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t @ A Gilmer Graphics. Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE. GILMER COUNTY. WV 26351 Friday, September 26, "W.Va. Frasker'" cites iavester woes B. Burke and Burke also pointed out that many 4. Requiring that no increase in the 23rd Delegate legislative leaders received low marks, rates caused by increased fuel costs several state House Speaker Lewis McManus shall apply to the first 500 kwh per Cecil Ramsey- the elusive and v ratings on a received a 57 per cent rating as did month purchased by a consumer. (This enigmatic oil and gas well promoter ag scorecard Long. Burke received a 43 percent"lifeline" amendment to the fuel who sold his equipment and well /" Virginia-Citizen rating. Senate President William adjustment clause bill would protect interests a year ago to leave Gilmer G). Brotherton received an 86 percentlow and fixed-income consumers from County, has been accused in a $1.8 state coordinator of rating, increasing fuel costs). Burke and Long million lawsuit of selling unregistered ~tting was based on The following issues were used in voted for. securitiesacross state lines and Performances compiling the ratings: House ~~--~ U the 1975 session. 5. Requiring that the Public violating Tenessee stock sales regula- (~) t Posted for State1. Providing for disclosure of Service Commission investigate, study tions. The wiley promoter and driller. r Neeley or William public information by permitting and conduct public hearings with who was i~dicted twice here on gun ~Presenting Gilmeraccess to and inspection of matters of respect to alternative rate structures ~- ""'~( Senatorial District. official record. (This bill wouldfor electric power. (This amendment to charges including an alleged assault represent Braxton. facilitate citizen participation in the fuel adjustment cause bill is a step upon a Glenville policeman, has been ~ "' " ~ " "" Gilmer counties, governmental decision-making pro-toward over-all rate reform and in Glenville this past month in were used as cess). Burke and Long voted against, therefore would assist low and connection with two lawsuits pending each legislator's2. Prohibiting the House Rules income utility consumers]. Burke and against him. votes dealt with Commitee from meeting in closed Long voted for. But a lawyer for the plaintiffs in the the protection of suit, Alfred Taylor of Milligan College, executive session to arrange the daily 6. Providing an additional Tenn., said that federal marshals were reform of the calendar. (This amendment to a House severance tax on the gross proceeds unable to locate him to serve the suit. [see accom- resolution would facilitate the flow of from the sale of coal. (This bill would The Glenville post office notified see how Burke information to citizens regarding the raise revenue to assist counties in Taylor that Ramsey is now living in workings of their state legislature), providing services to their citizens.). Edmond, Okla. system was Burke and Long voted against. Burke voted against, Long for. The $1.fl million judgement was as have other 3. Requiring an end to the 7. Extending the 22-county surfaceordered in connection with a upon what automatic fuel adjustment clause, mining moratorium. (This bill would disastrous gas well promotion-and a place you (This bill would protect consumers by protect those counties included in the Grand Old Opry star has written "The he said. requiring utility companies to explain moratorium from the impacts of strip West Virginia Fracker'" to immortalize urban and justify their fuel csts at a public mining n natural and human it in sng" / / the needs of thehearing before any increase in price is resources.) Burke and Long voted So far the judgement has been ]// I represent?" allowed). Burke and Long voted for. against, placed against only two of Ramsey's \ \ agents, Robert Harris. of Memphis. Tram.. and Ralph Miller of Kingsport. \ honors Ho e with " Tenn. The fraud suit alleges that Ramsey "" and his agents bilked 18 investors-pri- Harlan B. Hague, former county martly country musicians in NashviUe extension agent, was recently honored but including other investors in by the Gilmer County Farm Bureau Tennessee and South Carolina-of i, with a pin and certificate symbolizing funds to pay for the drilling of 64 wells 40 consecutive years membership, in Gilmer. BYaxton and Wood Counties Also honored at the Farm Bureau's in 1972-74. " annual membership meeting last Last year investors complained of ~ / "~ September 13 were Doyle Beall, Mrs. heavy lossesand the Tennessee / / John W. Cain and Nelson Garrett. Each Securities Division began an investiga- received a 2e-year pin. tion. This spring, the investors filed the In addition. Hague was unanimous- fraud suit in U.S. District Court in sight. 1 searched the world over and . ly selected as Farm Bureau Johnson City Tenn.. asking $1.8 million found West Virginia..." ~membership chairman for 1976. He damages and emits. ....... The ~ ~ Rmmmy to hit a Loren McCartney, a director from The suit also accused Ramsey of million-cubic-foot well-"It ain't that ...... "~ DeKalb District will attend a statefiling false reports with the West we're greedy, but at this point we're ~. training meeting in Clarksburg on Virginia Oil and Gas Division, poor." October 13. exaggerating his strikes. The suit Investigator Glenn Cline of the Hague has actually been a member accused Ramsey, Harris and Miller of Tennessee Securities Division said ~1 ~ of the Farm Bureau longer than 40 "gross misrepresentations." Reed wrote the song as a joke for . years. He was first registered in On September 2, while Ramsey Nashville friends who lost money in December, 1918 as a lO-year-old by his and his family were apparently staying West Virginia wells. father, W.B. Hague in his home Ritchie at a local hotel here to face two civil Locally, a $9,500 judgement was County. suits, the U.S. Clerk at Greeneville, made against Ramsey by former [ ~ ~ After receiving his B.S. degree inTenn. retu~ed a $1.8 million default Gilmer County Circuit Court Judge \ Agriculture in 1933 from West Virginia judgement against Harris and Miller George Cooper in November, 1974. But , ! University. Hague became county and the two have filed papers to Ramsey is contesting the decision, extension agent in Calhoun Countyindicate they will resist the judgement, according to his lawyer, Jack Mortbn from 1935-1945 when he began serving Meanwhile. Jerry Reed, one of the of Webster Springs. Gilmer County. Hague retired after 21 Grand Old Opry stars who invested inLane Smith, Gilmer County Circuit years service here in 1966. Ramsey's wells, has written a joking Court clerk, said the judgement was "I became interested in extension song about it. The title is "The West work through my membership in 4-H." made in Ramsey's absence. He said said the Farm Bureau veteran. "I Viri~mla Fracker" - which stems from that Ramsey's initial attorney, Gerald remained in the organization from 1920 the driller word "fracking" that means Brooks, sent Ramsey a registered letter to 1930, when I was too old to continue fracturing of rack strata at the bottom to his Sand Fork address, notifying him as a member, of wells with nitroglycerine charges, of the suit. Ramsey contends he was in The song says: New Mexico with his son and never (Continued on Page 7) "Where oh where are you drilling knew of it. Harlan B. Hague tonight? Cecil, rd sure like to see the In addition, Brooks apparently withdrew before the judgement was made. Shortly after Judge Cooper decided against him, Ramsey hired Morton, the same lawyer who successfully defended him in 1974 Glenville assault trial. Morton is asking the rain which Dash for Cash - Chuck Rutherford on for a new thai saying the court "erred in most of Lady, 1st; Micky Kinder on EZ Rider, Ricky Kinder on Ribbon. in permitting Brooks to withdraw failed to Pet Ponies - Tresa Kinder on Ribbon, and horse 1st Teresa Rutherford on star, Shannon Farm near Smith on Smokey, Donald Carother on Cocoa, and Cynthia Minney on Black a big hit. Beauty. pony and Pole Bending - Mickey Kinder on EZ dressed Rider, 1st; Chuck Rutherford on Lady, Ronnie Minney on Bob, Ricky Kinder on in clown Ribbon, Shannon Smith on Smokey. a~other con- Egg and Spoon - Paula Reed on Lemon for his pony Twist, 1st; Tresa Kinder on Ribbon, Cardboard. Shannon Smith on Smokey, Susanne were Hathaway on Patches, Christine Kimball on and bean Lady. by the Musical Chairs - Shannon Smith on Braves Smokey, 1st; Paula Reed on Lemon Twist, stand Mickey Kinder on EZ Rider, Frankie Minney shows on Speedy, Ricky Kinder on Ribbon. Weston Pleasure - Cir~y Rutherford on in hopes Apache, 1st; Tresa Kinder on Ribbon, Pauia Island Reed on Lemon Twist, Teresa Rutherford on Cincinnati. Star, Trena McCall on Ginger. sale in Flag Race- Frankie Minney on Speedy, w~ provide 1st; Ricky Kinder on Ribbon. Tie the Ribbon - Ronnie Minney, 1st; ~,~inney Trent McCall, Patty Carother. Shannon ~ ~ ~:,.~ and Mrs. Smith and Donald Carothef. ~s judge and Pony Pick-up - Ricky Kinder on Ribbon, .... ~. ~ ~, and Kevin 1st; Mickey Kinder on Lady, Micky Kinder Judge and on EZ Rider. Most Comical Pony and Rider - Donald the horse Hitt on Charger, 1st; Pauia Reed on Lemon .~j, announcer Twist, Tresa Kinder on Ribbon, Trena ....... McCall on Giner, Ronnie Minney on Old Buckie. Youngest Entry for Trophy - Anita on Carother, 7, and David Hitt, 2. Twist, HORSE SHOW Best Dre~ed- Kim Grose on Raja, 1st; on Cocoa, Janet Isenhart on Bill-D-Bar, Cindy Rutherford on Captain, Janet Miller on on Ricky Looks Nicky Jet, Jackie isenhart on Storm~ {Conlinued on P;,~n 7] Robert Good]rk:h sits ~mmanAin~ iqmn i1~ 'mount Hank to take a ffurst in Racking Horses last Sunday. m by Randy Newioa without Ramsey's request." and court's judgement The suit was brought against Ramsey by William J. Woofter of Baldwin. It alleged that Ramsey owed money for damages incurred when he utilized an improper right-of-way to a drilled oil well on Woofter's land, in October. 1972. The ether suit against Ramsey was filed in February, 1974 by four men who apparently purchased interests in Ramsey's wells on Leading Creek. The four are asking that Ramsey disclose information about contracts, sales, proceeds, indebtedness, geolo~ reports and other records pertaining to those wells. Rumors of Ramsey's activities hereabouts in the last two months are numerous and intriguing. One claims that Ramsey is currently interested in purcahsing purchasing a farm in Gilmer County. Another claims that Ramsey expressed intent to purchase a local restaurant. Ramsey has been described as a "stormy public figure" whose aggres- sive, bold perscn~ltty created several problems for him here. But his track record for eluding those problems remains perfect. It remains to be seen whether or not he will be successful in a defense of the $1.8 million federal judgement. Adams to appear buforu Harrison Grand Jury Caaaty James M. Adams, 22 of Troy, arrested last August 30 on *Interstate 79 near Clerksburg by State Police and charged with possession of stolen property in connection with an interstate truck theft operation, will appear before the Harrison County Grand Jury on Monday, October 6. Adams. one of the operators of a fam~y-owned trucking and hauling company, appeared at a September 5 preliminary healing before Justice of the Peace Geraldine Floyd when he was charged. He was later released on $5,000 bond. State Police reported when the arrest was made that Adams had allegedly had a coal trailer which had been reported stolen in Charleston in November, 1974. The trailer was owned by Fruehauf Trailer Co. FBI agents assisted by State Police are continuing an investigation of the stolen trucks, in apparent secrecy, as many law enforcement agencies in central West Virginia did not know of the truck seizures. Thus far, through mechanical and chemical tests. FBI agents found that one DM model green Mack dump truck and a late model blue Mack tractor were stolen vehicles, valued together at $I00.000, Agents said the truck serial numbers had been erased and other numbers stamped on the frame of the trucks. They said they used chemicals and an electro-etching method to discover the erased numbers. It was also leaned that, while FBI agents examined a green and white Mack truck owned by Harry T. Sears, the vehicle was not among the five seized and impounded at the National Guard Armory, Weston. Hande b to at Jeffersoa.Jaclsaa d/Rut U.S. Sen. Jemfings Randolph D-W.Va, will be guest speaker at the Jefferson-|ackson Day dinner on Saturday, October 4 at the Gilmer County Recreation Center. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and all interested persons in the area are invited to attend. The annual event is sponsored by the Democrat Executive Committee and the Democrat Women's Club of Gilmer County. Randolph has served four terms in U.S. Senate and. previously, served seven terms in the House of Representatives. He is chairman of thg Senate Public Works Committee.