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eL =--. [ I,- =- ,m m=# -,q ome (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) of the W. Va. ;r Festival Volume 89 No. 20 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Sept. 11, 1990 I 25 Cents JU By Fred Long The search for what may well be the first military fort in West Vir- ginia begain in the summer of 1980 when Steve Trail, county historian, began an indepth study to locate pi~neeI" forts in southern West Vir- ~a. One such fort was located on the grounds of the Federal Correc- tional Institute for Women, Baughman's Fort constructed dur- ing the French and Indian War. Last week preliminary archaeo- logical testing was performed on the prison grounds by W. Stephen McBride with the historic archaeol- ogy division of the University of Kentucky where it is believed the fort stood. Hand-wrought nails and pottery were found which proved the In continuation with the theme that every day is Earth Day, local commercial whitewater rafting companies in a combined effort with the National Park Service will par- ticipate in a river clean up day to- location of pioneer settlers but more study will be needed before the site can be confirmed. =This may be the most significent find during our survey, McBride, a native of Lewisburg, said. Ira brass button, found at the site by a prison employee, "turns out to be of French origin this will prove for the first time that the French were in the New River Valley.~ Baughman's Fort was the strong- est type of fortress and was erected under the direction of the Executive Council of Virginia, and garrisoned in like manner, said Trail, President of the Summers County Historic Landmarks Commission. "I have checked all the available reference books and there isn't any earlier n stated that partnerships with the documented fort. There may have been a French fort prior to this but it isn't documented," he said. The archaeology survey is being financed by a grant from the Divi- son of Culture and History and is de- signed to pin point 13 frontier forts, stockades and blockhouses built in the New and Greenbrier River val- leys between the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. McBride, his wife Kim and David Rotenizer have confirmed the loca- tion of seven of them: Arbuckle's Fort, Donnally's Fort, both in Green- brier County; Drennen, Day and Warwick Fortin Pocahontas County; and in Monroe County, Cook's Fort and Wood's Fort. At each site, Trail said, they have found hand-wrought nails and tools and English-made pottery. Several Indian sites have also been located at each fort. Fort sites that have not been confirmed are: Fort Savannah in Lewisburg and Stuart's Fort at Fort Spring in Greenbrier County; Sec- ond Creek Fort in Monroe County, Jarrett's Fort on Wolf Creek and local businesses and local communi- VanBibber and Baughman's fort in ties is a high priority andimperative Summers. By Fred Long Aucremanne said he will be seeking two. Robin Spencer Crawford, 37, who more indictments at a later date Three were indicted on charges three years ago claimed four law after he has completed an investiga- alleging sexual assault based on the enforcement officers took him tothe tion of other information Neely has testimony of State Trooper O. L. County Jail where they beat and supplied the court. Ayers. stomped him, was indicted by the Neely agreed to enter guil ty pleas James Elmer Lilly was indicted Grand Jury last week on charges to burglarizing the home of Hinton on three felony counts of alleged alleging that last June he beat and businessman Dick Lightner and sexual assault on a female. stomped a Hinton man. former Sheriff James H. Blume in Russell "Sherry" Bennett was Crawfordenteredanotguiltyplea return for the dismissal of 14 other indicted on alleged sexual assault to charges that he "feloniously, in- felony counts and agreeing to give upon a"physically helpless" teenage tentionally and maliciously" beat testimony involving other police girl. Bernard L. Forren at Lightner's investigations that he claimed to Eugene Floyd Yopp was indicted Sport Grill on 3rd Ave., Hinton, on have knowledge of. Neely wa~ sen- on two counts of alleged sexual as- June 4. tenced to I to 15 years on each oftwo sault on a female. Forren,inhisJunecomplaintfiled burglary counts to be served con- Eric N. Redden, Ill and Lisa R. in Magistrate Court, said"Crawford secutively. Redden were both indicted on drug walked up and told me he was going On the strength of Neely's testi- charges, based on the testimony of to stomp me to death because I had mony Rhonda Gaye Shaver, Talcott SheriWs Deputy Jerry Smith, alleg- somethingtodowithhissisterbeing schoolprincipal,wasindictedonfour ingtheywereboth~knowingly"grow- done away with so I told him that I countsofallegedlygivingfalse testi- ing marijuana. knew nothing about it and that I monytoaCircuitCourtjuryinOcto- JosephBraskey,onthetestimony didn't want any trouble." ber1986involvingherpurchaseofa of Smith, was indicted on charges Forren went on to say that he boatmotorinJuly1985 Shaverwas that he alleged escaped from the turned away and "he (Crawford) standing trial on a charge ofreceiv- county jail. knocked me off the stool. He beat, ing stolen property and was found All have entered a not guilty plea. stomped and kicked me till I was innocent by the jury. David Williams entered a guilty unconcious." Shaver entered a not guilty plea plea to his indictment charging him and the indictment will be sched- with escaping from the County Jail, uled for trial where a jury will de- according to a spokesperson in the cided between the credibility of the Circuit Clerk's Office. to create a clean and unspoiled re- Lrltlmate plans, Trail said, is to Forren was treated at the Sum- source for the visiting public =By reconstruct Fort Arbuckle, at mers County Hospital for broken cleaningupthearea, the beauty and Asbury, for tourist enjoyment. The ribs, cuts and bruises, according to morrow, wonder of the New River Gorge can site has already been donated to the officials. VoluntNlm~ ~ b~ enjoyed by-us and future genera_ Greenb~br County Gommission, ............. Crawford when contacted earlier parties will travel the lower gorge tions," Kennedy explained, said he would not comment on the section of the New River collecting debris along the way. Park Service Shanks Ordered to Stay Away From Davisincident.the trial,"=Thetruth willcomeoutathe said. employees wig meet the groups at CountySchoolBoardmemberBud Davis said in his complaint. =After In October 1987 Crawford filed Cunard and Fayette Station to pick Shanks must stay away for former the meeting Bud Shanks confronted assault charges against former city up and dispose ofthe fitter collscted, school employee Gone Davis for a and accused me of writing an article and county police officers claiming Clean up organizers and North period of at least six month, accord- in the paper about him running a the four officers beat him at the American River Runners employ- ing to County Magistrate Bill Jef- bull dozer and making derogatory County Jail while his hands were ees, KathyZerkleandDonnieHud- fries, remarks about his family. Hetook handcuffed behind his back. speth, anticipatethisideawillgrow, Davis, former director of the his coat off, threw it in the fioor and Crawford's charges were later dis- expandingtoinvolvemorewhitewa- Summers County Career Center, said he was going to whip me. Itold missed but a federal investigatmn ter rafting companies on a regular asked the Magistrate Court Judge him I didn't know what he was talk- resulted in federal indictments clean up schedule. "We'd like to get to issued a peace bend against ing about and walked away.~ againsttheofficerson~ytohavethose as many people involvedin the proj- Shanks after filing a criminal corn- Jeffries said Shanks appeared dismissed when the officers were possible,~ Hudspeth said. plaint against the Board member before him and "making no admit- convicted on similar charges involv- 'rbG/ybe then we'll be able toconduct claiming he was verbally attacked tance of guilt gave a personal recog- ing another man. a clean up on a regular basis and following a Board meeting last nizance bond for $500. If he agrees A single indictment was handed work on the Gauley River also." month, to keep the peace with this person down as the result of the testimony Joseph Kennedy, Superintendent =I was standing in Richie Rhodes after a period of 6 months the charge of confessed felon, Glen Robert Neely; of New River Gorge National River, office at the Board of Education,~ will be dismissed." however, County Prosecutor Joe Congressional Candidate Oliver Luck was in Hinton yesterday to announce his five point Jobs Plan. Luck stated that jobs are the most important issue in this election and his opponet has been unsuccessful in providing the jobs which are so .desperately needed in West Virginia. "During the 1980's," Luck pointed out, "West Virginia lost almost 10% of its population, over 170,000 people. These people are forced to leave because of the lack of jobe in West Virginia. In fact, our state ranks last in job creation of all the statesin the sounth. It is imperative that we have a Congressman who works l~ard, and effectively to provide jobs for West Virginians? Luck, who consulted with dozens Of business, labor, and education leaders for their input announced his jobs program. It includes the creation of rural enterprise zones and the establishment era program to market West Virginia products in foreign markets. Luck saidthatitis crucial for West Virginia products, especially agricultural products, to lie successfully exported. =We either export our products, or we export our children.~ ~Luck's Jobs Plan also includes the 1 ~rbation of economic development ~oundations, as well as enterpreneur programs for high school and vo- tech students. `we need to teach our youth in West Virginia the satisfac- tion and responsibility that arises when involved with a small busi. hess. The subsequent training will provide us with future bussiness leaders for West Virginia," stated Luck. Finally, Luck said it is important to inform citizens of the grants and lowinterestloansavailablefrom the state economy that is dependent ning to start or expand small busi- federal government. =The govern- upon exports to foreign markets, nesses. Because of its size as one of ment has a long list of programs With historical events occurring the largest Congressional districts designed to help those starting in world-wide, such as the opening of east of the Mississippi River, the business. West Virginians need to Eastern Europe, there is an ever- Second District desperately needs be made more aware of these pro- increasing need for West Virginia anSBAfieldoffice. (Presently, there grams.~ products world-wide, is not an SBA field office in the LUCK'S PLAN Wemustgivelocalbusinessesthe Second District.) information needed to market West Federal contracts can provide CREATION OF ENTERPRISE ZONES Virginia products world-wide. The lucrative opportunities for local In order to encourage useful in- choice is simple: if we are not suc- businesses. Seminars will be con- vestment to promote the revitaliza, cessfulin exportingour products, we ducted to teach interested West fionofWeetVirginia'seconomically will be forced to continue exporting Virginians how to effectively bid for distressed areas, we would support our children, government contracts. Additionally, federal legislation to create enter- LOCAL AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC the program would inform veterans, prise zone tax incentives. DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATIONS women and other groups of special The incentives would target ar- Economic development founda- government assistance available to eas of economic distress which suf- tionscan obtain tax-free status whichthem if they would like to enter the fer from high unemployment and would make tax deductible contri- entrepreneurial world. emphasize new business start-ups butions a method of raising funds. ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAMS FOR as well as the retention and expan- Funds raised can then be used to WEST VlRGINIA'S YOUTH sion of existing business. High conduct research for each specific Finally, we would establish en- unemployment would be defined as region of the state. This research trepeneur centers for high school notlessthan 1.25 times the national canhelptheareadefineitseconomic and Vo-Tech students in West Vir. average. Presently, this would in- goals and devise ways to achieve ginia. These centers will help en- clude 15 of the 20 counties in the these goals, courage the young l~ple of West Second Congressional District. Within each development foun- Virginia to learn the responsibility The enterprise zone tax incen- dation, sub-groups such as steering and satisfactionofoperatinga small fives would include tax credits for committees and focus groups would business as well as the value ofhard wages paid to qualified employees, be established to work with area work. the elimination of capital gains tax Chamber of Commerce to evaluate This program is designed to en- on personal property located in the needs and act accordingly. Local courage the youth in West Virginia zone for at least two years, and promotion boards would also be os- to develop their own business oppor- expensing contributions to capital, tablished to actively promote local tunityandultimatelyremaininWest These types of incentives will products and services. Virginia as small business opera- create opportunity for enterpre- CONDUCT FEDERAL AWARENESS tors. This is crucial to our economic neurship,jobs and individual initia- SEMINARS SO AREA RESIDENTS HAVE future because over 80% of new jobs tive without the customary creation KNOWLEDGE OF THE GRANTS AND in WestVirginiawill comefrom small of a large federal bureaucracy dedi- LOW-INTEREST LOANS AVAU~BLE business. cated to nothing but its own self- THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT We would also encourage local preservation. For example, federal agencies craftsmen, tradesman and educati- ESTABLISH AND CONDUCT SEMINARS such as HUD, EDA, and the SBA ors to participatein the entreponuer ON FOREIGN MARKETS AND GLOBAL have many different types of grants program with the goal of teaching ECONOMIC OPPORTUHITY and low-interest loans available, high school and Vo-Tach students. West Virginia ranks third among The SBA alsohas field offices that marketable skills while giving them all states in the percentage of the provide assistance to people plan- practical experience. CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL DUMPING Meadow Bridge resident Willis L. such a large amount of garbage (an Ennis, ofRt. 1, Box 41A was charged estimated pickup load), Ennis was on Aug. 10, with illegal dumping of issued a mandatory appearance ci- garbage. Ennis was issued a manda, ration, and he will have to appear in tory court appearance citation by state court to answer the charges. Fayette County DNR Conservation Utill the latter part of Aug., ille- Officer Roger McClanahan: gal dumping of trash and garbage Thecititationresultedfromajoint along Claypool Road has been al- investigation by DNR and the Na- most non-existent for almost a year. tional Park Service. On Aug. 3, New Residents of Meadow Bridge, Clay- River Gorge National Park Ranger pool and Meadow Creek have been Cindy Bradley discovered a large working cooperatively for several amount of household garbage re- years with national park rangers cently dumped at an illegal open and state conservation officers to rid dumpjustinsidetheFayetteCounty their communities of the blight of line on Claypool Road. illegal dumps. Bradley was able to determine a The National Park Service en- possible suspect in the dumping, courages other communities in and Because National Park Rangers and around the New River Gorge Na- state Conservation Officers of the tional River to assist rangers and Department of Natural Resources state officers in ridding their corn- often cooperate and jointly investi- munities of the scourge of illegal gate natural resource violations, dumping. Report illegal dumping of Bradley was able to gain the assi- trash and garbage to the Raleigh tance of McClanahan, who has many County Emergency Dispatch Center years experience in investigating at255-6189,ortheNewRiverGorge illegal dumping violations. National RiverHeadquartersinGlen Because the dumping involved Jean at 465-0508. Placed Yellow Ribbons On Lights The Hinton High School National Honor Society ha= placed yellow ribbons on the fights in front of the school in support of our graduates serving in the military in the Middle East Gulf Crisis. The ribbons were donated by the llinton Floral Shop. Pictured left to right aret front row= Pare Fox and Tanya Harvey. Back row." Kim Cooper, Klm (]ore, and Cheryl Lowry. 4