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by DAVE McMILLION | April 8, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Former Assistant Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Cassell lashed out at Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Surkamp Thursday after Surkamp placed an item on the commission's agenda which referred to "legal ethics" and Cassell. The discussion involved a court case that is referred to as the Kletter case. Among other issues, the Kletter case affected the interpretation of Jefferson County's zoning ordinance, Cassell said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 13, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Developers of a controversial office building project proposed next to Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park presented their idea Thursday to the Jefferson County Commission, saying they will not include any residential housing in the development and they will be flexible in how office buildings are designed at the site. The developers disagreed with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park officials who have said the development would be in the line of sight of Civil War battlefields in the area.
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By CLYDE FORD | June 4, 1998
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will hear cases in Jefferson County Circuit Court for the first time in more than 70 years. Until early in this century, state Supreme Court justices traveled a circuit, hearing cases in Charles Town, Wheeling and Charleston, said Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Thompson. This week, the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office received a fax from the state Supreme Court saying that cases will be heard on Oct. 27 in Jefferson County, said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney J. Michael Cassell.
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by DAVE McMILLION | May 4, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - The design of a proposed office building and hotel project near Harpers Ferry National Historical Park could possibly be controlled through the use of proffers, the Jefferson County Commission learned Thursday. The controversial project - which would involve construction of 2 million square feet of office space and a 150-room hotel off Millville Road - has drawn opposition from some people who say it is too close to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The 410-acre tract known as the Old Standard quarry site was proposed to be annexed into the City of Charles Town, but the Charles Town City Council rejected the request.
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November 22, 1996
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A ban on video lottery at the Charles Town Races, passed by the Jefferson County Commissioners in 1990, won't have any effect on the overwhelming approval of the games by voters two weeks ago, according to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Michael Cassell. Cassell, who represents the commissioners, said they wanted to know if they should take any action on the ban following the approval of the games. Cassell said in a written opinion to the commissioners that video lottery is part of the West Virginia Lottery system and the county does not have any control over it. The 1990 ban approved by the commissioners was passed before the state passed a video lottery act in 1994, Cassell said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 4, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The controversial proposal of putting a $200 million office space and hotel project next to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is not dead, a spokesman for the project said Tuesday. The developers of the project are looking at all their options because they believe the proposal is still an effective way of increasing much-needed commercial tax base in Jefferson County and creating good-paying jobs for local residents, Charles Town attorney J. Michael Cassell said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | March 6, 2007
HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. - A $200 million office space and hotel project being proposed next to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is coming under attack by local residents and government officials because they say it is "out of character" for the area and could lead to problems like traffic congestion. The project is also under fire because developers want to annex the 638-acre site into the City of Charles Town, which is roughly 5 miles away. Under the annexation procedure, the City of Charles Town would use U.S. 340 to reach the property and take it into the city's limits, Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith said.
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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.
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By DAVE McMILLION | June 26, 2007
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Another proposed development near Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is generating concern among park officials and vendors at the Harpers Ferry Flea Market. A 52-unit residential development is being proposed on about 13 acres where the Harpers Ferry Flea Market operates at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Millville Road. The development, known as Allstadt's Corner, would consist of 24 two-bedroom apartments and 28 duplexes, according to a proposal filed with the Jefferson County Planning Commission office.
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by DAVE McMILLION | March 5, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com The Jefferson County Commission decided Thursday to take legal action after members learned that no school impact fees have been collected for new homes in Charles Town and Ranson, W.Va., since county officials began collecting the fees Jan. 26. The move touched off a heated response from Ranson Mayor David Hamill, who said he believes the county does not have the ability to charge school impact fees. "I don't care what the County Commission does.
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December 7, 2012
Roger Dean Cassell, 65, of Ranson, W.Va., died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. Services will be private. Arrangements are by Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
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January 21, 2011
APRIL 22, 1985-JAN. 19, 2011 Brian P. Cassell, 25, of Hagerstown, Md., died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at his home. Born April 11, 1985 in Westminster, Md., he was the son of Marvin D. Cassell Sr. of Westminster and Karen Smith Martin of Little Orleans, Md. He was the companion of Terry Hopkinson of Hagerstown. He was a 2003 graduate of North Carroll High School in Hampstead, Md. He had worked at New York J & P restaurant in Hampstead, and had recently worked as a telemarketer for Merkle in Hagerstown.
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By DAVE McMILLION | June 26, 2007
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Another proposed development near Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is generating concern among park officials and vendors at the Harpers Ferry Flea Market. A 52-unit residential development is being proposed on about 13 acres where the Harpers Ferry Flea Market operates at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Millville Road. The development, known as Allstadt's Corner, would consist of 24 two-bedroom apartments and 28 duplexes, according to a proposal filed with the Jefferson County Planning Commission office.
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by DAVE McMILLION | May 4, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - The design of a proposed office building and hotel project near Harpers Ferry National Historical Park could possibly be controlled through the use of proffers, the Jefferson County Commission learned Thursday. The controversial project - which would involve construction of 2 million square feet of office space and a 150-room hotel off Millville Road - has drawn opposition from some people who say it is too close to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The 410-acre tract known as the Old Standard quarry site was proposed to be annexed into the City of Charles Town, but the Charles Town City Council rejected the request.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | April 13, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Developers of a controversial office building project proposed next to Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park presented their idea Thursday to the Jefferson County Commission, saying they will not include any residential housing in the development and they will be flexible in how office buildings are designed at the site. The developers disagreed with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park officials who have said the development would be in the line of sight of Civil War battlefields in the area.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | April 4, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The controversial proposal of putting a $200 million office space and hotel project next to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is not dead, a spokesman for the project said Tuesday. The developers of the project are looking at all their options because they believe the proposal is still an effective way of increasing much-needed commercial tax base in Jefferson County and creating good-paying jobs for local residents, Charles Town attorney J. Michael Cassell said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | March 6, 2007
HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. - A $200 million office space and hotel project being proposed next to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is coming under attack by local residents and government officials because they say it is "out of character" for the area and could lead to problems like traffic congestion. The project is also under fire because developers want to annex the 638-acre site into the City of Charles Town, which is roughly 5 miles away. Under the annexation procedure, the City of Charles Town would use U.S. 340 to reach the property and take it into the city's limits, Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | April 8, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Former Assistant Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Cassell lashed out at Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Surkamp Thursday after Surkamp placed an item on the commission's agenda which referred to "legal ethics" and Cassell. The discussion involved a court case that is referred to as the Kletter case. Among other issues, the Kletter case affected the interpretation of Jefferson County's zoning ordinance, Cassell said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | March 5, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com The Jefferson County Commission decided Thursday to take legal action after members learned that no school impact fees have been collected for new homes in Charles Town and Ranson, W.Va., since county officials began collecting the fees Jan. 26. The move touched off a heated response from Ranson Mayor David Hamill, who said he believes the county does not have the ability to charge school impact fees. "I don't care what the County Commission does.
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