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25 Troy Drive Charles Town 681-252-1750 304-876-0822 Erie Insurance" Prepping for Feb. 14 A10 Race for Region II B1 o/ Serving the people ofJeffersonCoun . ' JEFFERSON since1844 AND FARMER'S ADVOCATE The week from FEBRUARY 7, 2018 to FEBRUARY 13, 2018 I 95 (PLUS TAX). kStaff, wire reports CHARLESTON -- Two mea- sures designed to restrict abor- tion rights in West Virginia are making progress in the Republi- can-led state Legislature. One, a resolution sponsored by Jefferson County State Sen. Patricia Rucker, would let vot- ers decide on an amendment to the state constitution in Novem- ber that would prevent abortion from being regarded as a pro- tected right. .The other, House Bill 4012, would prohibit the use of Med- icaid funds from covering abor- (See ABORTION PageA4) Republican state Sen. Patricia Rucker backs a resolution that would undo a 1993 court rul- ing that found mak- ing Medicaid fund- ing unavailable for abortions violated poor women's con- stitutional rights. Commissioners seek fix for influx of courthouse pigeons By ROBERT SNYDER editor Jefferson County Commissioner Josh Compton is weighing op- tions for ridding pigeons - and their droppings from the histor- Ic county court- house in Charles Town. "Some- thing needs to be done and done Swiftly " he said on Thursday. CHARLES TOWN -- There are roughly 400 million pigeons in the world, and Charles Town has may- be 100 of them. Stilll that's about 80 more than Jefferson County Commission President Josh Compton said he wants lingering outside the coun- ty courthouse, pooping all over the historic structure as well as the grounds around the 182-year-old Greek revival-style building. During a commission meeting last month and again last week, Compton reported that pigeon poo is piling up on ledges and windows around the building and that visitors to the courthouse are tracking it inside. (See PIGEONS Page A4) e ROBERTSNYDER Despite Saturday's frigid cold, dozens of Jefferson County educators along with teachers and other state workers from across the Eastern Panhandle came out to urge state legislators to boost pay. Tonight, a similar event begins at 7 at historic Fisherman's Hall at the corner of South West and Academy streets in Charles Town. On Saturday, hundreds of state teachers traveled to Charleston to protest at the Capitol where the state Senate last week approved a I percent teacher pay raiseover four years - a fix many deem inadequate. Workers point out that because they're being asked to pay more for Public Employee Insurance Agency insurance, they're in essence seeing their pay cut. The Mountain State ranks in the bottom 10 for public school teacher pay, with an average salary of about $45,500, according to Education Week. John Maxey, chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee, said he hopes parents and others turn out tonight in Charles Town. "Every student in Jefferson County deserves access to a high quality education, and that starts with showing how much we appreciate and value the men and women who make that education possible," he said. For letters to the editor and an editorial, see Page A6. Fire company's big annual fundraiser set for Tuesday CHARLES TOWN - It's nearly time for the volunteers we trust to put out fires and keep community members safe year-round to show off some of their other talents. Namely, their ability to cook up lots of deli- cious flapjacks. Citizens Fire Co.'s annual Pancake Day LEFT: The annual Pancake Day at Citizens Fire Co. in Charles Town is the fire company's biggest fundraiser of the year. Volunteers on Tuesday will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. - the Charles Town fire company's biggest fundraiser of the year - happens next week at the fire hall just off W.Va. 115. Firefighters will serve up thousands of pan- cakes to feed the hundreds of hungry commu- nity members expected to turn out Tuesday. The event kicks off at 6 a.m. until it wraps up rtm l l li ng 13 hours later. E ab J d18441 Citizens, a fixture in Charles Town since iiil[l[ij!!ll!!l!jl!!lll 1884, finds the annual fundraiser a perfect fit (See PANCAKES PageA3) 6 9 Honored for General Excellence by the West Virginia Press Association in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 WVU Medicine Welcomes Richard Ward, MD. Dr. Ward is a graduate of the University of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, South Bend, IN and will practice family medicine at WVU Medicine Family Medicine - Harpers Ferry. WVU Medicine Family Medicine - Haq~rs Fen~ ~,~ .~,-~ ~ ~ ~!'~ ~:i~ ~'~ ~::i~: S ~ 171 Taylor Street, Harpers Ferry, WV For an appointment, call 304-535-6343 Operated by University Healthcare Physicians, Inc.