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Tri-State briefs

June 02, 2006

Three seats up for grabs in Ranson



RANSON, W.Va. - Three seats on the Ranson Town Council will be up for grabs in the town's municipal election next Tuesday.

Voting will be conducted at City Hall, 312 S. Mildred St., from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Council terms are four years and the salary is $2,400 a year.

In the Ward I race, James Edward Williams will run against Scott Coulter. The incumbent, Donnie Magaha, decided not to run for re-election.

In the Ward II race, Donnie Haines will run against incumbent Pete Breeden.

In the at-large race, Teresa G. Hendricks will run against incumbent Howard Glenville Shade.

Tony Braithwaite is unopposed for recorder.




Blasting at home sites discussed



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission members continued their discussion Thursday about how blasting for residential development is conducted in the county following concerns from some Shepherdstown, W.Va.-area residents that blasting could affect the flow of streams or damage historic homes.

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Residents asked the commission on May 25 to consider formulating a "pre-blast survey" law, which would require developers to survey the condition of homes near a construction site before blasting.

The homes would be surveyed again after the blasting, and if damage occurs to a home, homeowners could be compensated, residents said.

Commission members expressed several concerns, including whether the county had any authority to deal with the issue.

Commission member Jane Tabb said Thursday that most of the state's laws on the issue deal only with mining.

Paul Raco, head of the county department of planning, zoning and engineering, told the commission that his office does not have the staff to set up standards for blasting.

Commission member Rusty Morgan mentioned the possibility of limiting the power of blasts and said the commission needs to hear from professionals in the blasting industry.




Gas pipe system proposed in W.Va.



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Thompson Gas is proposing to build a propane gas delivery system in Jefferson County to accommodate expected population growth in the county, a Thompson Gas spokesman said Thursday.

Currently, propane gas is delivered to individual customers and larger users and the gas is stored in tanks, said Randy Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Thompson Gas.

Under the proposal, those users would be connected by a pipe system that would deliver propane gas to them, Thompson said.

Thompson Gas is looking to have a franchise for distribution of the propane gas through the system.

Any franchise would have to be approved by the Jefferson County Commission.

Commission President Greg Corliss said the commission's legal staff would have to review the proposal.




Phone cards bought for soldiers



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg collected money over Memorial Day weekend to purchase phone cards for soldiers in combat zones.

General Manager David Reaves said $700 was collected - enough for 350 phone cards. Each $2 donation purchases a 60-minute phone card.

"(These soldiers) will be able to call their loved ones," Reaves said. "And I think that's wonderful."

Donations were collected May 26 and 27 at Pleasant View, and also during a Memorial Day service Monday.

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