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PAGE A4 SPIRIT of JEFFERSON W dnesdax; Februar3" 7, 2018 NEWS and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Courthouse loss GREG STAUB Jenny Hughes, an elections clerk in the Jefferson County voter registration office who died Saturday, is shown in this file photo from late 2016. Friends say the Martinsburg resident, a 51-year-old Mississippi native, had suffered a stroke a week ago. She will be remembered at a memorial service on Feb. 17 at her church in MarUnsburg. She joined the county elections office days before the 2014 primary election was held, according to Deputy Clerk Nikki Painter. She called Hughes a "true public servant" who went out of her way to be helpful to courthouse visitors and county employees. "We miss her," Painter said Tuesday. Karnes also said the resolution, Abortion F.OMPAGEA1 Senate Joint Resolution 12, could clear the way for a state ban of abor- tions unless it would save the life tion, if the United States Supreme of the mother. The bill would mir- Court decision in Roe v. Wade is ror the federal restrictions imposed overturned. Karen Cross, who was by the Hyde Amendment, despite a present for the committee meeting 1993 West Virginia Supreme Court and works for the National Right to of Appeals decision that Medicaid Life Committee, said the Legisla- must cover a full range of medical ture would still need to take further services, including abortion. The action for that to happen. bill passed the House of Delegates Karnes said some "are hopeful health committee last month and we'll get a Supreme Court that ac- was the subject of a public heating tually reads the Constitution and Monday morning, doesn't make it up as they go along, Rucker, a Republican elected to and if they do, someday that deci- the Legislature in 2016, said the sion is going to be overturned," re- resolution would undo the Court's ferring to Roe v. Wade. 1993 rnling that a state law banning "We wouldn't want our state Su- Medicaid funding of abortion vio- preme Court to suddenly find a right lated poor women's constitutional to abortion," he said. "So what this rights. "No matter what, the Legis- says is, if that were to happen, if this lature will determine what the future resolution is adopted, then it would use of our tax dollars are," Rucker be within the purview of the state said of the resolution. Legislature to determine what the Sen. Robert Karnes, R-Upshur, laws in the state of West Virginia are who is also sponsoring the resolu- going to be regarding abortion." tion, said the resolution would mean The Senate Judiciary Committee, the Medicaid-funded abortion bill led by Sen. Charles Trump, R-Mor- "without question" would stand up gan, passed the bill on a voice vote in court. Monday, so individual votes were Joseph Cohen, executive direc- not recorded. No "nays" were heard. tor of the American Civil Liber- The bill was sent to the full Sen- ties Union of West Virginia, said "if ate for a vote. If it passes, it will go they both passed, the immediate im- to the House of Delegates. Cross pact would be that poor and work- and Karnes said they don't antici- ing class women would not have equal access to abortion." (See ABORTION Page A5) Pigeons PAGE In addition to the birds, Compton also com- plained about bees -- swarming outside the courthouse -- and about power-washing that has left the building's brick work peeling. "Something needs to be done and done swiftly because even people going to court are traipsing in bird droppings and stuff and we can't have that," Compton said on Thurs- day. "That's the county seat too so we need to take serious consideration of stuff like that." At last week's JCC meeting, Compton asked Bill Polk, the county maintenance di- rector since 2001, to price how much it would cost to install spike strips on the courthouse. He said he has seen such spikes used in Rome at the Colosseum and that he believes they would work to deter nesting birds. "It's the health issue also," Compton said last month. "The aesthetic look of them is not great but it beats bird droppings every- where." Polk said the county's battle against pi- geons has been an ongoing one. "When ev- erything's gone it's only going to be the cock- roaches and the pigeons left," Polk told com- missioners last week. Polk said a number of efforts have been tried and considered over the years - includ- ing fake owls, hot foot strips, traps, rework- ing the transoms, electrical wires and pigeon birth control - but the little winged devils just keep returning. Polk recommended commis- sioners let him try bait-trapping, which in- volves trapping one or two pigeons and keep- ing food in the cage to lure others. "If you leave them in there a couple days make sure they have their food and water, you will have about 30 or 40 pigeons in that trap. Pigeons, they get mad if they see oth- er pigeons eating and they can't have none," Polk said, noting he got that idea from the West Virginia Fal- conry Club. "You're never go- ing to get rid of them all but trapping them is the best way to keep (them) down." Compton said Polk's proposal to trap pigeons was "unrealistic" and likely ex- pensive, adding he didn't want to see county maintenance employees "waste time" dealing with traps. "They're going to catch on af- ter awhile and they're going to keep com- ing back," Comp- ton said. "I think the spike issue would solve the problem just from expe- rience in down- town D.C. and in Rome." Polk said his bait trap would cost about $100 to im- plement -just enough to buy the wire traps. Spikes are also not the so- lution preferred by the coun- t's Historic Landmarks Commission. "If you leave them in there a couple days make sure they have their food and water, you will have about 30 or 40 pigeons in that trap. Pigeons, they get mad if they see other pigeons eating and they can't have none. You're never going to get rid of them all but trap- ping them is the best way." I BILL POLK, Count), Maintenance Director l" In a Jan. 28 letter to Compton, Landmarks Commission Chairman Martin Burke wrote the HLC does not believe the spikes are "ap- propriate" for the courthouse facade. Burke said the HLC supports Polk's pro- posal to trap the pigeons. The county commission last month ap- proved a request by the HLC to work to win a National Historic Landmark designation for the courthouse, where abolitionist John Brown was convicted of treason in 1859 and where the treason trial of dozens of West Virginia miners union members was held in" 1922. Polk has been asked to bring the JCC pricing" details for the courthouse spike strips plan. o o,a esTown MEMBER SPOTLIGHT I first joined Rotary in 1995 while work- ing in Allentown, PA, and transferred my membership to the Rotary Club of Charles.Town when I moved here in 2000 to serve as the CEO of Jeffer- son Memorial Hospital I have served as a member of the board and chaired several commit- tees. Although "retired from paying jobs" Rotary provides an avenue to continue to interact with and serve the communi- Many in the community are aware of the good that Rotary does Iocallg but many do not know of the great impact that Rotary has intemationally. One of the most noteworthy ac- complishments of Rotary has been their role in the almost complete eradication of polio throughout the world. Many might ask "What is polio?" Because of Rotary's efforts, many have never even heard of polio. If you would be interested in joining Rota$ visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ Charles TownRotary to leam more about the local club. Are you interested in being a Rotarian? Email: rotaryclubofcharlestown@gmail.com HFI WEALTH MANAGEMENT 304-876-2619 [ www.unitedcp.com/wvl United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC provides advice and makes recommendations based on the specific needs and circumstances of each client, investing in securities involves risk, please contact your financial adviser with questions about your specific needs and circumstances. 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