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( i' / 123 NO. 48 CHARLES TOWN (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA 25414 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1988 28 PAGES -- PER COPY 25 ' C,00unty Schools' Chief announces Retirement State's Early Retirement Offer Prompts Frazier, 55, To End Career in Education ial Farms Honored of Agriculture Wilmer Mizeli, sign and certificate to Mrs. John and Samuel Walter Washington, home and farm, "Harewood", as a Looking on at left at the recognition is West Virginia Agricultdre Corn- Mizell, also known as "Vinegar Bend" when he was a professional pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, also presen- ted four additional farms with the same honor, including Greystone Farm, Kitty Fry Farm, the Bessie Hendricks Farm and the E.V. Link Farm. Photos of the owners i of the latter four farms will be published in next week's edition of The Spirit. Million Bonding Eyed by'Board er 12 Meeting Action Expected ( ' Board of December session, it is a bond call for COver costs of ion pins miditions to every revised sum- t of carrying out projects meeting. The Helbing Lipp eStimate for the but past the total and relocating areas, teachers , and rest enlarged stu- s courts at $2360,000. This does not include improvements to the heating and air conditioning systems at the school. The most costly project will be the construction of a new 500 student elementary school, presently schedul- ed for the Bardane area, at a eo&t of $5,305,813. Other expenditures include $770,443 at Harpers Ferry Junior High (not in- cluding the cost of new exterior, energy efficimt windows); Shephe stown Junior High, $756,148; Charles Town Junior High, $1,351,!47; Blue Ridge Elementary, $1,46011; North Jefferson Elementary, $811,394; Page Jackson Elementary, $270,825; Ran- son Elementary, $374,440; Shepherd- stown Elementary, $336,171; C. W. Shipley Elementary, $559,717; South Jefferson Elementary, $551,5667; and Wright Denny Intermediate, $479,838. Included in the overall expenditure of $18 million is $2,011,586 for" fur- nishings and fees. ited Way Update $173,000 $150,000 $100,000 00$92,228 rresent plans call for a special elec- tion on Saturday, February 11. At that time, Jefferson County voters will decide whether or not to approve the bend issue proposed by the board of education.. Passage of the measure requires on- ly a simple majority, fifty percent pins one. What it will add to the annual tax- payers bill has not yet been figured, but will be in the bond call scheduled for adoption within the next two weeks. Plans for this overall construction and improvement program have been several years in the making. The school board delayed setting a referen- dum date until after the November general election when a state amend- merit to the constitution, which would have permitted school boards to seek bond issues tied to 10 percent of pro- petty valuations, was offered. The proposal was defeated, and the admissable percentage of bonding re- mains at 5 percent. Final Bypass Bid Okayed The final contract for construction of the U.S. Route 340 Charles Town bypass has been awarded to H.J. Schneider Construction, Inc., Evans City, Pa., on its successful bid of $9,261,347. "I'ne announcement by West WLrginia Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr., covers the "middle" section of the bypass, a 1.73 mile stretch that includes grading, drainage, paving, signing, and guar- drail, plus construction of an overpass at the intersection of West Virginia Route 9 and Route 340. Construction of the final section of the eight mile bypass is scheduled for completion in the fall of 1990. $50.000 Weather The extended forecast for the period flmrsday through Saturday. MosUy cloudy am Thursday with a chance of snow near the mountains and rain elsewhere. Highs 35 to 45. Friday part- ly cloudy and cold with highs 35 to 45. Satsdlay partly sunny and warmer wlb hlghs 45 to SO. Nighttlme lows dmr. ing the period should range from 25 to 30. Raymond H. Frazier, Jr., superintendent of schools in Jefferson County since 1977, Monday evening tendered a letter of retirement to the board of education, effective July 1, 1989. The action, according to the 55-year- old Frazier, was prompted by the state's early retirement program which offered benefits he "could not turn down." The move may be only one of the first to affect administrative and teaching personnel in the county. At least five members of the central of- rice are said to plan submitting their retirement papers at the next meeting of the board December 12. At least one secondary principal, Mrs. Mary Doakes, has already ask- ed for early retirement in a letter ad- dressed to the beard. All school personnel seeking early retirement must submit their intention to the school board not later than the end of December. : They do not, however, have to leave their particular posts until July 1, 1989. The early retirement program of- fered special incentives to persons at or near the retirement level. It was Park Service Asks Meeting The Jefferson County Commission has agreed to meet with members of Congress and representatives of the . Na "tiqaal Park Service to discuss the u'b status of a 600 acre area adja- cent to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park currently n'bed as the "Bolivar Battlefield." The meeting is scheduled to be held Friday, December 9, at 10 a.m. in Harpers Ferry. Members of both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are scheduled to attend, accor- ding to National Park Service representatives. The park service has shown interest in possibly acquiring the land and earlier had requested that it be rezon- ed from a growth area to rural- agriculture to protect it from develop- ment in the future and leave it unscathed for park usage. adopted, according to legislative sources, in order to reduce the work force in education and among public" employees, and already many in both categories have taken retirement. Frazier, a native of Jefferson Coun- ty, received his education at Shepherd College and West Virginia University. He earned his master's degree and a superintendent's certificate at WVU. His first post was as a teacher at Shepherdstown High School in 1959, followed by a year at WVU; another teaching post at Harpers Ferry High from 1961 to 1968; and a three-year stint as principal of the school before accepting the position of assistant to then Superintendent Ted A. Lowery in 1971. He became superintendent in 1977. Married and the father of three children, Frazier said he has no firm plans for future activities at the pre- sent time. While taking advantage of the ear- ly retirement, Frazier was quick to say that the idea may not accomplish its objectives, that it may tend to drain the educational system of experienc- ed teachers and administrators, and could, sometime in the future, en- danger even further a shaky teachers pension fund. In other business Monday, Sarah Raymond Frazier, Jr. Kline, Paul Kirk, Barbara Porterfield and Susan Chilton were approved as substitute teachers, and Patricia A. Zigler was granted a leave of absence as learning disabilities teacher at Harpers Ferry Junior High. In supporting services, Debra Kay Longerbeam was employed as an ac- countant in the finance office, effective November 29. Faces Murder Charge First arraigned before Magistrate Patsy Noland, Holmes was remanded to jail withota bond. Magistrates can- not set bond in capital offense cases. Later, Holmes' attorney asked C- cur Judge Thomas W. Steptoe, Jr., to set bond. Based on an apparent agree- ment between the attorney, Robert Skinner, appointed to represent Holmes, and the prosecuting attorney, Michael Thompson, Judge Steptoe set bond at $10,o00 for Holmes' preliminary hearing today. There appeared to have been bad blood between the two men for some period of time, apparently revolving around an argument over dogs runn- ing loose. In February, Ott charged Holmes with battery and Holmes, pleading guilty, was fined $100 and costs in Magistrate Charles Cheezum's court. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 o'clock this Thursday) morn- ing in Jefferson County Magistrate Court for Johnny Carson Hoimes, 27, charged with the murder of 32-year-old Stephen Craig Ott, his next door neighbor. The shooting occurred Sunday even- ing at the Holmes residence. According to State Police reports, Holmes was showering, and when he entered the living area of his home he encountered Ott. A fist fight ensued, then Ho]mesmanaged to obtain a load- ed, double-barrel 12 guage shotgun. He fired one shot, the blast striking Ott in the face and killing him instantly. Holmes then called State Police, ac- cording to Trooper Sid Sponaugle, who found Holmes awaiting him at the residence. Sponaugle described Holmes as "very cooperative." NI PA.PE IN OI:FIC Hailtown Pledges Nearly Doubled Officials at Halltown Paperboard Company are quite Shown at the Halltown Paperboard offices, from left, pleased with the work force response to the United Way are Joe Hardy, office manager at the firm; Debl Cooper, call in 1988, with contrlbntinns being made by over SO personnel clerk; Jamle Ahalt, production secretary; percent of the employees and representing overall a and Ed Lee Pine, who chairs the Industrial Division of, nenr.doubllng of last year's effort. . the United Way of Jefferson County. I I