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< t.J t ~.Y k Jefferson County's newspaper 1844 < i 4# ! ; /<~?~!i~4~%i~3~!:~:~:~d~iJ%!~!~i~i~!~@;~!~~i~i@i~?i!~! /i!!iii!/ Celebrating 15 Years Angela Townsley Competing For West Virginia USA Title Angela M. Townsley, daughter of Mark and Sherry Rotruck, 416 Palomino Place, Charles Town, has been selected as an entrant in the 2000 Miss West Virginia USA Pag- eant, to be held in the ballroom of the Best Western Gateway Inn in Huntington, October 30 and 31. The State Pageant will select West Virginia's representative to the Miss USA Pageant, nationally televised on CBS-TV during Feb- ruary. Miss Townsley, who was se- lected as an entrant-at-large, will be competing with young women all over the Mountain State for the title of Miss West Virginia USA. She is a senior at Jefferson High School, and is planning to attend Shepherd College. She is an em- ployee at Martin's Market. Angela participates in chorus, peer mediation, and FBLA. Her other interests include collecting dolphins, being in pageants, and youth group at church. Angela Townsley Miss Jefferson Pageant ' Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating its of sponsoring the Miss Jefferson County Scholarship Pag- 15, 2000. The pageant will be staged at the Wright Intermecliate School auditorium. 1984, when the pageant was first staged, a total of $40,600 in and $2,500 in endowments from Shepherd College awarded. The Chamber has the distinction of having the scholarship pageant in West Virginia. ,Cain and Melissa Costello, Miss 5nia 1990, executive producer, and many dedicated volun- already working on an exciting evening of entertainment Jefferson County winners returning for the 15th an- the pageant. statement for the Miss Jefferson County Scholarship (1) to provide a unique opportunity for our area young financial assistance in the nature of scholarship awards ~aeans of achieving their educational goals; (2) advocates the good~dll; (3) encourages and promotes the in all aspects of our society; (4) recognizes women who g contributions in all fields of endeavor and spe- issues. It is a program where a young woman does to be a winner. compete in interview, swimsuit, talent and evening Jefferson County 2000 will compete for the title of Miss in June 2000 in Clarksburg, a preliminary to the Miss Pageant. She will represent the Chamber at grand openings, parades, promoting her platform, etc during her wishing to compete must be between the ages of 17 and never have been married. Entrants may also compete if been a resident for at least six months, employed on a basis for a period of six months or are a fulltime registered Deadline for entries is November 27. For entry forms contact Tracey Owens at 304-728-6171. New Teachers' Banquet Nov. 3 Chamber of Commerce will hold the 37th An- Teachers' Banquet to honor 72 new educators in local on Wednesday, November 3, at the Bavarian Inn, Honorees will be new employees of Jefferson County Day School and Shepherd College. and Chair of the Chamber's Education Committee i. Howard will welcome the new teachers. Recognition will be Nilmoth, Teacher of the Year in Jefferson County for Rn:t~Veaing begins with a social period at 6 p.m followed by din- u :iit~tP-~a. Tickets for the banquet are $20 a person and are avail- PW, pt~,[~ae Chamber of Commerce, 201 Frontage Road, Charles Town. Mi t oc2~ ac is cordially invited to attend, but tickets must be purchased ,For tickets or further information, call (304)725-2055, l i rmer Harpers Ferry Mayor Dws ,73, an educator and the first black mayor of Harpers night at his residence following a lengthy illness. ~Was well-known for his educational and coaching activities ~st Virginia and Maryland. details of Mr. Craven's passing were immediately avail- arrangements are being made through the Eackles-Spen- Home in Harpers Ferry. T, 6 Cyl, J, 51K Mi Murder Trial Underway Rickey E. Carey, 39, charged in the shooting-stabbing death of Lori Lynn Curry, went on trial in Jefferson County Circuit Court this week. Jurors Tuesday heard Prosecuting Attorney Michael Thompson relate how Curry was killed with a 12-gauge shotgun and the knife allegedly wielded by Carey. The Carey case was scheduled for earlier trial, but was delayed so that the defendant could undergo psychological testing. Carey is charged in the September 1998 murder of the 24-year-old woman he had once dated. Her body was found in a sta)rage building behind Carey's home at 100 E. llth Ave. in Ranson on September 6 of last year. She was apparently shot twice with a shotgun in the head and arm and suffered four stab wounds. No motive has yet been presented in the murder trial. Hearing Set on Two-Way Congress St. The City Of Cha les'Town will c0n uct a public hearing next Mon- day at City Hall next Monday at 7:00 p.m. to hear comments concern- ing a possible action to change the traffic pattern on Congress Street from one-way to two-way. City officials believe that changing Congress Street's traffic flow pattern could reduce vehicular congestion on Washington Street. The street was changed earlier to one-way in order to alleviate parental concerns of safety for students at Wright Denny School. Recently, a number of citizens have sought to have Congress Street Opened to two-way traffic. Currently Congress is one-way from West to Seminary Street. ! This month marks the begin- ister of Historic Places. Archaeolo- ning of the Jefferson County His- gists excavation and interpreta- toric Landmarks Commission's tion of the site are planned. fund and membership drive. The The group is also making emer- Commission seeks to raise $10,000 gency repairs on the Jefferson in donations and to add 100 active County Alms House, a National volunteers to its rolls. Donations to Register site that has suffered de- the Landmarks Commission are terioration and vandalism during tax deductible, the long struggle to find a buyer for The Landmarks Commission, a the recycling center adjacent to the branch of Jefferson County govern- former Jefferson County landfill. ment, is responsible for promoting The Commission's most ambi- heritage tourism, educating the tious project is the restoration of public on preservation issues, and the Peter Burr House and the es- assisting in the restoration of his- tablishment of a living history toric properties. The group is ac- farm on the site. The house is the tively involved in preserving sev- oldest standing wood frame struc- eral historic sites in.the county, ture in West Virginia and is on the The Landmarks Commission National Register of Historic holds a lease from West Virginia Places. In addition to continuing DNR on the area originally covered with the restoration of the house, by the 1830s resort established at the Commission plans to build a Shannondale Springs. Commis: log barn on the property next sum- sion members and volunteers re- mer to house artisans, interpret- stored the bath house property and ers, workshops, and educational had it placed on the National Reg- activities. The group also sponsors Continued on Page 4 Trick or Treat Days & Times II ISIDE County Fire Order of Moose, Lodge 948, of Jefferson County made donations to all county fire corn- Shown above, from left, are Gerald Powell, president of Harpers Ferry Fire Company; Doug Pittinger, ambulance chief for the Shepherdstown Fire Corn- chief of Independent Fire Comapny; Frank Markstrom, who made the presenta- f the Moose Lodge; Doug McDonough, president of Citizens Fire Company; and ~lent of Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Company. (Photo by Kable Photographics) Ranson and Charles Town will observe Trick or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. this Saturday for youngsters age 12 and under only. Those resi- dents wishing to take part in the event should leave their porch lights burning. Harpers Ferry and Bolivar will hold Trick or Treat on Friday evening. Hours will be 6 to 8 p.m and, again, residents wishing to participate should leave their porch lights on. In Shepherdstown, the hours for youngsters to enjoy the evening on Friday are from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuscawilla Hills residents will host their young people on Satur- day evening from 6 to 8 p,m. Again, those hosting young Trick or Treat participants should leave their porch lights on. Close 3-2 Vote for Endorsement Weeks of debate, a public hearing, petitioning and political postur- ing ended last Thursday when the Jefferson County Commission gave its approval to a resolution favoring the expansion of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Voting on the resolution was close, with Commissioners A1 Hooper, Edgar Ridgeway and James Ruland favoring. Commissioners James Knode and Dean Hockensmith voted against the motion to approve the resolution. Wording in the resolution does not prohibit those in the affected area from selling their property to any interest, but commissioners voting in favor of the issue say these land owners now have yet an- other option, selling or conveying property for park use. Opponents of the resolution believe that its passage will have a det- rimental effect on their property values, noting that developers will likely not be interested in an area where the Park Service has made such inroads. Proponents claim that the "green space" hopefully created by this resolution and subsequent federal action will not only preserve the historic value of the property, but also increase the monetary value of property to potential home buyers. A GUIDE TO W ST V!RGiNIA Rich m ttisWD, Cultt.v Recrealb. Plans Announced The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce has announced plans to sponsor a new publication, A Guide to Jefferson County. This book will include information on a variety of topics and answer questions newcomers commonly ask about retail shopping, financial services, entertainment, healthcare facilities, service organizations, etc. It will be given to those who inquire about the area, and used by other tourist and business development organizations. "This project has been created as a member service," said Mary Via, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. "Advertisers not only have an opportunity to reach new customers, but they'll receive com- plimentary copies to use in their businesses. It's a way the Chamber can help small companies obtain professionally produced marketing materials in a cost-effective manner." Funds raised through advertising sales will be used to cover pro- duction costs of publishing the 10,000 guidebooks. All companies are eligible to advertise, but Chamber members will receive a discount on advertising rates. Non-profit and community-related organizations are eligible for an editorial listing. Any organization that wishes to be listed should call 304-876-3871. A Guide to Jefferson County is expected to be published by January 2000. OBITUARIES Page ~ ~ ATHER LETTERS Page 4 The extended forecast for the SOCIAL Page 8 area through Sunday is: CHURCHES Page 12 Mostly sunny through Saturday SPORTS Page 15 with highs ranging from the low to mid LEGAL NOTICES Page 1960s, Chance of showers on Sunday, REAL ESTATE Page 26with a high in the mid 60s. Lows rang- CLASSIFIED Page 26ing from the upper 30s to mid 40s by SALES Page 27Sunday night. SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON-FARMER'S ADVOCATE Serving the citizens of Jefferson County, W.Va since 1844