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November 17, 2006

Change requested for quarry property

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission members were questioned Thursday about a possible request to change the land use classification for about 400 acres off Millville Road near Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Charles Town attorney J. Michael Cassell told the commission he represents clients who are interested in redeveloping the site, which is referred to as the Old Standard Quarry property.

The property is in the county's rural zone, but Cassell said his clients are interested in rezoning it to a mixed-use zone that would allow residential, commercial and light industrial.

Cassell did not say who his clients are and said he cannot give many details about the possible proposal.

Cassell said he was wanting to determine how long a rezoning process might take and said he was told that it could be six months.


County Commission member Dale Manuel said he considered such a rezoning request as "drastic."

Courthouse barriers debated in Jefferson

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission members talked Thursday about how to put up protective barriers in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse to make the building more secure.

The commissioners said putting barriers in front of the courthouse at George and Washington Streets would help prevent any vehicles from being driven into it.

Commission member Dale Manuel said he would want to consult with City of Charles Town officials to make sure any barriers used would blend with the city's downtown streetscape.

Commission member Rusty Morgan said maybe planters can be used.

- Dave McMillion

State troopers kick off holiday drive

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The 17th annual State Troopers for the West Virginia Needy campaign will begin today, coinciding with The Salvation Army's Kettle Kick-Off as part of a joint effort to provide less-fortunate citizens an opportunity to have a joyful holiday season.

During the 30-day drive, Salvation Army barrels will be available to the public at every WVSP detachment in the state.

People are encouraged to donate new toys and nonperishable canned food items which will be collected by volunteers of The Salvation Army and distributed to needy families.

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