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First g Best FOR ADVERTISERS Since !114,1 114 No. 10 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday March 9, 1978 per Copr - tse ities Show $435,000 Jumo I lls00,00ments, In County Show Of $12,677,030 assessed also the Roderick Davenport , can actually be in Jof. climbed to high in 1978 State Winners In rson COunty new recordhighm actually Corn Yield Contest :he assessed County Two of Jefferson County's top whiehmust Gaff B Stanke corn growers, MervinRoderick: is of the Kabletown section and The dif. Henry B. Davenport, IIl, of RFD between the New Distdct Charles Town, have been named . valuation and West Virginia State winner in property that the 1977 National 25-acre corn Conservationist yield contests. Officials of the National Corn exemptions Growers Association said Roderifk was awarded first under the place in the Class-A Non- Act Irrigated Division for the third legislature consecutive year, with a yield of 162.61 bushels per acre, showed Second place winner in this for 1978 division was Henry B. Daven- amoun[ port, III, of Altona, Middleway was far Road, near Charles Town, with assessment 100.15 bushels per acre. .00 for the The National Corn Growers Association's competition is the increase in only non-commercial nationwide its again corn yield contest, requiring the largest field size of 25 acres. The =contest has ben conducted for  from GARY B. STANKE 13 years. , L*;e USDA Soil Ca.'vtio (ver t20oeorn producers ..rom rcSCS, has ar :icecl that 44 statez6ompetCd for the top ;assessment Gary B. Stanke has been ap- national trophies aM awards. units pointed District Conservationist The 1977 contest had 29 entries in during for Jefferson County. He is the Irrigated Division, 7 entries replacing George Tabb, Whelin Class AA Non-Irrigated the public retired in December, after more Division  d I in the Class A I . . Which are than 30 years with the SCS in Non-Imgated Divimon with over and Jefferson County. Gary will he 200 bushels per acre. Glen working with the cooperators of Trophies and awards will he there the Eastern Panhandle Soil presented this summer at the in the Conservation District EPSCD, in National Corn Growers preparing and updating their Association awards meeting. conservation plans and assisting Values in the implementation of adoah np County planned conservation practices, i   as against Gary has a B.S. and M.S. ck On Hours in Jef- degree from the University of their Wisconsin in Platteville and Due To Energy Cdsis served in the U.S. Marine Corps * from 1969 to 1971. From 1971-72, Announcement was made follows: he was a fieldman for a dairy Wednesday morning by Phillip andOhio' marketing cooperative in T. Porterfield, III, newmanager Wisconsin. After spending four of the Charles Town offices of years as a soil scientist in the theShenandoah Federal Savings area surrounding Boston, Mass., and Loan Association, that he became a Soil Con- beginning Monday, the offices servationist in Martinsburg, in will be oeprating on a reduced August 1976. rate of hours in order to comply with the 30-percent cutback in Gary,hiswifehetta, and their power usage as a result of the daughter Monika, are presently energy crisis. residing at 601 Albert Street, Porterfield said instead of Martinsburg, W. Va. They will operating from 9 a.m. until 4:30 be moving into Jefferson County p.m. Mondays through Thur- this summer, sdays, the new hours will be on those days, from 10 a.m. until Gary is "looking forward to 3:30 p.m. and Ohio working with the farmers and The new Friday hours will be Line, landowners in the most from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. instead agricultural county in West of9a.m, until S p.m. This will be Virginia". about a 12-bour reduction in the For further information about weekly opera'ting hours, Por- the SCS or EPSCD, phone 725- terfield sald which will bring 3471, or stop by the office at 209 the offices in line with the 30- !E. Third Avenue in Ranson. )crew,,* ?,cr reduction. ,,,,, " ' uy. ew iCommitteeHosted By L00a, uo=l Merchants To B N Street Lights: D00.Io# e--,,. , ns Center) I  I I@1,1 bt UIRl Illg/I Ranson. The Advisory Corn- ]  /  | " =,,o,.== E00.i;i00o00!i00;h00luourtesy var00ing 00uccess BBeuarr ' HIg, eslaerti;;ur, The purchase of all new and placing long before the next l(astle said contributions to HOWARD SPERY Howard Spery, governor of the West Virginia Kiwanis District, will be the speaker tonight when the Charles Town Kiwanis Club hosts an inter-club ladies night meeting at Cliffside Motel. A social hour precedes the 7 p.m. dinner. The speaker is an attorney from Fairmont. County Democratic Asm.Meet Monday an against' 6 The Jefferson County Democratic Association will hold a special meeting Monday, March 13, 1978, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jefferson County Court House. Plans for the May Primary election will be discussed at this time. The regular meeting will be bd  Wednesay March,29, .1978, at 7:30 p.m., at the Court House. ,. Heads Committee Of Mrs. Dorothy Caperton, Charles Town, announced that she has been selected to head a committee which will assist James M. Moler in his campaign for election to the W. Va. House of Delegates. Mrs. Edna Kisner will serve as treasurer for the committee. Other ladies serving on the committee are: Juanita Horn, Mar- garet Kilmer, Imogene Riely, Marjorie Wilt, Nancy Withers, and Carol Kable. Among the men who have volunteered their services are Edward Braxton, John Duffy, Shirley Hunt, C. William Kline, Edward Morgan, William Padfield, Roger gamey and Richard Reiter. Mrs. Caperton advised that other persons from the 36th District of Jefferson County who might wish to give their personal support to Mr. Moler should contact her or other members of the committee. Hold Bake Sale Members of the Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3522, of Charles Town, will bold a bake sale Saturday, March 18, at the Western Auto Store in downtown Charles '1 m, to raise money for the Jefferson County Heart Association, it was announced this week. 13 Sustain Minor Injuries In Of County Road Accidents, ,aused By Ice, Snow On Roads Democratic Women's Club Meet Monday Because of the snow and icy spots on the highways, the period of Wednesday, March 1 through Monday, March 6, was a very costly one for motorists traveling on Jefferson County highways. Charles Town State Police reported they in- vestigated a total of 13 accidents in which a total d 13 persons were injured, hut none seriously. A total of 16 ears, three trucks, one school bus and a jeep were involved in the accidents and total property damages were listed at about $12,000.00. Route 340 at Alstadt's Hill was the site of a costly rash of ac- cidents which occurred on the same curve and within minutes of each other at about 6:50 Saturday evening, with nine persons sutaining minor injuries in three accidents which oc- curred and which caused a massive traffic jam for a time. Three automobiles, a tractor- trailer and another smaller truck were involved, with a total property damage of $4,700 in the mishaps. State Police said a westbound car being driven by Charlotte Crum, of East 10th Avenue, Ranson, was the first vehicle to meet with an accident. The driver lost control of her car on the ice.covered highway and slid across the highway and into an embankment. Damage to her car was only about $50. But while Turn To Page6 The Jefferson County Democratic Women's Club will mld its next meeting on Mon- day, March 13, at 8 p.m. at the home of Jennie Miller, directly across from the Yellow Brick Bank Restaurant, Shepherd- stown. Plans for the Spring Tea and PoSsible club functions for the May Primary will be discussed. This is an important meeting and members are encouraged to Opequon and Pikeside. The meeting was presided over by Zone Chairman, Creighton Propps of the Charles Town Lions. Zone Chairman Pr, opps reminded the club leaders it was time to appoint nominating committees, other awards and make reservations for the State Convention to be held in Wheeling on May 26, 27 and 28. Propps also recommended all clubs have their accounts audited at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. It was announced that a Zone Social would he held on Satur- day, April 29, at {he Lions Center in Ranson. All seven clubs in the Zone will participate in the planning, preparation and conduct of the Ladies Night Affair. Plans include a social hour, meal, a speaker, en- tertainment and dancing. All clubs must make reservations with the host club, Charles Town, by April 22. Parks Commission Buys Land For Use As Park In Bolivar A tract of 6.8 acres ot land located within the corporate limits of the town of Bolivar was sold t Fli auction Monday morffmg to the Jefferson Parks and reation Commission for the  of ,oo0.00. The land was purchased for use as a park with two tennis courts, a softball diamond, comfort stations and some horseshoe pits to he constructed upon it in the future. The land was sold by Attorney W.H.S. White, deputy com- missioner of forfeited and delinquent lands and Charles F. Reininger, a director of the Parks and Recreation Com- mission was the only bidder. Reininger said this land had never been registered on the county tax books and that no one was paying taxes on it. He said the land tract is the only one in the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar available for use as a county park for serving the people of the Bolivar, Harpers Ferry, Millville and Bakerton areas of the county. The land is located next to the Catholic Cemetery and a ravine in the park will be filled in, Reininger stated. A road will also he built into the land. When this park is fully developed as it will be, Reininger stated, it will join such other parks that have been established by the Commission at the Bloumery, Loetown and in Charles Town. The Commission also has some federal surplus land in the Summit Point area that is to be developed into a park for that area, Reininger stated. Reininger said County Commissioner was most helpful in working out details so the land could be acquired by the Parks and Recreation Commission. Reininger also praised the efforts of Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Skinners. House Delegates Approves Racing Refrerendum 86-16 House Bill No. 1582 which will pave the way for a local referendum on the legislation of Sunday racing at horse and dog racing tracks in West Virginia, was approved by the West Wwginia House of Delegates Wednesday morning, according to Mrs. Bianca James, Jefferson i County's representative in the House. Mrs. James said the vote on the Bill was 86 for and only 16 against. She also stated in- dications are at the legislature that the Bill has a good chance of passage .in the Senate for this session of the legislature is adjourned. more attractive Christmas street lights for the downtown shopping area of Charles Town at a cost of about $4,000.00; and the continuance of the current Courtesy Parking program which has been in operation in downtown Charles Town since November 1, were the major matters given approval by the Charles Town-Ranson Retail Merchants at a recent meeting. Oliver Kastle, president of the Merchants Association, presented proposals from two different firms that manufac- ture all types of Christmas street lights and decorations. And after hearing the presentations, the Merchants voted because of the added cost that would be in- volved in switching to something now and entirely different, to purchase much the same kind of lights presently being used, except that the new ones will be in two colors -- red and green, instead of just the solid green. The Merchants have known for some time that the lights which are currently being used are completely worn out and cannot be used for another Christmas season. It was decided to purchase 17 now strands of lights, the same number which the Merchants have been using for years in adding to the Christmas decorative motif in downtown les Town. The strands are pf the samdign as the ones for some time, and with the three colors instead of one in the future, they will he placed and the Merchants have been promised they will be shipped in ample time to have them in Charles Town and ready for Christmas shopping season arrives. President Kastle told the merchants that there is suf- ficient funds now available in the Merchants' street lighting fund to make the initial payment, but that solicitation of the mer- chants and professional people in the shopping area where the lights are placed, will have to he carried out prior to the arrival of the new lights for additional funds to cover the balance of the cost. Kastle told the Merchants if the same financial support is given this new lighting project as was given the pre-Christmas decorations and parade this past year, R will probably not he necessary to ask for any in-j crease in the amount of the contributions the merchants and! professional people have been giving. As for the Courtesy Parking program, Kastle gave the Merchants a detailed report on its cost to the Merchants and the success it has been enjoying in the short time in which it has been,in operation. The program was initiated on November I, by the Rtail Merchants with the cooperation and support of members of t Charles Town Council. Kastle reported the figures which he had obtained from the City of Charles Town on its cost for the first three months tion an4:the number o[ esy Parking Tickets that I had been issued, reflects the I project has met with far greater [ success on the part of both the[ shopping public and the mer-] chants than had ever been an-[ ticipated. I the project from the Merchants and some professional people in the downtown shopping area of Charles Town, have been ample to cover the cost of the project for the entire six months of trial operations which was agreed upon by the Merchants and Charles Town Council. The project is due to expire April 1 and so the Merchants voted unanimously to have President Council meet with Charles Town officials and discuss the con- tinuation of the program. Kastie told the Merchants he expected there would have to be some upward financial adjustment of the payments the Merchants are making to the City of Charles Town to offset some of the loss in parking meter revenue as a result of the Courtesy Parking tickets being issued. During the months of November through January the number was about 800. President Kastle did appear before the Charles Town Council Monday night to discuss con- tinuaice of the Courtesy Parking, but Council said it woukl not make any decision on tl matter until it got into ing up the city budget for the next fiscal year. The Merchants also lauded the free work Charles Town officials did in snow removal from the downtow Charles Town streets ..... and ) the foltow-up with. ET_. of its Workers- incletnidetwt'and  other dirt from the streets. The Merchants felt and said so, that Charles Town has done a far better job in removing snow and dirt and trash f the down- town streets, than most municipalities in the section. U Co nty Has Unique M=n=ster In Rev. Nancy J. Webb; Serves 22 Churches .Despite Sight Handicap Jefferson County has a most I unique minister helping to carry i out the Lord's work. She is the Rev. Nancy J. Webb, a native of [ the State of Indiana, who,] although legally blind, is ] only a most active and effective minister, she also holds the distinction of no other of the county's ministers in that she serves a total of 22 churches with a total of to all of them. Last June, the Rev. Shearer, district Superintendnet of the Frederick District of the United Methodist Church, discussed the possibility of the Rev. Nancy J. Webb, becoming a minister-at- large to help serve the people in the 22 United Methodist Chur- ches in Jefferson County's Cooperative Parish. Th was something new that was being proposed for Jef- ferson County's Methodist Churches. It was a position being created in the church merely as an experiment. And a'lthough Rev. Wehb had been faced with a sight handicap for some time, she decided this would be an enjoyable and soul- serving way to share her energies and talents with people, and in behalf of the Lord and his work. Supt. Shearer felt that it would be helpful to the people of Jef-. ferson County who had formed a larger parish about 11 years ago for the purpose of fostering cooperation among churches. A sort of a united witness of the Gospel as it relates to com- munity issues and the strengthening of each local church in the parish through shared leadership and resour. e. It was felt that it would he helpful to have an ordained minister available to provide leadership training for .local church officers and also training for church teachers. Rev, Webb came to th Jef- ferson County Parish with FILLING THE PULPIT: The Rev. Nancy J. Webb, shown above, goes about the work of the Lord despite her sight handicap as she fills the pulpit of one of the 22 United Methodist Churches that make up the whole of the United Methodist Cooperative Parish in Jefferson County. (Photo by the Rev. Albert Moser) background and experience in Christian Education. She had served as director of Christian Education at Towson U.M. Church, north of Baltimore for three and one-half years. Today, the people of the 22 U.M. Churches in Jefferson County's Cooperative Parish are finding out what the term "Minister-at-Large" means and how it works. Rev. Webb provides guidance in program planning for the Cooperative Parish as well as for each of the 22 county congregations. She also per-i een able to preach in all of the churches of the Parish since coming here in June of 1977,.she does hospital calling, personal counseling, is involved in a prison ministry in the county, and is alo available to perform weddings and funerals for any person in the county who desires such a service. She is also in- terested in becoming involved in county social agencies such as the Committee on Aging, because she feels that the Good News is for all people wr or not they currently attend church ..................................... forms all other tasks normally; Rev: Webb says sheally associated with a minister of a I enjoys her weeks  tn at local church on a substitute ] the Jefferson MeOmml Hospital basis for the nine other U.M. [when she repr the South pastors in the county. [ Jeffersou Ministerium. She also This is to say that despite her [ enjoys providing worship ser- sight handicap, Rev. Webb has I Turn ToPage 6