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PIRI I of JEFFERSON FARMER'S ADVOCATE "No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will." -- Thomas Jefferson of J E,FFFE RS, OcN WHAT'S INSIDE Advocate A6 Perspectives A7 Obituaries A2, A8 Special advertising section A10 Sports B1 Out & About ~ B3 Legals B4 Classifieds, crossword B5 Health B8 History Matters B9 Community Calendar B10 Publisher ROBERT SNYDER Managing editor CIlRISTINE SNYI)ER editor@ spiritofjefferson .com 304-725-2046, ext. 222 Office manager CARA YOUNG sojofficemanager@gmail.com 304-725-2046, ext. 221 Sports reporter ZACH CUMBERLAND sports@spiritofjefferson.com 304-725-2046, ext. 229 Advertising MARY BURNS mary@ spiritofjefferson.com 304-725-2046, ext. 223 BRENDA WOODWARD GRISHAM brenda@ spiritofjefferson .com 304-725-2046, ext. 224 Graphic designers SHARON SNYDER 304-725-2046, ext. 227 GREG STAUB 304-725-2046, ext. 226 Serving our community since 1844 Published Wednesdays by The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc a local, family-owned company Winner, West Virginia Press Association 2017 General Excellence (Third place) Visit us: 114 N. Charles St Charles Town Send mail: P.O. Box 966, Charles Town 25414 Phone: 304-725-2046 Fax: 304-728-6856 spiritofjefferson,com See a mistake? The Spirit of Jefferson wants to promptly and thoroughly correct all errors that appear in these pages or our website online. Bring such matters to the attention of Christine Snyder (editor@spiritojefferson.com or 304-725-2046, ext. 222) as quickly as possible. Didn't get your paper? Call office manager Cam Young, 304-725-2046, ext. 221. JEFFERSON COUNTY Ill Annex FROM PAGE A1 dents. In an interview last week, Charles Town Mayor Scott Rogers called the city's annex- ation a move that would improve public ser- vices and help the city plan for growth, pub- lic improvements and public safety. "The way historically the way annexation has taken place, it has left us with a city map that becomes difficult to plan for the furore and difficult to provide city services," said Rogers, a resident of the Spruce Hill North neighbor- hood. "For me to get to one end of my city as the mayor to the other end of my city, I would have to leave Charles Town and enter the coun- ty and leave Charles Town again on numerous occasions, probably in many cases up to eight times depending on the route. That just doesn't make sense to a lot of people." Rogers said the city can do a better job than the county in attracting new businesses into the area, improving dilapidated proper- ties and preparing for future development. "We can do this more efficiently than the county," Rogers said. "This is going to even- tually improve our ability to fund our park system, to fund our maintenance to fund our police. We can do all these things at higher levels." City Manager Daryl Hennessy said the "Swiss cheese" effect has left both jurisdic- tions having to plan for areas that would be best served by one. "You want to be comprehensive when you're planning for the future," Hennessy said. "When you're trying to plan for things like traffic and residential and commercial development and you have these overlap- ping areas, then both the county and city are having to plan for these future uses. It's inef- ficient for us both to be doing that. It's in the public's best interests for resources to be as efficient as possible." Hennessy said the city also is hobbled in its efforts to plan .for places like the city's eastern gateway when some parcels remain in the county. Hennessy said "connectivity" is a priority for the city which has installed sidewalks along Washington Street but not- ed that a Popeye's restaurant now under con- struction there is in the county. ROBERTSNYDER Daryl Hennessy, Charles Town's city manager, said a "Swiss cheese" effect has resulted from a piecemeal approach to annexations and development. "You want to be comprehensive when you're planning for the future," he said. "When you're trying to plan for things like traffic and residential and commercial development and you have these overlapping areas, then both the county and city are having to plan for these future uses. It's inefficient for us both to be doing that. It's in the public's best interests for resources to be as efficient as possible." "Certainly we would have liked to have Matt Ward, a former city councilman and been able to develop that site using our own an attorney who is a consultant for the city on development standards," Hennessy said. its annexation plan, said the county doesn't In it motion to dismiss the city's petition, have a say on annexation requests on land the JCC takes issue with a number of tech- that's within a city's urban growth boundary, nical and procedural issues - the timing of per state law. the city's complaint and what words city of- Ward said it's the city's position that mu- ficials use to describe it. In an 11 -page re- nicipalities in West Virginia are free to annex sponse filed on Dec. 27, commission le- land outside their boundaries as long as their gal counsel Nathan Cochran calls the city's urban growth boundaries have been adopted complaint for declaratory relief nothing by the county commission. more than an "appeal" of the county's April The Jefferson County Commission adopt- decision that rejected the annexation, ed the city's UGB as part of a revision of the The county also maintains the city filed its county's zoning map in 2010 and approved complaint way past its four-month appeal pe- it again in 2014 and 2015 under county land riod - no matter how the court might render use updates. the terms of the city's complaint - and cri- In its Nov. 22 complaint, city legal coun- fiques the city for not attaching a record of the commission's proceedings in its petition. (See ANNEX Page A8) Jesse C. Keyser, his wife Mol- ly and their two children Matin and Lincoln, as well a long list of nephews and nieces. Frances graduated from Charles Town High School in 1949. She was a faithful and long time member of Zion Epis- copal Church, a member of the Jefferson County Garden Club and the Friday Book Club. She made a difference in everyone she touched and will be missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held neysville, WV. She was bornIrish Pub, 210 W. Liberty St March 29, 1929, in Charles Charles Town,WV. Town to the late George Kears- In lieu of flowers, donations ley Wysong and Judith Ball can be made to the Hospice of Thomas Wysong. the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Frances, affectionately known Lane,Kearneysville,WV 25430, as "Rosi" by many of her fam- or the Animal Welfare Society of ily and friends, was a wonderful Jefferson County WV, PO Box mother, grandmother, wife and a 147, Charles Town, WV 25414. friend to all. She was preced- Arrangements by the Mel- ed in death by her husband, Dr. vin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Joyce Hope Grimm Scholes Dale D. Keyser; three sisters, Home, Charles Town. peacefully went to be with the Lily W. Cain, Elizabeth K. Wy- Please sign the online guest- Lord on Dec. 24, 2017. Joyce song, Judith W. Cofer; and two book and view her obituary at was born July 8, 1939. She brothers, George K. Wysong, Jr. www.mtstrider.com graduated Harpers Ferry High and William S. Wysong. PAID MEMORIAL School in 1958. Joyce received adegree in music from Shep- She is survived by her daugh- herd College and taught music ter, Elizabeth (Betsy) K. Crewe and partner, Joseph a. Cordell, Eva Adeline Bell in the Berkley County Schools for many years. Martinsburg, WV; sons William Odell A Celebration of Life service M. (Bill) Keyser, Berwyn, PA; Dale D. (Dunny) Keyser, Jr. and Eva Adeline Bell Oden, 75 of will be held at 6 p.m. Wednes- wife Kay, Vero Beach, FL, and Harpers Ferry passed away Sun- day, Jan. 10, 2018, at Pikeside Francis W. (Frank) Keyser and day, December 24, 2017 at her Methodist Church, 25 Paynes wife Laurie, Martinsburg. Sheis home. Born March 12, 1942Ford Road, Martinsburg. Con- also survived by grandchildren in Charles Town, she was the dolences can be left at rosedale- Stephanie A. Keyser, Michelle daughter of the late Frank Wil- funeral.com R. Keyser, Owen K. Crewe, liam Bell, Jr. and Eva Mae Paint- PAiD MEMORIAL at 11:00 am, on Saturday, Jan- Frances uary 13, at Zion Episcopal Worthington Church, with the Rev. E.F. Mi- chael Morgan officiating, fol- Wysong Keyser lowed by the interment in the Frances Worthington Wysong Zion Churchyard. Family and Keyser, 88, passed away Mon- friends are invited to a celebra- day, January 8,2018, at the Hos- tion of her life immediately fol- pice of the Panhandle in Kear- lowing the funeral at Paddy's er. She worked as a housekeeper Linda Joyce Giffin for Ben and Iris Wood. She was a loving mother and grandmoth- Linda Joyce Giffin, 76, of er, very vital, active and inde- Harpers Ferry, WV passed away pendent. Her social activities in- on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at cluded the same group of friends Fairfax INOVA. for over 30 years. She was an Born July 19, 1941 in Martins- avid gardener and reader, burg, WV, she was the daugh- She is survived by two daugh- ter of the late Russell Edward ters, Lisa Oden Weiant of Bun- Twigg and Olive Spring Twigg. ker Hill and Marcia Kidwell and She was of the Pentecostal husband David, Jr. of Harpers faith. Ferry, two sisters, Martha Brack- Linda loved gospel music. ett of Ranson and Elizabeth Wilt She is survived by one sister, and husband Kenneth of Harp- JeAnne Milbourne of Harpers ers Ferry, three grandchildren, Ferry, WV; one brother, Russell Robert Lee and Heather Marie Nelson Twigg and wife, Cecelia Kidwell and Kelsea Anne Weiant of Brunswick, MD; and several and her father Michael Weiant. nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was She was preceded in death preceded in death by her hus- by her beloved husband, Gary band, Phillip Noble Oden, broth- Giffin, two infant daughters, er, Wilmer Bell and three sisters, one son, Gardner "Rocky" Gif- Nancy Harding, Mary Louise fin and one brother, Ronald Lee Wiley and Beatrice Magaha. "Sonny" Twigg. A graveside service will be Services will be held at 2:00 held 1 p.m. Saturday, January pm on Friday, January 12, 2018 13, 2018 at the St. Andrews on at Eackles-Spencer & Norton the Mount Cemetery. Funeral Home, 256 Halltown PAID MEMORIAL Road, Harpers Ferry, WV with Rev. Eddie Smith officiating. In- terment will be in Samples Man- Joyce Scholes or Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harpers Fer- ry Gospel Chapel, Assembly of God or Friendship Fire Compa- ny. Condolences may be ex- pressed at www.eackles-spen- cerfuneralhome.com PAID MEMORIAL Saturday, Feb. 10 Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets just $50! To buy tickets, contact Dottie Kracke (703-509-0986) or Dannie Wall (304-728-7181 or dwall01 @ frontiernet.net) Learn more at AWSJC.org 4 treat you like family. t Become a subscriber! 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