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I B002 ~OAG & SONS BOOK BINDERY 2 )~ BOX 162 ~PRINGPORT MI 49284-0162 Jefferson County's newspaper 1844 in Today's to take a closer look at the candidates run- in the May 9 primary election as the Jefferson County of Women Voters in cooperation with this newspaper present Guide. The guide provides a brief rundown on the of the candidates and a brief response to questions posed This four-page pullout section begins on Page 7. published for the first time in today's editionis the sample May 9 primary election, with ballot numbers and posi- all candidates. The sample ballot is printed on pages 29 and Higher Education Plans the Next 10 Months By Tom Miller by LOCEA, one of a handful of on- Reporter going legislative committees. The new plans for The higher education subcom- in West Virginia mittee appointed by the Joint monitored by two Committee conducted the study Subcommittees during last year that led to drafting of the 10 months as a result of new laws that call for major over- during the one day of hauls of the system of state col- interim committee leges and universities. last week (April 17). One major interim subcommit- )versight Corn- tee that will be continued for an- other year is the one on gaming to have one sub- that failed to make a recommenda- monitor the community tion last year on an estimated 9,000 unregulated "gray" video 653 while a second poker machines. House Speaker would deal with the Robert Kiss, D-Raleigh, said he percent annual in- wants the subcommittee to include suggested in the this year consideration of in- graduate edu- creases in the commissions that re- tail agents for the state lottery re- Fs Joint Corn- ceive. Government and Fi- Last year, the West Virginia authorizes most in- Lottery paid $13.5 million to re- between regular leg- tailers around the state in commis- had planned to sions and bonuses and a bill that higher education would have established a new, slid- for another of the action Continued on Page2 D.C. - U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) an- that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded an to the Jefferson County Commission. The grant for an additional police officer in schools over the Years. to Jefferson County Sheriff Bill Senseney, this is the fifth added to the department under the COPS grant. This will bring the county's complement of deputies up to fif- to see West Virginia benefitting from the 1994 Crime Act additional funding for more police officers," said "Additional police officers throughout our communities is for the people of West Virginia. West Virginia families de- in the safest possible neighborhoods and these COPS in achieving that goal. I am confident that this funding communities safer places to live and to raise families." County will benefit from the COPS in Schools Program to help hire community policing officers to work in initiative provides an incentive for law enforcement agen- working relationships with schools to use community pe- te combat school violence. are funded by the Department of Justice's Office of Oriented Policing Servicing (COPS), created as part of Clinton's 1994 Crime Act. COPS is responsible for putting officers on the streets and promoting community oriented The COPS grants help communities hire new offic- 75 percent of the total salary and benefits for each years. Supports Fair Housing Month Hilton and the Charles Town City Council last Tues- r Cecil Underwood's "Fair Housing Month" proc- as Fair Housing Month, the Mayor and Coun- residents of the municipality that equal opportunity in a right guaranteed to all people under Title VII of the Civil of 1968. of choice in housing and access to housing is a principle the law, and requires the dedication, involvement of all Americans. and the City Council urge residents and businesses to acquaint themselves with their rights and respon- the law, and to support the practice and policy of fair their personal lives, as well as in their workday duties. WEATHER Page 2 The extended forecast for the Page 4 Page 13 area through Sunday is: Mostly cloudy through Friday, in- Page 19 creasing sunshine on Saturday and Page 26 Sunday. Highs ranging from around Page 29 Page 33 60 to 65 by Sunday. Lows 40 to 47 by Page 33 the end of the period, Chance of a Page 34 scattered shower Friday. $2 Million Earmarked ! For Farm Buy Would Put Property in NPS A visit last Thursday from Tom Fry, acting director of the U.S. Bu- reau of Land Management, brought news of the possible pur- chase of the Murphy Farm for the National Park Service. Fry, visiting the Harpers Ferry National Park and surrounding area, noted that President Clinton had designated $2 million in his 20001 budget for HFNHP for the purchase of the Murphy Farm. The Murphy Farm, part of his- toric School House Ridge, where Confederate General Stonewall Jackson monitored the capture of 12,500 Union troops in 1862, is the site of a possible 203-home subdivi- sion designated Murphy's Landing. The announcement of the pos- sible $2 million windfall gives the owners of the Murphy Farm an- other option for the sale of the property. Should they decide to sell to the National Park Service, the land would become open space, which Acting Director Fry said, " is our last chance to protect these lands." The federal funding for the The Jefferson County Planning Commission Tuesday night rejected, on a 6-5 vote, the Community Impact Statement (CIS) for the Hunt Field subdivision. Members voting against the project, which over a period of years would have added up to 3,300 homes to the Jefferson County landscape, indicated there were too many unanswered questions involved in the CIS. The CIS is a key element in any project presented for approval because it is designed to give a complete overview of the development and the effect it will have on various aspects of the community, including water and sewer, roads, schools, etc. The rejection of the CIS is not a "death blow" to the Hunt Field project. Developers will have ample opportunity to provide new or corrected information as part of the CIS. This information will have to be presented prior to the Planning Commission's consideration of the final project plans. Prior to the vote, planning commissioners questioned various aspects of the project. Among the major concerns for the commission was the adequacy of the Ch.arles Town sewage treatment facility to treat effiU- ent from Hunt Field. It is believed the local treatment facility could handle the first phases of the development, but could become overworked in years to come. Currently, the municipal treatment facility is due for expansion and upgrade to bring it into co~npliance with state and federal standards. In addition to the sewer issue, planners are also concerned over lack of school facilities to handle new population created by the development; increased heavy traffic flow; the increased demand on fire, rescue and police services; lack of a marketing study by the developer; and possible ground and water contamina- tion created by chemicals used on the site when it was used as an orchard. Officials with Greenvest had no comment following Tuesday night's action. Shepherd Announces Commencement Speaker Murphy farm is part of a total pot of $1.5 billion set forth in the 2001 budget for the acquisition of new park lands all across the United States. The federal funding may be the culmination of efforts by the Harp- ers Ferry Conservancy to expand the local park by close to 1,200 acres. For the effort tobe completed, the owners of the farm must first agree to the sale to the federal gov- ernment, then the Congress must agree to expand the park's maxi- mum acreage. Approval of the budget items for land purchase is expected in late 2000. Indicts Man, Dr. Regina Barreca Will Deliver Shooting Address at 127th ""College Graduation Ricky D. Smith, Jr 40, a resi- dent of Hedgesville, was indicted SHEPHERDSTOWN - Dr. Other commencement honorees last week by the Jefferson County Regina Barreca, professor of En- include Dr. Linda S. Dunn, presi- Grand Jury on charges of two glish literature and feministdent of Eastern Community andcounts of attempted murder in the theory at the University of Con- Technical College in Moorefield, first degree, two counts of wanton necticut, will deliver the corn- who will receive the Outstanding endangerment involving a firearm, mencement address at ShepherdAlumna Professional Award, and malicious assault, domestic bat- College's 127th commencement Kenneth Boone, president of Direc- tery and domestic assault. ceremony scheduled for Saturday, tor Marketing Associates in Balti- Smith is accused of chasing May 20 at 1:50 p.m. in the Butcher more and former president of the Teresa Smith and her 'son out of Center, Shepherd College Alumni Associa- their home and firing at them with Bm'reca will be awarded a dec- tion. Who will receive the A~ ~ni a 12-gauge shotgun aS they fled. tor of humane letters honorary de- Service Award, gree during the ceremony. R. Philanthropist and retired in'leasedThe womanfrom waSjeffersont~atedMemorialand re- Michael (Mike) O'Hara, chairman dustrialist Leonard J. McCormack, Hospital. Her son was not injured. of the AB&C Group, Inc in Clearbrook, Virginia, will be Smith is being held in lieu of Charles Town, also will be awarded the President's Medal $200,000 bond. awarded a doctor of humane let- during the nursing pinning cer- Other indictments included: ters. emony Friday, May 19. CraigA. Dispanett, 21, of Route McCormack donated $500,000 to 5, Hedgesville, two counts of grand the Shepherd College Foundation larceny (felony), conspiracy to corn- likely promote growth in Jefferson in August 1999 to establish the mit an offense against the state Leonard J. McCormack Endow- (felony). County. ment Fund for Nursing. Larry J. Jenkins, Jr 22, of The speaker said all of the Commencement weekend Route I, Harpers Ferry, third-de- group's ideas are not bad. He events begin Friday, May 19 when gree arson (felony). pointed at impact fees. "These fees ' the Shepherd College Emeritus Jeremiah J. Korns, 22, of Route could go as high as $15,000 on aClub meets for its annual luncheon 1, Harpers Ferry, two counts of de- home if the anti-growth folks have at noon in the Storer Ballroom of struction of property. their way. I believe that impact the College Center. The Emeritus James A. Morris, 47, of Winches- fees are appropriate if they are eq- Club is made up of alumni whoter, Va possession with intent to uitable and fairly determined." graduated 50 or more years ago. deliver schedule II controlled sub- Snyder said that many of the At 7 p.m. Friday evening, thestance (felony) and failure to give people who comprise the anti- pinning ceremony of candidates for appropriate signal when turning. growth forces are those who were the bachelor of science in nursing James C. Copeland, 32, of Route afforded the opportunity to come degree will be held in the Frank 4, Harpers Ferry, attempted acqui- and locate in Jefferson County. Center Theater. sition or obtaining possession of a "How can they not give the same On Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m controlled substance by misrepre- fundamental opportunity to the pinning ceremony of teacher sentation, fraud, deception and others it's the American way." education candidates will take subterfuge. place in the Storer Ballroom of the Christopher L. Page, 22, of Snyder was among the many College Center. The pinning cer- Shepherdstown, possession with people who formed Concerned Citi- emony for candidates for the asso- intent to deliver a schedule I con- zens for the Economic Preserva- elate of science degree in nursing trolled substance (felony), DUI, tion of Jefferson County, a group will take place at 10 a.m. in the DUI .10, failure to obey traffic con- that came about to fight 'the pro- Frank Center Theater. trol device, and left of center. posed construction moratorium A reception held by PresidentA Ranson man, two counts of some months ago. and Mrs. David L. Dunlop for de- sexual assault in the first degree : He urged members of the Ro- gree candidates, their families and (felony), sexual abuse by a parent tary Club to get involved in the friends, and the college community of his child and incest (felonies). planning process and to make their will be held on the Butcher Center A Mississippi man, two counts views known as the county's Corn- Plaza in front of the Frank Center of sexual abuse in the first degree prehensive Plan is being revised, following Saturday's commence- (felony), sexual abuse by the custo- ment ceremony, dian of a child (felony). Lee Snyder, president of Snyder Environmental Services, warned members of the Charles Town Ro- tary Club Tuesday that there is a group of individuals locally work- ing hard "to try and stop growth in Jefferson County." Snyder said of the anti-growth group, "Their view for the future of Jefferson County is quite different than the view in the business com- munity." He noted that various tactics have been utilized by the group to stop growth, including having the issue of a construction moratorium invoked by the county; inducing the Jefferson County Board of Education to back a construction moratorium; letter writing cam- paigns in local newspapers; and working toward getting anti- growth representation on various local beards and authorities,"The Planning Commission is a Snyder criticized efforts to get dedicated group, working hard and the Board of Education not to hold without pay for the people of a bond election for the construction Jefferson County. We owe these of new schools. He said the anti- folks a debt of gratitude because growth group told the board it they have made a tremendous dif- would not support the bond issue ference in the quality of life for co- simply because new schools would eryone here," he said in closing. The Jefferson County Board of Education will hold a special meet- ing on Wednesday, May 10 to discuss renovation projects at Jefferson High School and Charles town Middle/Junior High School. Architect David Lipp will review the progress of renovations at Jef- ferson High School, a project that is being funded with $3.2 million from the School Building authority. The renovation project will involve primarily the replacement of infrastructure, such as the heating and air conditioning system. The project is in the design stage. Lipp will review the status and timeline for the project. He will also discuss potential renovation proposals for the athletic complexes at the high school and at Charles Town Junior High School. The board asked his firm to review the two projects to give cost estima- tions and timelines. The special meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is opento the pub- lic. The next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, May 2 at the board office beginning at 7:30 p.m. The agenda for the meeting is posted on the school system's web site at Shepherd Seeks Funding Help The Shepherd College Foundation, the local school's non-profit booster group, is working toward raising up to $1 million to build a new athletic facilities building to complement the school new football stadium. Part of a $1.8 million expansion effort, the facilities building was removed from the plans because of extensive revisions to the original project. For the building to become reality, private funds will likely have to be raised. Current plans call for a new pressbox, concession and restroom fa- cility, along with 4,000 total stadium seats. One Shepherd graduate, Ken Boone, founder of a direct marketing firm in Baltimore, Md has contributed $25,000 to the project. Various methods of fundraising are currently being explored. Body Found in Wrecked Vehicle A body burned beyond recognition was found in a 1995 Toyota Ter- cel involved in an apparent single-car crash on Myerstown Road on Tuesday morning. The vehicle apparently struck a utility pole along the roadway around 6 a.m. as it was traveling east. The car, utility pole and a nearby tree were in flames when authori- ties arrived on the scene. Rescue workers removed the body from the driver's side of the car after extinguishing the fire. Identification of the body may have to be made from dental records. An autopsy is being performed by the State Medical Examiner in Morgantown.