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by DAVE McMILLION | May 24, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Voters will get their last chance today to cast ballots for candidates for four seats on the Charles Town City Council. Early voting was available to residents from May 4 to 21. City Clerk Joe Cosentini said 216 early votes were cast. Nine absentee ballots were filed, he said. The early-voting ballots will be counted with the others in today's election, Cosentini said. Voting will be conducted from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Charles Town Visitors Center beside the Jefferson County Courthouse on George Street.
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by DAVE McMILLION | December 30, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -The Jefferson County Planning Commission will meet tonight to determine how to gather public input on a proposed new comprehensive plan for the county. It is likely the planning commission will have at least two public hearings on the plan, said Stephen R. Bockmiller, the county's chief planner. The planning commission will determine tonight what format the public hearings will take, among other issues, Bockmiller said.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 22, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- John Brown's spirit might never leave Jefferson County. The Jefferson County Commission wants to convert the first floor of the Jefferson County Courthouse so it resembles the courtroom where the fiery abolitionist was tried, convicted of treason and sentenced to hang in the fall of 1859. The commission seized onto the idea as soon as Kirk Davis, capital projects manager for the county, introduced it at the commission's Thursday morning meeting. "It will be a bonus to historic tourism," Commissioner Jim Surkamp said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 1, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - 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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By DAVE McMILLION | August 8, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday tried to move ahead with a plan to build a judicial center downtown with a maximum budget of $9 million, but the attempt died in a tie vote. County officials have talked for years about building a court facility to meet the county government's growing space needs and several ideas have been proposed. Growing caseloads in courts are helping to drive the need for the facility. The commissioners considered building the annex behind the Jefferson County Courthouse at the intersection of George and Washington streets.
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by DAVE McMILLION | December 31, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The history surrounding the treason trials at the Jefferson County Courthouse stemmed from an effort by coal miners to unionize Logan County in 1922. The Battle of Blair Mountain resulted, involving warfare that included machine guns and aerial bombardment. About 2,000 federal troops were called in to stop the fighting, according to a history of the courthouse compiled by Berkeley County Circuit Judge David Sanders. A special grand jury was convened and 738 indictments were returned, charging treason and murder, Sanders said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | May 23, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. Voters will get their last chance Thursday to cast ballots for candidates for four seats on the Charles Town City Council. Early voting was available to residents from May 4 to 21. City Clerk Joe Cosentini said 216 early votes were cast. Nine absentee ballots were filed, he said. The early-voting ballots will be counted with the others in Thursday's election, Cosentini said. Voting will be conducted from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Charles Town Visitors Center beside the Jefferson County Courthouse on George Street.
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December 11, 2012
Michael D. Lorensen will be sworn in as the newest 23rd Judicial Circuit judge in a brief ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday at the Jefferson County Courthouse, the state Supreme Court announced Tuesday. Chief Circuit Judge David H. Sanders will conduct the oath of office in the second floor courtroom. Lorensen is expected to begin work that day as a judge for the circuit, which is comprised of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, according to a news release from the high court. Lorensen, 53, will fill the vacancy that was created earlier this year when Judge Gina M. Groh was appointed U.S. district judge for the Northern District of West Virginia in March.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 5, 2012
The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals launched a video system in 1998 that allows defendants to participate in preliminary and parole hearings as well as trials from jail rather than having to appear in court. The system saves the state about $3 million in prisoner transportation costs each year, Justice Robin Davis of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals said Thursday in Charles Town. Davis said the system was established in the late 1990s to cut down on the costs and dangers of transporting prisoners for arraignments.
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