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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | March 12, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin said Thursday he was "1,000 percent" committed to protecting the interests of thoroughbred horse racing in the Eastern Panhandle and maintains that his proposed gaming and alcohol agency consolidation bill will only improve oversight. "I think that basically all we're trying to do is give the quality and professional support that these agencies need and we do that by bringing and reorganizing under one state gaming and alcohol control agency," Manchin said in a telephone interview Thursday.
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By DAVE McMILLION | June 2, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Mike Withem, one of a group of local ministers who oppose casino table games in Jefferson County, gets angry when he looks back at the growth in gambling at Charles Town Races & Slots. Withem, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ranson, W.Va., said that when Penn National Gaming Inc. officials were attempting to buy the racetrack, they said there would not be a casino at the track if they were able to purchase it. Now, Withem said, Penn National Gaming Inc. officials have gone back on their word with their attempt to bring games such as blackjack and roulette to the racetrack.
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By DAVE McMILLION | June 3, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA.-Mike Withem, one of a group of local ministers who oppose casino table games in Jefferson County, gets angry when he looks back at the growth in gambling at Charles Town Races & Slots. Withem, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ranson, W.Va., said that when Penn National Gaming Inc. officials were attempting to buy the racetrack, they said there would not be a casino at the track if they were able to purchase it. Now, Withem said, Penn National Gaming Inc. officials have gone back on their word with their attempt to bring games such as blackjack and roulette to the racetrack.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | September 12, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- At least five horsemen will have to remove their animals and equipment from some, if not all, of their stalls at Charles Town Races & Slots by Wednesday at noon after a judge denied a temporary restraining order in an emerging dispute over stable agreements. Attorneys for the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association (HBPA) and Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns the racetrack, confirmed that 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge David H. Sanders made the ruling Friday during a hearing in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
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January 16, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - After several delays, Penn National Gaming Inc. finally took control of the Charles Town Races Wednesday when the racing firm signed the final papers to buy the thoroughbred oval. After deductions, including $1.2 million it loaned to the previous owners, Penn National paid $16.5 million for the track, said Bill Bork, president of Penn National. "It's a done deal. Now things will start happening," said Roger Ramey, vice president for public affairs at Charles Town Races.
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 24, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Charles Town Races & Slots could offer an electronic version of casino table games and implement them now without voter approval, but the Jefferson County, W.Va., racing facility is not interested in the games, a track official said Monday. Pennsylvania's gambling regulators last week approved a new slot machine that mimics table games, and gaming experts say the machines offer casinos in states like Pennsylvania and Delaware a way to circumvent state bans on table games that involve a human dealer.
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by DAVE McMILLION | July 14, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com A spokesman for a new horse-racing organization at Charles Town Races & Slots says his group has conducted a survey among horsemen that shows they want a bigger expansion of the oval than the one being planned by owners. The survey conducted by The Thoroughbred Club claims horsemen favor expanding the track from six to seven furlongs. A furlong is one-eighth of a mile. The track's owner, Penn National Gaming, is planning modifications to the track to allow for longer races, but not in a way that widens the turns.
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by LARRY YANOS | November 28, 2004
The 2004 World Series of Handicapping Winter Classic will be held Dec. 11 at the Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa. Followers of Charles Town Races & Slots are encouraged to compete. According to WSH Winter Classic spokesman Fred Lipkin, the contest will be based on the live thoroughbred cards run that night at Penn National and Charles Town. "Folks can compete at any Penn National Gaming property in Pennsylvania, the closest to Charles Town being Chambersburg," Lipkin said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | March 30, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A Charles Town Races & Slots official told county authorities Thursday that track owners have not picked a date for a referendum in Jefferson County on whether to allow casino table games at the track, but the issue will probably be addressed "soon. " Mountaineer Racetrack & Gaming Resort in Chester, W.Va., Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center in Wheeling, W.Va., and Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center in Nitro, W.Va., have set a date of June 9 in their respective counties to have a local referendum on whether to allow casino table games.
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By DAVE McMILLION | June 9, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA.-If you live in Jefferson County, W.Va., and haven't decided on whether table games should be included at Charles Town Races & Slots, you're running out of time. Polls were to open today at 6:30 a.m. in a special election in which Jefferson County residents will decide whether the local thoroughbred racetrack should be allowed to have casino table games. Polls will close at 7:30 p.m. Local residents have been debating the issue for weeks in the run-up to the election, and at least four public forums have been held on the games Proponents say a favorable vote will mean at least 75 casino table games will be allowed at the racetrack, including blackjack and roulette.
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