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i Ill PAGE 2 | POSTMASTER: Send address changes to TIJe 000tab0ntaS Times 810 Second.Ave., Marlinton WV 24954 Telephone (304) 799-4973 Fax (304) 799.6466 www.pocahontastimes.com entail: editor@pocahontastimes.com advertising@pocahontasttmes.com subscriptions@pocahontastimes.com Published every Thursday except the last week of the year. Entered at the Post Office at Marlinton, West Virginia 24954 as periodicals ISSN 0738-8373 YEARLY SUBSCRIPTION CHARGES (including tax) In County $14.84 in State $23.32 Out of State $25.00 WEEKLY ADVERTISING RATES Display-S4.50 column inch Ciassified-20 word WILLIAM P. MCNEEL, Editor PAMELA E. PRITT, Managing Editor JANE PRICE SHARP Editor Emerita THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2003 i February Weather by Jason Bauserman Contributing Writer An all-time record was just set for February snowfall. Consistent below average temperatures con- tinued and sunshine was seldom seen. Snowfall for the month at Bar- tow totalled 42.4 inches. Between Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day, 21 inches fell in one storm. It could be called the "storm of the century," since it is the biggest in the last four years. In the past 12 years, the largest one-month total was 35.7 inches in March, 1999. Snowfall for the win- ter now totals 87.2 inches. February had an average high temperature of 32,8 and an average low of 18.5 . the mean of 25.7 was 1.1 below normal. The highest temperature was 51 on February 3 and the lowest was 5 on February 8. Four consecutive months have now been below average, the first time that has occurred in my 12 years of record-keeping. Rain and melted snow totalled 5.75 inches, 2.51 inches above average. Normally, February has the least amotrnt of precipitation for any month of the year. The El Nino influence started last March and has helped immen- sely to break a five-year drought. For the past 12 months, precipita- tion is 58.32 inches, 13.47 inches above normal. Water temperatures around the equator in the Pacific Ocean are nearly back to normal. El Nino wilt soon disappear from the weather pieture ............ Marlinton Water Plant Report for February 2003 by: Dale McKenney February 2003: High tempera- ture - 49 on February 4 and 21, with average of 33.3; Low temper- ature - 4 on February 9, with aver- age of 18.2; Rain - 7.07"; Snow - 30"; Clear days - 5; Rainy days - 3; Snow days - 13; Cloudy days - 7. February 2002: High tempera- ture - 69 with average of 42.2; Low temperature - 4 with average of 16.4; Rain- 0.80", Snow - 8.5". Some Pocahontas County Census Figures Median Age - 41.9, ranking 3rd, behind Summers and Tucker Percentage of Population Under 18 -- 20.9% of County, ranking 30 Percentage of Children -- 0.47; ranking 40 Where are Senior Citizens 0.57 are in Pocahontas, ranking 42 Percentage Over 65w 17.3, ranking 9th in state Family Size  State 2.9; Pocahontas 2.83; ; ranking 16 Over 65 -- State 15.3; Poca- iiii n l Adult education classes at PCHS The following Adult Educatin Classes will be offered at Poc, ahon- taas County High School in the upcoming weeks. Class meeting times/dates and costs will be an- nounced once interested participants have signed up. ElectricitymElectrical Wiring/National Electrical Code Prep. Electronics--CISCO Systems Program (consists of courses that will give certification as a certified Networking Associate). Beginning Electronics WeldingmBasic Welding Techniques/Shop. Agriculture---Class will devel- op from interests, needs, etc. Building & Home Maintenance Servi ces--(Janit trial services--floor stripping, refinishing/buffing, carpet care--general cl:aningpainting- employer/employee relations) Beginning Sewing Word Processing (beginning in May). GED Preparation--Basic Skillsw(Job Seeking/Keeping Skills). In order for classes to start in the upcoming weeks interested par- ticipants will need to sign up with Tom Sanders or Linda Beverage at PCHS, 799-6565. Deadline for class registration is March 19. I :00agiStrate Court , ,, , ,, Jennifer L. Anglin, Of Clarks- burg, Derek L. Phillips, of Clarks- burg, and Kim C. Robinson, of Bridgeport, appeared before Magis- trate William Hevener on February 25 on charges of possession less than 15 grams of marijuana. They pied guilty and were each placed on probation for six months and as- sessed $115 in court costs, Deputy Sheriff B. C. Torten filed the charg- es against them. Keith Pondexter, of Marlinton, was arrested on two counts of possession/delivery of a controlled substance by State Police Tpr.D. M. McMillan on the 26th. He was placed in jail in lieu of $30,000 bond. bantus 17.3; ranking 9 Between 21 and 64 -- State 58.10; Pocahontas 59.20; ranking 9 Premier Labor Force -- 51%; ranking 45 Population  0.57 of state; ranking 42 Household Size  2.3 mem- bers; ranking 24th Female Householder With Children  4%; ranking 24 in state Households With Children -- 28.5%; ranking 42nd in state. Church Notices Edray Charge United Methodist Women The Edray Charge United Meth- odist Women will meet on Thurs- day, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Jacoba Mann. Naomi Newman will do the Pledge Serv- ice for 2003. Please try to attend as we need your input on the future and focus of our unit. Hebron Baptist Church Green Bank. Sunday School 10 a-m., Worship Service 11 a-re., Sunday Night Service 7 p.m.; Wednesday Night Service 7 p.m. Minnehaha Springs United Methodist Charge Sunday, March 9 Mlnnehaha Springs UMC Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a;m. (Children in charge of Worship) Mt. Grove VA UMC Sunday School 9:45 a-re. Frost UMC worshi p 9:45 a.m., Sunday School 11 a-m. Huntersville UMC Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a-m. from page 1 Grace Baptist Church Sunday School t0 a.m., Worship 11 a-re., Sunday Evening 6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. Pine Grove Chapel Sunday School (for all ages) 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Thursday Bible Study 7 p.m. Seebert UMC Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10 a-m. Children & Adult Classes First Assembly of God Edray. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Evening Service 6 p.m.; Bible Study every Friday 6 p.m. Upper Pocahontas Presbyterian Parish Churches Services each Sunday this month at 11 a.m., Baxter Presbyterian Church in Dunmore. Pocahontas Cooperative Ministries, Inc. "Business Meeting Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m., at Swago UMC. o.. PDA extends lease on Marlinton shoe by Heidi Zemach chase sophisticated high-tech equip- posal, board president's Contributing Writer meat, such as laser sizing-devices, Proud also asked the board to re- Proud said all of which add up to "a seven fig- imburse him $45 for time and direct to resign--just a The Pocahontas County Devel- ure number," Allen said. out-of-pocket expenses associated The fact that the opment Authority has agreed to The board also questioned Allen with work for the development an- the invoices, extend Tom Allen, owner of about his broken promise to protect thority, such as postage and phone agenda, instead of Greenbrier Footwear, another 30 the vacant building from the ele- calls. The board voted to accept the which was, is in days to pay his outstanding debts, meats while he was away on a invoice. He also presented an in- of the West Vir after a lengthy meeting February business trip, seeking funding. The voice for $9,500 for his time work- ings Act since only | 26 with the current occupant of the building has been without heat ing on grants, and indicated he was can be voted on at shoe factory building in Marlinton. since Allegheny Power cut off util- donating that amount to the PDA. ing. Allen now owes back rent and ities due to non-payment of bills. Although the agenda item sub- The PDA will insurance reimbursements worth In his absence, some water pipes mitred by Proud referred to the Friday in special more than $5,000. burst and flooded the factory floor, At the board's January meeting, as authority board members had Overtime in Sheriff's De Allen promised to come up with feared. Allen told the gathering that the money, plus a workable busi- little damage had actually occurred topic at Commission meetin hess plan by the February 26 meet- to the building, except for some ing, or pack up shop and move out cardboard boxes, according to Frank The County Commission met for with members of the building. Proud, the board's president, a regular meeting on Tuesday. on the proposal. "We're going to fish or cut bait," In a related matter, board member Sheriff Robert Alkire met with first meeting he he promised. David Cain reported that he re- the Commission concerning the that those present Instead, Allen told the board he searched the building's title but overtime line items in his budget volved m a watch had two letters of intent by out-of- found no deed restriction that speci- for the jail and law enforcement, ever, state businesses apparently willing fled that the building be used only He said money for jail overtime has the second to help switch the company over to for shoe manufacturing, as certain been depleted and the other overtime all attending custom-made shoe manufacturing, a board members had believed. In- account is almost at that point, when the c more lucrative special-niche market, stead, deed restrictions specify the The Sheriff said that part of the many of you Earlier, Allen said he can no building must be used for "public reason for using more overtime Drugs are the longer compete with foreign shoe purposes," Cain said. than budget has been personnel people in Durbin, imports, which dominate the U.S. In other news, the board was pre- turnover in both departments. One stated. He said marketplace. Approximately 60 seated with a $3,100 Transportation full-time correctional officer has re- sincere in wanting million people in the U.S. need Enhancement Grant, which will he tired and two officers (one part- gram and one custom-made shoes, including the used as a major downpayment to time) have resigned. One law en- provide elderly, diabetics and people with purchase approximately 9.66 acres forcement officer has resigned also. Mr. Carpenter foot problems, be said. of land from CSX Real Properties. All the positions have been would like to The amount of profit the compa- for the Widney Park (Rail) trail in filled, but a period of training is re- era, and he ny would receive for each pair of Durbin. The board hopes to use this quired before the new officers can sion to buy one those shoes would be much greater trail to move the existing Durbin work alone. In the case of a law en- said it should be than for regular shoes because they sewer system about a mile away, forcement deputy, Sheriff Alkire Sheriff Department are much higher-priced, Allen said. onto the old tannery site, and out of noted that it takes about a year for Durbin Watch To get into the custom shoe mar- the flood plain. Creating a clevel- the training process to be complet- Alkire discussed the1 ket, however, he will need to pur- oped trail is part of the overall pro- ed. This includes a course at the with the group, State Police Academy. Sheriff Alkire Transports to/from the regional group that a Durbin Town Council to and mental hygiene hearings expectation of have added to jail overtime, the guideline in the use enter s,ua-,K, qlLj Sheriff said. In the case of law en- Commission sewer forcement, one deputy is on an ex- lison expressed tended medical leave and the reduc- ability issues if by Jason Bauserman to the town. tion in the number of State Police provides a camera Contributing Writer Paul Simmons, Hazard Mitiga- officers have increased the burden zens to use. He Durbin Town Council voted to tion Planner for the State of West on his staff, Sheriff Alkire said. sion needs to get enter into a sewer study and also Virginia, presented a feasibility It was reported that at this time, the Prosecuting he, art a report on future hazard mit- matrix study to the council. He the local detachment has only the ability issue before igation plans, said cleaning or replacing storm sergeant and two troopers, with one issues of safety of Town resident Frank Proud pre- drains was a good possibility, of the troopers facing reserve mill- Community Watch seated possible future plans for the The council discussed rerouting tory call-up, ability for takin care! Durbin sewage system. He distrib- and cleaning the East Fork of the This has been a record year for were also raised. uted a checklist of interlocking Greenbrier River above Hiner Park. Snowshoe, the Sheriff noted, with a Mr. Carpenter problems the town face.s. Pocahontas County Commissioner corresponding increased call for law folks "want to Those include flooding issues,- James Carpenter said a small crew officers. Most law enforcement with their crime fresh water runoff, compliance with equipment could do that pro- overtime comes after midnight, he Mr. Callison with the law, Durbin control, jobs ject in several days. said. Both county and state have camera purchase on at the East Fork Industrial Park and " All agreed that receiving permits officers on call, but in the case of the next meeting for ,funding for the study ...... ....  tffNaturalRe the State Police,. the officer.could Mr. Callison Proud, also the president of the,:  Sources would be difficult, but well be another county; thus an in- Pocahontas Development Auth0i'i- Simmons did not rule it out. creased burden on the county. East Fork Industrial ty, said a sewer extension line Becky Payton, Pocahontas Although the ranks of the State completion and he could produce over 100 local jobs. County Hazard Mitigation Planner, Police are being depleted by nation- visor is needed to He noted the on-site boiler using said an engineer from Charleston al security needs, no federal money is completed wood wastes as fuel could produce still wants to look over the storm so far as come down to help local quickly as possible. electricity and provide 30 jobs. A drain situation in Durbin. areas pick up the slack, it was not- talked with John laundry hiring 75 people would Simmons said 54 of West Virgi- ed. Some money has been appro- Simmons is willing i like a building site to clean linens nia's 55 counties are applying for printed, but it has not made to pervision work for Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Federal Emergency Management where it is needed, a cost not to Proud claimed that funding for a Agency funds. He felt very positive SheriffAlkire said he feels $5000 Callison said he feasibility study was available in that West Virginia would receive a for each overtime budget should be pro grants and there would be no cost very good share of funding, enough to get to the end of the fis- The other Town resident Eugene Warner col year, providing there are no and hiring Mr. Neighbor Watch voiced a concern about the new emergency situations. A review of tract basis was , Building Permit Ordinance. He the budget found that the regional The Commission get green light in wa.ed to if he had to pay jail line item should contain sions to work on $10 to paint a fence post. Council enough funds to allow the $10,000 budget for March Durbin said he would not; however, capital to come from it and this was ap- and March 10, 11, improvements would require a per- proved, ":(with hopes that by Jason Bauserman mit, but not minor repairs. The Sheriff was asked if his of- will be needed). Contributing Writer Recorder Renee Downing had the ricers were using the-offieef build- missioners hope to Northern Pocahontas County first reading of the Buildin T Permit ing at the East Fork Industrial Park ready to approve at residents say they are interested in Ordinance. at this time. The question was the 18th. County a Neighborhood Watch Program. Kim Roberts spoke on behalf of raised due to the monthly $71 teie- did not have bud At a meeting February 25, all town worker Roger Mick, mostly phone bill, coming from the Corn- all the elected 10 people in attendance una- on snow removal issues, mission's budget. Sheriff Aikire The Commission nimously agreed to participate in Council said Mick was to use the replied that at this time his officers ing letters in an NWP. Although no coordinator four-wheeler to clear sidewgg and were not using it due to a break in plication by the has been chosen, Pocahontas alleys only and was not to clean out the water line serving the building Foundation and of County Sheriff Bob Alkire decided private driveways that had been and his staffing situation. It was ly Resource Network' to proceed with the program's pushed shut. decided to have the phone discon- county. startup. Michelle Arbogast invited those nected until the SherifFs Depart- Also approved waS Pocahontas County Commis- present to an open public meeting meat is ready to use it again, uitable Sharing sioner James Carpenter will ask about the future of Northern Poca- Commissioner James Carpente will allow the county l the commission to purchase a hontas County Health Clinic March and Sheriff Alkire reported on the the income from the J camcorder for videotaping suspi- 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the clinic, plans at Durbin to create a Corn- seized in any joint claus activities, munity Crime Watch Program. drug arrests. Durbin resident Michael Vance Continued to page 9 Mr. Carpenter said they have met agreed to provide radio equipment to contact the communications center in Marlinton. People were concerned that little would be done with violators. Car- penter said he would invite the prosecuting attorney and a magis- trate to attend the next meeting. A patrol of two volunteers will monitor the northern end, looking for unfamiliar vehicles and suspi- cious dealings. A camcorder will be used for evidence, but there is to be no confrontation. The sheriff's depamnent is to be notified Of anything that sms sus- picious. John Riffe, a local pastor and rescue squad driver noted he always drives around town checking things when he returns from an ambulance run'kite stressed, "We want to take Announcing $2500 the opportunity away to commit tO be awarded in the crime." He told those present, EducaUon Scholarships "Don't lose your motivation Or we might as well quit." .Pick Up an application at The sheriff distributed literature PocholMIglw Counl / High School on the program. He said the date for the next NWP meeting would be or CJl:Jzens National Bank announced on the radio and in the Iqarlinn andS ntwspaper.