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118 - NO. 9 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson CountY), WEST VIRGINIA 25414 THURSDAY, MARCH II, 198Z 20 PAGES-- PER COPY 20 i long list of items and began ployment in the tax section of discussions leading to the' e sheriff's department was Hammann Van Ryzin adoption of a budget for fiscal Nancy Furr at an annual year 1982-83. salary of $7,600. Charles Town Southern States Cooperative In a major decisions the Archie Franzen and John Commission agreedto raise Schley were renamed as To Head Employees the daily per capita jail fee to members of the historic ]and- Have Grand Opening New Building Tuesday the marks commission; and past several years. Denver Hipp, cashier of Tuesday, March 16, will be a big day for Charles Town Southern States Cooperative as they will formally open and dedicate the big new building Shown above, located at 222 North George street, Ranson, just across the road from the present location. Charles Hubbard, manager of the said while the Grand Opening celebration will begin at 8 the official ribbon-cutting ceremony will not be until 12:30 p.m. when Virginia's Governor Jay Rockefeller is expected to be on hand to a in the program. Also participating will be officials of the Jef- Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson County Commission and officials of Southern States. As a special feature of the Grand Hubbard said a host of special door prizes, will be awarded. also be free hot dogs, sodas and coffee and there will be favors balloons for the youngsters. And for the occasion Hubbard said the Rive will be offering a host of items of all kinds at reduced and or rates. Hubbard said he and his staff have been looking forward day since 1980 when Southern States purchased this new building Charles Clendeqing. Since then the Cooperative has been busy doing to the interior of the structure and this work was last month. The Cooperative will gain an additional 9,400 Square feet of floor space with the opening of this new building. (Photo by Gina Fargo) igh Court Says To Special State Supreme Court blocked the con. of a special Je which was ,probed alleged fine collections. Jury was to have con- next upon a Charles Town through Attorney Skinner, appeared the high court in 'leston Tuesday and that Dostert ira. convened the grand wobiblted Dostert further interference in set arguments in matter for Tuesday, 23, action in calling the apparent central character in the proposed investigation, former Captain of Police Bert Rlckard. City Attorney James Crawfdrd has been quoted as saying that Dostert may be biased in the matter because, says Crawford, he initiated at least three private con- versations with city officials discuss the merits of the case. City officials have filed s dvil action against Rickard, claiming he failed to turn in $83,500 in police fine money. Rickard, denying the allegations, has filed a $500,000 suit against the city, claiming he was slandered and coerced into resigning his position. Dostert has been quoted as being myfied that Charles Purse Snatcher Being Sought Charles Town police are probing a purse snatching that occurred Wednesday, March 3, at Hilldale Shopping Center. The victim, Lttie V. Weller, told officers that a tall black male accosted her and took her shoulder bag, causing lacerations of the leg and hand in the process. The bag con- tained a money order for $153 made out to General Electric; $130 in cash, and identification cards. In another incident, Dod- son's Plmnbing and Heating_, 200 West Liberty Street, was entered by kicking out a side door panel. Missing was $60 in cash. And officers, acting on a capius issued by Magistrate E.W. Day, went to Harpers Ferry and brought Naunie Cunningham back to face a shoplifting charge, placed when she allegedly took a bal! of a country ham from A&P. Found guilty, Cun- ninghnm paid a $5O fine, $15 costs and a $) restitution fee, a total of $115. special grand Jury Town would issue ultimatums Democratic Woman's on the heels of a demanding a grand jury, then for the Jury from take measures to prevent its Club To Meet March 17 Attorney Braun convening. He said he would Neither Ham. have no further comment There will be a special request or Dostert's because of the pending the name of litigation. Adopts "Hold Une" $118,778 Budget; Number Problems Shepherdstown Town Tueay evening a "hold-the-line" 196243 of $118,7'/8, em than the operating budget. the town does not less revenues, the In the budget was the anticipation the year.end unen- balunce would be hanit wos as of June document will now be he West Virginia Department for its and approval, thun returned to the council so that lay the lew for the year. Van Tol, project hefo the for mpport, Nver letters were one from the Jeffemm ferson County and directed that the resolution be for- warded to Cimrles Damron, who heads the redistricting committee in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Reporting for the st time was the Downtown Shepherdstown Commission, charged with improving and promoting the downtown business section of Shepherdstown. Council also discussed the role the Historic She stown Commission will play in directing use of newly- renovated Entler Hotel, and while they took no final action, appeared to agree that at a later date R would be wise to lease the hotel to the Com- mission and fix the CommiMi- on y for the Two aming ordinances were acted upon, One, which went through second reading, would Immlt Jay Hurley to fbr support, make clmnges In his general the amacil store; a meond,  with a ruolution m,p.  idle,  m'ucmre single meniber on West Gernmn Stmet,,was districts for Jef. Turn to Page 10 meeting of the Jefferson County Democratic Woman's Club at the'Jefferson County Court House in Charles Town, Mar. 17 at 7:30 p.m. it was ammunced this week. The major purpose of the will be to re.organize for the year and all Democratic women in the county are in. vited and urged to attend the meeting and become mere. bers of the club. Charges Dropped In Pair Cases Citing "lack of probable cause," local magistrates have dismissed charges. placed against a Harpers Ferry man und a Rausen wllan. Magistrate Peter Dougherty, conducting a hearing for Anna May Hough, who had been charged for allegedly stabbing Robert Penweli, dismissed the case when wL.emes far the state said they did not wish to prosecute. Hough was represented by Attorney Walter Lloyd Blair. Magistrate E.W. Day dismissed charg of alleged possession of controlled substances against Bruce Bowers of Harpers Ferry when the arresting officer in the case, Charles Wyndlmm, failed to appear. Attorney Peter Chakmakian represented Bowers. County Commission Accidents Injure Ups Daily Jail Fee; Nine; Snow Sunday Budget Is Discussed theIn;efTnUrcSdaooY' e:dPmle:mde:Cy.entis Creates Problems mission whipped through a Also approved for em- Three persons were injured Jefferson Security Bank of Shepherdstown was named to fill a vacancy on the development authority. Attention was called to the 10th annual Fire Service Recognition Day Parade, to be held in Charles Town May 15; and it was agreed that high school students would he hired under the YEPT program, providing work they can accomplish becomes a- available. As for the new budget, County Administrator David Ash told the Commission that current projects call for about $390,000 in revenue sharing funds, a figure which offsets any increase in revenues which will be realized from the nearly $10 million increase in county property valuations, announced by Assessor Ginger Bordier a week ago. Ash also noted that he ex- pects higher income from the State Racing Commission, bused on continued excellent business at the Charles Town Turf Club, but went on to suggest that some sources of revenue, such as the coal severance tax, might show decreases next year, while interest realized from in- vested county funds might show an increase, Municipalities who lodge prisoners at the jail are liable to pay the fees. And the Commission has noted that efforts will be made to have all prisoners pay the per capita cost, although they admit it will be dose to impossible to do so in many cases. Acting on the recom- mendation of the Jefferson County Development Authority, as presented by President John H.K. Christman, the Commission approved the hiring of Miss Jane A. Kastl, of Charleston, as the new authority director. Her approved salary is $20,000. Miss Kastl's predecessor, Jay Garner, was making $16,875 when he resigned to accept em- ployment elsewhere. Miss Kastl is to assmue her duties April 2. Approved too was tbe purchase of a new car (A Ford) from Lamar-Sloan Ford of Winchester, Va., for 19,995. The vote to accept this bid was 4-1, with Commissioner Gary Phalen objecting. Miss Teri Gracey, who has been working for the past several months on preparation of a dog control ordinance for the county, presented ordinance changes mlggested by the Conuntssion. Rena Marshall Retires After 21 Years With Special Gifts Drive CONRAD C. HAMMANN Announcements was made jointly today by Dr. John L. VanMetre, M.D. honorary general chairman and Bradley D. Nash, General chairman of the Jefferson Memorial Hospital Fund Drive, of the formation of the communRy campaign heads and workers at a meeting held Thursday March 4 at the hospital. Two residents of epherdstown will head two special phases of the com- munity campaign which is scheduled to be "kicked off' March -25. The big campaign "kickoff" will feature two phase solicitItion, beginning with the Employees division which be headed up by Conrad C. lann, president of the Halitown Paperboard Corn- pany. "Connie"is no newcomer to Jefferson County fund.raising, and Mr. Nash says he will be a tremendous asset to the campaign. The division has been given a goal of $30,000.00 which hopefully wm be ob- tained from various em- ployers throughout the county. Among the employers nnmed to date were HaAltown Paperboard, Supertane Gas Company, Cliffslde Inn and LT. GEN. VAN RYZIN Conference Center, General Telephone Company, Jef- ferson County Employees, Shenandoah Federal Savings and Loan, Bank of Charles Town, Peoples Bank of Charles Town and Shepherd College. "Connie" said this week he is extremely pleased with the list of emPlOYers who have already granted permission for the soliciting of funds for the hospital and he is op. tlmisticat others will follow. The division kicked off two weeks ago and has to date 190,000.00 reported in pledges. The second phase of Ole community solicitation is the division referred to as "Special Gifts division." It will consist of 106 volunteers and will require one Chairman and five Vice Chairman just to coordinate the huge un- dertaking. Dr. Van Metre emphasized the importance of this division by saying "They're the meat important part of this entire campaign. Without Special Gifts, the community would not have a chance to par- ticipate in the goal of building a new floor for Jefferson Memorial Hospital." Turn to Page 10 Welfare Department A FOND FAREWELl--And good luck to Mrs. Rena Marshall, who has retired after some 21 years of service to the West Virginia Department of Welfare were extended Thursday Evening, March 4, by Bob Kershner (left) Social Service Supervisor, and Loyd E. O'Brien, Area Welfare Administrator, (right) at a retirement dinner maintained a balance between the highly emotional episodes and the hamerous offerings of her career. O'Brien took her by total surprise when he presented her a certificate from the Governor, namin.g her for excelience in service to West Virginians. H. Ward Nlcldin, Assistant Commiuioner, Field Operations, who served as her administrator from November, 1960 to Septeml, 1967, lauded her work and her personal attributes in a poem he wrote for her, Nlcklin also presented her with the Welfare Com- mlukmer's award, pointing to her dedication in serving others. T. Viands, former co. worker, received a standing ovation for the poem he pemed in her honor. Thls was reed by Mrs. Irnogene Canby, Ad- ndnistmtive Secretary. Other highlights of the evening atir Included: a bzraphlcal sketch by Mira Gme A, Snyder, Area Staff Training Slmialist; an ex. ceq)t tram a letter written and - i Turn to Page 10 Schools System Budget Remains Unclear 1982-83 Without a firm handle on the availability of Federal funds, and still waiting to see what will be forthcoming from the State of West Virginia, the Jefferson County Board of Education took a look at its budgetary status for 1982-83 Monday evening and came away without a complete picture. At the present time, figures indicate that some $2,M8, will be available from real and personal property taxes here in Jefferson County, and that's an increase of $I05,542 over the current year. At the same time, public utility taxes will provide an increase of $27,383 over the current year. Estimated state aid (and it' is emphasized this is only an estimate), should bring it about $8,361,911, Superin- tendent Raymond Frazier noted, and this should up the school budget from $1LSm,000 in the current year to about $12,2oo,ooo for the coming ]tear. Again it is emphasized, this does not include Federal monies for specific progranm; nor does It include "pass through" funds, such as Federal aid tn tbe school lunch program, which are in the budget but do not count as revenue, In the meantime, school officials will wait to see what, if any, legislative action might held in her honor. Governor Rockefeller proclaimed her "West Virginia's Outstanding Citizen." Welfare Com- missioner Leon Ginsherg cited her for meritorious services. Jefferson County Com- missioners Garland H. Moore, Sr. and Hem'y Snyder paid her special tribute. Her co- workers honored her with a festive banquet. Such was the occasion for Mrs. Rena Marshall's retirenent after mine lyears of service to the West Virginia Department of Welfare. Nearly 100 relatives, friends,, former and present welfare employees, and representatives of various community aBendes attended the banquet in her lmnor Thm'sday evening, March 4, at the Country Ira, Shepherd. stown. Joining the mlute to her were her husband, Laird, soas "Ky" and Ben, and the uzee grundUdren" Area Welfare Ad. ndnat-, Lloyd E. O'Brien, served as master of m'enmuies for the simuiad "This is Your Life, Rena Marshall," program. He in two single car accidents on Jefferson County highways Tuesday. State Police said that at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, a car driven by Terry Hill of Ranson left State Route 9 north of Charles Town and rammed into a utility pole. Hill and a pas- senger, Jesse Helmick of Charles Town, were removed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital; Hill was later taken to Winchester Memorial Hospital. State Police said the vehicle was totally destroyed. Charges may be pending. Tuesday evening, on Route I, the Middleway-Leetown road, a car driven by Jonah Hose, Route I, Kearneysville, ran off the highway and struck a utility pole, causing $700 damage. Hose, taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, was cited for having no operator's card. In still another single car accident, a car driven by Todd P. Davis, Route 2, Bunker Hill, ran off Rt. I, struck a fence and overturned, injuring Davis and a passenger, Mary Miller, also of Bunker l-ll. Damage was $750, Davis was cited with being left of the bighway's center. A car driven by Timothy Carter of Front Royal, Vs. went out of control on Route 340 near Rippon, left the high- way and rolled over twice before coming to rest.-Injured were Carter aad two passengers, Mike Tennett and Echo Waybright, all removed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital by Independent ambulance. Damage was $2,000. A 13-year.old girl, Stephanie Dean, sustained minor in. juries when cars driven by Robert F. Richard, Route 2 Berryville, Va., and Elwood B. Dean, .Jr., of Westminster. Md., collided on snow covered Route 340 south of Charles Town Sunday. Damage was $2,300. Richard was cited for being left of center. Sunday also saw a number of other accidents mostly attributable to slippery high- ways. In one, a car driven by Alice M. Stunkle, of Ranson, left Rt. 230 near Shepherd- stown and rammed into a utility pole, causing $1,600 property damage. Turn to Page 10 Seek Approval On Water Grant A $316,00 Appalachian affect statemonies; and then Regional Commission grant submit the budget to the State approved for the twin towns of Department of Education, not Harpers Ferry and Bolivar later than March 29, for ap- will remain unspent until the proval. They emphaslzedthat towns provide the Federal the Federal aid picture may Housing and. urban not become clear until later in Development offices in Pitt. the year. sburgh with full details on how Still awaiting legislative the two towns plan to handle action is HBI731, legislation the funds. revising allocations of School A letter has been prepared. Aid Formula Step VII funds, with the help of Region 9 the foundation allowance to Planning and Development improve instructional Council director Richard programs. Step VII is Hawvermale and forwarded described as an equalizer to HUD officials. steF. Twenty per cent of the Monday night, Harpers state aid funds would be Ferry recorder Clifton Butts, distributed to counties presiding in the absence of proportionaly to adjusted Mayor Bradley Nash, told the em'ollment, and 80 per cent of council that it appears there the funds distributed o the Will be no further expenditure basis of 'need." of funds, or work on the water In persomml actions Monday project, until mid-April. the board accepted the Council also moved to ac- reslgrmtlom, effectlve at the cept bids on construction of end of the term, of Rilda C. Bb from lkrpers Ferry Junior High and Phyllis Grantham from Jefferson High. Approved were three coaching appointments at Jefferson High, Deborah Thompson, girls softball; Michael Cook, baseball assistant; and Steve Petersen, minis assistant. In supporting services, the new Harpers Ferry Town Hall, Butts noted that R is possible the town can secure a 0,000 loan from Blakeley Bank (at 13 per ct interest) to help finance the project. WEATHER Ik..d .4k. A .dk ., .d .dk. alk Ak. Nr lff -NI -qF .ql NF- ",qlr lr ,r-w. Extemled forecast Thur- Esther M. Robinson was sday through Saturday. Over- granted a medical leave of night lows averaging in the absence fromher post of cook; zo's. Daily highs averaging in Turn to Page 10 the S0's.