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-INSIDE Page B1 -INSIDE Page C1 ( % -INSIDE Page C8 ~ ~,~ ,~ ~ ~ .~.~ ~ ~,~, ~.~ '.~,~], ,~:~ ~ ~.~ -INSIDE Page D1 of JEFFERSON AND FARMER'S ADVOCATF~ i iililt g BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff L and Berkeley Springs high schools CHARLES TOWN - The West currently running for re Iection, fielded Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals heard four cases at the Charles Town designed to educate hi about the legal system, This is the first time time the program has been: held M sburg in 2004. " the students beginning two Project, or LAWS. months before the actual judicial hearings, Students from Washington, Jefferson, Musselman, Martinsburg, Hedgesville ~ See COURT Page A2 SHENANDOAH JUNCTION - There are six candidates to compete for a seat on the Jefferson County Board of Education. The contested seat is currently occupied by Gary Kable, who is running for re-election. The six candidates outlined their platforms at a discussion hosted by the American Federation of Teachers at JeffersonHigh GARY KABLE School onMarch 15. Kable said he is proud of the work the school board has done, despite recem hiccups. "We have a solid board that took over a system that was out of control. No morale, zero support from (School Building Authority), many LAURIE OGDEN employees were forced or left because of the climate. This board has increased pay and benefits and increased highly qualified employees from 90 percent to 97 percent," Kable said. Seel BOARD Page A2 BRYAN CLARK ryover funds - are estimated buildings. General government Spirit Staff to increase 11.7 percent over expenditures are set at a total the current fiscal year. Shroyer of $12 million, or about 47 per- CHARLES TOWN - The explained that he does not ex- cent of the total budget. County Commission approvedpect that all government agen- Public safety is the second the budget for the coming fis- cies will consume their entire largest potion of allocated ex- cal year in a special session on budget. He says there will be penditures, at $9.4 milliom Law Tuesday. excess funds to carry over into enforcement agencies will get The 2012-2013 total estimat- next year. $3.1 million, and the 911 cen- ed revenue for county govern- The increase in estimated ter $2 million. The Emergency ment is estimated at $21.7 mil- revenue is fueled by a five per- Services Agency will get $2.2 lion, with an additional cash cent increase in property tax million, in increase of 67 per- carryover of $4 million from revenue, a 96 percent increase cent over its 2010-2011 bud- the current fiscal year. 'in table gaming revenue and an get. Costs for housing inmates County Finance Director Paul increase in E911 fees. Revenue in the regional jail are projected Shroyer explained that the cash from slot machines is expected at $1.2 million. carryover is needed each year to fall, however, by approxi- The total budget for cul- to keep county government run- mately 15 percent, ture and recreation will be $1 ning until property taxes begin The County Commission million. $45,000 will go to- flowing in. has allocated itself $2.4 mil- ward health and sanitation, and Total estimated expenditures, lion dollars, the biggest chunk $13,832 will go for social ser- as state law requires, have allo- of the general government bud- vices. cated 100 percent of estimated get. $1.8 million will go to the $3 million has been allocat- revenue into various sections of prosecuting attorney's office, ed to the capital outlay account, county government, and $1.3 million will go toward where it can be used to pur- Both estimated revenue andrenovation of the Charles Town chase new infrastructure and expenditures- including car- Courthouse and other courtequipment. Make way for CVS An excavator sits beside the rubble that once was the Olde Crow Mercantile building as part of ongoing demolition work at the 300 block of West Washington Street. Work continues at the site to clear lots to build a 14,000-square- foot CVS retail store. Demolition work at the site began this month after a number of legal and procedural hurdles were cleared by the Rebkee Company. John Doyle: Why it's time for a civil union bill in West Virginia - Page A4 iNDEX Editorial A4 Obituaries A7 Sports B1-4, 6 Life C 1 Business D1 Classifieds D2 Legals D3-5 Janita Giles of Bunker Hill Thank You for subscribing 2012 The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc. Published weekly in Charles Town, W.Va. Established 1844 , Iill![l!l!!ll!!!!l!lill ~ t