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Spirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE News /, J Thursday, December 27, 2012 A BETHANY - A scholarship tion." fund has been created to remem- Donations may be mailed to: ber a Northern Panhandle college Beta Theta Pi Foundation, c/o grad's daughter, one of the young Caroline Previdi of Sandy Hook victims of this month's massacre Elementary Memorial Schol' in Newtown, Conn. arship Fund, P.O. Box 6277, Members of Bethany College's 5134Bonham Road, Oxford, OH Beta Theta Pi fraternity have cre- 45056. ated a scholarship fund in mem- .:cry of 6-year-old Caroline Previ- CHARLESTON di. Sesquicentennial exhibit: An Her father Jeffrey W. Previdi educational exhibit on West Vir- is a 1994 graduate of Bethany, ginia's statehood is available to where he was a member of the organizations as the state enters .fraternity. its sesquicentennial in 2013. " Caroline was among 26 people The West Virginia Humanities killed at Sandy Hook Elementary Council is offering the exhib- r School on Dec. 14 in the nation's it "Born of Rebellion: West Vir- 'second-deadliest school shoot- ginia Statehood" free of charge ing. to historical and cultural groups, " According to the fratemi- museums and other interested ty, Previdi's 9-year-old son also venues. was present at the school during The exhibit originally toured 'the shooting but made it out un- the state for two years starting in harmed. 2006. The fraternity's goal is to raise 'it least $100,000 to "ensure Car- Smoking report: A new report 'oline will be remembered in a says West Virginia isn't invest- i ositive way by providing an- ing enough in its efforts to help .nual scholarships to worthy stu- smokers quit and prevent kids dents who are majoring in educa- from smoking. The report was released by a co- alition of public health groups that found West Virginia has the second-highest rate of adults who smoke in the nation at 28.6 percent. About 19 per- cent of high school students smoke. But the report Virginia 19th in ranks the with a Ford West boundlanes. Station exit of Interstate 81 in southern Berke- ley County. Policesay DanikaGuier, 24, was head- ed north when she' lost control of her Hyundai Elantra, crossed the median and began to spin before colliding Edge in the south- nation The Keameysville resident in tobacco prevention fund- ing. According to the re- port, the state will receive $231 million this year from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes. But only 2.5 percent of the revenue will be used for to- bacco prevention and cessation programs. INWOOD Deadly Interstate wreck: A Jef- ferson County woman died Dec. 18 after a crash ndar the Tabler's worked second shift as a cor- rectional officer at the Mary- land Correctional Institute for Women in Jessup. She graduated from high school in Maryland in 2006. Along the busy highway clos- er to Martinsburg, miles of con- crete barriers ha ee been erected to keep cars from crossing the median into oncoming traffic. PRINCETON Money for school projects: Boiler work at schools in Mer- Radio-controlled ears upgrade: cer County and other school con- An underused ice skating area at struction and repair projects have Pipestem Resort State Park is won funding from the state, gone, converted into two race The West Virginia School tracks forradio-controlledcars. Building Authority has awarded Paul Redford, lodge parks ad- more than $6.2 million in grants ministrator with West Virginia's to projects in eight counties, state parks, says there weren't Mercer received $1 million to tracks for this type of recreation replace boilers at four schools in the Pipestem area before the while another $1 million went to park staff decided to make the Upshur County, where officials change. plan to rer/ovate heating and air Pipestem offers both a 450- conditioning at three schools, foot dirt terrain track and a 277- Other counties winning funds: foot concrete NASCAR-style Kanawha ($750,000 for an ad- oval. The tracks were designed dition at John Adams Middle with the help local radio control School), Fayette ($806,760 to re- enthusiasts. place a boiler at Divide Elemen- " The tracks are located adjacent tary School), Grant ($934,808 to Pipestem's Recreation Cen- for improvements at Maysville ter, alongside an outdoor.pool, Elementary School), Ohio Coun- a par-3 golf course and driving ty ($210,910 to repair the foun- range, disc golf course, a mini- dation and replace a ramp at Tri- golf course, tennis courts and adelphia Middle School), Cabell amphitheater. ($771,600 for heating and air The radio-controlled race conditioning projects)and Dod- tracks are open for use at no dridge ($768,950, also for heat- charge. ing and AC projects). -- Compiled by Christine Mill- er Ford, with some information PIPESTEM from The Associated Press stion 7 is the top business story of year CHRISTINE MILLER FORD bo Yard Industrial Park in Mar- Spirit Staff tinsburg will employ about 1200 people and hundreds of seasonal CHARLES TOWN -- Mary- workers when it's fully operation, land voters' decision last month al. That should happen next year to OK a casino in suburban Prince or early fn 2014. .George's County - and the repur- 3. Area commuters protest a cussions the change will mean proposal to alter the MARC com- 'for Hollywood Casino at Charles muter train schedule. Despite a Town Races- has been selected as letter from West Virginia's top the top'business story of 2012 by :the editors at the Spirit of Jeffer- transportation exec to his counter- part in Maryland saying Panhan- son. die commuters are "almost unan- Other important business de- "velopments this year included imously opposed" to altering the MARC train sbhedule] the MARC Macy's opened a giant fulfillment is now operating with changes. center in the Panhandle, protests The Brunswick Line includes 'by area commuters against a pro- three stops in West Virginia: at posal to alter the MARC commut- Harpers Ferry and Duffields in ~r train schedule and the contro- Jefferson County and at Caperton versial plan to put a CVS pharma- Train Station in Martinsburg. Ev- _ cy in historic downtown Charles ery weekday, hundreds of com- Town. muters in the Panhandle take the Alook at the Top Five list of lo- MARC to one of the D.C. suburbs cal business stories for the previ- or all the way to Union Station. ous 12months: 4. The controversial plan to 1. Hollywood's parent compa- put a CVS pharmacy in his- ny, Penn National Gaming, spent toric downtown Charles Town more than $42 million in hopes of moved ahead. The city of Charles defeating Maryland's Question 7 Town, the planning commission casino expansion. Voters who cast and the Charles Town Historic ballots during in the Nov. 6 gen- Landmarks Commission all ap- eral election ghve the thumbs-up proved the project even though to the issue by a margin of 52 per- four buildings in the Downtown eent to48 percent. Charles Town Historic District With the bidding process set to needed to be razed to make room begin in January, it appears likely for the pharmacy on Washington MGM Resorts International will Street. win the green light to go ahead 5. John Reisenweber beats out with plans for an $800 million ho- dozens of applicants to become tel-casino development, the new executive director of the The passage of Question 7 also Jefferson County Economic De- allows Maryl.and's existing and velopmentAuthority. planned slot machine-only casi- Formerly a commercial lender nos to introduce table games. It at Centra Bank in Martinsburg, also lowers the state's gaming tax Reisenweber, took over the job in from 67 percent. 2. Macy's opens a giant ful- February. Reisenweber also has worked fillment center in the Panhandle. in U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Cap- Merchandise began to be shipped ito's regional office, where his from the new Macy's Intemet ful- focus included economic devel- fdlment center in July. The 1.3: opment, agriculture and other is- million-square-foot facility at sues '333 Caperton Blvd. in the Cum- Buckles FROM PAGE A1 Buckles dodged questions about his age to enlist at 16, then went on to outlive 4.7 million other Americans who served. Another version being con- sidered by the Senate no longer calls for a memorial on the Na-. tional Mall as Buckles sought. David DeJonge, who has spent years working on a doc- umentary of Buckles' life and who serves as president of the WWI Memorial Foundation, said he is disgusted by the lat- est twists that have unfolded in Congress. "Tragically, all the good ef- forts of Frank Buckks, Sena- tor Rockefeller and millions of Americans have been crushed," DeJonge said Wednesday. "The sacrifice of 116,516 Americans and the blood shed bythose patriots are now kicked into a D.C. no man's land." DeJonge places much of the blame on Rockfeller's col- leagues, U.S. Sens. Claire Mc- Caskill, a Democrat from l Iis- souri, and Roy Blunt, a Repub- lican from that state. Missouri is home to the Liberty Memo- rial at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City. A bill fast-tracked late on Dec. 20 calls only for the cre- ation of a centennial commis- sion that would consider how to appropriately commemorate the Great War. The 100th anni- versary of the start of the con- flict will begin in 2014. The bill moved forward from the Senate Judiciary Commit- tee, where Rockefeller has no seat. Rockefeller first intro- duced the Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act in 2009, then reintroduced it earlier this year with U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia. "Frank Buckles was a true American patriot and a West Virginia treasure," Rockefeller i A ssessor. property. The state want&l to put some pressure on the counties to FROM PAGE A1 make sure valuations are up to the appropriate level." by the state. In an interview Wednesday, Banks also has been sum- Banks said the state's report fo- moned to attend next month's cused on 2011 while her office meeting of the oversight com-has just finished its 2013 work. .mission. "The state is looking at the "There's always concern when past," she said. "The require- someone out of compliance for ments they're asking for we've that long a period," Kent said. done for 2012 and we've done "She's going to hax, e to come in for 2013 - there will not be a and give an explanation on what problem." she's going to be doing to take Banks said .since taking of- care of the problems." rice three years ago, she intro- The commission recently duced many changes to the of- mailed out letters to affected rice. "We've made things more county assessor's offices that efficient," she said. "Once I be- outline the deficiencies found in came aware of the new require- operations for the 2011 tax year. ments, I have made sure we are County commissions and coun- meeting everything the state is ty school boards also were made asking from us." mission with detailed written plans for moving into compli- ance. Jefferson is among the 14 counties asked to not only file a written plan but also to send a representative to the commis- sion's Jan. 16 meeting in Flat- woods. "Statewide, the biggest prob- lem that counties have is that they haven't kept up in all the changes in the real estate mar- ket," said Kent, a mass valu- tion expert and certified asses- sor with the International As- sociation of Assessing Officers who has been on the commis- sion for six years. "State law re- quires that every three years the assessors have to bring all as- sessments up to date." Kent said that while he isn't aware of the problems, Kent Across the state, deficiencies interested in, making excuses said. noted by the commission cov- for the problems in the Jeffer- New this year, Kent said, is ered rules related to real estate son County assessor's office, the state's ability to cut state (computer entry, validation of he is aware the county in recent school aid to counties found to sales data, uniformity between years has been home to great not be assessing property at the sold and unsold properties); fluctuations in housing and land required 60 percent of its fair mapping; and eva.luation to en- prices. market value. - sure that the appraisal-to-sales "You've had such a wild real "The Legislature created this ratio is up to standard, estate market there," he said. mechanism several years ago, The majority of counties cit- "It's got to be really difficult but this will be the first year for ed by the state had just one or for them to keep up, particularly actual (funding) reductions," two years of deficiencies. Kent with number of new houses and Kent said. "The idea is to get said that all have been given parcels. It may be that there's counties to stop underassessing until Jan. 7 to provide the com- more there than meets the eye." said. D.C. for people to pay their re- World War I. A spokesman said Rockefeller spects. Born in Bethany, Mo., on Feb. does support the creation of the But his idea has been thwart- 1, 1901, Buckles was raised in commission so the United States ed by legislation limiting con- Oklahoma. He served as an am- can begin planning for the cen- struction of monuments and me- bulance driver in England and tennial, morials in the capital. "This is France and did not see combat. DeJonge said lab hopes high- a very public and historic deci- After Armistice Day, he helped er-level national leaders to step sion," DeJonge said, "and we return prisoners of war back to in and ensure the creation of feel that an overwhelming pub- Germany. the memorial Buckles envi- lic poll would show that Amer- He returned to the United States sioned. "We're looking to the ica would agree this memorial in1920 as a corporal, l)tLfing World president and other politicians needs to be approved and on the War II, Buckles was working as a to offer a better solution to fulfill mall.'" civilian for a shipping company in Frank's dream," DeJonge said on Buckles was laid to rest March the Philippines when he was cap- Wednesday. 15, 2011, in Arlington National tured as a prisoner of war. He spent Buckles devoted the last few Cemetery after hundreds of peo- more than three years in Japanese years of his life to campaigning for pie, including President Barack prison camps. greater recognition for .his former Obama and Vice President Joe A compromise bill to estab- comrades, enlisting Rockefeller to Biden, paid their respects,lish the centennial commission his cause. His gravesite has views of passed the Senate late last week Buckles wanted to see the Dis- the Washington Monument, the by unanimous consent. trict of Columbia War Memorial Capitol dome and the Jefferson Calls to McCaskill's office in rededicated to include the wording Memorial. At the crest of the hill D.C. and Missouri were not re- "'National World War l Memorial." sits the grave of Gen. John Per- turned Wednesday. 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