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6A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, May 17, 1990 There's a new Greenbrler Ghost! Floating around somewhere in the ether is a lone voter -- not Democrat, Republican, nor Independ- ent. Move over, Sherlock make room for Inspector Charley! Without the aid or a deer-stalking hat. magnifying glass, or litmus paper the spectral voter was discovered in the cumulative returns of the May 8 Primary Election. It's elementary -- take the 4,726 Democrat ballots cast and add to that the 38 Independent and the 1,238 Republican ballots and the answer is 6,002. Here's where the ghost makes his appearance: the official canvassed returns show that 6,003 ballots were cast! Who is this ghost with no party allillation? Greenbrier County's vote counting computer was made by CES in Berkley, California. Could the ghost be an old University of California dissident elec- tronically trapped within the machine? Perhaps the ghost is only a computer virus? Even though the ghost is probably nothing more than an honest mistake he exists on the tally sheets. Who knows when he will make another appearance? Things become curiouser and curiouser. Election Night. at 9:04 p.m., the county's computer had trouble digesting information fed to it in order to generate a cumulatlve return. For over an hour we waited for the glitch to be corrected and additional precinct reports to be issued. I went down to the base- ment vault where the computer is kept and spoke to County Com- missioner Joe Feamster and to the lady feeding the computer. While I clung to the steel-bar doorway leading into the vault, the lady operator re-inserted a stack of cards, turned to Mr Feamster and said "I think its okay now." The punched cards began to riffle through the machine, lights blinked, and a white ribbon of paper was spat out through a slot ira tile front of the whirring device. Once again the precinct reports started to flow. Another lady -- the one who brought the tabulations from the computer to those of us wait- ing upstairs Tuesday night --- said "We're not going to run any more cumulative returns until all the precincts are counted -- that is what caused all the trouble." Thursday, after the election. [ went over to the court house to obtain up-dated copies of the election results. (We gave you incorrect totals in our report published last week. Those totals were from tabulations given us at the courthouse Election Night. They were marked "Final. Cumulative Re/urn'.) Thursday -- I spoke to a county employee about the computer problems. She said Precinct 72 (with 556 registered voters] in White Sulphur Springs was fed into the machine twice. Another county employee, standing nearby, said "O, that's why the machine kept showing that precinct had already been counted." I then stopped by to speak to the lady who. Tuesday, had oper- ated the vote counting machine. She could not recall that there had been any problem at all with the machine Election Night. She also could not recall that I had stood at the barred door to the basement vault Election Night and asked when the problem was going to be fixed. Inasmuch as the lady contended there was "no problem with the computer" then it stood to reason I couldn't have asked when a "non-problem" was going to be fuxed. Simple! And then. insult was added to !l~jury ...... Saturday morning l was walking down Court Street in Lewlsburg when a local lawyer stopped me and said "You and I are going to have to sit down and talk about politics sometime." I, detecting some sarcasm there, said "What do you mean specifically?" He replied "After listening to your coverage on radio (I helped radio station WKCJ Election Night with broadcast returns) it is obvious you know nothing at all about politics." l replied "You're right. I know very, very little. But, I'm learning." --Chas. A. Goddard Valley STAFF Chas. A. Goddard, Editor Dotty Brackenrich, Office Manager Troy Forren, Advertising Terri Boone, Advertising Debbie McClung, Ad Design Betty Morgan, Ad Design Jonathan Wright, Staff Writer Lou Burroughs. Typesetting Brenda Gherman, Production 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WV 24901 304/647-5724 Published every Thursday Circulation: 22,818 If you would like to submit material for publication: Articles submitted to The Mountain Messenger should be typewrit- ten or clearly written in order to be considered for publication. Please include your name and a phone number where you may be reached during business hours. The Mountain Messenger reserves the right to edit any material and regrets articles cannot be returned. Letters to the editor must include a full signature and address. If you would like a photograph returned, please providea self-addressed, stamped en- velope. Material must be received in our office by: News Items: Fridays, Noon Display Advertising: Mondays, 2 p.m. Classified Advertising: Fridays, 10 a.m. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: In State, $14.84 In State Senior Citizens $13.78 In State Students $11.13 (9 mos.) Out-of-State, $15.00 $1 discount to Senior Citizens Teenage alcohol consumption is a .=much-publicized topic during the time of year when high school graduations approach. More and more communities are providing al- cohol-free parties to encourage youth to celebrate their accomplish- ments in a safe way. Public-service announcements educate students about the hazards of coupling drink- ing with driving. Nearly all community groups and organizations responsible for these valuable efforts approach the prob- lem from this angle: "Teenagers are going to drink--that's a fact of life-- but they must be educated about the often-fatal results of drunk driv- ing." The approach is ~ical and re- a fist;c and I certainly support their efforts and am encouraged by their spirit. In all these noble, worthwhile ef- forts, however, one route is rarely taken: educating youth about the option of total abstinence. I know the very idea of it suggests an unre- alistic, head-in-the-sand mentality. It's certainly an unpopular goal for many young people even to con- sider. The pressure to drink comes virtually from all sides of society, most of all from peer groups. For centuries alcohol consumption has been considered a sign of "coming of age," and those who refrain have been looked upon unfavorably. For these reasons I have the highest admiration for those rare teens who have stood their ground and refused to give in to the pres- sure from their peers and society to drink. These young people have proved to possess the "guts" it takes to make life's difficult, often-unpopu- lar decisions. Despite the fear of being looked upon as unsociable, they have made the courageous de- ciston to have nothing whatsoever to do with a drug that has contributed so much harm to society throughout the centuries. While praising these teenagers, I express hope that sometime before long many of the organizations against drunk driving will definitively endorse the total abstinence option. For many it's the only option that will have truly lasting results. Teenage drinking will always be around---we all realize that--but let's not shortchange our young people in assuming too little about their determination and stamina. There is an impressive minority out there who are already standing fast agamst the harmful drug alcohol. There will be more. Let's give them a chance. By John Mclllhenny Over 500 Civil War re~nactors from 12 states and Canada will as- semble in Lewisburg the weekend of 18-20 May for a reOnactment of the battle fought there 128 hears ago this month. The weekend's activities com- mence at 7:30 Friday evening when Carnegie Hall presents Robert Funk of Birmingham, Alabama who gives a dramatic impression of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of a private in the Confederate Army. Also appearing will be the well known local musician, Jim Costa of Talcott. The Andrew Lewis Volun- teers will provide pre-show fife and drum music. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for students. At 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, the Union camp in front of Carnegie Hall and the Confederate camp in back of the School of Osteopathic Medi- cine will be open to the public. At these locations, re~nactors will offer spectators glimpses of Civil War camp life with exhibits of uniforms, weapons and equipment, and dem- onstrations of artillery, cavalry and infantry drill. Bands will play in con- cert at both camps. From noon to 4 p.m. spectators will be able to visit several historic sites and buildings with living history presentation which include: demonstrations of period dances in Carnegie Hall by Dan Stanton and the Glasshouse Danc- ers of Baltimore and Ginny Walls of Lewisburg. a Union Army field hospital next to the Confederate monument by the library. "eye ,,yitness" accounts of the battle at the Old Stone Church by Susanna Pomeroy and Dexter Tay- lor. tours of the North House Mu- seum with refreshments served by the Greenbrier Historical Society and the Girl Scouts of Troop 2117. an 1862 fashion show and tea at the General Lewis Inn where the 1 lth North'Carotina~and will play in concert. tours with costumed guides through Mary Ann Rowlands' ante- bellum home. Period music and Confederate artillery exhibits will be presented in the back yard. tours of Fort Savannah Mu- seum (the Barracks) used as a Con- federate recruiting station. Other living histories will be pre- sented by re~nactors at various out- door locations around town to de- scribe events of the battle and pro- vide directions. The first of two Saturday skir- mishes will take place behind the General Lewis Inn at 4 p.m. when the 44th Ohio Infantry overruns and captures the Confederate artillery. A parade on Washington Street between Church and Court Street @ will start at 5 p.m. be limited to marchers, and horse-drawn vehicles. wisburg merchants decorate Washington red, white, and blue manner of the Civil War era. / prize is being given by the tion for the best Following the parade, a skirmish will be fought on behind the Greenbrier Confederate infantry will ion cavalry. Tickets to the day's $7.50 for adults, $1 for der 12, and entitle the to all living histories, tea at eral Lewis, and Union and Confederate Tickets may be purchased General Lewis Inn, the and Lewisburg Visitors now until 2 p.m. Saturday, Spectators without tickets serve the battles and visit the Union and Conf~ camps. The Blue-Gray Ball will 8 p.m. Saturday evening at wisburg Elks Country Music of Virginia will play dance and the Men of will sing a medley of A light buffet will be the course of the ball. At sion an original Robert painting "Greenbrier Mark Blumenstein's "Ringdancer" will be raise funds for the wagon restoration. Ball $25 and may be Lewisburg Visitors Center. At the same time a will be held for the front of Carnegie Hall. Th North Carolina Band will party, the Men of sing, and Jim Costa will music on the banjo and Hicks of Blacksburg dance master. Sundays at 9 a.m. a observance will be held federate Cemetery with U Confederate participation a appropriate to the occaS 1 lth North Carolina the Old Stone Church a.m. service The Union and CoN camps will open at 10 a.rn. At 1 p.m. the bands wilt cert at the Cbnf~ the Battle of Lewisburg fought at 2 p.m. All profits from the will go towards the 18th Century Conestoga nated to Lewisburg b Coffman. The wagon ms free and permanent For tickets or the Lewisburg Visitors Church Street, or call Dear Editor: Congratulations tpthe 43 per cent of Greenbrier (~unty voters who turned out to the polls May 8, though a 93 per cent tqrnout would have carried a much stinger mes- sage. Granted, some voters with the best of intentions will encounter circumstances that prevent their get- ting to the polls, but 57 per cent? No way{ VVhile low voter turnout pro- motes frustration in the mind of the sincere candidate. It no doubt fos- ters a warm comfortable feeling in the self-sewing candidate -- they are home Scot free, no commit- ments have been made, and the majority of the electorate have just sent the sweet message to do (or don't do) whatever turns you on. So, why not take care of number one? Congratulations are also in order for those candidates who were nominated. It was very interesting to note the marginal differences in some of the contests generally con- ceded to be a mismatch. Them is a message here. The average voter is finally beginning to take interest in and cross ticket vote in primary. Education reorgan|zation -- keyed to increased quality and cost effec- tiveness. We, the electorate, call on each of the nominees to address these ,ssues relative to the office they seek. We also call'on the Re- publican Party to fill in the blanks on their side of the ballots. Statistics tell us there remains a large number of dissatisfied voters out there who are looking for alternatives. J. W. Pennington Fairlea Dear Editor: Once again the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of John C. and Margaret E. Massey Forren are planning a reunion. The event this year will take place on Sunday, May 27, beginning with a ceremony at the grave site. They are buried in the Longanacre Cemetery near Fort Spring, on the Pine Tree Road. John was a veteran of the Confeder- acy, having served with the 22nd Virginia Infantry. He was captured at Winchester, 19 September 1864 the issues. Time is running out for and released just before the surren- those candidates who feel all that is der, at which time he returned home necessary is to offer a name and to raise a large family. A great personal resum& Past personal his- grand-daughter, Sandy White has tory may give some insight on one's done the research and a great- ability, but leaves much to be de- grandson, Charlie Hylton, completed sired regarding goals for the future, the paperwork with the Veteran's In every instance where the non-in- Administration and a Confederate cumbent did well. the candidate did marker now marks the grave. With addmss the issues straightforward, financial help from other family Critical issues of interest to a members, they have a~so bought a large segment of the public, despite beautiful white marble stone for Mar- the fact they have been passed over garet. in the previous sessions, are -- re- call and referendum; economic de- The ceremony will take place velopment requiring local planning there with full Confederate honors, and initiative tax equity and celiac- including soldiers in uniform helping tion of tax currently on the books, to show the way to the cemetery. Several great-grandchildren will pay tribute to the couple and their fame- lies. A beautiful picnic dinner will then be held at the Hollywood Taber- nacle grounds. All family members and friends are invited to attend this special day of dedication, friendship, kinship, and good food. Bring a pic- nic lunch and join us for the day. For more information please call Sandy White at 645-4413 or Charlie Hylton at 645-3641. Sandra White Fort Spring Dear Editor: Pickaway, West Virglma, gave George Washington one of his per- sonal guards. He was buried there in New Lebanon Cemetery. He handed his patriotic torch across two centuries to his descendant we know as "Roberta". When we read her weekly column we can literally head the American flag fluttering on the breeze of free air; smell the fra- grance of flowers which she de- scribes and appreciate God's handi- work all about us in these beautiful West Virginia hills. Let's say "Thank You Roberta" Patton Rodgers by being there when the government-presented plaque is placed at the grave of Tris- tam Patton, New Lebanon Ceme- tery, Pickaway May 20 at 2:30 p.m. Your presence will demonstrate homage paid to all patriots of all wars for freedom, of all colors and classes. Ruth O'Brlen Ronceverta Dear Editor: Enclosed is a recipe for a fruit salad that is very easy to make and is a big hit at summer outings and pot luck dinner. I enjoy reading your paper, it keeps me informed of the happen- ings in my home town. Thank you. Mabel (Ratliff) Horns Mountain Home, Arkansas Fruit Salad Ingredients 1 lrg. can fruit cocktail, including juice. 1 Irg. can pineapple, chunk or crushed, drained. 3 bananas, sliced. Strawberries, sliced. Blueberries, fresh. I Irg. packet instant va- nilla pudding. Method Combine all fruit. Add in- stant pudding mix to fruit. Mix well. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving. ANATIoNAL NUllS MG ii ,,,J MAY 13-19, 1990 Primary Election-- Greenbrier & Monroe Monroe Vote Democratic Party U. S. Senate: Jay Rockefeller, 1423; Ken Buchanan Thompson, 108; Paul Nuchims, 89. U.S. House of Representatives: Harley Staggers, Jr., 1419. Attorney General: Marie J. Palumbo, 1017; Brenda Craig Ellis, 274; Rick Facemire, 221. Treasurer: Larrie Bailey, 685; Dee K. Ca- perton, 401; Marie Prezioso, 345; Eugene A. KnollS, 169. State Senate: Leonard Anderson, 1199. House of Delegates: Mary Pearl Cutup- ton, 1092; Paul A. Lovett, Jr., 546. State Executive Committee: Mary Pead Compton, 1195; Karen Ryan, 781; Rudolph Jennings, 695; Richard Prince Baylor, 681; Emile A. Holroyd, 608; John Earl Williams, Jr., 388; Billy J. Morefield, 357; Derek Craig Swops, 242. Monroe County Commissioner: Sara WickJine, 1306. Monroe County Committeemen: Joe Ha- zelwood, 420; Betty S. Bostic, 405; Thurmon Taylor, 385; Jnann Evans, 365; Paul A. Lovett, Jr., 351; Jacqueline B, Taylor, 308; Steve Ca- paldo, 294; Wayne K Johnson, 292; Joyce Pritt, 269; Lucilte K. Wallace, 256; Earl E. Parker, 245; Mae L. Parker, 131. Republican Party U. S. Senate: John Yoder, 409. House-of Representatives: Oliver Luck, 682. Treasurer: Elvin F. Martin, 521. State Senate: Stephen W. Snuffer, 509. Stale Executive Committee: Marianne R. Brewster, 493; Kada T. Gunnoe, 456; Stephen W. Snuffer, 227; Wesley Chambers, Jr., 220; Ira Southern, 220; Craig Hammond, 204; W. A. Trent, 158. Monroe County Commissioner: Barry G. Boothe, 601. Monroe County Committeemen: Alice H, Miller, 184; Finley R. Ratiiff, 151; Dorsey R. Galf0rd, 147; Irene Karnes, 141; Clarence G. Miller, 140; Lucille B. Lemons, 133; Sylvia Rifle, 94. Non-Partisan Monroe Board of Education Robert R. Weikte, 1091; Sharon H. Harris, 1032; John A. Dameron, 766; Marcella M. Smith, 722; Naomi W. Cohen, 700. Demoratlc U. S. ,Senate: John D. Buchanan Thompson. 494; Hlou=e of Rel=meematlveO: Jr., 3494, Attorney General: Marie Brenda Cra~ Treasurer: Larrie Bailey, 1103; Marie Prezmso, Stets ~ste: J. D. 8rannon Sampson, 2097. H~ el D~egetae: James Gad, 2207; Lilly, 1401. State Execulive Comndtt~: C Jr, 2640; Kate. F. Lobbar 2112; Eugene W. Walker, Ralph D. William=, 1015; l-kden I Love, 701; Ubby Campbell, 446; Jerry C. Bird, 445; S. Meadows, 332. ~reenbrler County Bowling, Jr., 1857; Joe Keadle, 1004, Congresldenal Executive Caml~l, 3321. Senatorial Executive Bennett, 1812; Mary Ann Wai~er, Menspllo, 1429; Dolan D. Dunl0~t, Greenbrler Coumy McCraw. 1313; Edgar L. Smith, Smith, 1093; Beatrice Harvey, Neville, 965; Ann Livesay, 944; Chades M. Burr, 795; Lee Neat, 739; Rasaile M. Cart, 679; Charles W. Mundy, 637; Eugene W. Walker. 575; John Benne~. 369; Dolan D. Collins, 191. Republican I~14~ U U. S. No~ of 1014; Treuurer: Elvin F. Martin, g' State Executive Convndtt~: 993; William M Higginbotham, II ! leYOUn/, 816; Jim Spade, 217. county Greenbrier George W. Todoro~ich III, 305; Do~olhy H, Miller. 295; 283; Homer E. O'Deil. 279; Nola John Leaf Burns, 232. Non-Partisan ( Jim Anderson Quick, 2052; John Leef BurnS, let,1145; Michael Sheridan, 947,