen, leaving highways and streets treacherous and slowing down the movement of traffic. As for the future, the National Weather service is looking at the vosslbility of another weekend outbreak of cold Siberian air; and also looking at the formation of another low pressure system in the southwest that could move into this section later this week. The week-end cold, which moderated slightly Tuesday, caused misery for many people. There were frozen pipes, faulty heating equipment, and electrical power outages. Power was out in the Shannondale Mt. Mission area for about 3% hours Sunday; Shepherdstown Was also hit momentarily with a power outage. Plumbers were deluged ove the weekend, and into this week, with hundreds of calls asking for assistance in getting the heat in homes "up" and with thawing or repairing frozen or bursted pipes. Some fires, which may have been weather related, also broke out. Three firemen from Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Department were slightly injured when they fought a trailer fire at Chestnut Hill. The trailer, owned by Ken Worthington, was a total loss. A house fire on the Golf Club Road Monday caused ex- tensive damage to the property occupied by Daniel Starford. And both Charles Town departments answered a call for a fire in a partition at Turn to Page 10 Old Sludge Pile Source Of Newest Pollution Charge Another Jefferson County "#nemical pile" got into the news over the past weekend. This was a pile of lime. sulphur sludge placed in a field near the Jefferson County landfill in 1975 b3 Arthur M. Dedson, a farmer and former constable. Dedsen said he acquired the sludge from the Alpha BHC and Linden, along with PCBs and DDT. The percentage of these con- centrations was never an. nounced. However, Wilmoth this week waffled a bit and in- dicated there are no im- mediate plans to dean up the lime-sulphur pile located on Miller Chemical Company of. property of Luola G. Robin. Gmeral Optcmery in Charles Town until Monday, January 25, at 1:30 p.m. The office is located in the Charles Town Plaza on U.S. Route 340 and it will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Dr. Moore, who has prac- ticed optometry in Mar- flnsbg for the past five years, has relocated his of rices in the Charles Town location. Ranson after a fire destroyed the company in January 1975. Last week, Ben Wilmoth of Wheeling, a spokesman for the U.S. Envlroinmental Agency in Wheeling want public and said that the waste site might be the target for a "super. fund" cleanup effort by the EPA. Wilmoth said tests taken by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources last Fall son, of Silver Spring, Md, It was indicated that Dndson, who sold the farm to Mrs. Robinson, maintained grazing fights at the farm. The lime.sulphur compound acquired by Dodson was said by Wi]Inoth to have c'mm from a hillside 3,000 {eet from the fire which destroyed the main Miller Chemical Building, and, according to Wilmoth, was never associated with the and analysed by the EPA fire. showed measurable con- The company area which centratlons of two pesticides, Turn to Page I0 ProsecutingAttorney Will Ask Forfeiture drainage on E. Spring Criminal Bond Monies Street. Revenue sharing and Housing and Urban Develop melt grant money will be used did break down the offenses to be considered. The grand Jury will be asked to consider eight present. merits for burglary; three for obtaining money under false pretenses; two for breaking and entering; two for forging and uttering; two for grand larceny; and single present. rmmts for first degree arson, kidnapping, malicious assault, armed robbery, and delivery of a coptrolled substance, and lssessim of n . Following grand Jury ac- tion,  Judge Pierre Domrt will hear pleadings and set the docket, criminal and civil, for the remainder of the term, to finance the projects. R was also reported that Bolivar residents did not encounter the problems of last winter when cold tem- peratures caused water lines to freeze, leaving some resldeats without water for long periods of time. WEATHER - qv lr qr lr r lr Nit qF p The projected forecast for Thmday through Smrdey. Chance of mow Tlmrsday eecially over the mogtak. Variable eloudlne on Friday with chmce ef mow in the momtahm. Partly cloudy ,on Smry. Dally  Ill the tt,las, ml n/tttme low, in the twmties. Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Braun Ham.stead announced Wed- nesday that his office wilJ seek forfeiture of bond in cases where defendants in crninal actions fail to appear in court at the appointed time. He noted that few, if any, bond forfeitures have been enforced, either from professional bondsmen or presiding judge can determine the amount of bond forfeiture, based on court costs; that full etture is not always necessary, except In extreme cases. Hamstead's statement came prior to tho convening of of County Circuit Court, ano was obviously alined at suggesting tO bondsmen that It would be private dtizens who have wtse frdefendantstoappear furnied bond, and he in- In court when scheduled. dicated this was in conflict" The court term ns with state codes. Tuesday when the grand | Hamstead said that in many' will meet to r m cases, costly actions have .than twenty-three criminal been taken by the state to set presennents ........ up trial for such defendants, Following established and when'they fail to put in an procedure, Hamstead's office appearance  money is did not re, veal the of simply "wasted." those against win- Hamstead said that a dictments will be sought, but