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By BRUCE HAMILTON | September 26, 1999
The number of students in Washington County's public schools is expected to decrease by nearly 700 in the next nine years, according to local and state estimates. Enrollment, 19,625 last year, is projected to be 18,934 in September 2008, according to the Washington County Board of Education. The county's child population may have crested, according to Director of Facilities Management Dennis McGee. [cont. from front page ] "It appears we're flat," he said last week.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | September 24, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com Six new and two used portable classrooms were installed this summer at county elementary schools to provide space required because of the state mandated all-day kindergarten program, said Dennis McGee, the school system's director of facilities management. If the county continues to grow, the small mobile buildings, each of which can hold up to 25 students, won't provide sufficient space for the increased number of students, McGee said Monday.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 7, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The debates over how local population growth should be managed and how statewide issues such as tax reform and how higher teacher salaries should be addressed will come into focus today as voters head to the polls to decide which candidates they feel will best deal with the challenges. Voters in the three Eastern Panhandle counties will get the chance today to cast ballots in races for county commission, state lawmaker and U.S. Congress. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. In the county commission races, the campaigns have dealt largely with population growth and how it should be managed in coming years.
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by DAVE McMILLION | May 8, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - More than a year after Jefferson County officials implemented school impact fees, none of the money has been transferred from the City of Ranson (W.Va.) for new homes built in the city, county officials said Wednesday. The Jefferson County Commission and Ranson City Council members have been working on an agreement to collect impact fees in Ranson, but have not been able to finalize a plan, according to the commission.
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January 8, 2001
Berkeley County will hire assistant prosecutor By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Noting "growth is just eating us alive," Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely last week persuaded the Berkeley County Commission to give her a sixth full-time assistant prosecutor. Last year, about 6,800 cases went through Berkeley County Magistrate Court, and those cases had to be handled by two assistant prosecutors, she said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | May 16, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com Charles Town, W.Va. - Two people associated with Jefferson County's home building industry appeared before the Jefferson County Commission Thursday to voice concerns about the possible implementation of impact fees. Alice Chakmakian appeared before the commission as a representative of Jefferson County Citizens for Economic Preservation, which represents people involved in the housing industry. Chakmakian said her organization does not oppose impact fees, but it is concerned about a wide range of estimations that have been presented about the average number of children generated for each house in the county.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | June 9, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Chambersburg borough officials are looking into a proposal that might help the environment and save them more than $9 million. The borough council this week agreed to spend $15,000 on a study that will detail how nutrients can be removed from cow or swine manure. That study will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to find out whether a participating farm's efforts can earn "credits" for protecting the Chesapeake Bay. Council President William McLaughlin hopes the amount of those credits will be enough to keep the borough from having to expand its Hollywell Avenue sewage treatment plant as planned.
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by DAVE McMILLION | January 19, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A spokesman for a local Ruritan on Thursday proposed establishing a fire department in the Middleway area of Jefferson County. It was the second proposal for putting a new fire department in the Middleway area. In November, Jefferson County government officials talked about possibly buying parts of an Eastman Kodak Co. plant in Middleway and using a section of the plant for a fire department. Jefferson County Commissioner Rusty Morgan said Thursday the two proposals need to be examined closely to determine which location would work best.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 6, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Del. John Doyle pulled out a victory over Republican David Ebbitt Tuesday night, according to incomplete, unofficial election returns. With all 29 precincts reporting, Doyle had received 2,667 votes compared to Ebbitt's 2,308 votes in the race for the 57th District Delegate seat. Doyle and Ebbitt traded leads throughout the night Tuesday before Doyle began pulling away in the end. A win for Doyle would mean he will serve another two years in the Legislature representing Shepherdstown, Kearneysville, Bakerton, Harpers Ferry and Bolivar.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 3, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - With a 7,578 vote margin, Republican John Yoder won a successful bid to return to the state Senate when he defeated Democrat Greg Lance in Tuesday's general election, according to complete, unofficial returns. With all precincts in Jefferson and Berkeley counties reporting, Yoder came away from the race with 27,899 votes compared to Lance's 20,321 votes, according to results. Yoder collected 17,899 votes in Berkeley County and 10,000 votes in Jefferson County and Lance had 11,195 votes in Berkeley County and 9,126 votes in Jefferson County, according to results.
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