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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | March 20, 2011
In the years leading up to 1801, when Jefferson County was created, two local slaves, John and Robert, were severely punished for stealing a vest and two yards of calico. They were sentenced to “be burned in the hand and receive 20 lashes.” Their crimes and fate appear in a history of Jefferson County and its courthouse. On Saturday, nearly 50 members of the Smithsonian Associates from Washington, D.C., were bussed to Charles Town for a guided tour of the courthouse by 23rd Circuit Judge David Sanders, whose courtroom is on the second floor.
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October 31, 1997
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Board of Education will meet with the Jefferson County Commissioners at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at the Jefferson County Courthouse to canvass the votes from Saturday's election on the school system's excess levy.
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December 14, 1997
Last tours for '97 offered CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - This weekend will be the last one for tours of the Jefferson County Courthouse, corner of George and Washington streets in Charles Town, until April. Guided tours will be led at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and candlelight tours will be conducted at 6 p.m. each of those days. There is no charge for the tours, but donations are accepted. For more information, call Nan Furioso at 1-304-728-7713.
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May 13, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday talked about buying more land near the Jefferson County Courthouse for future county office needs. The commissioners have discussed buying a piece of land in the block bordered by Washington, George, Liberty and Samuel streets as they look at possible expanded court facilities and parking, said Commissioner Greg Corliss. The commission talked about a specific piece of land in the block during their regular meeting Thursday but did not take any action or go into detail.
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by KEVIN G. GILBERT / Staff Photographer | February 17, 2007
Flanked by family and members of the legal community in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties, Gina M. Groh formally was sworn in Friday as a West Virginia Circuit judge in a ceremony at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town, W.Va. Groh is the 23rd Judicial Circuit's fifth judge, and only the third woman among 66 who preside on trial court benches across the state. Robin Jean Davis, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, administered the oath of office.
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December 18, 2000
W.Va. judges to be sworn in CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Justice Elliott E. Maynard on Friday, Dec. 29. will swear in the four 23rd Judicial Circuit judges in ceremonies here, Circuit Court Chief Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. said in a release. The swearing-in will begin 11 a.m. in the main courtroom at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Charles Town, W.Va. House Minority Leader Charles S. Trump IV, R-Morgan, will serve as master of ceremonies.
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July 17, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A free public premiere of a PBS television documentary that includes history about Charles Town is to be shown Saturday at the Old Opera House on George Street, according to a news release from the city. The Road Trip to History documentary will include discussions about local black history, the county's thoroughbred racing industry and an interview with Frank Buckles, a Charles Town-area resident who is the last known surviving American World War I veteran, the release said.
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February 10, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - When Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes takes the bench in the Jefferson County Courthouse, he sees a room that looks nearly the same as it did when it opened in the 1870s. The judge said he likes touring old courthouses around the country - and he's even been to one in the Bahamas. He says the Jefferson County Courthouse is finest he's ever seen. The benches look like pews and the room has a still, solemn air like a church.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 16, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith asked the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday for permission to start offering tours of the historic Jefferson County Courthouse again. Tours of the courthouse used to be offered in the mid-1990s and were a big success, Smith said. Smith said interest in the courthouse has not waned. Now that the city has established the Charles Town Visitors Center, many tourists are coming to the center along George Street and are asking about tours of the courthouse, Smith said.
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July 24, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Washington, the founder of Charles Town, will soon be hanging out in the Jefferson County Courthouse. An informal group of residents, known both as the Friends of the Court House and the Order of the Clock Tower, presented a portrait of Washington to the Jefferson County Commissioners Thursday. The group commissioned a Jefferson County artist, Christopher Madden, to paint the portrait of the town's founder and the brother of the nation's first president, George Washington.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | October 11, 2012
For the most part, Earl Ballenger, the Republican candidate in the Jefferson County sheriff's race, is paying for his own campaign. "It's all on me except for a little help from family and friends," said Ballenger, 64, of Longerbeam Drive in Millville, W.Va. A retired deputy sheriff after 24 years on the job, Ballenger is challenging his former boss, Sheriff Bobby Shirley, who is running for a second four-year term. The sheriff's job pays an annual salary, set by state law, of $44,800 plus 2 percent (not to exceed $15,000)
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | March 20, 2011
In the years leading up to 1801, when Jefferson County was created, two local slaves, John and Robert, were severely punished for stealing a vest and two yards of calico. They were sentenced to “be burned in the hand and receive 20 lashes.” Their crimes and fate appear in a history of Jefferson County and its courthouse. On Saturday, nearly 50 members of the Smithsonian Associates from Washington, D.C., were bussed to Charles Town for a guided tour of the courthouse by 23rd Circuit Judge David Sanders, whose courtroom is on the second floor.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 15, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- After four years of research and writing, the author of a new book on John Brown said he reached the conclusion that the fiery abolitionist's trial was the most important in the history of the country. Brian McGinty, lecturing Thursday night to an audience of more than 200 in the Jefferson County Courthouse, the same courthouse where Brown was tried, convicted and sentenced to hang 150 years ago this week, said the trial was the first to generate mass media attention.
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July 17, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A free public premiere of a PBS television documentary that includes history about Charles Town is to be shown Saturday at the Old Opera House on George Street, according to a news release from the city. The Road Trip to History documentary will include discussions about local black history, the county's thoroughbred racing industry and an interview with Frank Buckles, a Charles Town-area resident who is the last known surviving American World War I veteran, the release said.
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May 13, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday talked about buying more land near the Jefferson County Courthouse for future county office needs. The commissioners have discussed buying a piece of land in the block bordered by Washington, George, Liberty and Samuel streets as they look at possible expanded court facilities and parking, said Commissioner Greg Corliss. The commission talked about a specific piece of land in the block during their regular meeting Thursday but did not take any action or go into detail.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 17, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The jury seated in Raymond E. Hoak's murder trial on Friday could not reach a verdict after about 61/2 hours of deliberations in Jefferson County Courthouse, and decided to break for the weekend. Deliberations will resume Tuesday. Hoak is accused of shooting Larry G. Hose, 29, of Kearneysville, W.Va., in the parking lot of Images nightclub along W.Va. 51 near Middleway, W.Va., in February 2003. Indicted on a first-degree murder charge, Hoak first was tried in 2005.
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by KEVIN G. GILBERT / Staff Photographer | February 17, 2007
Flanked by family and members of the legal community in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties, Gina M. Groh formally was sworn in Friday as a West Virginia Circuit judge in a ceremony at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town, W.Va. Groh is the 23rd Judicial Circuit's fifth judge, and only the third woman among 66 who preside on trial court benches across the state. Robin Jean Davis, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, administered the oath of office.
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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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