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BOOK BINDERY 2 NI 49284--016~ Jefferson County's newspaper 1844 [l Oocatt i $39 the Oath ~line and Paul Manzuk, recently re-elected to positions on the Jefferson County Board ,~ ~ttion, are shown above as they take their oaths of office from Circuit Judge David Sand- t# 1 ~g on at left are Larry Togans, president of the board, and members Peter Morgens and ~ tr~scene took Place at a B ard f Educati n meeting last week" The Board of Education ap- out. proved a $39 million bond call to be Under a cooperative agreement placed on a ballot for a special elec- the school and the federal program tion on September 23. The final ap- will combine resources for local proval to place the bond before the students. voters came during a regular meet- Students at risk will have the ing of the board on July 5. option of staying enrolled at Jeffer- The funds, if approved by the son High School for academic voters, will be used to construct a courses and attending vocational second high school and to maketraining courses at the Job Corps, substantial renovations to Jeffer- high school Head Counselor Susan son High School. Wall told the board. In other matters, Beverly Or, students can drop out of Jef- Hughes, personnel director, was ferson High School, enroll in the selected as associate superinten- Job Corps GED classes and attend dent. (See accompanying story.) vocational classes there. The board approved a new pro- Both options offer students gram between Jefferson High many incentives, she said. Stu- School and the Harpers Ferry Job dents enrolled in Job Corps pro- Corps that will offer new options grams can live at the Job Corps fa- for students at risk of dropping cility if they wish and will be eli- in the Mountains Part H m.L Dart of the "Music in the Mountains" program for 2000. ~ ~to, top left, center, Major General Bob Ruth (USA rat), is about to present a memento to Army '~ I~?'~or Chief Warrant Officer Michael W. Walker, left. Looking on at right is Park Ranger Marsha ?3 I.~il~lic relations officer at Harpers Ferry. l ~/r~the second concert in the series, the first being presented by Sliver Wings, the country an- / ~0the U'S" Air F :C:e the U.S. Army Band and Chorus on Saturday, August 12, while the flnalett Concert will f:~mber 9, featuring the U.S. Navy Band and Sea Chanters. Baturday, Sap at top right shows Army Blues vocalist Staff Sergeant Ronald Gutierrez singing a ballad to /IC=~(:lies inthegrote?~iOo;c~h? right, Staff Sergeant Dave Smith plays a mellow saxophone to Duke ' . . County Approves Takes Appeal to High Court ~ ~ Stown attorney David Camilletti is taking his case to the Recommendations I ~ a SUpreme Court, asking it to allow a three-member panel On Building Codes 1[~.vet his primary election challenge in the race for the 4th ~.eship in the 23rd Circuit. It appears that the Jefferson ]~},Who trails Gray Silver III by 39 votes for the Democratic County Commission is moving I~'~l~ the judge's race, wants the special panel instead of the closer and closer to imposing build- l[~h~l~aty Commissioners because he says his challenge is lag codes on new home construe- tl~ tt n the commission s handling of the primary ballots, tion and the hiring of an inspector .a / [l~e high court agree with Camilletti, he and Silver would to enforce those new codes. One member while Governor Cecil Underwood woudd "i'J [ ~l~-tt With a possible implementation ,a, / ~.rfl member, by early next year, the county must [[l~ls challenging the results of the election, particularly the now meet with builders, enforce- ~) / ]~U.tallying of ballots. He says the validity of over 200 bal- ment agency officials in Berkeley [ ~lOnable because the signatures of one or both poll clerks County and others to determine ~[~'~ on those ba~lt~e secial panel be denied, the Berkeley the best codes to use locally. ~' ~e request fo p Commissioner A1 Hooper has -- t ~ll~OUld proceed with a hearing later this month. That deci" volunteered to meet with home builders on the new building codes, ~,l]F~.l~Pealed to Circuit Court, then to the West Virginia Su- and has suggested that Jefferson ' County would need only one in- It{)) spector to enforce the code. 000 Allocated to Burr Farm When the codes are in place, one ~h~O1~ . . County Co ,ss,on last Thursday allocated SlO,O00 themaj rimplementationhUrdle will be ofeliminatedlocal impactf r ~ Landmarks Commission, money that will be used as fees on new construction. Such fees i~ lag funds for a $20,000 grant from the West Virginia 2t~: Arts. The funds will be spent at the Peter Burr Farm, are levied on developers of new homes with the fees used to help ,# / I~'~g transformed by Landmarks officials into a living his, defray the cost of those services re- ,'~ l [~ere visitors are able to see how life and farming was over quired to support new construc- ,* * I tlk~O. t . tion. t l$~i~0rlginally asked for $15,000, but the figure was re- Ambulance Fees 1 l]~t~ ~.The county funds will be added to $6,000 in the Land- County Commissioner James K. I t~, leaving the local agency just $4,000 short of the Ruland recently suggested that the l l~ "~q to secure the $20,000 arts council grant, commission consider a new fee to VcFATHI Page 2 The extended forecast for the Page 7 area through Sunday is: Page 9 Partly cloudy throughout the next Page 11few days. Highs ranging from the Page 13lower 80s today to the mid 80s Sun- Page 14day. Lows in the low to mid 60s. Page 15Chance of rain showers each day, Page 15particularly on Friday. help fund paid ambulance service in the county. The County Commission has funded the paid ambulance service administered by the Jefferson County ~mbulance Authority for two years from video lottery pro- ceeds. Nearly $900,000 in county funds will go toward the paid am- bulance service over that two-year period. Legislation proposed by Senator John Unger, D-Berkeley, would help in the collection of the fees. That legislation would prohibit the renewal of a motor vehicle regis- tration until that person's ambu- lance fee is paid. No fee structure is currently being considered. gible for all Job Corps benefits. A steering committee will de- velop a placement protocol for stu- dents and will evaluate the pro- gram, Wall said. The number of Jefferson High School students who participate will be determined by the available space at the Job Corps, school offi- cials said. In return for the Job Corps ser- vices, the school system will pro- vide Job Corps students and staff with training opportunities, use of school computer labs and will pro- vide GED testing. The program was developed fol- lowing a change in the philosophy for the federally sponsored Job Corps program. Previously, the lo- cal Job Corps primarily provided services to young people from tihe Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia areas. Now, Job Corps are refocusing efforts to pro- vide services to young people from the areas where their facilities are located. "This program offers many pluses for our students and gives us other options to help them stay in school," Ms. Wall said. The textbooks, to Pro e-ramming Using Microsoft Visual Basic Version 5 and 6 for high school computer science class, and Holt Science Spectrum: A Bal- will be considered for adoption at the next regular meeting. The books are available for review at the Board of Educa- tion office. The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Board of Education office, 110 Mordington Avenue. Mosquito Precautions of Health Jefferson County Board of Health Chairman James Hocker recently issued an alert for all citi- zens to assist in the fight against mosquito infestation during the summer months. This alert is spawned by the presence of the West Nile Virus, a mosquito-borne illness that has been detected in East Coast areas of the country. He noted that this virus, which had never been seen in the United States before last year, could cause a serious illness. Earlier this year in the New York area, the microbe was found to have overwintered there in mos- quitoes that survived the cold weather in basements and aban- doned buildings. This month, offi- cials in New York State and New Jersey, announced the virus had spread to crows and it did devas- tate the crow population in some sections of New York State. The federal government Cen- ters for Disease Control and Pre- vention has made money available for anti-virus efforts and many states have begun surveillance. Due to its geographic location, West Virginia is not included in the CDC's prescribed area of enhanced surveillance. Hecker pointed out that this is not an emergency alert for there has been no evidence of the disease anywhere near this area, but there are steps that"can be taken by citizens to reduce any incidence of the disease enterit~g the area. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, which become infected when they feed on infected birds. After an incubation period of 10 days to 2 weeks, infected mosqui- toes can then transmit the virus to human beings while biting to take Continued on Page 2 Beverly Hughes Hughes New Associate Superintendent The Jefferson County Board of Education last Wednesday se- lected Beverly Hughes, personnel director, to become associate su- perintendent. Hughes has worked for Jeffer- son County Schools since graduat- ing from Shepherd College in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Second- cry Education, English and Physi- cal Education. She earned a Mas- ters of Arts degree in Education Administration from West Virginia University in 1975. First hired as an English and physical education teacher at the former Shepherdstown High School in 1971, Hughes became the physical education teacher there when the school was converted to Shepherdstown Junior High School in 1972. She moved into administration in 1978 when she became second- cry supervisor, a position she held until 1989 when she was selected as coordinator of programs and staff development. She became personnel director in 1994. While serving in various admin- istrative roles, Hughes imple- mented a number of programs and events. Under her guidance, the Jefferson County Secondary Sci- ence Fair and Jefferson County So- cial Studies Fair were established, the School Business Partner pro- gram began and the Jefferson County Teacher of the Year and Service Personnel of the Year selec- tion began. Hughes also began the opening day program for all em- ployees, the Mentor Teacher Pro- gram and expanded staff develop- ment offerings for all employees. She is a member of the Jeffer- son County Education Association and is the Region VIII representa- tive for the West Virginia School Personnel Association. Hughes will replace John Rose, who retired from the associate su- perintendent position last month. "I am looking forward to the new challenges this position will bring," Hughes said following her appointment. Superintendent David W. Markoe recommended Hughes from 15 applicants. Workers Comp Meeting Locally Employers in the Eastern Panhandle will have a chance to meet with administrators and staff of the West Virginia Workers Compen- sation Division, July 18 in Shepherdst wn' Workers Compensation will hold the last of six statewide informa- tional seminars Tuesday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 17 Lowe Road, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The meeting is designed to help employers, vendors and providers better utilize services provided by the division. There is no charge to attend the meeting. Bureau of Employment Programs Commissioner William F. Vieweg will open the meeting with a report on improvements Workers Com- pensation continues to make in important areas like lowering the defi- cit, implementation of fairer rates and new services for employers. The remainder of the day will include a series of five concurrent breakout sessions hosted by Workers Compensation staff members. Session topics are: Claims and Medical - Covers reporting, compensability, employer protest, treatment and AMA guidelines and other related topics. Employer Payroll Reporting and Legal - Covers civil immunity, repayment agreements, delinquency and default, Internet reporting, payments, administrative hearing, fraud and related topics. Safety - Covers the WVSAFE program, video lending library, safety inspections and other topics. Rating - Covers rate making, wages, basic rate policy, reclass and recalculations, rate reports, reserves, error corrections and other re- lated topics. Underwriting - Covers rating plans, classification, coverage for new business, audits, Employers Excess Liability Fund and other top- ics. For more information or to register for the seminar, visit the Work- ers Compensation area of the BEP's website at www.state.wv.us/bep or call 304-558-4998.