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No. 21 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday May 1 I, 1978 20 Pages Per Copy. 15c Democrats Pick r, Strider.As Commissioners SR. e most spirited in Tuesday's in Jefferson voters Mentzer, Ferry, an in- himself on Com- Ferry the vacancy the George R. elect to seek "Chis" Town. hanker. for years a 2harles Town, of vote of 946 for 'John who finished race. of Halitown, [938 Willianl CHARLES H. STRIDER. JR. Wyndham, of Bolivar. had 184 votes. In the Kabletown District race, which was a nine-way race, Strider. prominent Charles Town businessman, mortician and banker, polled unofficially 935 votes to lead the ticket, while Mrs. Reva Mickey, prominent Charles Town civic leader, finished second in the race with 745 votes, while Allen R. Mar- shall, also of Charles Town, a prominent real estate salesman and civic leader, finished third with 637 votes. Fourth place in the race went to Ron Rissler. of Charles Town, with 541 votes, while James L. Louthan. prominent Rippon farmer, was fifth with 290 votes; Robert O. Cronise was next with 221; Michael E. Johnson had 191; Raymond Lee Jenkins had 61 and Philip Eugene Perkins had 48 votes. Winners, Board Race voters had to fill Board d in they trh: term and to fill when the who did leaves the 31. Fleming are and the system years in and-or an coach and Dougherty Re-elected As Cou00 Magistrate of nine polling of 1.709 finishing Insurance third to vote of PETER H. DOUGHERTY Peter H. Dougherty, of the Tuscawilla Hills section near Charles Town, incumbent, was given a decisive victory Tuesday in the Primary election by Democratic voters of the county, as he polled 2,575 votes to 822 for his opponent, Mrs. Barbara J, Pearrell. of Ranson. at Dougherty is currently ser- finished a ving out the unexpired term of unofficial Henry W. "Bucky" Morrow, of James L. Shepherdstown, who resigned of Charles from the post some months ago. Larry Town, Martin, Candle, Pam had 840 HaM Re-elected M. Stiles The Democratic voters of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, re-nominated all three incumbents to the West Virginia House of Delegates from the 35th delegate district in the Tuesday Primary election. Joe Caudle and Clarence E. Martin, Ill, both of Martinsburg, and Terry Thomas Harden, of Will Berkeley Springs, incumbents, were all re-elected, with Henry W. Morrow. of Shepherdstown, battling Harden right down to the wire in a close district finish. In the unofficial final totals it was Caudle, the leader with 2,493 votes; Martin second with 2,213 votes and Harden third with 1,546 votes. Morrow, who led the voting for the office in Jefferson County with 457 votes, finished fourth in the district voting with 1,507 and John Doyle bad a total of 1,451 in the district voting. In Jefferson County, John Doyle of Shepherdstown, finished second; Clarence E. Martin, Ill, finished third and Harden, fourth, r l3th Carr Civil Service Headng Set For Courthouse Today The Jefferson County Civil cluding failure to prepare a Service Commission (CSC), position classification and sitting amid controversial promotion plan or to submit to charges by county deputies that the sheriff an annual report of its one of its members -- perhaps actions, rules and regulations. all three--should be relieved of duty, will hear the case at 9:30 a.m. today of discharged Deputy Robert Cart. Carr was fired by Sheriff Howard Wilt on Friday, April 21, following an escape the previous day of an unhandcuffed prisoner whom Carr was accompanying from the courthouse to the jail. Wilt charged that Carr had repeatedly ignored orders to handcuff prisoners, and in a written notice to Carr he questioned the deputy's physical and mental capabilities. The 3-member CSC appointed one each. for staggered terms. by the bar association, deputies and County Commission, will take evidence from the sheriff of justification for discharge, and from Carr. who will present a rebuttal. Wilt is represented by Jerome Radosh. and counsel for Carr is John C. Skinner, Jr. .If the CSC rules in favor of Carr he will be reinstated, with pay retroactive to May 1. when he was removed from the county payroll, and his record will be cleared of charges, according to Peter L. Chakmakian, bar association appointee and CSC chairman Shadowing the affair is the deputies' letter to County Commission that states the CSC's neglect of duties, in- The deputies also alleged that the three CSC commissioners are serving past limits of their appointments. But minutes of County Commission meeting, on record withthe county clerk indicate the 4-year reap- pointment on September 15, 1977. of its own representative. James Van Evera. and of deputies' representative. Clark Furr. on August 28, 1978. And at its May 4 meeting, Commission noted the reappointment of Chakmakian although his original term expired eight months ago. According to state law the County Commission can reap- point a CSC member if the authority that appointed him fails to do so. However. Deputy Robert Burt alleged Tuesday that County Commission failed to notify the deputies when Furr's original appointment expired in 1975. He added that none of the deputies recall having appointed Furr in the first place. An appeal to the circuit court. however, would require the deputies to obtain legal counsel. A request for representation by the National Sheriff's 'Association was denied and Deputy Burt cited the state Deputy Sheriff's Association as a possible recourse. Possible Student Transfers Discussed Blakehy Bank (Randolph, Moore Picked By County Voters For stockholders of Blakeley Bank enl d TweUSlnCOd%pan iOfy R?SOp: prvalwasgivenfrpayingut[UI S is Senate Nominees The majority of the students involved are elementary age pupils attending South Jefferson School from the Kabletown area. Lewis Meadows. who is tran- sportation director, told the board that overcrowding at South Jefferson is the primary problem and that the solution may be found in transporting the Kabletown youngsters to the new Page Jackson Elementary School where educational space is available. Also discussed was the possible shifting of children from Orchard Hills to Ranson Elementary. These students are now attending Charles Town schools Approved was a proposal for a Federal grant of $239.883 for a reading and mathematics' project. Eligible schools would initiate project involvement in grades one and two in reading and in grades four, five and six in mathematics. The program surrounds three teachers and six aides. The head of the math department at Charles Town Junior ttigh, W.H.S. White, III. Was in attendance to discuss a computer program in that department, which is Federally funded at a cost of $5,000. White, however, requested an ad- ditional $820 from the board for telephone lines to Shepherd College. The money will be recommended by School Superintendent Raymond Frazier. An ESEA proposal for $13,571 to initiate a resource center at the county office for all elementary schools was ap- proved. Resignations accepted at last night's meeting were from Alberta Wilt, Shipley Elementary teacher who will be retiring; Jane G. Baker, librarian, whose husband has been transferred in his Work: and Mary Elinor Peters, music "teacher at Wright Denny. Elementary Supervisor Eleanor Ann Shirley gave the hoard a presentation outlining responsibility which she un- dertakes in her position. a 100-percent stock dividend by increasing the authorize capital of the bank stock from $242,000.00 to $484,000.00. A total of 7,308 of the 9,680 shares of outstanding stock were represented either in person, or by proxity at the meeting, or about 86-percent. PIA Will Sponsor Walking Tour Of Charles Town May 13 The Pride in Action organization of Charles Town will sponsor a walking tour of Charles Town. Saturday, beginning at 10 am.. it was announced this week. The walk will be directed by Kip Stowell. and it will begin at the Jefferson County Court House. A ram date has been set for Sunday, May 14. beginning at 3 p.m. starling also from the Court ttouse Voting Machines Win By 52.8% Jefferson County When the November General election rolls around, the voters of Jefferson County will ex- perience an innovation in voting as a result of the action of voters in the Tuesday, Ma 9, Primary election. By School Board To thequestionofwhetheran ;: ..pted m Jefferson County, the voters said yes by' a 52.8 majority in the one special M Moler Education.will study possible balloting. The unofficial vote revisions in studenl attendance * was 2398 for and 2144 against. atovercrowding.Various schools due tolWinne r In Localt o, ,0 o, ,.e ==o,, No action was taken at last precincts favored the voting Delegate Race I system of voting, with night's meeting of the board, at (e precinct showing an unof- which a number of parents were ficial 49-49 deadlock ount. in attendance to hear the outline For the most part, the of proposals on the matter. strongest opposition ko the voting machines came from the rural areas of the county, although there .was some op- position in Charles Town, Ranson and Harpers Ferry, with certain precincts in those communities voting against the change to voting machines. The Charles Town District gave the electronic voting system the largest percentage of support with a 57.39 percent favorable vote. The Harpers Ferry District voters favored the proposal by a 55.3 percentage. Turn To Page 8 DR. JAMES M. MOLER Dr. James M. Moler. prominent Charles Town hanker and retired educator, will be going back to the West Virginia legislature next January after an absence of two years, as a result of the victory which Jefferson County voters gave him in the Tuesday Primary election over two other con. testants, both of them women. Moler, who served in the house of delegates previously for four years, scored a decisive victory over Mrs. ianca M. James, also of Charles Town. and Mrs. Agnes B. Thomas, of RFD Harpers Ferry, for the Democratic nomination for the 36th delegate district. Moler polled 1,851 votes to 852 for Mrs. James and 431 for Mrs. Thomas. Mrs. James has been representing Jefferson County in the House of Delegates since last January, having been named to the post by Governor John D. "Jay" Rockefeller to replace Mrs. Carolyn Snyder, who resigned the post. Dem's hold 75% vote Voter registration in Jefferson County has risen about nine percent since 1976, increasing to 13,472 from 12,048, according to figures from the county clerk's office. Similar percentage in- creases are shown for democrat, republican and independent registered voters. Democrats hold a.e overwhelming edge, with 10,159 voters, about 75 percent of the total. Republicans number 2,860 and 453 in- dependents are registered. Final Hearing On Shepherdstown Plan Tonight At 7:30p. m. The final public hearing on the Shepherdstown Town Plan will he held by the Shepherdstown Planning Commission on Thursday, May 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. E. G Moreland. Jr., Planning Commission chairman, said that all citizens are urged to review the Town Plan and attend the public hearing to submit com- ments and recommendations. Copies of the Town Plan are available for reading at the Public Library and at Shepherdstown Town Hall. "The commission expects to complete its work on the Town Plan by no later than May 18, at which time it will be recom- mended to the Town Council for final action," Moreland said. The plan, in preparation for over two years, concerns housing, commercial development, historic preser- vation, recreation and parks, streets and highways, and all aspects of town development. The Planning Commission is also completing work on the proposed zoning ordinance that will implement land use provisions of the Tows Plan. Moreland said that the zoning ordinance will be sent to the Town Council soon and the Council will probably hold a public hearing on this ordinance early in June. Betty Benner Honored by Bank for 35 Years' Service Betty M. Benner, assistant cashier of the Bank of Charles Town, was honored Wednesday, May 3, for 35 years of service with the Bank of Charles Town. She is pictured above holding a silver tray which was presented bye. Donald S. Smith, president and cashier, at a party held in her honor, Accidents Net Heavy . Losses, But No Injuries Two people escaped serious - " ian.JmU%hFeriyc:hrortlYhete J.effemn Voters w:::i::nmgm?teto?ntt;foa:l?n[  Gave St@toe Big telephone pole and overturned. The car, according to State Police, was driven by Earl Jackson, 21. nf South Mildred Street. The vehicle apparently skidded in the road after hitting a slight curve, went out of control on the berm of the high- way, r.r ,. t,ility pole and then turned over. Jackson and a passenger, Harry Blackford. of Charles Town, were taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital by In- dependent Fire Company where they were treated and released. The convertible vehicle driven by Jackson was a total loss and he was/ited for failure to stay to the right of "the center line. Saturday at 10 a.m., a 1972- model foreign compact auto driven by William S. Garand, Syracuse, N.Y.. went out of control in a curve, over an embankment and hit a tree on State Route 9. The vehicle was declared a total loss, $900, and no charges have yet been placed. A car operated by Lloyd Dignazio, Ranson, hit gravel in a curve, spun around and flipped over on State Route 9 near Charles Town Saturday about 10 p.m. Dignazio did not have control of his vehicle, according to State Police, and no damage loss was placed. A car and a truck collision Friday at 1:10 p.m. on Secon. dary Route 4 over 1 near Leetown, with the bulk of the damage to the auto. The truck was operated by Radie Evans, Potomac, Md., and the car was driven by Charles Clark, Jr., South Samuel Street. No damage or charges were listed. Monday at 6:15 p.m., three cars were involved in an ac- cident on U.S. Route 340 at the intersection of Old Cave Road. Two cars stopped in the line of traffic, operated by Lana Pickens, of Charles Town. Route 2, and Lucinda Meuse, Spring Street, Harpers Ferry, were slammed from the rear by another auto operated by David M O'Haven, of Rippon. Turn To Page 8 Win Over Convery ROBERT M. STEPTOE Jefferson County voters gave Martinsburg Attorney Robert M. Steptoe. incumbent, a decisive victory in the Tuesday, May 9, Primary over John Anthony Convery, also of Martinshurg. Steptoe, who also won an over- all victory in the 16th Senatorial District, polled a total of 3,006 votes in this county to 595 for Convery. His victory was the most decisive of any on the Democratic ballot. Steptoe roiled up an unofficial total of 5A94 votes in the district to 1,165 for Convery. Vehicle Items Are Stden Saturday A car parked along State Route 9 at the Appalachian Trai was entered last Saturday with a number of items being stolen. State Police said that Jack Carlos Gilbert, Baltimore, Md., the owner of the car, reported that two tires and wheels, a battery, an AM-FM stereo, a portable tent, a pocketbook containing over $20 in cash cards and billfold, total value of whi was at  c estimated was stolen. The owner was apparentl) walking along the trail when the incident occurred and when he returned to his vehicle, the car had been "ripped df." Jefferson County voters came out in Tuesday's Primary Election in greater numbers than had been expected and as a result, a total of 37.8 percent of them picked incumbent  U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph to he their standard bearer in the November general election on the Democratic ticket and former Governor Arch Moore, Jr., to head the Republican ticket With the U.S. Senate race being the only contest on the Republican ballot Tuesday, it was Moore over Donald G. Michaeis, a newcomer to West Virginia politics, by an unofficial vote of 689 to 64. On the Democratic ballot where the voters had a lot of choices to make. Senator Randolph polled an unofficial 2,780 votes for the U.S. Senate nomination as against 856 for Mrs. H. John Rogers. Cong. Harley Staggers, unopposed in the Primary, polled 3,1 votes. And in the race for the Democratic nomination for the State Senatorial seat from the 16th district, R was incumbent Robert M. Steptoc. of Mar- tinsburg, who soundly trounced John Anthony Convery, also of Martinsburg, in Jefferson County by a margin of 3,006 to 595. For the State Executive Committee from the 16th District, it was Joe Candle who far out-distanced the group with 2,17 votes, while,John Anthony Convery finsihed second with 1,120 votes/ers in this race and their ial votes were: John F. Hoover,-of Inwood, 1,090; W,  Gess, of Bunker Hill, 605; Edward Miller, of Keyser, 373, and William Keller, of Mnorefield, 463. In Jefferson County, Mrs. Carolyn Snyder of Jefferson County, scored a victory over Patricia G. Richardson, of Martinsburg, by a vote of 2,709 to 2,208. And in the county executive committee races, it was Joseph P. Christian, Jr., of Charles Town, the winner over W. G. "Tommy" Carson, of Ranson, by a margin of 657 to 230 for the Charles Town District, with Mrs. Blanca James getting  votes in her unopposed race for the female on the county committee from Charles Town. In the Harpers Ferry District, Martin D. "Skeeter" Welsh. of Bakerton, unofficially edged out Charles Town attorney Frederick O. Byrcr, of Charles Town, by a vote of 379 to 378 and Margaret R, Harris of Harpers Ferry, defeated Joan C. Pope for the female post on the Executive Committee from that district. In the Kabletown District, Charles D. "Bill" Boyer won over two opponents for the male post on the executive committee by polling 381 votes to 211 for Allen D. Glassford and 160 for Curtis Brannon. In the three-day race for t female post "on' the committee from the Kabletown District, it was Barbara B. Robinson of Harpers Ferry, who was first with 264 votes, with Dora V. Rawlings, of Charles Town, second with 233 and Mrs. Jane L Brannon, of Charles Town, third with 206. Mothers Day Project Is Now Undemay Ranson Playground J. Kelley Lance, Jr., president of the Ranson Park and Playground Association, .an- nounces that the organization's annual Mother's Day project is now underway and will run through this Saturday, May 13. The hours for the operation of the .Association's headquarters is from 9a- until 7 p.m. except on Friday and Saturday, when will run from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m, On sale are such things a s potted #ante, tomato #ants as well as taurus, and other types of flowers. Also available is a large assortment of hanging baskets and a large selection of artificial flowers and floral arrangements for disnlav in emf*tpri