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Charles Town, West Virginia
January 26, 1978     Spirit of Jefferson Farmers Advocate
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January 26, 1978

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0 0ar 134th Year ' lOfService To °iil i! C°mmun'ty t   CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson Count Thursday January 26,197a x  L iota Of District Governor's Advisory Committee ieffy:i!ini00:0000aix00Huflti00i00 pays • 00i00Z°nelMeetDiscussPr°lramslnCharlesT°wn 1 Present Petition Per Copy - 15˘ January 27, at the Ruritan Club I above ar: :...e of the members of the District Governor's Advisory 1 Lions, whomet at the Lions Center in Ranson on Sunday to discuss programs and projects for the year. They are shown, left e to back -- Creighton Propps, Charles Town; Jack Burkett, vi]le; Daryl Johnson, Charles Town; DeNeen Long, Hedgesville; Ken il  anti Richard Trenary, Inwood-Bunker Hill; right side, front to back -  ]inmons and Lynn Moore, Pikeside; William Blackford and Cap r, Harpers Ferry-Bolivar; and Truman McCauley, Inwood-Bunker "iJ teoto by Errol Leslie) the District Gover- over by Zone Chairman, were membership, attendance Committee of Creighton Propps of the Charles and retention of members. Ways Town Club. of raising money for the W. Va, I, met. Sunday These meetings are held three Lions Sight Conservation LiOl Center in Advisory Corn- times a year for the purpose d Foundation were also discussed., made up of the eflabling the presidents and Hugh Via, a Sight Foundation and Secretaries of secretaries to get together to Trustee and member of the clubs in the Zone, disc uss club problems exchange Charles Town Lions announced Harpers Ferry. idejs on club administration, that the amount of money spent Inwood- and otherwise to be of mutual by the Foundationto assist sight Martinsburg, assistance, victims in Zone 1 was nearly Pikesida. The main subjects of identical to the amount con- was presided discussion at Sunday's meeting tributed by the clubs in the zone. Persons Indicted nd Jury Plead Not Guilty; / Guilt00, Wants Probation Of the six persons who were indicted by the January term of • 'e Grand Jury of Jefferson County Circuit Court. Tuesday, Jnuary 17, five have pied not guilty as charged in the in- dictments, and one who originally pied not guilty, changed his plea Monday to that of guilty. Martin L. Beamer, Jr., who was indicted on a felony charge of breaking and entering at the place of Ray Kerns, Sr., offered a plea of not guilty when arraigned before Judge Vance E. Sencindiver on January 18. But Monday he. changed his plea to that of guilty through his attorney Douglas Rockwell. and requested probation. Jefferson .County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Skinner said he would ,, oppose probation. Mentzer, . Judge Sencindiver told At- and torney Rockwell that since a resident of Jefferson County does not now Was elected have a probation and parolb Jefferson officer, that it would be recently Beamer's responsibility to organized contact the Regional Director in Elkins and have a probation by his report done and sent back to him by March 6. and state, Also Monday, Clarence of the Stubbs, who was indicted on a 1972 misdemeanor charge by the Grand Jury for obtaining the sum of $83.50 from A-T-O last body to .December, but who was not in "Sam" court for the arraignments Wednesday morning, January 19, voluntarily appeared in Court lamlness in Monday and waived the reading arious of the indictment after which he pled not guilty to the charge. A trial date ha been set fgr March 31, Attorney Douglas Rockwell was appointed as his legal counsel. Tyrone Wayne Hill, who was indicted along with Arthur Davis by the Grand Jury on two counts the first for unlawfully and fraudulently obtaining $6,000.00 and the second count for unlawfully, obtaining $28,350.00 [[  in checks from Emmard W. and Patricia Cook, appeared in Court Monday after a capias had been issued for his failUre to appear for arraignment last Wednesday, January 18. Hill said his former attorney Peter Chakmakian had withdrawn from the case and he was given until February 15 to secure another aRorney. Raymond E. Leonard, of Rippon, who was indicted by the grand jury on a charge of murder in the fatal shooting of Milton G. Popkius at his home in Kabletown on December 12, pled not guilty to the charge and his trial has been set for March 14. Leonard is in the Jefferson County jail where he is being Turn To Page 8 Building in Shenandoah Junc- tion, at 7:30 p.m. Presidnet, Charles Adams will preside. i his will be a public meeting , and the public is cordially in- 1 vited to attend It is expected i that the various committees will i report on their activities since It he November meeting of the Association. Donald Clendening Re-Elected To Head Ilndependent Firemen DONALD CLENDENING The election of officers for the year 1978 featured the annual membership meeting of the Independent Fire Companyheld recently at the fire hall, with Donald Clendening being re- elected as president. Other officers named were: Lke Wng, vice-president; Jack .Wysong, treasurer; Edwin Smith, secretary; and ThGmas Stocks Ernest Houser, Jr., Nm'val C. Furi , 'IIl, as directors who along with the officers make up the executive board. Ernest Honser, Jr., was re- elected as chief, with Frank Markstrom being elected as assistant chief: J. B. Barr, first lieutenant: Hubert Robinson, 2rid lieutenant; Norval C. Furr, HI, 3rd lieutenant. Chief drivers are: Don Haines, Rescue Unit 4: F. B. Wysong, Engine 4 George Ware, Engine I-4: Edwin Smith, Tanker 4; Raymond Warriner, chief of ambulance; George Harris, chief hoseman; Ralph Warriner Jr., chief pipeman. Ash Ex plainsAdm in istrative Assi00antDuties,Electronic Voting Machines To Lions David Ash, Administrativ Assistant for the Jefferson County Commissioners, is shown,' above, as he spoke to the Charles Town Lions Club's regular meeting last Tuesday evening at the Lions Center. Explaining the duties of the County Commissioners, Ash pointed out they were respon- sible for all of the county's business except for the running of the school system The commissioners must fund the operations of the offices of other elected officials, such as the Sheriff, even though they have little control over the way those offices are operated. In addition to the Com- missinner's regular weekly business meeting, they sit in February as a board of equalization on real estate taxes, beard of canvasers after an election, hold compentency and budget hearings. They also make appointments to the loard of Health, Planning Com- mission, Park and Recreation Commission. The county commissioner's annual budget runs in excess d $I,000,o00. This includes funds for operation of the court house, all county offices including the sheriff's, Health Department, and elections. They also par- tinily fund the county parks, the Eastern Panhandle Training Center. Eastern Panhandle Tam To Page I SAM M. SKINNER DOROTHY M. EYE To Commission Several weeks ago the Jef- Charles Adams, president of ferson County Taxpayers! the Taxpayers Association, said Association, after learning of the I the number of signatures needed action of the Jefferson County i on petitions for calling for the Commission, with respect to the t referendum on the electronic possible adoption of an elec- I voting system is 635and that the tronic voting system for Jef-[ 204 pages of the petitions ferson County, started a move to presented to Ott on Wednesday require the Commission to place morning contained the the matter before the voters of signatures of some 944 county Jefferson County in a referen- voters. This, he said, is 309 in dum before taking any final, excess of the number actually action, needed. The Taxpayers Association In presenting the petitions, the began circulating petitions to Taxpayers Association also gain the necessary five-percent requested that it be permitted'to of the registered voters of Jef- have one or more represen- ferson County required to obtain tatives at the checking and a referendum on the issue, counting of the signatures when Wednesday morning the the Commission gets into this Taxpayers Association took the work. copies of the petition to the Jefferson Co!znty Commion R was expected the petitions and presented them to the] would be discussed at the County Clerk John E. Ott, for regular weekly meeting of the dj consideration andactionontheir County Commission this mor- referendum request, ning, Thursday. i Donal d S. Smith Is The re-election of all directors, I William H. Barnhart has been and officers, alongwithtbe, !New Pres, dent Of promoted from Note teller to promotion of three members of [ Assistant Cashier. Barnhart has the bank's staff, featured the been employed by.the baank e vOr annual stockholders andd. Of Charles Towg organizational meetings of the Jefferson Security Bank of Shepherdstown, held We nesday, January II, in the board Ch.UrCch ' Mr. Barnrt tt hz,] The Board of Directors of tbe room at the bank. wife arolyn, rt51 e a . 5. Sam M. Skinner, prominent Martinsburg Tli W have one Banl of Charles Town, Jefferson County fit,grower daughter, Angela. . ,oanizational and communit"]e/der of . Shepherdstown, was re-elected ........ J ..... "- as president of the bank for his George Cdm Will Ca00hior the S4th consecutive year, I 0- Candidate Tow.:  Smith has ben with, Other officers and directors I the bank for over 30 years. He elected were: H. Max Derr, i O began his ,banking czar on e-president; W. E. Fmode, I Jr., secretary; Albert F. Cave, George R. Crim, prominent September 15, 1947,  has r served in every phaseof bank! Edward W. Morrow, C. Brown Jefferson County fruit grower operations. In 195, he was Hendricks, John L. Egle, and and dean of the Jefferson County promoted to Assistant Cashier i William B. Snyder. Henry W. Commission, will not seek re- and was named to the office of i Morrow was re-named bank election to the Commission as a Cashier in 1963. On October I,I attorney for his 32nd consecutive representative of the Kabletown 1967, he was made Executive year. District. Vice President and Cashier and l At the stockholders meeting, Crim, who has been a member was elected to the Board of they heard a report from Bank of the County's governing body Directors on August 22, 1972. i officers that the bank had-en- for the past 18 years, told this Mr. Smith has served as joyed another banner year in newspaper Monday that Treasurer of the Jefferson 1977. although he had been besieged County Heart Fund for over 20 Following the stockholders by a host of friends and years, and has been appointed to meeting, the appointed directors prominent civic leaders to seek the Finance Committee of met for their organizational re-election to the Commission, JEDECO. He is past chairman meeting for the coming year.At he had definitely decided against of the Group Seven of the West that meeting, the following it for a number of reasons. Crim Virginia Bankers Association. operational staff was appointed said one of the main reasons for and has served on various for 1978: Denver L. Hipp, his decision is the increasing committees of the State Bankers Cashier;DennisL. Barren, First work load which the County 'Association. Assistant Cashier: George W. Commissioners now face almost Dnald and his wife, Virginia Ambrose, Jr., Assistant daily in running the county's Shewbridge Smith, reside on Cashier; William H. Barnhart, governmental body. He said the South Church Street. They have Assistant Cashier: Dorothy M. job has now become not only two children, a daughter Sharon Eye, Assistant Cashier: Jo Ann more time consuming and Lee Smith, and. a son, R. Kessel, Secretary- demanding as a result of the Christopher E. Smith. Donald is Receptionist: Wayne Goodrich, tremendous growth which a member of the Zion Episcopal Carol Blessing and Jaekie Jefferson County is now ex- Church. Lewis, note department per- periencing, but more in the way During the stockholders sonnet; Debbie Zombro, Mildred of services, is being expected of meeting preceding the Frederick. Mary Keith Cramer the County Commission than organizational meeting, Mr. Marsha Moore and Laurel ever before. He said when he Smith reported that the Bank of Baltusnik as teller line per-first became a part of the Charles Town had another good sonnel: Vickie Cave, Joy Weller county's governing body 18 year. Earnings were the highest and Thelma Kemp as years ago, it was a real privilege ever recorded in the history of and a to be a member the bank. Growth was also Please! Return bookkeepers and Joe and H Washington as custodians, of the Commission. But in the substantial during the year with " " Of the above appointments, ast few yea., with ˘our, W total assets closing out over Our Bound File three represent promotions, residents demanding more and thirty two million dollars. The Dennis L. Barren has been mote services, the job has dividend was also the highest promoted from Assistant become much more demanding, ever paid- to the stockholders, Cashier to First Assistant time consuming and difficult with a total payout for the year (shier. Barron is a lifetime Crim said. And since he is not a 1977 of $150,000.00. resident of Shepherdstown, a young man anymore, andthejob Mr. Shirley M. HunL Vice graduate of Shepherd College requires more and more at- President and Trust officer, and has been employed by the tendance at various and sundry reported on the growth and bank for five years. He is active meetings, many of them at progress of the Trust Depart- in 4.H Club work and is presently night, he has decided to just meat. He stated that the trust serving as President of the 4-H finish out his current term of operation has shown outstanding Leaders Association. His many office which ends December 3t. growth throughout the years and other community service ac- The stateraent which Mr, Crim that he was pleased that the tivities include the Jefferson gave this newspaper Monday is recently enlarged Trust Offices County Fair Board, Treasurer of as follows: enabled the department to give the Shepherdstown Day Care "This is to publicly notify more personal service to their Center and active membership residents of Jefferm County customers. of the Christ Reformed Church. that I will not be a candidate for Henry E. "Hank" Jovanelly, Dorothy M. Eye has been re-nomination and eletinn to the Vice President. reported on promoted from head bookkeeper Jefferson County Commission some of the financial changes to Assistant Cashier, and with from the Kabletown District. ] that took place during the year that promotion becomes the first wish to say thanks to everyone and reviewed the financial female officer of the Jefferson who supported my candidacy in statements. Security Bank in its 109 year all past elections". Serving as Chairman for the history. Mrs. Eye is associated When Mr. Crim first became a Stockholders meeting was At- with Norwood Orchards and has member of the County some 18 torney Frederick O. Byrer and employed full time with years ago, the Commission was William R. Harner, Vice Jefferson Security Bank for 16 then known as the Jefferson President of the Bank of Charles years and worked part time for County Court and it was com. Town, served as Secretary. several years prior to that. She prised of Charles Whittington, A special resolution was is an active member of the St. the late Harry Cain, James M. unanimously approved by the Peter's Luthen Church of Milton and Henry M. Snyder, stocki'ders, which henornd Mr. Shepherdstown. Sr.. along with Crim. James W. Strider, Past DONALD S, SMITH \\; t'rest0ent of the Bank of Charles Town. The resolution also ex- presses the sadness of his death and the appreciation of everyone connected with the bank for the many years of faithful service he had given. All former Board of Directors were re-elected. All officers and employees were re.hired. The officers are as follows: Donald S. Smith, President and Cashier; Robert R. Smith, First Vice-President., William R. Harner, Vice President; Fonnie R. Crawford. Vice President: Shirley M. Hunt, Vice President and Trust Officer: Henry E. "Hank" Jovanelly, Vice President; Thomas F. Chambers, Vice President: John Allen, Assistant Trust Officer Richard B. Breeden, Assistant Turn To Page 6 During the Primary election campaign of 1968, someone borrowed a most valuable book from the Spirit o4" Jefferson Office and apparently forgot to return it. The book we are referring to is the bound copy of the office files o( the Spirit of Jeffersea- Advocate which covers the permd of October 196'/and September t. Although we cannot remember who the berrower was, we do recall that someone did come to the Spirit of Jefferson offlee and borrowed the book with the premise to return it. We fed the borrower just forgot to return the book and we are making an urgent plea for the return ef it, since it €ontains the ealy copies of • e plrR of Jou that er that are in