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@ @ 4 STATE YOUR AGENT. YOUR WAY. Call me for a free buyer or seller consultationl TARA SANDERSLOWS WV & MD Realtor 30 Years of Connecting with the Community 304-283-8300 (text or call) 4stateliving on social media 304-885-8304 Broker: JWW0hlever 201 North George Street Suite 101, Charles Town, WV 25414 304-876-0822 Erie Insurance" $1C ~::.P!iii ~ t !-J~i-; Lh:iL-~:,: !ii.~Ei ?' i i R;:: .i. L J":';)(:ii::- (:i Uif!f: Relay B2 Clean sweep B8 The week from January 9 to January 15, 2019 95= (+ tax) 16 pages, 2 sections, I SINCE 1844 I. m | r By TIM COOK Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN - Charles Town City Council members on Monday of- fered up more questions about the Rock- wool project'underway in Ranson, ulti- mately opting to delay a vote on a sewer bond for the work -- again. The council State officials are offering cost-free fi- initially had been set to vote on the bond nancing to construct the $10 million sew- back in August. er line for the insulation factory. On Monday, council members peppered What's not in dispute is that Rockwool the Charles Town Utility Board's assistant can require CTUB to provide sewer ser- manager Kristen Stolipher and legal counsel vice - whether the state pays for the line Hoy Shingleton with a barrage of questions or not. Under state law, the city's utility about the factory before taking a vote. authority must provide Rockwool its sew- er service, as long as doing so is feasible. Because the Rockwool sewer line is in- tertwined with other CTUB projects, Sto- lipher said that postponing a decision on the Route 9 Sewer Project will delay Other projects, including a fix for one communi- ty's sewage system. (See SEWER Page A3) 1 Related news A5 and A6 CHARLES TOWN CITY COUNCIL By TIM COOK Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN - As Mike Tolbert nears the end of four years on the Charles Town City Council, he says he'll keep his campaign pledge to serve just one term. "I think there are Mike Tolbert people out there who will run," he said. "I think people's interest in voting locally is more heightened." Citizens' reaction to the Rockwool fac- tory in Ranson has spurred interest in local government, Tolbert said. Tolbert said he pursued a spot on the City Council believing he could be most effective only for a limited period. "I could give four really good years, which I think I have. I think I've infuriated enough peo- ple," he said wryly. "Sometimes people think I'm a little too aggressive, but I have these things that I want to get done. "I have a list, and I think if I had spread (See COUNCIL Page A8) ROBERTSNYDER te By TIM COOK Special to the Spirit HARPERS FERRY- Experts from a geologi- cal engineering firm who examined the rocky cliffs above U.S. 340 next to the safety restraints for falling rocks. Seven possible safe: ty measures were recom- mended in the 70-page report prepared by Pitts- burgh-based HDR neering Inc. for the West Shenandoah and PotomacVirginia Division of Highi rivers have recommended ways. about $14 million in "slope The experts suggested barriers or metal mesh for various situations - from overhanging ledges to sap- lings growing out of crev- ices - that may be found along the three slopes studied. The measures include installing cable mesh screens to either catch fall- ing rocks or safely chan- nel them to the ground. Also proposed: Construct- ing berms to create similar protections. Removing, trimming or bolting loose rocks (See ROCKFALL PageA2) remediation" measures for the highly traveled stretch of highway. A report summarizing the findings of the rock- fall study under Loudoun Heights outlines possible combinations of rock bolt- ing, blasting, berms and barriers to better protect motorists from tumbling rocks and boulders as they travel the half-mile section below the threehillsides. The three "priority slopes" examined above the two-lane section of highway just east of Chest- nut Hill Road now have no : The late James Tolbert to be honored at MLK dinner By RICHARD F. BELISLE Special to the Spirit m More MLK even In Charles Town A5 er and school board member who also is MARTINSBURG -- The late James " a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Alvin Tolbert, the Charles Town native Scholarship committee member. who spent decades leading the West Vir- Murphy, who lives in Martinsburg, ginia chapter of the NAACP, will be in the said he's preparing his banquet presenta- spotlight when he's honored at the Martin tion by interviewing Charles Town area Luther King Jr. Scholarship Banquet. residents. The banquet will include a presentation "I want to talk to people who knew on Tolbert - who died Oct. 26, 2017, at James best," he said. "I want to honor age 85 - from Patrick Murphy, a longtime him by learning more about the sacrific- legislator, Berkeley County Commission- es he had to make to accomplish all that RIGHT: The late James A. Tolbert, who spent decades as president of the state NAACP, will be honored at the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Banquet. he did for civil rights." Tolbert in 1963 was a founding mem- ber of the Jefferson County NAACP and served several terms as its president. From 1986 to 2007, Tolbert was presi- dent of the state NAACE He also served as chairman of the NAACP's Region Three, an area that covers seven states. (See BANQUET Oage A3) Honored for General Excellence by the West Virginia Press Association in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Find yours now at guysbuickgmc.c0m " d'7 : GMC MODELS BUICK ENCORE BUICK REGAL TOURXBUICK ENVlSlOH BUICK ENCLAVE 19% OFF! 0% APR FOR 72 MO* ON ALL BUICK MODELS GMC ACADIA @~ GuysGMSales@ frontiernet aletAI/~D SLT'2 Driven 1316 N. Mildred St Ranson, WV B UI C K- GM C T RU C KS ince 1967" ?~t ~u~y.(3M .=Om 2018 GMC SIERRA 2019 GMC ]ERRAIN SLT 1oll Free: 800-401-5459 Celebrating over 50 Years of Business in the Eastern Panhandle, WV!