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No. 40 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA 25414 Thursday September 21, 1978 24 Pages - 2 Sections Per Copy. 15e d Is Broken For NerO, All.Modern Blakeley Nnk & Trust Company [TIES AT GROUND BREAKING -- Heading the list of per- on hand for the ground breaking ceremonies of the new Blakeley & Trust Company building Monday morning were those shown in the top the bank's staff being shown in the bottom picture. Shown in the are: (left to right)-- Dr. William P. Warden, Paul L. Reid, both directors; Dr. D.C. Master, Mayor of Charles Town, who along with Mayor J. Kelley Lance, extended greetings and best wishes to the J. Blackwell Davis, an original director of the bank; Leo Widmyer, a Charles Conrad, director, Mayor Lance of Ranson; Richard D. of Winchester, Va., a member of the Architectural firm; Richard of Waynesboro, Pa., contractor; Mrs. Virginia Ward, an,officer of the Herbert Stratton, architect for the new bank; Maurice Viener, chair- of the bank's board of directors; J. Errol Ward, one of only two of the directors still with the bank and a member of the bank's original State Planning Group Meeting Sept. 24-26 C!if00ide Motor Inn With 'citizen participation in planning" as the key theme, the 1978 fall conference of the West Virginia Planning Association will convene Sunday, September 24, at the Cliffside Motor Inn in Harpers Ferry. The three-day event will feature an address by Governor John D. Rockefeller at a banquet on Monday night0Septemher 25 at 6:30 p.m. The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday and run uptil lunch on Tuesday, September 26, and is being co-sponsored by the West Virginia Planning Association and the Governor's Office of Economic and Com- munity Development. William Brawiey, Mayor of Harpers Ferry, and Henry M. Snyder, Jr. of the Jefferson County Commission, will welcome pxticipants from every county in West Virginia. Sessions Sunday morning will include a look at the state land use policy, planning for the transportation disadvantaged, and planning for historic preservation in West Virginia. Each of these sessions will have four or five short presentations on specific topics. For example, Lewis Winter, Berkeley County planner will discuss "local perspectives of state land use policy" and Mark Mallk of the National Park Service, will signers; Nix0n Oyer, of Waynesboro; Mrs. Hannah Pitcher, a bank discuss Harpers Ferry National A conference highlight Sunday afternoon will be a bus tour of the Berkeley-Jefferson County area and will include the historic areas of Shepherdstown, various federal installations, the Mar- tinsburg airport, Bardane in- dustrial park site, various subdivisions and a look. at agricultural enterprises striving to compete economically in a rapid growth area. The tour begins at Harpers Ferry at 1:30 p.m. and will conclude at 5:30 p.m. "Turning the Potomac Highlands into Bedroom Communities," "Legal Liabilities of the Citizen Plan- ner," and "Planning for 1985 in Harpers Ferry" are the topics for discussion Sunday evening at 7:30. Featured speakers will 14 Indictments Returned By Grand Jury Tuesday Against Suxteen Persons The Grand Jury of the Sep- tember term of the Circuit Court of Jefferson County had a very busy, but not extremely long day of deliberations Tuesday with some 15 different presentments made to them by Jefferson County Prosecutor Robert Skinner and as a result they finished up their work about 4:30 p.m.rsomewhat earlier than had[ been expected. And with completion of their work the jury had returned a total of 14 indictments against 16 persons, several of them on more than one count. Four of the indictments against the same number of persons were for misdemeanor charges, two counts being returned against two of them. There was a total of 10 in- dictments returned against 11 persons on felony charges. The misdemeanor indictments returned were against the following: ICharles Town Council Talks About Pan-Tran Charles Town's City Council met in semi-monthly session Monday evening and spent a good portion of the time involved informally discussing the merits T.J. Mentzer,'president of the Jefferson County Court; Douglas Rock- Historical Park. , president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; Jack Huyett, ,  . Turn to Page 6 ident and cashier of the bank; Dr. James Moler, chairman of the bank In I 1 and demerits of Pan Tran, the Committee, the Rev. Bishop Eugene Baltimore, of Ranson and [II]IWV ruralbus service in this Eastern my Clarke, a member of the Ranson Council. Shown in the bottom picture t uu unmjllhn II ww U.] Panhandle. emembets of the bank ff. ey gde: (left to nglg)-- , [ .... ::: J. Blackwell Davis, Jr., Hannah J. Pitcher, Brenda Poston, Jack R. Dorothy Anders, Jo Ann Coon, Joyce Dugan, Laveania Hamilton, Hill, John Ward, Ida Mary Butler, Cathy Huff, Fern Willingham,Mary Lehnert, Virginia S. Ward, Gladys Staubs, and Virginia Do0n. (Photos Tim Sinn) living, turning the first shovel d earth. Jack HuYett , president and cashier of the bank spoke briefly, tracing the planning of the new bank which he said began some 2/z years ago. Douglas Rockwell, president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce said the Chamber would like to show it's recognition of the officers and directors of Blakeley Bank & Trust Company and their con- tinuing contribution to the financial development of the Eastern Panhandle by un- !dertaking this major capital mprovement. He said the i project demonstrates the bank s committment to the future growth and development of Jefferson County. And he said we at the Chamber of Commerce wish to thank you for your contribution to this county's economy, and are happy to know that Blakeley Bank & Trust Turn to Page 6 was broken Monday for all new, modern for the Blakeley & Trust Company at ceremonies held on the hank to be located of the bank's present tanson Circle. construction work was to get underway late with Richard Oyer, of Waynesboro, Pa., been the con- is expected will and ready for a year, it was Place Sexual Abuse Charges Against Two Two men . : . one from Frederick, Md., and the other from the Summit Point area. faced charges of sexual abuse oi 15-year-old girls in magistrate's court over the past week-end. [ Felix Peralta, 25, of I Frederick, arrested by State[ Trooper S.D. Reckart at the[ Bloomery Bridge, was arraigned before Magistrate. Peter Dougherty who set bond of $2,000 for Peralta's appearance at a preliminary hearing at a later date. Peralta was also charged with felonious assault after he stabbed the brother of the 15-year-old girl in the case. The brother had pursued Peralta from the Charles Town area to the Bloomery and accosted him there. Peralta furnished the bond. The second case of sexual assault, against a 15-year-old f partially retarded girl, allegedly was committed by Edward Young of the Summit Point area. He was ordered bound over to the September 19 term of grand jury by Magistrate E.W. Day, and remanded to jail in .lieu of $1,000. Also bound over to the grand jury by Day was Denver Tasker, of Kearneysville, charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, marijuana; and Paul Rockwell, of Brkeley county charged with forging two cheeks for $250 each against Jefferson County businesses. Both were released under $1,000 bond. SONS CONFEDERATE VETS MEET THURSDAY The Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold a dinner meeting Tuesday, September 5, at 7:00 p.m., at the Christ Reformed Church in Kear- neysville. All members are urged to be present. II I l NOTICE: Hyman Vitmer & Sons, 400 North George Street, Charles Town, will be dosed Monday, October hl, Tuesday, October 3rd, and Wednesday, October II. Sept. l-3t-fp Ill II II II Pan Tran necessitated getting the thinking of council. Master said he never favored Pan Tran, from the standpoint of dollars and cents; but he did believe it provided service for O eathsClzmb 1 !MishapS, Damage High[ Damage was listed at $2,300, Fisher was cited for driving left of center. In a Friday incident, a car operated by Susan Palmer of Route 1, Charles Town, skidded out of control and struck a vehicle driven by Thomas F. Ellard, of Charles Town, on the Old Cave Road. Palmer was trapped in the wreckage, but was removed by Independent Fire Company's Rescue Service, taken to Jef- ferson Memorial, then trans- ferred to Winchester Memorial Hospital. Damage in the ac- cident was $2,300. No charges have been placed. Heaviest property damage, $6,300, occurred on U.S. Route 340 at Bolivar, when cars driven by Greg Goldman, Gaither- sburg, Md., and Joseph Ranalli, Millville, collided. Ranalli, who was charged with driving while intoxicated, saw his 1978 model auto demolished at a loss of $6,000. There were. no injuries. Another two-car mishap, near Bardane, involving a car driven by Leonard L. Hottle, Jr., Kearneysville, and another operated by Albert T. Mason, Route I, Martinsburg, ended with three charges against Hottle, leaving the scene of an accident, driving left of center; Turn to Page 6 Junior Lee Cross, 49, of Route I, Charles Town, became Jef- ferson County's eleventh high- way fatality of 1978, when he died over the past week-end in the Baltimore (Maryland) shock-trauma unit. Cross, an employee of the Town of Charles Town; sustained massive head injuries in a train-car collision Sep- tember 9. The accident occurred when Cross attempted to negotiate a private road crossing in Byrd's Orchard. Cross was buried Tuesday in the Elkins area. A rash of other week-end accidents on Jefferson County highways injured a number of lersons and. sent property damage skyrocketing over the $15,000 level. A half-dozen were injured, apparently none seriously, when a truck operated by Raymond Fisher, Arlington, Virginia, struck an auto driven by Donna Elliott, of Charles Town, on Route 9 south of Charles Town. Removed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital by Ind- pendent Fire Company am- bulance, were two passengers in the truck, Evelyn Fisher and Gary Feariavolo; with driver Elliott together with Rudy, Chris and Linda Elliott transported from the automobile. County Democratic Executive Committee Plans For Events held to honor Senator Jennings Randolph, who will be the principal speaker. Since this tri- county rally is being held, the Jefferson County Committee decided to join in this event rather than stage a county rally. Tickets for the event may be purchased from any member of the County Executive com- mittee, or from Lyle Tabb, chairman of the committee. At 'tuesday night's meeting the executive committee, also received and approved the list of Democratic polls workers for the Nov. 7, general electian. Announcement was also made that a training school for the poll workers will be held Oct. 16-17 to which all workers are invited and urged to attend. many people who could not afford other means of tran- sportation. However, he said, it will soon reach the point where Federal and State subsidies will be with- drawn and the service must either stand on its own feet or he supported by tax dollars from local governments. Council members generally agreed that the system is not self-sustaining; but most pointed out that it does provide a needed service. In other actions, the council advised the town's Zoning Commission that erection of a pizza restaurant on property off U.S. 340 near the Kentucky Fried Chicken establishment would violate existing ordinances. The area in question is zoned residential. Kentucky Fried Chicken, it was explained, was annexed into city jurisdiction after it had been in operation. Three residents of Charles Town will be advised they are in violation of existing laws. Two of them have posted commercial signs without the necessary approval of council. The third expanded a dwelling without a building permit. Taxpayers Association Muting September 22 The Jefferson County Tax. payers Association will bold its September meeting on Sep- tember 22. 1978 at the Ruritan Club in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be conducted by Charles Adams. president. Reports will be heard from various committees including the committee on zoning and the committee on getting the petitions signed calling for a popular referendum on reducing the number of county com. missioners from 5 to 3. The public is invited to this meeting. Club To Meet Monday The Democratic Women's Club of Jefferson County, will hold a meeting Monday night Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Court Hse, it was announced Tuesday by Mrs. Ben Miller, president. All members and interested tnembers are urged to attend as a xaunber of important matters will be discussed. fief ground breaking was held, with Dr. Moler, chairman of the committee presiding. for the ceremonies by Bishop E.E. of Ranson; with Mr. Ward, the only living of the Blakeley Bank and one of two of [inal directors, still lVlembers of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee, meeting in special session Tuesday night in Charles Town, made plans for opening a Democratic headquarters on North George Street, Charles Town, in offices oectipied by Richard Durham, in the St. Margaret's Building. Date for an official opening will be an- nounced later at which time all County Democratic officials and special guests will he invited. The committee also discussed plans for having a delegation attend a big tri-county Democratic rally to be held at the Martinsburg Moose Club p'cnic .grounds on the. Airport Road, south of Martinsburg, on Sunday, Oct. 8. The rally is being Strikes Out Program Schools Rutherford's statement said that a request was made in October, 1976, to determine whether the "phasing" system was contributing to the educational growth of Jefferson County students. No reply was received until March, 1979, when the newly-appointed superin- tendent stated informally the matter would be looked into. To date, no information has been received. For these reasons, and others, the NAACP .has invited the members of the school board, students, teachers and the general public to discuss this matter in an open forum. No :late was mentioned for such a forum. According to the NAACP's understanding these conditions presently exist: I. Approximately 88 per cent of the minority students are in Phase Ill and below. Ap- proximately 52 per cent of the minority students are in Phase If. Turn to Page 6 County NAACP, , evening, heard the "phasing" as currently practiced County Schools. eording to the NAACP Rutherford, the County School Board, present, has been in- to needs, un- to requests in its respon- to provide quality all its students. issued by the the Jefferson in response to from parents and requested information school board con- "phasing" program. tement goes on to the program, as practiced in the is racially and. discriminatory; questions have been the adverse impact on the students, their careers. Anothony Joseph, on a' drunken driving charge which occurred back in March. Cheryl Ann Redmond, two counts of fraudulent use of the General Telephone service last Januarytwo counts; Debra Kay Armstrong, two counts of[ fraudulent use of the General Telephone Service also last January, both charges involved the sum of less than $100.00. Frank Cheatham, Jr., a misdemeanor charge for fraudulent, deceptive and misleading representation to the public. The following had felony in:  dictments returned against them: John Savage and Glenn B. Whitfield, jointly, for the malicious wounding of Nephi Stevenson. Joseph John Zimmer, malicious wounding of Ethel D. Cox. Paul Douglas Rockwell, forgery, uttering against Bank of Charles Town. William Hardy, breaking and entering at the property of Roger Frank Dillow. Alexander T. Tennison, breaking and entering the property of Raymond S. Myers. Larry Dean Shultz, grand theft, Roger Frank Dillow. Eddie Young, sexual abuse of 15-year-old girl. Beverly Eugene Harris, forgery, Bank of Charles Town. Bruce A. Bourinot and David L. Rainey, jointly, breaking and entering, Edwin Lee Demory. And Bruce A. Bourinot, three separate indictments for breaking and entering the properties of William B. Jones, William F. Merta and Edward W. Kruger. Arraignment of those indicted took place Wednesday before Judge Vance E. Sencindiver: Apple Growers, Hit By Nature's Whims, I Now Face Low Prices. By EDWARD DOCKENEY In the Spring there's the threat of frost ere's a chance summer and fati will not produce enough rain. These are a few of the problems faced by fruit growers during the course of a growing season, all a result of nature's vagaries, but whichl for the most part, can be solved by ingenuil and persistence. But along about this time of year, the man-made obstacles make their appearance, and they, quite often, are not so easy to handle. First, there popped up the question of "who's going to pick the crops?" and the yearly battle with the United States Department of Labor which, to many observers, appears bent on inflicting its whims and wills on the horticulturists of the area. This year, it appeared as though things had been pretty wellqkrashed out ahead of time. Mter some verbal battling, and some orders from the Labor Department, a Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the growers had the right to hire the apples pickers they wanted...and they wanted Jamaicans. Pickin' One of the bright spots for growers is the implementation of reliable off-shore workers to pick the apple crop in this area during the months of September and October. Shown above, on a ladder in a Jefferson County, orchard, is one of the Jamaicans who, orchardists contend, do a great job of picking apples season after season. But the Labor Department suddenly, and with very little warning at all, suddenly flooded the Virginia-West Virginia- Maryland area with some 600 or so Puerto Ricaus, many of whom Turn to Page6 4-H Award To Jefferson Girls An excellent presentation in the Foods and Nutrition (Team) Division of the 4-H Visual Presentation competition earned Susie Jamison, 15, of Charles Town (right) and Kelly Watson, 15, of Ranson, a first place bl- ribbon when they vied for the state title at Jackson's Mill at Weston,in August. Their presentation was en- tiffed "Metrics and Cooking." Roundup is sponsored by the 4-H Youth Development Division of the West Virginia University Center for Extension and Continuing Education.