Tri-State briefs

October 13, 2006

W.Va. man proposes education center

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County resident on Thursday presented the Jefferson County Commission with a proposal to build an outdoor education center in the county where school students could learn about science and the environment.

Roger Ethier, who has helped developing countries work with renewable technologies, said states like Maryland have outdoor education centers and he was seeking the endorsement of the commission Thursday for the establishment of one in Jefferson County.

The commission showed some support for the idea, and members asked Ethier to work on the idea more by developing a five-year business plan and by working with relevant organizations like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's National Conservation Training Center near Shepherdstown.

- Dave McMillion

Deadline to register in W.Va. is Tuesday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Secretary of State Betty Ireland is urging West Virginia citizens who have not yet registered to vote in the 2006 General Election to register by Tuesday, Oct. 17.


"If you are 18 years of age or will be 18 by Nov. 7, I urge you to register to vote," Ireland said in a news release.

Voting has become a lot easier in recent elections because of no excuse early voting. Registered voters may vote early 20 days before the election at their county courthouse during normal business hours and the last two Saturdays leading up to Election Day (Oct. 28 and Nov. 4). Early voting starts on Oct. 18 and ends Nov. 4.

To find your polling place or verify whether you are registered to vote visit Registration forms may also be found under the "Voters" link on, the Secretary of State's Office, or your county clerk's office. The General Election is Nov. 7.

Family workshop planned at Pa. library

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Library System is hosting a Family Place Workshop for parents and children ages 3 and younger to attend together.

The workshop is an opportunity for parents to meet specialists from the community while engaging in meaningful play, creative arts, and reading with their children.

The workshops are Thursdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30 and Dec. 7 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at Grove Family Library in Chambersburg. Admission is free.

To register, visit Grove Family Library's front desk, call 717-709-0282, ext. 215, or e-mail

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County finance official said Thursday that steps have been taken to make sure this summer's payroll problem would not happen again.

Steve Gibson told the Jefferson County Commission that the situation - in which officials feared the county government's payroll would end up being $6,406 in debt - was embarrassing and that safeguards have been put into place to guard against it from happening again.

Officials said the problem started when the finance department used payroll records from January this year instead of May to make May's payroll. It resulted in some employees being overpaid, some employees being underpaid and some people being paid who no longer worked for the county, officials said.

Officials said the debt was much larger than $6,406 before workers who were overpaid reimbursed the county and the paid people who no longer worked for the county gave their checks back.

- Dave McMillion

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