Tri-state briefs

June 13, 2006

Water system sold in Jefferson Co.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A water system that serves the Bardane Industrial Park and the Burr Industrial Park in Bardane has been sold to Jefferson Utilities, a Jefferson County, W.Va., official said Monday.

One of the benefits of selling the system to Jefferson Utilities, which provides water service in the county, is that it can provide an added level of security of water service for businesses in the parks, said Jane Peters, executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority.

The development authority and the Jefferson County Building Commission sold the water system for $466,000, Peters said.

- Dave McMillion

Fulton Co. receives small-business grant

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster announced Monday a grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Fulton County Industrial Development Association.

The funding will be used to make small business loans available to employers and potential employers in the area looking to expand, purchase capital and more.


"This is a great opportunity to fund small-sized businesses that may not be eligible for funding themselves from USDA," Wendy Melius of Fulton Industrial Development said in a news release.

"This is a cost-effective way to help those looking to start or grow a business," she said.

USDA, through its Rural Development program, will provide $94,000 to the Fulton Industrial Development Association. The funding will be used for a revolving loan program that will help businesses get off the ground and develop those looking to grow. Through the Fulton Development Association, the grant will finance private businesses with less than $1 million in revenue and with fewer than 50 new employees through the loan.

Volunteers needed in the Panhandle

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Volunteer Center, a service of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, is encouraging individuals, families, and youth to find out about and get involved with local service opportunities.

The Volunteer Center maintains a local database of community volunteer opportunities and partners with the statewide volunteer match program at This Volunteer West Virginia! Web site allows individuals to register their interests, skills, and the time and locations they are available to volunteer.

Once registered, volunteers will be notified of any opportunities that match their criteria.

The Volunteer West Virginia! Web site provides an opportunity for volunteers to record the number of hours they have spent volunteering, log mileage and keep track of other expenses associated with their volunteer experience.

The Volunteer Center of the Eastern Panhandle updates local volunteer opportunities on the statewide Web site. The Volunteer Center serves as a referral source only.

For more information about volunteer resources in the Eastern Panhandle, contact Trina Bartlett at 304-596-5529 or

Franklin County Dems elect officers

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The newly elected members of the Franklin County Democratic Committee met last week and elected party officers to serve for the next four years.

Officers elected at the meeting are Chairperson Beth Shupp-George of Greene Township, First Vice Chairperson Paul Politis of Greencastle, Pa., Second Vice Chairperson Mark Hughey of St. Thomas, Pa., Secretary Bonnie Overholtzer of Guilford Township and Treasurer Jere F. Perry Jr. of Letterkenny Township.

Twenty-three county committee members were on the ballot and two were elected by write-in votes in the May 16 Democratic primary. State Committeeman Don Richards and State Committeewoman Bonnie Overholtzer were also elected in the primary.

One of Shupp-George's first acts as chairperson was to obtain the committee's approval for her appointment of eight additional committee members to fill vacant seats.

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