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THIS WEEK Brenda Rowan HarperS Ferry Thank You for subscribing SPORTS Washington wins first regional title Seven individual weight bracket champions were able to lift Washing- ton High to the Class AAA, Re- gion It wrestling championship n the tourna- ment held over the weekend. With its first-ever Regional wrestling title in hand, Washington qualified nine individuals for this week's Class AAA state tournament in Huntington. -page B1 Grins and OP:[N{ON Over There it's been nearly a year since the death of the nation's last surviving World War I veteran, long- time Charles Town resi- dent Frank Woodruff Buckles. The Missouri native died on Feb. 27, 2011, at his Gap View Farm. less than four week since marking his 110th birthday. Laid to rest in March in Arlington National Cemetery, Buckles is remembered not only for his WWI ad as a civilian POW during World War I1, but for his tireless work in his final years to create a WWl memorial in D.C. -page A4 L|FE Red, white and blues Martinsburg High junior Christian Lopez sings and plays guitar, piano, harmonica, drums, bass and mandolin, but came up short recently on "Amercian Idol" after being felled by a nasty flu bug. His father, Ja- mie, shares his son's reality show experience. Christian, meanwhile, is free to continue to perform across the Panhandle with his blues band, Joe Taxi. And he can try out again for "American Idol" this summer. -page C1 Water marks Water may cover some 70 percent of the planet, but it's typically not regarded as fodder for a festival. But Berkeley Springs, where George Washington famously bathed in Colonial days, for more than two decades has been making water the center- piece of a town-wide celebration that draws locals as well as visitors from across the Panhandle and far beyond.. It's billed as the globe's largest water- tasting showdown. -page C1 INDEX Editorial; ....................... A4 Obituaries .................... A7 Sports ....................... B1-4 Life .............................. C1 Classifieds ................... C7 Farm/FFA ................. D1-4 Legals ............... C6, El-12 @2012 The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc. Published weekly in Charles Town, W.Va. Istablished t844 r HI r II H r area man hit by tractor-trailer The accident closed U.S. 340 for about two hours Tuesday BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN - A local man has been hospitalized with serious injuries after he was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer while crossing U.S. Rt. 340 Tuesday morning. Scott Michael Hundley, 18, of Harpers Ferry had been crossing U.S. 340 when he struck the side of a northbound tractor-trailer driven, by Jerry L. Hale Jr., 43, of Smarts Draft, Va., according to a press re- lease from the Charles Town Po- lice Department. Hundley was transported to Jef-" ferson Memorial Hmpital by In- dependent Fire Company, and was later flown to Baltimore Shock-Trauma Center with seri- ous injuries. The accident remains under in- vestigation. Emergency services personnel were dispatched at around l 1:34 a.m., according to police. The tractor-trailer is owned by Keystone Freight Corp. of North Bergen, N.J. Both lanes of U.S. 340 were closed for a significant period of time, and the northbound lane was closed for approximately two hours. The Charles Town Police De- partment was assisted by the Jeffer- son County Sheriff's Department, Harpers Ferry Police Department. Ranson Police Department, W.Va. State Police, W.Va. Public Service Commission Transportation Divi- See PEDESTRIAN page A3 BRYAN CLARK Scott Michael Hundley, 18, of Harpers Ferry was hospitalized af- ter being struck by a northbound tractor-trailer Tuesday. ROBERT SNYDER Lt. John T. Considine, left, and Citizens Fire Company President Ron Fletcher serve up pancakes at Citizens' 51st annual Pan- cake Day Tuesday. The breakfast meal of pancakes, whole hog sausage, gravy and eggs got under way at the fire hall at 6 a.m. and ran until 7 p.m. About 680 people were served by 10 a.m., said company volunteer Marty Braithwaite, who noted between 1,600 and 1,800 people usually attend the fundraiser. Panel divided on impact fee savings The County Commission voted to eliminate its Capital Planning and Management office BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN - Coun- ty Commissioner Frances Mor- gan said she does not think the cotm' wE ave axiy. iii,66.e' ;.n its decision to eliminate its Department of Capital Planning and Management, which com- missioners voted 3-2 to do last week. "The figure Morgan is hugely problematic," argued Morgan in an interview. "The other salaries (in the department) are simply being transferred else- where in county government. There is no savings there." Morgan voted with Commis- sioner Lyn Widmyer against the motion, which resulted in the transfer of some staff to other de- partments where they will con- tinue to perform their existing functions, aN!. the elimination of the position' held by the office s See IMPACT page A2 /A I ........... -- _ "" ..NEYSE -- Lyle Tabb reached from the al meet- that : family, Tabb said current duction goals. ,, . Jefferson County has its day at capitol Area residents bring Jefferson County concerns to state lawmakers, officials BRYAN CLARK Senate President Jeff Kessler presents a Senate resolution to Cheryl Keyrouze. BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLESTON - Represen- tatives of businesses, nonprof- its associations and municipali- got a chance to make their voices heard this week as part of Jeffer- son County Day at the state capi- tol building. ties from throughout the county See CHARLESTON page A2