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114 No. 6 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday February 9, 1978 t Per Copy - 15e Are Being Asked To Approve 87-percent School Levy Friday h Short, But:... Democrats Will Big Primary Field; Board Race Big W. Morrow House Of Dist, Morrow, of last seek the ktiox for the  the The tn Jefferson reared near In 1919, he at Millbrook the former their son, Jr. M. auctioneer. the local Shepherd of where scholar Following as 8 and was with the the end of did post at Aher- m Aberdeen: in the in Jef- 194e to date. taught at 194e to law, and for that the for of any in West active in the lecal, the 1958 co. Although neither the voters, nor the poll workers, will he faced with an almost endless ballot like that of the 1976 Primary election, but as a result of the last minute surge of candidate filings just before the deadline Saturday night, there will be a rather large ballot for at least the Democratic voters of Jefferson County. Counting the candidates for the county executive committee, the county district and state races, there will be more than 60 names on the Democratic ballot alone. Republican voters, however will face a much shorter ballot of onlyslightly more than a dozen names including the candidates for the County GOP Executive committee. The biggest and most exciting race will once again be on the county level, and on the Democratic ballot with a total of 12 persons running for the two County Commission seats up for balloting at this time. Also there are eight candidates seeking the two vacancies to occur this December 31, on the no- partisan School Board.  ! Starting at the very top of the Democratic ticket, there will be a contest, probably only a token one, however, for the United States Senate seat now being held by Senator Jennings Randolph. Sen. Randolph has opposition, in Mrs. Sharon Rogers, of New Martinsville, W. Va. Then dropping downto the Congressional seat now held by Harley O. Staggers, there will be a two-way contest this time between incumbent Staggers and James Kee, of Fayetteville, W. Va. Out of politics for the past six years, former Congressman Kee has put himself in the Frjmary race in the hopes of getting the Congressional seat held by Staggers since 1949. Kse, whose family virtually owned the old Fifth Congressional District for four decades, went into the U.S. Congress in 1964 and he kept the Fifth District seat until 1971, when it was carved up and Fayetteville was put in the Secd Congressional District of Harley O. Staggers. For the State Senate from the 16th District, which comprises rkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, pshire, Hardy and Mineral Counties, incumbent Robert Steptoe of Martinsbarg, will face token opposition on the Democratic ticket from John A. Convery, a Berkeley County Democrat. For the house of delegates, 36th District, representing all but one district of Jefferson County, the Democrats will have to pick between three candidates -- Mrs. Bianca James, of Charles Town, incumbent who was named to the delegate seat last Fall by Governor Jay Rockefeller to complete the unexpired term of Mrs. Carolyn Snyder, who resigned the post; Dr. James M. Mulet, also of Charles Town, a former 36th District Delegate, and Mrs. Agnes Thomas, of the Shan- nondale section of Jefferson County. The term of office is for two years. No Republicans filed for the party nomination for the house of delegates. In the big races for the two County Commission seats to he voted on, a total of eight persons are candidates for the vacancy toming up in the Kabletown District, now being held by George R. Crim, who did not elect to seek re-election. They are, of course ng on a county-wide basis, but are elected for just the one district. They are: in the order in which they filed -- James L. Loutban, Robert Cronise, Raymond Lee Jenkins, Charles H, Strider, Jr., Michael M. "Mickey" Johnson, Allen R. Marshall, Pm D. Rissler and Mrs. Reva Mickey. Gary Lee Phalen is the only candidate to file on the Republican ticket for this post and will have no opposition in the Primary. The term of office is for six years. In the race for the county commission seat in the Harpers Ferry district, four persons filed, including incumbent J. T. Mentzer, Charles Wyndham, Stafford Howard Koonce and John S. Kosner. No Republicans are seeking the office. The other big race, and the only one on a non-partisan basis, is that for the Jefferson County Board of Education, for which there are eight candidates, in- cluding Kenneth Sims, an in- cumbent who holds one of the two seats up for balloting this time. The other post was hold by the Ray. Richard E. Nail, who did not elect to seek re-election. In addition to Sims, the can- didates are -- Larry R. Creamer, Pamela Parziale, James Wiltshire, Howard Carper, Jr., Robert D. OR, Elsie M. Stiles and Q. D. Fleming. There is also a two-way race on the Democratic ballot foe the office of County Magisli-ate with incumbent Peter Dougherty, who was appointed to fill out the unexpired term of Henry W. "Bucky" Morrow, facing op- position from Barbara PearreL secretary to Magistrate E. W. Day. One other race on the Democratic ballot which will hold considerable interest to all Jefferson County voters even though those residing in the Shepherdstown District, will be able to participate in the voting, is the seat for the house of delegates of the 35th District, with two candidates from Shepherdstown -- Henry W. Morrow, Charles Town attorney, and former member of the faculty of Shepherd College, long active of the Democratic party and John Doyle, who has also been active in the Democratic party for a number of years. The others are -- Joe Caudie, a second term delegate from Martinsburg; Clarence E. Martin, Ill, a first term delegate from Martinsburg; and Terry T. Harden, a first term delegate from Morgan County. Two candidates have also filed for the office on the Republican ticket. They are -- Larry Faircloth, of Martinburg and Allen E. Goldstrom, a former delegate from Berkeley Springs. I Candidates. For County Executive Committees. When the voters go to the polls in Jefferson County in this May's Primary election, they will in a good many instances have to make a choice also for who they want to serve on their county executive committees, especially will this be true on the Democratic ballot as a result of some late filings Saturday. The candidates for the com- mittee on the Democratic ticket ale: Charles Town District -- Bianca James, Joseph P. Cfiristian, Jr., Merle S. Johnson, W. S. "Tommy" Carson. Kabletown District -- Curtis E. Brannon, Charles D. Buyer, Dora V. Rawlings, Barbara R. Robinson, Allen R. Goldstrom and Nancy Stolipher. Middleway District -- Mrs. Marjorie S. Johnson, Charles E. Ware, and Lyle C. Tabb. Harpers, Ferry District -- Margaret R. Harris, Frederick O. Byrer, Jr., Martin "Skeeter" Welsh and John S. Pope. Sbepherdstown District -- Mrs, Betty L. Maphis, H. Lewis Tabler. Candidates for the Republican 'Pans To Page $ ,; !,,.. ,s IRoads Cleared, Schoolsl Funds From Special Left Nam'd o00"p"h'dlRe-Opened Today After I pp, 8Cnhe00 Pa { i Have Always Been Used To GovernorOf Kiwanis, SU ement Te ! [Bdrng Clmed By Blizzard After turning dewn on three " t uppe e tallevy was consecutive occasions, a request first approved. by the Jefferson County Board of ns mr as is known, there is no I j Education for a 100-percent organizeu opposition to a d conditions which hit little trouble There was one Voters of Jefferson County will percent levy since the Jefferson efferson County and this sec- bottleneck on'State Route 9, supplemental school levy, the renewal of the proposed 87- on Sunday mght and Monday, N,AaCtrrlea  ToOrW;bu t ? "he asked Friday by the School County Taxpayers Association, ROSCOE R. PAYNE Roscoe Payne, prominent Jefferson County educator, who served as Governor of West Virginia District of Kiwanis International from October I, 1976 until September 30, 1977 was named recently as one of 12 Kiwanis Distinguished Governors. Announcement of the high honor was made this week by Stanley E. Schneider, im- mediate past:president and Maurice Gladman, president of Kiwanis International. Payne, a member of the Charles Town Kiwanis Club since 1958, served as president of the local club in 1968 and as District Lieutenant in 1972. Now Director of Special Programs for Jefferson County Schools, he was long-time principal of Charles Town unior. High School. In addition to his Kiwanis activities, Payne is a member of Asbury U.M. Church, where he is a member of the ad- ministrative hoard and certified lay speaker; served on Boy Scout committees for many 'ears; Worshipful Master of Malta Lodge 80; AF & AM, High Priest, Jefferson Chapter 5 RAM; Commander of Potomac Commandery 5, Knights Templar; York Cross of Honor Shriner Osiris Temple; Eastern Panhandle Shrine Club. Chambm Members favor R00mdum On Sunday Racing On January 28, a written poll was taken of the membership of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce as to their thinking on a bill pending in the current session of the W. Va. Legislature for a Sunday racing referendum to be put to the voters of Jef- ferson County. And a total of ll0 responses were received from the membership, according to Calvin J. McGehee, president of the Chamber. A breakdown of the voting on the issue showed a total of 62 members favoring a Sunday horse racing referendum on the ballot; 25 opposed to it and 23 others suggesting that the Chamber take no stand on the issue since there is such a diversified opinion in the community and Chamber over the issue. The results of the survey have already been sent to Charleston to he included with other in- formation being presented to the house and Senate committees considering the race referendum issue. StockholdmMeeting Jefferson Memodal Park Tuesday Night The annual stockholders meeting of the Jefferson Courty Memorial Park, Inc., will he" hold Tuesday night, February 14, at 8 p.m., in the auditorium of the Jefferson County Civic Center. Ernest Rouser, Jr., president, said it is important that all present stockholders, officers closed schools in the county, caused cancellation of a number of events including all school athletic events, the races at Shenandoah Downs race track and caused some inconveniences to motorists on both the Primary and Secondary Roads, but mostly on the latter. Although the Jefferson County State Road crews, working around the clock since Sunday afternoon, were able to keep the county's primary roads open, the extremely high winds which gusted at times to 40 and 50 miles per hour, made it impossible to do much on opening the secondary roads. But Wednesday morning, officials of the W. Va. Depart- ment of Highways in Jefferson County, said they expected to have all of the secondary roads i in pretty good shape by late Wednesday evening. And Raymond Frazier, Supt. of Jefferson County Schools, said Wednesday at noon, things looked "pretty good" for the re- opening of schools this morning, Thursday, on d regular time schedule basis. With'few exceptions where drlfting caused some limited disruptions of traffic, motorists traveling the Primary roads in the county experienced very hour or so Tuesday evening, as a result of the winds blowing the snow onto and across the high- way, causing it to freeze into a solid sheet of ice. But State Road crews went to the scene and within a short time, had the trouble corrected and traffic moving again. Although there was some minor problems in some isolated sections of the county, for the most part, both the Potomac Edison and General Telephone Companies reported they came through this latest Winter storm of two or three inches of snow and high winds, in pretty good shape. There was no real disruption of either electric and phone service anywhere in the county. Officials of the Potomac Edison Company have issued a request to their customers asking that they conserve energy as much as possible in lieu of the critical shortage of coal, due to the coal miners' strike. And wbile by Wednesday at noon Jefferson County had pretty much recovered from the Sunday and Monday srm, Ji Weather Man is once again calling for possibly some more snow for this section, by late Friday or Saturday. Board to give approval to the 87- percent levy which has been in effect in the county since 1946. The levy, if approved, will run for a period of five years as it has since 1946, when it was first approved to supplement the extremely low teachers salaries paid at that time. A total of $837336.00 in tax money is involved in the special levy, this amount to be used to provide the teachers of Jefferson County, an average of $1,500.00 over and above that provided under the current state-aid formula. Schools Superintendent Harold Frazier said all the monies received from this 87- percent levy has provided the teachers ` this a .dlitional money has given its endorsement to the levy. The Taxpayers Association has on all three occasions in the past, opposed the 100-percent levy each time it has been brought to the vote of the citizens. But this time, their membership voted to not only give its support to the levy, but is publicly urging the general support of it. All 27 of the county voting precincts which were used in the last School Levy election held December 13, will be utilized as in the past, with the precincts to he opened at 6:30 a.m. and close 'at 7:30 p.m. Superintendent Frazier said the regular paid precinct workers will be used in this election. Merchants Discuss "i--"" Chrislmm L Nuns Courtesy, 00arMng Members of  Charles Town- one that will be placed entily anson downtown Merchants on street lighting poles and the Association, meeting in special other an overhead street strands session Friday afternoon, which has been used in Charles S  m m i February 3, discussed a project R$ |'llMd Ul,iluuts--.. I of new Christmas street lighting IIUW00lfl00ll00U[llll00ilWal00lfer Charles Town, whether to   .... -"dF v Icontinu e the present Courtesy mill p l . ]parking program in in effect in IkfaeMIlelllfl Iklp UAd5 [CharlesTown, and the staging of II1 Ill|ll| | J ||t [sthaesG. erge washington birthday if Ik- ,.--L- gl _ _ll  II m[ The group voted to forego the [[,n,,nw eean Mlkqhl14l4[sJsponsorshi p of the annual [vvMntJF ut0000ll rm0000lMl00||ll00lGeorge Washington birthday sales, .and instead urged each The snow-covered highways were responsible for a number of the series of nine highway ac- cidents which occurred in Jef- ferson County during the period of Thursday, February 2 and Monday night, Charles Town State Police report. Although there were no per- sonal injuries in any of the ac- cidents, a total of nine cars, one truck and one jeep were damaged to the extent of $3,600.00. The latest of the series of accidents occurred Monday about 4 p.m. on U.S. Route 340 near Harpers Ferry, with a i single car being involved. State Police said a car being i driven by Ronnld L. Twigg, of P.O. Box Harpers Ferry, which was eastbound on the highway, i went out of control and off the south berm of the highway, hit a State Road sign and then over an embankment. Damage to the car was placed at Se00. Police said they charged Twigg with driving while under the in- fluence of alcohol. A total of four minor accidents occurred Sunday, all of them during the heavy snowstorm and all caused by the snow, police said. Fortunately there were no personal injuries in any of them. At S p.m. Sunday, Route 9 near Secondary Route 15, was the scene of a single car accident which resulted in about $200 in damages. State Police said a car being driven by Clarissa Thatcher, of Mecklenburg Heights, Shepherdstown, was heading north on Route 9 and ran off the highway and skidded into an embankment of snow. NO charges were preferred in the accident, Police said. Also at 5 p.m., a two-car ac- cident occurred on route I over 1 near Secondary Route 3, in which cars being driven by Dennis Coffinberger, of Route 4, and directors he present, aince plans for the 1978 summer artinsburg and Ronnie B.[ ThefirstoccmTedatP:a.m. operations of Jefferson County Davis, of Route 2, Kearneysville, [ on a section of old U.S. Route 34 Memorial Park will be diseumed ] were involved. [near Halltown -in whioh a ear along with the naming of new [ State Police said the car being [ being driven by Lillie Ostrander directors and officers for the [ driven by Coffinberger was [ of Millville, was backing out of a year 1978. ] headed West on Route 1-1 and[  Turn To Page $ the car being driven by Davis was heading East. As the Davis car rounded a curve, it skidded on some snow and ice, crossed into the westbound lane and struck the Coffinberger car. Damage to the Coffinberger car was listed at $500 and another $800 to the Davis car. In- vestigation of the accident has not been completed, it was stated. About 6 p.m. Sunday evening, a car being driven by Mark C. Spurling, of Severn, Md., went out of control on U:S. Route 340, near Charles Town,.left the high- way and went over aft em- bankment. Damage to the car was listed at about $100. Due to the condition of the road no charges were preferred, Police stated. About 6:15 p.m. Sunday evening, a car being driven by Shelly R. Monzon, of Wheaten, Md., had stalled on a hill on Secondary Route 32-2 and a jeep came over the hill and hit the Monzon car. The driver of the jeep stopped, and then continued on. Damage to the car was placed at $200. About 3:45 Saturday af- ternonn, a two vehicle crash occurred on Secondary Route 17, which resulted in about $500 in property damage to the car and truck involved. State Police said a truck being driven by Samuel O. Leake, of Preston Street, Ranson, had stopped in the north lane of traffic to make a left turn into a driveway. A car being driven by Donna C, Wilt, of Shepherd- stown, had also stopped behind the Leake truck. Then just as Leake started to make the left turn into the driveway, the Wilt car pulled around to pass, Two traffic accidents also occurred Thursday, February 2, which resulted in only a total of $725.00 in property damages and no personal injuries. member to make their own decision as to whether they wanted to have such a sale this year. For a number of years, until last year, the Retail Merchants Association spon- sored the sales, but because of the heavy expense involved in repairing and placing the Christmas street lighting in December 1976, they voted not to use organization revenue for this mrpose. President Oliver Kastle eported to date, the Courtesy parking ticket program which has been in operation for the past three months under sponsorship of the Merchants, has proven to be a very sue- cessful program. Kastle reported that enough money had been collected from the mer- chants and professional people[ in downtown Charles Town whore the program is in effect, to cover the cost of the program for the six months trial period agreed upon by the Merchants and the City of Charles Town. The program is due to expire April 30, and President Kastle i told the merchants present, they l will have to make a decision soon on whether they desire to have it continued at least for another six months. President Kasfle reported that enough money had been collected to cover the cost of the 1977 Christmas project which included the parade, $705.00, and the cost of placing the overhead street decorations, some $665.00. , And 'not allof the anticipated 'income has been received, .Kastle said. The question which the Merchants must decide very soon, Kastle stated, is whether they want to go for an all-new type of Christmas street lighting, or purchase new strands of pretty much the same type of lighting. He suggested that in order to get a price on any Christmas lighting, a decision should be made wi the next month or two so the order can he :placed. The Merchants have under cCmsideraUon, two types of Christmas street lighting -- Town for a number of years. Kastle asked the merchants to ive a lot of thought to both the Christmas lighting and courtesy parking programs so that they will be ready to make a decision at the next meeting of the organization to be held February 24 at 2 p.m. Dr. Jams Moler Is Candidate House Of Delelates 36th Dist. DR. JAMES M. MOLER Dr. James M. Mulet is seeking election to the West Virginia House of Delegates from the Thirty-Sixth District. Dr. Moler is a retired educator having served 20 years as principal of the Wright Denny School and 13 years on the faculty and ad- ministration of Shepherd College. While at Shepherd, Dr. Moler developed and established the first regional education office serving eastern West Virginia and was responsible for bringing West Virginia University graduate education to the Shepherd College campus. He holds the teaching rank of full  professor I i During the legstative terms of 1973-1976 Dr. Moler served in the legislature from Jefferson County and held the leadership roles of Member of the Finance CommRtee, Chairman of the Sub.Committoe for education budgets, Chairman of the Banking Comralttee and rabbet; of the Rules Com- mittee. He was also amember e/ the conference committee between, the Senate en the state budget, In his prefession he is a past Iresldet of the W. Va: School Turn To Page