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TWO SECTIONS LATEST IN LOCAL, AREA SPORTS -- COUNTY NEWS ADVERTISEMENTS SIXTEEN PAGES LOCAL NEWS -- PICTURES WEDDINGS --- SOCIETY CLASSIFIED ADS Business-News Dept. - Dial 725-2046 or 2047 1844 .... The Newspaper Charles Town And Ranson Grew Up With .... 1966 CHARLES TOWN, Jefferson County, W. VA. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1966 West Virginia's Oldest Newspaper B PRICE 10 CENTS II [, i Of "66", FOrNew _--..- (BY HWM) In the interest of clarity, and to avoid confusion, here are some things the voters should know about the ten-way race in Jeffer- son County for membership on the Jefferson County Board of Education: 1. Whichever one of the ten candidates in the race receives the most votes will be elected. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about this. Any of the five Mag- isterial Districts in Jefferson County can legally have as many as two members on the Board of Education, but no more than that. Hence, whoever gets the highest number of votes will be elected regardless of which District he or she comes from. 2. It gets a little sticky when you try to figure out how the second of the two vacancies ta be filled will be determined. But be patient, please! The second vancancy will be filled by that person receiving the next highest number of votes AND (repeat the 60-year-old Thomas I Baltimore, Md., and also the com[ as evident in the above picture that "AND" for emphasis) whose L Hotel, in Charles Town I pany engineer, were in Charles~ which was taken early this week election or membership on the disappearing somewhat mTown Wednesday conferring with] and Strider said today it is ex-Board would NOT increase the snows of the "Blizzard lbank officials on the new build[pected that the planning for the!membership from the District in the job of finalizing plansl ing. And while work on razing] new structure, a two-story Colon- which he or she resides beyond g new and spacious homel the hotel building which for 60] ial design building, are expected two members. Bank of Charles Town onl years was a favorite meeting| to be completed within the next Other facts worth mentioning site, are being pushedI place for thousands of visitors| month or six weeks and ready ~bout the election for the School ; possible. I and local citizenry, is continuing,| for letting to contractors for bids Board are: W. Strider, president of] it has been slowed down and even| Strider said it is hoped that the 1. It is an election, not a pri- , said this morning that ] delayed considerably by the Win-| actual construction work can be mary, and it is non-partisan, nt~ ive of the architectu ] ter snows of the past two weeks.| started by late Spring or eary meaning that Democrats, Republi of Ferdinand Kelly of] The men are now back on the job] Summer. (Photo by Tim Sinn.) cans and Independents can vote. 2. The present membership of the Board is L. J. McDonald Shepherdstown; Lowell Hetzell Harpers Ferry; Leo Widmyer, Harpers Ferry; Louise Corbin Corbin, Charles Town; and J. Strider Moler, Charles Town. The terms of Corbin and Widmyer County's application financial grant for a study County.wide sewage collect- has been approved by of Economic Develop- Administration of the De- of Commerce. of approval of was made today by U. Jennings Randolph for and for U. S. Senator F. Byrd and Congressman O. Staggers. sewage collection system has been proposed for Jeff County, will collect sewage the following communities county . Charles Town, Shepherdstown, Harpers Bolivar, into one single Which will be constructed the use of coal of sewage. Randolph has been the COngressional sponsor of sewage treatment process by the Rand Corporat- funds from the Office Research of the Depart- / jury trial of the cur- Term of the Circuit )f Jefferson County was to get under way this Ly) at the Court Charles Town, it being case of Jefferson Motors, R. Elliott. corporation chims holder, by assignment Valley National of a promissory note signed defendant, EUiott, on is allgedly due appro $1,350. The defendant that the note was made a part of a transaction the plaintiff sold the son, Charles Ray Elli- and that when repossessed the car the plaintiff failed to With the law pertaining to and sale of merchan- under a conditional and therefore the owes the plaintiff noth derable local interest is on the case because it is case to be tried in the Court involving and ?~e the rights and o, ellers, buyers, and merit of Interior. Although the county, and the communities to be served, will provide a portion of the funds for the system, the construction costs of the plant which have been estimated at $2.million, will be financed entirely by the Fed- eral Government. "Approval of Jefferson Cou nty's application for funds to make the feasibility study, ad. vances the plans for the establish ment of the plant another step, "Senator Randolph stated." The next phase will be an engi neering and economic study it. self, Senator Randolph stated, and it is my h~pe that engineers will be in the field by sometime next month and that a final report on the survey will be complete by early May," the Senator stated. The new Rand process of sew- age collection and treatment off- ers great hope not only in the field of water pollution abate- ment, but also in the opening up TURN TO PAGE 8-A those who sign notes for and with buyers for installment pur. chases of personal property under the Uniform Commercial Code, adopted in West Virginia in 1963. One more jury trial is schedul- ed for trial during the present term, it being the case of Plumley Corporation, vs Clifton J. McDon- ald, a suit to recover money alle. gedly due on contract. Court will remain in session here through next Monday, Feb- ruary 14, at which time it will adjourn for the Term. The next regular Term will convene on the third Tuesday in April. Last Thursday, after consider- able deliberation, in the second jury trial of the Term, a verdict was returned in favor of Charles Kearns in his suit to recover money he claimed was owing to him from Rose Jensen Corporat- ion. The jury awarded Kearns $320.00. Two weeks ago, in the first jury trial of the Term, a jury re- turned a verdict of guilty against Steve Leonard Painter, who was charged with breaking and enter ing a house in Charles Town. The Court took under advisement a motion for a new trial To Be Ordained Into Ministff February 20 CIIARLES D. SYMONS, JR. Due to the snowstorm which hit Jefferson County the week- end of January 29, the ordination of Charles D. Symons, Jr., into the Presbyterian ministry which was to have been held Sunday, i Jan. 30, was postponed until Sun- day, Feb. 20. A son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Symons; Sr., of Sunnyside, near Winchester, Va. he will be ordain ed and installed as minister of the Elk Branch and Halltown Presbyterian churches. The ordainment will be in the Halltown church at 3:30 and his installation as the minister of that church will follow the ordain merit. His installation as pastor of the Elk Branch church at Duff- ields will be at 6:80 p. m. Mr. Symons, a graduate of James Wood (Va.) High School and a winner in 1956 of the Star Leadership Award will be ordain ed and installed by a Commission made up of the Rev. Carlyle Mc- Donald, pastor of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church; the Rev. James Huffaker, the Rev. George V. Hunter, Jr., and the Rev. William P. Anderson, Jr. The elders for the service will be Philip N. Hunter, Sr., Charles D. Symons, Sr., elan Lowe and James Bean. Mr. Symons is a graduate of Davis & Elkins College, Buck- hannon ,W. Va,, and the Presby- terian School of Christian Educat ion Richmond and the Union The- ological Seminary in Richmond. He is married to the former Elisa Hunter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hunter. They have two children, Robert 5, and Martha 4.years-old. DR. JOHN H. FRAY Marion, Va.. Dr. John H. Fray president of Marion College, Mar- ion, Va., for the past 17 years, has resigned the presidency as a re- sult of a disagreement over re- development plans for the col- lege. The announcement of the re. signation from Marion College said Dr. Fray disagreed with some phases of the development program which the college's board of trustees have approved. Dr. Fray, an educator and a Virginia Synod pastor for some years, 18 of them having been spent in Shepherdstown where expire this year, and both are he served as pastor of St, Peter's seeking reelection. Lutheran Church, said he is con- 3. Tl~e other candidates who are ~de:~nghe t~os b:eher off:/:ti~ seeking election for the two vac. . ..... ". anei~ which will h~ ~oenuia.od replacement is oelng sougnt xor --'h- ..... :" :" .............. =" Dr Fray and he is expected to by t e explrahon of ~e Corbmlst~ -"'" nt oat for a" a '~ ~" ' ~" on ac r~s prese p T 1~ nd Wldmyer t~Fms ar~ ~ add. 1. :~ _ , ..... ilion to Corbin and ~myer:[~e~ a snor~:wnne yeL . William J. Brown, Ernest Dand- ur. tray was aean of the vir- ridge, and the Reverend Richard ginia Synod's Summer assembly Neal, all from Charles Town; at Massanetta for 12 years. Ralph Johnson, from -Harpers Under his leadership, Marion Ferry; George A. Boor and Dr. College collected more than $180 Hiram Sizemore, from Shepherds town; Harvey Kercheval, from Summit Point (Kabletown Dis- trict); and Mrs. James Grantham, from Middleway. 000 for a new library and raised part of a goal of some $300,000 to be used to construct a new auditorium . student union and dining hall. Early indications pointing to- wards a drab and dull Primary Election in Jefferson County on May 10, proved to be misleading as the last two weeks of the filing deadline period brought forth a host of candidates to create con- tests for Virtually every office on the Democratic ticket. " The filing deadline expired last Saturday, February 5. But before it had passed four persons had filed for nomination on the Democratic ticket for County Commissioner from Harpers: Ferry District; three persons had filed for nomination on the Dem- ocratic ticket for County Commis stoner from Kabletown District; two persons had filed for nomi- nation on the Democratic ticket for House of Delegates; and two persons had filed for nomination on the Democratic ticket for the office of Jefferson County Survey or. In addition, ten persons had filed for the two posts to be filled by election on the Jefferson Cou- nty Board of Education. This ele ction, which is non-partisan, will be held on the same day as the Primary. The four who seek nomination for the six year term as County Commissioner from Harpers Ferry District are E. E. (Sam) Henkle (incumbent); Lloyd Hou- gh; Howard Koonce; and John Newcomer. Only one may be nora inated, and the vote is county- wide. Seeking the nomination from Kabletown District for County Commissioner are George Crim (incumbent); J. Porter Burns, Jr. and J. Edward Magaha, with one to be chosen on a county-wide WT~e~+~ two candidates for the Democratic nomination for the two year term in the West Vir- ginia House of Delegates are Thornton Wilt (incumbent) and Roy Stroupe.' A. G. Hooper, Jr., and John Kusner oppose each other for the nomination to the post of Jeffer- son County Surveyor. The post has been vacant since the death of the late J. James Skinner. According to a front page story in the Baltimore News American the United States Tax Court has handed down a $375,980 tax judg- ment against Herman and Ben Cohen, the two principal stock. holders in the Pimlico race track near Baltimore and former own- ers and operators of the Charles Town Race course in Charles Town. Judge C. Rogers Arundell, of the U. S.Tax Court, in a 48-page opinion, said the Cohen Brothers could not avoid taxes on income from 1958 and 1959 racing meets at the Charles Town Race track by shifting the profits to their insolvent Fairmont Steel Corpor- ation. '~rhe total net income derived from the operation of the two racing meets in question was produced and earned by Charles Town," Arundell said in his 48- page opinion on Jan. 19. The Cohens had centered that some $730,000 - represented the 90 Per cent of the profits from the two racing meets - was tax- able to Fairmont under a 1958 agreement under which the Coh- ens acquired Charles Town. m [ Fruit growing, the latest met. I hods being used, and the prob. lems related to the apple and peach growing industry, one of Jefferson County s largest, will be the chief topic of discussion for three days next week in Jeff. erson County. The reason for the turning of the county's spot- light on fruit discussions will be ~. ~ the 73rd annual meeting of the West Virginia Horticulture Sect- Personnel appointments and re I ety which will convene in Charles placements, and a general discussI Town. It will attract some 350 to ion of the schools improvementI 400 fruit growers from all parts program, occupied most of the/ of West Virginia and some from session of the Jefferson County/ adjoining areas of the neighbor. Board of Education held Wednes! _ ing states of Virginia, Maryland day night in the board offices. ~P~Va lIMI and Pennsylvania. Appointments were: I~llV~||| The site for the big three day Mrs. Shirley E. Howell, of gathering on Feb. 16, 17, and 18, Kabletown, as custodian of the will be the Shenandoah Downs Kabletown School. Race track and once again during James E. Potts, of Shepherds- that period horse racing will take town, as custodian of the Shep- a back seat to fruit growing. herdstown High School. He re- For the first two day s of the places S. W. Zomrbro, who retired conclave apples will be the chief recently, topic to be discussed. Then on John W. McCullough, a mem- Friday morning, Feb. 18, the con. ber of the faculty of the Charles versation will, turn to peach Town Junior High School, was growing and it s new techniques named to assist Harry Barker and problems. head coach of athletics at the And while the hundreds of school, in basketball. The duties men are here discussing apples had been handled by Warren and peaches, their wives will also Mickey, who resigned recently to be meeting since the Women's become administrator of Federal Auxiliary to the Horticulture So- programs for the Board of Educat ciety will be meeting in Charles ton. Town on Wednesday. Feb. 16. The board also granted a re- They will hold their annual lfinch quest by the Charles Town Inde- eon meeting at 12:30 p. m., the pendent Fire Company for use time and place of the luncheon of the Charles Town Junior High School athletic field for a carnival during the week of June 27- July Considerable time was spent in a genera[ dis~ussion'df the plan school improvement pro. gram and also a number of meet ings which have been scheduled at which a public discussion of the forthcoming school building bond levy will be discussed. Schools Superintendent T. A. Lowery said this morning, that a number of such public meetings have been scheduled and that the public is invited, and urged to attend and participate in the dis cussions. The first of these meetings Is set for tonight (Thursday) Feb. to be announced later. The ladies will also have a JAMES GORE coffee hour Thursday morning, James Ed~rd Gore, Feb.. 17, at the Sportsman s Lodge ter of Ka~ ~"ho II~.~..~ ac~v in Cb::r~:~ Town. ive in civic affairs in the past, Mrs. J, Kenneth McDonald ot has agreed to serve as chairman Arden ~ Berkeley County, is of ~he annual Heart Fund Drive presidenf ~ the Auxiliary and in Jefferson County, it was ann- Mrs. Robert Hockensmith, ounced recently. Twinridge Orchard, Jefferson Gore, who has served as a vol- County, is the vice.president. unteer worker for the heart fund From the opening address by the Society President, Edgar drive in the past, is already in Leatherman, of Chert Mountain the process of setting up a con- Orchards, Purgitsville, W. Va., nty-wide drive organization, and the morning of Feb. 16, until the Gore said this week he and his co-workers have high hopes of close of the meeting at 11 a. m. once again meeting the County s Feb. 18, there will be a parade of drive quota, which this year is some 25 speakers before the $2,100. Jefferson County is one gathering. of the few counties in the state And one of the highlights of that has always met it's goal. the meeting will be the annual Mr. Gore, a member of St. social hour and banquet to be James Catholic .Church, Charles held in the clubhouse at Shenan, Town, is a director of the Lions doah Downs and the dance which Club, a past-president of the Jeff- will follow in the grandstand mez erson County Postmaster Associat zanine with music for the dancing ion; a graduate of Shepherd Col. by the "Royalaires." lege and a veteran of the U.S. Another highlight of the Con- Army of two years. He is married vention will be the business meet and the father of three daughters ing Thursday morning at 11:30 at which a new vice.president and one son. Edward L. Chrisman, of Lee- and four directors will be elected, and the reports of the town, who was recently named as secretary, Turner Ramey of Char- the Eastern Panhandle Counties chairman, will assist Mr. Gore in les Town, and treasurer, Hugh the drive. Mrs. O. S. Bloom, who Caperton, also of Charles Town, has long been active in the Heart Will be presented. Fund work, will be chairman of The convention will be opened the public relations work on the at 9:45 the morn~g of Feb. 16, with the President s address~ fob 10, at 7:30 at the Shenandoah Junction School, with Lowery to be present to provide information on the program. A similiar meeting will be held Friday, Feb. 16 at the Harpers Ferry High School and also one drive. ,Important Meeting Of Congregation Baptist Church Set For Sue y lowed by a review of 1965 by Dr. Joseph G. Barratt state extension specialist, Plant Pathology, of the State Experimental Farm at Kear neysville. This will be followed by talks on "Mites - - their life history;" the "Apple Disease Problem s and Control;" and "Insects and Resis- tance Problems." Following luncheon at 12 noon at the Shenandoah Downs race track, there will be another sess. ion of five lectures, running from 1:30 p. m until about 4:30 p. m. The social hour will get under way at 6 p. m. and the dinner and dance will follow The program for Thursday will An important meeting of the get underway at 9:30, with a ser. congregation of the Charles Town ies of four lectures on tap before Baptist Church has been calledthe business meeting. for Sunday morning Feb. 13, atFollowing lunch another series 11 o'clock, Worship Service it was TURN TO PAGE 3 -- A announced Tuesday by the Rev. ~~~~ Russell Urquhart, pastor. Follow ing the observance of the Lord's Supper, the membership will be called into special business sess- ion. The purpose of the meeting is ~i~-- " -. - to have the congregation vote on whether it desires to proceed with the construction of a pro- posed addition to the church which has been under considerat- ion for some three years. Since this is a most important meeting for every member of the congre- gation, all who can are urged to be present. The building committee has unanimously recommeded to the congregation this construction tonight ine~ to 15 to 25 program. ~ Friday. Cloudy with the high in the upper 40s to lower 50s and chance of some rain by late lonal rain tonight The lowest ~ highest on Outlook for ! the same night at 7:30 at the Bakerton School. School Board members Lowell Hetzel~l and Jay Strider Moler will be at the Harp ers Ferry meeting and Lowery Will be at the Bakerton meeting. Discussion of the bond levy will also be heard Feb. 15, at a meeting of the Jefferson County Democratic Association to be held in Shepberdstown; at the Charles Town Kiwanis Club meet TURN TO PAGE 8 The year of 1965 was a far busier year for the Citizen's Fire Company of Charles Town .and it's members than was the year of 1964, the annual report of the fire company, released this week by it's President Roger Ramey showed. For instance the Citizen's Fire men answered a total of 166 ala- rms in 1965 as against 151 respon se in 1964. Ninety of the 1965 calls were to the Charles Town and Ranson area, with the other 76 runs being made to the rural areas of the county. In 1964 101 of the Citizen's fire alarms were in the Charles Town and Ranson areas as against 50 in the county. The 166 calls in 1965 includes mutual aid, public assistance and emergency calls. The fire records show that the largest and most costly fire to occur in the Charles Town area in 1965 occurred in Charles Town by it's President Roger Ramey. on December 18. The second most costly one occurred Aug. 17, when a barn burned in the Rip- pen area. The largest and most costly was on May 9 in the Mason Building in Charles Town. There were no firemen or civilian TURN TO PAGE &A