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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - February 25, 2005, Bedford, Pennsylvania
Established 1812 192nd year 28 february uses 04772000 single copy 75 cents act 72 snafu notices confusing by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette staff writer property owners have been confusing tax Relief causing a steady flow of traffic tuesday into the Bedfor county tax assessment chief assessor Melissa Roy was handling phone Calls at the front replacing the phone Handset Only to have it ring again mean while taxpayers were jamming the front wondering Why they received a notice telling them they were reject she advised those who received the notices that they Arent being turned Down for the pro and that its just a Case of a confusing the office received about applications to enter the pro Gram before the initial 15 deadline another came in since but these new applicants will receive their notice in Roy some of the first notices owners receive Between late last week and tuesday contain a somewhat troubling line stat ing reason for rejections a portion of the property enrolled in Homestead pro others said a portion of the property is enrolled As a still others didst have any line about a rejection Roy said because their entire property would be enrolled As in the Case of a Mobile but others were denied out right and no portion of the property will be enrolled As a farmstead or Roy the notice is telling a Home Stead for the value of the property that will be enrolled in the states homeowners tax Relief a Law that is expected to allow school districts to reduce taxes on a portion of eligible farms or if the school District in which the property is located adopts the act 72 that portion listed on the notice will be taxed at a reduced if the notice says for exam ple the qualified amount is for the the tax break will be applied to that part of the like the value listed on the As an exam will be the amount taxed at the lower continued on Page 8 s Lefiti Everett picks Green As next superintendent Narrows Bridge Down to Bare Bones the historic Narrows Bridge on route 30 is Down to the new Enterprise Stone Lime has resumed removing the deck beams some of last ones were being broken out with a track Hoe in the background on tuesday and the support columns above the removing the last of the upper columns must be done by hand with jackhammers so the Arches Arent workers were at that task in the Middle of the Bridge the steel rebar sticking up from the Arches will become part of the rehabilitated the replacement supports will be poured on while the new beams will be according to new Enterprise employees at the when the old Bridge will carry westbound route 30 vehicles in both directions presently use the new Bridge completed Hist the Roadway work on mile level int expected to resume until the end of March or in Early by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette staff writer Everett two one eight months old and the other much ended thursday night for Everett area school District As the Board of directors promoted two of its Rodney assistant superintendent for less than two was named superintendent on an Anonymous he will take Over the District when current superintendent Daniel Koontz retires june Koontz announced his retirement last Jonathan a Dri vers education instructor and social studies was named the new High school a position vacated last july when Scott Graham left for an out state Posi a native of roaring received his Bachelor of sciences in special Educa a masters of education in elementary counselling and a certificate of advanced stud ies in school psychology from Indiana University of Penn he received his administrative and superintendents certification from Perm state University where he is currently a doctoral candidate in the educational leadership he was employed by Spring Cove District before taking his current position at Green has focused on the coordination of coordination and supervision of curriculum and District no child left behind and Federal and staff he will continue to work in these areas plus focusing on Rodney Green fiscal and operational admin i am deeply humbled to be asked to assume this Leader ship Green in it has been a real pleasure and privilege to work so closely with Koontz for the past year and a in the coming Green said the District will continue to work on the study of facilities and other renovation issues this will include Dis Cussion of the closing of officials have said he also said replacement of a number of experienced educators who Are retiring is a along with the retire ment of three key administrators in the last 12 the District has also lost key math and science last the Board also approved the retirement of 31year vet eran Glenda continued on Page 5 Man charged with defrauding investors Grant pushes Hopewell closer to sewer Start by Sharyn Maust Gazette associate editor fort Piper Bill Shuster has secured a Grant for Hopewell township to narrow the Finan Cial Gap for construction of a sewer the township opened last fall for the system the supervisors expected would Cost just Over the bids came in Over at a meeting the supervisors read a letter from Shuster confirming the Federal appropriation for despite a 20 percent Cut in Federal water funding he stuck up for us and got an extra they want to Cut us to said supervisors chairman Jeff the township also has applied for More than Mil lion from which will consider the application at a meeting March the bulk of the systems funding will be through Rural utilities Engineer Dan Carbaugh said Penn est and rus have discussed Tolje financial and their calculations of what rates Are affordable for Hopewell Resi dents will determine if the township receives a a loan or last Hopewell was shooting for a monthly rate of to for the 260 Cus this Norris mentioned but Carbaugh said the rate is not set because it depends on Norris added that the super visors Are very hard to keep the Tapin fee at the Penn est application was submitted before the Jan uary Carbaugh said that once Penn est it will take several months to sign the final with pen vests concur the project can Start continued on Page 5 by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette staff writer a Bedford who falsely represented himself As a wealthy Man who would help others gain financially through investments was jailed sunday on a variety of theft and fraud John Elwood allegedly promised people he some in churches that he could help them invest their according to Bedford state police trooper Brian Snyder looked five people out of luring them to give by telling them two false Hoover said Snyder allegedly told people he would Garner for them a significant return on their funds he said would go to help establish a he told still another Story that he won millions of dollars in the Canadian lot the problem he allegedly told potential was that it was tied up there because of irs Hoover he would ask them to give the Money until he obtained his lottery winnings and would pay it Back with inter he obviously never won the lottery and didst have any Money in the Cayman islands and would never return the Hoover Hoover said he attended different churches to find his he did Start different ministries but he didst use the Money for Hoover but at least one victim stepped Forward after wait ing and waiting for a return on the investment with Sny the incidents began around 2001 through september the victims include two Resi dents of one from Manns one from Everett and another from police there could be other Vic but Hoover said it was hard to he is facing four counts of fraudulent or deceptive Busi Ness five counts of theft by deception and three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds his bail was set at police
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