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PAGE 2 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The 00otabontas Times 810 Second Ave., Marlinton WV 24954 Telephone (304) 799-4973 Fax (304) 799-6466 w ww.pocahontastimes.com emaih editor@pocahontastimes.com advertising@pocahontastimes.com subscriptions@ pocahontastimes.com Published every Thursday except the last week of the ],,ear. Entered at the Post Office at Marlinton, West Virginia 24954 as periodicals ISSN 0738-8373 YEARI,Y SUBSCRIPTION CHARGES (including tax) In County $14.84 In State $23.32 o Out of State $_.25 00 WEEKIN ADVERTISING RATES Display-S4.75 column inch Classified-20 o,d WILLIAM P. MCNEEL. Editor PAMELA E. PRITI'. Managing Editor JANE PRICE SHARP, Editor Emerita Weather Beautiful clear weather after the steady rain and a temperature reading of 46 degrees at Snowshoe and 48 other places in file county on Friday, Sep- tember 5. The following day a 36 degree reading was reported in the Edray area. Erosion Control Workshop The Greenbrier Valley Con- servation District is sponsoring a Sediment and Erosion Control Workshop on Wednesday, Sep- tember 17, from 1 - 5 p.m. at the McClintic Library in Mar- linton. There is no tee for the workshop and certificates of completion will be issued at the conclusion. Refreshments will be provided by the GVCD. For further information, please con- tact Jennifer Skaggs of the West Virginia Conservation Agency (304) 250-6597 or Anita Crance of the GVCD (304-645-6173. Pre-registration is requested. Notice Forest Service Road No. 296, off Greenbrier County Rt. I1 near Auto, will be closed to the public through October for the replacement of the Laurel Run low water crossing structure. LEPC to meet THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2003 i i Funds approved for Green Bank scope U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, announced Tueay that be has won Appropriations Com- mittee approval for funds to re- view structural problems at the Green Bank Telescope in Poca- hontas County and, if necessary, to complete repairs. "Experts are hard at work examining the signs of prema- ture wear of the Green Bank Telescope track and reviewing possible remedies. This funding will allow for thorough engi- neering studies to be conducted, and depending on the studies' re- sults, will cover the costs of re- pairs to the track," Byrd said. The Senate Appropriations Committee, of which Byrd is the top Democrat, has cleared the Fiscal Year 2004 VA-HUD Appropriations bill, including $4.6 million.to study and up- grade the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope. The legislation is expected to come before the full Senate later this month. Dedicated in the summer of 2000, the premature wear of the steel rail on which the telescope turns is attributable to its weight, size, and constant rota- tions. In 1989, Byrd added $75 million to an emergency appro- priations bill for construction of the 485-foot high telescope, to The Local Emergency Plan- ' replace the collapsed 300-foot Kanawha educator hired as new superintendent for Pocahontas College. The Board interviewed six of the 13 candidates who applied for the county's superintendent post in two special meetings last week. Also taking part in these interviews was a commit- tee made of school personnel and community members. On Tuesday Dr. Law, Sue Hollandsworth, and Mr. Sanders responded to questions from the Board and committee members. Interviewed on Wednesday were Dr. Dwain Wilcox, Dr. Akers, and Don Johnson. Roger Brady was also to be interviewed, but called at the last minute to say he was not coming. The Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Mon- day. Cheryl and Josh Dilley ap- peared before the Board concern- ing having a bus run on the Lake Reed Road. Jamie Walker and Mike Galford, the drivers of the two buses that come from the Slaty Fork area were at the meeting. Also present was Bar- bara Gibson, who used to drive a bus in the same area. Ms. Dilley said they had been told, a bus would come up the road if an area for it turn around was constructed. She said they arranged to have that done and then found out it was too far up the road. It was reported the road is safe for a bus for only 0.7 mile, about 0.2 mile from the Dilley house. The drivers, present and past, agreed this is as far as a bus should go on this road. The Dilleys also expressed concern that if Mr. Walker's bus is the one that picks up their children, ages 4 and 7, only high school age students will be on the bus until closer to Mar- linton. In response to a ques- tion, he said there would be no problem with having them sit at the front of the bus. ning Committee will meet at the Marlinton Municipal Build- ing on Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m. Orchids .... To Durbin and.Marlinton Lions Clubs and Marlinton Rotary Club for their help at Warrior football games! At a special Board of Educa- tion meeting on Tuesday night Dr. J. Patrick Law was em- ployed as the new Superinten- dent of Schools for Pocahcntas County. Dr. Law, of Charleston, is presently employed by the Ka- nawha County Board of Educa- tion as an Assistant Superin- tendent. He has worked for Ka- nawha County Schools as a teacher, vice-principal, principal, and administrator since his grad- uation from college in 1973. Thirteen people applied for the position and six of these were interviewed at special Board meetings last week. Following those interviews, three were called back for additional inter- views on Tuesday. Reaching the final stage were Dr. Law, Dr. Stephen Akers, and PCHS Prin- cipal Thomas Sanders. Following the three inter- views, the Board discussed the candidates for about an hour be- fore making its decision. Kenneth Vance made the mo- tion to appoint Dr. Law as Po- cahontas County Superintendent of Schools, effective October 1, for a term ending June 30, 2005, at a salary of $74,000 per year. Thomas VanReenan seconded the motion. The motion was approved on a 3-2 vote, with Mr. Vance, Mr. VanReenan. and Ruth Taylor casting the votes in favor. Board President Kermit Friel and Bernard King voted against the motion. Mr. Friel said he supported Mr. Sanders for the position. He said he felt someone who has worked through the local system should have the opportunity to- take the position. Mr. Friel said he feels Mr. Sanders has earned the respect of the county. Dr. Law is a native of Parkersburg and graduated from Gienville State College with a BA degree in education. He earned his MA in education ad- ministration from the WV Col- telescope, lege of Graduate Studies in 1976 "It is important to take and his EdD in the same area steps to nip these problems in from West Virginia University thebudin rdr.o avoid fe.. in 2002. scope's critical scientific ob- row servations continue. This Wilson Junior High, vice-prin- premier astronomical research cipal at East Bank Junior High, facility enhances our knowledge principal at Dunbar and Dupont and understanding of the Milky High Schools, and several ad- Way galaxy and beyond," Byrd ministrative positions. He is also a part-time instructor at Continued to page 5 Marshall University Graduate The drivers warned that going onto Lake Reed Road will mean an earlier starting time of ten to 15 minutes for both. of their buses, regardless of which gne make.,llm xml, since, th ex-. change students duri their runs. The Dilleys were told that bus service would be worked out for the Lake Reed Road. Diane Delfino, special educa- tion teacher at Marlinton Middle School, expressed concern to the Board about her student case load. She said two years ago there-were two special ed teach, ers with a caseload of 35 stud- 00ttlagiStrate Court on the 3rd. It was found that he had violated the terms of the home confinement agreement. Underwood was ordered to com- plete the balance of his six month sentence in jail. He was given the sentence in May for charged with driving under the influence of a controlled sub- stance and possession of con- trolled substance. On Monday he pied guilty to both offenses in Magistrate Hevener's court. He was sentenced to 24 hours in two counts of possession/deliv- jail and fined $100 on the DUI ery of a controlled substance, offense. For the drug charge, Jason C. Smith, of Durbin, Carden was placed on probation and Lucas M. Warner, of Bar- for six months. Court costs tow, were arrested by State Po- were $140. lice Tpr. W. A. Pendleton on Ora R. Williams, of Rich- the 3rd and charged with battery wood, was arrested by Deputy and destruction of property. McCoy on Sunday and charged They were placed in jail in lieu with possession of less than 15 of $10,000 bond. Reuel H. Zinn, Jr., of Mor- gantown, entered a plea of guilty to DUI before Magistrate Bever- age on the 4th. He was sen- grams of marijuana. On Mon- day he pied guilty to the charge and was placed on probation for six months by Magistrate He- verier. Court costs were $1 40. tenced to 24 hours in jail, with a Roy L.Walker, of Hillsboro, fine of $150 and court costs of was arrested by Tpr. Wetzel on $ i 50. Sunday and charged with battery. Jackie L. Moore, of Marlin- He was released on bond. ton, was arrested on charges of Several hearings were held in eats, while this year she is alone with 34 students and no teacher aide. Ms. Delfino said there are too many students with too many needs in her program for her to be able to properly serve. She said she hates to see the special edhcation program at MMS go backwards. Later in the meeting the spe- cial education situation was dis- cussed again. Mr. Vance listed the needs of the program at Green Bank, the high school, and now Marlinton Middle, as well as the need for another speech therapist. -,. Mr. Friel commented that special education'is going to bankrupt schoobsystems. Rog- er Trusler reported that the coun- ty spent over $1,000,000 on special education last year but received only $386,000 in state and federal funds for the pro- Camilla L. Bruce, of Elkton, Virginia, was arrested on a charge of domestic battery on August 31 by Deputy Sheriff B. C. Totten. She was released on $2500 bond. Ann W. Steffan, of Herndon, Virginia, was arrested the same day by State Police Sgt. T. F. Yanero on charges of DUI, hit and run, failure to maintain con- trol, and failure to render aid. She was released the next day on $1350 bond. Michael D. Gaynor, of Bar- tow, and Lew Means, of Mar- tinsburg, were arrested on Sep- tember ! by State Police Tprs. M. S. Wetzel and F. H. Bariow and charged with possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana. Eachof them entered a plea of guilty to the offense before Magistrate William Hevener the next day and were placed on pro- bation for six months with $120- about the impact on the regular and more advanced students; whether they are being slighted due to all the attention given special needs students. Interim Superintendent Alice Irvine and Mr. Trusler said as soon as all the case load infor- mation on special needs children is submitted to the central office from the schools, action to cor- rect the situations at each school can be taken The Board approved ZDS Design Services, of St.Albans to provide the engineering/ar- chitectuai services for the reno- vations at PCHS which include upgrades to the science class- rooms, electrical system, and in- stallation of new fire Mann. in- tercom, and security systems. ZDS is the engineering firm for the geothermal heating/ cooling system now being in- stalled at the high school. Concerning that project. Ms. Irvine reported that that 138 wells have been drilled to far. The total will be 176, including 16 new wells that will be needed to provide heating and cooling for the expanded science class- room section of the building, she said. No connections have been made yet and will done be after after all wells are drilled. with a November I completion date, Ms. Irvine said. Ms. Irvine said the project "seems to be She reported that an| of $35,000 has the repair/re gym roof at the School. The adjustor state Board of Risk is with this amount needs Boa vai is given and under $35,000, the gin immediately, she Bids are already for the roof work. The adjustor also new ceiling tile and Irvine sam t of floor covering tained for the school lect which they prefer. Approval was given following to serve as coaches at PCHS: so, girls soccer team, Knisely, drew McNabb football team, and casse, boys soccer vote to approve was 4: Mr. VanReenen vote. He indicated cerned about the Board, due to the checks and training required for volunteCCs! with students. In personnel approved the em Continued to Council discusses quitclaim deeds, takes no action on Council met on September 2 with all members present except Jim Gibb. Region IV representative was not present. David Cain was first on the agenda list. He wants to get the Council's opinion on quitclaim deeds on unused alleys, men- tioned three pieces of property in the Smith Addition by which three different people bad gained property from alley ways, and there are some alley ways adja- cent to his property he would like to have. David Zorn said the Dog- wood  he got was prop, e 'lhai ,;ent'through his prop, erty and he quitclaimed it to clear the site. The Mayor stated he thinks the Town's position is against giving alleys that are town prop- erty away but the court decides. Council voted to challenge quit- claims. The Mayor said the Harvest Festival will be held September 27 and First Avenue will be closed abo,e Main Street with activities on other streets. Motorcycle Rally will be in Marlinton Friday evening, Sep- temher 12, at 6 p.m. Music during the evening With awards at 9 p.m. The 911 Ordinance order to provide map for identification of property and house numbers tot rescue squad, etc., will be forth- coming in the next few months. In regards to the Horse Rid- ing Ordinance, the Mayor called for the committee's report. , Robin Mutscheller said they were doing reserarch with the Municipal League and also get- ting information on diapers or bags but don't have answers back yet. She said taking broom and pan with them doem't appeal to riders. Jim Kellison showed pic- tures of riders stopping in town Chuck Worluna, ond member of the appointed to study nance, reported that the Greenbrier have some change, and thinks enforce for disorderly ing others, etc. From the audience opinions that horses allowed to be riddell shouldn't have to make an ordinance, time warning, don't tors; only a few problem; ough t to vtston on ages have been seen on keep them safe; would solve them to be used in for Greenbrier Trail. The Mayor noted Park, and therefore exempt. Also he a guided tour and horses and visitorS located on park town rented by Recreation. Committee will ommendation next Upon request IV, Hannah and approved 4or $47,000. lr en Maintenance -working on Mr. Wodmmn been checking the Judge Street area; easy to travel; he someone spends building should be lay street. Mike about a sewer line through it. David is considenn paving street to get The Myor anyone---Cain or comes with a plan in court costs. Wanda L. Harris, of Marlin- ton, pied guilty in Magistrate Hevener's cou on the 2nd to a charge of domestic battery. She was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with six months suspended for probation, and assessed $ ! 20 in court costs. On the 4th, in Magistrate Kathy Beverage's court, Harris pied guilty to another domestic battery offense. She was sentenced to six months in jail, to be served con- currently with the previous sen- tence, and six months on proba- tion. She was also fined $100 with $120 in court costs. Daniel E. Akers, of Buckeye, was found guilty on the 2nd of making harassing phone cal|s and violating a protective ord following a hearing before Mag- istrate Hevener. A sentencing hearing was set for September 17. Dexter J. Underwood, of Mar- linton, had his home confine- ment revoked following a hear- ng before Magistrate Hevener DUI, second offense, speeding, Magistrate Beverage's court on and possession of less 15 grams Tuesday. of marijuana by Sgt. Yanero on Mark D. Jackson, Jr., of Mar- the 4th. He was released on tinton, entered guilty pleas to $1200 bond. The next. day DUI with minor in the vehicle Moore wa arrested by Tpr. Bar- and driving with his license low on charges of violating a suspended/revoked for unpaid protective order and stalking, citations. On the first offense He was released on $10,000 he was sentenced to 30 days in bond on Monday. jail and fine $200. For the sec- Jeffrey A. Teter, of Marlinton, came in on a citation charging him with DUI and possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana. He was released on $500 bond. The citation was issued by Tpr. Wetzel. Melanie S. Jackson, of Mar- linton, Gas arrested on Saturday by Tpr. Wetzel and charged with DUI. She was released on $500 ond he was sentenced to ten days in jail and fined $100. The jail time is to served concurrently. Court costs totaled $260. Richard L. Litteral , of Dur- bin, pied guilty to driving with his license revoked due to driv- ing under age 21 with a measur- able amount of alcohol. He was sentenced to 24 hours in jail, fined $100, and assessed $120 in bond. On Monday she appeared court costs. before Magistrate Hevener and Josh S. Fitzgerald, of Marlin- pied no contest to the offense, ton, entered a plea of guilty to She was sentenced to 24 hours battery. He was sentenced to six in jail with a fine of $100 and months in jail with a fine of court costs of $140. $100 and court costs of $120. Noah G. Carden, of Fenwick, The jail sentence was suspended was arrested by Deputy Sheriff and Fitzgerald placed on proba- T.A. McCoy on Sunday and tion for six months. gram. on their way to and from Cuss Concern was also expressed and cleaning up from their horses. needs to help able. Bills wen Citizens National U00.Ask Us.,, How to 8AVE cm your nmct oolmmm. 81pUpbM(.. Snowshoe Omce One CItals Plaza 572-4O95