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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and I MER'S ADVOCATE NEWS PAGE A3 Wednesday, October 31, 2018 CHARLES TOWN - Eleven talented artists employed as art teachers in Jefferson County will put some of their best work on public dis- play starting Friday. It's the first-ever such exhibit for the Jeffer- son. Arts Council, and JAC leaders will host a free opening reception this weekend at the Fire Hall Gallery. Organizers of the show say this is the first time the art teachers have had the opportuni- ty to exhibit their personal art work and pro- vide examples of the high quality of artistic achievement they possess. JAC leader Liz Goins had the idea for the show and reached out to art teachers to put the show together. The Jefferson County Art Teachers Exhibition will remain on display through Nov. 18 at the art gallery inside Rouss Hall at 108 N. George St. The artists/teachers taking part in the exhib- it include Sarah DeAnna, Allison Meley, Con- nie Balukoff, Laura Miller, Amanda Groff, Emily Cumberland, Lisa Patterson, Loretta Ober, Sam Nelson, Allison Meley and Mal- colm Hally. The show will feature pieces in a variety of mediums and will show off techniques and subject matter that, according to a news re- lease, "demonstrate the vitality and depth of the work of our local teachers." The opening reception set for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday will offer the public the chance to meet the artists. The JAC is a member-based art organiza- tion devoted to providing opportunities in the arts for the entire community through exhib- its, concerts, workshops and more. It also sup- ports art activities in public schools and other organizations. The JAC shares the gallery space with the Washington Street Artists' Cooperative. Shep- herd University professor Dow Benedict, a JAC board member, is in charge of the coun- cil's gallery shows put on every other month in the gallery. Connie Balukoff is one of the Jefferson County teachers who will have her work on display at the Fire Hall Gallery on Friday, Guilty FROM PAGE A1 Harvey said evidence showed Demetrius J. Steele, 30, of Landsdowne, was traveling more than 90 miles per hour when the crash happened in the predawn hours of Mother's Day 2017. Shortly before Steele's car crashed into a stone wall near the Shepherd Universi- ty campus, 36-year-old Robert C. Johnson Jr. sent a text to his wife saying that Steele was driving recklessly and speeding as the two headed to Shepherdstown after a so- cial gathering in Hagerstown, Md Harvey said. The crash occurred about a mile from Johnson's home, Harvey said, just past the Potomac River bridge near Shepherd Grade Road where there's a bend in the road. Johnson - a medical professional who worked at Berkeley Medical Center in Mar- tinsburg - had texted his wife several times Matt Harvey Steven Redding on the drive to Shepherdstown that he feared for his life, Harvey said. Harvey said Johnson's final text to his wife read: "Almost there." Steele entered a guilty plea to felony driv- ing while intoxicated, admitting guilt to causing Johnson's death. He faces a possible penalty of three to 15 years in prison. Circuit Judge Steven Redding has sched- uled a sentencing heating in Jefferson Coun- ty Circuit Court for Jan. 22. Harvey said that because Johnson's death was avoidable, he will ask Redding to im- pose a prison sentence and not allow an al- ternative form of incarceration such as home detention. Harvey said Johnson coached youth bas- ketball and was well known and highly re- garded in the Shepherdstown community. He said his office did not offer Steele a plea agreement. Harvey called the evidence agains Steele overwhelming. A blood test administered to Steele after the crash determined he had consumed more than twice the legal limit of alcohol for a driver in West Virginia, Harvey said. "The last thing [Steele] remembered was Robert [Johnson] asking him to pull over and let him drive," Harvey said. At the time, Steele was dating Johnson's sister, Harvey said. Johnson was a native of Kansas who worked at a nurse anesthetist. He was taken by ambulance there after the crash. Steele also was injured in the accident and was transported to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md. Trump to W, to return HUNTINGTON -- President Donald Trump is set to return to West Virginia Friday for a rally here in support of U.S. Senate can- didate Patrick Morrisey. The rally at the Huntington Tri-State Airport will mark Trump's eighth trip to the Mountain State since taking office. Election Day happens Tuesday and early voting began in West Virginia Oct. 24 and con- tinues through Saturday. Tickets for the event are available on Trump's campaign website. According to the website, the rally is sched- uled to begin at 4 p.m. Trump campaigned in West Virginia in August and September, also on behalf of Morrisey, who lived in Harpers Ferry and commuted to D.C. before winning election as attorney general in 2012. Morrisey is running against U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, the Democrat who has held the of- fice since 2010. Civic Center FROM PAGE A1 and air conditioning systems, Burhans said. City leaders and members of the community offic!ally celebrated the renovations with a "grand unmask- ing" on Frida arid then a fun pub- lic event a aa 'iater with family ac- tivlties including mask making and cupcake decorating. Mayor Keith Pierson said the lat- est renovations cost about $350,000. 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Step in Time, a bakery formerly in "She made pepperoni rolls for my Bolivar operated by Sarah Gordon dad who was a coal miner." and Terri Wilson, to become the A Step in Time is open at the cen- center's first concession stand, ter from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday The bakery is known for its au- through Saturday. Gloria Hodges of the Jefferson County Council on Aging is pleased with the civic center's makeover. "Having air conditioning and heat- ing has allowed us to have programs all year long now," said Hodges of the council's range of programs for senior citizens, including yoga and a popular walking program. Ranson's ownership of the civ- ic center began when the building was a vacant property owned by the Maytag Corp. It had been used for industrial purposes at one time serv- ing as a paint shop in the 1980s. It had been empty for many years. Maytag agreed to donate the facil- ity to the city in 2001 but the transfer hit a snag when no appraiser could find a comparable property. Finally in the spring of 2009, the city recorded the deed to the civic center and began to improve the di- lapidated facility. Burhans said the center is cur- rently seeking young people be- tween the ages of 4 and 18 for the Ranson Parks and Recreation Bas- ketball League. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 17. For more information, contact Ranson Parks and Recreation at 304-725-2437. Story Series presents Tuesday, Nov. p.m./Reynolds Hall Shepher~ University Ralph is NOT accepting campaign donations Iorenzetl 304-725-6263 Winchester, VA 9 November 9th at 7:00 pm, 5 - 1st Calf Heifers Pairs 75 - Cow/Calf Pairs 45 - Bred Cows - Bred Heifers - Open Heifers - Angus Bull Special Thanks to all of our Consianors EARLY VOTING OCT 24 - NOV 3 Opposes Rockwool Supports removal of UDC ,plaque from the Court House PAID FOR BY CANDIDATE