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,.m PAGE 2 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Gbe 000tah0nta00 Gime00 810 Second Ave., Marlinton WV 24954 Telephone (304) 799-4973 Fax (304) 799-6466 www.pocahontastimes.eom emaii: subscriptions@ 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 CtlARGES (including tax) In County $14.84. In State $2332 Out of State $25 00 WEEKIN ADVERTISING RATI(S Display-S4.75 column inch Classffied-20c sord WILLIAM P. MCNEEL. Editor PAMELA E. PRITT. Managing Editor JANE PRICE SHARP, Editor Emerita THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2003 NRAO IS THE FIRST West Virginia Statewide Partner in Education. The observatory's goal is to have every state student visit during his or her school career. NRAO has a long history of support for science education in West Virginia. Mike Holstine, NRAO business manager, left, and Randy Shillingburg, program manager for the West Virginia Education Alliance, took part in ceremonies Tuesday. Suzanne Stewart photo. Grand Jury indicts nine The Pocahontas County Grand Jury indicted eight men and one woman Tuesday, according to Circuit Clerk Earl D. Michael. Ages and addresses were obtained from All indictments are felonies unless otherwise noted. Dale Edward Tincher, 26, of Marlinton, two counts burglary Danny C. Hornich, 53, Of Pennsboro, involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor Steven D. Shearer, 33, of Buckeye, one count failure to meet obligation to provide support to a minor Mark David Workman, 25, of Marlinton, DUI, third or subsequent offense Joseph Eric Sacra, 21, of Hillsboro, transporting a controlled substance onto the grgunds of a county jail. Richard H. S0uall, 31, of Charleston. sexual assault in the flfird degree ]ames Franklin Tawney, 44, of Hillsboro, DUI combined alcohol and a controlled substance Miclmel Cordell White, 47, of Durbin( malicious assault Catherine L. Gibson, 24, of Marlinton, obtaining money, property or services by false pretenses. Two no true bills were returned, Michael said. An indictment is not proof of. guilt, hut rather is probable cause that enough evidence exists to take the case to trial. Arraignments will be held Thursday in front of Chief Judge Frank Jolliffe and Friday in front of Circuit Judge James Rowe. _f2atire00 Parenting Classes The Family Resource Net- work will be offering a variety of workshops on parenting this year, starting with three classes by Sharon Moore. The classes will be on Tuesdays, August 12, 19, and 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Marlinton Senior Center. Call the FRN office to reg- ister, 799-6657. DAV Chapter #35 DAV Chapter #35 will meet Sunday, August 10, at 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Trifold Youth Center Please join us for youth fun Friday, August 8, 4 to 6 p.m. Learn the meaning of your name. Free brownie sundaes, games, face painting, win school supplies, everyone is a winner. Sponsored by ShilOh Bible Church, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Pocahontas County Chapter of Pro-Life Will meet Monday, August 11, 7 p.m., at the Green Bank Library. Everyone welcome. Public Notice Region I Workforce Invest- ment Board will meet Thursday, August 14, at noon, at the Beckley WORK4WV Career Center, Beckley. Training and Performance Committee Meeting The Training and Performance Committee of the Region I Workforee Investment Board will meetTuesday, August 12, at 9 a.m., at the Division of Rehabilitation Services, 707 _South Oakwood Avenue, Suite 101, Beckley. Parenting Classes The Family Resource Net- work will be offering a variety of workshops on parenting this year, starting with three classes by Sharon Moore. The classes will be on Tuesdays, August 12, 19, and 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Marlinton Senior Center. Call the FRN office to reg- ister, 799-6657. Children's Health In- surance Topic at FRN General Meeting Children's Health Insurance Program representative Trish Carpenter will be speaking at the next general meeting of the Family Resource Network on Thursday, August 14, at the Marlinton Presbyterian Church. Meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. with a complimentary lunch. CHIP offers free health in- surance. A family of five can earn up to $31,770 a year and qualify for the program. There is also a low cost rate for fa- milies that do not qualify for the free rate. Applications will be available at the meeting. For more information call the FRN office, 799-6657. All FRN meetings are open to the public. Anti-Violence Team to Meet The Anti'Vilence/Cmmun- ity Action Response Team will meet on Thursday, August 7, at noon at the McClintic Library. Please consider joining this committee to help work on pro- jects like marriage classes, edu- cational efforts, puppet pro- grams, and parenting classes: For more information call the Family Resource Nelwork of- rice, 799-6657. Commission just says 'no' to new sheriff's Pamela Pritt Managing Editor A request from Pocahontas County Sheriff Robert Alkire for new vehicles met with a "'no" from county commissioner who have already budgeted for one new vehicle this year. Alkire said three deputies' vehicles are seven .`"ears old and have more than 100,000 miles on their odometers. "They won't make it another three years," the sheriff said. "They're going to become dangerous." Two of the three vehicles were used at purchase and had been wrecked, Alkire said later. Commissioners held fast, due in part to a report commis- sioner Reta Griffith referred to that said the sheriff's department was in good shape. "We're told we're one of the better equipped counties in the state," she said. The sheriffs department has nine vehicles, seven of which are for patrol. Of those, one is brand new. one is a year old. one is two ','ears old and one is three years old. The commission budgets for a new vehicle for the sheriff's department each year. Alkire was successful in ob- taining funds for new pistols for his department. Deputies will carry Sig-Sau- er .357 semi-automatic pistols and trade in the Smith and Wes- son pistols they now carry. Alkire will purchase holsters and other utilities necessary, perhaps with money from cars the department will auction later this year. The cost for the total pack- age is more than $4000. John Leyzorek asked the commission to consider pur- chasing cheaper weapons. "'The poer of the police is not in fire power, but in respect for the law and the will of the people," he said. Larry Taylor asked the com- mission to adopt home confine- ment rules to be sent to the cir- cuit court for approval, which the commission did. Leyzorek also complained to the commission about the feder- ally mandated "'Help America Vote" act which dictates that counties will replace existing voting procedures with touch- screen computer voting. The county must have those computers no later than 2006 and Leyzorek said he was con- cerned that no paper trail would mean no way to conduct a re- count or even to verify' the vote. "'The whole thing may need to be rethought," he said. The commission hired a full- time custodian, Cain's weekly hours. Cain can diately. The commission a pointed Norris Long, Sharp and Tracy Parks and adopted a resolution the Scottish Rite otism Education voted to act as an and 2003 trans for the Marlinton sociation. Additionally. sion declared Family Day. marion that to eat dinner tc Commissioner penter s as the tion n3eeting at Mountain Resort. Pocahontas was count.`', for the event. Forestry team places third in na West Virginia captured third at the 24th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational held at the Jackson's Mill 4-H Conference Center near Weston, from July 27 through July 31. The team competed against 15 other states at the four-day event sponsored by the International Paper Com- pany Foundation and the Coop- erative Extension Service. The team was represented by: Bryan Dilley and Nicole Wilfong, of Dunmore, Curtis Helton of Marlinton and Craig Hamons of Droop. The team was coached by Mike Burns of Marlinton. The assistant coach/chaperone was Mary Sue Burns. Wilfong placed fourth indi- vidually and Helton placed sixth. The team from Alabama took top honors at the Invitational. They were followed by Pennsyl- vania and West Virginia respec- tively. Capturing the high-point individual award was Holly Cordner, of Alabama. Second place was captured by Amanda Luker, of Alabama, and third by Brittany Brown, also from Ala- bama. Daniel Gordon, of Geor- gia, received the Joe Yeager leadership award given to the in- dividual who demonstrated ex- cellent communication, man- agement, decision-making and interpersonal skills. At the Invitational, students compete for overall team and in- dividual awards in tree identifi- cation, tree measurement, forest health (forest entomology and forest pathology) compass tra- verse, topographic map use, for- est evaluation, and the Forestry. Bowl. a fast paced event fash- ioned after popular television quiz shows. The Marlinton Moose Lodge sponsored Pocahontas County's Forestry Team by making a do- nation of $500. 4-H is the youth education program of the Cooperative Ex- tension Service of the U.S. De- partment of Agriculture and the state land grant universities. CURTIS HELTON ACCEPTS $500 from Cain, representing the Marlinton Moose L odg' More than five-and-one-half million youngsters participate in 4-H and nearly 100.000 are part of the 4-H Forestry Pro- gram. The International Paper Com- pany Foundation, which was founded in 1953 as a philan- thropic grant-making organiza- tion. primarily ing and emerging needs, as well as within the International Paper ing businesses. The also supports those tions where em volunteer. Foundation Stone to perform If variety is the spice of life, then the Pocahontas County Opera House is a well seasoned melting pot! Friday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the Pocahontas County Opera House on Third Avenue, Marlinton. Foundation Stone will rock the house with a danceable blend of reggae and hip-hop tunes. Tickets are $5 for Foundation Stone. Tickets are available at the door only. This performance is sponsored by the Pocahontas County Opera House Founda- tion with financial assistance from Pocahontas County Dramas, Fairs and Festivals, the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the National En- dowment for the Arts. Concerts at the Opera House are informal and fun for the entire family. For further information, call 800-336-7009 or (304) 799- 4636. Road contracts awarded The Division of Highways has announced two road contracts for Pocahontas County. * Ahern& Associates, Inc.. of South Charleston, has been awarded a $100,200 contract for a modified concrete overlay of the deck of the Rt. 250 bridge over the East Fork of the Greenbrier River at Bartow. * West Virginia Paving, Inc., of Dunbar, has received a $250,926 contract to pave 3.3 miles of Rt. 28 between Dilleys Mill and Seneca State Forest. ,,. Art Guild to offer An oil painting class for those who are just beginning to paint (wet on wet technique) will be offered Saturdays, August 16 and 23. These Satur- day classes will be held in the Art Guild room from 9 am. un- til noon. There will be no fee oil painting class charged to PCAG members and a $5 fee charged for non-mem- bers. The class is open to young adults 15 years and older. Please call 799-6455 before August 9 to register and for further infor- mation about supplies needed. 199eather july Weather by Jason Bauserman Contributing Writer The cool and cloudy summer continues. Rainfall also contin- be sufficient. The average high temperature was 75.5 and the average low temperature was 56 The mean of 65.8 was 1.3 below normal. An 83 temperature on July 5 was the warmest of the month the lowest temperature was 46  on July 25. Since last November. only March and April have been warmer than normal. Rain measured 4.13". The- majority of that came in 'the first half of the month. Actual- ly, rainfall was 0.1 I" of an inch below average. Year-to-date rain precipita- tion totals 33". Hail in the Thornwood area shredded leaves like snow on the 15. Thunderstorms on 10 different daY s- was noted on A chorus of appear during AuguSt Marlint Water Plant by July 2003: ture. 82  on July 6, age of 75.7 Low temlratur e. 25 and 2%'ith Rain - 3.79 inc _days - 15: Cloudy Clear days - 8: July 2002: High. - 83 with Low temperature average of 56.7 Rain - 5.57 inches- 00l/lagi00trate Robert Dewayne Waid, 18, of Marlinton, vas arrested by Sergeant B. C. Torten Saturday for possession of less than 15 grams of maDjuana and con- suming alcohol under the age of 21. Waid pleaded guilty to the charges. He was fined $25 and assessed $266 in court costs. Vernon Lee Jessen, 22, of Marlinton. was ior Trooper F. H day on charges while sus' equipment. Jessen to the charges $150 and $150. Jessen spent jail and was time served. I Enjoy the convenience of home delivery of 00otabontas Time00 for as little as $14.84 per year* Save more than $5.50 per year off the news stand price! 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