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Beckley Register Herald (Newspaper) - January 10, 1998, Beckley, West Virginia Your weather partly Cloudy highs in the lower to mid-40s. Page 9a saturday Region working together joint Concord Bluefield state venture being considered 2a eagles Fly the Register Herald sports Woodrow Wilson blasts Greenbrier East 78-34 in Friday High school basketball action. Page in Beckley West Virginia january to 1998 50 cents inside today lotto Clinton nation on a Roll a 1997 on record As having lowest peacetime jobless rate in 40 years by Dave Skidmore associated press writer Washington unemployment inched up to 4.7 percent in december but 1997 nevertheless entered the record books As a terrific year. American joblessness Hasni to been lower in peace time since 1957. But with asian turmoil hammering the . Stock Market and starting to spill Over to the american Economy president Clinton a chief economic adviser acknowledged 1998 May not be quite As Good. Janet l. Yellen told reporters a further drop in unemployment is possible but a slight increase is More Likely. A this has been an exceptional year in every Way and conservative forecasters fore cast a repeat of something As exceptional As we be had this year a she said. Of More immediate concern to Wall Street traders than asians Impact on . Employment is its threat to the profits of companies exporting to the Region. Fears that indonesians crisis is deepening battered stocks Friday. The Dow Jones average of Industrial stocks Sank 222 Points to close at 7,580, bringing the decline for the week to 385 Points. Still fridays report underscored the Economy a fundamental health. Average monthly unemployment last year 4.9 percent matched rates of 1973 and 1970. It Hasni to been lower since 1969, when production for the Vietnam War pushed the rate to 3.5 percent. And it Hasni to been lower in peacetime in four decades. See jobless on Page 9a Dow Jones tumbles a asian turmoil poses threat to world Economy by Bruce Meyerson a business writer new York the Dow Jones Industrial average tumbled 222 Points Friday As a third straight Day of Steep declines in Asia made it Clear that the economic crisis threatening the world Economy since october is festering rather than Healing. The Dow which has fallen More than 4 percent in the first six sessions of 1998 after logging an impressive 23.6 percent gain in 1997, fell As much As 275 Points during the heavily traded session before closing with a loss of 222.20 at 7,580.42. See Dow on Page 9a it takes a tall Man to Tell a tale a a Sophia Chris Hancock the Register Herald Nancy Cooke a first Grade class enjoys hearing a tale from Mike Guil All America honorable mention and three time letter Winner at Woodrow Liams a 6-foot-5 offensive tackle at Marshall University. Guilliams an Wilson High school visited Hollywood elementary on Friday. Mayor seeks injunction against town recorder Bridge. .10a news of record 3a classified .5b-12b opinion ____4a comics. A sports. .1b-4b dear Abby. .10a stocks. ____8 a deaths ____7 a television. .10a horoscopes. A weather ____9 a wet Virginia daily 3 6-8-4 daily 4 9-0-9-2 Cash 25 2-6-7-9-18-24 Virginia pick 3 3-7-2 pick 4 6-4-0-3 daily millions red 18-21 White 9-15 Blue 15-18 transportation plot goes up in smoke receive a free bed pack with Purchase of a select Sealy or Serta mattress set see our and in sundays paper for More. Or Call 255-2586 mattress Ware Hou volume 118 number 199 to former truck Driver injuries and estimated his loss of future income at $39,970.32. In the civil suit filed against Timothy and Lemon Groves doing business As Nettie Exxon and nationwide insurance co., Maxwell accused Groves of failing to place warning flares on the Road while his Tow truck blocked the Roadway. A the negligent positioning of the Tow truck created a sudden emergency causing the plaintiff Charles Maxwell to lock up his brakes thereby causing the truck to Jackknife and slide Over the Hill a the suit claimed. Groves testified he Felt there was adequate room for another vehicle to pass and that there was no need to place warning flares. The jury disagreed. See damages on Page 9a a official accused of exercising Powers beyond his authority by . Withers and Bill Lucas Register Herald reporters Sophia mayor Danny Barr has filed for an injunction in Raleigh county circuit court against James Bowers the towns recorder and former councilman. The court action filed wednesday alleges Bowers has circumvented the mayors Power in running town functions. It states that on dec. 28 Bowers began a dictating policy and control Over the town offices by requiring employees to do multiple it also claims Bowers tampered with the town computer system. The court document does not elaborate on what tasks had been required by Bowers or what kind of alleged tampering had occurred. Barr claimed he asked Bowers to cease the functions which he considers to be under the mayors control but Bowers refused to Stop. Bowers was on town Council until sept. 22, 1997, when he resigned four Days after fellow Council member Ron Taylor resigned. He later said he wished to rescind his resignation but the positions were filled by Kenneth Manning and Nina Lacy. Bowers was appointed to the position of recorder on dec. 18. Circuit judge John Hutchison has set a hearing for i . Tuesday. Barr referred All questions to his attorney Friday. A i would rather defer questions to my attorney a he said. A a in a rather not get in a War of Floyd Sayre Iii Barros attorney could not be reached for comment. Bowers contacted Friday night denied Barros charges that he has been assigning tasks to town employees and indicated the mayor has refused to talk to him since he served As councilman. As for the allegations of computer tampering Bowers said members of Council asked him to get it checked out. A fall the checks were being hand written and the office manager stated it work a Bowers said. A the Council passed a Resolution to bring in a technician and let him see if it was of. We did that and it was fully operable. I guess we just needed a computer Bowers maintained that since he took the Job of recorder he has concentrated Only on the functions assigned to his office which consist of taking notes and signing checks. A these Are All allegations that Barr has made up in his own mind i guess a Bowers said. A i Haven to been in office a month yet. If Ive troubled the mayor that much then he a got a Long three years ahead of Bowers admitted he refused to sign some checks that were not approved by Council. He said he plans to discuss that tuesday before Hutchison. Councilman Jeff Pittman was not aware of the details of Barros action but said there had been a history of run ins. A a there a been animosity Between the two a he said. A police accuse Greensboro n.c., Man of hauling untaxed cigarettes from staff reports state police arrested a 32-year-old North Carolina Man Early Friday on the West Virginia Turnpike for allegedly transporting $50,000 Worth of illegal cigarettes. Osama a a same Ali she of Greensboro n.c., was charged with Possession and transportation of untaxed cigarettes. Senior trooper . Summers said he became suspicious when Ali she driving a rented 1997 Ford Van made an illegal Lane change weaved Back and Forth in the lanes and drove at an inconsistent Speed. 77777 by Kristin Jones Register Herald reporter Fayetteville in one of the largest amounts Ever awarded by a Fayette county jury a former Fayetteville truck Driver received close to $300,000 in damages thursday stemming from a 1996 vehicle Accident. Charles Maxwell suffered permanent injuries to his Back and right Eye when the tractor trailer he was driving Jackknife As he tried to avoid hitting a Tow truck operated by Timothy Groves. Maxwell incurred medical expenses in excess of $33,000. Maxwell who was 63 at the time of the feb. 15, 1996, Accident was forced into Early retirement because of his . Boothe discovered 85 boxes containing 2,544 Cartons of untaxed North Carolina cigarettes under the plastic coverings. Ali she was taken to the Turnpike detachment for questioning and was read his rights. Nearly $1,500, a cellular phone and two radar detectors were confiscated along with the cigarettes Summers said. Summers said Ali she gave troopers Little information concerning his specific destination or where he purchased the cigarettes. He did say he was headed to Ohio. Ali she faces up to two years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines if convicted. He was released on $5,000 Bond and the Van was impounded. See arrest on Page 9a Chris Hancock the Register Herald found authorities confiscated 2,544 Cartons of untaxed North Carolina cigarettes Worth $50,000 Friday from a Van driven by Osama a a same Ali she of Greensboro. Jury awards damages after stopping the vehicle at 2 40 . About 8 Miles South of Beckley Summers said he could not detect an odor of alcohol or marijuana but did notice several irregularly shaped plastic covered boxes in the Back of the Van. Ali she told the officer he was in the process of moving Summers said. Summers said he asked Ali she if he could search the vehicle and was Given permission. Ali she voluntarily opened the vans Back door. Summers said he and senior trooper a reach us online at a news hotline 255-4400

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