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May 28, 1997
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Courthouse was closed to tours on Monday after a bomb threat was called in Sunday night, officials said Tuesday. The front of the courthouse was blocked by yellow police tape on Monday. Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge said the West Virginia State Police received a tip that a bomb had been planted in the courthouse. Both the circuit court and the magistrate court building were searched on Sunday but no bomb was found, he said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | February 29, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Designers working on a proposed $13 million judicial annex behind the Jefferson County Courthouse downtown now have phased a community meeting room into the building's design, and officials said Thursday they could be ready to search for bids to build the facility by July. Although county officials said last week that the annex could be open by late next year, they said Thursday it likely will be 2010 before it is opened. County officials have talked for years about building a court facility to meet the county government's growing space needs, and there have been several proposals.
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by DAVE McMILLION | May 28, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A local architectural firm will come up with a design for a possible new Jefferson County courthouse complex that would be built in the downtown area. Because it is early in the design process, Helbing Lipp Architects Engineers will develop a generic design for a new court complex that could be built somewhere around the current Jefferson County Courthouse at the corner of George and Washington streets downtown, Jefferson County Commission President Jane Tabb said recently.
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October 26, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commissioners approved a plan Thursday that is expected to eventually move Jefferson County Magistrate Court down the street from its present building. The current location of magistrate court is too cramped, with not enough space for the records and hearing room, said Jefferson County Commissioner President James Knode. The building also is not easily accessible to those with disabilities, he said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | January 21, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County land planners have set up a series of meetings to give county residents a chance to ask questions and provide input on a new growth plan for the county. The first public meeting on the comprehensive plan will be held tonight in the circuit court room at the Jefferson County Courthouse at the intersection of George and Washington streets in Charles Town. Today's meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., will give county residents a chance to ask Jefferson County Planning Commission members questions about the comprehensive plan, commission President Arnold W. Dailey Jr. said.
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By DAVE MCMILLION | September 15, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Some county residents believed several years ago that Jefferson County officials were going to extremes by considering a law controlling barking dogs, but other residents continue to complain about the problem, a county official said Sunday. A couple of families have written letters to the county commission recently pushing for a barking dog law in the county, according to Jefferson County Commission member Rusty Morgan. Morgan said such laws are becoming common in other areas and the commissioners again are considering passing a law that would set up a system of fines for people who let their dogs bark excessively.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | September 12, 2011
Oscar-winning Actor Richard Dreyfuss, a Washington family history buff, will be on hand this weekend for Charles Town's three-day Heritage Festival. On Friday morning, Dreyfuss will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Charles Washington, President George Washington's younger brother, who in 1786 petitioned the Virginia General Assembly for permission to incorporate a town, which he named after himself. Charles Washington spread the family name across his newly created town by naming streets after himself and his brothers George, Samuel and Lawrence, and Samuel's wife, Mildred.
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December 3, 2004
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Town officials are inviting the public to join them in a celebration of Christmas. Events will start today with caroling by the Charles Town Presbyterian Church Men's Choir, Mayor Randy Hilton said. Santa Claus will light a community Christmas tree at 7 p.m. in front of the Jefferson County Courthouse, and hayrides on Charles Street will follow the ceremony, Hilton said. · The classic holiday play "Scrooge" will be performed at the Old Opera House at 8 p.m., with additional performances Dec. 4, Dec. 5, Dec. 10, Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. · On Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m., there will be a puppet show at the Charles Town Visitor's Center beside the courthouse.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 3, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com Charles Town residents will get a second chance tonight to give their input on a proposal to expand a downtown revitalization project along East Washington Street. A public input session to gather opinions about the proposed second phase of the revitalization will be at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, at the corner of George and Washington Streets, Mayor Randy Hilton said. Last year, city officials completed a $7.1 million revitalization of the downtown area, which included new sidewalks, streetlights, planters, a historical interpretive area beside the Jefferson County Courthouse and burying overhead utility lines.
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May 25, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The number of ballots cast so far in early voting for the casino table games referendum in Jefferson County broke the 1,000 mark Thursday, according to the Jefferson County Clerk's Office. Cherokee Grim, spokeswoman for the county clerk's office, said 223 people voted Thursday in the Jefferson County Courthouse at the corner of George and Washington Streets. That brings the total of early ballots to 1,064, Grim said. In the referendum election, county residents are deciding whether Charles Town Races & Slots should be allowed to have casino table games like blackjack and roulette.
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