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CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday March 30, 1978 20 Pages c Meeting On Rumsey Final Court Trml Concerned Tnvnnvar: Is Slated For Ton,ght Of Term Beg,nso Here term of' -- "'0 i 11mdi 'FVll 4ili .n .ee .. -- NamedHono'rary 00e:==t,c,:,00ooJWant Mlcnaels Lanu )nerlTT uepul'les C,iefByCiti,e00s .. .. -- . . . ..^ ,.. .,_ w ror rllSTOrlCnl I.nrm ll  IF V styled Norman Bernstein vs. C. v v m -- mill S i s - U UI DU00K rU McDe l .. :-- ...... lmpherdstown I nad. Court offmlally m- = ma --  I ich is workin ends here on April 3rd with *rJr 0 ' g Te four Jeffern County worked s.nce 1975. And in ad- Jud e Sencin iv . ST MemenTo Kecelveo until and oil u .... g d er switching to ; vn- this ofepmYthe coSheriffSunty jar, have filed smtand the matron clitton to the overhme pay, Burr Mo00,o For n ." Museum Here"- Per Copy. 15c event. Com- ,.asking public as far as but also estimate first stage of fimum f Which may be state or assistance of discussed at a prominent served as a 17th and 16th Placed on the of Historic 30, 1973. It is Within the ict, eed on the August 1973. for and Hall, title Board of considered meeting arts and i on public ac- in Jefferson County Circuit matter, the court postponed Court against Sheriff Howard Wilt and the Jefferson County Commissioners for back pay they say is due them under the West Virginia Wage and Hour Law. The suit, filed Tuesday by Attorney Michael Scales, requests overtime pay for the four County Deputies and a minimum wage pay for the matron of the county jail. Thelma M. Chapman, matron of the jail, is currently being paid $2.02 per hour and prior to July 1976, she was paid only $1.85 per hour. She is claiming in the suit that she is entitled to the current minimum wage of $2.02 per hour for all hours worked since July 1976 and the previous minimum hourly Wage of $2.00 per hour prior to that date. The deputies -- Edwin F. Rhodes, Jr., Robert Carr, Kenneth M. Mills and Robert L. Butt -- are seeking overtime compensation for extra hours is asking for about $2,000.00 for overtfme accrued while he was General Telephone To Open County's First Phone Mart The General Telephone Company of the Southeast will officially open Jefferson attending basic school at the State Police Academy in Charleston. The suit calls for a declaratory judgement in the amount of a total of about $8,500.00 in hack wages. And since the Sheriff's department says it does not have money budgeted for that pur- pose, the suit requests the Jefferson County Commission to [ be directed to create a special fund to cover it. A similar suit was filed in Berkeley County Circuit Court some time ago and the Berkeley County deputies were awarded about $30,000.00 to cover the total cost of the back pay for them. A precedent for the law suits was set by the State Supreme Court last May in a ruling in which the Court held that the state minimum wage and maximum hours law, applies to all state employees except those specifically excluded in the code. Trio Of B&i's Reported Here Cynthia Dawn Nicewarner, 18- year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Nicewarner, of Charles Town, has been selected as Honorary Fire Chief, by the Citizens Fire Company for 1978. Cindy is a senior at Jefferson High School* where she is a member of the Tri-Hi-Y and the Jefferson High School Cougar Band. She is also a member of the Asbury U.M. Church of Charles Town. Upon graduation, Cindy plans to attend Shepherd College. She will represent Citizens Fire Company in the Shenan. doah Apple Blossom Festival Firemen's Parade in Win- chester, Va., on Friday, May 5; the West Virginia State Firemen's Association Con- vention parade on September 9 in Charles Town and possible other activities throughout the year. proceedings until the April term of Court. This case is styled the State vs. John C. Cruz, who was indicted on a charge of shooting Charles C. Fletcher with intent to kill. The trial was originally scheduled to begin on March 28. Cruz is represented by attorney David Alter. Sons Confederate Veterans Dinner MeetingTuesday The monthly dinner meeting the Henry Kyd Douglas Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans was held Tuesday, March , at the Citizens Fire Hall in Charles Town, with 62 members and two guests present. Commander, the Rev. J. Luster Link, presided and gave the invocation. Guests for the evening were James Moler and Dick Reiter, introduced by members Shirley Hunt and Joe Christian. The April ladies night will he held Tuesday, April 25 at the Cliffside Restaurant with the social hour to start at 6:15 p.m. and dinner at 7. The next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, May 23, was on the Baltimore County's First Phone Mart, ,Monday mottling, April S>! 9 and the am. with" a special rib the best cutting ceremony. The new show, a revolutionary concept where the public can shop for telephones just like it shops for fashions, is located in a newly renovated section of the phone company's business of- fices in the Mason Building at 116 East Washington Street, in downtown Charles Town. in town Calvin J. McGehee, Manager the early of the Charles Town General Telephone operations said the ublic is invited to stop by anytime between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 3 and see a fashionable shop filled with jhones designed to fit your personality and likes. There will be free gifts and you can register for a grand prize. Hearing On HUD the his Grant April 1 The Town of Ranson will hold a public hearing on April 1, at the Lions Club Center on George Street, in Ranson, from 7:20i until 8:30 p.m. in preparation for filing for a HUD Community Development Block Grant Small are ex- Cities program. Period. The meeting to be conducted mid to by Mayor J. Kelley Lance and in John Anzivino, Regional Planner with the Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council,  great deal project for River for Shepherd- Win Giant Easter Basket Store's Prize Drawing , fen,;:'- - " my Gilbridge are i[i  left to right, with the giant they received as part of a mg held by Peoples  Store, .ter. ',e event was a ehain- the chain s store giving away } value reported missing at this,: ....... ' - Thiee $ entei'ed * JTentatively Ok's ' Three breakings and enterings over the past weekend Were investigated by the Jefferson County Detachment  of State Police with nothing of much the two-story frame home of Roland Koepsell, Stuart, Fla., on Saturday. The victim's residence is located on State Secondary 25 over I. The culprits reportedly broke out a window leading to a kit- chen to gain entry. A number of drawers in the dwelling were ransacked, but until the owner returns from Florida to make inventory, it has not been determined if anything of value is missing. Some time over the weekend, the one-story frame home of E. Murray Jeffers, of Baltimore, Md., in the Hidden Rivers Housing Development, was entered with several items being taken. Missing was an air rifle valued at $13, $2 in currency and some shotgun shells valued at about 75 cents. The thieves also used the air rifle to break out lights in the dwelling, hut no damage estimate was given. Entry was made by breaking out a glass in the front door of the home. A one-story modular home setting on a sales lot at the in- tersection of State Route 9 and Secondary Route 15 was entered lover the past weekend with a living room chair being removed from the premises. The chair, however, was discarded about 50 feet from the trailer and was returned to the owner, Bob Stiles, of Route I, Charles Town. A glass broken out of the front door of the modular home to gain entry. Damage Is $5,000 In Three-Vehicle Accident Mondoy Budget 1978-'79 The Jefferson County Board of ] ' Education, meetingin monthly I Accidents In session Monday, tentatively approved a budget for the next {Jefferson Over fiscal year of $7,973,000, of which nearly $5 million will be spent for instructional services, in- cluding salaries of school per- sonnel. Among the other major cost categories will be pupil tran- sportation, which is estimated at $606,271 fo r the coming fiscal year. Operation of School facilities will run $579,024, ac. cording to the budget estimate. Some $189,546 has been set aside [ for maintenance of school buildings. Other line items include fixed charges (such as retirement, social security and workmens' compensation) $450,400; food service, $103,340; community services (4-H club salaries, adult education teacher salaries) $16,2o0; and capital outlay, $106,726. The tentative budge along with the proposed levy rates and taxes levied for the 1978.79 school year will be formally approved as a special meeting on the third Tuesday in April at 6:30 p.m., this following ap- proval of the budget by the State Tax Commissioner and the State Board of Education. In other action, the board accepted the resignation of P. Douglas Perks, social studies teacher at Charles Town Junior lligh School, in order that he may serve as" work study coordinator for the school system. This program is prod rough a state grant and allo@ 5e paeed in gainful employment and work experience situations. Linda L. McLaughlin, teacher at Page Jackson Elementary, was transferred to the new Page Jackson Elementary School for the 17-79 school term upon her request. Added to  the substitute teachers' list were Steve Borowski and Sue Matthews while a number d school per- sonnel were granted absences to attend meetings or military service. Approved was the em- ployment of Eva Clark as a cook at Charles Town Junior High Tm'n To Page 6 Prior Weekend Heavy property damage was recorded in three accidents investigated over the past weekend by Jefferson. County State Police. Saturday, at 2:30 p.m., a 1974- model auto operated by Charlie H. Smith, 37, of New York, went j mt of control on State Route 9[ near Kearneysville, went off the road and came to rest in a field. Authorities said property damage amounted to $2,500 and Smith was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. No injury was reported. The same day, at 1:05 p.m., on ary Route 32 over 2 near Harpers Ferry, a 1969-model auto operated by Teddy Richard Cook, 23, of Rt. 3, Harpers 'F i erry, and a 1973-medel vehicle driven by Shirley R. Phillips, 30, of Rt. 3, Harpers Ferry, collided causing about $3,700 in damage. Authorities said that the Phillips auto was making s left- hand turn and failed to yield the right-of-way to the oncoming Cook vehicle. She was charged accordingly. No charges were placed, however, in a minor, two-car crash Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in Rlppon on Secondary Route 21 where it intersects with U.S. Route a40. State Police said a 1967.model vehicle driven by virginia E. Glasscock, 35, of Brandy Station, Va., was hit from the rear by a l/3.mod mto-olmratd by Virginia Ruth Broch, S7, of Maurertown, Va. Property damage was only Studded Tires Extended April IS SN -- The period daring which use d udded tires legal in West Virginia has extended, ardi Governor John D. P.oekefeller IV. Recent enactment by the Legislature has extended the deadline for removal of studded tires to April 15, the Governor noted. A three-vehicle accident Monday caused some $5,000 in property damage and injury to -two iople, according to the ucal dhmeiit  S'e . Authorities said a l'/6-model truck operated by Paul T. Dailey, Jr., 28, of  Belvedere Heights, Charles Town, entered State Route 9 near Charles Town from State Secondary 25 and slammed into an oncoming 19'/7- model van driven by Cynthia L. Reggi, 22, of Route 3, Harpers Ferry. The impact knocked the Dailey truck into a 1977-model parked vehicle owned by Donald R. Wagner, of Charles Town. Both drivers were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital by Independent Ambulance for treatment of injuries sustained in the mlshap. Dailey was cited for failure to yield the right-d-way. A DOUBLE FIRST -- James Main, of Brun- swick, Md., presents a program from December 2, 1933, the first day of Yacing at The Charles Town Turf Club, to Debbie O'Bai ,'v f the Charles/ToPm Publcity part rnent. Fhe: program is  the first piece of memoraia for the new arles Town Racing Museumnd Visitor's Center, to be opened this summi'. The Charles Town Racing VIm eurn and Visitor's Center has received its first piece of racing memorabilia, a racing program from the December 2 1933 opening of the Charles Town race track. Mr. James W. Main, of Brunswick, Md., had kept the program in which he had made several notations of the day's activities, in mint condition. Among the' notes listed in the program was that it was a clear fine day for the races. He also listed the names of the friends he attended the races with, what time they left Brunswick, ,and  what time they returned home. Mr. Main also had another interest in the race track. During the latter years of the 1030's, his brother, R. W. Main, was one of the jockeys com- peting against the likes of Sam Palumbo, Webb Snyder, and Jimmy Feltner. Palumbo is the patrol judge here while Feltfier is one of the Stewards and Snyder is an outrider. Among the riders listed in the program is Palumbo, who was the first rider to be named to the Yancy Christmas. Seven races were run on opening day with the purses being $400 and $500 and the fields made up of from eight to ten horses. In accepting the program from Mr. Main, Charles Town General Manager William J. McDonald expressed much pleasure in the generosity of Mr. Main. "It is one of the best things we could come across for the first piece of memorabilia", he said. "We really think it was great of Mr. Main to donate the program for use j in the musJm':  ' ,' "We hope to recapture the history of thoroughbred racing in Charles Town and to provide a center that will serve all travelers visiting the Eastern Panhandle", McDonald con- tinued. The museum and visitor's center will be located in an old barn on the backstretch of the Charles Town Turf Club. Known as the "Round Barn" because of its oval shape, in recent years it has been used by horsemen i training horses and coming newly formed Charles Town[at Charles Town and Sn- Jockey Hall of Fame which will [ doah Downs. It contains 10 be housed in the Museum. I stalls, built in an oval and elf- Heading the list of trainers [cled with an indoor track for listed on the program is the] TurnToPa#e6 famous Preston M. Butch and J. [ ,,, ,,,,, Arguments On Court Suit To Be Heard In Circuit Court Judge Vance E, Sencindiver will hear arguments in Jefferson County Circuit Court on April 3, on a suit filed hy Sheriff Howard Wilt, who has claimed that the County Commission usurped his authority to set wages for his staff and regulate his own trchases, i'-, The date f haring tim arguments in Circuit Court was announced by Rort'skinner,tSki prosecuting attorney for Jef' ferson County, Skinner represents the County Commission in the proceedings with commissioners stating that "the suit is groundless and will be contested", this after a previous executive session with their attorney. Wflt,s suit was filed here by Martinsburg attorney Jerome Redosh and a former Jefferson Omnty Prosecutor. The suit was filed because, according to the papers, the County Commission refused to pay for any purchases made by the sheriff since last July. Wilt contends that he does not have to submit purchase orders under state law, but the com- mission has refused to pay for office equipment and jail sup- plies unless a purchase order is forthcoming from the sheriff. Many bfthe unpaid orders that Sheriff Wilt made are now delinquent: Another part of the suit claims that Wilt has the authority to set the salaries of employees in his BY DON RENTCH About three years ago a move was initiated both on the local and state levels, to utilize about !seven of the approximately 120 acres of land deeded to the State of West Virginia by the late Samuel G. Michaels, asa site for a proposed large amphbtheatre project. But the project never really gained very much momentum and eventually it became a "dead" project. Currently the Concerned Taxpayers of Jefferson County, who have, from the outset, been persistent in seeing that the use of the Sam Michaels land be utilized fully as his will had" stipulated, have put forth a proposal for converting the property into a "Living Historical Farm". The Concerned Taxpayers have talked with Mrs. Carolyn Snyder, director of the Gover- noVs Regional offices in Mar- tinsburg, about the proposal and they have submitted copies of same to her, and also to the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources in the hopes of getting some state and-or federal financial aid in carrying out their proposed project plan. Mrs. Snyder said she had discussed the plan with I Governor John D. Rockefeller, t IV, and had learned the State would like for some use to be made o the estate or it will be sometime in the future, declared as surplus prv.:, .d sold i a copy of thor pl,o aw IVa. Department of Natural i Resources for consideration and hopefully some financial assistance in implementing their t proposal.. Officmls of the [Department of Natural Resources notified the Con- cerned Taxpayers they found no objections to the proposal, but said there would have to be a written and detailed report submitted on what they an- ticipate the total cost of the project would be. Officials of the Department of Natural Resources also advised the Concerned Taxpayers that currently the department has no funds available [or providing assistance to sa project. The Conserned Taxpayers are now direing their effbrts to secure at least partial funding for the project to the State Department of Cultdre and History, headed by Clarence Moran, who has charge of historical preservation programs in the state. In line with submitting the proposal to the various W. Va. Departments theyteel might be able to provide some financial assistance for the project, the Concerned Taxpayers have suggested that a committee be appointed to study the feasibility of turning the Michaels farm into a living historical farm. The Concerned Taxpayers believe that such a project would not only carry out the spirit of the Will of the late Samuel G. Michaels, because of the proximity of the property to Harpers Ferry National Park, it would provide ample open space for family outings and picnics for visitors attracted to the county by the park. They point up that such open space facilities are greatly needed, especially in the Southern end of the county. They feel cooperation with the National Park Service would aid in the development of the Michaels farm into a tourist attraction. Their proposal also calls for the restoration of the house on the Michaels Proty and they say officials of the Harpers Ferry Job Corps, located just across the road from the farm, have promised to help on reconstruction work on the department, this ranging frem heus e and barn. clerks to deputies. The nty The Cn,.n,,r,,,_,,, ,v Commission has already th -.='",,' n"'t e ta " -, ,- ..... , v,-,J s bhshed levels of corn- heing not only'teial to the pensation for each job in the taye= ofestate to whom cooever, Wilt says that he has i : pleWoWi]w]iel*tg2an the authority to set his owniopru on the salaries as long as he stayshject 'he Droect would - within the total budget allocated [ : v J . e to his department bY the County I ' Turn T,, Po-*  Commission.. [ -'