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VOLUME 107, NUMBER 13 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2015, ELIZABETH, WEST VIRGINIA Claywood Park PSD to meet July 13 Claywood Park Public Service District win hold its monthly meeting Monday,July 13, at 2 p.m. at the office at 594 Davisville Rd. The public is invited toattend. Officers will give updates onall projects, report previous on themonth's operations, discuss any old and new business and answer comments from the public.SNAP coordinator to teach class June 24 Lisa Ludwig, SNAP-Ed coordinator wiiil the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, will offer free classes to the community with the "Eat Smart, Be Active" curriculum to teach individuals how to stretch food dollars, add physical activity to their day, substitute ingredients to cook healthier and much more. The program was designed to help SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients eat healthier on a fixed budget. These lessons are useful, fun and interactive. The first class will be held June 24 at 4:30 p.m. at Elizabeth Methodist Church and will last approximately 90 minutes. There will be a cooking demonstration or food tasting at each lesson, as well as free gifts. "Fo register, call 304.275.3131 or e-mail lisa.m.ludwig@wv.gov. Library sets summer reading schedule The schedule for summer reading at the Dora Bee Woodyard Memorial Library is as follows: June 29, "Mercy the Blood Hound"; July 6, "Captain America"; July 13, "Jessica Lynch"; July 20, crafts and games; and July 27, picnic at the park with superheroes. This year's theme is "Every Hero Has a Story." All sessions are Mondays at I I a.m. Questions may be directed to the library at 304.275.4295. Dutchman to host music June 27 Bluegrass, country and gospel music will be played Saturday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at the Dutchman Community Building. All musicians are invited to participate, and sign-in for available time slots will begin at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited and admission is free but donations will be accepted for the upkeep of the building and lawn mowing. Riding club plans fun hors,e show Sunday /i / Heartbeats and Hoofprints Riding for Chris will host an open fun horse' show Sunday, June 28, at noon with a tribute to the flag at I 1:45, Cowboy Church will start at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $2 and those 12 and younger will be admitted free. The event will include a concession stand, 50-50 drawing cake walk and something for everyone. Show will be cancelled in case of rain. Please call before you haul. Questions may be directed to Annette Easton at 304.477.3233 or Joe and Mary Smith at 304.483.5778.Mineral Wells water to flush lines The Mineral Wells Water Department will begin flushing their water lines Monday, July 6-Monday, Aug. 7, in the Mineral Wells area. There may be short periods of service interruptions during flushing and water may become discolored. During flushing times customers should avoid using bleach or any other washing solution that contains bleach. If any problems are encountered, phone the office at 304.489.2915 Fair pageants set July 15 deadline The Wirt County Fair Pageant application deadline for Little Miss andMister Wirt County Fair Princess and Queen will be Friday, July 15. Pagdantswill be held Wednesday, Aug. 5, the opening day of the fair. Applications areavailable at Dick's Market or from any pageant director: Little Miss/Misterpageant Angela Smith at 304.275.3338 Wirt Princess director Katelyn Cottrelat 304.494.0028, and Queen director Linda Sams at 304.275.4517.Fair Princess applications now available Wirt county Fair Princess Pageant applications for the 2015 Wirt CountyFair are now available at Dick's Market or the Extension Office or can befound online at www.wirtcountyfair.com.Fire department sets 37th annual ice cream social Elizabeth-Wirt Volunteer Fire Department will stage its 37a' annual Ice Cream Social and Fireman's Parade Saturday, July 4, at ! 1 a.m. with lineup beginning at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in joining the parade may register by phone with Ron Merrill at 304.588.3772 or Stephen Settle at 304.481.7012. The VFD is accepting donations for door prizes and auction items by contacting Orrie 304.480.9739 VFD plans Firecracker 5K walk Elizabeth-Wirt Volunteer Fire Department is now accepting registration formsfor the Firecracker 5K walk on July 4. Forms can be picked up at Dick'sMarket, Lil General Store and the VFD. Questions may be directed to TomCrouser at 3(14.488.8187.Clean-up set at Pine Twist CemeteryPine Twist Cemetery on Pine Twist Road is asking for the removal of allflowers for summer clean-up and mowing.Red Cross sets blood drive June 22 The American Red Cross will have a blood drive Monday, June 22, from noon-6 p.m. at Elizabeth Baptist Church. To sign up to donate blood, call 1- 800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter Wirt to schedule an appointment.Town of Elizabeth to test sewer mains The Town of Elizabeth will be smoke testing sewer mains during the monthsof June, July and August. Questions may be directed to City Hall at304.275.3200 " da SS10 S " "ty BY JOHN ARMSTRONG this week to paint and clean up the Adelegation from Spring Valley was community building and surrounding back at th'e June 16 Wirt County areas. Commission meeting to update the According to Kinney, she was commissioners on the progress of angry because she was not told what cleaning up their community, color paint would be used to repaint The Spring Valley group included the community building. Russell and Nancy Kinney, Carl Cox "'They are using their own money and Lawrence "Whistle" McIntyre. out of their own pockets to fix up our According to Kinney, the group building, so what difference does it was back before the commission to make what color paint they use'?" see if the it had any new information Kinney asked the commissioners. concerning the dumpsters and other Commissioner Gunnoe asked if the issues discussed at the June 2 building is also used to feed the kids. meeting. "'Not every day, but they do feed At that meeting the commissioners some of the kids and they are having said they would look into any Bible studies there in the evenings," possible funding sources to pay for Kinney responded. additional dumpsters to help in the "'There were quite a few kids there clean-up of Spring Valley. last night. These kids are here from "We gave Matt Jarvis the go-ahead Georgia and are painting, weed eating, to get another dumpster after you and cleaning up trash. They are even were in here at the last meeting," building a handicapped ramp for a commissioner Robert Lowe Jr. stated, lady across the road from the "The commission approved paying community building, and all at their for the dumpster," he added, own expense," he explained. Kinney said that the group had Kinney said that activity all started raised about $145 at a meeting the when the group found out at the June Spring Valley Community building 11 meeting that the Home Owners June ll. Association charter had been Commissioner Bob Gunnoe asked revokedin 2008. about reports he had heard that one That news came from Todd of the HOA officers had threatened Grinstead of the Claywood Park PSD to lock the community building, who w.as at that meeting. "Did they get that taken care of'? That's what brought this to a he asked, head," Kinney stated. Kinney said Carol Cackovic, had At the June I I meeting in Spring told a member of the delegation that Valley, 37 residents selected a since they were going to the delegation of six to look into commission meeting, she was=ooim,~ restructuring the HOA by-laws. to keep the Wirt County Missional Kinney, Carl Cox, Stephanie Group out of the building. Parsons, Tim Higgins, Reva Wayne The Missional Group was slated to and Tonya Gillenwater were selected haveyouth volunteers in Wirt County by the group to be their representatives, that and got into all this HOA stuff. 1 "'What information did you find out thought it was going to be about the about restructuring the by-laws." clean-up, but it has gone completely commissioner Lowe inquired, in the other direction," he added. "(Prosecutor Theodore) Da,vitian "'Without rules in place, how can said he could not help us with this you get cleaned up'?" commissioner matter because of the possibility he Lowe asked. "'It boils down to might have to do something down the whatever government you adopt. I road as the prosecuting attorney. He assume that will be the law there." he told us to go see Leslie Maze," Kinney said. stated. "'You can still have the dumpsters. Kinney, Stephanie Parsons and tell people about it and get the word Reva Wayne spoke with Maze about out about cleaning up." Cox the paperwork needed to get the HOA answered. "It's about the HOA now back on track, and not the clean-up," he added. They alsohad alist ofquestionsto "That's not anything the whichthey wanted answers including commission is doing," Lowe shot an accounting of the HOA assets, back. access to where the dues had gone, "'It's nothing you are doing, but it whatthe HOA dues were used for and has veered offin that direction. I'm restructuring of the HOA by-laws, seeing it in all these meetings I am "That's a good start," attending," Cox stated. commissioner Gunnoe said. "It is going to take time to ,get this"In my mind that has to happen," fixed," commissioner Gunnoe said.commissioner Lowe added. On Wednesday, June 17, theKinney was asked if a formal Journal learned from one of the,complaint had been filed to look at delegates of the clean-up committeethe HOA financial statements, that Maze had decided not to assist"That will be taken care of with Lesie the group.Maze." Kinney responded. Attorney Maze's office told the"I have been to the meeting at the Journal that she had decided ~o notcommunity building and at this represent the group because she hasmeeting today. How did we get so far many clients in the county and wantedaway from what this started as, the to avoid any conthct ot interests wireneed to clean-up Spring Valley," Carl those existing clients.Cox stated. No word has been received back"That was the objective of from the delegation as to what its nexteverything and now it is all about the step may be. HOA. Get rid of the trash should be The group is determined to have a step ne" Take care f the aband ned new home owners" association trailers is step two, and m?w the formed and getSpring Valley back on properties that are overgrown is step track and cleaned up st) the residents three," he said. can again take pride in their "We have gotten clean away from community.For courthouse fire suppression system Wayne Taylor representing Brewerand Co. of Charleston, WV, andDewayne King of PASS FireProtection of Elkview, WV, attendeda mandatory pre-bid meeting at theWirt County courthouse Tuesday,June 16 Any contractor wanting to bid on the Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority (CFIA) grant for a new fire suppression system at the courthouse was required to be present as Luke Peters from the Mid- Ohio valley Regional Council (MOVRC) went over the project specifications and the bid requirements. The bid package given to the two companies included a complete wet pipe sprinkler system compliant with fire marshall regulations and a clean agent (gas) system for the two records rooms on the first floor. All piping is to be concealed where possible and in the courthouse bell tower and lower unheated 5.ttic space the pipe will have a 50 percent antifreeze loop to prevent freezing of the pipes. The CFIA grant is a $100,000 grant with the commission contributing a 20 percent match. During the building's inspection, a question was raised about the records in the courtroom area and the commissioners will check with the circuit clerk and judge to see if that area also need a clean agent system rather than a wet system. Commissioner Robert Lowe Jr. also had a question as to how the Wayne Taylor of Brewer and Co. explains a clean agent fire suppression system to county commissioners Robert Lowe Jr. and Robert Murray.sprinklers in the courtroom would Each contractor must include in the and a signed equal employmentlook. He also said that work in the bid a certified check for 5 percent of document.courtroom would have to be adjusted the bid amount. Peters said no prevailing wage {sbased on the upcoming trial schedule. Bidders must also present product necessary on this project since it is"'Whoever getsthe project will need information on the fire suppression less than $500.000 and h~' h,pcs to to work around the court's schedule," equipment, their West Virginia Lowe told the contractors, contractor's license, a notarized drug- See Bid meeting Bids will be opened June 25 at 1 I free affidavit, mmcollusion affidavit, page 2 a.m. at the courthouse.Board sets June 30 agendaWirt County's WIC program take applications Wirt County's Board of EducationThe Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program is a has set the agenda for its meetingsupplemental foods program for pregnant, post-partum or breastfeeding June 30 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria atwomen, infants and children up to age 5. WIC provides food, breastfeeding Wirt County High School.support and nutrition education to families in Wirt County. To apply for the The superintendent's update willWlCprogram, cal1304.275.3150 or visit the WIC Clinic at 88 Senior Circle, inclutte an exemption schoolElizabeth, tiny Wednesday from 8:30a.m.-3:15 p.m. compliance letter, the annual attendance report, curriculum and assessment reports, faculty senateGolf boosters plan annual tournament, pig roast reports, safety committee reports.Wirt Cotlnty High School's Golf Boosters will hold their annual golf local computer repair and boardtournament and pig roast June 28 at Mingo Bottom with a 1 p.m. shotgun meeting dates.start. The cost is $48 per person, whieh includes green fees. Cash will be paid Finance matters will includeto the first three places based on 20 teams. First place is $600. second place payment of invoices, budget$300, and third place $200 based on 20 teams. To register by June 20. callsupplement and transfers, a renewalMingo Bottom at 304.275.3378 or coach Terry Jones at 304.275.4376. The quote from Travelers Insurance fortournament will benefit the WCHS ~olfteam. Workers Compensati0n coverage for "- $41,513 and approval of the board's budget by, the state department of Wirt youth football seeks coaches, sets sign-upseducation.Applications are being accepted for cheer coordinator and A. B. and C Policy matters will include theteam football and cheer coaches. Cheer and football uniforms from last year public records, employment ofmust be returned to Kitty Cheuvront or taken to sign ups. The first sign-up is substitute teachers in areas of criticalscheduled for Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m.-noon. The final sign-up will be needs and shortage, achievementtesting code of ethics, police andSee Briefly emergency service relations policies.page 2 Personnel matters will include the resignations of Rabecca Falin as teacher at WCHS effective June 26. April Petrovsky as assistant volleyball coach at Wirt County Middle School effective immediately, Brandy h'arris as Gear Up math tutorat WCMS effective immediately andApril Goffas pre-school facilitator atWirt County Primary Center effective immedkitely. Enaployment matters will includetempor:uy positions for summer bandrehearsals and band camp: AndrewKirk. July 6-30, and Lars Swanson.Christy Carson and Billy Mullins. July 26-30. Substitute professional personnel for approval for 2015-16 will be teachers Karen Minor, Tammy Wilson Shelby Scott, Milton Husted and Roy Alltop. New business will include a wireless network upgrade and a bid proposal for a fire alarm system at the high school. The next board meeting will be July 6 at 6 p.m. in the WCHS cafeteria.Police charge Lockhartwith Legion break-in Nicholas Aaron Lockhart, 25, of7572 Little Kanawha Parkway,Creston, was arrested June 12 by Sgt.Lew Peck of the Wirt County Sheriff'sDepartment and charged with aMemorial Day weekend burglary atthe American Legion Post 55 buildingat 12 Court St Elizabeth. According to the magistrate courtrecords, after he was read his rights.Lockhart admitted gaining access tothe building by slip-carding the frontdoor. According to Peck, some of the stolen items have been recovered. The stolen goods included agenerator, 10-inch Ryobi chop saw. aBlack and Decker 18-voh cordlessdrill with two f+atteries, a circular saw,a close quarter drill, and a Craftsman3/8 inch hammer drill. The break-i n was reported by Brian Holbert who was doing ~olunteer work tit the new bLlilding after the holiday weekend. The VFW was broken into recently a second time and Peck said Lockhart is a suspect in that case as well as a few other robberies that have occurred in the area. That investigation is on-going. Lockhart's bond was set at $5,000and a preliminary hearing was setJune 22 at 3 p.m. Lockhart hasremained in custody in the NorthCentral Regional Jail in DoddridgeCounty since his arrest. If convicted of the breaking' andentering charb, e, he faces I-I0 years in prison. Keith White of St. Marvs will serve a> [,tickhart's court appointed ;lilt qITC x

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