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March 18, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The sound of hammering filled the Charles Town Races Tuesday afternoon instead of the pounding of hooves. Charles Town Races Vice President Roger Ramey looked around at the nearby workmen in their hard hats. Piles of rubble covered the floor of one large hall where the new video lottery game room will be located. "Six months from now you won't recognize this place," Ramey said. Charles Town Races had hoped to open by April 2 but Ramey said work had fallen behind.
NEWS
January 9, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - An experienced race track manager who was instrumental in the construction of the Penn National Race Course near Harrisburg, Pa., was named president and general manager of Charles Town Races Wednesday, according to Penn National officials. Jay Fortney will replace Roger Ramey, who was named president of Charles Town Races at the beginning of the successful campaign for video lottery at the local thoroughbred oval.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | February 2, 2000
If a proposal to open a race track in Western Maryland becomes reality that could be good economic news for Hancock, the town's mayor said Wednesday. cont. from front page "There could be jobs tied to that. I'll anxiously wait to hear more," Mayor Daniel Murphy said. He said he could not endorse the project, however, because he had no details of the plan. Maryland horse-racing executive Joseph A. De Francis has said he will compete with Delaware track owner William Rickman Jr. for a new racing license in Allegany County.
NEWS
October 18, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commissioner Edgar Ridgeway opposed allowing video gambling at Charles Town Races before the referendum last November and he's seen nothing to change his mind since the Silver Screen Gaming Room opened. "I'll remain opposed to it until the day I die," Ridgeway said. "I'm a Republican and a Presbyterian so I don't change my mind. " Others throughout Jefferson County said they believe the Silver Screen Gaming Room is one of the best things to happen to the track.
NEWS
April 30, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Costy Caras looked over the card for the next race before announcing it over the loudspeakers at the Charles Town Races Wednesday afternoon. "I'm trying to break myself back in gently," Caras, 72, said. "I'm doing things like a first-timer. " For about 30 years, Caras has been the voice of the Charles Town Races as the track announcer. "I tell you, it beats working for a living," Caras said with a wide smile.
NEWS
September 21, 2000
W.Va. race track flew officials to slots hearing By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town Races arranged to have three local elected officials and a police chief flown to Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday in the company's private plane to testify in favor of a slot machine expansion before the state Lottery Commission. continued Ranson Mayor David Hamill, Charles Town Mayor Randy Hilton, Jefferson County Commissioner Dean Hockensmith and Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge were flown to Charleston to testify even though the public comment period on the expansion had expired.
NEWS
January 15, 1998
Hagerstown officials on Tuesday gave a local bicycle racing group the nod to continue planning a BMX race track and skate park at Hagerstown Fairgrounds. Representatives of Hagerstown BMX, which organized to build and maintain a track for nonmotorized dirt bike racing at the fairgrounds, shared their plans with Hagerstown City Council members during a work session. The race track would be between 900 and 1,500 feet long and would require 11/2 to 2 acres, said Daniel Baxter, president of the group.
NEWS
May 14, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Lollapalooza, a day-long rock concert and carnival that has been coming to Charles Town since 1993, won't play a gig here this summer, track officials and a promoter said Tuesday. I.M.P., a Washington, D.C., promotion company that in the past has organized the event locally, was unable to get Lollapalooza on a date this year that did not conflict with racing at nearby Charles Town Races, said I.M.P. attorney Mike Biel.
NEWS
March 16, 2008
Rick Eckert planned to race in Tennessee this weekend, but heavy rains changed his plans. The York, Pa., driver made the most of it, winning his second straight late model feature at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Eckert started eighth, but quickly moved to fourth by the second lap. He tracked down polesitter Josh Richards by the midway point of the 30-lap race and held off Roy Deese Jr. on the final lap for the win. "Our car was really good again today, the race track was excellent again," Eckert said.
NEWS
May 19, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. - Sports car driver John Legat was attempting to pass another car in the Jefferson 500 Sunday afternoon when he lost control on a curve and struck a tree, splitting his vintage race car in half, according to West Virginia State Police. Legat, 50, of Carol Stream, Ill., was pronounced dead at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, said Trooper S.T. Dillon. Legat worked with computers, but spent his weekends competing on an East Coast racing circuit, Dillon said.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | September 30, 2012
A horse show in Inwood, W.Va., next week is one of two major annual fundraisers needed to keep the word of God spreading among the 1,000 or so “backstretch” workers at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The money augments the $100,000 annual budget of the Charles Town Race Track Chaplaincy. It pays for a full-time chaplain and two part-time secretaries, said M. Victoria “Torie” White of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., a member of the chaplaincy's council. The chaplaincy is an arm of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.
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OBITUARIES
April 28, 2012
Gary Lee Stouffer, 68, of Duncanville, Texas, went to be with our Lord peacefully at his home on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Born Sept. 11, 1943, in Hagerstown, Md., Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur Leslie Stouffer Jr. and Pauline Virginia Stouffer, both of Hagerstown. A graduate of North Hagerstown High School by passing the General Educational Development test, Gary worked at the Harold Lung Service Station for many years. Following his employment at Harold Lung, Gary became a deputy sheriff.
SPORTS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2011
After two consecutive second-place finishes earlier in the week, John Blankenship scored his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory at Hagerstown Speedway in impressive style. Blankenship overcame his 17th-starting position by passing every driver in his way, taking the lead from fast-timer Jared Landers on the 29th lap and running away with the $10,000 Conococheague 50-lap top prize on Saturday night. “It all came together tonight,” Blankenship said. “The race track was great.
NEWS
June 23, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A hearing on the suspension of seven jockeys from Charles Town Races & Slots has been rescheduled for August. The jockeys' appeal was going to be heard by the West Virginia Racing Commission in Shepherdstown, W.Va., on June 16 and 17, but the hearing was postponed. Kelli Talbott, a deputy attorney general who represents the commission, said Tuesday the hearing will be Aug. 5-7 at the track. Seven jockeys -- Anthony Mawing, Lawrence Reynolds, Alexis Rios-Conde, Tony Maragh, Luis Perez, Dale Whittaker and Jesus Sanchez -- are appealing suspensions based on allegations they didn't report extra weight during the March 26 racing card.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | February 12, 2009
If Nathan Durboraw has it his way, Roy Deese Jr. will be staring down the back bumper of Durboraw's No. 41 car this season at Hagerstown Speedway. Durboraw, 52, of Cearfoss, has won more Cindy Rowe Auto Glass Late Models championships at the speedway than anyone. He's two ahead of Deese and Denny Bonebrake, who are tied at six each. All three men are still racing. Deese won the points championship last year. Durboraw finished second. That's close enough, says Durboraw, who says he'll be gunning for his ninth points championship.
NEWS
November 30, 2008
Whilbr offers new online collection Whilbr, the historical Web site of Western Maryland Regional Library, has added a new collection: "Hagerstown Photographs from World War II" at www.whilbr.org . During World War II, the citizens of Hagerstown produced a foldout postcard booklet to send to Washington County servicemen and women. The bus and train station were pictured as well as West Washington Street, the Public Square, churches, Court House, City Park, and the race track.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | July 14, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Although financially strapped Jefferson Memorial Park got temporary relief over the weekend with $13,000 in donations, park officials might have to consider turning the 13-acre facility over to county government if the problems persist, the head of the park's board of directors said Sunday. Park officials might have to mull such a proposal if the park cannot get enough funding from the community to run the facility, said Chris Ott, president of the park's board of directors.
NEWS
July 8, 2008
"Since 2002 my property taxes have increased $200 to $400 each year. This year it increased almost $500. What are people supposed to do when their incomes do not increase anything like that. " - Washington County "The fireworks at the Fairgrounds stank. We were one of many who left soon after they began (a hour late I might add). Thanks for nothing again, City of Hagerstown. " - Waynesboro, Pa. "We went to the fireworks at the Fairgrounds and I just wanted to say that they were terrible.
NEWS
March 16, 2008
Rick Eckert planned to race in Tennessee this weekend, but heavy rains changed his plans. The York, Pa., driver made the most of it, winning his second straight late model feature at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Eckert started eighth, but quickly moved to fourth by the second lap. He tracked down polesitter Josh Richards by the midway point of the 30-lap race and held off Roy Deese Jr. on the final lap for the win. "Our car was really good again today, the race track was excellent again," Eckert said.
NEWS
by TODD BURLAGE / Wheelbase Communications | May 14, 2007
The monkey's name was Jocko Flocko and with him, Tim Flock was in for the ride of his life. A full-time pet and a part-time passenger for eight races during Flock's 1953 Grand National (the forerunner to NASCAR stock-car racing) season, Jocko wriggled out of his collar during an event at the former Charlotte, N.C., Speedway. The tiny critter jumped behind Flock, grabbed him by the neck at speed and forced a costly pit stop, thus ending the monkey's brief racing career. Flock would later complain that the mishap cost him about $750, the difference between finishing second and third back then.
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