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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, April 14, 2005 Classified & Real Estate With FIXED Rates As Low As Available Programs Include: Jeanie Hamilton Up To 103% Financing Construction, Purchase, Improvement & Lot/Land Financing Modular Homes on Permanent Foundations $ Rate Locks, Down Payment Assistance & Refinancing AND MORE! (304) 724-8767 Get Pre-Approved or Apply Online at: www.countryhm.com re,J~i'cliom apply Ra~ ellectNe ~ o~ 4/11/05 and subject to c~nge w4hout nolce IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, WV is now accepting apptications for teach, ing positions in the fo[towing areas: Elementary Education (Preschool-Grade 5) Latin * Spanish * Music Please submit letter o! interest and resume to: Head of Schoo[ - Personnet Committee 449 Rose Hit[ Drive Kearneysvit[e, WV 25430 Please visit our website at www. thecountrydayschool.com for information about our school. Clwstnut lull R,I tt.rtu'rs lcrr!l RANCHER w/.7 ACRE 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Finished Basement incl. Family Room, Laundry Room, Lg. Storage Room, Shop Area, Wood Stove/Electric Heat. For more information please call 304,728.8219 III (Your Auctioneer) COMPLE/E SM.E$ SERVICES Specializing In Estate, Pers0nat, Real Estate & Farm Equipment (No Sale too Big or too Small) We Sell the Earth & Everything on it. Call Us. We came to Yeu. Bunker Hill, W.Ve. 229-8354 t i 84 LUMBER COMPANY Truck Driver We are seeking a dependable individ- ual to make deliveries of lumber and building materials between the store and our customer's jobsite with our pick-up truck. Other duties will include some yard work between deliveries. Requires a clean driving record and proof of current insur- ance. CDL is not required. Enjoy excellent benefits for this full-time position in a great working environ- ment. Apply in person Monday- Friday from 8am-5pm at: 84 LUMBER COMPANY US 340 East Charles Town, WV Fax: 724-228- 888 E-maih falconen@841umber.com Visit our website at: www.841umber.com EOE M/F/D/V Drug Free Environment Is accepting appllca#on$ for emplo) nent for a FULL TIME Experience is preferred. Duties include but are not limited to customer service, case file maintenance and management, document scanning, attaching, indexing and general office duties. Occasional courtroom work may be necessary. Individual must be well organized, a team player and adept at multi- tasking. Salary commensurate with expe- rience. Jefferson County Employment Applications may be picked up in the Office of the Circuit Clerk. Deadline for submitting application is Wednesday April 20, 2005. References including name, address and telephone number must be submitted with application. The Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Patricia A. Noland Jefferson County Circuit Clerkf 3 BR 2 1/2 BA COLONIAL on 1.89 | acres. Features: Family Room with I wood burning fweplace, formal living room, formal dining room, kitchen/ breakfast area, front porch and back deck, above ground pool & walk out leve! basement with rough in for bath. Don t wait call for an appointment today!! JF5163992 I I ALMOST "NEW" shows like a model "The Whistler" model. Located in Norbome Glebe subdivi- sion with convenient access to Rte. 9. 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 baths waiting for you!! Call today for your appoint- ment!! JF5204143 III ERA Uberty Realty 1272 Washington St, E Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 REAL ESTATE Peggy Burcker CRS, ABR 1.888.528.4079 I. .2000 Offl " 871.3183 Cell Young Dems West Virginia Young Democrats Presi- dent (WVYD) Derek Scarbro announced to- day that U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd will be the keynote speaker at the WVYD State Convention at Shepherd University this Saturday. Sen. Byrd will address Young Democrats from across the state during a 1 p.m. luncheon. The organization is meeting in Shepherdstown to elect officers for 2005- 06. Also, plans will be made to continue the dramatic increase in membership the past two years. The state organization has grown from 8 to 34 chapters since 2003. One of those new chapters was established in Jeffer- son County by Rod Snyder, now the county club's president. BY TOM MILLER PressNet Reporter STRAW, CLEAN & bright. 725-5183. 2/4/ff NEW AND used farm equipment. Rows, discs, rotary cutters, 6, 7, and S ft. blades. $265 and up Used tractors of vari- ous sizes, Edgar A Bohrer {304) 229-8354. 4/1/ff NEW AND used parts for older tractors. Edgar A. 8ohrer. 229-8354. 8/3/tf Registered Angus bulls. Eastwood Angus, Stan- ley Dunn, 725-8308. 2/26/tf Immediate Debt Reliefll We will buy your house or take over payments. Call today 304-616- 7153. Ask for Rhondo. 3/24t4tpd Bakerlon area, 28R, 1RA farmhouse on 1.5 acres. $975/mo, 1 year lease. Call Tripp @ 279-9395 or LouAnn @ 283-4794. 3/24/ff Can be occupied imrned, disabilities. Pleasant, well Coil Barbara 304-725- supported NS home in 2688. 3/31/4t Frederick Co, Md. Team- Furnished upstairs apt. w/ work + autonomy. F/PT LR, 8R, BA, on nice street avail. $28 to $37 per in Chades Town. 10 min. hr dep. on shift. Ben- to train. Refs. + dep. efits avail. Call 301-845- $690/mo. indudes util. 0327. 4/14/2tpd 304-725-0330. 4/14/lt DIESEL MECHANICS- Competitive compensa- tionl Vacation, holiday & sick payl Great benefits. FT/PT. Experience pre- ferred. 4 day work week, 10 hr. shifts. All Truck Repair, 142 Musket Dr Winchester, VA 22602 800-932-4001. 4/14/2t In Charles Town - Beau- tiful Townhome, 2 master bedrooms w/ full baths, approx. 1800 scI. ft Io- coted in the golf course community of Locust Hill, Must Seet $1,250/m0 + $1,250 ~. dep. 2 bedroom, 1 both apartment in Middleway, WV. No W/D hookup, avail. 5/1/2005, $600/ mo + $600 sec. dep. In Chades Town - Beau- tiful end unit townhome, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathe, 1 car garage, $1,250/mo + $1,250 sec. dep. * In Inwood, WV, com- mercial space, $700/mo + $700 sec. dep. Call Amber 800-955- 4687 or 725-1491. Shultz Realty, Broker, William S. Shultz 4/14/lt Wantcd HARPERS Ferry, WV. Small stone house for rent. 2 mi. NURSING - Home Care from Harpers Ferry, WV. 1 Extraordinaire. Oppor- bedroom. Circa 1820 VA tunity for RN with solid Ordinary (tavern) restored skills and integrity to be- as home in 1987. On Na- come part of a profes- tionel Register. No pets sionol team of 12 nurses please $800/mo. w/sac, providing state-of-the-art dep. of same. 1 yr. lease, care to young adults with FOR A low cost for spay and neutering call Spa,/Today 728-8330. 5/30/ff Upcoming Sunday Dress Pageant. April 24, Mor- tinsburg. All girls receive trophy and crown. Call 304-229-0130. 3/3/8t Private Investor wants to buy income property. Will !ook at all, any condition. 304-616-7153. Ask for P, honda, 3/31/4tpd 4 BURIAL PLOTS in Pleas- ant View Memory Gar- dens. In the Christus Gar- dens. Lot 288, Units I, 2, 3 & 4. $4000 (304) 728- 8138. 4/14/4tpd CHARLESTON -- A pay raise for judges right now and a healthy salary'boost for the governor in 2009 are both included in a bill that was moving in the West Virginia Leg- islature during the final week of the 2005 regular session here last week. The Senate passed the pay raise bill last Thursday by a vote of 28-6 (SB514) that would raise the pay of the five Supreme Court Justices to $121,000 starting July 1, 2005. Circuit Court judges around the state would also get a $26,000 annual boost in pay and family law judges would receive a $13,000 yearly increase. Senate Minority Leader Vic Sprouse, R- Kanawha, offered an amendment to raise the governor's current salary of $95,000 a year to $150,000 in 2009 after the legis- lation originally called for a new salary of $125,000. '~i think we should pay the governor as much or more than the state superinten- dent of schools," said Sprouse. But the House of Delegates apparently stalled the bill two days before the end of the session. Meanwhile, the bill intended to lower prescription drug costs in the state seemed destined to wind up in the last night log- jam on Saturday after the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee decided last Wednesday to endorse Gov. Joe Man- chin's bill. This did not sit well with House Speak- er Bdb Kiss, D-Raleigh, who convinced the House of Delegates to pass a much stronger version that opponents described as "price- fixing". e Continued from A little further on, the his property, Friend built tained his road bottoms out again. The a stone house around 1737. the Indians, for gap to your left opens into It's still here, the roof visi- dian graves Flanagan's quarry, and the ble through the trees on the of the old surveys. gravel road to your right right side of the road lead- have had an runs past the foundation of ing into Glen Haven. This The appraisal a Flanagan house toward is probably one of the oldest in 1751 long-vanished pot kilns, standing structures in Jef- scales, a fiddle, Here the stone was burnt ferson County. called The Whole into lime. If you were to fol- Israel Friend lived here Man. low the gravel road uphill, about 15 years with his His widow you'd find the heart of Bak- wife Sarah, his sons Jo- moved across the erton, the quarry started by has, Jacob, and Charles, Antietam Creek. the Baker brothers in 1888. his daughters Catherine sold their The noise, and dust, and ac- and Mary, and three female and moved awa' tivity are gone now. Cobalt- slaves. They didn't quarry join Israel's blue water fills the quarry stone or iron ore. Instead, upriver at almost to the top of the up- they raised horses, sheep, Most of the famil~ per tunnels. A developer re- and cattle, grew hemp and by the time Indian named this Crystal Lake. If flax, made honey, and wove the French you live here, it's still the cloth. They watched the the area, leaving Bakerton Quarry. newcomers arrive, people homes and dead Back on the road to Harp- named Harper, Moler, and their wake. His ers Ferry, continue uphill Engle who later made their Mary remained, until the road flattens out. own mark on the land. And cabin that was Cleared land slopes gently then Israel Friend died. ing early in the toward the riverbank, and if It's difficult to peer ry. The resting you can glimpse any of the more than 200 years into rael Friend is rust-red soil turned up by a the past and summarize Israel Friend plow, you'll know you are in a man's life from scraps of the marauding iron country. This area, now old court records. However, the gristmill, or known as Glen Haven, was I'd like to think that'a bit of and iron ore originally called Friend's his character does emerge, never met John Orebank. You are looking at He seems to have seen the the Scotsman who what is left of one of the old- promise that the land held, Friend's properties t est, longest - operating iron although he did not make whole mountain ore quarries in West Virgin- use of the raw materials river, who But ia. that lay beneath the sur- other journey. And l Here, at the center of face. He probably main- story. Continued from Page i not satisfactory." Cassellattacked." Cassell said that turned to the went on to say that having he has seen this pattern in stating that the the item on the agenda for Surkamp's behavior and sioners are not a the public to see could call stressed, "I will not tolerate the case and into question his ethics, these matters at all." information He vehemently stated that Surkamp responded by case. Thompson attacks on his character sayinK that he was not cam- out that Surkamp would not be tolerated and plaining about Cassell, but quested personal attacks would be rather that "I just askedhis staff regarding met with legal action, a question. Never a cam- "You are not Cassell, who once repre- plaint." Surkamp attempt-Thompson sented the commission, is ed to respond more to Cas- are intruding." now in private practice and sell's comments; howev- Thompson with regard to the case in er, Commission President commissioners question, he told the corn- Rusty Morgan stopped the contacting his staff mission members that they dialogue as improper dur-ing the case are not a party in the case. ing the public comment ses- party in the case Cassell went on to charge sion of the meeting. He was Board of Zoning that Commissioner Sur- supported in this decision not the County kamp "acts like a spoiled by other commissioners, sion. "I can't ima child when he doesn't get Later in the same meet- you need to know his way," and "those who ing, Prosecuting Attor- that's not in the don't agree with him get ney Michael Thompson re- cord," Thompson Continued from Po ing back the kindness my fa- tration, curriculum, and the with the National ther's family received from the supervision of instruction, vice. United Way when they really He has been involved in the Nichols will be needed their services," said education system for over 30 as Vice President to Nichols. Nichols also serves years, serving in numerous ed Way on the Jefferson County Eco- roles--as a teacher or adminis- nomic Development Author- trator at all grade levels fzom ing, June 22, ity and on the Board of Direc- kindergarten through college. Inn. The United Way C ters of the Old Opera House. In addition to his workson County is the He has completed three years with public education, Nich- gle source of as superintendent of Jeffer- ols holds a degree in Ameri- ing in Jefferson sen County Schools and re- can Civil War history and still cently signed a new four-year conducts research into various contract for that positiorL aspects of that period of histo- Human Service Nichols received his doctor- ry-a life-long interest that be- works to support atefl-om the University ofVm gan in his early yearswhile that make changesi~ ginia in the area of adminis- employed as a Park Ranger lives. Continued fr( state were the three people who found Jennifer's body, her best friend, Jamie Sisk; Crystal Dodson and Crystal's fiance Kenny Robinson. All testified to the scene they upon February 19, 2004 which had Jennifer lying face down on her living room carpet,~ low, with a blanket draped over her body. The apartment was locked and the only Jennifer were her infant daughter and Sisk's toddler, whom Jennifer babysat at night. Robinson te~stified that he had previously provided Jennifer with a 2x4 beard to door after locking it from the inside because Jennifer was concerned about safety. was not in'the door. Robinson and Crystal Dodson also testified that they night before and when they left her apartment after visiting, they left of Vernon Dodson. Other witnesses reported seeing Veruon's truck still in the that evening. Over the four days of witness testimony, police officers and investigators reported on ical evidence of the case. The investigating officer at the time was Sgt. Sam Harmo~ longer is employed by Jefferson County. Harmon did return to Jefferson this ease. The current case resides in the hands of Detective Sean Bonffant, who Steve King, from the State Police Forensic Lab, testified that there were no gerprints found on the knives; however, he also said that finding clear latent likely as one would believe from watching television. Dunlap and Dodsen had been involved in a dating at the time of her death and witnesses testified that Dodson had made it clear the relationship was going nowhere. At that point, said State's Attorney Gina Greh ing arguments, '~ernon Dunlap reached his breaking point." Groh summarized for 1 what events she saw taking place February 18 and 19, 2004 with Dunlap grabbing from behind, pulling her so that her necklaces left marks in her skin, from left to right. He leaving her there with two young children. Co-workers of both Dodson and Dunlap testified stating that Dunlap thne of the murder and concerned that Jennifer wanted to break off the Craig Manford, attorney for the defendant, stressed to the jury during his ments that the state had no forensic evidence; they had only hearsay evidence. brought four witnesses who testified that Dunlap confessed to them, none provided enough case to convict. Tabitha Sanders, Dunlap's daughter, testified early in the trial that Dunlap had that he had killed Dodson because "she said something that made me ed from the witness stand. Sanders was able to testify that in 1994, Dunlai murder her mother in the same fashion. Betty Yates, Dunlap's ex-wife, also testified t tempted murder on her life, where Dunlap used a knife to attempt to vehicle with the couple's three yotmg children. The evidence was allowed on the basiS lishing motis operandi, or, a method of doing something, said Judg, was instructed to use that testimony only for that purpose. Dunlap was found guilt/ cious wounding and spent two years of a two to ten sentence in prison. Attorney for the State, Gina Groh, said in closing arguments that "This crime non Dodsen's signature." She stressed that when Tabitha visited her father in the find out why he killed Jennifer, Dunlap did not ask where Jennifer was, he asked police outside. '~fis was a sign of a guilty conscious," Groh explained. The guilty agreed. After the guilty verdict, members of Dodson's family, along with Yates and moved to tears. No outbursts were heard in the courtroom, however, just as Judge Steptoe instructed before the jury was brought in. Nine police officers were placed courtnx~m as a precaution before the verdict was read. Judge Steptoe decided that the jury would return ing phase of the trial rather than stay later on Tuesday. The jury will decide verdict which carries a life sentence will be %vith mercy" or after hearing a bit of further evidence from the State, that mercy should be would be eligible for parole after serving a minimum of 15 years of the sentence. If no granted, he would serve the life sentence with no possibility of parole. Dunlap was led from the courthouse in handcuffs, with no emotion showing on his ! "We are pleased at long last that we can get attorney Larry Crofford, of the guilty verdict.