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Keep Agriculture #1 Support Vo.AgffrA! 121 -- NO. 8 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA 25414 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1985 22 PAGES --- PER COPY 20 lona the request of the and Development County Corn- listed the five should have top priori- coming fiscal year. listed a regional Berkeley and as its number one the Jefferson County- Town sewer system the U.S. Route 340 by- Town third; Ranson storm drain and sewer fourth; and develop- Sam Michaeis Farm into area fifth. were many other pro- "wish" five. also received a ~speaking in favor of an ur- action grant the City of Ramon pro- with the construction washington Square on Route 9 north of i and Western Railroad. that it will to relieve the water run- causes fioeding in lying south and east and in the west end grant (for $~0,000) build a ditch lead to Evitt's account for water enty rom the proposed but. for the Orchard apm'tofthe The center would utilize (R) of this 39th CO~ Feb. 7 is~me of this and also in the Evening this week he reports been most reveal. than 50 people who ,of them supp capiud ca ; said raising of the age to 21; 88% sul ; suppert Use of seat belts as a way air hags; another to protect gun support onding for abortions, except in and S6% the the state out of the expressed by the were- B & O Tax for small the West Virginia banning por- pemion plan the ; fawring - School bond and a time limit Develepment split 6-5 vote Tuesday the msuance of industrial revem bonds Squnre 9 in Ranson. came lengthy an executive session. the investors of their own thedevek - prop w be taken to the Jef- said it was necessary |he fact that an L o)ect cmtemptated might qualify fe an Action Grant, $250,000 for site preparation to haune wpter runoff. However, for the second time, the Commission voiced what appeared to he strong opposition to the -Adverse comment appeared to center arem whether or not the ex- penditure would provide relief for Ranson residents who have been sub- to edms causod by ent runoff during the past several decades; to the idea of providing a private developer with federal funds to build on a site where flooding already existed; and on whether or not the proposal would cenfliet with a U q. Soil Conservation Service flood study currently in progress. Speaking for Ranson was ad- minigwator Dawn Blackstock, who said that UDAG funds can only beob- rained if there is an economic develep- merit project in place, such as the shopping center. And she pointed cut that the shopping center investors would have to repay the $800,000 at three per cent interest, to Ranson which, in Ua'n could utilize the money to finance future eomomic projects. Developer Vermin Tetlow also Slxike to the matter, noting that the only ad- vantage the developer would receive would be the low interest rate. Commissioners indicated they would co~er with Charles Town and Ranson officials and the SCS before reaching a final decision. ha~ also indicated that the Washmgton Square devedopers also plan to ask for ~.7 ~ in industi-lal revenue bonds through the Jefferson Cotmty Development Authority to pay for cgustractio~ cests no the $3 million project. impesed; stoppingtho heist of the Supreme Omrt on dollars; making inheritance taxes and West V'wginia Income Tax compatible with federal limits. More local control of our school system to restore feelings of pride and fair use of locally-raised tax money; a Right-To-Work law; freedom of cholee to choose dentist of choice, not one desiguated by the insurance com- pany; protecting victims against criminals; opposing County Comlzm- sation Employees Review Board; recalling the Sunshine Law; getting prayer back in the schools; certain newspaper, property - are tmlair; too much money spent on inaugurations; insuring the rights of the elderly and disabled; humane treatment for animals; stop- ping ~ and water ~ - clean up rivers and streams. SHEPmmDSIDWN OFFICE HOUI Delegate Ovaingtan said ho, or a representative for him will be available to meet with constitum at the Sbephe lstown Town Hall each Saturday from 10 aJn. until noe~ Stop by and share your views or concerns. He can also be reached by calling 87f, 8 in Jeffermm Omnty cr 74-1791 m erJ ey C .ty. I . 0 } The Jefferson Pop Singers, (shown above), umder the direction of Harold L. Umm~.blin, Jr competed in the West Virginia State Show Cho Com- petitin in Charleston Feb. 15 and 16. Winners of the 1984 competiton, the :local singers were not eligible to ropeat as the honor group for the Music Educates In corn- peflUon with 19 other schoois from all over the State including: South Ct rlestun. Morga,town. Dupent. Ravenswond, and Martinsburg, the High Singers se- eeed Stonewall Jackson ot Char host tot the Pep Singers show eamaisted of James L. an accappella arrangement of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with part the group actually starting seated in the audience. The show con- tinued with Huey Lewis' smash hit "The Hmrt of Rock and Boll, Someone Else's Eyes," featuring Miehelle Mikesell as the soloist, "I can Do Any- thing," from the TV Show Fame, and concluded with the upbeat, "I Can Make It" with the Pop Singers retur- ning tO the audience. The audience at the festival ap- preciated the Pop Singers show very ~uch. Some of the comments to the p~ls and members of the group of the taped and written comments by the judges included: "Great en- thusiasm, excellent costumes, super energy." The festival began at $:2S and concluded With the Pop Singers' performance at 5:O5. Even though the Pop Singers were the farthest group from Charleston participating in the com~tion, they were well represented with Imrents and friends in the aud~. Over 32 people made the 7 hour trip just to en- core-age the Pop Singers when it was time for them to perform. The success of the Pov Singers is largely due to the =, or ,com- Tt~N TO PAGE TEN Stotler A ointed James L. StoUer, the assistant head- master, will become ter of The Cmmtry Day School of Jefferson County when Donald E.W. Niemann's retirement becomes effective the fwst of July. This change over was al roved by the board of directors and was an- nounced to the students and teachers on February 15 by Garrison Ellis, board president. A resident of Winchester, Va Stotler has heen assistant head of T~ Country Day School since its early ~ in 1~ l)uring his fil~ two years, in additi~ to his administrative duties, Stotler served as chairman of the history department and as a teacher of grades 7 and 8. This year Stotler has continued as assistant headmaster, has headed the mathematics department, and has taken over the duties of business manager. Stotler ~ up in Winchester and graduated from Handley High School, where he won a Star Leadership Award. He entered Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, virginia, and earn- ed a BA in history. For two years Stotler taught at Surry County Academy and then entered the business world. He returned to eu%~a- tion in 1974 at the Powhatan School, Boyce, Vhginia. There he headed the history department for eight years, and for his last four years at Powhatan he served as admires" t~tive assistant. Stotler has also taken graduate courses at James Madison University leading to a master's degree in administration. Mrs. Gwen E. Stotler, teaching grades 2 and 3, has also been associated with The Country Day School for the past three years. Mr. and Mrs. Stotler have two children enrolled in the school, a son, John, in the ninth grade, and a daughter, Kerry, in the seventh grade. Stotler has come to know the school well, not only through his official duties, but also because of his active service as a member of the Parental Advisory Committee. "@ With the advent of more favorable weather, the incidence of highway traffic accidents in Jefferson County fen sharply during the put week. state Paice r port three miami. One occurred on Route 9 east of Charles Town, involving vehicles driven by Joseph E. Writ, MillviUe, and David M. Turner, Route 3, IOmmeysville. Damage was $1, C0, there were no injuries Writ was cited with an expired registration. A Ranmn police ear, left tmattend- ed by Perry M. Balle ger, wasplac- ed operatiun by an unknown perm It ran into a porch of a res and a car owned by Charlotte $ Lqett, of 301 East Awmue, causing about damase. I)eam M. Sailors of Route 1, Charles Tram, wes cited for exceeding a safe spead after truck she was Ung nm a curve on Seemdary near Rippon and overturned. was m0. Jeffersm deputies, report that a Margie Kearm, was injumd when she ran vehicle a movlng tracts- trailer on 340 at the Flowing Sead Kearmms- tat-ed mL or iajurlaL She charS- ed wWl taki~ the ~ of w~y. was "several thoumm " ac- cording to deputy Dave Smith. County Taxpayers To Meet Feb. 28 The Camty Am mtim will hold its mmtMy Court llmme. All am invlt l to attend. The Charles Town city council Mon- day night approved an order directing the owne of 38 honses to either their properties to building code standards or tear them down. The action was unanimous. However, it met with immediate critieism from Jefferson County NAACP representative George Rutherford who charged that not all of the homes need to he inciuded in the order and charged that the order was aimed at the black community. Th recommendation for the repair or came from inspec- tor Jim Grove, supported by City It nmg Cain, who said some of the homes have been empty and hooded UlP Er Eme &ram or so years. Most of the properties in question are owned by tmilder Rtmell per and his daughter, Slmron Roper War- ten. They have had no emmmmt on the matter. Only three of the targeted homes are occupied, on Weet and Wall Streets. Earlier, the cvm il action on r, ha billtatim or of the proper- ti,James Taim% also rt reNnting me N CP, wire and IMper, eomplain l about the use ofhmmS r bmtet m city. They said that should have beon piaced in a sp~ial fund tbat would have provided for a enal relmbilitatio . They charged that the mo ey went the city's general fu~l and may well have been used for oth ImrPoses. can order to the board of adjtmmmts and appeal but must do so within e0 days. A Berryville, Va man. James M. Gibson, will face charges of attem- pted murder and malicious wounding of deputy sheriff Russell Shackleford last Friday, when he is returned to Jefferson County. Gibson, taken into custody by Virginia State Police shortly after the shooting incident on U.S. Route 340 west of Charles Town, was placed in the Frederick County (Va.) jail on a fugitive warrant, awaiting tradition proceedings. According to reports, Shackleford, on routine patrol, stopped to check on an automobile which appeared to be in trouble. When Shackleford asked Gibson, an occupant of the car. for identification, a scuffle ensued. I~ the altercation, Gibson reportedly gained possession of Slmckleford's gun and one shot was fired, entering Shaekleford's hip and proceeding downward in the leg. Shackleford was removed to Jef- ferson Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment to stop the bleeding, then taken to Winchester MeScal Center for additional atten- tion. He remains a patient there in good condition. Gibson was arrested by two Virginia state ~, including R. J. Hoelen, as he attempted to cross the West Virginia-Virginia line in a car with four other men. The extended ontlmk for period 1,1mrsday Uumq s m lay, l mMay A cham of rala m FrMay aml 8atm y. Beeomlag mn& dai. ws md atgt lme ows tu the ,fter the February 12 rainstorm which dumped more than two inches of rain on the area, no one could deny that tl-~ city of Ranson was once again the victim of flooding. At the same time, there are few who will argue that the problem, a recurr- ing one, could not have been partially solved, perhaps permanently cor- rected, had there been less pro- crastination and more action. Ranson's flooding is not new. There are observers who will tell you it was a real problem back in the 1950's, more than thirty years ago. Some of the oldtimers will suggest it goes back much farther than that. However, facts show that continued development, particularly m the last ten to twenty years, has only tended to exacerbate the problem. And, while there has been development there has been no attendant action that would provide a proper outlet for the build- up of ground water runoff. In the past two decades, there has been the expansion of Orchard HAils, a residential development, the building of Apple Tree Garden Apart- ments and a High's Store, and this has only tended to create a heavier runoff of water along the Norfolk and Western Railroad and ultimately into the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Avenue areas of West Ranson where the worst of the flooding takes place, almost annually. There were discussions about the problem in the 1950's and 1960's, but it was not until 1972, when Hurricane Agnes cut a swath through the county and dmmped an inordinate amount of rainfall that serious consideration of solutions began. The ~ ~ation Service, an arm of the Federal government, ac- the needs of citizens, the SCS) that w ki have at least some relief from se~ Rans~ flooding. would have built a water.aT areas north and finally dive~ing to lead to Evitt's Run below the point ~e the City of Charles Town operates its water plant. What happened? Nothing. As the late George Hiedrich, who headed up the Eastern Panhandle Soft Omserva- tion District, said, "out of sight, out of mind." as there was no serious flooding again until 1978. Then, there was a hue and cry again for relief. Again, with Heidrich leading the way, the SCS offered its resources in resolving the problem, which had, by this time, been enlarged by the con- tinued development of the area, even in the flood plain area of Ranson pro. per. The SCScalled upon Ranson, the County Commission and the City of Charles Town to get together and ar- rive at a reasonable solution which would benefit all partie~. H~h estimated that at that time the project, whatever it might, would be at least doubled-in cest (at least a milton and a half or more). ~t happened? Nothing. Despite the formation of a committee (com- posed of representatives of the Coun- ty Commission, Ranson and Charles Town) apathy was again the victor, that is until there was major flood, like the one February 12. may be some light at the end of the tunnel. The Soft. Conservation Service has begun anothor study of the area, and will launch a land survey next month in order to outline and delineate the 100-year floodplain in the areas of beth Evitls Run and Flewing Springs road It will also provide recommendati~ on soh~tions Ranson should uso to ~- rect its flooding problem& However, even when the 18-month study is finally completed, will he a problem, what with the Federal government attempting to reduce its deficit by cutting out specific programs, and the State of West also faced with cutbadm in certain areas. In the meantime, Ramm is would be utilized in site preparation Square shopping Center; ( 00,cc0) to build a ditch and drainage complex from the center site the Norfolk and Western Railroad to Evitt's Run; and ($50,000) for ad- ministrative purposes. Ranson is anxie~ to have the sh~ ping cent~-, it increases the tax base. But it ls not willing to see Imilt tmkms some method of controlling ground water nmoff is adopted. The whole matter now lies with Fede Hous and Urtmn meat, which will approve or deny the grant application. Taken before the C~mty Commission, the UDAG pro- poul met with oppositie~, prlnlm-ily TURN TO PAGE TEN