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March 23, 2007

Annexation contentious issue in Jefferson Co.



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Tension over annexations in Jefferson County continued Thursday when the Jefferson County Commission refused to certify an annexation for the City of Ranson (W.Va.).

Ranson city officials want to annex three lots and a section of W.Va. 9 in the Bardane area. The lots and section of the highway are west of Wiltshire Road in an area where Ranson already has annexed county land.

The commissioners refused to certify the annexation after Jefferson County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney James Casimiro III said he had concerns about how Ranson was annexing the section of W.Va. 9.

Ranson Mayor David Hamill, who was at the commission meeting, criticized the commissioners over their action and said it represents the attitude they have about progress in the county.

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The cities of Charles Town and Ranson have said annexation is important so they can take in new areas that can generate additional tax revenue.

On Wednesday night, more than 100 people packed a Charles Town Planning Commission meeting in Ranson where people criticized a proposal to annex 638 acres near Harpers Ferry National Historical Park into Charles Town.

A proposal to annex land near the intersection of U.S. 340 and Marlow Road to the City of Charles Town has also generated controversy.

- Dave McMillion




Bunker Hill Train Club to host Saturday show



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - All scales of model trains will be available for purchase Saturday at the Bunker Hill (W.Va.) Train Club's show at the Frederick County, Va., Fairground near Clearbrook, Va., Club president Joe Vanorsdale announced this week.

The show staged by the nonprofit club will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a Winchester & Western Railroad train will be available to tour, Vanorsdale said.

From Interstate 81, the fairgrounds can be reached by taking Exit 321 and then going south on U.S. 11 for one mile

More information about the Club or the show is available at www.bunkerhilltrainclub.org.




Franklin Co. agencies get federal money



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The United Way of Franklin County, Pa., recently distributed nearly $41,000 in federal money to five county agencies that serve meals regularly or have the capability to do so in an emergency.

Waynesboro Area Human Services, The Salvation Army, Women In Need Inc., The Lunch Place and Franklin County Shelter were awarded funds from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, which is an arm of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The United Way of Franklin County has distributed the money for more than 10 years, executive director Amy Hicks said.

"This year was a little less (funding) and that was because our unemployment is down," Hicks said, explaining the distribution is based on the county's unemployment rate.

Applications for the funding were made available in January.




Library to host sale of books, collectibles



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A sale of used books and selected other collectibles will be March 29 to April 2 at the John Stewart Memorial Library on the Wilson College campus.

The public is welcome to browse the old sheet music and magazines, children's books, paperback novels, travel books, cookbooks, self-help and how-to books, as well as books on history, art, business and literature, including some multi-volume sets.

Most books do not have library markings, according to Wilson Library Director Kathleen Murphy. She said proceeds from the sale will go toward the purchase of new books for the library.

Sale hours will be as follows:

· Thursday, March 29, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

· Friday, March 30, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

· Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

· Sunday, April 1, 1 to 9 p.m.

· Monday, April 2, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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