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123  NO. 18 -CHARLES TOWN (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA 25414 THURSDAY, MAY 5, 1988 40 PAGES  PER COPY 25 uesday Primary Battle Lines Drawn Dems Show Full Slates; Moore, Raese Square Off Center Addition Dedicated to the Senior Center on Fifth Avenue y dedicated last Wednesdav with sPtsored by the Jefferson County Council ii the dedication were. shown above, from Commission and Council on Aging President Garland H. Moore, Jr., Center Director Fran- ces Tusing, the Rev. J.E. Washington, Sr. (who presen- ted the invocation and benediction), and Charles Town Mayor D.C. Master, who made brief remarks at the ceremony. The main speaker for the event was State Senator Sondra Lucht. Sewer Costs Studied City Council, in a Tuesday evening, studies be ved in pro- area ex- northward mly, the feasibility of extending sanitary sewer will be deter- mined and estimates of cost, including an increase in sewer rates, formulated for future consideration. The council also completed its review of a supplemental employnmnt agreement which provides a six per- cent salary increase for City Ad- ministrator Dawn Hatzer, raising her salary from $25,500 to $27,030.19. All other city employees had previously received six percent increases. The action was not unanimous. Council members Thelma Millei" and Ernest Breeden opposed the increase. A measure amending site plan West Virginia voters, including those in Jefferson County, go to the polls next Tuesday to select Democratic and Republican opponents for the Novem- her general election. The predominant Democrat Party will, as usual, of- fer the largest slate of candidates, giving its con- stituency a broad choice of philosophies and capabilities. On the other hand, the Republican ballot offers but one real political race, that between incumbent Gover- nor Arch A. Moore, Jr., and John R. Raese for the GOP nomination for governor of West Virginia. In the slot for President of the United States, the COP lists six candidates, but that race has long since been settled with current Vice-President George Bush the Republican nominee. West Virginia's preference will be only an afterthought. On the Democratic side, there are candidates galore on the national and state levels. For president, no less than eleven persons, including one Jefferson County resident, Angus McDonald, seek support of fellow Democrats. Of all the names listed, only two, Michael Dukakis and Jesse Jackson, remain solidly in the race for the party nomination. Still with the national ticket, veteran U.S. Senator Robert Byrd is being challenged by Bobbie E. Myers; Representative Harley Staggers, Jr., is unopposed in his bid for another two year term from the Second Congressional District. Opposing Byrd or Myers in November will be either Bernie Lumbert or M. Jay Wolfe, who seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. On the state level, a bitter fight is being waged among seven candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor, with Gaston Caperton and Clyde See tabbed as the front runners, but with Gus Douglass, Dan Tonkovich and Mario J. Palumbo in the wings hopeful that prolific vote splitting will be in their favor. Two other candidates, Larry Harless and Paul Nuchims, appear to be "also rans" at this point. A Gainer (Philip L. "Denzil" Gainer) is challenging another Gainer (current officeholder Glen B. Gainer, Jr. ) for the post of state Maditor; while incumbent at- torney general Charlie Brown facs opposition from Harry Dietzler. Whichever Gainer is victorious, he'll be opposed in the Fall by a Jefferson Countian, Nelson B. Robinson, Jr., who is currently head of state workmen's compen- sation in Charleston. The most popular state office appears to be Com- missioner of Agriculture, where Gus Douglass has given up his long tenure to run for governor. No less than seven Democrats seek the nomination, with one Republican on the ballot to challenge the Democratic winner in the Fall. In what may well be one of the most important choices on the Democratic ticket, two incumbent members of the state Supreme Court of Appeals, Darrell V. McGraw, Jr., and Thomas B. Miller, are being challenged by Fred L. Fox, II, John Hey and Margaret L. Workman. The Republican candidates, Jeniver J. Jones and Charlotte Long, have no op- position. Two local races may tend to enliven Democratic voting next Tuesday - primarily the stiff battle being waged for party nomination for sheriff, secondly for county Commissioner. In the sheriff's race, a former sheriff. Howard W. Wilt, seeks Democratic voter approval along with a former Charles Town police officer, Robert L. "'Bob" Buracker, Jr., motel operator Donald N. Ott, and Mid- dleway grocer Richard L. Shutts. In the commissioner's race, longtime commission member Garland H. Moore, Jr., is being challenged by Robert W. Burch and Robert E. "Bobby" Ott, for the Democratic nomination. Whoever wins will be opposed by Republican Edgar R. Ridgeway in November. The November matchup for state senator from this 16th District is already guaranteed - a race between Democrat Thomas J. Hawse, III, of Moorefield, and Republican John Yoder of Harpers Ferry. In the House of Delegates race. Republican incum- bent John Overington is the only candidate in the 39th District, while Democrat Dale Manuel stands unop- posed in the 40th District where he seeks to replace the retiring William Martin. In three "county only" races, veteran assessor Mary R. "Ginger" Bordier, incumbent prosecuting attorney Michael D. Thompson, and three incumbent magistrates -:Charles Cheezum, Gail Viarls and Patricia Noland, all Damocrat, are unopposed. There are no Republican candidates. review for industrial development pro- mission To Jects went thrugh first raTdthengjanurdd n' J wiU be up for adoptionmeeting. Ca t Meet ail Costs Amend Zoning Acting upon a recommendation by the street committee, council designated the intersection of llth with a $50 a day expenditure for each Avenue and Reymann Street a four- a supporter of the regienal jail coneept of the new instituUon under operating county prisoner housed at the County Commission is to the court- ordinance, adoption by and to final the County Commis- the plan- began a study lead to some Planners the current fiscal A way Veice which drifted away on Ranson's Several thousand off a a chain morning. Mickey owned by Excavating of the the engine and apartment to ito the pole and Pierce, Jr. and police were cable televi- service until per! '. A chance on Thursda . ThllrS- 60"1; on t. , , enThursday  s on Saturday. month of May On another matter last week, the Commission voted to purchase a land- fill loader from the Alhan Tractor Company for $197,529. Given a trade in of slightly more than $50,000 on the old loader, the net price would he $147,504, payable over a five year period. -- Appearing before the commission were Polly Hockensrnith and Peggy Sharp, who headed up the April anti- litter drive here in Jefferson County. Both told the Commission the work would continue with emphasis current- ly en cleaning up illegal dmnps. In this respect, they requested county assistance, and also asked the Com- mission to set aside one day or more per month for free dumping at the commission landfill. They also called attention to a glass recycling session to be held May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bardane Community Center. Noted was the receipt of a cheekfor $4,469.32 from the state racing com- mission for racing at Charles Town April 1-15. Martin Enters Innocent Plea Jefferson County Delegate William Martin, accused of illegally accepting campaign contributions from four cr- porations, entered a plea of innocent when arraigned before Magistrate Gall Viands last week. Charges against Martin were filed by the secretary of state's office after Martin's statement dealing with cam- paign contributions revealed the il- legal contributions. Martin, who is also an  ttorney, said he was not aware the contributions were illegal, and when he was told they were, he refunded the money to the contributors...Millville Quarry, Shenandoah Concrete, Alger's Auto Recycling and Kable Oil. Under West Virginia law, corpora- tions can't contribute to political cam- paigns. Martin's 1986 campaign benefitted from about  in contrilm- tions from six companies, donations that Martin said he assumed were from individuals and not their companies. After pleading innocent, Martin was released on his own recognizance. A hearing date has not been set. The penalty, if found guilty, could carry a six-month jail term and a fine up to $5,000. way stop intersection. Reports were heard on the status of the city's preservation grant and an FmHA grant application; May 25 was set as the date for a disaster preparedness workshop; and a report was given by Administrator Hatzer on a city managers workshop held in Martinsburg in April. A memorial book, given by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Slusher in memory of his parents, was presented to council by Mrs. Helen Hamill. It will be utilized to record donations by Ranson residents for tree plantings and other projects in connection with the beautification program. Approved by council was an animal welfare road block, to be held June 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Ranson Park and Playground. In a final action, council agreed to hold its June meeting on Monday, June 6, because the regular meeting night falls on Tuesday, June 7, election day in Ranson. The Jefferson County Commission, cannot meet the financial obligations since the idea was conceived some standards adopted on the state level. several years ago, still likes the This became very clear last Thurs- regional jail idea, but now indicates it day when the Commission, still faced II Polls Open at 6:30 Next Tuesday, May 10, is primary election day in Jef- ferson County and West Virginia. Locally, the polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30p.m. Only one polling site has been changed. Precinct 25 voting will be at Middleway United Methodist Church, rather than the White Episcopal Church, for this elec- tion only. Charles Town Junior High School, Precinct 4, has been designated as a barrier free polling place for han- dicapped persons unable to enter their assigned precin- ct. Counting of the ballots will be carried out elec- tronically at the Jefferson County Court House shortly after the polls close Tuesday evening. % G TE Donates to Local United IVay Lawrence Smith. right, manager of the local General of 11,200 tO the United Way of Jefferson County. Accep- Telephone of the South {GTE) operations, makes a tingthecheckisEdPtne, an offlcial with Untted Way. presentation of a corporate gift from GTE in the amount Berkeley County institution upon its completion, made it clear that it may not send its prisoners to the new jail. The Commission said it has no argu- ment with the regional jail idea, but rather with standards it feels were adopted without stffficient considera- tion for the monetary status of the counties the jail will serve. Actually, the regional jail idea was conceived with a view toward relieve- ing counties of the operation of in- dividual jails which, in many cases, were outdated and badly in need of heavy expenditures to bring them in- to line with accepted standards. At the present time it costs about $26 a day to house a prisoner in the Jeffer- son County jail. In nearby Maryland, at the Washington County Jail, the cost is about the same, slightly more than $27 a day, and the institution meets all Federal requirements. At the Maryland Correctional In- stitution, where standards are higher and training and vocational facilities a requirement, the cost per prisoner per day is slightly under $35. And this leads Jeffersen County's Commission to believe that West Virginia stan- dards are set too high, well above Federal standards, and well beyond the ability of the county to pay. The state standards were created by a special standards commission and ythe West Virginia Legislature. The atter has the power to amend the standards in order to meet cost re- quirements, but there's nothing on the legislative agenda to indicate any such consideration in the near future. Also adding to the burdens placed on the counties which support a regional jail is the requirement that each must maintain a holding facility. These holding facilities would be subject to certain requirements set on the state level, and would add measurably to the costs accruing to counties. Local officials point to one suggested standard as a budget breaker. It is the requirement that prisoners be transported from the regional jail to the counties from which they come for family, visits or to confer with their le  advisors. Another item which adds to the cost ls the requirement that registered nurses work each shift, and that correctional staff be trained as emergency medical technicians. As for the holding facility, a recrea- tional area would have to be provided, two hot meals would have to be serv- ed daily, and the unit would have to have a fuU-time administrator.