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i.[. : Population soaring in county -A8 ::!iii:i:; :;:ii i : i!:ii!  iiii: i;!i: :!i!ii:ili! c i ;i!ii Wailers still makin' music -C1 :,iZ  ::,, GloBal goods in Harpers, Ferry -D1 .F JEFFERSON AND FARMER'S ADVOCATE Shepherd's Minnick named top player -B1 Find us on Wednesday, May 16 2012 o:. 75( p,.,, www.spiritofjefferson.com  r ROBERT SNYDER a retired minister born and raised near Union Station in D,C, will speak in Charles Town Saturday at a town hall being or- ; ," ganized by MARC. According to MARC news release, the Charleston resident "will provide attendees with advice on making their V0ices heal at the State Capitol." ,00'ii Getting on t e rigl0000 track li,00: Railexpert says W.Va. us eJp fun :1: RC service J !ii i!:iJ i. ] i7 CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN - To re- tired minister and rail advocate J. Charles Riecks, the time has come for a solutirn that will of- fer long-term peace of mind to MARC commuters living in the Eastern Panhandle "The last 'solution' lasted only four years and now once , again service to West Virginia in jeopardy," said Riecks, who volunteers with the National As- : sociation of Railroad Passengers from his home in Charleston. Whoi  ommut aad others interested i transit fi the "This time we need to ham- ............................................... mer out a real, long-term solution - and what else could that mean but for West Virginia to step up and begin helping to pay for the costs involved in operating the trains?" Riecks has been invited by See MARC Page .A2 Drug use a 'huge' worry for employers GOP lawmakers back testing those who seek jobless benefits CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff MART1NSBURG - A pro- posal to require West Virgin- ians filing for unemployment to pass a drug test simply makes sense for business, several law- makers told a gathering of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce last week. "We're interested in this not because we want to be pu- nitive but because drug ad- diction is causing such huge problems for busi- Craig Blair nesses ," explained Delegate Larry Kump, a Republican who represents the 59th District in Berkeley County. "We want a safe, reliable workforce in West Virginia and that means we have to get people off the dole and off drugs;" Kump told dozens of Panhandle business and community leaders and politicians who gathered for the May 11 luncheon at the Holiday Inn on Foxcroft Av- enue in Martinsburg. Republican Delegate Walter Duke, another lawmaker taking part in the panel, said he's heard from a number of business own- ers who must schedule extra time to interview scores of applicants in hopes of finding enough work- ers able to pass screenings for narcotics and other drugs. By getting workers free from drugs before they're out inter- viewing for jobs, business own- ers will save time and money, Duke and Kump said. "The substance abuse prob- lem is huge in the nation, in our state, in our area," Duke said. "It's an enormous problem and anything that we can do we need to do." The idea of drug-testing for West Virginians seeking jobless benefits originated with Craig Blair, the former House of Del- egates member who repeatedly was referred to by panel members as "Soon-to-be Senator Blair." The Berkeley County Repub- lican, gone from the Legislature since he lost a Senate race to John Unger in late 2010, faced no opposition in last week's pri- mary. He's seeking a Senate seat in the new District 15. During his time in the Legis- lature, Blair's push for random drug testing for anyone seeking See TESTING Page A2 Postal service w00i00:hs plan fo to cut hours 1 )c00:tlon ; BRYAN CLARK The post office in Rippon would see its operating hours trimmed under a proposal by the U.S. Postal Service to avoid shuttering a number of its rural MARLA PISCIOTTA Spirit Staff Four Jefferson County post' offices could have their hours of operation changedas part of an effort by the U.S. Postal Service to avoid closing many of its rural locations. Under the plan, hours of op- eration at the Summit Point post office would be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Halltown hours would be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rippon hours would be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Shenan- doah Junction location would be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours of operation for post offices in Charles Town, Mill- tt locations in West Virginia. Post offices in Halltown, Shenandoah Junction and i i Summit Point.also would have their hours reduced under the new plan. See USPS Page A2 i 'i Commission split on plan to e: :tend development permits ._. veJopers' group seeks three-year extension for unfinished subdivisions BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN - Coun- ty commissioners are split by a request by a developers' group for a three-year exten- sion of their plans for. as-yet unbuilt subdivisions. The proposal was brought to the commission by Michael Wiley, president of Jefferson County Citizens for Econom- ic Preservation, a group start- ed by developers, attorneys, bankers and builders with in- terests in home construction in the county. The group is asking the com- mission to pass a resolution granting a three-year extension to the approval of construction plans for subdivisions that have yet to be constructed, and whose approvals are set to expire on July 1. The resolution would be essentially identical to SB 540, a law passed by the Senate in the last legislative session but which died in the House Judiciary Com- mittee. The state Legislature previous- N Francis Morgan Patsy Noland ly granted a two-and-a-half year extension but many proposed subdivisions remain unbuilt with the demand for housing remain- See SUNSET Page A3 Mark Reinhart: Good government brought a C' 'S store to Charles Town iZPageA4 INDEX Editorial ............................... A4 Obituaries ............................ A?. Spots ........................... B]-4, Life ................................... C1-8 Business ............................. .. D1. Classifieds ............................ D5 Legals ............................... D2-4 Marcia Nicewarner of Kearneysville Thank you for subscribing 2012 The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc. Published weekly in Charles Town, W.Va. Established 1844 9