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You Are Our for Jefferson County WV COMMISSIONER PAID FOR BY THE CANDIDATE Erie INSIDE Bridal Expo preview Patriots take title B1 Serving the people o f Jefferson County since 1844 The week from MARCH EFFERS AND FARMER'S ADVOCATE 7, 2018 tO MARCH 13, 2018 I 95~ (PLUS TAX) PANGTOGRAPHY By CHRISTINE SNYDER More coverage A4, A5, A8, A9 editor@sptritofjefferson.eom ate continued to balk. Driving to Charleston Tues- "We hear he kicks puppies and day morning, a Jefferson County doesn't like pepperoni roils," the teacher was thinking about state teacher joked. Senate President Mitch Carmi- But within hours, she and thou- chael- and seething, sands of other educators at the Nearly an entire week had Capitol - along with their col- passed after Gov. Jim Justice as- leagues on picket lines across the sured teachers union leaders of a 5 state - were celebrating. Carmi- percent pay raise and Carmichael chael and others in the Senate had and other Republicans in the Sen- at long last agreed to the deal. By late afternoon, Justice had signed the pay raise into law. The nine-day walkout - the first ever in state history to involve every school in all 55 counties - is over, and students will be back in class this morning. The matter had been stuck in a six-member conference after Sen- ate leaders OK'd a 4 percent raise late Saturday. Justice on Twitter was euphoric: (See STRIKE Page A5) V ! GREG STAUB Teachers outside Charles Town Library Tuesday (right) join Charles Town Mayor Scott Rogers (left) and retired teacher Dale Manuel in celebrating news from Charleston that state leaders had come to agreement about the 5 percent pay raise that Gov. Jim Justice promised teachers a week ago. Highway officials look for U.S. 340 fix HARPERS FERRY resh off a two-day geological study on the visibly eroding rock faces at the intersec- tion of Chestnut Hill Road and U.S 340 near the Virginia border, the West Virginia Department of Highways appears poised to rectify the problem -- but the question remains if it will be enough. The Department of Highways has set aside $830,000 to fix part of the problem with a system of hollow tubes rammed into the cliffside to increase tension, along with a possible concrete wall or metal netting. That stretch of two-lane road between the Shenan- doah and Potomac rivers carries an estimated 31,000 cars and trucks each day -- so it has the attention of state officials. But, John Maxey, a member of the Blue Ridge (See ROCKS Page A5) The view from beneath a guardrail along U.S. 340 in Harpers Ferry shows the rock face that state officials want to ensure doesn't crumble onto drivers below. Story by Justin Griffin ROBERT SNYDER By ROBERT SNYDER editor@spiritofjefferson.eom CHARLES TOWN -- The Re- publican picked a year and a half 'ago to replace a county commis- sioner who resigned only 18 months into his term says he wants to stay on the job. Peter Ono- szko, who was named in a 3-1 vote in July 2016 by a Re- publican-led Jefferson Coun- ty Commis- sion to replace former com- Peter Onoszko missioner Eric Bell, says he wants to finish the work he's started. In 2014, Onoszko came up 26 votes short of defeating Bell in that year's Republican primary, but af- ter Bell resigned from the commis- sion in June 2016 amid child sexu- al abuse charges, Onoszko beat out 18 other contenders forthe vacan- cy and soon became the head of a (See ONOSZKO Page A6) Rogers: 'No place in our community' for KKK fliers CHARLES TOWN - in our community." Charles Town Mayor Scott The Charles Town Police Rogers says he's disgusted Department received a num- by the multi-page Ku Klux ber of complaints about the Klan fliers distributed in fliers, which were thrown in neighborhoods all over town baggies along with birdseed. last weekend. Charles Town Police Chief At Monday night's town Chris Kutcher said in an in- council meeting, Rogers terview that complaints start- called the documents "vile ed coming in from residents and racist pamphlets. This filth and trash has no place (See KKK Page A3) Bumpy start Workers install a bump-out curb extension on North Charles Street this week. City leaders say they're hearing some complaints about the changes but believe the project will end up improving life for pedestrians. ROBERT SNYDER Honored for General Excellence by the West Virginia Press Association in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Operated by University HeaJthcare Physicians, Inc. WVU Medicine - Ranson now offers care for the whole family with offices specializing in Family Medicine, OB/GYN and Geriatrics and Successful Aging. NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS, Call 304-725-6343 to schedule an appointment. 203 E. Fourth Avenue, Ranson, WV Across from Jefferson Medical Center ~r k