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120 -- NO. 26 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA 25414 THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 1984 20 PAGES--- PER COPY 20 West Virginia Economic Development Authority Completes Financing Of New Industry In County IN LOAN CLOSING -- Shown are some of the principal who participated in the closing 000 loan by the West Virginia Development Authority last afternoon which permits the Fur- of America, Inc to open manufacturing plant in the for- facility, located on State on the northern edge of Ranson. seated in front (left to right)-- of Charleston, a director of the a loan in the amount the West Virginia Authority Fri- completed the financing of another new in- c. The new Corporation of will be located in the occupied by the Comp#ny on which the Jefferson Authority has been for some time, has been the assistance of Economic ent and the Economic Development Governor's Office of Economic and Com- munity Development and Sumners Bor- stein, president of Furniture Corporation of America, Inc. Standing in back (left to right)---Vernon C. Whitacre, of Romney, State Senator from this 16th Senatorial District; Robert Skeen and Karen Price, both of Charleston, representing the Gover- nor's Office of Economic and Community Development; Jane Kastl, executive direc- tor, and John H.K. Christman, chairman of the Jefferson County Development Authority. (Photo by Tim Sinn) Mr. I.V. Billes, Director of tim Mar- lasting until approximately 9:30 p.m. tinsburg VA Medical Center, an- From 4:00 - 5:00 p.m entertainment nounces that on behalf of the patients will be provided by the Valley director and staff of the Medical Center he is Bluegrass Group. From 5:00 - 6:00 office of Economic inviting the public to join in a dedica- p.m. the Troubadours will entertain and other represen- tion ceremony for the Center's new followed by the Brothers of Harmony ! slite and his office, came replacement facility to be held on Sun- from6:00-7:00p.m. From 7:00 - 9:30 and presided over day, July 1, at 2 p.m. at the Medical p.m. Patent Pending will provide the connected with for- Center. musical entertainment. A fire works the loan which was ac- Mr. Billes stated that the program display will serve as a grand finale for '.to Summer Properties, of for the day would actually begin at the Dedication Program. limited partnership, 10:00a.m. with a Press ~erence for Mr. Billes went on to point out that 'the Essick- the news media and would be follow- this Dedication is for the replacement properties will ed at 12:00 noon by a Dignitary Lun- facility for the old "Newton D. Baker to Furniture Corpora- cheon. As a prelude to the c~emony, Army General Hospital," which was Inc on a long-term a combined Berkeley County band will built in 1943 and taken over by the play military music beginning at 1:30 Veterans Administration in 1946. The loan is only a part of p.m. replacement facility consists of a of $1,400,000.00. The formal speaking program, to be 357-bed high-rise hospital, a 120-bed assistance to the held at 2:00 p.m will feature ap- nursing home, and a 200-bed eOn~e from private sources pearances by: John D. Rockefeller, domiciliary unit. The total cost of the the Small Business IV, Governor of the State of W.Va.; project was 75 million dollars. Harley O. Staggers, Jr Congressman Participating in the planning and of the Second Congressional District of construction of the facilities were the of America, Inc W.Va.; Jennings Randolph, Westfirms of C.E. biaguire, Inc. of Falls the closing proceedings Virginia's senior senator and Robert Church, Va.; Block, McGibony and is ready to go into C. Byrd, Minority Leader of the United Associates, Inc Washington, D.C.; in the 42,000 square foot States Senate who will deliver the and Leslie C. Gates and Associates, next two months, main address. Representing theInc Beckley, W.Va. The major con- is in fine shape Veterans Administration, VA Central tractors participating in the prepara- installation of the Office, will be Mr. A.B. Cart, Diector tion and construction of the facilities which should of VA Region No. 2. were W. Harley Miller Contractors, the company Fallowing the speaking program, Inc Martinsburg, W.Va.; Santa Fe production within a Mr. Billes stated that there will be a International of Calif.; and Centex He said about g0 per- number of activiti~ which will include Construction Company, Inc. of to be employed at guided tours of the hospital. A pro- Virginia. the first year. The gram of entertainment has beenMr. Billes stated that when they manufacture medium developed beginning at 4:00 p.m. and TURN TO PAGE TEN ~Istered residential There was a happy ending for two young Bethesda, Md men who on Sunday, June 17, came to Jefferson County to do a bit of "caving," then found themselves trapped in underground darkness. Steve Goodson, 20, and Robin Wyrick, 19, entered a cave on a farm near Moler's Crossroads early Sunday afternoon. Because they didn't intend to stay long they wore no protective clothing, but were equipped with a car- bide helmet light and a flashlight. They had no food or water. Several hours into the exploration, the helmet light went out, the flashlight went dead, and the pair were left in darkness more than a mile from the cave entrance. Finally, after un- successful efforts to find their way to the entrance, they wound up on a small ledge where they huddled together for warmth, yelled for help intermittent- ly, and tried to dry out. There they remained until Wednes- day morning when Mark Reardon and Chris Wyrick, brother of Robin, began a search of Jefferson County. When the searchers finally found Wyrick's van near the Moler's Cave entrance, they then went inside. And, by follow- ing muddy footprints, they finally found Goodson and Wyrick, hungry, wet, cold and tired, but otherwise none the worse for wear. Dostert Assures He Will Be Present For Sentencing August 14 Special Judge James G. McClure of Ohio County, reported Monday that he had received a letter from Judge Pierre Dostert of Charles Town assur- ring him that Judge Dostert will be present in Kanawha County for a sentencing hearing on August 14. McClure said that Dostert had stated in the letter that he had tried to make appointments with two doctors, selected by the Court to determine if Judge Dostert was suffering from heart problems, but that one of the :doctors was in the hospital for an Operation and the other could not give an appointment until September: Dostert has missed two sentencing hearings -- one because he was hospitalized and the second time because his doctor advised him he was too ill to travel to Charleston. Dostert was found guilty April 27 of criminal contempt for ignoring a State Supreme Court order to stop extradi- tion of a Jefferson County jail inmate Gary William Walker to Florida in February 1982. Dostert asked for a new trial and it was denied with May 8 having been set as the sentencing date. Baltimore Men In Rescue A 54-year-old Martinsburg woman, who reportedly either jumped of fell from the Potomac River Bridge at Shepherdstown list Wednesday, was pulled from the river, apparently not seriously injured, by two men who had been inspecting the bridge. Both Steve Price. 23, and Robert K. Compton, 31, of Baltimore, Md saw Theresa Sonnenherg walking across the bridge, A short time liter Price, working under the bridge, saw the woman's body hurtle by into the river. Price and Compton ran to the Shopherdstown bank of the river, com- mandeered a rowboat and rowed out in the river and pulled the floating woman to safety. Maryland State Police, who in- vestigated, had words of praise for the prompt action of Price and Compton. They also reported that Ms. Son- nenberg was not injured in the 70 foot plunge from the bridge. .O The Jefferson Memorial Park will local swim meet in the morning and all hold its annual Ox Roast Saturday during the day will be the "'Fire June 30th on the park grounds in Cracker" tennis tournament with the Charles Town. finals set for 7 p.m. If Mother Nature The hours will he from 4: 00 to 7: 30 cooperates, it should be a great day for p.m. with tickets priced at $5.00 for the Park and it is hoped the public will adults and $3.00 for children under 12. turn out and enjoy an evening ol din- The menu will consist of the beef, cole ing and entertainment. This is Jeffer- slaw, baked beans, cold drinks, etc. son Memorial Parks major fund rais- Entertainment will be provided by ing event and all donations will be several organizations including the greatly appreciated Jefferson Rockettes, the Page Jackson Jefferson Memorial Park is an agen- Solar School "The Third Dimension" cy of the United Way of Jefferson and the Church of God Choir Gospel County. Singers In addition, there will be Tickets are available trom any several other things of interest going member of the Park Board ot director on at the park on that date. and at the swimming pool office at the The Swim Team will have its own park. Hunter Maddex, Prominent Retired Winchester Educator, Coach, Dies A funeral service was held Wednes- day morning at 11 o'clock from the Braddock Street United Methodist Church in Winchester, Va for Hunter Jackson Maddex, prominent retired educator and coach of 359 Miller St Winchester, who died Monday in the Winchester Medical Center. The Rev. Anthony Layman and Dr. L. Wilbur Kersey, officiated for the service and burial was made in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, Va. Pall hearers were: Some of those who he taught and coached including James W. Omps, Jack W. Duvall, Paul Hillyard, Jr George L. Craig, Jr, Donald Hambleton, Michael Foreman, Russell Potts and John Hodson. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Handley High School Judges Athletic Fund in care of JeT 439 Mosby Street, Winchester, Ya 22601 or to the Shepherd College Alumni Association, Maddex Fund, Alumni Office, Shepherd College, Shepherd- stown, W.Va. 25443. Maddex was born June 9, 1911, in Shepherdstown, W.Va the son of Robert N. and Nellie Foutz Maddex. He grdauated from Shepherd College, where he lettered in football, basket- ball and track was the school's first football Little All-American in 1934. He received his master's degree from Columbia University in New York. Before coming to Handlcy in 1938, he taught physical education at Charles Town High School and coached foot- ball and basketball. ~e left Handley in 1~3 for thr~ years to ~rve~:n the ~,my Medical Corps during World War II. He served as a Coach at Handley for more than three decades. He was a member of Braddock Street United Methodist Church and was a member of Mt. Nebo Masonic Lodge in Shepherdstown, WNa. He married Janet Schroder Aug. 19, 1936, in Martinsburg, W.Va. Surviving with his wife are a daughter, Mary Jo Sirbaugh of Win- chester; a brother, Eugene Maddex of Pittsburgh, Pa. ; and two grandchildren. O 's Se," Appointments, transfers, resigna- time music teacher at the North Jef- tions and the awarding of some con- ferson School. tracts occupied most of the attention Janet G. Bailey, who has been spen- of the Jefferson County Board of ding a half day teaching music at the Education members Monday night at Ranson Elementary School has been their regular monthly meeting,named as full-time music teacher at School superintendent Raymond the school. The board also plans to add Frazier said the board appointed Patti fulltime music teachers at the Blue Hercules, as an English teacher at Ridge and South Jefferson Elemen- Shepherdstown Junior High School tary School. and Patricia Mercer as a Physical Robert Sherwood, "who has been Education teacher at Harpers Ferry teaching a half day at each of the Ran- Junior High School. son and Blue Ridge Elementary The board accepted the resignation Schools, asked and his request was of Betty C. Scott, as a member of the granted for a half day of teaching at faculty at South Jefferson Elementary the Shepherdstown and the Ranson School for personal reasons. Schools. Janet Stephens, who has been Instructors for the Summer School dividing her teaching time between session which began June 18 and runs South and North Jefferson Elemen- through July 27 were approved. They tary Schonls has been named as a full- TURN TO PAGE TEN the com- to the Jefferson it's splendid completion of his He also mention- Harpers Ferry Merchants Air Ways Of Promoting Business Ways of promoting business were printing. discussed at the Harpers Ferry Area Steve Bittinger reported on three Merchants Assqciation meeting June new Harpers Ferry Ordinances con- 21 in the courtyard of Chianti's cerning shop signs, vending machines SCHEDULE Restaurant. and building construction boundaries. President Terry Lynch introduced The need for increased parking WEEK John McVey, publicity director of the facilities was discussed. A number of the Spirit of Jeffer- Eastern Gateway Travel Council, who travelers are leaving the area when has agreed to direct publicity for the they cannot find convenient parking. be printed on Harpers Ferry Area Merchants New members attending were Ellen 3rd. and Association. McVey outlined his plan and Alvin Jones of the Harpers Ferry Thursday as usual. to send approximately 52 pressCafe, Karen and Joe Ehlerman of My must have releases this year to 400-600 Father's Workshop and Lisa Hileman the office no later July 2. The newspapers, periodicals and radio-TV of Countryside Bed and Breakfast. stations in the Northeast. He invited is requested for suggestions from the merchants for i news items and subjects of th~ ar~cles. WEATHER The most effective means of ~ . distributing Shop Guid was disems- ed. It was agreed that there has not Extended forecast - Thurs. through be in by noon on been sufficient supply of the guides in- Sat. partly cloudy through the period advertising must o~ Monday. The the past and there is a possibility of a with a chance of showers late Thurs. second printing in the fall. A proof and akmg the coast on Fri. Fair Sat. Will be closed on sheet of the new Shop Guide was pass- Dally high ranging ?S to ~ degree~ and ~y 4. ed around for final approval before nighttime lows in the ~0's. League Of Women Voters Announce '84-85 Steering Committee The 1984-85 Steering Committee for the secretary, Dotty Dittmar, chairman, J local chapter of the League of Women Voters Nau, public relations, and Caroline is made up of, from left, Suzanne Beckett, education. They plan a full schedule treasurer, Dorothy McGhee, vice chairman, coming events open to the public, Naomi Moses, finance, Lisa Moery, programs to be announced. i