January 8, 1998
W.Va. cellular tower accord may be in sight By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - U.S. Cellular officials met amicably Wednesday with opponents of their plan to build a 260-foot-high communication tower in the middle of a Civil War battlefield just outside Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. U.S. Cellular and park officials said they agreed to examine possible alternative sites to determine whether they would enable the company to provide cellular phone service while not marring the Blue Ridge Mountain scenery.
December 17, 1997
Cellular towers hard to disguise By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The project manager for a planned 260-foot-high cellular phone tower next to Harpers Ferry, W.Va., said there is no way to make the tower less intrusive. "It's difficult when you have a tower to disguise it. It is what it is," said Markham L. Gartley, project manager for U.S. Cellular. At an October meeting with the Jefferson County Planning Commission, Gartley said there were ways to make the towers less intrusive, including putting them on existing structures such as church steeples, water towers, or by designing them in ways that they did not look like steel towers.