April 5, 2001

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Follow ups
Did You Know
PSC UPDATE
CHATTERS
Listeners
Internet Radio Update
FCC HOLDING UP CCC
ON THE SOAPBOX
Congresswoman Capito’s Words form Washington
SHORT SHORT
MAGISTRATE REPORT
COLE CAMP CREAMED
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Follow ups...
        In the long running rivalry between the present Clay County Development Corp (CDC) Board of Directors and the Board that got deposed 20 months ago, something new. After loosing a Magistrate Court battle to keep an old policy manual given to him when he was CDC Board President, Herschel Shamblin vowed to appeal the Magistrate’s decision. Shamblin now has an attorney and is awaiting a Circuit Court date.

        Back last year the Clay County Commission appointed Dale Deems Jr to the Procious PSD Board of Directors. Over the next several months we regularly reported that Deems was a no show and gave him frowney faces as well. Recently we had a chance to talk to Mr Deems. According to Deems, he had had a casual conversation with then Commission President Jimmy Sams but that was all. Deems said that he didn’t even know he had been appointed not to mention that he had not been asked if he wanted the appointed or had the time for the responsibility. Although appointed, Mr Deems said he had never been sworn into the office.
???DID YOU KNOW???

  1. Beginning in 1845, 2 million Irish came to the United States to escape religious persecution.
  2. 17% of adults have actually dozed off while driving.
  3. Just because you’re not steering the ship, it doesn’t mean you sail with your eyes closed.
  4. West Virginia leads the nation in injuries from tree stand falls.
  5. West Virginia University has secured $1.7 million in federal money to develop a National Training Center for weapons of mass destruction.
  6. About 60 students have been expelled from Kanawha County schools this year.
  7. Not since 1901 has a West Virginia governor had a mustache until Bob Wise.
  8. West Virginia hasn’t had a case of human rabies in 6 years.
  9. One third of young gay black men in the United States are infected with HIV.
  10. Lyme disease has trippled in West Virginia since 1990.
  11. Family practice doctors are declining sharply.
  12. Only 53% of West Virginians wear seat belts compared to 71% nationwide.
  13. To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of it’s own.
  14. The elite US Army Rangers have won approval to switch the color of their berets from black to tan.
  15. West Virginia has 60 kinds of vanity license plates available
  16. Pilots carry oxygen, which is needed to keep them alert above 10,000 feet or more.
  17. The Bush administration intends to withdraw new drinking water standards designed to protect the public from arsenic pollution.
  18. Three out of four teenagers today go to a high-school with an enrollment of more than 1,000.
  19. Approximately 3,000 communities throughout the country, many of them in the Southwest are in need of federal guidance in upgrading their water systems.
  20. The Division of Highways collected 545,000 tires from people, who brought them in voluntarily. LMM

  21. PSC UPDATE
  22. following are excerpts, orders, or decisions made by and found on the WV Public Service Commission web site.
        00-1802-W-CN CLAY MUNICIPAL WATERWORKS DATE OF ORDER: 03/28/01 ORDER SETTING HEARING MAY 9, 2001 IN CLAY BEFORE JUDGE TRENT; DENYING INTERVENTION OF ATTORNEY JEROME R. NOVOBILSKI ON BEHALF OF CERTAIN UNNAMED CITIZENS AND WATER USERS, ETC.
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00-1731-PWD-19A CLAY-ROANE PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICT DATE OF ORDER: 03/29/01 ORDER SETTING HEARING FOR MAY 15, 2001, AT 1:30 P.M. IN CLAY BEFORE JUDGE TRENT; APPLICANT PUBLISH NOTICE OF RATE APPLICATION AND HEARING; ETC.
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00-0189-G-GT-C CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, V. COLUMBIA NATURAL RESOURCES, MOUNT- AINEER GAS COMPANY, VALLEY GAS COMPANY, AND WAGNER GAS COMPANY DATE OF ORDER: 03/12/01 ORDER CONFIRMING PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE WITH HEARING MAY 24, 2001 IN CLAY, ETC
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00-0630-G-PC VALLEY GAS COMPANY, WAGNER GAS COMPANY, AND BEECHY GAS COMPANY DATE OF ORDER: 03/12/01 ORDER CONFIRMING PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE WITH HEARING MAY 24, 2001 IN CLAY, ETC
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00-1741-PWD-19A PROCIOUS PSD DATE OF ORDER: 03/12/01 SECOND INTERIM RECOMMENDED DECISION AUTHORIZING 6.6% EMERGENCY INTERIM RATE INCREASE IN ADDITION TO PREVIOUSLY APPROVED INCREASE; DISTRICT TO PUBLISH APPENDIX A AND APPENDIX B; CANCELING MARCH 30, 2001 HEARING; RESETTING JULY 13, 2001 IN CLAY BEFORE JUDGE TRENT, ETC.
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01-0026-G-C SAMPLES, RONALD AND CAROL, V. VALLEY GAS COMPANY DATE OF ORDER: 03/12/01 ORDER CONFIRMING PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE WITH HEARING MAY 24, 2001 IN CLAY, ETC
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01-0219-T-NC CITIZENS TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OF WEST VIRGINIA, DBA CITIZENS COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY DATE OF ORDER: 03/16/01 COMMISSION FINAL ORDER ACCEPTING AND APPROVING NAME CHANGE TO "DBA CITIZENS LONG DISTANCE COMPANY", ETC.; REMO


CHATTERS

March 28, 2001

Charleston Gazette
1000 Virginia Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Attn: Editor

DIOXIN-DIOXIN-DIOXIN
        Big Coal has developed a new "HARMLESS" method of reducing Workers Compensation payments, ie: Get miners to support Diesel Fuel to be burned in underground mines.
        See " The Charleston Gazette, Tuesday, September 15, 1998" article: "CALIFORNIA DECLARES DIESEL A CARCINOGEN" that shows The California Air Resources Board, capping years of controversy, on Aug 27, ordered the 40 Chemicals found in Diesel FUMES, including Benzene and DIOXIN, to be listed as toxic air pollutants.
        With the Coal Barons getting the miners Unions to support the use of Diesel in underground mines, the Miners will be continually "gassed" with DIOXIN all day long. They might not die in the mines like rats, However their life will surely be shortened and the won't live as long as normal , collecting workers compensation, because, as everyone knows, cancer is a quick killer. Dioxin being the highest element known to cause cancer is a sure fire way for Heartless Corporations to reduce their workers compensation costs.
        Lets let our Legislators know that burning diesel in underground mines to kill miners with cancer is not a proper way to reduce Worker Compensation costs. It is purely and simply inhumane to treat hard working people, like miners, as you would rats.

Fred Sampson
HC-68, Box 25
Ivydale, WV 25113
304-286-2204.

water

I don't know why everyone is complaining about their water prices going up I would love to have a bill to pay every month but no , Clay had to kick Gauley out of giving us water over here in Adonijah. I think that it is wrong of all the people in clay to have water and we have to go at least 10 miles just to get water to drink and cook..Ii know that there is money there for water for us but we don't have any high class people over here to suck up... it is hard for us over here you don't know how it feels to have some one come to your house and all your dishes look like crap from our water, I cant even wash my hair or my sons in it or it will turn. so

for all you people who are complaining feel lucky..... feel free to email me back

tbird007us@yahoo.com
Tracy Bird



Listeners
        Delta Communications, LLC has reported substantial growth in all three of their media endeavors including: The Communicator, web site claywestvirginia, and Internet radio station Clay County Radio. Delta is a Clay County based corporation established in 1998.
        During the first quarter of 2001, the county source of news and views, The Communicator has experienced growth in sales, distribution and size. Most notable for the public has been the addition of color and the increase of size. An additional ½ inch has been added to each sheet allowing for an additional 75 square inches in each 12 page edition. Delta is reporting near sell outs in three editions this year. New distributors have been added in the Ivydale area which has increased sales in that area substantially.
        The corporations web site www.claywestvirginia is in the process of adding a PHOTO page to the communications platform and has topped the 10,000 mark in viewer ship ( clickers). Statistics document that clickers have come from Taiwan, Great Britain, France, Germany and many from the military around the world. Peak time for viewing is 7 to 9 am and 6 to 9pm daily with the most “hits” coming on Wednesdays.
        Certainly the most advanced media platform for Delta Communications is the Internet radio station Clay County Radio (CCR). World listener ship has increased since the station went on the in Sept 2000. The non traditional 24 hours per day format hosts a variety of entertainment ( bluegrass, easy listening, and Doo Wop) and is a showcase for local musicians. Currently, the station is documenting an average of 10 listeners per 24 hour period with an average stay of nearly 30 minutes. 2001 plans call for “live” broadcasting of public meetings and community festivals, addition of alternative and ambient music shows, and the addition of “business enhanced” programming for economic development.
If all goes as planned, Delta Communications, LLC will continue to lead the county in break through media technology with cable TV programming, the addition of a “web cam” of Main Street Clayberry, and continue to be the most reliable source of communications for Clay County West Virginia.




Internet Radio Update

        Internet radio station Clay County Radio (CCR) has successfully broadcast for over 7 months and is currently upgrading programming to offer more variety.
       CCR operates 24 hours per day 7 days a week on a looped broadcast basis. Station play list includes Gospel music on Sundays, easy listening tunes Monday thr Wednesday, Bluegrass and Country Thursday thr Saturday ‘till 7:00pm. One of the more listened to shows is the Saturday night “Doo Wop” format featuring artists from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
        Since opening the broadcast doors in Sept 2000, the focus of CCR has been to spotlight area artists and musicians. Local groups and individuals have been encouraged to forward tapes and CD for airing and booking info as well. To date many have had their brand of music aired thru the around the world radio platform including, Benny Hodge, Jesse Hamrick & Clay County Country, Wilson Douglas, Bo Stephens & Roger Hunt, and Big Otter Bluegrass to name a few. For those interested in having their tunes played over the air waves dial 304 548-4662 between 8:30 and 4:30 daily.
        There are a couple ways to listen in the alternative station. The easiest is to go to www.clayberry.org and once there, click the “radio” button to the left of the screen. Another way to hear this station (and over 30,000 other broadcasters) is to go to www.live365.com and type in either clay county radio or clay_wv_radio. Although heard around the world, to listen in, currently requires a home computer with an internet connection. Automobile manufacturers will be offering internet radio station ( I Band) on 2002 models AM/FM radios. Additionally, hand held computers are expected to be on the market this year offering I Band as well.
        As for Clay County Radio, 2001 will be a year of expansion. It is expected that “Live” coverage of various public meetings will be offered (by Sept 2001) as well as live coverage of the Golden Delicious Festival.


FCC HOLDING UP CCC
        Clay County Communications Inc. is waiting and waiting and.. Well you get the picture. For over 8 months the non profit local group has been waiting on word from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on licensing for the long awaited low power FM radio station.
        The group was formed over thee years ago recognizing the need for an immediate way to communicate to the general public in the rural isolated county. Services planned include: farm reports, homemaker programming, obituaries, spelling bees, poetry reading, local entertainment, emergency broadcasting, and tourism enhancement specials.
        Much of the three years has been tangled in FCC red tape and application processes. During the last year of the Clinton administration, the FCC announced a new speedier application process and new category of station (low power) would become available. In the waning months of the Clinton Administration, over 250 new low power stations were licensed. Since the change of administration, that speedier process has all but come to a halt as major broadcasting companies have flexed their political muscle with cries that the new little stations would cut into their growth potential and as well as take listeners.
        After three years of struggle, Clay County Communications remains optimistic that 2001 will be the year they get the FCC letter saying: You’re licensed!. The group’s Board of Directors meet at the Courthouse the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00pm. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and participate.


ON THE SOAPBOX
by Andy Waddell
        With the coming of the census comes redistricting of Senatorial and Delegate districts. The legislature will address the issue in May and their handy work will be felt during the next election in just 12 months and for the next ten years as well.
         Redistricting can have great affect on government dollars and programs coming into a county. Prior to the 1990 census Clay County was split up into different Delegate districts. Folks on the West side of Route 4 in one district while just across the pavement were county residents represented by another. During the years prior to 1990, Clay County suffered. No one likes to mention the name Randy Schoonover now due to his felony conviction, but it was Schoony that brought the county together into one district following the ‘90 census. With Schoony’s arrangement, the 33rd District was made up of all of Calhoun and a small chunk of Gilmer County. Since the number of voters in Clay County was greater than Calhoun’s, Clay was assured of a Delegate. Of course that did not turn out to be the case after Delegate Schoonover was appointed to the Senate.
        Today, our county wide Delegate is Bill Stemple who lives in Calhoun County. Stemple, during the last election cycle, pledged Clay voters that he would do his best to keep Clay from being split up into different districts. Stemple won by carrying Calhoun and garnering a few hundred votes in this county.
Now lets think about. Stemple wants to keep his elected position, Stemple is popular in his home county, if Clay County could come up with a strong candidate, Stemple ( from Calhoun) would certainly loose out since Clay has more voters. As reality sets in, Clay just about has to be divided up into this Spring. With that almost a certainty, many newspapers are speculating on how the cards will fall. Here we go.
        Since there has to be around 18,000 plus or minus 5% in each district and since Bill Stemple wants to keep his job, the guiding hand would be well served to put Calhoun ( with 7500 residents) in with Gilmer ( 7500 folks) and Wirt which has just 4000 residents. The magic number of 18000 is met and with that scenario, Stemple can retain his seat.
        What about Clay? Clay County’s 10,000 or so folks could be kept together if Clay was to merged into a Fayette/Clay district. Add Fayette’s 45,000 to Clay’s 10,000, divide that by three delegates and PRESTO, 15,000 residents per delegate and well within the 5% variant. Although Clay would never again have a Delegate there would be some advantages to this arrangement. Probably the most important one would be “clout”. With three delegates in Charleston, Clay could be well served. Second and almost as important, since Clay would be about a 20% block vote ( 10,000 of 50,000), those yahoos in Fayette would have to belly up to the bar with us or face uncertainty at the polls.
        Loss of a home town delegate is bad, but if our local leaders would start making phone calls, Clay County may still have a presence in Charleston and NOT be divided up fpr the next ten years.


Congresswoman Capito’s Words form Washington
Fairness for Families
By: Rep. Shelley Morre Capito (R.WV)

        Being a Mom and a Dad in the 21st century can feel like an endless cycle taking more and more time and energy. Rising early, perparing the kids for the day, working along day, cooking dinner, putting the kids to bed, paying bills, falling asleep a least a hour past your bedtime - whatever experience you want to compare it to -- the reality of being a parent is that it is difficult . Although you children are your great joy, they are, at the same time, the entire focus of your day and the reason you work so hard.
        West Virginia families are working longer and harder than ever, yet Washington continues to take more and more in taxes. More taxes means more time at work. More time at work means less time at home with faily. Raising kids is hard enough these days without placing other unnecessary financial burdens on parents.
        Much of the talk on tax relief this year has focused on how cutting taxes would stimulate the economy... and that it would. But let’s not lose focus of the other important issue here, the issue of tax fairness.
        One tax that violates the notion of tax fairness is the marriage tax. It is most simply stated unfair. A couple’s wedding day should never be an excuse for the government to siphon off more money from taxpayers. Our tax laws should never discourage couples from marrying by making it financially undesirable.
        This week, the House of Representatives voted to end this marriage penalty tax and double the child tax credit form $500 to $1000 per child. Passing this bill is a step in the right direction on the road to tax fairness. The plan corrects the glaring inequity in our tax code that discriminates against married couples.
        For example, in West Virginia, over 137,000 married couples will no longer be burdened by the marriage tax. 166,454 children will benefit with the increase in the child tax credit, providing more money for their college education, swimming lessons, or braces.
        Married life and raising children are never easy tasks. They require constant work, stewardship, compromise, loyalty and responsibility. This plan makes married life and raising children a little bit easier. The plan removes needles financial burdens, allowing West Virginians to focus more on where our country’s future lies: in our homes, with our children.
        Ending the marriage penalty tax and increasing the child tax credit is a common sense move. Removing this unfair tax on married couples and providing tax relief to those parents in charge of raising the future leaders makes better parents, better children and a better future for West Virginia and the rest of America.


SHORT SHORT
        --Damon Slone, the investigator with the Secretary of State’s office has lost his job as the agency reshuffles assignments. Long time residents will remember that it was Slone that brought vote buying charges against _______ Brown several years ago.
--The Golden Delicious Festival will be held September 20, 21, 22, and 23 this fall.
--Fayette County is in the same deep financial doo doo as Clay. Fayette Commissioner implemented a spending freeze and hiring freeze, stopped the purchase of all equipment and improvements, and eliminated all overtime.
--Ohio’s 6th Circuit Court has ruled that the state’s motto “With God all things are possible” is not an endorsement of religion and can stay on all stationary and tax forms and is constitutional.
--This newspaper USE to print the ambulance runs made by the Clay County Ambulance service. That was stopped by then Ambulance Authority Chair Loretta Bird saying that all that info, person that used the service, where the ambulance took them, and the time of service, was confidential. Even after a letter from the State Attorney General’s office disputed the confidentiality issue, Bird and crew refused to provide the public information. Now, Senate Bill 412 is being considered in Charleston. That bill if passed, would make such info confidential. Hmmmm. The Bill has met stiff opposition on the grounds that the info is just a list of services provided at tax payers expense. Additionally, it was 911 tapes that exposed police brutality by then State Police Trooper Gary Messenger
--Some county residents are asking where all the County Commission went? Just a few years ago, the county began the new year off with nearly a half million dollars. The plan then was to save up enough to build a nice building up at the Maysel Park. Today the County is having a hard time just getting to end of this fiscal year.
--Two weeks ago Judge Sanford Jones in Atlanta put 41 children into foster care after a two day trail revealed that during church activities of the House of Prayer the kids were regularly beaten. Church Pastor Allen Arthur Jr commented,”The Bible says if you spare the rod, you’re going to spoil the child. I have the scriptures that give me the right to do it.”
--The official population of Clay County is now 10,330. Recently, during fiery Ambulance Authority meetings, Lizemore volunteers commented that the fire dept had recently done a head count and they figured the population had grown to over 13,000 and based the need for local emergency services on that figure.
--Found in the March 28 WV Public Service Commission documents relating to the construction of the long proposed town of Clay Water Project, “ Staff noted that the estimated total project cost was now $4,663,825.00, proposed funding was deficient in the amount of $81,825.00 and there was no letter of committment for the Small Cities Block Grant of $1,250,000.00. Additionally, Staff details its concerns that the project is not feasible so long as the Applicant’s unaccounted for water remained at the 50% level. Rehabilitation of the Town’s failing and leaky distribution system was not included in the scope and design of this project.
--Reports of dissatisfaction on the performance of Primary Health Dept. Director Gary Johnson are just now making the rounds on Main Street Johnson was hired on a one year contract. The Board will soon vote on his new contract.


MAGISTRATE REPORT
Felony
3-25-01: Belt - Andle Lee Ramsey for sexual assault/abuse.
Guthrie- Russell Lee Young for sexual abuse by guardian, incest & Sexual assault 3rd degree.

Misdemeanor
3-20-01: Slack - Bobby Nichols warrant issued for petit larceny.
Clay Foodland - Andrea L. Graham, Mary J. Adkins, Linda Coper, Lynn M. Pringle, Sarah Rogers x2, Kenneth Davidson x2, Martha A. Harper, Martin C. Douglas x2, & Terrica Douglas warrants issued for worthless checks.
3-23-01: McKown - Raymond D. Smith for DUI 2nd offense & being left of center.
3-25-01: Ellyson - Ronald D. Williams for battery.
3-26-01: Belt - Andle L. Ramsey warrant issued for DWS/R.
3-27-01: Delk - Jerrell R. Jackson for DUI.
3-28-01: Delk - Pat Blankenship for DUI/R & obstructing an officer.
3-29-01: Guthrie - Michael E. Lanham warrant issued for battery x2, dest. of property, trespassing.
3-30-01:Slack -Denis Bailey warrant issued for imp. turning, no operators & no P.O.I.
1-09-01 Bailey - Glenn Tanner for DWS/R & no P.O.I.
2-27-01: Bailey - Kelly L. Moore for no seatbelt.

Civil
3-22-01: Clay County Bank - James L. Thomas for breach of contract.
3-23-01: Helen Brown - Richard Brown purged for DV.
3-29-01: King Trucking & Wrecking - Glenda Talley for other.
Walter Schoonover - Gary Smith for breach of contract.
3-30-001: King Trucking & Wrecking - Rutherford Trucking of other.
Clay Municip. Works - Suzanne Moore for other.
4-02-01: Debra R. Rapp - Lloyd E. Rapp purged for DV.
Robin Legg - Chester Legg purged for ??????????
4-03-01: Gary Posey - Marina Lanham for other.
Marina Lanham - Gary Posey purged for DV.

Citation
3-10-01: State - Joseph A. Cummings for failure to maintain control.
3-11-01: State - Richard Harrison for no P.O.I.
State - Adam B. Tanner for no P.O.I.
3-12-01: State - Amy D. Brown for no P.O.I.
3-14-01: State - Timothy Hinebaugh for speeding.
3-16-01: Sheriff - Brian S. Brown for no P.O.I., regis violation & MVI.
3-17-01: State - Chaston Todd Liming for tobacco use or possession.
3-19-01: State - Donna A. Arnold for no P.O.I.
State - Paul Stanley for no P.O.I.
State - Shanda Ltanner for no P.O.I.
Sheriff - Adam Scott Ramsey for regis. violation & no P.O.I.
State - Jeremiah C. Ramsey for speeding & no P.O.I.
3-20-01: Sheriff - Paul Stanley for speeding.
Sheriff - Michael McCoy for regis. violation & no P.O.I.
3-21-01: Sheriff - Angela M. Taylor for regis. violation & MVI.
3-22-01: State - Jason E. Doss for MVI, no seatbelt & speeding.
State - Michael S. Huddnall for DWS/R
State - Joshua Lumpkins for speeding.
3-23-01: Sheriff - Leon F. Holcomb for DWS/R.
State - W.J. Richersgill III for speeding & regis. violation.
3-25-01: State - Robert W. Sizemore for MVI, regis. violation.
State - Ronald D. Williams for battery.
3-26-01: State - Richy F. Taylor for no operators.
3-27-01: Sheriff - Martin V. Holstein, Jr. for no P.O.I.
3-30-01: Sheriff - Jonathoan F. Stutler for no P.O.I. & regis. violation.
4-2-01: Sheriff - Mary Hanshaw for speeding.

Worthless Checks
Bentree Grocery - Franklin Overbaugh for 125.00.
Clay Lions Club - Eurmmia A. Foster for 80.00 & 40.00 (40.00 paid), Vivian Lyons for 50.00 paid.
Sizemore’s IGA - Christine L. Risden for 140.11, Angela P. Barthsch for 50.00 & 20.48.
IGA - Homer Williams for 20.00 & 29.89., Christine Williams for 17.22, Jennifer Rogers for 18.18/ 24.96/ & 80.00 all paid, Tammy K. Swindler for 20.00 & 45.00., Ellen M. Price for 10.12 & 25.93 both paid.
Henry Clay Hotel - Vivian Lyons 40.00, Samuel K. Paton for 40.00.
Dawson’s Service Center - Randall W. Parsons for 302.89.
Bob’s Muffler Shop - Christopher Johnson for 214.06



COLE CAMP CREAMED
        Ambulance Authority Chair Larry Cole took a real beating March 26 during the Emergency Ambulance Authority (CCEAA) monthly meeting and Cole wasn’t even there. Members present: Gene King, Duane Legg, Arlie Fulks, and Joyce White. In Cole’s absence, Ms White chaired the bashing, or the meeting. Sorry.
With a quorum in place and many in the peanut gallery, Joyce White opened the meeting with criticism on Larry Cole’s written proposal that was presented two weeks earlier to cut $140,000.00 in expenses at the Ambulance Service. White,” Mr. Cole needs lined out!!” White, an expert on protocol, long range planning, and budget issues, gave a lengthy oratory on how Chair. Cole messed during a Special meeting earlier in the month. That earlier meeting was called by some members of the group to give their blessings on Director Jackie Pierson’s plan to cut overtime on a few of the employees. Cole refused to call the meeting to order citing State Code violations. Without the meeting called to order, the Authority could not vote on the Pierson initiative. During this regular meeting of the CCEAA, White commented that she had made various telephone calls to Charleston and according to her, Cole was all wrong, was a bad boy and was completely out of line. White,”We were legal!” After another 5 minutes of bad mouthing Cole and saying the CCEAA had held Special meetings at least three other times while Cole was Chair, White,” He doesn’t practice what he preaches!!”
On the Larry Cole proposal, White,“ I think it is outrageous.”
Following in lock step and smelling the blood of the battle, other members chimed in in support of Ms White. Duane Legg commented that his area of the county would not be covered under the Cole proposal and “I won’t tolerate it!” Cole’s plan called for the elimination of the Lizemore ambulance sub station along with other drastic cut backs. Following Legg came none other than Gene King with comments like, “ Jackie Pierson is our Director!!” and,” When she needs our assistance, I’m here for her!! THIS IS OUR COUNTY!! WE”RE DOING OK!!” King was apparently referring to Cole growing up in a neighboring county and not a native of Clay County. Referring to the organization staying in the red for months and having to float a $36,000 loan just to keep the doors open last June, Arlie Fulks,” this won’t be cured overnight and it didn’t happen overnight.”
Director Pierson informed the Board that her cost savings plan which had been implemented even though the Authority had not voted on the matter, had already saved the county$900.00 on the first payroll and was expected to save around $1000.00 on the next one. Pierson added that the savings did not include savings on benefits. White,” We intend to do what Jackie Pierson wants!”
After 15 minutes of bashing the only one that took the time to do a thorough study of what it will take to keep the much needed government agency financially sound, CCEAA voted on the Pierson plan which had already been in place for three weeks. NOTE: through out the balance of the meeting, numerous “barbs” were interjected toward the absent Chairman.
NOTE: For the most part, this first 20 minutes or so contained the badmouthing and rest of this is just the usual free for all. Anyway, here goes.
Joyce White said the Service will hold a “bucket brigade” April 7 in an attempt to garner a few bucks for the group. In other money matters, the CCEAA thought it was a good idea for them ( the government) to sponsor a Gospel Sing in an attempt to raise operating monies. Hmmm.. Separation of Church and State?
On state code mandated budget plans for next year, again Ms White took the lead and said no budget planning had been done for the next fiscal year and they would probably start on that in the future sometime. White said they did not need to submit such a budget until the day before the new year starts , July 1, 2001.
The CCEAA began suing county residents for not paying ambulance bills last month. Now the CCEAA is being sued right back by at least two people. Court date for the counter suit is April 9, 2001.
According to Director Pierson, MCA ( a company no longer contracted to do the billing) is still receiving checks from the Federal government for the CCEAA and when called about the matter, Pierson,” They are rude!”
Here’s one that has been brewing for years. Member Duane Legg asked that employee Mitzi Adkins begin providing figures to the CCEAA on how much money actually is coming in from all the billing. NOTE: Since the beginning of time, Ambulance Service has reported to the public what they charged insurance companies for runs but NOT what the agency actually received for the services. Speculation has always been that the actual amount received is around 40% of the charged amount.
Under questioning from Board members, book keeper Marie Haynes replied that her billing was current, Haynes,” I do it as soon as Mitzi gets it to me.” Once again there appears to be a riff here. Haynes does the billing while Adkins fills out the forms and neither knows what the other is doing. The speculation is that soon all the needless paper shuffling may be turned over to Haynes to do on a computer. Another note, Haynes has been waiting for over 8 months for a computer and a program to do her job on!
On another old issue, Laurel Nursing home ( a for profit private company which traditionally refuses to pay the $25.00 fee) is continuing to ask for non emergency transports for doctor’s appointments that have never been scheduled. The result is lots of wear and tear on vehicles without reimbursement. Pierson, “Legally they are required to pay for runs they goofed up on.”
Motion made and passed to give the green box ambulance ( paid for by the County Commission) to the Lizemore Fire Dept.
The ambulance service has raised the cost per mile fees they charge to $7.50 per mile for the first 17 miles.
The CCEAA has not made arrangements with the Sheriff’s office for the collection of the $25.00 voluntary ambulance fee. Remember 10 months ago when Sheriff Fields gave them an ultimatum on the CCEAA getting their own computer system and program to collect the loo?. Hasn’t been done yet folks.
Another quiet night of bashing and mismanagement closed quietly ( according to Gene King)
AW



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by E.B.Goode
         Well, Hello "strangers & pilgrims on the earth!"
Greeting from Sunny El Paso!
I'm really putting my Spanish tongue to use here,working on both sides of the border & with our youth! I hope & pray that you are all happy & well! IJN!
          I was reading an article lately , called,"True Subversives"by C.O done for the Sydney Morning Herald
She said , "No wonder they are so unpopular. True Christians are the true subversives. Unimpressed by success, celebrity or the bottom line, they prefer the company of the weak, and love without bonds. Every since the carpenter's son started agitating for change almost 2000 years ago, His message has been twisted or manipulated and his followers have been made into scapegoats. if history is a catalogue of attacks on Christianity, to this the religion holds us in thrall, informing our laws and social code, our education & the arts. The story of Jesus Christ remains our single greatest narrative. In terms of brand names, Christianity is up there with Coca-Cola Walt Disney & Gap, but it will not subside into mood music, or a pair of Mickey Mouse ears we can pick up & wear to entertain.
Even today, snug in a atheism that has become commonplace,we come across Christians who give us pause for thought.
         A young volunteer, sitting on the floor of a Catholic home for the disabled, feeding a handicapped child whose head rests in her lap; a middle-aged missionary, who lives and works alongsidethe villagers in remote Mali, celebrating an outdoor Mass at a makeshift alter of straw; a monk helping Serb refugees in Kosovo load a lorry with their belongings as they prepare to set off on thei lives of exile."
          Well, I guess you get the point...God Bless you all who are Loving God & you neighbor by good deeds. Keep it up! Great is your reward in heaven!
        If you want to see some inspiring, inspiring testimonies of people really out there on the battles fronts, doing their part to change lives, check out, www.thefamily.org! If anyone wants to leave me a message it's 304-610-7329 !
My new web site is: www.kt70.com/~jamesjpn/eric/
Thanks for you prayers & support!
I am working with Mr.Greens Kids International (MrGreenzkids@aol.com) a missionary home! We have a eleven acre pecan farm and school an work to help the local community(in Mex. too) and do outreach world-wide! This summer we are taking about seven to ten teens (more?) on a 3000 mile round-trip to a national Bible Study for teens (14-20)!
If you wanna help, please call me or them at 915 851 4747..TKS!

We love you all!