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/ 1, S. 91No. ll The HINTON NEWS (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Home of'the W. Va. Water Festival Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday July 7, 1992 25 Cents "New Sheriff's in Town": Jerry Smith By Fred Long The appointment of County Sher- iff was a bitter/sweet moment for Jerry Smith, Wednesday, when the County Commission named him the 29 Sheriff for Summers County. The County Commission, during a special session, named Smith to the vacancy leR by the untimely death of Jerry Cooper the previous weekend. =I'm honored," Smith said follow- ing the appointment. "I really am honored that I was thought enough of to be asked, and offered this posi- tion. I hope I can live up to their expectations. I have some big shoes to fill." Smith, 30, has been in law en- forcement for the past four years. In May 1988 he was employed by the Hinton Police Department and, af- ter graduating from the WV State Police Academy, became a SherifFs Deputy in Nov. 1989. He and his wife of five years, Shirlene, are ex- pecting a child. The biggest diffculty in running the Sheriffs office, Smith said, is time and money. his county doesn't have any money to work with. The jail receivership drains everything the county has." Because of this we don't have the money to do the thi ngs that we would like to do" and the deputies have to double up and work more hours. It's not unusual for the deputies to put in 16 hour days, and because of money problems his for- mer position may not be filled. =I would like for it to be filled, it needs to be filled." But fight now, Smith said, =what we are world ng on is trying to get the most for your dollar. By becoming better organized we can become more efficient. That's what Jerry was working on and that's what rm working on." Smith does have an advantage in that department that his predeces- sor didn't have when, seven months ago, he was appointed to the position to complete the term of former sher- iff Tom Briers. =Jerry was very smart," he said. =He didn't have experience in law enforcement, but he understood business. He knew that we had to make do with what we had and that was his expertise. He was working on organization, studying the law, examining alternative methods, looking at everything, every way. When he got all the information together and after he studied it, he made his decision. He was just get- ting ready to take off when this happened. It's hard to tell what he could have done for this county." But Jerryleft notes on everything. Jerry Smith Water Festival Maids of Honor Complete notes, Smith said. A desk full of them, and Smith said he is going to use them. One of the things Jerry was work- ing on, as late as a week before he died, is a central dispatch system for county fire protection, and Smith said he is going to follow through on those plans. We dispatch for the jail anyway," Smith said. Now that the jail has two correctional officers on duty 24 hours a day, dispatching emergency fire departments would not be that difficult for them to do. "All we need is the equipment. This might be premature, but as far as I'm con- cerned, and as far as the county commission is concerned, we can do it: as long as the receiver goes along with it. He would have to approve it first." Smith is also exploring grant possibilities, but most gran as requi re matching money. Hopefully we will get some money in here this way," he said. The big question everyone has been asking him is will he place his name on the Republican ticket in Nov. for the office of sheriff. I've been asked that 100 times," Smith said, "I haven't made up my mind. I've been asked by the Republican KATHY GOINS Maid of Honor Miss Kathy Lynn Goins is the 22 year old daughter of Lonnie F. and Norma L. Goins of Hinton. Kathy is a 1988 graduate of ilia- ton High and a 1992 graduate of West Virginia University with a B.A. in English Literature. While attend- ing WVU, Kathy was vice-president of the English Club, editor of The Screaming Zebra, and member of the French Club and play writing program in the Theatre Dept. She also did volunteer work for In Touch and Concerned, an organization that mmists the elderly. Kathy is a mem- ber of the Central Baptist Church and served as organist from 1984- 1988. Kathy was selected by Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. SARA GRIMMEIT Maid of Honor Miss Sara Eliza- beth Grimmett is the 21 year old daughter of M. A. "Pony" and Bar- bara Grimmett of Hinton. Sara is a graduate of Hinton High School and is a sophomore at Con- cord College where she is majoring in education. She is a member of Summers County Young Democrats, Democratic Women, and a literacy tutor for project LAMP. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. lmogene Grimmett of Hinton and Mr. and Mrs. Eldwin Bennett of Covington, VA. Sara was selected by the Wednesday Club. DONNA DAVIS Photo by Fox Photographics Executive Committee and a lot of .... Festival Queen just haven't made up my mind. It s a big decision. A lot rests on that decision-like my career.__ - -Idont Mermaid XXVIII want to mislead anyone. Festival  1992 W. Va. State Water crafts, and home decorating. Festival is proud to announce the Through her study in economics, A Water Wonderland is the selectionofQueenMermaidXXVIII, Donna would some daylike to work theme for this year s Water Festival Miss Donna Gaye Duvis, Donna is to see a restructuring of the U. S. and two new eventshavebeen sched- the 22 year old daughter of Ernest Welfare System. She would like to uled to bring new excitement to the E. and Wanda P. Davis of Hinton. introduct aWorkfare System to the  ....... annual event, Ralph Wilson, public- Donna is a 1988 graduate of Hin- area in an effort to stimulate the i.i!;iii;!;:ii.: ity director said. ton High School and was Valedicto- economy by preparing individuals ::::.::!:.i::i:::i:!:i:::':i:ii::.,: If fishing is you forte you might rian ofherclass.Sheisal992gradu- for and getting them back to work. wanttosignupforthefestival'svery ate ofVirginia Polytechnic Institute Donna is the daughter of Mrs. KELLy DHJON Maid of Honor Miss Kelly Rae Dillon is the 22 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dong Dillon of Talcott. Kelly is a graduate of Hinton High School and a 1992 graduate of Vir- ginia Tech with a degree in horticul- ture. While attendingVirginia Tech, she was an Alpha Phi Sorority Chap- ter Member, member of the Horti- culture Club, and served for two years as student manager of VPI Culinary Services. Kelly is a mem- ber of the Central Baptist Church. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Conner and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Miller. Kelly was se- lected by the Business & Profes- sional Women. KIMBERLY KESSLER Maid of Honor Miss Kimberly Kessler is the 20 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Joe Kessler of Hinton. Kimberly is a graduate of Hinton High and will be a junior at Hollins College where she is majoring in math and English. She is a member of Hollins Scholars, the Riding Club and Academic Marshalls. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Leona Fitzgerald of Aldemon and the late James Fitzgerald and Mrs. Dolly Kessler of Lewisburg and the late Ed Kessler. Kim wasaslected by the Delphi Club. ANDREA GORE Maid of Honor Miss Andrea Gore is the 19 year old daughter of Jim and Susie Gore of Hinton. Andi is a 1990 graduate of Hinton High and will be a junior at Marshall University where she is majoring in counseling and rehabilitation. She is a member of the Psi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and a member of Students for Christ. Andi is employed for the summer by the Dept. of Highways. She is a member of the First Baptist Church. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Meadows and Mrs. Cammie Gore and the late Jason Gore. Andi was selected by the Hin- ton Woman's-Club. Photos courtesy of Fox Photogra- phiCS. SARAH ROD] Maid of Honor Miu Sarah Rodes is the 22 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Redes of Hinton. Sara is a graduate of Hinton High School and West Virginia Univer- sity with a degree in psychology where she was named to the Dean's List and President's List. In the fall, Sarah plans to attend Appalachian State University to pursueaMastar's degree in chool psychology.She is a member ofthe First Baptist Church. Sarah is the granddaughter of Mrs. Nellie Maddy of Hinton and the late H, C. Maddy and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Redes. She was selected by Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. first "Blue Gill Tournament." The contest designed to take advantage of the Bluestone Lake's reputation for having the best catfish in the  state/Wilson explained. The second major change is the "Aountain State Jamboree  which will be presented free during the last fun filled day of the festival. This show will be presented between 2 Continued on page 2 and State University where she majored in economics. She gradu. ated with a =B  average in her major and a =B" average overall. While attending VPI, Donna was involved in the Baptist Student Union where she served in a student leadership position. She is also a member of the First Baptist Church of Hinton. In her spare time, Donna enjoys writing, running, sewing, arts and Norene Pack of Hinton and the late Shirley Pack and Mrs. Ruth Davis of Hinton and the late John Townley Davis. The coronation will be held on Thurs., July 30, at the Bluestone Dam at 7:30 P.M. In the event of rain, it will be held in the First Baptist Church of Hinton. Donna was selected by the Serv. ice Club. Murder Suspect Under Custody By Fred Long A Raleigh County man is facing first degree murder charges and is confined in the county jail, pending $100,000 bond, following his extra- dition here, Thursday, for allegedly killing a Hinton woman and dispos- ing of her body along a country road last weekend. State police have charged Wil- liam (Billy) Cody Harvey, 30, of White Oak, with allegedly shooting Linda L. Rudisill, 31, of Hinton, in the head sometime between the hours of 1:30 and 2:30 am, Saturday, June 27, and dumping her body in a secluded area of the Leatherwood Road, according to authorities. =He was very calm," County Magistrate Bill Jeffries said when he was brought before him about 11:30 pm, Thursday, for arraign- ment. I-Ie didn't say very much." According to Jeffries he was locked in the county jail about 9:35 pro. Yesterday, Fayetteville attorney G. Ernest Skaggs was appointed to the case. Harvey, employed in Oak Hill with Pyrmaid Home Products, asked for a court appointed attor- ney, Jeffriee said. County police in Delaware ar- rested Harvey, 5' 7" and weighing 180 lb., on a fugitive warrant two days following the alleged murder; and, after waiving extradition, was returned to Summers County by State Troopers K. D. Hedrick, on temporary assignment here, and O. Lee Ayer, said Set. H. C. Ryan. William Harvey, facing murder charges, turned hie head from the camera yesterday morning when he was escorted from the jail to the magistrate's office to obtain a court appointed attorney. ,nocking on his door," Harvey al- legedly said repeatedly, =I need to talk to someone, I really need to talk to someone." A phone call was made, about that same time the complaint said, and Harvey allegedly told that person, "I need to talk. I've got blood all over my car. I don't know what I've done." Ayers located the vehicle later that day and what "appeared  to be "blood stains  could be seen on its interior, he said in the complaint. Police seized the vehicle and an examination is pending. The murder charge will be pre- sented to the September term of the Grand Jury, County Prosecutor Joe Aucremanne said. Rudisill, reportedly HIV-positive, was "shot three times in the head with a .22 caliber gun," according to a complain filed by investigative officer Ayers. Initial|y, because of the nature of the injury, police be- lieved death was attributed to a single gun shot wound; however, Ryan said, the autopsyxevealed two other bullet wounds. Rudisill and Harvey, according to several witnesses, were last seen together around 1:30 am, June 27, when Harvey picked up Rudisill on 3rd Ave., according to the complaint. Around 2:30 am that night Har- vey went to a friend's home, the complaint continued to say based on statement gathered by police. While #f