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Career Fair See Page 8A See Page 2B Radio Auction See Page 5A VolXI. / / March 26, 1995 Serving the Greater Greenbrier Valley From Lewisburg, West Virginia in Ronceverte BY Brenda Gherman Emily Rutherford, office as- sistant at the West Virginia De- partment of Employment Secu- rity in Ronceverte was taken by surprise Monday, March 20, when she received a message from an anonymous caller who stated, "There's a bomb in there--get the hell outl" According to Rutherford, the call came in around 1:20 p.m. She notified Patrlcla Moody, employment interviewer, at once and they in turn alerted the West Virginia State Police, who quickly evacuated the building. ,Mcody said Ronceverte City policeman Bill Rose was first on the scene followed by the Ron- ceverte Fire Department and West Virginia State Trooper D. L. Bowles, with the Lewlsburg detachment. The building was searched thoroughly, but noth- Ing was found. After approxi- @ mately an hour, the employees were allowed to re-enter the building. Moody stated, "Everyone handled It well . . . we were all a little squeamish when first en- terlng the building to return to work. I~e worked here 15 years and nothing like this has ever happened before." A second bomb threat in the city occurred Tuesday around 2:03 p.m. when an unidentified caller advised Head Librarian, Valerie O'Brien, using the same message phoned in the day be- fore to the West Virginia Job Service. According to sources, Ronceverte City Hall was noti- fied immediately who in turn dispatched Sgt. Bill Rose to the scene. After evacuation and an extensive search of the library, the police came up empty- handed. Investigation into the two incidents is continuing. The historic Alderson Memorial Bridge Opportunity knocksl If President's Award from the Na-odically, in area newspapers, $15,000 can be raised, the tional Trust for Historic Preser- the names of donors and de- Town of Alderson will receivevation. In 1991, the Town was ceased persons remembered; In his arraignment before Circuit Judge Frank E. Jol- liffe Friday, March 22, Ron- ceverte Police Chief Sherman "Pat" McKinney plead "Not Guilty" to a charge of *alter- ing, concealing, [or] destroy- ing certain information." Attorney Walter W. Weiford of Pocahontas County was named Special Prosecutor by Chief Circuit Judge Charles Lobban when Greenbrier County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Lorensen recused himself, former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Beverly Crosson and present Assis- tant Prosecuting Attorney Anna Crawford from the case. McKinney is accused of re- moving a jail commitment record of a Ist offense D.U.I. charge pertaining against Scott Andrew Wylie. The information filed in the case states his purpose and intent were to "prevent the In- Planning Commission, pre- sented four amendments to change city zoning ordinances. They are: (1} Section 57 to read 20,000 square feet to conform to Section 56 which is 20,000 square feet. (2) consider amend- ment to ordinance to allow as a permissible use within *I-1" [zoning area] gas sales within 350 feet of any U.S. highway within the city limits. (3) con- sider amendment to ordinance to'add to the definition of group home to include "domestic vio- lence shelters" (4)Consider con- ditlonal use permit for a group home to be located on Coleman Drive. A public hearing will be held prior to the next city meet- ing in April to discuss these pro- posed amendments. City Recorder, Pat Penning- ton, outlined the city's 1995- 1996 budget. She asked for the approval of $1,068,988 which passed and will be forwarded to the tax department in Char- leston. In other business Herb Montgomery, director of public works, discussed the City's on- going water projects. He ex- plained that in 1984, due to lack of funds and available manpower, the water line changeovers [taking households $60,000 for engineering and gain honored when the Memo- also, a total of the funds re-spection and discovery ... stabilization work on the Aider- rial Bridge was listed in the Na- ceived during each period. In by members of the press and son Memorial Bridge! tional Register of Historic this way, the public will be kept to prevent his name from ap- By Brenda Gherman off old pipes and onto new ones] The West Virginia Depart, Places. informed of our progress toward pearing in the local newspa- Several issues of importance was never completed. Montgom- ment of Highways has awarded Now, an exceptional opportu- the $15,000 goal and we can pers..." were addressed at Lewlsburg ery purposed the hiriA~g of twothe Town of Alderson an ISTEAnity is at handl With the ISTEAshow our appreciation of public Bond was set at $I,000. City Council Tuesday, March addlUonal emplo~rce~ and the (Inte~ti0naISUi'fa~p0r-; ~Grant,' major work could be support, which will be crucialIThe City of Ronceverte Board 21. Councilman Mike McClung, purchase of a ne~ 4x4 backhoe tation Efficiency Act) Grant of undertaken to preserve for the success of the Bridge ] of Commissioners issued a representative for the city on the in order to complete thls $60,000, provided the commu- Aiderson's beautiful and historic Project. statement saylng: ~he City of changeover. Explaining some Inside To& According To Bob ...SA BHefly ........... , ........ 2A Calendar of Events..3A Classified ............... 7B Down Home ........... 6B For the Record ........ 2A Governor's View ..... 4A Home Accent ........ 10A Obituaries. .................... 813 Roberta .................. 9A TV Week ............. 5&6B interesting history of the city's water lines, he said some of the original lines are still in use. He announced the department is currently adding water and lights at the He]lowell Picnic Shelter area. He said they will place a fire hydrant which will enhance fire protection in this area. It was agreed to advertise for bids on the equipment for this project. City Administrator, Morse Reese explained to council the repair made last summer to the roof of the city's rental property currently occupied by Tony Juker had been repatched sev- eral times to alleviate an ongo- ing leaking problem, but this was only a temporary solution. After checking on estimates, he said, repairs could range from $3,000 to $5,000 with a 12- to 15-year guarantee. Montgomery suggested bids be advertised. It was so moved. Mayor Matheny brought be- fore council the need for their approval to apply for the "Cops More" grant (community polic- ing). He explained the grant would entail the government picking up 75 percent and the See "Issues" page 3A On January 20, the Ralnelle Medical Center (RMC) submitted a letter of request to the Health Care Cost Review Authority (HCCRA) for exemption from a Certificate of Need (CON) for placement of a community- based non-profit clinic in Hin- ton. Randy ].owe, executive di- rector of RMC noted their intent is to provide services for Sum- mers, Eastern Raleigh, Northern Monroe and Southwestern Greenbrier Counties in a pri- mary care setting. Lowe said this area offers a total population of 27,785 people who may be in need of primary care according to the statistics compiled by the Cen- ter. The letter also cited other satellite clinics in the Towns of Rupert and Meadow Bridge said to be open on certain days of the week. RMC's assertion that a sub- stantial need exists for primary care services in all of those ar- eas is not shared by all, espe- nlty can supply $15,000 in matching funds. The Alderson Memorial Bridge Trustees supported the Mayor and Town Council when applying for the award and they are eager to help raise the $I 5,000. In 1978, for saving the bridge from demolition the Town was honored to receive the BY Brenda Gherman The People's party held their convention March 17, at the Greenbrier County Courthouse to nominate candidates for their party. The City will hold elec- tlons on June 13, and the office for mayor and two council terms are to be filled. Okey McGraw, Secretary for the People's party conducted the meeting while Erma Powell, chairman of the nomination committee gave the slate of nominees. Powell announced their choice of R. B. "Duke" Fouch, Jr. for mayor and Paul Cooley and Tom Campbell as council members. cially the health care facilities which are now struggling to maintain a healthy patient pro- file in and around Hinton. Debra Howerton, acting di- rector of Elinor Hurt Memorial Health Center of Beckley regis- tered her extreme opposition to RMC's planned move. She ex- plained in a letter to HCCRA they already operate a primary Care center in that area. N. Allen Dyer, M.D., M.P.H., executive director of the Mercer County Health Center also has requested a hearing on the mat- ter. On January 25, RMC re- ceived notice that HCCRA ac- cepted their letter of intent re- questing an exemption from the certification of need process, but that additional documentation, including identification of the personnel to be employed at the satellite, the capital expenditure associated with the project, the equipment (leased or pur- / See "Exemption"_..._ page 3A structure for future generations. The Bridge Trustees appreciate all memorial gifts and contribu- tions large or small. We hope that sufficient funds will have been received by July, so the Town can announce definite plans. During our fund-raising for the ISTEA Grant matching fundsI we plan to publish, per/- Fouch, a native of Minneapo- lis, Minnesota, is a graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in chemistry. He is re- tired from B. F. Goodrich in Un- ion where he was manager of Human Resources of the Deic- ing Business Unit. Fouch and his wife, Gloria, are members of the Lewisburg United Methodist Please send your donations to the Alderson Memorial Bridge Trust Fund, P.O. Box 215, Alderson, WV 24910. Alderson Memorial Bridge Trustees: A.T. Alderson, Chair- man; Tammy Smith, Treasurer; E. Sterling Hanger, Jr.; John H. Holllday; Russell W. Hunter; Richard C. Simms. Church, and are the parents of four children and three grand- children. Fouch has held many public service positions such as Chair- man of the Zoning Board of Ap- peals and Board of Education in Southbur),, Connecticut, and was a member of the Advisory See "Electins",~ page 3A Ronceverte has no comment on the allegations against Chief S. P. McKinney by Spe- cial Prosecutors. These al- leged events occurred prior to Chief McKInney's employment by the City . . . We are satis- fied with his job performance. At this time, he will continue to serve in his capacity as Chief of Police for the City of Ronceverte." McKlnney, through his lawyer Steve Hunter of Lewis- burg, waived his right to a speedy trial. Hunter said both he and Welford would need more time to prepare their cases. Welford agreed. Judge Jolliffe agreed to set the pre- trial hearing and trial for the next court term. The pre-trial hearing was set for June 5 and the trial for June 15. Tom Campbell (left), and Paul Cooley are running for council seats along with R. B. "Duke" Fouch who is running for mayor. i: i:~ The West Virginia Office of i~ i common Cause, a nation-wlde public interest organization with 800 members in West Virginia announced the names of three persons who will receive the organization's 1995 Public Serv- ice Achievement Awards at its annual banquet in Charleston on April 5. Among those winners was Bob Zacher of Lindslde in Monroe County. Zacher is the Executive Di- rector of Common Ground, an organization representing West Virginia citizens in the case of the APCO super high voltage transmission line proposed to be built across southern West Vir- ginia, as well as a strategic member of the national Commit- tee for the New River working to protect the river, its environs and its cultural heritage. The keynote speaker for the evening will be Justice Franklin D. Cleckley of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. For more information regard- ing the banquet call Peter Mare- ..,,., neck at 536-3694 or common Cause/WV in Charleston at 344-4630. James Nemitz (left), nominates James R. "Butch" Mathany (center), for the office of Mayor as Ken Gazaway, looks on. I 'i