Weston girl representing
state at 4-H conference
by Gail Marsh
WESTON Amelia Lee Stultz, a Lewis County High School
junior, has been sold on 4-H for as long as she can remember. My parents
were 4-H counselors when I was young, so I got to go to camp when I was
6 years old. I finally got to join 4-H when I was 8, and have been involved
ever since, she said.
Stultz currently serves as the president of the
Freemansburg Friends 4-H Club. By competing in a state 4-H resume contest,
she qualified to represent the state at this weeks 69th National 4-H Conference
in Washington, D.C.
Stultz will spend the week learning more about the
government and acquiring leadership skills, along with a chance to enjoy
a tour of the city during peak cherry blossom season.
My experience with 4-H has been so positive. Its
taught me responsibility, leadership and how to get along with people,
all skills you need to succeed, she said.
To qualify for the conference, Stultz had to create
a resume that listed all her service in 4-H and her awards. The package
also included a biography and three pages of pictures highlighting her
work in 4-H. The resume submission was followed by a formal interview,
and Stultz managed to score 299 out of 300 points in the competition.
It was a lot of work, but I was really proud of
the way things turned out. Just putting the resume together gave me a chance
to appreciate some of the things Ive done because of 4-H, she said.
Stultz attends the county and state 4-H camps every
year, and for the last few years has been able to serve as a leader at
mini-camps that help introduce young 4-H members to camp. This year shell
miss mini-camp because shell be in Russia with 13 other state 4-H delegates
to teach Russian teens about 4-H.
Were trying to bring them more knowledge of what
4-H is about and to help them get a similar thing set up. Well be mixing
the two cultures together to come up with a program that meets their needs,
Stultz will be living with a Russian family during
her week-long visit and will have a chance to take in the ballet, the theater
and some sight-seeing, including Red Square.
Im really excited about the opportunity to see
Russia, to visit their schools and to see how they live. I look forward
to showing them some of the good things about our culture, she said.
I n addition to her interest in 4-H, Stultz is involved
in student council, Spanish club, track and yearbook staff at school, and
is president of her church youth group at St. Matthews. She has a keen
interest in politics, thanks in part to her grandfather, who served as
chair of the Democratic Committee in Hardy County, she said.
Stultz has been a page at the Legislature for the
last eight years, and said she is seriously considering a career in politics
Id love to be the first woman governor of West
Virginia and then end up on Capitol Hill not as president but as a member
of Congress. I think that way you get to deal more directly with the people,
and thats what I love to do, she said.
DOH chief says Bridgeport bypass 2 years away
by Torie Knight
GRAFTON Adding more lanes and straightening bottleneck
turns is part of the plan Division of Highways Commissioner Sam Beverage
has for the roads in Harrison and Taylor Counties.
He told attendees at the Taylor County Chamber of
Commerce Business and Industrial Appreciation Dinner Wednesday that good
roads are the beginning of economic development. Economic development
always follows the transportation system, Beverage said.
The growth of Bridgeport near the U.S. Route 50
and Interstate 79 interchange is a good example, Beverage said. By the
year 2020, he said the U.S. Route 50 bridge crossing I-79 could be as large
as 15 lanes if the area keeps growing.
For now, however, he is concentrating on the Bridgeport
bypass, a road that will connect the U.S. 50 and I-79 without the trip
through Bridgeport. The total cost is about $30 million and is already
approved. It should open in the summer of 2001, Beverage said, and may
handle as many as 30,000 cars each day.
The commissioner also is concerned with the section
of U.S. 50 leading to Grafton. Three different plans exist to widen the
road to four lanes. Beverage said he expects a route to be chosen within
the next six months.
The first option, known as Corridor 1, follows existing
U.S. 50. The cost for the 12.41 miles of four-lane road from the Bridgeport
bypass to Grafton is estimated at $150 million. About 172 homes and businesses
would be affected by the building of the road, as well as seven historical
sites and one environmental site.
Corridor 2 would take a more northern route from
Bridgeport to Pruntytown, but would follow the existing U.S. 50 from Pruntytown
to Grafton. The cost is estimated at $155 million for the 12.69 miles.
About 136 homes and businesses would be affected with this option, along
with six historic sites and one environmental site.
The last option, Corridor 3, is the more southern
and the most expensive. It carries a $205 million price tag. This option
also would follow existing U.S. 50 from Pruntytown to Grafton. It would
involve about 137 homes, five historic sites and four environmental sites.
Beverage said the money for the expansion of U.S.
Route 50 isnt in the states coffers. Thats why the DOH is taking the
project is stages.
Preliminary assessments of all three routes should
begin any day. After a route is chosen, the state will do environmental
and historical assessments. The assessments could take a couple of years.
Were going to take it in bits and pieces, Beverage said.
Although the road is still a few years from being
completed, Taylor County Chamber of Commerce President Carl Davis said
the economy in the county already is doing better from the possibility
of a Wal-Mart to the opening of more small businesses.
This year he had the highest turnout ever at the
annual dinner with more than 120 attendees and 13 display booths. These
are some things coming about because of a lot of hard work, Davis said.
Im excited about everything in this county.
Northrop Grumman plant for sale
by Paul Leakan
Northrop Grumman Corp.s plans to sell its operations
in Bridgeport come with an assurance that the company will seek a seamless
exchange of the facility that will not result in the layoff of any workers.
Our intention is to secure a new owner for the
facility that is committed to continuing the facilitys operations and
all 110 jobs there, said Jack Martin, a spokesman for the company in Baltimore,
Northrop Grumman, one of the countrys largest defense
contractors, told its employees Tuesday that it plans to sell the facility.
Company representatives said the impending sale
is due to excess production. The company, which employs 45,000 people nationwide,
has too many manufacturing facilities compared to its projected workload.
Northrop Grumman attempted to place the operations
elsewhere within the company but found the profits would not be worth the
cost. Its simply too expensive to maintain this facility for a long period
of time, Martin said.
Ray Farley, executive director of the Harrison County
Development Authority, met with local representatives from Northrop Grumman
Wednesday to discuss the sale. Farley said that after he got over the initial
shock of the impending sale, he was convinced that the situation could
turn out for the better.
What we have in our favor is that the Harrison
County workforce is known for its quality and quantity of production. The
world often relies on our employees for safety and security in the aviation
industry, Farley said. With that said, Northrop Grumman has created a
strong opportunity for the plant to possibly end up in the hands of something
that might have a longer tenure here and might pay better wages. The company
has begun the process of searching for potential buyers. Martin declined
to reveal any time for the sale or any price range the company is seeking
for the facility.
Until the sale, business at the facility should
remain as usual, Martin said. Barring any unforeseen cancellations or
delays in production, we do not anticipate any layoffs in the short-term.
Even though the plant would assume new ownership,
it could still serve as a supplier to Northrop Grumman in the future, Martin
The facility produces metal cabinets, consoles and
data and communication racks. The equipment is shipped to other Northrop
Grumman facilities where various electronic systems and components are
installed. The U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and U.S. Navy use the equipment
for airborne surveillance and testing military weapons systems.
The Grumman Corp. established the facility in Bridgeport
in 1991. It became part of Northrop Grumman in 1994 after the two companies
merged. The facility encompasses about 10 acres of property, including
56,000 square feet of manufacturing, office and storage space.
Harrison man accused of
sexual abuse at Wal-Mart
by James Fisher
A United Hospital Center volunteer who was arrested
Wednesday on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse did not work with
children at the hospital and was described by co-workers as always friendly
and respectful, a hospital spokeswoman said.
James L. Riley III, 20, of Route 2, Box 835, Bridgeport,
is accused of pulling a 10-year-old boy into a bathroom stall at Wal-Mart
on April 7 and fondling him. He is being held in the Harrison County Correctional
Center on $200,000 bond.
When the boy tried to escape from the bathroom stall,
Riley allegedly tried to tie his hands behind his back with a lanyard-type
keychain, said Clarksburg Police Detective Robert Matheny.
The boy was able to get away when his older brother
entered the bathroom a few minutes later, he said.
Riley was arrested after he was identified by a Wal-Mart employee who
remembered seeing him in the bathroom earlier that day, Matheny said.
Through the conscientious efforts of an employee
we were able to make this arrest, he said. If the employee had not remembered
seeing him and been able to pick him out of a line-up, we may not have
known who did this. We feel we have taken a serious and potential sex-offender
off the streets, he said. Matheny would not say if Riley had a previous
Riley has been a volunteer at UHC for about a year,
said spokeswoman Suzanne Hornor. He helped discharge patients by taking
a wheelchair to the room and taking them to the discharge desk, she said.
He also sometimes helped stock the gift shop.
Riley did not deal with children at the hospital, she said, because
UHCs pediatrics unit is located in a different building from the one in
which he worked.
Were certainly very surprised by this because
of his nature while he worked here, she said. The volunteer coordinator
described him as very respectful and said he always did an excellent job.
Hospital officials declined to comment about any
decision concerning whether Riley can continue to volunteer at the hospital.