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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and EM- MER'S ADVOCATE NEWS PAGE A5 9 " Wednesday, March 21, .018 s in-stat ts CHARLESTON - West Virginia State Treasurer John Per- ' due recently reported a significant increase in SMART529 'C icollege savings plans enrollments in the first two months of 2018 when compared with the first two months of 2017. The total assets in the fund are up nearly $78 million in com- parison with last year. In January and February of this year, there were 156 new accounts created. At the end of February, the total assets of the fund were valued at $528.4 million. The account stood at ', $451.1 million roughly a year ago. ' Perdue was proud of the newly-released statistics and what it means to West Virginia children and their chances to attend ', a four-year institution. "We're obviously happy with the numbers," Perdue said. "Any time more West Virginians are enrolling in SMART529 that's a wonderful trend. Improving our state's education cli- mate involves saving for college. It's not getting any cheap- er." The good news is also reflected in total state accounts across all three plans. The state hit a high-water mark with 32,149 to- tal accounts. Other plans include SMART529 Select and The Hartford SMART529. The latter two are available to investors nationally. SMART529 is West Virginia's officially-sanctioned trio of college savings plans. WVDirect is popular with state residents because it can be purchased directly, without the aid of a financial advisor; does not require minimum initial or subsequent contributions; and offers attractive tax incentives. For more information, or to open an account, go to www. or call 1-866-574-3542. The new enrollments in January powered a $2.1 million jump in new contributions paid into the plan, in comparing January 2017 to 2018. January is part of a three-month period that reflects Perdue's effort to make opening or contributing to a SMART529 account a Christmas gift. In November 2017, investors poured $5.1 million into WV- Direct, $1.1 million more than in October. The trend exploded in December, with $10.5 million in sales and on into January's $7.9 million, which, as noted, outdid January 2017 by a hand- some percentage. "It's an odd time to make a pitch for opening or contributing to a Christmas-season SMART529 account, but these num- bers illustrate that many Mountaineers are doing just," Per- due said. "Again, it's nice to see numbers that vindicate all the hard work we've been doing." Snow FROM PAGE A1 released to principals on Thursday. Prin- cipals will then have the opportunity to build school specific training around those activities, she said. %1 Jefferson County has a longer school day than the state requires and students % here have exceeded, the state minimum %% requirements for minutes of instruction ~t for many years, Sponaugle said. ,i Those extra minutes gave the county flexibility after the nine-day walkout. "We could not dip into those minutes ,and use them as snow days, but because of the unique situation with the work weather forecasts and had been in touch stoppage, we were given state permis- with their colleagues in Charleston. sion to use them," she said. "We are seeking technical assistance It has only been a few years since the from the state Department of Educa- state began to insist that all school sys- tion regarding any additional makeup tems reach 180 instruction days each days that might occur related to pending school year. The change came after weather issues this week," she said. "At a winter with so many snow days that this moment we just don't know." none of the 55 counties in West Virginia While the 2017-18 school year may hit the 180-day mark. not end as soon as expected, Sponaugle The change from a 180-day target to a did have some good news to share - the 180-day mandate came in 2013, accord- 5 percent pay raise for teachers and ser- ing to Alyssa Keedy of the West Virginia vice personnel that won approval by the Department of Education. Legislature following the historic walk- On Monday, Sponaugle said that out will take effect with the start of the county school officials were reviewing new fiscal year on July 1. Jefferson County Property Transactions March 5-9, 2018 Richard A. Pill TR to Mayham Properties LLC; LTS 32, 33 and 34, SEC 2-G; Kabletown District; $118,680.00 Malcolm J. Hally and Rachel M. Hally to John B. Felts Jr. and Joanna J. Felts; Re-recorded to correct Page one recorded in deed book 1197 page 413; LTS 7-F and 8-F; Shepherdstown District; $291,000.00 Emest D. Lyles to Jose O. Her- nandez; LT 36, SEC F; Shepherd- stown District; $138,800.00 David W. Grace Personal Rep- resentative and Janet R. Somers Estate to Donald J. Orser; LT 36, SEC F; Shepherdstown District; $138,600.00 Marks to Danielle Acosta and JC2017 LLC to Christopher J. Mc- Marcello Acosta; LT 427; Charles Cann and Lisa M. McCann; LT 7, Town District; $300,000.00 CT 5.1914 ACS; Shepherdstown District; $523,193.00 wV-rD LLC to John David Mollo- han and Kimbedy D. Mollohan; LT Leonard Drown to Unfinished III, Happy Creek SEC, Part I, CT Projects LLC; LT 9, SEC E; 1.077ACS; Middleway District; Middleway District; $45,000.00 $10,000.00 Jeffrey A. Meer TR, Jeffrey A. Geraldine A. Herbert to Lyons Meer Revocable Trust, Richelle Landholdings LLC; LT I residue, B. Meer TR and Richelle B. CT 4.2013 ACS, TNV 40-foot Meer Revocable Trust to John R. pdvate ACC EAS and 10-foot Bolton, Gretchin S. Bolton and proposed road improvements; Jennifer Sarah Bolton; LT 11, Ranson Corporation; $185,000.00 CT 7.6670 ACS; Charles Town district; $154,900.00 Lutman Properties LLC to Alex Flores and Kada Flores; LT 13; Kabtetown District; $360,000.00 Dimitrios Orfanidis to Richard W. Edens Jr.; LT 136, PH 2A; Charles Town Corporation; $267,000.00 ILA Properties Inc. to Walter J. Roberts and Vilma . Roberts; LT Robert D. Claggett to Peter Rice 10; Charles Town Corporation; Levi; TH LT 110; Charles Town $233,212.00 District; $176,500.00 Servin0 their c0mmunilites and helpin0 those in need Karen Valentine Caudle FKA and Karen L. Valentine to Richard E. Lloyd, Russell E. Lloyd Angel L. Morales and Gertrudis S. Julia E. Reynes; LT 7, CT 3.005 and Wanda L. Harrell to James Morales to Alexander J. Holt and ACS; Shepherdstown District; Fitzwater Jr. and Kelly Pelkey- Patricia J. Holt; LT 413; Charles $355,000.00 Fitzwater and Kelly Pelkey Fitz- Town District; $360,000.00 i water; LT I, CT 3.00 ACS, estate Roderick Planes LLC AKA Rod- of Frances L. Lloyd; Kabletown Margaret L. Coombe to Kristine erick Planes LLC to Dan Ryan District; $75,000.00 A. Crippen; merger PCL, CT Builders West Virginia LLC; Units 3.000 ACS; Middleway District; 11 and 12, PH IA; Charles Town Prasath Thuraimani to Jeevithat $269,900.00 District; $120,000.00 Subbiah Rajarathinam; TH LT 79, T/W 50-foot ACC EAS; Charles Stephen A. Williams Jr. and Mi- Wilmington Savings Fund Society Town District; $169,000.00chelle Williams to Timothy Jenkins FSB DBA, Christina Trust TR, and Lisbet Amy Ostebo-Jenkins, BCAT 2015-12ATT and Selene Micki Mitchell, Micki Mitchell TR Lisbet Amy Ostebo Jenkins; LT Finance LP to Michael John Ren- and Jessice L. Wright Revocable 3, T/W 10-foot residential-pedes- nie Jr. and Kimberley Diane Ren- Living Trust to Douglas F. Quigley; trian EAS; Kabletown District; nie; LT 75, PH I; Shepherdstown LTS 51, 52, and 53, SEC 11-H; $385,000.00 District; $260,000.00 Charles Town District; $11,000.00 Robert T. VAn Tassell Jr. TR, James Morgan Barker and Carol US Bank National Association TR, Belue M. Van Tassell TR and Barker-Hindley, Carol Barker Bank of America Funding Corpo- Robert and Belue Van Tassell Hindley to Douglas A. Quigley; ration 200743 and Wells Fargo Joint Revocable Trust; LTS 38-B PCL I, LT 4, SEC 4A, PCL 2 LT Bank NAAIF to Jared Shank and and 39-B, SEC K; Harpers Ferry 5, SEC 4A; Kabletown District; Kristin Shank; LT 441; Charles District; $150,000.00 $9,333.34 Town District; $306,100.00 Donald J. Orser to Douglas S. Quigley; LT 3, SEC 4A; Kabletown District; $4,666.67 Chester J. Shura and Margarita A. J. Hess Group LLC to William L. Shura to Weston D. Running and Schelling and Linda D. Schelling; Judith Running; LTS 56 and 57, LT $55, PH I; Shepherdstown SEC 21-J; Charles Town District; District; $304,887.00 $182,500.00 Alan W. Marks and Kimberty A. Have you seen too much death and disease related to injection drug use? Would you like to help develop strategies to reduce harm and improve the well-being of our community? Sponsored by: REALTY Stephanie has added National Association of Relators Military Relocation Professional Certification to her credentials! S aphan Realtor, VVV Military Relocation Professional about ies a nd how For more aboub Sbephanie and bhe Blackwell Realbg Advanbage, see 24 N. King Street Leesburg, VA 20176 Office: 703.665.7099 Patrick Blood, Broker 113 W. 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