Ex-sheriff R.J. Knotts of Dodrill was a prominent visitor in
Grantsville this week. He recently received from Sheriff P.P. Gunn a check for
30 cents, being the amount that was found to be due him from his settle-ment of
four years as sheriff and tax collector.
During his term, he collected as taxes and disbursed nearly one
million dollars and closed his accounts with only 30 cents due him.
He may be justly proud of his record in the sheriff’s office,
not only of the way he kept his books, but also of the courteous and
accommodating manner in which he met all comers to his office.
Boy Scouts Troop 85 of Grantsville distributed booklets on civil
defense throughout the town on Saturday morning. The booklet, “Handbook for
Emergencies,” is a publication of the Office of Defense and Civilian
Besides disaster information, it has first aid instruction and
radioactive fallout protection.
The board of education on Monday evening was advised that 22
children who live in the Jesse’s Run area were missing many days of school
because of high water.
The situation, which came as a surprise to the five-person
board, as well as school superintendent Ron Blankenship, was explained by Susan
Kelleher, who spoke for a delegation of seven Jesse’s Run parents. She said that
during periods of heavy rain, when the water rises over a fill in the vicinity
of Altizer Road and Rt. 33, the bus that normally takes the children to
Arnoldsburg School will not cross the high water.
She said the parents living in the area had no way of knowing if
the bus would come to pick up the children in the morning, nor did they know if
it would be able to deliver them home in the afternoon.
Many school days were missed because of high water, Kelleher
said. One mother asserted that her kindergarten-aged child had missed 89 days
last year because of the school’s transportation policy that pro-hibits a bus
from crossing high water.
Parents told the board that they had discussed the problem with
transportation director Roger Propst, but had not had any response. What they
are looking for, they said, was an alternative way to get their children to
school, short of taking the children themselves.
Blankenship and board president Jackie Robinson assured the
parents that they would try to find a remedy.