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By DAVE McMILLION | April 5, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. The Jefferson County Commission agreed Thursday to hold a special election June 9 to allow Jefferson County residents to decide whether casino table games should be allowed at Charles Town Races & Slots. The commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the election after a track official said he believed June 9 is a good day because it is a Saturday and many residents will be off from work. John Finamore, senior vice president of regional operations for Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns Charles Town Races & Slots, said, "We're ready to go. " The decision to hold the election June 9 comes a week after the issue was last discussed with the commission.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | February 23, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Charles Town Races & Slots has typically been a good neighbor, so its quest to add casino table games should be supported, according to the general sentiment at a public forum Thursday. About 30 people attended the public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, and most were rather familiar and satisfied with the facility's operations. Several were affiliated with the track. Adding table games like blackjack and roulette to West Virginia tracks' offerings is necessary to keep them competitive, especially now that Pennsylvania is licensing slots parlors, said John V. Finamore, senior vice president of regional operations for Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns Charles Town Races & Slots.
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by DAVE McMILLION | July 27, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A group of local elected officials, including three members of the Jefferson County Commission, met Wednesday and discussed taking a position on casino table games for Charles Town Races & Slots. At the council of governments meeting Wednesday at the Charles Town Visitors Center, members discussed a possible resolution on casino table games. Ranson Mayor David Hamill said the city wants to support the games and he discussed in a letter to the commission a possible resolution in support of table games.
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by DAVE McMILLION | February 14, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two Jefferson County lawmakers said Tuesday they think county residents might vote down a proposal to allow casino table games at Charles Town Races & Slots if there is no money set aside from table game revenues for local schools. The possibility of giving local schools a share of table game revenue has been one of the issues being discussed as the Legislature prepares to consider allowing the local track and three others in the state to have casino games such as blackjack, roulette and craps.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | August 6, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- Jefferson County voters once again will decide whether to allow table games at Charles Town Races & Slots. The Jefferson County Commissioners agreed Thursday to set Dec. 5 for a countywide referendum on the issue. Proponents of the games, including the commissioners, believe the games have a better chance of passing this time because a bigger slice of the money the track generates will go the county, its five municipalities and the school district.
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By DAVE McMILLION | September 27, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Jefferson County's low unemployment rate may be the sign of a strong economy, but it can be a challenge for big companies struggling to find enough workers, officials say. At Charles Town Races & Slots, there have been more than 100 job openings in recent months, said John Finamore, senior vice president of regional operations for Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns the track....
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 10, 2009
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. -- The addition of table games at Charles Town (W.Va.) Races & Slots could generate about $129 million annually, according to state projections released by Jefferson County lawmakers at a public meeting Wednesday at Jefferson High School. With the passage of House Bill 102 earlier this month, Jefferson County's share of the additional gaming revenue would be about $6.4 million if voters approved table games, which include blackjack and roulette, according to the projections.
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by DAVE McMILLION | June 9, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Charles Town Races & Slots is at it again, spending millions to offer hundreds of new slot machines to its patrons in an elaborate atmosphere highlighted by water features, park scenes and connections to the movie industry. The new gaming area, called Slot Central, opened May 26 and offers track patrons 800 new slot machines to play. The new machines are not played with coins. Instead, a player inserts a card into the machine, which keeps track of the number of credits the player has, said John Finamore, senior vice president of regional operations for Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns the track.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | January 13, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com To get inside the gaming area at Charles Town Races & Slots on Saturday, one first had to find a parking space. After bypassing the first, second and third levels, all of which were full, drivers ended up in the open-air highest level. There, wind whipped through parked cars and trucks, nearly all of which had out-of-state license plates. It was the same story inside. Of the dozens of people asked to be interviewed for this story, many declined.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 2, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- In a special session Tuesday, West Virginia lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill that could entice Jefferson County voters to approve the addition of table games at Charles Town Races & Slots. With Gov. Joe Manchin's signature on House Bill 102 assured, the only question that remains is whether voters will take the bait, assuming it's offered to them. Racetrack owner Penn National Gaming Inc. has not set a deadline to decide whether to pursue a second referendum on table games, which include blackjack and roulette, according to John Finamore, the company's senior vice president for regional operations.
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