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of Jefferson Farmer's Advocate 140, No. 15 Thursday, April 14, 2005 "No government ought to be without censors: and where the press is free, no one ever will." - Thomas Jefferson 24 pages - 50 cents per copy Scouts Henry nport Davenport, III, whose. to Jefferson County was just one and one- old from Charleston, by the Shenandoah Boy Scouts of Amer- 2005 Distinguished Award at a banquet at ~rion in Shepherdstown :rday night. Mr. Daven- right receiving rd from Robert D. Ferrell, Davenport also Distinguished West Vir- Award from Gov. Joe paid trib- resident of Altona Qnd his wife, Faye, during the program) ginia with Davenport, Iongtime I members in front of friend Brigadier General F. Wayne platform. "Speedy" Lloyd, developer Ken ng those speaking were Lowe, and Davenport himself. St. Louis Cardinals proAll had praise for Davenport's Player Sonny Randall, suplbort of the community and his the University of Vir- compassion for his fellow man. Davenport praised the Boy Scouts for teaching manners and good behavior, one of the bas[c~ngredi- ents of people getting along with one another. Continued on Page 2 Surkamp Actions Said Those of "Spoiled Child" County attorney Mi- Surkamp has shown high in- appeared be- terest in the case and its effect COunty commission on the ordinances since taking uestion an agen- office as a commissioner. Cas- readl "Michael sell had represented the coun- re(garding) ty's Board of Zoning Appeals BZA, Kletter." in the case while in his posi- had been placed on tion as Assistant Prosecuting by Commissioner Attorney. but was with- During the section for pub- Surkamp early in lic comment, Cassell, who had Thursday. not been officially notified of case, which the agenda item, but who saw gone to the State Su- it on the Internet, said that involved the "withdrawing it at this point is of Jefferson zoning ordinance. Continued on Page 22 Via, 97, Founding Member Sight Foundation, Dies 97, a found- Sight Founda- -time chairman Cheer Booth Town, died Mon- 11, at Shenandoah Center here. a resident of Leet- at Summit 29, 1907, late Otho Clyde 1 Estelle (Boyd) wife, Esther Via, recently eel- 75th wedding ary. , Coun- arid was a member Town Baptist Where he had served Deacon Emeri- chairman of Committee. !retired after many ,~ sales representa- former Merchant- Town. member of the Lions Club, he president of not but of West Vir- District 29-I. tenure with Lions, the West years, he was Downtown Christmas a position that L. Mr. Via he,only relinquished in recent years. In addition, he was a mem- ber and former Master Mason of Malta Lodge #80 A.F. & A.M. in Charles Town, 32nd Degree Mason Scottish Rite, member of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia, Eastern Panhandle Shrine Club, Osiris Temple Wheeling, and Chapter #128 Order of Eastern Star. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Sar- ah Via, Martinsburg; three Continued on Page 2 First De By Toni Milbourne After more than three hours of deliberations, the jury con- sisting of three women and nine men returned a verdict of guilty of First Degree Mur- der against Vernon Henderson Dunlap, Sr 46, late Tuesday afternoon. Dunlap's trial, took place in Jefferson County this week a little more than a year after his arrest for the murder of Jenni- fer Leigh Dodson, 20. Dodson was found in her apartment at 308 New Oak Tree Court in Charles Town. Dunlap, a resident of Mar- tinsburg, was accused of cut- ting Dodson's throat on Febru- ary 18 or 19, 2004 in the Wil- low Spring Farm Apartment. The morning of February 19, Dunlap attempted suicide by swallowing drugs and was found unconscious in his vehi- cle at the Potomac River boat landing on Princess Street in Shepherdstown, testimony showed. Deputy Mike Dumer was on the scene and suspected an in- toxicated person. Dumer testi- fied that he found two kitchen knives in the vehicle, but had no reason to suspect foul play until hearing Dunlap's name later in the morning when he responded to the Dodson home and overheard Dunlap's name mentioned. At that time, he notified his superiors, Dumer said, and the vehicle, with the knives, was impounded. Attorney for the State, Lar- ry Crofford, said in opening statements last week that the state, while providing no fo- rensic evidence to link Dun- lap to the crime, would prove through other evidence that there was no doubt of his guilt. The State proceeded to call witnesses for three days to convince the jury that the defendant was guilty. Taking the stand for the Continued on Page 22 The Jefferson County Pub- the commission resolved theTown, Ranson and the dis- lic Service District (JCPSD) is exceptions by entering an or- trict all use the plant. C, harles among the first in West Virgin- der authorizing the district to Town and Ranson are expected ia to obtain approval from the charge a fee of $1,127 for those to soon charge a similar the. Public Service Commission seeking a new sewer connec-Revenues will be used to to charge a capacity improve- tion after March 28, 2005. The reduce the debt incurred by ment fee, commonly known as new fee is due when the dis- Charles Town for its project to an impact fee, to new sewer trict issues its sewer availabil- add 500,000 gallons of capac- service customers, ity letters, which are typically ity per day to the plan, which The capacity improvement released just before a builder currently has a rated capac- fee will assist the district in fi- obtains a building permit. Ac- ity of 1.2 million gallons per nancing new treatment capac-cording to the PSC order, the day. That project is expected ity and system improvements fee will immediately apply to to be completed by January of needed as a result o~ rapid lots for which the district has 2006. population, business and res- issued a final sewer availabil- In its order, the PSC ap- idential growth in Jeffersonity letter prior to March 28, proved a memorandum of un- County. 2005, but which have not yet derstanding between the dis- District Board Chairman connected, and to all new sew- trict and the two municipali- Marty Kable said that he is er service customers going for- ties regarding administration very~pleased with the decision, ward. of revenues generated by the !'HaVing this source of funding The current impact fee is capital improvement fee. In a available to the district will calculated for the purpose of separate order, the commis- make :~he~:first phase of the financing improvements to sion also approved an impact Charles Town expansion proj-the Charles Town wastewa- fee for Berkeley County Public ect possible without a related ter treatment plant. Charles Service Sewer District. rate increase to our existing district customers. The PSC has rejected similar fees pro- posed by other public service districts in the past. We knew that getting the PSC to ap- prove the fee for the first time would be hard. While this took much longer than the district expected, we are pleased with the end result." JCPSD Board Secretary Joseph Hankins praised the PSC for recognizing the criti- cal need to bring new sources of local capital to water and wastewater infrastructure in- vestment challenges. "Now that the impact fee provision is established in practice, we have the basis of a financ- ing mechanism that can more fairly distribute new cost bur- dens to the growth that is re- sponsible," said Hankins. The district filed an appli- cation with the Public Service Commission in September 2003 for approval of a capital Dr. Steven Nichols, right, is shown with United Way President improvement fee. An adminis- Bob Baronner. trative law judge for the PSC issued a recommended orderNichols Named through the annual campaign, on April 27, 2004, approving . leadership giving, planned giv- the fee; however, the PSC staff New United Way ing and other activities that filed exceptions to that recom- may be recommended. The mended decision which pre-Campaign Chair chair works closely with the vented it from going into ef- United Way staff and serves feet. The PSC staff sought to Superintendent of Schoolson the Board of Directors. impose the fee much earlier Dr. Steven Nichols will as- Dr. Nichols has been a mem- in the process when a devel- sume the volunteer leadership her of the United Way Board oper obtains a permit from the as Vice President and Cam- of Directors for almost a year, State Bureau of Public Health paign Chairman of the United and he represents the second for its collection system. That Way of Jefferson County. He largest employer in Jefferson proposal was opposed by the follows Chip Bennett, of the County, the school system, Eastern Panhandle Home Bennett Agency, who servedin with over 1,000 employees. "I. Builders Association and the this capacity last year. see this as an opportunity to district as unworkable. The The Campaign Choir devel-serve the community in which commission agreed, ops and implements plans to I live and a means of pay- On March 28 of this year, encourage voluntary giving throughout the community Continued on Page 22 Vocal Music Program Tonight at OOH It looks like Spring has finally arrived. One of the season's highlights will be the Jefferson Vocal Music concert at the Old Opera House in Charles Town on April14, tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pro. Proceeds from the event support the Harold L. Chamblin, Jr. Scholarship Fund, and this year will also support the group's participation in a Salute to Veterans at Pearl Harbor. This has been a special year for Jefferson High students. Pershaps the most exciting news was the selection of Jefferson to represent West Virginia in the Salute to Veterans, a program scheduled for early May at Pearl Harbor. The task of raising funds to take some sixty students and chaperones to Hawaii has consumed enormous amounts of time and energy throughout the year, according to Grant Prillaman, this year's President of the Vocal Music Boosters. "The response from the community, veter- ans' organizations, local governments and businesses has been tremendous", Prillaman said recently. "We are truly grateful for everyone's support, and we are getting close to reaching our goals. We'd love to hear from any individuals and businesses out there that can help put us ~ver the top." These talented students have been working hard to get ready for their competitions and concerts. Their efforts have paid off; the Chamber Choir was named Grand Champion choir at last month's comp6tition at Martinsburg High School, with the "Pop Singers" placing a very strong fourth place in the show choir category. This two-day event draws groups from around West Virginia and surround- ing states. Roberta Ranelli, Director of Jefferson Vocal Music's multiple ensembles, noted that snow days and renovations of the High School auditorium had combined to limit rehearsal time and space, so that the fine showing of all the students was that much more noteworthy. Tickets are available at the door for tonight's performance. You can get'more information on the concert, and on the Salute to Veterans trip, by contacting Mrs. Roberta Ranelli at 725-2360.