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Iii) d " e i 114 No. 5 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday February 2, 1978 Per Copy. 15 00ley Bank Re.nam?-All Directol00 Office?;. Hea00 Report On For Constructmn Of New, Bank Bu,ldmg Th,s Summer above is a sketch from the architect, Stratton, of Winchester, Va., showing and all-modern bank building will when constructed some time this Summer Blakeley Bank and Trust Company of the present property of the bank. The stockholders of and Trust Ranson, in at-i at the annual meeting held l 25, at the Jack R. and cashier, had enjoyed year in 1977 in the bank's ught  on the Progress the con- Ran.son , Of the banks 8aidR had en o ed I ,J t ,o... J Y iwm m its history , ,-,ase of $2 7-millio , brine,;.,. :," n- [ tt that t inc'-mere,ease ,;.,.W.hadin ne been bank also a savings, Christmas Club savings and that the trust department of the hank had enjoyed a 2.7 growth in 1977. Huyett aLso reported the bank had paid a record dividend of $8 per share in 1977, paying out a total of $77340.00 in dividends. Following his report and also one from Maurice A. Viener, chairman of the bank's board, the stockholders re-elected all of the present nine directors. They are: Viener, J. Blackweil Davis J,] l Wstqi, Dr. W. P. Wardun and Leo J/Widmyer: Later e dlrectot re-electel all of the present officers, They are: Viener, chairman of the board; J. B. Davis, vice chairman; J. R. Huyett, president and cashier; Dr. James Moler, and Virginia Smallwood Ward, senior vice- presidents; Hannah R. Pitcher, vice-president; J. Blackwell building, of contemporary design, will be a two- story structure with a basement and will be erected facing on the Ranson Circle. The new banking edifice is expected to be completed within a year or less, once the construction contract is let, which is expected to be in June. Davis, Jr., trust officer; Fern A. Willingham, assistant tl'ust officer; J. Errol Ward, vice- president and secretary; Kenneth W. Metz and Douglas S. well, attorneys. In reporting on the new banking facility plans, Huyett said the plans hadbeen fmalized some time ago and Herbert T. Stratton, an architect of i Winchester, Va., is now in progress of completing detailed specifications for the new qdilice. He said. this work is eXL.:cted to b completed by late Al'or ear May after which bids will be sought for the construc$ion work. Huyett said he expects construction work to begin in June or early July at the latest, with the hank to be cmpleted within a year or less. The new structure, measuring 50 by 80 feet, will cover some 8,000 square feet of floor space. It will have a large basement area and will be a two-storv structure above ground. It will be of contemporary design and will face directly onto the Ranson Circle with two main entrances, two large drive-in windows, a walk-in window, all of which will be manned during banking hours. There will also be a large parking area in the rear of the hank building. The new structure will include all of the latest and most modern banking facilities and equipment available, Huyett stated. .The new buldl, wll}Tbe located facing into the Ranson Circle, rather than tn the area where the old Charles Washington Theatre was located. By doing this the new building can be constructed without interference to the operations of the present bank and none of the businesses now in operation in the Charles Washington Shopping Center on Third Avenue, will be affected, it was pointed out. te -qnds Cause To Try / , For M urder longest The hearing got underway at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and with Court in testimony being taken from 11 of the 12 witnesses who had been sqmmoned to testify by Jef- ferson County Prosecuting no probable Attorney Robert Skinner, it was ng Stanley marly 3 o'clock before the case 27-year.old was completedand Magistrate Jefferson Dougherty handed down his action on decision. Magistrate Dongherty said the evidence presented did not put Peterson at the scene of the crime at the time it was com- mitted. Mrs. Patricia Ann Miller, 23- year-old Roman woman, was found dead about 6 a.m. on March 6, on Secondary Route 20 near Shenandoah Junction. Her body had been brutally beaten and run over by a car a number of times. The automobile which Mrs. Miller was driving at the time d her murder, was not recovered until nearly a week later. It had been abandoned along U.S. Route 522 near Winchester, Va. Reports then were that Mrs. Miller had left her home in Ranson about 7 p.m. on March 5 and was seen at a number d )laces during the evening, both Turn To Page e INSTALLED OFFICERS DEMOcRATiC WOMEN'S CLUB of the newly elected officers featured a special meeting of Club of Jefferson County, held Monday night, rcounty Court House in Charles Town. The four top the 'mstallation as shown above, are: left to right as recording secretary; Mrs. Ado Mcln- Marsha Lance, Pamson, treasurer, and Mrs. Jeanie , president. Ms. Edna Snyder, corresponding li  r, was not t at the time the picture was Ta00) Phalen Rles AsGOP Candidate County Commission ii!!ii::: . GARY PHALEN Gary Phalen, of Route 1, Charles Town, has filed for the Republican nomination for County Commissioner from the Kabletown District. He is a native of Martinsburg, having attended Martinsburg High School and. Shepherd College. Gary, along with his wife Judy, and their two children Lee Anne 8, and Andrea 5, have resided in Jofferson County for the past five years. Both children are attending Wright Denny Elementary School. Gary and Judy Phalen are the owners of Gary and Judy's, a men and ladies clothing shop in downtown Charles Town, which has been in business for the past five years. Gary is aLso a sales representatives for Security Problems Of Volunteer Firemen Elaborated;Some Firemen Honored [At Annual Citizen'sAwards Dinner BY MRS. HAZEL NICHOLS - Four Hurt In ITw00ar Wreck Although details were not available at this writing since 'the Charles Town State Trooper who investigated was still at the scene, four persons were injured and transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, from a two- car accident which occurred about I0:15 Wednesday morning on State Route 9, on the crest of the hill in front of the Corbin property, about three miles north of Charles Town. Two of the injured were Juanita Whitehurst, 46, of Shenandoah Junction and Diane Breeden, 24, also of Shenanloah unction. The names of another oman and a youth who were brought to the hospital for zentment, were not available at the time this story was written. Two other accidents also occurred Monday, in which there was some $1,750 in damages, but no. personal in- juries according to Charles Town State Police. A single car crash on State Route 9 just south of here at 6:45 House Real Estate, Inc., located on 5th Avenue, in Ranson. a.m., Monday, caused major Gary is president of the Jef- damage of $1,250. ferson County Midget Basketball thutnted :ceneTtdedt ;o:n League He is a member of the .... *" - - -- .;ricEaPn'SizPioalnanUhCeh,olh  ;n aernS ut ao fn t; 3 l  ^ . .  Y  highway and struck a wooden uraer OtMOCSe.. 's '" [ fence owned by Maxne odmm, ti"le him to' L , A rear-eno. eomslon was .... .'..._ '_'Xn.''l reported My at 3:10' p.m:; neuer atunm to me neeas aria i - " -o " 4- ar ble * "-f C "  on tate t ute ) ne pro  O! Jel erson aunty. I ,h=-deenw n He thinks that his election to the -:v:;..-7: .. _ . " -- " " "11 .... 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(Photo by I Damage to the two vehicles was estimated at $500, and Errol Leslie) Cogswell was charged with Bank Of Harpers FerryRe-Names BIoodmobilefailure yield the right-of-waY.unit Officers To Be In Cha00 All It's Town Febmaq 9 representing 5,465 shares of will be held in Charles Town at stock were present in person and ' the Presbyterian Church on another 6,106 shares were Thursday, February 9 from present by proxy at the t _00una=. ,.. ,,,., ,, , adno lO:15a.m, till 4:15p.m. This visit stockholders meeting of the is being sponsored by the Jef- Bank of Harpers Ferry held at a special meeting of the ferson County Extension Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the bank. Board of Directors of the Jef- Homemakers and the theme of There areatotalof20,000shares ferson County Chamber of the event will be "Give a of bank stock. Commerce held January 27, it Valentine to Remember - The Bank cashier, Charles William was decided that before the Gift of Life". Rondo Smallwood Lemaster and president, J. Chamber acts on the Sunday and Hank Jovanelly are co- Donald Eackles, in reporting to Racing Referendum which is chairmen for this visit. the stockholders, stated being advocated in the section and in the West Virginia, a although the bank has been in sur,ey should be taken, d the  i operation only some 29 months it now has assets totalling some sentiment of the Chamber $4,097,896, and is operating in a membership. And so "profit position", questionnaires were mailed out Saturday to-the Chamber At the meeting also, the membership posing three stockholders re-elected all of the questions and asking the bank's original directors. They members to respond by filling in are: J. Donald Eackles, Robert the questionnaire and returning A. Hockensmith, J. B. Huyett R as quickly as possible. Jr., J. T. Mentzer, Philip T. The Chamber listed three Porterfield, Jr., James W. choices on the questionnaire: I. Senseney and Thomas W. do yon favor st@potting the Steptoe. referendum; 2. do you oppose the referendum; 3. do you think Following the stockholders the Chamber should take a stand meeting the directors met and on the controversial Issue. organized foc the year with Calvin McGebee, president of Eackles being re.elected as the Chamber, said he is hopeful president for the third con- that enough of the members will sec-utive time; J. T. Mentzer, fill in and return the question. vice-president; Charles William naires to give the Chamber LeMaster cashier and P. T. officers and directors an in- Porterfield, HI, as assistant diction of the sentiment of the cashier, membership so that a decision Committee On Aging be made quiekly by the Chamber on the issue. To Meet Febru 7 ====-:=:====::======= ,WEA T H E R 31m Jefferson County Com- mittee on Aging will meet m ?_-===_L=_=_--- Tuesday, February 7, in the Period Thursday through Activities Room on the 3rd floor' 8tmrday: cold throughout the ef the Shenandoah Heine. Mrs. period. Partly cloudy Wed- Polly Stiles, Director of Title  !uelay aml Tlmrlay. Friday a Nutrition Program for Region chance of now. Daytime IX will be the guest speaker. All temperatures lu the t's, d persons interested in this nlghme lews 17 to 24 degrees. program and others related to OuOak for February indleate8 the Senior Center are invited to colder temperatures than athmd, normal th the east' The problems which volunteer firemen face daily, not only in carrying out the duties of a volunteer firemen, but in trying to paise the funds necessary to purchase and maintain the fire- fighting equipment and a fire station, .were elaborated by Gene Dailey, Chief of the Win- chester, Va., Fire Department, to a large crowd of volunteer firemen and a host of special guests that attended the annual awards dinner of the Charles Town Citizen's Fire Company held Saturday night at the Lions Center in Ranson. Chief Dailey's most in- teresting remarks came following the presentation d a number of awards to members of the Citizen's Fire Company and others in recognition of their [ outstanding contributions to the[ fire company during the year i Randy Breeden, president of the Citizen's Firemen, who! served as toastmaster for the dinner program, presented special awards to Jay Cepelka and Nelson "Nick" Nichols, for being the firemen who fought the most fires during the past year. He also presented sl#ecial awards to Larry Magaha, Allen Cain, Gary Trussell and George Costello, for attending the most meetings of the company last year. Company of Harpers Ferry and Mrs. Ainsworth; William "Bill" Stewart, chief of the Blue Ridge Fire Unit and Mrs. Stewart; Ernest Houser, Jr., Chief; Frank Markstrom, assistant chief of the Charles Town In- dependent Fire Company; Bill White, first lieutenant imd Larry Tavener, 3rd lieutenant of the John Enders Fire Company in Barryville, Va.; Faye Costello, Honorary Fire Chief of the Citizen's Fire Company. Chief .Willingham also in- traduced the following officers the company: A. O. Pittinger, assistant chief; Paul Biller, Ist lieutenant; L. L. "Buck" Willingham, 2nd lieutenant' Nelson "Nick". Nichols, 3rd lieutenant; Steve Anderson, 4th lieutenant; Danny Breeden, training officer; Allen Cain, Richard Magaha, George Costello, C. W. Costello and George Glassford, chief drivers; Tabby Frye and Bobby Light, chief basemen; William Law caster and Gary Trussell, chief plpemen; Lewis Bush, chief of the fire police; Fred Martin, engineer; Paul Biller, vice- president of the company; Gary Trussell, secretary; Norman Howell, treasurer; Danny Turn To Page Taxpayers Assn. The next meeting d the JeL ferson County Taxpayers Association will be held Friday night, February 3, at 7:30 p.m., at the Jefferson County Court House. This will be a makeup meeting for the January meeting which was postponed due to the bad weather. Mr. Charles Adams, president, will preside over the meeting. The public is invRed to attend this meeting since a demonstration will be given of the new electronic voting system that has been propoe for the county by the County Com- mission. This will be an ex- cellent time for the public to personally observe the proposed system as the proctrement of this system will be decided upon by referendum at the next election, it is not necessary to be a member of the JCTA to attend this demonstration. Following the voting machine demonstration, reports will Ix heard from the various com- mRtees of the JCTA: Also, a brief report will be given on the first two meetings at Bardane on USe. j. Kenneth Willingham, lT 0 Se Voting veteran chief of the Citizen's Fire Company en ed ;awa o.abby '' Fe and Rort Light for being the most active new members of the company in 1977, and also a special award was presented to James M. "Jim" Davis, an officer and general manager of Supertane Gas Company in ,Charles Town, and also to Danny Breeden and Training Officer, Mike Pittinger, ef the fire company. Chief Daihy, who was in- traduced to the gathering by Chief Willingham, in his remarks, also stated that he felt the word "Volunteer" should be changed to "Unpaid Professionals", because of the special training and schooling which volunteer firemen are required to complete in carrng out the responsibilities of being a volunteer fireman. The program which followed the bountiful dinner, catered by the Savoy Company of Waynesboro, Pa., began with President Breeden extending a welcome to the gathering and then introducing the following special guests: D. Lee Morgan, Chief; Lewis Carroll, Assistant Chief of the Shepherdstown Fire Company; James Ainsworth, chief d the Friendship Fire Im THEY'RE NO. 1 FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR For the second consecutive year, the entry of the Peoples Bank of Charles Town finished first in their category of competitiou and in recognition of  youngsters and adults who had a part in decorating and Hdlng in the parade on : the Bank entry, John Chrisman, cashier of the bank, arranged to have them out to dinner as guests of the bank. And those who were able  attend and pose for the above picture, were-- Sonnie Willis, Jason Smith, Da Weiant, J, J. Noland, Eric Roper, Mike Chandler, Amy Chandler, Pam Clend, Donna Clendening, Michelle Johnson and Eric Jolmson, along with John n. Others who had a part in the prize-winning project, but  ,t for the i:trtU. , were-- Ursela Ousti_nes, Eric Snow,, JtmnRa , White, , IcK Ramey, Mike Smith', Matt Gregory, Sid Smith, Picky tts; Fritts, Michael Kisser and Dewey Noland. (by Tim' S/nn)