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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | March 22, 2012
A new 2013 budget, up just slightly from this year, is expected to be adopted Tuesday by the Jefferson County Commission following a sparsely attended public hearing Thursday night. The difference between this year's budget and next year's is about $2.7 million, said Paul Shroyer, the county's chief financial officer. The fiscal 2012 budget is $22.9 million compared to $25.6 million that goes in effect on July 1. In April, once the state approves the new appropriation, the commission will set a new levy rate of $13.09 per $100 of assessed property value, up from $12.04 per $100 in the current year.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
The following are up-to-date results from contested races in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia with early voting totals and 32 of 32 precincts in Jefferson County reporting: Jefferson County Commission Frances Morgan, D - 8,905 Jane Tabb, R (i) - 12,178 Candidate with (i) next to her name is the incumbent. Jefferson County sheriff Robert E. Shirley, D (i) - 10,620 Earl Ballenger, R - 10,216 Candidate with (i) next to his name is the incumbent.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2011
VIVO Hair Salon & Day Spa celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Nov. 11 at 1315 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Keller Williams Rice Realty recently celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting at 217 Oak Lee Drive, Suite No. 4, in Ranson, W.Va.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | May 1, 2012
Debbie Keyser, hired a month ago as Jefferson County's first human resource manager, was appointed interim county administrator by the Jefferson County Commission on Friday. Her duties will include both positions until a permeant administrator is hired. Her temporary salary will be in the $95,000-a-year range, said Commissioners President Patsy Noland. “We'll discuss that on Thursday,” Noland said, referring to Thursday's county commission meeting. Keyser replaces Sandy Slusher McDonald, who has held the interim position since Jan. 13, when Tim Boyde resigned as county administrator.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2013
Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management will hold two business continuity planning workshops Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Hampton Inn, 157 Pamlico Drive in Charles Town. The first session will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and the second will be from 6 to 9 p.m. The workshops will be taught by David Skeen, the West Virginia state continuity planner; Barbara Miller, director of Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management;  and Neal Nilsen from AskNeal.com.
NEWS
October 29, 2012
Editor's note: As part of its ongoing coverage for next Tuesday's general election, The Herald-Mail asked the five candidates seeking three open Jefferson County magistrate positions the following questions: Question 1: What is your legal experience and/or other qualifications for the position? Question 2: Why are you the right choice for magistrate in your county? Question 3: What are the key qualities and components of a good magistrate? Candidates were limited to 50 words for the responses to questions two and three.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | August 14, 2011
A brochure promoting author John C. Allen Jr.'s new book, “Uncommon Vernacular,” says Jefferson County's landscape is riddled with history of Civil War battles, political rebellion and “an unusual collection of historic homes.” Allen's 350-page book, which comes out this week, focuses on 250 homes built between 1735 and 1835, before the C&O Canal and the B&O Railroad arrived in Jefferson County. An example of Allen's work in the book is the Dr. Nicholas Schell house on North High Street in Shepherdstown.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 19, 2012
A noontime fire left a family of five homeless Thursday in a blaze the owner believed was started in a clothes dryer panel box.   Heather Turner said was home with her three children, ages 6, 8 and 10, when the fire broke out in the green vinyl-sided rancher at 89 Boxwood Road off Flowing Springs Road several miles north of Charles Town.   There were no injuries.   There was no immediate damage estimate, but Ed Hannon, chief of Independent Fire Company, said flames were seen in the attic area when the first units arrived.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | January 22, 2012
The following individuals were indicted last week by a Jefferson County grand jury. An indictment merely indicates that an individual is believed to have committed the crime. Those indicted include: George Edward Rose, 33, of 138 Shutter St., Charles Town, single counts of grand larceny, conspiracy, daytime burglary, five counts of breaking and entering motor vehicles. Robin Elizabeth Fickes, 23, of 1933 Hidden Hollow Drive, Kearneysville, W.Va., five counts each of grand larceny, burglary, conspiracy; one count of petit larceny, one count of attempted burglary and two counts of entering without breaking into a residence.
BREAKINGNEWS
May 20, 2011
Flood warnings were lifted Friday morning for Washington County, Md., and Jefferson County, W.Va., a day after the Potomac River overflowed its banks following recent heavy rains. A National Weather Service hazardous weather outlook posted Friday afternoon said the region could expect minor flooding along the Potomac River into Friday evening, but nothing more for several days. Flooding was reported Thursday at several locations along the river. According to the National Weather Service, river readings along the Potomac on Friday were (with flood stage in parentheses)
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NEWS
August 22, 2013
The following is the schedule of events for Friday and Saturday at the Jefferson County Fair at 1707 Leetown Pike in Kearneysville, W.Va.: Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Open horse show - English/hunter show Noon: Skill-a-Thon, show barn 3 p.m.: Exhibit buildings open 4 p.m.: South Jefferson Ruritan chicken barbecue 4:30-6:30 p.m.: Bubble B & Mr. B, entertainment for children 6 p.m.: Carnival area open to public ...
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LIFESTYLE
August 21, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring two Jefferson County birding trips in early September. Both trips will focus on migrating fall birds. The first trip will be to the Altona Marsh west of Charles Town on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Altona Marsh is a rare, 70-acre marl wetland protected by a Nature Conservancy easement. Because this is a protected site and there are access issues, participants in this trip must register in advance and sign a waiver. For more information, contact Jim Farley at jamesfarley@frontiernet.net or 540-686-2056.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 14, 2013
There are urbanized areas in Berkeley County that match inner-city neighborhoods in some of the nation's largest cities when it comes to the amount of tree canopy and concrete or asphalt-covered surfaces, according to a University of Vermont report. In fact, the percent of leaves, branches and stems of trees, or canopy, that cover the ground when viewed from above the eastern side of Berkeley County in the Opequon Creek watershed is less than Pittsburgh and Baltimore County, among other communities where similar assessments have been completed, said the report, which was commissioned by the Cacapon Institute.
NEWS
August 13, 2013
Del. Tiffany Lawrence, D-Jefferson, is the new chairwoman of the House of Delegates Standing Committee on Political Subdivisions that meets weekly during the regular legislative session that begins in January. Lawrence will assume the role vacated by former Chairman Tim Manchin of Fairmont, W.Va., who became judiciary chairman. Lawrence has served as vice chairwoman of the Committee on Political Subdivisions since her second term in the House, in 2010. The committee handles and addresses legislation affecting townships, cities and counties and their relationships with the state, according to a news release.
NEWS
August 13, 2013
Charleston, W.Va., resident Ron Walters Jr. was in Martinsburg Tuesday announcing that he is running for Congress in the state's 2nd District. “It's all about jobs,” Walters said in a news release.   “The federal government has become a barrier to job creation, especially for small business and in West Virginia's energy sector. I will work to stop legislation that impedes job growth.” A Republican, Walters is an insurance and financial consultant in the family-owned business, R.N. Walters & Associates.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 12, 2013
On her 65th birthday, former Del. Charlotte Lane announced Monday in appearances in Martinsburg and Charleston, W.Va., that she is running for Congress in the 2nd District. In a brief stump speech Monday evening outside the Berkeley County Courthouse, Lane touted her work to protect West Virginia jobs while serving on the International Trade Commission and involvement in public water and sewer issues in Berkeley County while serving on the West Virginia Public Service Commission. Lane, a Republican and a resident of Kanawha County in southern West Virginia, particularly noted the success of the consolidation of the public service districts in the county in her tenure as chairwoman of the PSC. “With this part of the state being such a high growth area, you need a good infrastructure, and I was very helpful in trying to help your county officials and your other local officials achieve those goals,” Lane said.
OBITUARIES
August 7, 2013
Carolyn Elizabeth Wagner, 80, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., died peacefully Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home in Boonsboro, Md.  Born Aug. 12, 1932, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Arnold Conwell and Emma Kline Burkhart. Carolyn was preceded in death by her late husband of more than 40 years, Billie Barnhart; and Nelson Wagner, to whom she was married for 14 years. She is survived by a daughter, Billie Barney and husband, Pat, of Inwood, W.Va.; three sons, Larry Barnhart of Martinsburg, W.Va., David Barnhart, and wife, Julie, of Hagerstown, and Kerry Barnhart and wife, Genie, of Morgantown, W.Va.; a sister, Delores Cowan and husband, Melvin, of Hagerstown; and seven grandchildren.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 7, 2013
A Jefferson County assistant prosecuting attorney who pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court to drug distribution charges was sent a job-termination letter Wednesday, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Ralph Lorenzetti said. James Casimiro III, 37, of Charles Town, W.Va., was terminated as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Lorenzetti said. The letter was mailed Wednesday to Casimiro, who was suspended without pay at the time of his arrest last month, and it also was being faxed to his attorney, Lorenzetti said.
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