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Marcus family honored at Jefferson Co. Chamber banquet

June 30, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The large neon arrow directing patrons to the Turf Motel along East Washington Street is a familiar landmark in Charles Town.

Since 1955, the motel - with its trademark racehorse affixed to the roof - has welcomed visitors to town.

On Wednesday night, the Marcus family, which operates the motel, was honored at the 46th annual Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown.

The Marcus family was presented with the George E. Vickers Major Industry Award, which is given each year to a business that has made a positive impact on the community. The award is given in memory of George Vickers, a former longtime executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

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The Marcus family was recognized for its years in business as part of the award.

In 1952, Charlie and Scottie Marcus opened the Southern Motel, which was Charles Town's first motel. They turned their sights to opening the Turf Motel in 1955.

The couple's two sons, Terry and Ronnie Marcus, are involved in operating the motel today, along with Ronnie's wife, Robin, and children, Tiffany and Veronica.

A new addition to the motel is under way, which will give the motel 45 rooms when the project is completed in late summer.

The Marcus family also has been involved in real estate development.

Charlie Marcus got the family started in development, and in 1963, he built Belvedere Heights, followed by Orchard Hills in 1970, Fox Glen in 1970, Shiloh in 1975 and Cloverdale Heights in 1988.

Charlie Marcus died in 1991, but the family continues to develop properties, such as the Briar Run subdivision along Flowing Springs Road north of Charles Town.

Not only has the family's business been a mainstay of the local economy, but they are devoted to their employees, said Mary Via, executive director of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

Sarah Nabors, a waitress at the motel's restaurant, will mark 50 years of service on July 4, Terry Marcus said.

"That's rare for any business," Marcus said.

To recognize her work for the company, the family is sending her on a trip to Las Vegas, Marcus said.

Also recognized at the banquet was Roger Ramey, who was named Distinguished Citizen of Jefferson County.

Ramey has served many roles over the years, including local business owner and former member of the West Virginia Racing Commission. Ramey now is vice president of public affairs of Charles Town Races & Slots and is active in promoting the track.

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