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Tri-State briefs

September 14, 2006

County discusses impact fee disbursal



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Board of Education and the Jefferson County Commission met Wednesday to talk about how school impact fee funds will be disbursed for school building projects.

Under the current system, invoices for work on school projects will go to the school system, which will then submit them to the county for approval.

Board of Education members said Wednesday they are looking for a more simplified process, such as setting up a special school impact fee fund at the board of education office and paying bills from that account, said Board of Education member Gary Kable.

The sides agreed to work on a proposal.

School impact fees, a system implemented by the county commission, are fees collected from developers to help pay for the cost of building new schools.

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Kohl's coming to Eastern Panhandle



RANSON, W.Va. - A Kohl's Department Store is coming to the Eastern Panhandle, according to Carl M. Freeman Retail.

Kohl's, which has more than 800 stores nationwide, will be opening an 89,134-square foot store in the Potomac Marketplace on W.Va. 9 in Ranson in Jefferson County.

The store is expected to open next spring, according to a press release from Carl M. Freeman Retail, owners of the retail center.

Kohl's will join Weis and The Home Depot in the center. Also open in the center or in the process of joining the center are Hair Cuttery, Ledo Pizza, Hollywood Tans, City National Bank, Cingular Wireless, Lins Chinese, Roy Rogers, Glory Days, Baer Mattress, Petco, Quizno's, Panera Bread, Hallmark and California Tortilla, according to the release.




Candidates forum slated for Sunday



SCRABBLE, W.Va. - The public is invited to a county commission candidates forum Sunday sponsored by a grass roots citizen's group.

Scrabble Rabble will host a forum featuring the four candidates for county commission in Berkeley and Jefferson counties at 4 p.m. at the Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church on Scrabble Road.

The forum will focus on the issue of growth in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, according to a news release about the event. Members of the audience will be invited to ask questions to the candidates.

Running for one open Berkeley County Commission seat are Democrat Ryan Frankenberry and Republican Bill Stubblefield. Running for one open Jefferson County Commission seat are Republican Jane Tabb and Democrat Frances Morgan.




Pa. Senior Fair set



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Cumberland/Franklin, is hosting a Senior Fair on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the site of the former U.S. Factory Outlet Store at the 143 South Gate Mall.

Kauffman said the fair will include over 75 vendors from local, county and state agencies, in addition to local businesses and elected officials. Attorney General Tom Corbett's office will make a presentation regarding identity theft and how best to prevent becoming a victim of the nation's fastest-growing crime.

Admission to the fair is free.

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