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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE NEWS PAGE A3 Wednesday, June 13, 2018 .- 7 ml By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON - Just one day after Com- merce Secretary Woody Thrasher claimed that 1,100 families had received assistance from the RISE West Virginia flood recovery program, a staffer from the Governor's Office relayed concerns she received from a survivor of the deadly June 2016 flood who was not getting the help he needed. "The Office of Governor Jim Justice re- ceived a phone call from [redacted] today re- garding his concern with not having any cor- respondence with RISE West Virginia regard- ing when the work on his home will begin, af- ter finding out he was approved," wrote Lind- sey Atkins, a caseworker for Gov. Jim Justice, in a Nov. 2, 2017, email. "He claims he has been waiting for 'two Jim Justice Woody Thrasher months' and is afraid winter is going to come and he will have no preparations done to his home, due to being told by RISE West Virgin- ia not to do any work to his home while await- ing services from them." In a news conference last week, as the fall- out continued over the stagnated $150 mil- lion flood recovery effort, Justice debunked the claim made in Thrasher's Nov. 1, 2017, news release. "That is totally inaccurate," Justice said of Thrasher's claim. Documents show Commerce staffers and their secretary repeatedly issued false or in- complete explanations -- to the Legislature, flood victims, state and federal officials, and the general public -- fora freeze Justice's of- fice placed on RISE. For instance, the U.S. Department of Hous- ing and Urban Development, which funded RISE, wrote a March 28 letter to Thrasher ex- pressing concern about the state's "suspension of its housing recovery activities" under the grant and questioned its ability to properly ad- minister the funds. HUD then ordered Thrash- er to provide an update within 10 days. Brian Abraham, general counsel for Justice, wrote the state's response, instead of Thrash- er, on April 6. While he requested a personal meeting, he also implied in writing that HUD had received some erroneous information. "Based upon the tone and tenor of your let- ter, I believe you were provided false and mis- leading information from a source obviously not associated with either the intent or actions of the State of West Virginia regarding our un- met housing needs," he wrote. He denied any "suspension of housing re- covery activities" but wrote that his office placed an operational pause while it investi- gated some contract procurement issues. He put the blame on the previous administration of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and unnamed indi- viduals within the executive branch. "The actions of the prior administration (See FLOODING Page A8) lot study to unfold at j rail station HARPERS FERRY - How stand congestion and park- to the national park and to the parking lot is located at 171 daily for tours. The wood- many cars and other vehicles ing headaches at the lot in town of Harpers Ferry all vy- Shoreline Drive and can han- frame depot, designed for get turned away from the paid Lower Town. ing for spots, die several hundred cars. the Baltimore & Ohio Rail- parking lot at the train station Data collected this summer This month and in July, re- Park entrance fees apply at road in 1894 by architect here? How long do drivers will help officials better un- searchers "will collect anon- the site, which includes the Francis Baldwin, initially parked in the lot stay? derstand traffic patterns and ymous information about the park's visitors center. It's also overlooked the confluence Officials from Harpers recommend options to easenumber of vehicles entering the starting point for the free of the Shenandoah and Pc- Ferry National Historical congestion, the lot, the length of stay for shuttle to Lower Town thattomac. It's now situated on Park and researchers from The parking lot - part ofvehicles using the lot and the operates during regular busi- part of the old U.S. Armory the federal Department of the Harpers Ferry National number of vehicles unable to ness hours, foundations. Transportation's Volpe Cen- Historic Park - has 98 spac- find parking," according to a The train station, added to After passenger rail traf- ter will conduct a study this es, with Amtrak travelers, news release, the National Register of His- tic declined in the mid-20- summer to better under- MARC commuters, visitors The national park's main toric Places in 1979, is open th century, the structure fell into disrepair. In 1999, it was named to the Top 10 Most Endangered Stations in America. But a resto- ration project began af- ter the station and Armory grounds were transferred to the National Park Service in 2001. In 2007, the station was formally rededicated after a $2.2 million renovation. Then-U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd won $1.89 million in federal funding for the project. African-American event planned Organizers of the 26th-an- community. Center. The party, happening nual Jefferson County Afri- The free event will kick off from 7 to 10 p.m is spon- can-American Cultural and with a gospel extravaganza at sored by the Jefferson Coun- Heritage Festival are hoping the Betty Roper Auditorium ty NAACP Youth Council. local residents mark their cal- featuring the Chosen Vessels The Aug. 18 activities will endars for Aug. 17 to 19. at 7 p.m. include a parade beginning at With the 100th anniversa- The annual Youth Block noon from West Third Ave- ry of the end of World War Party will take place on the nue in Ranson to the festival I happening in November, festival ground located at ground. Local school bands this year's festival will fo- 300 South Lawrence St. in and independent marching cus on contributions from Charles Town near the Martin units from Maryland will the local African-American Delany Opportunity Learning take part. Later that day, activities at the festival grounds will in- clude pony rides and a moon bounce for children, a health fair, food and craft vendors, public service vendors, dem- onstrations and music. Local talent will be dis- played throughout the festi- val and a highlight will be the Signature Live Band in con- cert starting at 7 p.m. The final day of the festi- val will begin at 8 a.m. with the annual Niagara Move- ment Pilgrimage at the Harp- ers Ferry National Histori- cal Park followed by an ec- umenical service at the Cur- tis Freewill Baptist Church in Harpers Ferry. Scholarship FRoM PAGE A1 During his decades in Jefferson County, he served on the Jefferson County Health Department board, the Jefferson County Water Advisory Commission, the Blue Ridge Wa- tershed Coalition, the St. Andrews on the Mount Community Center board and in other leadership roles. Nowell also was one of the prime movers and shakers in the creation of Shannondale and Beyond, a community website and forum, in 2004. "The purpose of this award is to continue Willis's passion for knowledge and community service," Austin explained in a news release. "The knowledge Willis had about local history was second to none, and we are forever grateful that he documented so much of it." In future years, the deadline to apply will be earlier in the year, but this year's mid-summer timeframe was chosen to allow for the maximum number for applicants. Austin said the award is funded through private dona- tions. Home & Auto Farms Businessowners Contractors Horse Risk Umbrella Liability Boat Motorcycle Life Health Insurance Disability Income Annuities 118 N. 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