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~ ~:,~ ';~ !ii~ % '~:!:i; ~3;i~ii if.: adnC~l,t. lqf:,i '(i i~ T M~nl Jq il TOU iu ! .As i i lo ts iD| thro4 ide r~ will1 Jefferson County's newspaper 1844 ot ]Irffrr on, flbboratr ! ,il,i tm b )ot ,v: tndid ~!saw his three-vote pri- on loss to incumbent ,^ ~l-z,t as a sign that people ~te.Cho~t~ee closeness of the tw.~F~l.~tic primary race in the t~[l$$][~egate District, Tabb will ~'~ltWrite-in candidate in the general election. that he is concerned Votes that were ex- ~ng the voting tabula- ~cse they contained only F~rker's signature instead ~# i i.h se votes could have ~ ~ l~l.g difference in the out- "-~ f~- ~-~ race." ~Ye', Jefferson County offi- d not to count votes ~'~ contain the signatures while Berkeley it would count his candidacy at a press conference afternoon, said he out his current cam- and then file as a or about June 1. running as a write-in a poor sport or a bad ~ ~ responding to those El ~SUpPorted me and have ~le to continue on. I~hlican candidate, Anne ~a OVer Doyle in the fall. [ ~#~l~ tally in the Democrat C" $1L~ll'~l~!:bWing the canvass of "~l@~~z 1,025 for Doyle and ~ ~Onlmissioners are ex- ~rtify election results :~ting this morning. Talks 23 Board of its discus- construction Special meeting to The Jefferson County Board of for others to observe," Kable said. Education recognized two local Other nominees were Cheryl high school students for their ac- Hawkins, an English/Language complishments at the county, re- Arts teacher at Charles Town gional, state and international sci- Middle/Junior High School; ence fairs. Kristen Tracey, an Art Teacher at Julie Humeas and Tim Harpers Ferry Junior High; McDonald competed last week in Michelle Wagoner, Lab Teacher at the Intel International Science and Page Jackson Elementary; Carol Engineering Fair in Detroit, Mich. Caflisch, Reading Recovery Humeas, a senior, competecd in Teacher at T.A. Lowery School; the Computer Science category Jenny Sue Caling, Fifth Grade with a project entitled "A Study of Teacher at Wright Denny Interme- Redundancy & Entropy in the En-diate; Pam Hill, Special Education glish Language & How It Leads to Teacher at Jefferson High; Nancy Data Compression." She won first Moshier, Reading Recovery place and reserve grand champion Teacher at North Jefferson El- at the county level. At the regional ementary; and Karen Osuch, Third level, she won first plce and re- Grade Teacher at South Jefferson ceived the Intel Computer Science Elementary. Award, a CIA award, a U.S. Army award and was second to the grand A request to submit more than prize winner. At the state level, she $1 million in federal funds for edu- again placed first in her category, cational programs and staff devel- won an Intel, a U.S. Army awardopment was approved for submis- and an award from the National sion to the West Virginia Depart- Council of Teachers of Mathemat- ment of Education. ics. The proposals include funds of McDonald, a sophomore, com- $800,000 under Title I to pay for peted in the Physcis category with instruction, Reading Recovery a project entitled "Aqua Shock." Teachers, Pre-School Teachers, and His project.won a first place a the Parent Volunteer Coordinators. A county level and USDA Green Class Size Reduction grant for Award and received Grand Prize.$170,000 and $32,000 in Title VI to At the regional level, he won sec- fund Digital Imaging for Today's end in his category and received Educator, two Teacher Academy the CIA award and was third to the follow-ups, and Middle School Reserve Grand Prize. Readihg training were also in- The students were accompanied cluded in the request. Under Title by their teachers, Dr. Carol IIfunding, another $32,458 was in- Demchik and Heather Y eater, cluded for Kindergarten math Nine teachers were nominated training and materials, Power for the Odessa S. Snyder Reading Point training for secondary teach- Teacher of the Year for Jefferson~ era and stipends and supplies for County. The winner this year was the Digital Imaging program. Patricia Gageby, a Primary One teacher at Ranson Elementary The board will continue its dis- School, who was introduced by in- cussion of a proposed construction structionalspecialistJaniceKable, bond at a special meeting "Her classroom has been a modelTuesday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. New Troop 2 Headquarters Governor Cecil Underwood joined other state officials and members of the West Virginia State Police in dedicating the new Charles Town Detachment and Troop 2 Headquarters in Bardane Industrial Park. Go Underwood praised the Jefferson County Commission for providing the 10 acres of land for the construction of the new facility, a donation that paved the way for the construction of the new facility in Jefferson County. The Governor said the new facility would be home to over 60 troopers in the future, pointing to the continued major growth being experienced in Jefferson County and the rest of the EaSt- ern Panhandle. The new facility will also contain a vehicle and radio maintenance facility. Previ- ously, State Police cars had to be taken to Elkins for repairs and maintenance, a costly and time- * consuming effort. Staffing at the new headquarters included moving five administrative positions from Elkins and several from Martinsburg. The new building will house dispatchers previously located in Martinsburg, a polygraph facility, district sergeant's office and the Interstate 81 patrol unit. Shown in the photo above, from left, are Captain Syd Sponaugle, Troop 2 commander;, Del- egates John Overington, Larry Faircloth and Vicki Douglass, Gov. Underwood, State Senators Herb Snyder and John Unger, Anne Newcomer Dungan, a Jefferson County native who re- sides on Bolivar Heights, has been selected by the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee to run for the 55th District seat in the House of Delegates in the No- vember election. She will face incumbent Demo- crat John Doyle, who won the pri- mary election over challenger Bob Tabb by a mere three votes. The delegate's election could be a three-way race ifTabb decides to run a write-in campaign in the fall. Active in the community, Dungan attended local schools and is a member of St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, Harpers In a solemn ceremony Monday morning, officials and co- workers at the National Conservation Training Center of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service paid tribute to those killed in the line of duty while protecting wildlife resources. That tribute came with the dedication of a Fallen Comrades Memorial. In the photo above, a combined services Color Guard stands in front of the memorial, on which hangs plaques containing the names of the 59 agents of the service who have died protecting the natural resources and wildlife of the United States. As a lone bagpiper played in the distance, six employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service read the names, dates and locations of those killed. The moment brought great reflection and some tears from those gathered in the courtyard for the program. Jamie Rappaport Clark, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, gave the keynote address for the memorial program. She said, '"rhis memorial is not only about those whose names are inscribed on the walL.this is also about all of you here today members of our family in the Fish and Wildlife Service." Clark is shown in the photo at left, along with Rick Lemon, director of the National Conservation Training Center, who served as master of ceremonies for the memorial program. Th~ first few minutes after an injury or medical crisis occurs are often the most important. May 14- 20 is National Emergency Medical Services Week, a celebration to honor approximately 750,000 EMS providers nationwide who deliver lifesaving emergency care. This year's EMS theme, EMS: New Century, New Hope speaks to the difference EMS providers have made in our communities in the past and the countless ways they will continue to ensure our health, protection and physical well-being in the future. "The job of an EMS professional is different from any other job you can have," commented Vincent Bocchino, MD, medical director of Jefferson Memorial Hospital's emergency department. "As an EMS provider, you are in a situa- tion where you are under tremen- dous pressure, must react quickly, and make flawless decisions," he added. National EMS Week honors the lifesaving care EMS providers of- fer 24 hours a day, seven days a Continued on Page 2 be held Tuesday, May 23, at 7:30 high school and renovate the exist- Facilities Plan," Markoe said. "En- p.m. ing high school, rollment at Jefferson High School The board initially discussed The board approved two points is nearly 1,600 and the community the bond during a special meeting of the proposal during the May 10 has clearly said it does not want on May 10. At that time, Superin- meeting, that enrollment to continue climb- tendent David W. Markoe pre- A new high schoolis expected to ing at that school." sented a four-point construction cost $32 million. Another $6 mil- The current enrollment in- and renovation program that in- lion will be included for renova- cludes grades 10-12. When the sys- cluded setting a special election tions at Jefferson High School. tern implements a middle school date for the bond. The board is con- "The construction of a new high program, that could add another sidering his recommendation to school wasthenumber one priority 600 ninth-grade students to the hold a special election on Saturday, identified when the Millenniumoverall high school population: The September 23. The bond, if ap- Committee prepared the 2000- proved, will be used to build a new 2001 Comprehensive Education Continued on Page 2 and State Police Superintendent Colonel Gary L. EdgelL Ferry Historical Association, Harp- ers Ferry Woman's Club, Jefferson County Republican Women and is on the Board of Trustees of the Garnett Jex Collections of paint- ings. She worked in small busi- nesses throughout the county dur- ing her college days, including Cliffside Inn, which was owned by her parents. She has taught at a variety of schools throughout the United States and currently teaches at T.A. Lowery Elementary School. She received her B.S. in Child De- velopment and Teaching form Michigan State University and has since taken numerous post-gradu- ate courses. She is married to Gary Dungan, a graduate of the University of Vir- ginia, and has an extensive back- ground in financial management. He currently works at the Bank of Charles Town. The Dungans have two daughters, both in college. Dungan said she "will fight for a state government that is more Anne Newcomer Dungan friendly to business development, since it is new businesses which can provide the resources to im- prove our infrastructure, including schools, without devastating tax increases." She said she will resist in- creased taxes at the state level which would have an adverse im- pact on the elderly and others on fixed income. Two-Story House Burns A home owned by Mary Smith off Route 340 south of Charles Town was destroyed by fire Tuesday evening. The two-story stone house, on Ward Clipp Read, was being leased by Bruce Firsching, who was not home at the time of the fire. Authorities indicated the blaze, which started about 6:30 p.m started in the kitchen area. Area fire departments responded to the blaze. No estimates of dam- age were reported. Byrd Bites the Bullet on Firing Range U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd says he will back off on support of a new $24.9 million federal firearms training center if the project is not supported by the local community, according to a Tuesday announce- ment. The project has drawn criticism from various local sources, prima- rily because of the possible harmful effects on tourism in and around the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The range was planned for an area near historic Harpers Ferry. The facility is on a 327-acre site owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Sen. Byrd said he would not support the proposed site if the project "would genuinely jeopardize historic resources. If the community does not support this project, I will certainly change the legislative provi- sion," he said. OBITUARIES Page 2 SOCIAL Page 7 SPORTS Page 11 CHURCH NOTICES Page 15 LEGAL NOTICES Page 17 CLASSIFIED Page 18 REAL ESTATE Page 18 SALES Page 19 LETTERS Page 20 WEATHER The extended forecast for the area through Sunday is: Increasing cloudiness into the weekend with the chance of showers on Friday. Highs in the mid 70s and the low temperatures around 60 to- night, then dropping to around 50 de- grees by Sunday night. SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON-FARMER'S ADVOCATE Serving the citizens of Jefferson County. W.Va since 1844