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May 1, 2000
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The City of Charles Town will have to borrow an additional $868,000 to cover cost overruns for a planned upgrade of the city's sewer treatment plant, city officials said Monday. City officials initially estimated the upgrade would cost about $2.9 million which did not include engineering fees and other costs, said Martinsburg attorney Hoy Shingleton, who is representing the city on the project. The lowest of three bids received from contractors to do the work was $3.6 million, Shingleton said.
NEWS
September 30, 2005
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission is facing cost overruns for a proposed community center at Sam Michaels Park. The commission decided to pay up to $2.2 million for the center but learned Thursday it will cost nearly $2.8 million to build. Part of the cost increase is due to soft ground at the site, Commission member Greg Corliss said. There will be increased costs because of foundation modifications to deal with the ground, Corliss said. County parks officials said the center is needed because they do not have an indoor facility for their programs.
NEWS
October 19, 2005
The Washington County Commissioners received an update Tuesday on the Board of Education's plans to spend an additional $3.5 million on capital projects in fiscal year 2006. The commissioners approved the supplemental funding for the school system last month. The projects, according to information provided by the school system, are as follows: Williamsport High School: Removal and replacement of asbestos tiles in ceiling, on piping and ductwork, $995,000. Winter Street Elementary School: Boiler replacement, $335,000.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | April 3, 2006
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The 12-way race for four seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education heated up Sunday night when a candidate forum focused on issues like a $3.5 million cost overrun for the county's second high school, an allegation that the school system has hired people who know little about public education and issues related to school funding. The candidates forum, held at the Shepherdstown Fire Department, was organized by the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee.
NEWS
By DON AINES | July 3, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday approved a bid for the reconstruction of Cumberland Valley Avenue, but improving Welty Road will have to wait to another year. Valley Quarries Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., was awarded the contract at a cost of $353,801.42, subject to review by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. With inspection fees and other costs, the project will total about $375,000, said Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger. Most of the money for the reconstruction, $200,000, will come from a federal grant, Hamberger said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | January 10, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - With costs for land and building materials for new schools on the rise, Jefferson County Schools officials said they will review data to determine if the county's school impact fees need to be increased. School impact fees, which went into effect on Jan. 26, 2004, are designed to help fund school construction projects demanded by population growth. Home builders have to pay $7,122 for every new single-family home and mobile home they put up, $5,562 for every town house or duplex and $4,040 for every multi-family dwelling.
OPINION
By GEORGE MICHAEL | May 18, 2013
According to one national leader, Obamacare is “a huge train wreck coming down.” You might be tempted to dismiss this quote as another tea party attack on the president's health care law. But you would be wrong. This statement was made last month by Max Baucus, D-Mont., the powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Baucus, you might recall, was the lead sponsor in the Senate for securing passage of the health care law in 2009. To top it off, Baucus announced a week later that he would not be running for re-election in 2014.
NEWS
by TRISH RUDDER | December 7, 2006
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The water pipe replacement project under way in the Town of Bath will cost an estimated $2,487,000, which increased from an original estimate of $1.85 million. The pipes in the century-old water system lose more than 50 percent of the water going through them and need to be replaced, officials have said. Kevin Hancock, superintendent of Berkeley Springs Water Works, the town-owned water department, said several issues have contributed to the project's cost increase, including delays in getting it started.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | October 2, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd and the head of West Virginia's transportation department said Wednesday that the millions of dollars the state is losing for not lowering its blood-alcohol limit for motorists could hamper the $198 million project to widen W.Va. 9 in Berkeley and Jefferson counties. West Virginia will lose $2.6 million in federal highway funding next year for not lowering the blood-alcohol limit from .10 percent to .08 percent, and could lose a total of $26.5 million if it does not make the change by 2007.
NEWS
September 14, 2000
Shepherd College readies new stadium for opener By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town photos: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Four years of planning, community input and construction to build a new football stadium at Shepherd College will become reality Saturday when school officials dedicate the field. continued Before the new stadium was built, crowds of people who could not find seats in the bleachers on the north side of the field sat on a rocky hillside on the south side of the stadium.
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By GEORGE MICHAEL | May 18, 2013
According to one national leader, Obamacare is “a huge train wreck coming down.” You might be tempted to dismiss this quote as another tea party attack on the president's health care law. But you would be wrong. This statement was made last month by Max Baucus, D-Mont., the powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Baucus, you might recall, was the lead sponsor in the Senate for securing passage of the health care law in 2009. To top it off, Baucus announced a week later that he would not be running for re-election in 2014.
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NEWS
By DON AINES | July 3, 2008
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday approved a bid for the reconstruction of Cumberland Valley Avenue, but improving Welty Road will have to wait to another year. Valley Quarries Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., was awarded the contract at a cost of $353,801.42, subject to review by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. With inspection fees and other costs, the project will total about $375,000, said Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger. Most of the money for the reconstruction, $200,000, will come from a federal grant, Hamberger said.
NEWS
by TRISH RUDDER | December 7, 2006
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The water pipe replacement project under way in the Town of Bath will cost an estimated $2,487,000, which increased from an original estimate of $1.85 million. The pipes in the century-old water system lose more than 50 percent of the water going through them and need to be replaced, officials have said. Kevin Hancock, superintendent of Berkeley Springs Water Works, the town-owned water department, said several issues have contributed to the project's cost increase, including delays in getting it started.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | June 22, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Schools officials say they need $6 million in school impact fees to help offset rising costs associated with a new high school being built adjacent to the Huntfield development. School officials previously said they would use $2.5 million to help pay for the high school. The school system needs a total of $6 million to help offset increasing costs of construction, Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols said Wednesday. The Jefferson County Board of Education and the Jefferson County Commission met Wednesday to discuss the issue.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | April 3, 2006
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The 12-way race for four seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education heated up Sunday night when a candidate forum focused on issues like a $3.5 million cost overrun for the county's second high school, an allegation that the school system has hired people who know little about public education and issues related to school funding. The candidates forum, held at the Shepherdstown Fire Department, was organized by the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee.
NEWS
October 19, 2005
The Washington County Commissioners received an update Tuesday on the Board of Education's plans to spend an additional $3.5 million on capital projects in fiscal year 2006. The commissioners approved the supplemental funding for the school system last month. The projects, according to information provided by the school system, are as follows: Williamsport High School: Removal and replacement of asbestos tiles in ceiling, on piping and ductwork, $995,000. Winter Street Elementary School: Boiler replacement, $335,000.
NEWS
September 30, 2005
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission is facing cost overruns for a proposed community center at Sam Michaels Park. The commission decided to pay up to $2.2 million for the center but learned Thursday it will cost nearly $2.8 million to build. Part of the cost increase is due to soft ground at the site, Commission member Greg Corliss said. There will be increased costs because of foundation modifications to deal with the ground, Corliss said. County parks officials said the center is needed because they do not have an indoor facility for their programs.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | January 10, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - With costs for land and building materials for new schools on the rise, Jefferson County Schools officials said they will review data to determine if the county's school impact fees need to be increased. School impact fees, which went into effect on Jan. 26, 2004, are designed to help fund school construction projects demanded by population growth. Home builders have to pay $7,122 for every new single-family home and mobile home they put up, $5,562 for every town house or duplex and $4,040 for every multi-family dwelling.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | October 2, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd and the head of West Virginia's transportation department said Wednesday that the millions of dollars the state is losing for not lowering its blood-alcohol limit for motorists could hamper the $198 million project to widen W.Va. 9 in Berkeley and Jefferson counties. West Virginia will lose $2.6 million in federal highway funding next year for not lowering the blood-alcohol limit from .10 percent to .08 percent, and could lose a total of $26.5 million if it does not make the change by 2007.
NEWS
September 15, 2000
Shepherd stadium changes hike pricetag By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer SHEPHERDSTOWN, W. Va. - State Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson and some residents of this town are at odds over who is to blame for cost overruns of at least several hundred thousand dollars to the new $2.5 million Shepherd College football stadium being dedicated today. Doyle said the overruns are partly the result of changes made to the original plans for the stadium in response to residents' objections.
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