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~ ! ~ ~:~ i~) i~ii j ~ :, ' i } 1 pproval q ssion Extended Work on Budget p! ,s BY TOM MILLER d PressNet Reporter [ARLESTON -- The 1999 I Virginia Legislature con- its 60-day regular session : Lt midnight Saturday with ~z ~inute action on a bill to al- 0in drop video lottery ma- s at the state s four race- $i. )i his will bring in about $9 mil- s i year in additional lottery ~Ue," Senate Finance Chair- 0shel Craigo, D-Putnam, b is Senate colleagues. Vmakers also gave final ap- ~or~ to a bill on mountaintop 'in~ining permits that returns n~its to 250 acres for mines a;~ assessments for stream v~l~tion are required. A law ~d a year ago had extended |lilimits. a~lier in the final day, the two [a~ gave final approval to a bill s l~ould let Greenbrier County ~-5~ decide if they want a gam- |casino at The Greenbrier ~ The bill now goes to Gov. ~nderwood who has already ~intends to sign the bill. ~lawmakers were unable to most of the key points in to re-write the state's law statutes, prompting Arley Johnson, D-Cabell, Senate Majority Leader Chafin, D-Mingo, of kill- "/~s legislation. 0 ' ' ]~1 n t hke this, I don't like ~sald Johnson. These bills ~ecause of one man who is not ~Overnor, who is not an it: ~, d king and who is not a ~l servant. Johnson was ~an of the House Judiciary ~ittee that worked on the /law bills this session. ~Y fool can criticize and usu- said later. "No- a bill more than I do ~thers of West Virginia who Dee their children.' ~ef Justice Larry Starcher of ~t Virginia Supreme Court ~!)eals said the issue still ~to be addressed. ~[hink it may have to be taken ,1~ specml sessmn, stud Jus- / .ptarcher. "The current terms (~0ily law masters run out 1999." }~ing the final hours, the ture also passed a resolu- 'i~ authorize the sale of an- ~$110 million in road bonds L ~a 1996 constitutional amend- ~'tthat authorizes the sale of ~illion over a five-year pe- |the 1997 Legislature did not any bonds but last year, a of $220 million was autho- Underwood received the workers' compensation re- Thursday and had al- ISigned it into !aw before the egislative day s activity be- Egislation to give many ~and appointed state offi- well as circuit judges a pay / ~Se did not pass in the final (1I along with a bill that would /4~iven state policemen an ad- ~al salary boost over and b ~the $756 per year raise due ~ ]~ate workers in the second- ~/'~f a three-year pay hike plan "k]~ed a year ago. k ~t Secretary Joan Ohl of the :ealth and Human did convince lawmak- ~pprove her pay equity plan 5,200 people in her of which 60 percent now $20,000 or less per year. new budget called for her $5 million in Medicaid ex- to come up with the for these special raises and ,done that," Ohl told Saturday. 'Legislature will continue session this week for the budget bill after Gov. extended it for up to Speaker James K. Ruland, president of the Jefferson County Com- mission, was the speaker for the recent general membership meeting of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Com- missioner Ruland, shown above talking with Chamber Vice President Peggy Smith prior to the meeting, gave a report on the county's efforts to deal with various problems and fiscal constraints in the community. Ruland announced a new plan to provide round-the-clock ambulance service to county residents and formulated and proposed by the county's Ambulance Authority. The plan, which calls for daytime paid emergency medical staff mem- bers, also incorporates volunteers into the evening hours. The plan was well received by the County Commission, which is exploring possible funding for the plan. Following Ruland's talk, a lively question and answer ses- sion was conducted. West Virginia's Open Meet- Senator Snyder then went to ing Laws, also known as the work to forge a substitute for the "Sunshine Laws," have been re- House Bill that was acceptable to written by the Legislature. all those showing opposition to the The 22-year-old law that has original House bill. After three been the object of much public days of open and free discussion, and media criticism has also the substitute bill ~ ~omplete been the object of many court with support from a!l parties in~ suits by citizens and the press, volved. The House Bill to reform the The rewrite of the Open Meet- open meetings laws was rein- ings Bill went to the full Senate troduced this year after it died where it was passed out with a with little consideration from unanimous vote of the Senate. the Senate for the past three The House likewise approved of years, the new bill with an unanimous Senator Herb Snyder (D-Jeffer- vote. Indeed, the efforts of Sena- son) was the driving force in the tor Snyder paid off. Senate this year in terms of this legislation. He initiated the ef- The bill sets forth 12 very spe- forts to rewrite the House bill in cific and detailed exceptions for order to gain bipartisan support state and local governments to fol- from both Houses of the Legisla- low for going into executive ses- ture. sion. The old law was short and The House bill came up for con- vague, opening large loopholes. sideration in Senate Government Organizations Committee (in The new bill also gives the which no member showed interest state and county development of- in the bill to bring it to a commit- rices the ability to conduct their tee vote). Senator Snyder re- negotiations with a private corn- quested that his fellow senate pany in private while in competi- committee members move the bill tion for a specific project. After onto Senate Judiciary without rec- the negotiations have concluded, ommendation. Snyder is vice- the facts pertaining to the nego- chairman of Senate Judiciary. tiations are completely open to the That motion passed the Senate public. Government Organizations com- mittee. UNITED WAY OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS The United Way of Jefferson County Budget and Admissions Committee is now accepting appli- cations from non-profit agencies wishing to be considered for mem- bership in the United Way of Jefferson County. According to Betty A. Braxton, president, those interested in ap- plying should call immediately for an application, which must be filed by April 23. To be considered for member- ship in the United Way, an agency must offer a real tangible service considered to be of a health, wel- fare or educational service; qualify as nonprofit and voluntary and be tax-exempt under 502 (c)(3) of the IRS Code; and have a substantial presence in Jefferson County. Copies of the agency application forms may be obtained by calling (304) 725-4483. Completed appli- cations must be submitted to: United Way of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 894, Charles Town, WV 25414. Paving Ordinance Approved new ordinance that will provide funding to finance a street pav- was approved by Charles Town's City Council this past The program calls for $1.25 million in street resurfacing, will be borrowed, then repaid through a $4 per month fee on and businesses in the city. That fee will be included with 'water bills. hearing was conducted by the city on the proposed ordi- ~, but not one person appeared to speak on the subject. ~Complete street resurfacing program has not been accomplished ~wn in nearly 30 years. Snow and Ice Make Driving Hazardous Five single-vehicle accidents, many of them occurring on snow- covered highways, were among the traffic mishaps investigated this past week by the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department. Last Saturday on State Route 51 at the entrance to Altona Farm, a vehicle operated by Scott William Chamblin, 29, of Route 1, Kearneysville, was headed east when it crested a hill and met a hay truck in its path. The driver applied his brakes, but the vehicle went out of control, left the high- way, hit a utility pole and turned over on its side. There were no injuries and deputies said that Chamblin did not maintain control of his vehicle. Sunday at 1:35 p.m. on Country Club Road, a 1995 vehicle operated by Christopher Shane Jones, 21, of Harpers Ferry, was westbound when it went out of control after cresting a hill, then left the road and hit a utility pole. The road was snow covered at the time of the ac- cident. A passenger in the Jones vehicle, Edward Metdors, of Shenandoah Junction, was taken to the local hospital by Medic 4-1 for treatment of injuries. The same day at 9:10 p.m. on Leetown Pike, a 1987 truck oper- ated by Owen M. Boggs, 19, of Route 2, Harpers Ferry, was headed north when it went out of control, left the highway and hit a utility pole. Boggs and a passenger were not injured but deputies said the driver was exceeding a safe speed limit. Sunday at 3:37 p.m. on Darke Lane, a 1996 sport utility vehicle driven by Mable J. Jackson, 58, of Tuscawilla Hills, was southbound when it slid on snow and ice, went out of control, left the road and hit a roadside fence. There were no injuries to the driver or a passenger, and author~: ties said that the driver failed to maintain control of her vehicle. Also on Sunday, at 2:25 p.m. on Secondary Route 13, a 1997 truck operated by Kambiz Banafshe, 28, of Herndon, Va was westbound and slid off the roadway when the driver applied brakes while ap- proaching a curve. He was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. A two-vehicle mishap was re- ported Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on Route 51 near Middleway. Involved were a truck operated by Timothy Johnson, 38, of Kearneysville, and a car driven by Nancy Eakin, 50, of Route 1, Kearneysville. Authorities say the Eakin ve- hicle slid across the center line and the two vehicles sideswiped. Depu- ties say Eakin did not maintain control of her vehicle. Last Friday at 5:15 p.m. on Summit Point Road, vehicles oper- ated by Roger Lee Walls, 61, of Continued on Page 2 Winner Visits VA Frank Buckles, 98, left, who recently was presented with the Legion of Honor medal from the President of France for his service in that country during World War I, meets with George M. Moore, Jr director of the VA Medical Center near Martinsburg. Buckles received the award during a ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington last month. Buckles entered the U.S. Army in July, 1917 at the age of 16 and was transported to England with the First Fort Riley Ca- sualty Detachment on the H.M.S. Carpathia. That was the ship that a few years earlier had rescued survivors of the Titanic. During World War II, Buckles, a businessman at the time, was captured by the Japanese and was held in the Los Banes Prisoner of War Camp in the Philippines for three years and two months. He was rescued by the U.S. 11th Airborne Division on February 23, 1945. Buckles, a resident of Charles Town for 40 years, resides at Gap View Farm. Basketball Team Honored The Jefferson County Board of 1999-2000 school year. Education approved a proposal to The Charles Town Junior High centralize food services during a School Girls' Varsity Basketball regular meeting. Team was recognized for its win- Currently, each of the cafeteria ning season. The team enjoyed a managers working in the system's 19-0 season becoming the first un- 13 schools take care of ordering defeated varsity girls' team at the food, paying food bills, and collect- school in 20 years. The team com- ing money for breakfast and pleted its season by winning the lunch. Under the centralized sys- Panther Classic Tournament at tern, ordering, paying bills and Charles Town Junior High. Coach sending out bills for meals would Tucker Wells introduced the team be handled through the Food Ser- to the board. Team members pre- vices Office at the county level, sented the coach with a plaque. The board approved hiring a Ellen Goodwin with Education full time IUcomputer operator to Alliance spoke briefly. She pre- work with the Food Services Su-sented Encarta software for each pervisor Carolyn Barnett. A half- school as a donation from the Alli- time secretary may also be hired ance. at a later date for the program. The board reviewed the Energy Finance Officer Robert Smith Express Program, held each sum- said centralizing the billing and mer at Ranson Elementary payment system into one area School. would save money, remove the re- Energy Express provides a sponsibility of handling money summer reading enrichment and from the individual school levels, nutrition program for 48 of the to give more time to cafeteria neediest students at Ranson in managers to assist in the prepara- grades 1 through 4. The program tion and serving of meals, is funded in part by the board. The program will be imple- mented by the beginning of the Continued on Page 2 I I I I I Council Members Resigning The total of incumbent Charles Town Council members who have resigned or who will not seek reelection now totals three. Earlier, Councilwoman Mary Via submitted her resignation to Mayor Randy Hilton. On the heels of that action, Councilwoman Nina Vogel an- nounced that she would not seek re-election. This past Monday evening during the regular City Council session, Councilman John Rendeiro announced he also would not seek re-elec- tion. Rendeiro is taking an assignment away from Charles Town, while incumbent Vogel wants to devote more time to her business. Meanwhile, Councilwoman Via withdrew her resignation (which would have been effecfiye after the city election) and then imrnedi- a~ly ~i~~ ~m ~il: Council then reappointed Via to fill the unexpired term until a replacement is elected at the upcoming elec- tion. This action insures that Via's replacement will be elected and not appointed. Her unexpired term is for two years, while all other council vacancies are for four years. Incumbent Councilmen Bill Jordan and Randy Breeden have indi- cated they will seek reelection. Proposed City Budget $869,381 The City of Charles Town Monday night tentatively approved a budget of $869,381 for the fiscal year beginning July. The document now goes to the state Tax Department for approval before final adop- tion and setting of the levy rates in late April by city officials. Next year's budget is austere in nature, showing only minor in- creases in expenditures. Most costs are holding steady, with over half of the budget devoted to the operation of the city's Police Department (over $460,000). Community Ministries Asks for Funds Jane Bowers, director of Community Ministries, appeared before the Jefferson County Commission last Thursday to request that the organization be considered for funding in the next county budget. "The response was good and there were a lot of good questions from the commissioners about our. operation," Bowers said after the meet- ing. "We may not get funded, but they know that the need is there in the community on a daily basis," she noted. This is only the second time that the organization has requested funding from the county. No response was received several years ago when the county was first approached. Commission President James K. Ruland said Bowers' request would be given due consideration and that there may be some help forthcoming in areas other than daily operational expenses. The county currently is receiving budget requests for the next fiscal year. Community Ministries is a major player in helping those in need through the Food Pantry, as well as in areas of helping families having difficulty paying for necessary life-sustaining utilities or rents. Marockie Leaving Schools'Post State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henry Marockie announced last week that he will leave his position as the state school chief effec- tive June 30 of next year. He has served as state schools' chief since 1989. In announcing his resignation, Marockie said, "The status of educa- tion in West Virginia is strong and growing, and it is time for me to explore other opportunities." When Marockie began in the top school post ten years ago, he inher- ited an unenviable system. A clear emphasis on student achievement was missing, school buildings were in desperate need of repair and renovation, and technology was virtually nonexistent. Over the decade, a model school system has emerged with in- creased test scores, new and updated facilities, and a model learning technology program that is heralded nationwide for its effectiveness in increasing basic skills for students. OBITUARIES Page a ~ EATHER LETTERS TO EDITOR Page 4 The extended forecast for the SOCIAL Page 8 area through Sunday is: SPORTS Page 11 Warmer throughout the period CHURCH NOTICES Page 13 with highs ranging from the low 60s to SALES Page 15 the upper 50s by Sunday Variable LEGAL NOTICES Page 16 cloudiness through Sunday with tows CLASSIFIED ADS Page 18 in the mid to upper 30s. Only a slight REAL ESTATE Page 18 chance of a passing rain shower. . III --