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A4 Weclnesday, July 25, 2012 News , ptrit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE ROBERTSNYDER Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN -- West Virginia suffers from one of the highest rates of illicit drug use in the country. Even worse, the state's prison population is near to overflowing. But there is good news and it was on display last week at the Jefferson County Judicial Cen- ter as area officials welcomed state Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin for the formal opening of the Eastern Panhan- dle Juvenile Drug Court. The court, which is funded by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, seeks to pro- vide a treatment alternative to incarceration for young people who have either developed a drug habit, or whom authorities suspect might be at risk for drug abuse. The approach has enjoyed a rapid expansion throughout the state with 15 juvenile drug courts, as well as 13 adult drug courts, already in operation. The Eastern Panhandle pro- gram, which was launched six weeks ago, is currently treating eight young people, according to Jefferson County Family Law Judge David E Greenberg, who presides over the new court. Greenberg, who spoke at last week's reception, said the re- sults have been "astonishing." He said extensive drug testing has shown no violations and the young people are attending group counseling sessions with their parents. That's because drug courts have research to back up their ROBERT SNYDER West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Brent Benjamin chats with Jefferson County Circuit Judge John Yoder during the July 20 opening, of the Eastern Panhandle Juvenile Drug Court at the Judicial Center. /i claims of success, said Division she said. "There are plenty of ern Panhandle, served as key- of Probation Services Direc- jobs but people can t pass a drug 'nOte speaker at Jefferson Cc)un- tor Michael B. Lacy, who also test, but more and more compa- ty's drug court opening on July spoke at the opening. 20. He said he has been moved "(Drug courts) hold greater promise than probation supervi- See related editorial, bYadultsWatchingturn theirY unglivesPe plearoundand sion alone," Lacy said. Page A6 and turn away from drug abuse. Jefferson County Commis- He said the state's judicial sion Patsy Noland noted that the system is committed to making scourge of drug use is a drag on nies are requiring drug tests of the program work. businesses throughout West Vir- their work force.' "We don't believe in giving ginia. Benjamin, who attended a re- up on them, not a single one of "It's the No. 1 recruiting prob- cent drug court graduation cere- them," Benjamin said."We don't lem for business and industry," mony in Wellsburg in the North- believe in throwaway kids." / Around the state W.Va. not alone in weighing Medicaid options CHARLESTON (AP)- Ex- health care overhaul calls on panding Medicaid may help states to cover more of their West Virginia beat back its high- working poor through Medic- ranking prevalence of heart dis- aid, starting in 2014. But the ease, diabetes and other chron- U.S. Supreme Court's decision ic ailments. But the health care limits the penalty that states program is already a budgetary face if they decide against ex- burden that threatens to outstrip panding. available state revenues. Tomblin isn't alone in weigh- That's the quandary facing ing options. His Wyoming Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and counterpart also quizzed Sebe- what prompted Thursday's let- lius in a letter that day. ter to U.S. Health and Human Tomblin's Republican gu- Services Secretary Kathleenbernatorial opponent, Bill Ma- Sebelius. loney, has repeated his call to The recently upheld federal repeal the federal law. Officials hope free meals help students HUNTINGTON (AP) -- ing students to eat meals pre State and local officials across pared at higher nutritional stan: West Virginia are hoping that dards will improve their aca= a federal pilot program that al- demic performance. lows school systems to offer Cabell County Superin- free breakfast and lunch will tendent William Smith tells help boost student achieve- The Herald-Dispatch that re= ment. search shows that nutrition and The U.S. Department of Ag- achievement are linked, and riculture is offering its Commu- that many students come to nity Eligibility Option to 280 school undernourished. schools from more than haft of The USDA offered the pro- West Virginia counties, allow- gram to three states last year, ing nearly 90,000 low-income and four more this year, as part students to eat at no charge, of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Officials hope that encourag- Kids Act of 2010. Three-year-01d girl dies after being left in car CHARLESTON (AP) -- dren didn't realize she was still Jackson County police are in- in the car until several hours vestigating the death of a 3-year- later. old girl who was left in a car af- He didn't identify the girl or ter her family returned home the couple. He didn't know if the from church, couple were her parents or otl~r Chief Deputy Tony Boggess relatives. . tells the Charleston Daily Mail The National Weather Service that the girl fell asleep during says temperatures in the area the ride home Sunday. He says would have been in the high 80s a couple and several other chil- Sunday afternoon. Memorial golf tournament distributes over $25,000 The Charles Town Rota- Eastern Panhandle Free Clin- ry held their annual luncheon ic, $8000. The tournament was at Jefferson Memorial Park to dedicated to the memory of hand out proceeds from the Cynthia Snyder, wife of Lee 13th Annual J.B. Smith Me- Snyder, owner ofSnyder Envi- morial Golf Tournament on ronmental and Jefferson Utili- July 17. A total of $28,258.15 ties. Cynthia passed away on was distributed. Receiving July 6, 2011. The J.B. Smith proceeds were: Rotary Inter- Memorial Golf Tournament national, $2,758.15; Jefferson started in 2000 as a remem- 1High baseball, $1,000; Wash- brance tO 23 year old Jeffrey ington High baseball, $1,000; Brenton Smith, the son of Dan- Eastern West Virginia Commu- ny and Ann Smith. Smith was nity Foundation, $7,500; Jef- killed in a car accident on Aug. ferson Memorial Park, $8000; 15, 1998. ii u-@TT|RY Week End Totals 7/07/12 Benchmark Goal @ 2% $912,063.92 Remainder until 1% / 1% Split $750,425.56 526 West King Street [ Marfinsburg, WV 25401 304-263-9646 FARM Dates to File: USE FORMS and FARM STATISTICS File by September 1, 2012 PERSONAL PROPERTY REPORT (online filing available) Due by October 1, 2012 COMMERCIAL BUSINESS REPORT Due by September 1, 2012 (Corporation & Business Forms) JEFFERSON COUNTY DOG TAGS Due by July 1,2012 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION Apply by December 1, 2012 Handicapped entrance located at 108 East Washington Street F Fi!i!!i " 'iiii!iiiii!i iiiiii i iii i i iiiiiiiii!i i i iiii i i i i !i i i ii! iiii! ii i i i i i i i i i iii i ii i i i i i! i ii iii i ii i i Ti ii ii iii!!!i !i!i! 1 ! !!ilili!iii!ilili!i ii!!ii i i i!ii!!ii!iil/' ' !i ii!ii i : !i!i! iiiiiiii !iii!2ii! i!i?7:iii!ii !! !ii i iiiiiiii!ili!i!i!ililili!iU F z Downtown Charles Town JEWELERS, INC. 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