CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town Races employees are being encouraged to attend a public hearing on the track's proposal to add 500 slot machines "to help reduce" the number of opponents at the hearing, according to a letter sent to workers.
A local minister who is opposed to the slots expansion said he is concerned about the track's intentions.
If the track is trying to keep slot machine opponents out of the hearing "they could really have a big stink" on their hands, said the Rev. Michael Withem said.
In a Sept. 10 letter, track president James Buchanan encouraged employees to attend the hearing Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the county meeting room beside the Jefferson County Courthouse.
"It is not mandatory that you attend this meeting, but your show of support will help reduce the amount of opponents that will attend,'' Buchanan wrote. ''As you probably know, there are a few people in Jefferson County that are against our VLT (video lottery terminal) operation, and try to stop our growth at every opportunity."