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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON PAGE A3 ' and FARMER'S ADVOCATE NEWS Wednesda); January. 9, 2019 By TIM COOK Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN - Jefferson County has won a $100,000 state agency grant to help maintain the exterior of the historic Jefferson County Courthouse. The West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Author- ity, the state agency established in 2001 to assist the construction or maintenance of county courthouses, awarded the grant as part of the au- thority's $1.9 million funding allo- cations for 2019. Bill Polk, director of maintenance for Jefferson County, said the grant will help defray $152,000 in repairs to the Georgian-style courthouse's masonry, brick and paint. The repairs to the Charles Town building should begin this spring and could finish sometime in Au- gust, Polk said. West Virginia counties annually apply for funding from the court- house authority. Since 2004, Jeffer- son County has won $460,000 from the authority, according to a report- ed by the agency. Last year, the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission asked to have the National Park Ser- e ABOVE LEFT: The Jefferson County Courthouse recently won $100,000 for painting and other exterior maintenance. Many say the Charles Town building - home to treason trials in 1859 and 1922 - is historically significant not just to the county or state, but to the nation. ABOVE RIGHT: Charles Town photographer John League took this photo outside the Jefferson County Courthouse during the 1922 treason trial of Southern West Virginia miners. The same courthouse hosted the treason trial of abolitionist John Brown in 1859. vice designate the courthouse as na- The Jefferson County Court- 90,000 structures or sites. tionally signifocant. A decision in- house, where abolitionist JohnThree courthouses have stood at volves a formal process that is ex- Brown and six conspirators were the corner of East Washington and pected to take two to five years, tried for their Harpers Ferry ar- North George streets. About 2,500 sites have been mory raid, is already listed on the The first courthouse was built named National Historic Land- National RegisterofHistoric Plac- there in 1808 on land donated marks, including the Statue of Lib- es, a noteworthy but mostly sym- by Charles Washington, Charles erty and Mount Vernon. bolic designation held by someTown's founder, according to doc- (" uments with the county's Historic Landmarks Commission. Brown's trial was held in a larger courthouse built in 1836. In 1863, a Confeder- ate artillery attack left the building severely damaged. After the war, the county seat moved to Shepherdstown and the courthouse was rebuilt. When it opened in 1872, Charles Town again became the county seat. In 1922, the Jefferson County " Courthouse again hosted treason trials - this time for Bill Blizzard " of Cabin Creek in Kanawha Coun- ty and other residents of South- -w ern West Virginia who fought the " power of Logan County Sheriff ' Don Chafin in the Battle of Blair " Mountain, the largest labor upris- ' ing in history. More than 700 coal miners stood accused of murder, conspiracy to " commit murder, accessory to mur- der and treason against the state. Prosecutors sought to have the tri- , als moved as far as possible from the coalfields. Blizzard, a coal min- er from the age of 10 and in 1921 , the president of District 17 of the United Mine Workers, was acquit- ted on treason charges, and no sig- nificant convictions came from the ' prosecutions. ". ;i Patrick Murphy Carolyn Togsns nq 39 in Memphis, Tenn amid a "James Tolbert was a trail blaz- committee with an opportunity to Ba uet FROM PAGE A1 sanitation workers' strike on April er as a civil rights leader. He made raise money to help young people 4, 1968 - and the need to keep activism his life's work," she said. attend college, i ~iii i :: 4 Tolbert in 2000 co-founded the his work and legacy in the public "He left a profound impact on the Since the first scholarship ~ ~ : :~il :~:: ~: Jefferson County Black History eye. lives of many people across the banquet was held, the scholar- Preservation Society along with "It is important for the com- State of West Virginia. ship committee has raised nearly ,: George Rutherford, James Taylor munity to keep King's memory The committee chose to hun-$190,000, according to Togans. :" and the late Nathaniel F. Down- alive," he said. "If it wasn't for or Tolbert at the 41st-annual ban- Each spring, $1,000 scholar- ing. him we wouldn't be where we are quet because "he and Martin Lu- ships are awarded to promising ,i Murphy said he first met Tol- today." ther King Jr. both led lives of ac- students from Eastern Panhandle " bert in 1983 at the 20th anniver- Carolyn Togans, another mem- tivism." high schools. The Eastern West sary of King's "I Have a Dream" ber of the 18-person scholarship The banquet not only provides Virginia Community Foundation speech in Washington, D.C. committee for this month's MLK a community event focusing on handles the application process. Tolbert in a 2014 news story banquet, talked of the importance King's advocacy for civil rights, Last year, the organization pro- + talked about King - slain at age of paying tribute to Tolbert. it also provides the scholarship vided scholarships to 12 students. :;- Jefferson County Property Transactions Dec. 31, 21118-Jan. 4, 2019 Robin Marie Robey; LT 17, BLK D; tional Association TR and Truman Ranson Corporation; $350,037.00 2016 SC6 Title Trust; Trust BK William D. weaver and Carolyn 1609/321 and 1755/118; Charles Weaver to Stone Financing LLC; Jerry L. Peters and Jane K. Peters Town Corporation; $95,000.00 LT 17; Shepherdstown District; to David E Weiss; Merger LT 25, $467,500.00 SEC 2; Shepherdstown District; Pill & Pill PLLC SUB TR and $266,500.00 William G. Rutherford Property to Dan Ryan Builders West Virginia Citimortgage Inc.; LT 17; Bolivar LLC to George Francis Holland, Edna M. King executrix and Corporation; $101,635.25 Rocchina Anna Holland and Catherine M. Fidler Estate toJulie Mia M. Holland; LT 398, PH VI, K. Masal; PCL 13, CT 1.1569 SEC B; Ranson Corporation; ACS; Shepherdstown District; $202,250.00 $235,000.00 Scott W. Hoyle to Shawn R. Broth- Jacques D. La Marre to Jerry L. ers and Jessica M. Summer; LTS Peters and Jane K. Peters; LT 3, 4, 14 and 15, BLK 21; Shep- DP 27; Charles Town District; herdstown District; $130,000.00 $259,900.00 J.P. Morgan Chase Bank National Association to Erik A. Hoist; LT 5-C; Shepherdstown District; $180,000.00 Shenandoah Springs LLC to K. Hovnanian Homes at Shenan- doah Springs LLC; LT 18, BLKA and LTS 19, 20 and 21; Ranson Corporation; $224,000.00 Drake T. Fullmer and Holly S. David W. Irvin to Larry Miller and Hiltner-Fullmer, Holly S. Hilt- Susan Miller; LT 29; Charles Town ner Fullmer to Valerie L. Phil- Corporation; $396,750.00 lips and "timothy L. Phillips; LT 414; Chades Town Distdct; Pill & Pill PLLC SUB TR and Drew $237,000.00 T. Spdngirth Property to CPK Homes Inc.; Trust BK 1272/736; Dan Ryan Builders West Virginia Trust 13K 1225/599; LT 181, Jeffrey Susholz to Margaret G. LLC to Shelby M. Ceron, Lisa L. SEC 1C; Chades Town District; Meckling; TR 313, CT 22.037 Blankenship and Angel Ceron- $210,000.00 ACS; Shepherdstown District; Garcia, Angel Ceron Garcia; $3,416.367 LT 403, PH Vl, SEC B; Ranson Td-State limprovements LLC to Corporation; $225,747.00 Ryan E. Lampton and Jamie L. Beallair Homes LLC to David L. Lampton; LT A, CT 2.497 mACS, Chorney and Kenna L. Chomey; Bank of Chades Town Inc. to S/T Proposed 50-foot ACCLT 125, PH 2; Harpers Ferry Cage LLC; LTS 11 and 12, F.AS and Existing 50-foot ACC District; $520,755.00 BLK 8; Chades Town District; F AS; Shepherdstown District; $156,000.00 $495,261.00 Golden & Amos PLLC TR, Barton C. Conchar Property and Teresa Lois M. Jones to Richard L. Wal- Thomas William Weller, Randon L. Conchar Property to PNC Bank lace Jr. and Heather M. Wallace; W. Delawder AiF and Timothy H. National Association; Trust BK LT C, CT 15.4399 ACS; Shep- Delawder AIF to Robert W. Ad- 1707/655; LTS 8 and 9, BLK C; herdstown District; $149,000.00 kins; LT 3, CT 1.406 ACS; Harpers Harpers Ferry District; $83,940.25 Ferry District; $20,000.00 K Hovnanian Homes at Shenan- Donna Donovan to Brian M. doah Spdngs LLC and K Hov- Pill & Pill PLLC SUB TR, Allison Huinker and Taylor Huinker; LT nanian Developments of West W. Adams Property and Rober P. 14, SEC 2; Kabletown District; Virginia Inc. to John Robey and Adams Property to US Bank Na- $309,000.00 R&D Investments LLC to James M. 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(Answer: Yes, but we'll double check.) At one point Council Mem- ber Bob Trainor asked Sto- lipher: "So the Rockwool line is not solely about Rock- wool?" "Absolutely not," she said. Stolipher said because it will take eight to nine months to construct the Route 9 Sew- er Project if approved. At one point Trainor asked Shingleton whether there is a legal definition of sewage that the council can rely on. The City Council is free to turn down the loan from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Coun- cil, which the IJDC would in turn pay from indirect fi- nancing from a bond the city would issue directly to the development council. Six weeks ago, council mem- bers said they were stunned to learn the city already owes the City of Ranson $1 million in engineering and pre-construc- tion costs related to the Route 9 Sewer Project. The obligation - which the state would assume if the city accepts its sewer financ- ing - came buried in the pa- 1 5 = C . (See SEWER Page A8)