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q t 1 J i L t't 1, Volume 93 No. 7 5" The HINTON NEIVS (Continuing the Hlnton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of the W. Va. Water Festival Hlnton, West Virginia Tuesday June 7, 1994 30 Cents i :i 7 I t Turner Named to Fill Prosecutor's Slot By Fred Long Assistant county prosecutor Mi- chael Turner will have his named on the ballot in November, the County Democratic Executive Committee ruled in a two hour session, Thurs- say night. "Fin relieved," Turner said follow- ing the meeting. "It feels nice to have their support." Turner, along with former county prosecutor Joe Aucremanne and attorney Kelly Kemp, sought the committee's recommendation to fill the unexpired term of Thorn Canter- bury If, elected prosecutor in Nov. 1992. Canterbury, earlier, turnedin his resignation naming the effective date, June 15. The meeting was originally called to simply recommend one of the three to the County Commission prior to their appointment of someone to hold the office until the General Election. The newly elected committee, which takes office in July, would select a candidate for the ballot; but member Tom Fitzeimmous premed the com- mittse to "do it all at one time. If someone wants to challenge our authority to do that, let them take us to court." Comndssion President Lonnle Mullins had explained to them that the Commission" would appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the election, but it would be the committee's responsibility to place someone on the ballot. "It would help us,'he told them,'ifthey would choose one person, up front, and not mix it up." Init/ally, Fiond sdSgestion failed and the committee opted to simply make a recommendation to the Commifion leaving the ultimate decision to the next committee. Clock Ticking on County Emergency Services Connnent By Fred Long While nearly every southern West Virginia county is doing something to provide a central emergency dispatch center, Summer County's plans are racing along like an elephant stuck in mud up to its waist. Sometime early next month inmates at the County Jail will be transferred to the Regional Jail in Beckley. Correc- tional officers, currently employed at the county jail, have each been approved employment at the Regional Jail. Without them, or replacements, the county's emergency service center will no longer be functional. What, if any- thing, the County Commission is doing to continue the service is anybody's guess. Commission President Lonnie Mullins refused to discuss the issue when asked recently. He said they were looking into the issue and doing something, but he wouldn't say what. The Commission has been looking into the issue for the past five years and have done nothing to insure a permanent solution. The best the citizens of Summers County has received is a "Band-Aid" fix when Sheriff John Plumley took office. Until he took office the citizens in Summers County were without any centralized dispatching service of any kind. The people of Hinton were safe while the people of the county were at the mercy of a telephone number that would ring, but many times no one was at the other end to answer. It is unlikely that the City will wait on the County to do something. Hinton Mayor James ,a Leslie Jr. has already said the emergency dispatching system will be moved bask to the Fire Department on the 15th., if the County does not act. This will insure emergency services for the people of Hinton and the end of a joint agreement for law enforce- ment. The agreement requires the Sheriff to provide emergency dispatching. No one should expect City firemen to dispatch Dolice officers and fire departments outside the boundary of Hinton. City firemen have no business neglecting the taxpayers of Hinton to dispatch county wide emergency services. This is a responsibility of the county. The County Commission and the Sheriffare elected by the taxpayers and voters in all of Summers County. The burden of county emergency services should not be on the shoulders of Hinton taxpayers alone. Will the County Commission act? They've had five years to institute 911 in Summers County and they haven't done anything. Why should they do anything now? I don't think they really care. If they did they would have already done something. It's not like they didn't know the Regional Jail was going to open until this month. The law doesn't require them to provi'de emergency services, Lonnie Mullins said. Maybe the legislature should pass a law? The people should receive a reasonable amount of public service without state mandated laws, but if that is what it takes, Legislatures, do the people a favor and'pass a law. By ballot the committee gave Turnar five votes while Aucremanne and Kemp each received two. The vote went this way: Nellie Farley, Lila Oxloy, Charles Russell Keaton, Tom Fitzsimmone and Martha Rook- stool voted for Turner. Nadine Woodrum and Catherine Mack voted for Kemp while Lloyd Adkine and ArnettWilleyvoted forAucremanne. Gone Dobbins wanted to recommend all three to the Commission and didn't vote. Following the vote, Fitzsimmone renewed his motion to place a name on the ballot. The motion passed five to three. Another motion to place Turner on the ballot passed by unanimous vote. The Republican Executive Com- mittee has not met on the issue. Canterbury, whose home is in Beckley, turned in his resignation last month, saying at the time, he was taking a new position with the prosecutor's office in Fayetts County. Splitting the work between his pri. vats practice in Raleigh County with Jumping Branch Elementary Carnival Held Pictured left to right: Prince, Evan Ellienn; Burroughs; King, Jonathan Farley; and, Queen, Ashley Bragg; 1004 Miss West Vir- Princess, Brandi Basham. gtnia Jumping Branch Elementary held its Annual Spring Carnival on Sat., May 7. Fourteen contestants were running for the Carnival King and Queen and Prince and Princess. These studentmised over $2,300.00 for the school the rsspon.hi00000000e prm00, ...... ...... ' oce Was not |n the t in of i Plig-tem-School I the dtisens, he =mid. "ley  | " "r .............. I om--e that == be [in o00ce] Reunion Planned five day a week," he said. Turner was the only applicant for the assistant prosecutor's job and has worked in the office since Jan. 1993. Turner is a graduate of Hin- ton High School, attended Concord College and graduated from West Virginia University's law school. He worked in New York City for a short time and returned to West Virginia where he was a public defender in Williumson. "I applied for the job here to come home," he said. "You don't take a job like this to make money. I did it because I wanted to come home and work for the people of Summers County. I have never enjoyed prac- ticing law more then I have this past year and a half." The work lead is hard and de- manding. "It's a full time job. Last month we had 40 felonies. That's a huge number for a little county like this one. It will be difficult to do the job without an assistant." Turner said he had a person in mind for the position, provided the Commission approved the appoint- ment of an assistant. "If they don't Flijust have to tryto work the sched- uling out with the judge." Turner said a new state law should limit the number of misdemeanor cases hand]edin Circuit Court. Most misdemeanor charges begin in Magistrate Court with appeal to the Circuit Court. The present system provides the defendant with a trial by jury in Magistrate Court, and on appeal, a second trial by jury in Circuit Court. The new law limits the appeal to a review of the lower courts action, much the same as an appeal from the Circuit Court to the state's Supreme Court This,Turner said, would free the court having to cover the same ground twice. "The Prosecutor's Associa- tion got that pened,'he eaid. "Public Defenders fought it becau they were being paid in Magistrate Court and Circuit Court for handling the sanle tl.  Junior National Teenager, Tiffany The contestants were: ECE - Evan Ellison and Sara Lilly. 1st. - Todd Willey and Stucy Basham. 2nd.. Jordan Keaton and Michele Cunill. 3rd. Brandi Basham and Jennifer Bowling. 4th - Jonathan Farley and Amy Bowling. 5th - Joph Mead- ows and Rhel Lull, 6th. - Andy Rollymn and Aeey Bragg. This years winnere wore: King - Contracts for Resurfacing Summers-- 0.96 mile Tug Creek Mountain Rd. on County 7, 0.69 mile Elk Knob Rd. on County 9,1.08 miles Barger Springs Rd. on County 17, and 1.23 miles Beacon Hill Rd. on County 19. By Richard Petorson To mark the passing of Fipestem Elementary School, the PTO and some alumni are organizing a reunion to be held Sat. afternoon, June 25th. at the school. Anyone associated in any way over the years with Fipeetsm Elementary School is invitsd to the reunion. "Bring a dish." Pipestem Elementary School was founded in 1922. In state.mandated competition, it won the Flagship School award in 1992, the only school in the county to do so to date. But over the years Hinton has lost population, and although pepu- lat/on in the Pipestem area is almost steady, the decision was made to close the school. If you know friends or rela- tivem out of state please tell them, or drop a note on how to reach them to Susie Burloy, PTO President, at HC78, Box 100-3, Hinton, WV 25951. She also says that if you have a school-age photoofyourself, the FrO would like to use it for a big pester at the reunion. (Photos cannot be returned). Jonathan Farley. Queen - Ashley Bragg. Prince - Evan Ellison. Prin- cess - Brandi Basham. The royalty was crowned by Tif- fany Burroughs which is the 1994 Miss West Virginia Junior National Teenager. Tiffany was the Carnival Queen in 1992, and was gracious enough to come back to the school to crown this year's winners. Pipestem State Park Boycotting Hinton By Fred Long Although rooming at Pipestem Resort State Park is full, referrals for other lodging in Summers County is few, if any, Hinton News discov- ered in a surprise spot check over the Memorial Day weekend. Hinton has 16 lodging accommo- datione and the Pence Springs Hotel has 16 rooms, but reservation per- sonnel at Fipmtsm State Park send people to another county before suggestinglodgiug at these lccatious, Hinto News learned. Hintou News called the Resort to seek accommodations over the Memorial Day weeken& Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The park was full and we asked if another place in Summers County w avail- able? The Mercer County woman, who identified herself as Wands, knew of no rooming accommodations in Hinton and didn't mention the Pence Springs Hotel; although she Career Day at HHS Career Day, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce in conjunc- tion with Hinton High School, was held Fri., May 27, at the high school. Although Career Days have been held in the past to acquaint students with the various college preparitory programs, this was the first time sophomores and juniors have had an opportunity to speak, individually with business people about career requirements. Twenty businesses from Hinton and surrounding areas sent repre- sentatives to the school to talk with students and give them informatiou about job opportunities and educa- tional requirements for obtaining those jobs. Both Jack Kirby, recruiter for the Army National Guard and Scot Mitchell, hospital administrator commented on the "good response which they received from the stu- dents." Savers] of the other presenters gave suggestions on how to improve Career Day next year. Others com- nmntsd that the students were "well behaved, but didn't ask many ques- tions." They felt that students would respond better if they were given some preparation by the school be- fore Career Day. Follow-up activity will be an es- say written by studonts concerning what they learned from the experi- ence and how it will help them in chooaiug a eareor. Manetary prises will be awarded to throe sophomorss and thr juniors who writs the best essay. Rinaki,, Stato Farm Agent, and Tom FitaLmmons, Counselor at Hinton High School coordinated the program. Other Chmnb members on the committee were Catherine Holt, Catherine Mack, and Hoes Monroe. NOTICE Talcott Fire Dept. is sponsoring a summer foetival Ju 29, 23, 24. We are looking for singers, performers and a DJ. Anyone interested please call Lisa Stainaker at 466-1181 or Evelyn Bailey at 466.6338. did mention the Coast to Coast Motel and the Sandman Motel. Both were full. .i thought a hotel was at Pence Springs," we told her in pressing for a place to stay. "Yes. I think that is in Summers County," she said. Only a few days before the County convention andvisitor'sbureau hand delivered a box of brochures naming every available lodging facility in Summers County. lhat's the problem I've faced since I started," said Sharon Han- nah, head of the bureau. "All they have to do is tell them to call 1-800 CALLWVAand Fll get the cail. They won't do that. They send them to Princeton! Maybe they want to come here, but if they don't know about us they go to Princeton and we never see them." Our attempt to find lodging in Summers County proved impossible. Wanda suggested calling the county Chamber of Commerce, but didn't know the phone number or its loca- tion, saying its office is in the Memo- riai Building. The Chamber is in the Visitor's Center on Temple St. She didn know about Rivertown's bed and breakfast. She didn't know about the Hinton Manor, Heritage House, Jones House, the Sunset B & B, the Maddy Manor. All of them offering rooming for the traveling public and most of them empty. V[aybe we [Hinton] wasn't ready a few years ago,  Hinton Mayor James A. Leslie Jr. said, "but we are ready now. We've got the place that tourist want to see. They don want to go to a conventional hotel, they want to see .something different. They want to stay at one of our bed and breakfasts or at place like Pence Springs. They want to get away from some of the conventional type places like a Days Inn. They want something different and we can offer them something different." Hannah said ameeting with park superintendent Wait Shupe will be scheduled later this week in an of- fort to improve public relations with the park. The park turns away thousands each year.