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PAGE 2 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to 00ota!j0nta00 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.om 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-S4.75 column inch Classified-20 word WILLIAM P. MCNEEL, Editor PAMELA E. PRITT, Managing Editor JANE PRICE SHARP, Editor Emerita THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2003 SENATOR ROBERT C. Byrd, D-WV, stands with oth- er Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal recipients outside Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York. Byrd awarded medal U. S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., was one of four outstanding individuals honored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute with the Freedom from Fear Medal. Senator Byrd, standing in the shadow of the library where President Franklin D. Roosevelt made many historic decisions :for the county, called on Ameri: cans to stand on conviction to overcome tear. Each year, to encourage leadership in fulfilling President Roosevelt's vision of the Four Freedoms--freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear--the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute honors out- standing individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong commit- ment to these ideas. Byrd received the 2003 Freedom from Fear Medal; Louis 'Studs' Terkel, Chicago broadcaster, received the Freedom of Speech medal; the Rev. Robert F. Dri- nan, a Jesuit priest, of Boston, received the Freedom of Wor- ship medal; and Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers of America, the Free- dom from Want medal. Senator Hillary Clinton nominated Byrd for the medal and, introducing him, praised his "fearless manner of speaking truth to 9ower .... "and "he has stood up for what he believes in, and fought for the Constitu- tion..." West Virginia one of few states to meet Statewide Voter Registration System deadline Secretary of State Joe Manchin is pleased to announce that West Virginia will soon meet the federal mandate for a Centralized Statewide Voter Registration System. The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in October 2002 requires all states to have a single centralized statewide voter registration data- base. Since passage of this fed- eral legislation the West Virgi- nia Secretary of State's office has been actively working to implement the required changes as soon as possible. According to Secretary of State Joe Manchin, "West Vir- ginia is one of only a few states in the nation that will actually meet the deadline for a statewide voter registration system. We are able to meet this challenge due to the tremendous prepara- tion that has been done by our staff and consultants." The statewide system is being" purchased with federal funds that were allocated to West Virginia to help finance the mandates of HAVA. After going through the statewide bid- ding process, PCC Technology Group, the company that installed Connecticut's voter registration system, was awarded the bid to implement the statewide system in West Virginia. "West Virginia could possi- bly serve as a model for the rest of the nation," says PCC Tech- nology Group's Chief Technol- ogy Officer and co-founder Joe Singh. "Other states are cur- rently scrambling to meet the federal deadline and as a result are having to pay significantly more than West Virginia due to the time constraints now involved." Therefore, says Singh, "Secretary Manchin's foresight and aggressiveness with regard to quickly recogniz- ing the importance and magni- tude of this project are not only truly commendable but have resulted in a tremendous savings to the slate as well." West Virginia's new voter registration system will help counties to maintain current and accurate records by identifying duplicate voter registrations records throughout the state. Also, the database will be com- pared to records from the DMV. Vital Statistics, and Department of Corrections to identify poten- tially ineligible voters according to federal laws and regulations. "I am really looking forward to the implementation of this system," says Cabell County Clerk Karen Cole. "It's going to be a great step towards making sure that clerks across the state have access to the information that they need to insure that there are no voter registration duplications." Adds Cole, "So far, things have been going smoothly and the technicians working on the project have been tremendous, so I am excited to see how things come. together." Several counties have vol- unteered to be the first to be placed on the new system and all counties are expected to be online with the new system by the beginning of January 2004. Pocahontas escapes major flood by Pamela Pritt Managing Editor While some areas of the state faced major clean-ups last week from flooding, Pocahontas County largely escaped the ex- tensive damage it had in 1985 and twice in 1996. The water crested in Marlin- ton at 12.5'Wednesday evening around 8 p.m. Fas-Chek, Pocahontas Fuel and State Farm Insurance all had varying amounts of water in their businesses, with the gro- cery store having 13". Base- ments flooding occurred in several low spots and some resi- dents lost carpeting on their first floors. Rainfall totals of more than three inches fell on some loca- tions in the county. The Mar- linton Water Plant recorded more than two inches over a two day period. Other watersheds in the area were not so lucky, with Rich- wood, Meadow Bridge, and Greenbrier County's west end all experiencing major flooding. More than 20 West Virginia counties have been named dis- aster areas. 00l/lagistrate Court According to records in Po- cahontas County Magistrate Court, the following individuals were arreste David Lee Varner, 34, of Cass, was charged with contrib- uting to the delinquency of a minor November 9. Varner pleaded guilty and was fined $100 and assessed court costs. He also spent 48 hours in jail. Varner was arrested by Trooper F. H. Barlow. Linda Eduardo Carroll, 41, of Slaty Fork, was arrested last Tuesday for driving under the influence with a minor and ob- structing an officer. She was re- leased on $100 personal recog- nizance bond on both offenses. Lt.Troy McCoy, of the Poca- hontas County Sheriff's Depart- ment, was the arresting officer. Harold Turner, of Marlinton, was arrested on an assault charge Friday. He was released the same day on a $250 personal re- cogne bond. Turner is 47 Charles Patrick Leach, 47, of Montrose, was arrested Satur- day on a second offense DUI charge. He was released on a $1000 bond. Jeffrey Allen Moore, 31, of Marlinton, is still in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond on charges of daytime burglary and entering without breaking. Moore was charged Saturday. THE WATER ROSE about a foot an hour until it finally crested at about 8 p.m. Wednesday at 12.5'. Marlinton Elemen- tary School did not have any water inside, although it was close, as viewed from McClintic Library, above. Next, 13" of water did get into Fas-Chek on Third Ave- nue. Knapps Creek sur- rounded these two houses on Ninth Avenue. Below, lower Third Avenue had water early in the even- ing. Marlinton experi- enced mostly basement flooding, with three busi- nesses flooded in a close call that was predicted to be the same as May, '96. Carol Moore, Allen Johnson photos. Marlinton to hosl; Christmas Parad The holidays are here! And the holiday season will be in full swing on Friday, December 5, at the Marlinton Christmas Parade in downtown Marlinton! The parade is at 7 p.m. on Main Street, and will feature the marching bands from Pocahontas County High School, Green Bank Middle and Marlmton Mid- die Schools, as well as a variety of floats from businesses and organizations in the area. Santa Claus will make his special appearance in town that evening, riding through the parade and then handing out treats for the children at City National Bank. The Town of Marlinton offi- cially opens the season with a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. in front of the depot. Then step inside the depot for homemade goodies and Christmas cheer as the Pocahontas County Conven- tion and Visitors Bureau hosts their annual open house. Get a head start on holiday shopping! Several stores in town will stay open late for holiday shopping. Or you might fred that perfect handmade gift at the Holiday Craft Show and Starving Artist Sale at the Opera to 6:30 p.m. at Marlinton Ele- mentary, sponsored by the Mar- linton Rotary Coub. New this year, the Pocahon- tas County Historical Museum will be open for a Christmas party and patron appreciation days from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday and then on Saturday from 11 to 4 and Sunday afternoon also from 1 to 4. View Christmas toys and ornaments from days past, and a new display of pho- tography by Cal Gay. Finally, the McClintic Library will have hundreds of books available at their book sale from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. So, catch the Christmas spirit, visit with friends and neighbors and take in the many activities during the Marlinton Christmas Parade on Friday, December 5, in Marlinton. ff,o(tda advertisement5 stiff avatfafffe. 00'fa. 2tours today. A subscription to i00be 00ota!janta00 Times makes a great gift. House from 3 to 9 p.m. A var- iety of items will be available, including paintings, woodwork, baskets, candles, jewelry, ceram- ics, wreaths, holiday decorations and much more! Edray Kwik Stop - Enjoy dinner at an area res- y_ taurant or treat the kids to a Pan- Henry s Quick Stop - cake Supper with Santa from 5 Hermitae Exxon- The two-week deer gun season Mitchell's - opened Monday, November 24, Trent's, Bartow "= BaJ not 1 ($ 6, ol 'n Rate with light rain. This is a one- Ryders, Boyer- day count for those checkers we Saneca State Forest could reach: Sharp's Store - Appalachian Sport - 18 Taylors Grocery - Dunmore Country Mart - 32 Trent's, Arbovale 29 Watoga - 9 Why Not Shop 18 Unofficial 11/24 29 .... Hunrsville Grocer), - 31 Andy Wayne last wee k! Johnny's Garage - 5 a real nice bear, 152 Waynes' Stop 'n Shop - 6 with a bow in upper McCoy's Market - 45 - - -