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PAGE A4 I pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE [ Wednesday, Moy 21, 2014 [ NEWS = Swine flu fears prompt cane00dlation of annual pig fair By BONNIE WILLIAMSON Special to the Spirit LEETOWN - For the first time in the 61-year history of the Jefferson Coun- ty Fair, the pig show has been canceled in order to keep a deadly swine disease from spreading into the county. The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus was discovered in the United Kingdom in 1971 and then spread through Europe and Asia. PED reached the United States last year with the In'st diagnosis of the disease made in Iowa. The fatality rate is 100 percent for baby pigs with about a 70 percent mortality rate for older pigs. Humans can't catch the disease. Keith Berkeley, superintendent of live- stock for the fair, said PED is running rampant through the central part of the country. Though it has not been discov- ered in West Virginia, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture recommended pig shows in the state be cancelled. "We were nervous" Berkeley said. "We cancelled the show because we felt it would be in the best interest of the children who participate. They spend a lot of time and money raising their pigs, and many pigs are purchased from other states." Officials of the West Virginia Depart- ment of Agriculture did say pig shows iiiii !i could be go on if they were "termina- ble" sales, meaning the pigs are taken to slaughter immediately after the show. "The participants would have in- curred additional costs like a slaughter fee," he said. "Again, the department of agriculture was only making recom- mendations. The department could de- cide to mandate the end of pig shows this year. We didn't want the children to put all that time and effort on their pigs only to have the show cancelled at the last minute." Matt Miller, who is in charge of the swine department of the fair, said there too many unknowns about PED. "It would be too much of a risk to the county." Miller said. "We don't know what's coming into the county. The dis- ease is spread by the pigs' manure. You can step in it and spread it or the equip- ment you use can spread it. It still was a very sad decision for the kids." The Jefferson County Fair Board "It would be too much of a risk to the coun- ty. We don't know what's coming into the county. The disease is spread by the pigs' manure. You can step in it and spread it or the equipment you use can spread it. It still was a very sad decision for the kids." - Matt Miller, manager of Jefferson County Fair swine department told fair participants late in March they could switch to sheep or goats for their fair entries. Last year, 50 young partici- pants sold their market hogs at the fair, bringing in $40,800. Miller said the majority of the money is returned to the participants. Anna Ours, 12, of Shepherdstown, a 4-H member whose pig Bullet won last year, said she would continue showing pigs. She plans to take part in the State Fair of West Virginia in Fairlea in Au- gust. The pig show there will continue. Shepherdstown sisters Jenna and Em- ily Everhart have decided to raise goats for this year's fair. Jenna, 12, has en- tered pigs in the pig show for two years. "I was pretty upset, but I'll see how it goes," she said. Emily, 15, agreed. This would have been her seventh year participating in the pig show. "I was very disappointed," the 4-H member said. "I was saving the money I got from the pigs for college." Pigs can be sold for about $2.50 per pound. Most of the pigs shown at the fair range between 215 to 285 pounds. Emily, also a 4-Her, admitted having a goat would be more work. "You have to halter train it and get it to walk slow. You spend a lot of time with it. You get more attached to it," she said. The Jefferson County Fair runs from Aug. 17 to 23. MillSFRoM PAGE A1 00iii00i to*00son, o, 00i.s' projects was the creation of the Agei 47 Potomac Marketplace with its Home Depot, Kohl's, Panera and ii a slew of other retailers off W.Va. ueati !m Bache!or s de 9. gree ifi govemmen fr0m : "He got the grants we needed, CpbeH Uersi fi ! ! [the] help with development," NorthCaroanda Hamill said. "He made it all hap- terls  pub ad- ! !: pen." nistration and manag namill said that Mills under- merit fromWebfiteUni- stands both Ranson and Charles rs!ty  ouri .::;i!!!:i!!!:!/ Town and has cultivated strong Workexperienee i ties with leaders all over. "He t988t6 !isonity works with the county commis- Managei !8 20[  ::/ sioners and has good relation- anson Vei : ./:: ships with state officials," Ha- pmeniir,20 :i mill said. "He has made a name Ma! i![ :: arles : for himself." Town  Mange June 2 Anna Paonessa, chairwoman  __ __   of the Charles 'Town City Coun- Fmily Married for 27 : cil's personnel committee, called Mills a proven talent. "He has Thei sonihuai  ::/:/:: been involved with every aspect $htin :i of city management," she said. "We believe he'll hit the ground running for Charles Town." Mills said he does indeed have "It nearly killed me," he said. a lot of ideas, many of then fo- "It was a death sentence for quite cused on helping existing small some time. I had chemotherapy businesses thrive and attracting and intensive radiation, but my new businesses to Charles Town. family stuck by me, as did the But he is careful to point out that town of Ranson." While Mills he'll work closely with Charles battled cancer, Andrew Blake be- Town City Council and the corn- came interim city manager. Lat- munity - he's no one-man band. er, Mills became Ranson's Mills said he considers gov- economic development director ernment work a higher calling, where he continued to work on "It's customer service," he planning and rezoning issues. said. "You work for the people. "This really put my family Be nice to them. You don't want through the wringer," he said. "It to lose customers." changed everything. When I was Mills' philosophy about caring having chemo, I saw so many for those around him in his work people in worse shape than me. and life has been honed in recent It has made me appreciate things years after he was diagnosed with more." lung cancer that had spread to his Mills' wife of 27 years, Cheryl spine and ribs. Mills, recently returned to school lip! ............. 5ponsol'5 the... ROBERT SNYDER and completed a nursing degree, their citizens. "Now we can up- Their 26-year-old son Joshua ply for joint grants," he said. also makes his living as a public "When you have a team effort, servant - working as a fire fighter like we had in Ranson, it's bean- in Martinsbu.rg. "It did strength- tiful -like a symphony." en our family," Mills said, who is now cancer-free. "We learned ............... from it." Mills also is looking forward to helping Ranson and Charles Town work together to benefit PET, WEEK Gypsy, an adult female Border Collie, is looking for a forever home. She is brown with patches of white in color, spayed, and current on all vaccina- tions. To visit her or any of the other 75 wonderful dogs and cats waiting for forever homes, please visit the Animal Welfare Society shelter on Old Leet- own Pike Road (just west of the county fairgrounds). Our public hours are 11 am to 4pro Wednesday through Satur- day. Visit our web site www.awsjc.org, Facebook, or call us at 304-725-0589. West Virginia CHARLESTON Wild things: State officials want to ensure West Virgin- ians aren't making pets out of animals better suited for Africa than Appalachia. State regulators are respond: ing to a 2011 Ohio release of wild animals by determining what types of wildlife will be illegal for people to own. A draft list in the works. Residents who already have soon-to-be-illegal creatures won't lose them if they follow a new permitting process. In 2011, an eastern Ohio man released 56 animals from his farm before he committed suicide. They included black bears, mountain lions and Ben- gal tigers. Fearing for the pub- lic's safety, authorities killed 48 of the animals. Penalties for illegally own- ing an animal would range as low as $200. Penalties can reach $5,000 and three years in prison if a released animal hurts someone. Board. wants lawsuit tossed: The state Board of Ed- ucation is seeking the dismiss- al of a lawsuit filed by former West Virginia Superintendent of Schools J'ore a Marple. Marple was fired in Novem- ber 2012. She contends in her The Associated Press lawsuit that she unlawfully fired and that members of the Board of Education secretly plotted to dismiss her, violating the state's open meetings law. Attorneys for the board asked Kanawha County Circuit Judge James C. Stucky to dismiss the lawsuit. The board's attorneys con- tend the panel is a state agency and immune from prosecution. They also stated that Marple was not under contract at the time of her firing. RIPLEY Teen drowns: Police say a Kanawha County teenager has drowned in a lake in Jackson County. Sheriff Tony Boggs tells me- dia outlets that the accident oc- curred Sunday afternoon on the grounds of the Parchment Val- ley West Virginia Baptist Con- ference Center near Ripley. Boggs identified the victim on Monday as 15-year-old Shawn Jones Jr. of Charleston. Jones was a student at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Charleston. Boggs says Jones and an- other boy were in a kayak that capsized. The other boy was able to swim to shore. The sheriff says Jones was with a church group visiting the center. T'HAINK I would like to say "Thank You" to all the voters who worked together and placed their trust in me as a member of the Board of Education. 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