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of Jefferson Farmer's Advocate , No. 10 Thursday, March 10, 2005 "No government ought to be without censors: and where the press is free, no~ne ever will." - Thomas Jefferson 20 pages - 50 cents per copy ?i'" y late Dr. Konrad Nau, Director of Medical Staff Services; John Sherwood, CEO; Katherine County Red Cross Executive Director; Angie Francart, RN, representing the Surgi- and Dr. Vikram Dayal presenting an $800 donation to the Jefferson County Employees, Physicians Give $ to Tsunami Relief Efforts Memo- what they could do tion that the relief JMH medical staff era- to help," said Tina organizations could donated $1,000 to and Stayer. Director of utilize to purchase the relief effort, over Community Rela- needed items." $500 to the Amer- ) help aid in tions and Marketing The Jefferson Me- ican Red Cross Relief at Jefferson Memo- morial staff was and $500 to Shri rial. "Our employ- particularly inter- Laka Association days fol- ees and physicians ested in assisting of Greater Wash- the tsu- considered giving with efforts because ington. Employees Southern medical supplies, several hospital made donations to employ- but instead chose to physicians are from various organiza- asking make a cash dana- Southern Asia. The tions. Musical Chairs Being Played In Courthouse ByNew Clerk But There's No Music By Toni Milboume Those entering the county courthouse on Monday were met with an array of furni- ture and boxes in the hallway and confusion on where de- partments had moved. Over the weekend, the courthouse underwent a reorganization at the hands of new Coun- ty Clerk Jennifer Maghan in an effort to update the coun- ty's offices. "We have 20 years worth of updating to do in this office," Maghan said. The reorganization involved moving three employees who had been housed down the street into the courthouse. Those employees work in the county finance departmept and, according to Maghan, they need to be "under the house of the county clerk." Ac- cording to West Virginia State Code, the finance office re- ports to Maghan and she felt the need to have them under the same roof. According to Deputy Clerk Lana Mallow, who oversees the finance offices, the group was located in the Hunter House under the leadership of past Clerk John Ott as a space consideration issue. Mallow said that many of the finance office records are housed in the courthouse, so it is con- venient to be in that location. She went on to add that "I can -Introduced in Legishture toAllow Local Referendums onTable Games of the West Vir- Associatiort state legislators announced the that in Jeffer- other counties table gam- permitted at the for lo- in the four Where the state's and gaming facili- Besides Jef- counties include Ohio. the racetrack industry gener- than $323 million and $14 rail- taxes to local making it the revenug produc- The industry 4,600 pea- pie and attracts more than 10 million out-of-state visitors to West Virginia. "'tax dollars and jobs are now being threatened," said John Cavacini, W~R_& presi- dent. 'There is increasing com- petition from our neighboring states Pennsylvania has au- thorized61,000 slot machines to compete with West Virgin-;~ year. "We're not ia's 11,000 slot machines. If "~lit convenience game, we don't give the people in the these tracks are major ~r- four counties where the race- tracks are located the oppor- tunity to vote on table games, West Virginia will lose mil- lions of dollars in revenue. We simply can't afford to allow that to happen." A recent statewide poll re- leased by the WVRA shows an overwhelming majority of West V'trginians prefer allow- ing table games instead of paying higher taxes. '1~he poll also shows that additional 2,000 people (500 the majority of West Virgin- in each county) for high-pay- ians were unaware of the cam- ing jobs with benefits. That's petition from our neighboring ~: i~ ~ddition to protecting the states and the effect it would ~4;600 jobs the industry cur- have on West Virginia's rev~ renfiy provides." nue," Cava~i'said. ~arles To*wn Races & Slots According to the ~the in .Jefferson County recently racetracks attract approxi- announced an expansion pro- mately i0.2 million visitors *gram that will provide two ism destinations," Cavacini continued. "The overwhelm- Lug majority of those visits are from those living outside West Virginia. With slot machines so readily available in Penn- sylvania, table games will give those people the incentive to continue traveling to West Virginia." "This is also about jobs. Al- lowing table games will en- able the industry to employ an Show Funds Presented to S, IS , funds from a fashion show sponsored by the Shepherdsown High School Alum- was by the show's organizers, Roseann Tennent, left, and Joyce Thornton School faculty members Pam Hilliard and Rabbis Brown for repair of dam- school foyer. More on this story in today's Shepherdstown column. (Photo by Diane new hotels on the company's property. One would be located in the field in front of the track just offRoute 340 (Washington Street). This is a stand-alone facility, while the sedond ho- tel would be built in the future and connected to the current gaming facilities alongside the thoroughbred race track. The two facilities would be tour- ist destinations for gaming en- thusiasts. This expansion by Penn Na- tional Gaming, Inc. (PNGI) the parent company of Charles Town Races & Slots, will bring the company's investment in the local facility to over $400 million when" completed. PNGI officials noted that they would like to start the stand-alone hotel (which will have some 150 rooms) this summer, but delays due to lack of sewer service are pos- sible. Local track officia~ said that there is a possibility they will ask the Jefferson County Planning Commission for per- mission to start construction of the hotel while awaiting ap- proval of sewer service. Attending last Thursday's press conference in Charles. ton and introduction of the Senate bill authorizing the ta- ble games referendum were track officials John Finamore, Jim Buchanan, Dickie Moore and Roger Ramey, along with Sam Huff, president of the West Virginia Breeders Clas- sics, Randy Hilton, mayor of Charles Town, Frank Fargo, president of the local Chamber of Commerce, Mary Vim, exec- utive director of the Chamber, Dr. Henry Christie, president of the Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Association, and Edward "Pat" Dockeney, pub- lisher of The Spirit of Jeffer- son-Advocate. The legislation is being spon- sored by five Senate members and seven House members. The bill was introduced in both houses of the Legislature last Thursday. Sarah Fowler, who works in the county's Probate Office, sits in new quarters in the County Courthouse. The Probate Office was one of many that were switched around during a reorganization by the county clerk. do my job anywhere." That sentiment was echoed by one of her assistants, Nan- cy Dopson, whose chief concern over the move was that she does not have as much space, especially desk space, as she had in the Hunter House Ioca. tion. She said that she was as- sured that new furniture will be purchased to help make the space more conducive to pro- ductivity. The office in which the fi- nance department is now lo- cated was the site of the Pro. bate Oi_me before the move. That office has been relocated to the back of the courthouse where Voter Registration pre- viously resided. Maghan said that the move of the Probate Office was to give more priva- cy to a sensitive part of county government. In the previous location, record books stored in that office were a constant source of interruption for the probate clerks. Those books, however, are now housed the smaller probate offme. Robin Gaynor, Deputy Clerk for probate said that the office she previously occupied pro- vided privacy for those need- ing probate services. "Now there is no privacy, nor enough space for the amount of peo. pie we see," she said. The two clerks went from two offices to one smaller office that offers no separation from each oth- er should the two need to meet with clients at the same time. Sarah Fowler, assistant clerk, said "I don't see the benefits to this move." Several other departments were relocated #throughout the building. Employees voiced that they were not consulted about the moves, simply told where they would be going. There was not an overall posi- tive or negative reaction to the move at present; many were waiting to adjust to their new surroundings. The move is just one of the many changes being incorpo- rated by Maghan. She is mak- ing an effort to "clean house." She sees the courthouse as the heart of Jefferson County and said, "If you see your house is dirty, cluttered and disorga- nized, you would clean it to function." That is what she is doing in the courthouse by up- Bodybuilder Gives Message Of Inspiration The world's strongest man, Anthony Clark, gave a mes- sage of inspiration and moti. vation to a group at the Harp- ers Ferry Pentecostal Church last week. Clark, who holds the world title for bench press- ing~. spoke about his child, hood and how his belief in God helped him overcome many dit~-~dt situations. Clark, born in the P~p. pines, moved to the United States at age seven. In the Tex- as town his parents chose to relocate to, Clark was picked on because he was "different." He was bullied~ by other chil- dren, and, being small for his age, he was not able to fight back. Clark, speaking in particu. lar to the youth present, told of his desire to please his par- ents, his father most of all. While he had a good relation- ship with his father early on, something changed the man, Clark said, and his father be. gan beating him, Things got so bad that at one point in time, ,, , ,,, ,,i, purchasing and making information accessible to the public. Maghan has approached the county commission for bud- get allocations for computer equipment updates. She asked for approximately $300,000; however nothing has not been approved. Other requests by Maghan not in her current budget, have included mon- ey to hire an additional voter registration employee which was approved by the commis- sion as was spending on scan- ning of courthouse documents which were not done during previous scanning. Funds for new furniture was also ap- proved. Maghan insists that all mon- ey she is spending is also sav- ing money. Her goal, she said is to make information acces- sible to the public. While the information has always been physically accessible, her idea is to make it more-easily avail- able via internet access and computerized scans. "I want to make sure we serve all of our public," she said, indicating that in the near future trans- lations in Spanish will also be made available. "A lot of peo- ple would rather go online than visit the office," she said. In her budget requests for the next fiscal year, she has asked for an increase in per- sonnel salaries of $134,499 which include a new assis- tant clerk and an administra- tive assistant as well as sal- ary increases for current em- ployees. Also on the horizon is new furniture for the en- tire courthouse and a website for the county clerk's exclusive use. The administrative assis- tant ~ be responsible for the website, administrative duties and taking minutes at county commission meetings, Maghan said. Currently th.at job is done by commission employees, but Maghan says she is adhering to the State Code that says the minutes should be housed in the County Clerk's office. Other changes have not been outlined, but Maghan did say that everything she has planned for six years will not be done this year. She consid- ers her actions so far as "stan- dard upgrades." Anthony Clark, the world's %trongest man," meets indi- vidually with children at the Harpers Ferry Pentecostal Church following his speaking engagement last Wednesday evening. Clark s father bound has hands and hung him from the rafters of their living room and beat him with an extension cord. Clark wondered, he said, how Continued on Page 2