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i !3, !ili i 2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1978 George Washington George Washington's birthday is observed on the third Monday, the 20th, this year. Until a few years ago, it was observed on his actual birthday an- niversary, the 22rid. George Washington, first President of the country and the soldier who did more than any other to defeat British armies in the Colonies and win independence for the United States, was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, in 1732. His father was a well-to-do planter and educated older sons abroad but he died when George was twelve This meant George only received the practical and elementary teaching of Colonial Virginia. He took t(o the outdoors, forest life and sports. He was engaged by Lord Fairfax, who had come from England to look after inherited property, and worked with him and acted as his companion for some three years. Thus he learned much of the manner and habits of an English gentleman. It was through his older brother, Lawrence, that George entered into military prominence. Lawrence, in failing health, gave George his place in the militia before he died and Governor Dinwiddie gave him a commission. Washington's first efforts against the French were unsuccessful. When fighting broke out between the Colonies and England, Washington -- who had hoped for con- ciliation -- was chosen to lead the American armies. His first success came when he forced the British from Boston in March of 1776 but it was to be a long and bitter struggle which only ended in the British surrender at Yorktown, October 9th, 1781. That he held his forces together and won the loyalty and support of the various states is something of a miracle. He was modest by nature and his character was such that all those who once learned to know him admired him and this influenced the new country into choosing him as its first President. Had it not been for his reluctant agreement to enter politics unity might not have been possible among the states. After eight years, in which he set many sound precedents, he refused to again be a candidate. Three years later he died -- in 1799 -- at Mount Vernon Your Safety The rough winter season has certainly left its scars on Jefferson County and let there by no doubt whatsoever about that, and we would like to remind you that your safety comes first The bad weather has forced major highways in the county to crumble and this is also the case on our town streets, both here in Charles Town and Ranson, as well as other com- munities in the county. Department of Highways crews have been hard at work patching holes in the streets and roadways but have more than had their hands full and are justunable to keep up with the conditions and repair them as quickly as they would like. A word of caution to all motorists is to drive with caution on all highways as well as over the streets in towns, and remember that Jefferson County is not the only place facing these problems. The entire state is looking at the same also. Remember, your safety should come first, so please do drive witht he utmost of care. WHY HORSEMEN WANT SUNDAY RACING Charles Town, W. Va. February 11, 1978 Mr. Max Brown, Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Max: Some interesting letters have recently appeared in your publication concerning Sunday racing. The last thing the her- semen's organization wants to  do is to get into a continuing argument with anyone who opposes Sunday racing. These people are entitled to their opinion, and we respect their opinion. Their reasons seem weak, but some of their ob- servations and misinformation should be cleared up. It has been said that there is no need for a referendum because of past semtiment against Sunday racing. Times change and opinions change, and all of the citizens of the county, in- cluding the horsemen and track employees should have a right to express their feelings on this issue. It has been stated the tracks have not lost money; and, were purchased for millions of dollars. Some would have us believe it is wrong for the track to show a profit. No one invests millions of dollars to lose money. If they don't make a fair profit, they invest elsewhere. It is also significant to note the Kenton Corporation, that purchased Shenandoah Corporation, were people who have no knowledge of racing. If these tracks in Charles Town were so profitable, why didn't some race track owners from elsewhere purchase the local tracks? The reason is obvious. They are a poor risk. At the present time, two, if not all three mile tracks in Maryland are for sale, with no takers. Possibly the race tracks in our ever stated that they will go broke, but this is not the issue. The issue as far as the horsemen are concerned is money. The : horsemen's purses are based on a percentage of the amount of money bet 'the handle'. The bigger the crowds, the bigger the handle and more money available for purses. This is one of the main reasons we need Sunday racing, as more people are available to attend the races on Sunday. The horsemen don't want to work on Sunday, but we will to keep the purses at the present level. For many "reasens, mainly the competition from Maryland and Penn- sylvania, the purses for 1978 will be hard pressed to keep up with purses paid in 1977, which were just adequate. It has never been proposed to race additional days, or seven days a week. One day during the week would be dark. If the regular employees don't wish to work on Sunday, part-time employees would be hired for that day. These people are available. Probably the worst argument against Sunday racing is the traffic problem. The people who use this argument must presently stay home on Sunday. With auto racing, shopping, and a different type of festival every weekend in the area, the traffic is terrible in all but the winter months. WE submit the answer is more and better roads, for which we should all work. Does anyone really believe that the new Duel land Rt. 340 would be in existence except for the race track? Possibly the track will close for a few months if attendance ! and handle do not pick up in the winter. Thousands of Jefferson County families are directly affected by the race track. Many others are indirectly affected. The tracks are the largest area are not all that profitable, Official Publication of Jefferson County -- Established 1844 -- EDITORIALS / OPINIONS MAX - Editor DON RENTCH - News Editor Your Heart The American Heart Association continues its national educational campaign to create public awareness and recognition of the early signs of heart attack. Since heart attack is the greatest killer in the United States, more than 660,000 deaths annually, all should be interested in telltale signs which give the first indication of its approach The AHA says the most common warnings are: 1. Prolonged oppressive pain or discomfort in the center of the chest; 2. Pain radiation to the shoulder, arm, neck or jaw; 3. Sweating accompanying the pain, perhaps nausea, vomiting or shortness of breath. These symptoms, the AHA says, often subside and return at a later time. Those experiencing the symp- toms should call a doctor at once, because the first hours of a heart attack are often the most critical, and the time in which the most can be done to limit damage The AHA campaign is set for February but awareness of warning signs of heart attack should be stressed twelve months a year; executives between the ages of 35 and 64 are most vulnerable, but all in that age bracket are highly vulnerable. Racing Commission for racing in Charles Town. Moot of these people are residents of Jefferson County. If the track closes down, all of them are out of work, and moot of them are on unem- ployment. Virginia will probably pass a racing bill this year. If a track is located within I00 miles of Charles Town, the issue won't be Sunday racing. It will be racing. If there is any racing at all in Charles Town, it will probably be for the summer months. The horsemen will move to the other tracks. What will the track employees do? Possibly when racing is gone, some of its detractors will realize what it $ added to the economy of |erson County. At the present time, we are only asking for the right to vote on the issue of Sunday racing this fall. This is certainly not asking too much. Yours truly, Robert R. Hilton Chairman, Charles Town Division HBPA ONLY FAIR METHOD Dear Mr. Brown: The bill by Del. Bianca James to bring Sunday racing to public referendum is the only fair method for resolving the disputable issue. Although many local residents spend no time nor money at the race tracks, a few of the reasons given in op- position to Sunday racing ap- pears to be somewhat subject to examination. A great number of residents in Jefferson County are forced out of the community and state for employment and create a suf- ficient amount of the traffic themselves driving five and six days a week to places of em- ployment in surrounding states. Considering the coot of gasoline, those residents can not afford to be on the roads, again, on Sundays. A large amount of the traffic on the few miles of state high- ways running through Jefferson County, and especially that in the downtown area is made up of motorists passing through into road conditions seems a little insincere considering the fact that the race tracks and the tourist trade are looked upon to he the predominant enterprise in the county. Sunday is the most likely day of the week for tourist travel. Considering some of the modern day reversals of religious credos, with churches veering more and more away from their fundamental function of "soul saving" and becoming more and more involved in wordly accomplishments such as boycotting and unionizing free enterprise, to mention a few, it is difficult, anymore, to understand how the moral issue could genuinely be, a valid vindication. Did anyone take the time to read the article in the Evening Journal on Wednesday, February 15, under the heading "More Bills Introduced" in(o the legislature in Charleston where the writer entered the comments that Del. Charles Gilliam's native Logan County was pro- Confederate during the Civil War and raised a combat unit for the South known as the "Logan Wildcats"? Understanding the significance of these comments to bills being introduced into the House of Delegates is anyones guess, but other counties in what is now recognized as the State of West Virginia, also raised combat' units for the South during the Civil War. Does this circumstance present an in- ducement for differential treatment of these particular counties? Perhaps the citizenry of the counties in the Eastern Panhandle can, now, understand the reason for the aura of nonexistence by the State Government, lo these many years, and may also provide some insight as to why the taxpayers in this area are still, 113 years later, traveling over Civil War vintage, hard sur- faced, horse and buggy paths for roads. Haven't they heard in Charleston that, although done so under duress, our Con- federate ancestors took the oath here. They are paying taxes and it is time the state gives some attention to the roads within the housing developments. Our county pays a lot of taxes. The race track is the largest tax payer by putting in over $6 million dollars from wagers plus at least $3 million in Business Occupation, sales and income taxes from the industry. The income tax paid by Jef- ferson County people is proportionally larger than most counties. Our sales tax may be lower due to our proximity to out-of-state shopping and we do not have a large trade center. All in all our taxes are high and equal to the best counties in the state. Let's hope that we can get our fair share of new and im- proved roads soon. The education problems relate to two bills sponsored by legislative leaders to change the school aid formula. This may not get through this year but any change in the school aid formula is a threat to Jefferson County schools because we are a wealthy county and because some 200 new students enter our schools each year. The school aid formula guarantees the basic salaries for teachers and non-teaching personnel. There are those who would put this guarantee at the county level. Teachers beware. There are also proposals for doing away with the pay increments for extra degrees and certificates and substitute free advanced classes and degrees. None of this will please Jefferson County teachers nor the non-teaching staff. In relationship to this thinking is one bill to mandate all assessments at 100 percent of market value. This is referred to as the "untapped source". Can you believe it!!! The coot of having oUr automobile license plates made in our prison in- dustries is $1.25. Virginia Roberts, the commissioner of Motor Vehicles reported that she could buy them on the open market for 65 cents each. | 5000 ModeIAT705FB .... , -' "T I II I l i News Of Ot]], Years I 10--YEARSAGO--10 opening, is re-appointed to the Robert Lee Nicewarner, 34, of I post to fill a vacancy left with the Charles Town, is the winner of l leaving of Jim Hannagen, to the Jaycee Distinguished Ser-I accept a pro job at a Florida vice Award, for being selected as Country Club. the county s most outstanding The Panther Jayvees rout the young man during the year 1967 Harpers Ferry Little Tigers to a at the 15th annual Jefferson score of 83-32, for their 20th County Jaycee awards banquet; consecutive victory of the Miss Susan Knott, 28, of season ; in the feature attraction, Shepherdstown, a teacher of the Panther Varsity rolls once American History at Charles again to a decisive 84-64 victory, Town Senior High, is named the most outstanding young educator; Robert Randolph Smith, III, of Rippon, is named as the county's most outstanding young farmer. Mr. John S. Alfriend is presented a sterling silver tray provided as a gift to him by members of the congregation of Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town, for his 40 years of service to the Vestry and the Parish. West Virginia University music major J. William Strider, son of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Strider, of Charles Town, is one of four students selected to receive scholarships sponsored by the Junior Woman's Music Club of Morgantewn. DEATHS: Mr. John Thomas Liller, 96, a retired coal miner and farmer of Moorefield, dies in the Charles Town hospital; Mr. Charles D. Warfield, III, 32, a native of Baltimore, Md., and an entomologist, dies at his home in Sallsburg, from injuries sustained in an auto accident occurring a year before; Mr. Lester E. Athey, 80, retired landscape gardner of Hyatt- sville, Md., dies in the Prince Georges County, Md., Hospital in Cheverly, Md.; Mr. John Garland Derry, 74, of Neersville, Va., dies at the Newton D. Baker Hospital, as a result of an injury suffered eight days previously( Mr. William "Mabel Nichols" Dean, 45, of Martinsburg, dies in the King's Daughters Hospital in Martinsburg, following an illness of four weeks. The Charles Town High wrestling team, winners of the Regional 4 championship in Petersburg, leave for Parker- sburg, where four members of the team will participate in the state tournament; they are: Vincednt Bracciale, Alvin Mills, Mike Hostler and Bruce Manuel. John Elwood, the first golf pro to serve at the Sleepy Hollow Golf and Country Club course after its construction and REGULAR PRICE $219.95 SALE PRICE $204.95 surrounding states, since two of allegiance at the wars end? REGULAR PRICE state highways intersects in the Oh well, so much for the nature : heart of the downtown vicinity, of politics. The dissension over crowded VivienManuel SALE PRICE , i ...... i i $359.95 ...-., 4, 9700 BTU's By Dr. James Moler b." Model_ AGCE810AC their 21st of the season without a defeat. The Charles Town Panther Jayvees roll to a 62-25 decision and the Panther Varsity blasts the Brunswick Varsity, 75-41. The Shepherd College basketball cagers finish out their 1967-68 regular season play on a successful note by defeating the Slippery Rock, Pa., State Teachers College, by a 101-91 score. 20 -- YEARS AGO -- m MARRIED: Miss Taylor, ( Romney, and Mr. Walter Clifton Fuss, of Shepherdstuwn. DEATHS: Charles O. Whit- tington, 77, operator of a wholesale candy business here, dies at his home in Charles Town; Sherry M. Dovell, 3-day- old daughter of Hubert Lee and Pauline Long Dovell, dies in Charles Town hospital; Mrs. Milton G. Maisel, of Mar- tinsburg. 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 30 Donald Campbell, employee of White's Store, is found alive, but paralyzed and nearly frozen in his car in Kearoeysville. MARRIED: Miss Treva Marie Stegero, and Mr. Eddie T. Brighton, of Baltimore, Md.; Miss Mary Susan Henshaw, of Martinsburg, and Mr. Raymond Staley Myers, of Charles Town. DEATHS: Mrs. Lula Higin- botham Baker dies at her home proposals does not seem to be formidable. As always the case, all groups favor a tax that someone else will pay. With the new taxes, the governor's budget should match the current level of expenditures for roads. Let's look at taxes and roads. Jefferson County is certainly due. Out of the approximate billion dollars in road bonds over the past years, we have only the short piece of Route 340 with a bottle-neck- on each end. Priorities certainly include a by- pass of Charles Town, Route 9 near Rippon; FIo  i dies at his home Mrs. Annie Jones dies at the home  Homer Franklin ' farmer, dies at Uvilla. 40 -- YEARS : DEATHS: Mrs. Wilson dies at the sister; Mrs. Jen dies at her home , 70 -- YEARS DEATHS: Ca p.ndO Chambers, a veteral and Mexican wars, [ home in Florida; County; Mrs. :1 dies at her Town; Mrs. l C?iston dies near: Sign To This received a editor, signed Taxpayer, We mus again llme editor ye I've spent several days in Charleston during the past week in order to get my pulse on the legislative trends to report in this column. Also, there are several serious education problems which I have been monitoring. According to other observers this current session will not get involved in many controversial areas There i seems to be agreement that general revenue 'general taxes' ' must be used to satisfy our road bond debt. This will take over seventy million and ap- bh y wekwtlm wrier. We rstand REGULAR PRICE business who would take write a letter to and then be sign his name to: not, and will writer the name letter, but we the signature as s record here in to who wrote tM well as from. Please also please t "sign SPIRIT Of JEFFERSON Farmer's ESTABLISHED 1844 MAX BROWN DON EDITOR.PUBLISHER Published Every Week At The Offices Of T JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC. 210 North George Street CHARLES TOWN, W.'VA. 25414 Subscription Price: $7.50 Per year _ Second C/ass Posl, age AtO. S.- Post OtlR . CHARLES TOWN, W. VA 25414 # Changes of Address, Undeliverable Copies, r# Subscriptions and Other Mail Items Are To P. O. BOX 231 CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. 25414 REGULAI $16900 SALE F $154, 4000 BTU's Model__ AGTEI04FB J ].! considering the amount in- .attraction in Jefferson County._ [ next year. .... Use of generalu ............................... Martinsburg and Route 340 -1 M/tgT WACMIJMlrLJM YIMM'Ir vested. If the track were te close, the[ revenue tor mrs purpose c ts completed through me gap at q, . ......... ...... ha stated th don't effect on the economy of the down on memos available for Hat ors Ferry = I Some ve ey I " " , . P CHARLE'T(JWN, We VA. ':! believe the track will go broke if county would be disastrous. In[other services to people ana Jefferson County is the fastest  ms,Aa,m m---,=, --m,,-m day o . . [ * i  i : n i is not rmltted I 1977 there were 4,828 people salary increases growing county and this moans ,J Jep[,N fl[ ,, lZy|) not :uarCntgat the:cks have licsed by the West Virginia  Opposition to the new tax more people are building homes _ . -- ! SUPERTANE SALES CORI employer andtbabiggesttourist proximately onehundredmillion made four lanes to 1-81 at 18000 BTU's ModeIAD518B]] SALE PRICE $454.95 479.95 B REGUL SALE $279 7800 .BTU's  Model AGAE60AB