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Bank stops quarry sale

December 12, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

HALLTOWN, W.Va. - As bidders and interested people gathered at an empty quarry parking lot Thursday afternoon, Bank of Charles Town officials broke the news to them that the auction for the former limestone quarry had been called off.

Bob Hersey, bank vice president and trust officer, said the decision to call off the auction had been made about an hour before the scheduled 1 p.m. sale.

Hersey declined to comment on why the sale was called off.

"At this point, it's just been canceled," he said.

The bank holds the note on the Shenandoah Quarry property, he said.

The owners of the adjoining Millville quarry were interested in buying the property, said Richard Freedman, real estate manager with Bardon Inc., the owner of the Millville site.

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The Shenandoah Quarry, off Blair Road, has not been in operation for several years.

Freedman said Millville quarry workers have been using a garage on the site for vehicle maintenance with permission from the owners, Executive Properties Inc.

Bardon would have bid on the quarry property, and if successful, would have worked it or held it in reserve, he said.

The land was scheduled to be sold in two tracts - a 272-acre site that includes the quarry lake and another 50-acre site across the road.

The larger site had a minimum price of $550,000, according to a sign posted in front. No minimum bid was required for the second tract.

John Emler, president of a Jefferson County group that has monitored the local quarries, said he was present to gather information.

The group has followed operations at the Millville Quarry for years and would be interested in watching any attempt to resume operations at the Shenandoah Quarry.

Emler said that when the quarry was operating years ago, there were problems controlling air pollution.

Emler said one of the group's members contacted him after seeing dump trucks going through the property last week.

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