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25 Troy Drive Charles Town 681-252-1750 Locally Inspired Insurance Since March 3, 1989 Erie [413 Insurance" Al~e all in SERVICE= - i 7 ~ i SPECIAL INSIDE 8 PAGES ON GREAT EATERIES EFFER, N AND FARMER'S ADVOCATE The week from FEBRUARY 21, 2018 to FEBRUARY 27, 2018 I 95~ (PLUS TAX) future, By BONNIE WILLIAMSON Special to the Spirit week. The board is "100 per- cent" behind the teachers, he said, though he noted the CHARLES TOWN - walkout means teachers will Schools in Jefferson County not get paid for the two days will be closed Thursday and they are out and that students Friday as wrangling con- will have to make up the in- tinues in Charleston over . structionaltimemissed. teacher pay raises and insur- Scott This is set to be the first Sudduth ance plans, statewide teachers strike since School board president Scott Sud- the one that began March 7, 1990. duth said Tuesday he hopes the Leg- That walkout started in Southern islature can reach an agreement this West Virginia and lasted 11 days be- [] Related letters A6 Gameplan for keeping students fed A9 fore legislators and then-Gov. Gas- ton Caperton agreed to a package of improvements that included bet- ter pay and the creation of faculty senates in each school, more input from teachers into school policies and operations, new training and support programs for teachers, and other initiatives. (See WALKOUT Page Ag) Crowds backing calls for a teacher pay raise protest outside Jefferson High on Feb. 9. Now schools will be closed in Jefferson Thursday and Friday. Over the weekend, more than 12,000 people gathered outside the state Capitol to protest increases to PEIA premiums and pay hikes that they say are too meager. t n onorm slam m Florida ~ A~ut 75 people, many with signs urging action among D.C. leaders, -| ~!:~her Sunday evening in front of McMurran Hall for a solemn vigil to honor those killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. | Charles Town Mayor Scott Rogers called for new approaches to keep schoolchildren safe. For more photos and a look at his full remarks, turn to Page A7. RIQH~ A paper with the names and ages of the teens and school staff killed in Florida a week ago is on display Sunday, 1 WASHINGTON HIGH By ROBERT SNYDER CHARLES TOWN -- Police say they arrested a Jefferson County teenager for making up a story that a gunman planned to target Wash- ington High for a mass shooting when classes resumed on Tuesday. The teen, who was not named be- cause of her age, was charged as a juvenile with conveying false infor- mation concerning a terrorist act. It wasn't clear whether the girl is in custody. Police say the teen allegedly post- ed a message on the social media website Snapchat on Sunday eve- ning indicating that she had been approached by a person at Walmart who warned her that a shooting would take place. Charles Town Police Chief Chris Kutcher said the information in the post was false. "The person was making it up," Kutcher said. (See HOAX PageA5) George Rutherford up on a By JUSTIN GRIFFIN cause you flunk out high school, that you "I could have passed out," Rutherford Special to the Spirit are a dummy. It's just not always true." said. Rutherford himself ranked last in his class Years later - many lessons learned - he CHARLES TOWN - George Ruther- at segregated Page-Jackson High School - would go on to complete a double major in ford, a longtime community leader and the and was not even sure he'd graduate, education and biological sciences at then- president of the Jefferson County Branch In the early 1950s, the superintendent Shepherd College and later got his mas- of the NAACP since 1974, is clearly a be- of the school system didn't hand out di- ter's in biological sciences at Marshall liever in redemption, plomas at Page-Jackson. Instead, students University. He doesn't want to see our society give were tasked with presenting the diplomas He recalls how George King, a civics up on anyone, to their classmates, teacher at Page-Jackson, knew the 18-year- "When I see kids failing out of high Rutherford had delivered the diploma he'd old needed a passing grade in his class to school, I think a lot of them are late bloom- been handed and then had to wait and see if get his diploma. "Mr. King let me slide," ers. They can still make it," Rutherford anyone would put a diploma into his hands. said. "People want to think that just be- The paperwork did come through. (See RUTHERFORD Page A5) OHARL, B TOWN 912 Somerset Boulevard, Suite 102 INWOOD 5047 Gerrardstown Road, Suite 2A 0URt onday - Saturday 8am - upm Sunday Noon- 8pm I