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ILL JU - "cisive andJust. West Virginian David Camilletti in our circuit court, He brings nch after practicing law for 33 y ,u, is Family Court Judge for Jeffersor andBerkeley counties, CAMILLETTI FOR VOTE MAY 8 CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE WWW.CAMILLETTtFOR.IUDGE.COIV / Locally 304=876--0822 Tom & Michele Maiden's INSURANCE OUTFITTERS Inspired tnsurance Since March 3, 1989 Erie Insurance" Above all in sERvicE" Serving the people of Jefferson Count), since 1844 N AND FARMER'S ADVOCATE The week from MARCH 21, 2018 to MARCH 27, 2018 I 95 (PLUS TAX) Students deserve props B8 Theater fest sneak peek BIO JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMISSION l By ROBERT SNYDER editor@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN -- Last year, the Jef- ferson County Commission spent $15,000 on a forensic audit to track down what it claimed was money missing from a capital reserve account established for the coun- ty's Public Service District. A week ago, the commission signed off on a purchase agreement that gives the $16 million utility - and all the money from that reserve account -.to the city of Charles Town, lock, stock and barrel. The audit, completed in October by Ohio- based accountant Perry & Associates, showed the reserve account, which was established by an act of the state Legislature in 2016, in- deed was fully funded at about $250,000 - though JCC members Peter Onoszko, Josh Compton and Caleb Wayne Hudson had re- peatedly voiced concerns that spending ir- regularities might have occurred, despite the PSD's clean audit by a Mart'msburg firm. But missing from the merger agreement submitted last week to the state Public Ser- vice Commission was any requirement about how that money should be spent, says Patsy Noland, one of the two county commission- ors who voted not to approve either the audit or other motions designed to dismantle the 34-year-old public sewer utility and turn its operations over to Charles Town. "There is not one word about it or any of the funds collected by the PSD," said No- land, who with Commissioner Jane Tabb against allowing Charles Town to acquire the utility. "These are liquid assets that are being transferred to Charles Town and there is no stipulation in the agreement that the money that was paid by the ratepayers will be used for that system." In an interview with the Spirit; Noland (See MERGER Page A3) ilili!iiiili!iiii ii i iiiiiiiiii i!iiiiiiiii!iiiii I By CHRISTINE SNYDER I editor@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN - A solemn remembrance of the life and work of c wl rights leade/b M trtin Lu- ther King Jr. is planned for the city for next month on the half-century anniversary of his assassina- tion in Mem- phis, Tenn according to George Ruther- George Rutherford ford, the long- time president of the NAACP. Rutherford is organizing a silent walk starting at 6:30 p.m. on April 4 outside the Jefferson County Mu- seum at 200 E. Washington St Those taking part will walk to the Martin Delany Opportunity Learn- ing Center in the 300 block of South Lawrence Street and Martin Dela- ny Way, where a lit candle will be extinguished at 7:05 p.m the time King was pronounced dead after be- ing shot outside the Lorraine Hotel. King had gone to Memphis to (See WALK Page A2) i Brown Spice Dolls creator Julee Dickerson, : Thompson (below) leads a free workshop Thursday in the Charles Town Library's .Perrj Room for area residents who wante(i to make a mini version of her sigr ah re rag doll. Dolls, quilts and other works by the Washington, D.C. artist will be on display in the library foyer through month's end. Dickerson-Thompson, whose work has: at, the Corcoran Museum of haebe : dol|s for more 30years.Her aim: to Create adiverse the African diaspora. CHRISTINE SNYDER JEFFERSON SCHOOLS Snow days will mean school won't end .June 1 By BONNIE WILLIAMSON Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN - Snow days this week will mean students won't wrap up the school year on June 1 as planned. School board members will for- mally approve changes when they meet next on Mon- day, according to school board presi- dent Scott Sudduth. Scott After the nine- Sudduth day statewide work stoppage by teachers and service personnel, school board members had agreed on June 1 as the last day of school for students while June 12 was des- ignated the final day for teachers. Teachers are set to engage in staff development once students are no longer in school, and San- dy Sponaugle, a spokeswoman for the school system, said a schedule of countywide initiatives will be (See SNOW Page A5) Shepherdstown library project moves closer to breaking By ZACH CUMBERLAND ;:: sports@spiritofjefferson.eom SHEPHERDSTOWN - Nearly three doz- en area residents who have been working behind the Scenes to bring a new, bigger li- brary here are set to step into the spotlight for a moment this week. Five leaders with the Shepherdstown Pub- lic Library's new Giving Circle - where members pledge to make donations to the library's building fund every month - have been invited to fill in two more "spines" on the display tracking donations for the new facility. The Giving Circle, with 33 members donat- ing nearly $10,500 annually to date, has been (See LIBRARY Page A4) RIGHT: A recent Dr. Seuss program at Shepherdstown Public Library had the building's upstairs nearly at capacity. ROBERT SNYDER Honored for General Excellence by the West Virginia Press Association in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. / ,c.: =:= ~k ~ W~/UMedk::ine Operated by University Healthcare Physicians, Inc. 203 E. Fourth Avenue, Ranson, WV Across from Jefferson Medical Center I B wvu-uhp.com Ir