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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | February 17, 2011
Five years ago the nonprofit Friends of Happy Retreat organized to find a way to buy the home of Charles Washington, founder of Charles Town and kid brother to the first president, and turn the estate into a community asset. On Thursday, the Jefferson County Commissioners voted to join the cities of Charles Town and Ranson in an effort to come up with ways to buy, restore, develop and operate the 18th century home at Mordington Avenue and Blakely Place. The Friends were encouraged last summer when the selling price for the property dropped from $2.5 million to a more reachable $1.2 million.
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March 21, 2006
COLLEGE BASEBALL Shepherd ranked second in region Shepherd University moved up to second in the recent National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association North Atlantic Regional Poll. The Rams are 18-5. West Virginia State (12-3) is ranked No. 1. COLLEGE TENNIS Rams' Wells goes 5-0 on trip HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Erin Wells went undefeated at No. 4 singles for the Shepherd University women as the Rams (15-7) won four of five matches during their recent spring-break trip to Hilton Head.
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BY DAVE McMILLION | March 19, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Turning the first floor of the C. Broadway Rouss Memorial Hall into a visitors center would be a "great launching place" for tourists coming to learn about Charles Town's history and also could serve as an arts center, city officials said Monday night. Mayor Randy Hilton said he thinks a visitors center is needed to capitalize on Charles Town's vast history. Apart from a brochure that shows visitors how to take a walking tour of the town's attractions, tourists are largely on their own when discovering the town, said Hilton.
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December 3, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia State police in Jefferson County investigated a two-vehicle accident on W.Va. 9 west of Charles Town that sent the wife of Charles Town's mayor to the hospital. Victoria Hilton, 54, of 316 S. Mildred St., the wife of Charles Town Mayor Randolph Hilton, was treated at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., and released following the 5 p.m. crash, her husband said. The driver of the second vehicle, Mary Werner, 37, of Charles Town, complained of a knee injury but did not go to the hospital, Senior Trooper T. J. Mikell said.
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June 15, 1999
FREDERICK, Md. - A man lying on Penn Shop Road died after he was struck by two cars early Tuesday, Maryland State Police in Frederick said Wednesday. Leroy J. Hilton, 44, no fixed address, was lying on Penn Shop Road at the intersection with Md. 80 at around 3:30 a.m. when he was hit by a 1983 Buick Regal driven by Michael R. Bankerd, 49, of Monrovia, Md., police said. Bankerd left the scene but returned an hour later, police said. Hilton was then struck by a 1986 Dodge Aries driven by Alex E. Storms, 19, of Ijamsville, Md., police said.
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August 11, 2004
Wednesday, Aug. 11 8 p.m. on Fox "Teen Choice Awards" Favorite entertainers and athletes, chosen in online balloting, are honored. "Road Trip" pals Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie will be the hosts; others scheduled to appear include "Smallville" stars Tom Welling and Kristin Kreuk, all-around celebrity Lindsay Lohan, and Chad Michael Murray of "A Cinderella Story. "
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March 7, 2003
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - James D. Spofford, 73, of Sun City and formerly of Lancaster, Pa., died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at his home. Born Sept. 6, 1929, in Wheeling, W.Va., he was the son of the late Jean Dimmick and Franklin Spofford. He was a 1947 graduate of Hagerstown High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., in 1951. He retired from Exxon in 1986, after 33 years. He held executive marketing positions in Cumberland, Md., Harrisburg, Pa., Richmond, Va., Roanoke, Va., Washington, D.C., and Lancaster.
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January 30, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The mayors of the five towns in Jefferson County asked Thursday for a slice of the video lottery funds that Jefferson County will receive when the Charles Town Races reopens. Under the law allowing video lottery, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Jefferson County government. Officials have estimated that the county could receive $1.25 million. On Thursday, Charles Town Mayor Randolph Hilton asked the County Commissioners to turn over 20 percent of the video lottery funds to the municipal governments.
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by DAVE McMILLION | July 12, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Another Jefferson County mayor is asking for time to sit down with county officials to discuss future growth in the county. Charles Town Mayor Randy Hilton said Thursday there is nothing specific he wants to talk about with county officials, but he thinks it is important to start a dialogue between the city and county about how the county will grow in coming years. "We need to be talking to each other," Hilton said. "We don't want to surprise each other.
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by DAVE McMILLION | March 12, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission President Al Hooper said Thursday he would like to meet with the mayors of Charles Town and Ranson, W.Va., as part of "one more attempt" to work out differences between the county and the two cities over school impact fees. "We should hear where they are coming from," Hooper told fellow commissioners. Last week, the commissioners decided to take legal action after learning no impact fees have been collected for new homes in Charles Town and Ranson 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 authority to charge school impact fees.
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