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6B The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, September 13, 1990 Tax Facts With The IRS / September 9th-15th ARIES - March 21/April 20 Use your imagination if you are at a loss about how to spend the week- end. You're so caught up in other people's affairs that you may have to wait until late in the week to attend to matters of your own. On Thurs- day things will sort themselves out and you can relax. TAURUS - April 21/May 21 The weekend brings distinction and honor for you. Early in the week your work will go smoothly, but don't be surprised if there are minor complica- tions due to financial changes. Try to take work at a slower pace. GEMINI - May 22/June 21 Although your weekend itinerary may be full, unexpected invitations will crop up on Saturday. So leave room for spontaneous plans. You have a flare for creativity this week. On the 12th or 13th, a letter from someone distant brings a surprise opportunity. CANCER - June 22/July 22 Memories may bring some happi- ness. Parents will have more time for children, according to the vibra- tions being generated by Mercury. All should run smoothly at your place of work and the end of the week will be exciting. LEO - July 23/August 23 There's need for a discussion at home about changes you and oth- ers want to make about arrange- ments. If you are dealing with any- thing of an official or legal nature, be wary of deception and fully scrutinize documents; read the small print as there could be a few hidden snags. VIRGO - August 24/sept 22 There is a lot going on in your social life right now. Take care not to avoid close friends for the trade-off of a good time. The plan- etary alignment shows that you are ready for some advancement and will be encountering some new people. LIBRA. September 23/Oct 23 Local events could bring you plea- sure. But beware of potential irrita- tion at home. Generally everything goes well this week. There may be a little reshuffling of arrangements on Thursday, but this will add to enjoy- ment! Business correspondence you're expecting may fail to arrive on time. There is no need to feel anx- ious; the documents axe on the way. SCORPIO - October 24/Nov 22 This is a confusing week for finan- cial matters. If letters, messages or documents are held up--blame Mercury! Conditions around you will be changing and this might slow down your arrangements. You may have to alter your schedules to suit others. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 23 As midweek*s planetary aspects round off, one particular area of your life will change. There is a lot to do with or on behalf of the family. It looks as though entertaining them will be the key feature of your next weekend. CAPRICORN - Dec 24/Jan 20 The weekend is most definitely a time for lovers. It's better to forget day-to-day affairs and relax social- ly. You'll certainly have some reor- ganizing to do at home around mid-week. Friends may be keeoing you in suspense for news : aut them. AQUARIUS - January 21/Feb 13 Try to mark time until midweek, when planetary trends improve. You'll be getting various hints that changes may soon be taking place at top level in working surroundings. Although you're becoming more in demand socially, see to it that rela- tives don't feel neglected. PISCES - February 19/March 20 Pluto causes havoc with business or personal plans. Keep your feelings under control on Monday and Tuesday, as you seem to be taking what others say too seriously. Later you'll realize how foolish you have been. Hold-ups may arise if you're expecting letters or telephone calls during the last two days of this week. Your birthday this week THE NEXT 12 MONTHS If the last few years have been mem- orable only because of money prob- lems, you can now afford to cele- brate. One decidedly reassuring astmct active in your birthday week indicates that the tide of fortune will be in your favor over the next 12 months personally and financially. There will be a number of occasions when you wilt be able to make friends in high places. You will be very kind and always ready to help those less fortunate than yourself. up to Sale Ends Dec. 31! Ask for Oelafls Sate ends Dec. 31 1090. This offer ma~t not P,e combined with other offers+ ~cl Gold Lance tnc, Want Retirement Security? Would you like a regular monthly annuity check that will never stop comm aks lon g gas you hve ? Don C. Sibold New York Life Insurance Co. 101 S. Court St. Lewisburg, WV (304) 645-2132 The Company You Keep Whars worse than answering the doorbell and finding a sales- man on your porch? Answering the doorbell and finding a Reyc nue Officer from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Just the thought of this type of encounter causes stress to most individuals. Charles F. Blackmore, IRS Chief of the Col lection Division, states that you can eliminate the possibility of this type of encounter "by keep ing the lines of communication open with IRS." Mr Blaekmore said that long before a personal contact is made, the taxpayer will have received several notices of tax due. "Normally, individu+ als will receive up to four notices before any enforcement action is taken." He indicated that the process can be stopped at any stage by paying tile liability in full. If Individuals cannot pay in full, contact with IRS should bc made Immediately to discuss al- ternative ways to pay the t,'Lx. "The worst thing you can do is Ignore the notices -- we won't just go away. Talk to us," Mr Blackmore said. Stress Goes Both Ways Did you know that when a call or visit from an IRS Revenue Officer causes you stress, there is a good chance it is also adding stress to the Revenue Officer's day? According to Mr Blackmore, "their job is one of the most difficult tasks in the IRS. They are the "bearers of bad tidings' and are subject to an atmosphere of confrontation. Shirley Bray, a Revenue Offi- cer in the Bluefield area said tile hardest part of her job is seeing a business fail. Ms Bray said the majority of these individual have neglected to pay their employ- ment taxes. These consist of withholding and social security taxes withheld by employers from their employees' wages. "When a business gets into trouble, this seems to be where employers go lbr financing. By not paying these taxes, the bust.. ness owner escalates the prob- lem to a point where it may be impossible to pay the liability in full," she stated. Revenue Officer Lynn Shaynak of Wheeling agrees that the job is stressful. "There's no question about it," she said. When asked why she stays, she stated, "It's very challenging. There Is something different ev- ely day. No two cases are Mike. I get to work with all kinds of people -- that's the best part." Revenue Officers are xnore than bill collectors. They must be knowledgeable in complex le+ gal issues, be good listeners, and be investigative research experts while protecting taxpayers" rights under the privacy and dis- closure laws, "Our mission at IRS," Mr Blackmore added, "is to collect the proper aanount of tax in a manner warranting the highest degree of public confi- dence in our integrity, efficiency and fairness. Our customers, the residents of West Virginia, can help accomplish this mission by answering inquiries and notices as soon as they are received." If you have questions about delinquent tax liabilities, call 1- 800-424- 1040 and a representa- tive of the Internal Revenue Service will assist you. In a headline on a wedding announcement September 6, William Robert +Sherwood was Incorrectly listed as William Robert Taylor. In the same item. two bridesmaids' names -- Carolyn Dolan and Rita Foley, both of Frank.ford were unin- tentionally omitted. "Your New Connection To Better Lighting" 256-2200 = i 1"800"642"2762 Working To Make Your Life A Little Brighter 456 Ragland Road, Beckley Elect Officers Senator Jae Spears of Elkins xas elected State President of I+itcvacv Volunteers of West Vir- ginia at their recent Annual Con- ference in Charleston. "Between 250,000 and 300,000 West Vir- ginians live in a kind of prison in our society," according to Sena- tor Spears. "They are the adults who cannot read or write above a fifth grade level. They cannot write a check, or read a safety manual or newspaper; and when they lose their job, it is difficult for them to cross train."If West Virginia is to progress, all of her people must have an opportunity to hold a good job, and to func- tion normally in today's world," continued Senator Spears. "Lit- eracy volunteers of West Virginia is committed to this salvage op- eration and during the Interna- tional Literacy Year, we hope to greatly expand our efforts in en- listing tutors and recruiting stu- dents. Governor Caperton's Edu-. cation Legislation package in- cludes the creation of a council on Literacy. This recognition of the problem officially involves continuing the efforts of volun- teer literacy organ~ations with sate guklance and support." Senator Spears, who has been a member of the Literacy Volun- teers of West Virginia State Board of Directors for lour years, will serve with Mary Jo Thomas, West Virginia Department of Humarx Resources, vice-presi- (tent; Susan Small, Special As- sistant to Congressman Bob Wise. secretary; and Linda Kelly, Assistant Director of Adult Edu- cation, West Virginia Depart- menI of Edtlcatlon, treasurer Also elected as new members of the Literacy group were Barbara Ai'nold, Attorney, South Char- lesion; Waiter Barth, C & P Man- ager of External Affairs, Clarksburg; Reverend Lee Beard, Publicaiions Director, AFL-CIO, Charleston; Peggy Bias, Librar- ian at the Putnam County Li- brary; Joe Bradley, Publisher and Editor of the Buckhannon Record-Delta; Mildred Jones, Di- rector of Field Experience, Blue- field State College; Patty Vander- grifi, Assistant City Editor of The Charleston G,'Lzette-Mall. The annual conference theme of "Reaching for the Stars" was highlighted by the presentation of IJteracy Volunteers Awards. These awards honored individu- als and organizations who have supported and encouraged the cause of literacy In West Vir- ginia. They include Bill Wilcox, West Virginia Department of Education, Director of Adult Education; The Morgantown Dominion Post ; Jean Ambrose, former Literacy Volunteers Ex- ecutive Director; Beverly Walter, Grants Specialist, The Claude Worthington Benedum Founda- tion; Charles H. Daugherty, Ex- ecutive Director of the West Vir- ginia Humanities Council. Literacy Volunteers is a not- for-profit, state-wide organiza- tion that helps establish and maintain locally-based, volun- teer, adult literacy programs. West Virginians who are non- readers or poor readers, and newcomers to our state who need help learning English as a second Language, can receive fi'ee, one-to-one confidential help In basic reading, writing, and speaking. Volunteers become certified Literacy Volunteer Tu- tors only after the satisfactory completion of an 18-hour train- ing course. A trained tutor is matched with a student and works with that student on an average of two hours per week, tailoring the lessons specifically to the reading level, needs, and abilities of the student. Literacy volunteers of West Virginia's lo- cal programs operate in 44 of the 55 counties in the state. For ad- ditional information, call 1- 800---642-2670. Local police the Greenbrier Education have plans to step up drugs through the new program- Abuse Resistance cording to Tony Murel Robertson, tucky Fried Chicken. Melissa Leigh Skaggs Melissa Skaggs Is Forest Princess Darrell E. ttolmes, Clerk of the Senate, has appointed Melissa Leigh Skaggs of Lewis- burg as a princess in the Court of Queen Silva LIV (Ainy Jennifer Byrd of Wheelin~ for the 54th annual Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins, September 19-October 7. The new princess is the daughter of Naalette and Richard Skaggs It of Lewisburg. Her fa- ther is manager and co-owner of Park Grove Farms and owner of the Mountaineer Bump Shop. Her mother is employed as a secretary. She is the granddaughter of Mr and Mrs Richard L. Skaggs of Lewisburg and of Mr and Mrs Luther E. Wood of North Caro- lina and the late Marian G. Wood. The 19-year-old sophomore at Greenbrier Community College plans to become a legal secre- tary. Eventually she wants to continue her education by at- tending law school. Miss Skaggs is a member of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church where she participates in the handbell choir. She is a 1989 graduate of Greenbrier East high School. DARE began in a cooperative lice and school been recognized by Bush and by Director of Na and is considered nation's most gram aimed at abuse by children. is taught by police school classrooms, signed to keep kids building their teaching them how to pressure. Kentucky Fried national sponsor of encouraged the DARE programs country. Today, DARE programs states. "We are our kids safe from plains Mr Hinkle, police and schools gether to offer this gram to our kids." DARE classes in all fifth and sI: Greenbrier County semester by three fleers: Danny Fisk burg City Police, the Sheriff's De Roger White of Sulphur Springs For more the DARE program~ of the police officerS Tony Hinkle or at Kentucky Fried call the DARE KFC-DARE. Fred Sampson Fred Sampson's Hat In Republican Seeks Senate Fred Sampson, a lifelong Re- publican, of Ivydale, Clay County, has filed as a candidate for the State Senate, 1 l th Dis- trict which includes all of Clay, Fayette, and Greenbrier counties and the western portion of Nicholas County. His wife was an unsuccessful Democrat can- didate for the same post in the May Primary. Mr Sampson was born in Roane County in 1930, attended Spencer High School, and spent four years in the Air Force, with an Honorable Discharge. He also attended the University of Akron in Ohio, majoring in Business Administration, After 30 years service, he retired as a Project Manager from Babcock and Wilcox Co., where he success- fully managed multi-million dol- lar contracts for Navy nuclear submarine components and in- dustrial boiler contracts fox" re- pairs and explosions. He is pres- ently self-employed, working part time as re rives for an diting company. Mr Sampson education and has shown he is to manage during alions and is pre] the people of integrity and "to be available to the needs of the committed to ment; to cutting waste; to lowering ronmentally sound velopment that try and tourism; to trol of out-of-state quate and for all individuals; educational o a clean, healthy, ronment." Mr Sampson Elizabeth live at S.R.3 25113, Phone he may be HOME DECORATING CENTEI All !n Stock Wallpaper $5.00 per Roll B ter $2.00 per nell See Us For All Your Decorating Needs. 209 W. Washing- on St--' eet Lewisburg, W.Va. 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