Jefferson County briefs

October 08, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

Thefts, vandalism reported at lot

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - People have been vandalizing and stealing items out of cars in the train commuter parking lot at Duffields, Jefferson County Commissioner Rusty Morgan said Thursday.

Police have been called when the thefts and vandalism occur, but it appears there is little they can do, the commissioners said.

Perhaps the MARC commuter train service can do something to control the problem, the commissioners said. Or maybe police patrols can be increased in the area, said Commissioner Greg Corliss.

The parking lot, where train commuters park their cars, is along Flowing Springs Road.

Plan approved to save farmland

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County officials agreed Thursday to a plan to save 80 acres of farmland in the Kabletown area.


Jefferson County Commissioner Jane Tabb said it is good that a piece of land in Kabletown is being saved from development because Kabletown is known for its fertile farmland.

Farmland protection programs have been set up in Jefferson and Berkeley counties and about 788 acres of farmland has been saved in the counties since 2000.

In most cases, property owners are paid in exchange for agreeing not to build on the land.

The 80 acres in Kabletown is owned by RSP Enterprises.

Boles is new ag development officer

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A former state Department of Agriculture employee has been hired as Jefferson County's agriculture development officer.

Kellie Boles has marketing experience and local farmers have been looking for help on marketing their goods, said Jefferson County Commissioner Jane Tabb.

Boles' hiring follows meetings by farmers who have studied ways of expanding the county's agriculture industry.

Farmers have discussed selling their own meat, milk and "shelvable" products such as apple butter.

Railroad crossing to close for 3 days

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A railroad crossing on George Street will be closed for three days next week while state Department of Highway crews build a new crossing, said Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge.

The crossing, near the intersection with North Street, will be closed Tuesday starting at 7 a.m., Aldridge said.

Traffic moving between Charles Town and Ranson will have to use streets such as First, Second and Third avenues, Mildred Street and Samuel Street, Aldridge said.

"It's going to be a mess, especially for big trucks," Aldridge said.

The work is being done to make travel over the crossing smoother, Aldridge said.

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