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PAGE A2 Wednesd~, Februar3- 7, 2018 NEWS SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE e "No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will." -- Thomas Jefferson of JEFFERSON AND FARMER'S AD~cOCATE WHAT'S iNSiDE Advocate . A6, A7 Obituaries : A8, A9 Special valentine section A10 Sports B1 Community Calendar : B4 Classifieds, crossword B5 Legals B6 Out & About B8 Health B9 Life B10 History Matters Bll Special advertising section B12 Publisher ROBERT SNYDER Managing editor CHRISTINE SNYDER 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 Advertisi g 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 spiritofj effei'son .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. e WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - An- nette Gavin Bates, the CEO of the Jefferson County Convention & Visitors Bureau since 2013, has taken home another award. Gavin Bates accepted the the West Virgin- ia Hospitality and Travel Association's Ex- cellence in Tourism Advocacy Award last week at the eighth-annual Hospitality Uni- versity at The Greenbrier. The three-day conference brought togeth- er tourism professionals from across West Virginia for workshops and to share tour- ism's best practices. The award is designed to recognize an in- dividual or group for success in advocating for legislation at the local, state or national level. Among Gavin Bates' achievements: Push- ing for passage of the "brunch bill" to allow restaurants and other businesses for the OK to serve alcoholic drinks earlier on Sundays. She's also worked to boost funding for tour- ism marketing. Christian Asam, the general manager of the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown who serves as president of the county's CVB board, says Gavin Bates' efforts pay off for businesses in the county. "Tourism numbers are booming in Jeffer- son County because of Annette's work," he said. "She is a superstar who shows her pas- sion for tourism in our county and through- out the state." He praised Gavin Bates' approach to mak- ing the needs of the Eastern Panhandle front Jefferson County Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO Annette Gavin Bates (right, with Christian Asam, the general manag- er of the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown and the president of the county CVB) has been honored with the state Excellence in Tourism Advocacy Award. and center at the state Capitol. "If we need a message relayed to our state legislators, she never hesitates to jump in her car and drive the five hours to Charleston to talk with them," Asam said. The CVB works to attract tourists, con- ventions and conferences to Jefferson Coun- i iiiiii!i!iiiiii!i!i!iiiii!iiiii!i!i!i iiiiiiiiiiiiil iii iiii ii iN iii! iii iiiiiiiiiiiiii iii iiNili iiii!i!!i!iiii i!!ii iiiiiii!iiiiiie iii iii ilil i i iiiiiiii! ii!i!ililiiiiiNii iiii i!i i!iiii!i!i!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ty, including to Harpers Ferry, Charles Town and Shepherdstown. "I'm honored to receive this recognition particularly because it comes from my colleagues in tourism," Gavin Bates said. "The primary role of a Convention & Visi- tors Bureau director is to tell our tourism story. Whether we are inspiring the visitor to come to West Virginia, or speaking to our local and state representatives, our message is still the same - West Virginia is an in- credibly beautiful and diverse state, rich in assets and amenities, and tourism is an important and growing part of this state's economy." Gavin Bates, who grew up in Jefferson County, last year was selected as a "Won- der Woman" by WV Living magazine. She also serves as vice president of the West Vir- ginia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus. Chelsea Ruby, the commissioner for West Virginia Tourism Office, congratulated Gavin Bates on the honor. "She is one of our state's greatest cheerleaders for tourism and works hard day in and day out to better po- sition our industry for long-term growth and development," Ruby said. JEFFERSON COUNW SCHOOL BOARD Candidates mixed on Shepherdstown land buy By BONNIE WILLIAMSON Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN - Candi- dates running for the five-mem- ber Jefferson County Board of Education report mixed feelings about the board's recent pur- chase of land in Shepherdstown for a new educational complex. Five candidates - Aaron Hackett, Donna Joy, Tom. Po- teet, Jim Watkins and Arthena Roper - will face competition from incumbent's school board president Scott Sudduth, Kathy Skinner and Laurie Ogden in the nonpartisan May 8 election. School officials last week an- nounced the purchase of 101 acres of land located at the in- tersection of Gardners Lane and Flowing Springs Road in Shep- herdstown for an education- al complex with an elementary school and a middle school. Shepherdstown's current schools are landlocked and ag- ing while the community contin- ues to grow. "We have been looking dili- gently for two years for suit- able land to address the needs of Shepherdstown and surround- ing community," said Sudduth, the school board president, in a news release. "This purchase is a critical step in our strategic plan to meet the growing needs of the community." The purchase came after eight years of saving funds from the impact fees and table game rev- enues - funds restricted by law to certain purchases such as land ac- quisition. The Shepherdstown schools may work with Jefferson County Parks and Rec about shared and joint-use facilities, according to Skinner. A look at how school board candidates reacted to the news: AARON HACKE'I'f "I support the board's land pur- chase using Fund 61, which is a special revenue fund that is legal- ly restricted for specific uses, in- cluding land purchases," Hackett Five Jefferson Countians - Donna Joy, Jim Watkins, Tom Poteet, Arthena Roper and Aaron Hacker - are seeking seats on the county school board. Incumbents Scott Sudduth, Kathy Skinner and Laurie Ogden also will be on the nonpartisan May 8 ballot. said. "I think it is an important in- vestment in the future of our pub- lic education sys- tem in Jefferson DECISION County." 2 01 8 He continued, "ff we are going to look to build new schools and to grow, we must first make sure that we are taking care of our teachers and service personnel, because they make Our schools run each day. I think it is essential to make sure that we are able to employ teachers and ser- vice personnel to go along with any growth in the county. Teach- ers in the Eastern Panhandle of- ten end up commuting to V'ug'm- ia or Maryland, which are states that offer larger salaries and better benefits." Hackett, a Charles Town res- ident, said his grandfather was his inspiration. "He was a 10th-grade biolo- gy teacher for 30 years," Hackett said. "He taught me what it means to stand up for people and to give everything you have to public ser- vice and to your community." With the Shepherdstown community continuing to grow, its two schools (the middle school, above, and the elementary school below) are aging, crowded and situated on property where expansion isn't practical. Jefferson County Schools officials on Thursday announced the purchase of 101 acres located at the intersection of Gardners Lane and Flowing Springs Road in Shepherdstown for a new educational complex that will include an elementary school and a middle school. The purchase came after eight years of saving funds from the impact fees and table game revenues - funds restricted by law to certain purchases. such as land acquisition. ~, '~iiii~i~'~'~"~ili~i~' DONNA JOY The Shepherdstown resident said new schools for the area are She said she wants to encour- Joy's experience includes be- needed, but so are repairs to ex- age community members to at- ing a teacher for 30 years. She isting schools. She added that tend board meetings to give their has taught all ages, subjects and she also has concerns about the input, students at many different so- roads leading to the property. "Parents have told me that a cio-economic levels. She has "The schools in Shepherd- pool should be considered for the also served as a mental health stown are in quaint neighbor- new property," she said."Students counselor for both children and hoods where students can walk on the swim team have to go to adults. She has 'bachelor's de- to school," Joy said. 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