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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 News pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Established 1844 r p of J};FFE~SON "No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will." -- Thomas Jefferson Published Wednesdays by The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc., a local, family-owned company Winner, West Virginia Press Association General Excellence (Second place) Visit us: Send mail: 114 N. Charles St. Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town P.O. Box 966 304-725-2046 Charles Town WV 25414 Fax: 304-728-6856 Publisher Craig See, Editor Robert Snyder 304-725-2046, ext. 22 Sports Bob Madison 304-725-2046, ext. 29 Advertising director Mary Bums mary @ 304-725-2046, ext. 23 Graphic designers Rachel Fields (ext.26) Kird Schell (ext. 28) Sharon Snyder (ext. 27~ Community editor Robert Smith news @ 304-725-2046, ext. 32 News reporter Bryan Clark 304-725-2046, ext. 24 Life Legal notices, subsen'plions CaraYoung 304-725-2046, ext. 21 officemanager@ Online Rachel Fields 304-725-2046, ext. 26 Christine Ford 304-725-2046, ext. 35 To subscribe: The Spirit of space restrictions. A second op- Jefferson welcomes your sub- tion is the memorial, in which scription. West Virginia resi- the information is treated as an dents pay $27 per year for 52 ad and may include any infer= editions of the newpaper deliv- mation desired. Funeral homes ered by mail while households and others handling death no- outside the state pay $29.50. tices may call Christine Miller Another option: the Spirit Ford (christine@spiritofjeffer- delivered by email on Wednes- or 304-725-2046, ext. days. The e-edition costs 35) about news obituaries or $19.95 per year. Mary Burns (mary@spiritofj- You can pay for your sub- or 304-725-20~6, scription in secure fashion online ext. 23) about memorials. at or send a check and your contact infer- Calendar news: The Spirit mation to Spirit of Jefferson, c/o of Jefferson wants to include Subscription Dept., P.O. Box news of upcoming events that 966, Charles Town 25414. are open to the public in our Community Calendar sec- Didn't get your paper? Call tion. The listings are a free ser- office manager Cara Young, vice of the Spirit. Send items 304-725-2046, ext. 21. at least two weeks prior to the event to Robert Smith (news@ See a mistake? The Spirit of or Spirit JeffersOn wants to promptly of Jefferson, c/o Calendar, P~O. and thoroughly correct all er- Box 966 Charles Town 25414). rors that appear in these pages You may reach him at 304- or our website online. Bring 725-2046, ext. 32: Include the such matters to the attention of name of the event; the name of Editor Robert Snyder (editor@ the group sponsoring the event; or 304- the event's time, date and the 725-2046, ext. 22) as quickly street address where it will take as possible, place; and an email address or phone number so that read- Advertising: For informa- ers who want details can reach tion on rates or to place a dis- play ad, call Advertising di- rector Mary Burns between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays or email her at mary@spiritofj- Ads also may be faxed to 304-728-6856. Death notices: The Spirit of Jefferson offers two types of death notices. One option is our news obituary, a free listing with news about any current or former Panhandle residents. These obituaries are edited to conform to the Spirit's edito- rial style and are subject to yOU. Letters to the editor: The Spirit of Jefferson welcomes letters from its readers. Limit each letter to 400 words and once every 30 days. Include your address and phone number (which are needed for verification but will not appear in print). Send a letter to the editor by e-mail (editor@spir-, fax (304- 728-6856) or snail mail (Spirit of Jefferson, c/o Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 966 Charles Town 25414). EDITOR'S NOTE: What t leave in, what to Iout One of the things about new media that gives me fits are the message boards and Despite what Mark Haines did or did not do, he remained readers' forums. I hate 'em and I think when analysts of everything that is wrong with at that moment prior to his arrest an innocent man in the journalism today point to one of the areas eyes of the law. It remained for a court of law, not a booted where we are failing as information provid- ers it's to do in part with the ease with which kick to the head, to make a determination otherwise. information moves outside the capacity of professional journalists to do their jobs As the conversation mounted, there was two lines -- one opinion was that to leave of which readers' forums are a part. some discussion among the editors here objectionable comments up was to send the Recently I read a story that appeared in an about whether to take down the comments message to our readers that we don't men- area newspaper about a fatal accident involv- that sought to blame the Spirit. itor our page. The other point of view: to ing a father and son. While the story named Clearly the Spirit rejects the opinion that take down objectionable comments runs the both as involved in the crash, it would not, by reporting the government and Mark Dan- risk that the Spirit censors negative com- could not establish their kinship. Meanwhile, iel Haines' legal cases against Shirley that ments. Facebook had lit up about the accident and we were somehow siding with Haines and It's my belief that a forum to speak is a about both individuals, hence leaving the attacking Shirley. That's just nonsense. For forum to speak and sometimes things are formal, professional writeup in the dust. If anyone who thinks, however, that Shirley going to be said that rub us at the Spirit the the function of newspapers is to provide in- was in the right in stomping on Haines' head, wrong way. It's my belief that that's not formation to our readers, we will have to I'd ask that you perform a little exercise, cause for taking down such comments or contend mightily with social media, which Take a video still of the moment Shirley's blocking or banning a reader - even when takes the thoughtful, often difficult work of boot touches Haines' head. Print it. Paste it the poster is using the Spirit's Facebook professional journalism and instantly makes on a newspaper's editorial page where the page to describe a "boycott" of the newspa- "journalists" of dam near anybody, editorial cartoon usually goes. Take a felt tip per. Newspapers' message boards are also a marker and label Shirley "Shirley" and label AS far as I'm concerned, all are welcome product of social media, despite predating Haines "Bill of Rights." to take part in our forum for as long as they Facebook. And newspapers likewise must Now step back and view your first pub- want. contend with what it determines is allow- lished work as an editorial cartoonist. Despite For the record, the Spirit of Jefferson able to say on them. what Haines did or did not do, he remained does monitor our website and our Face- A story that ran on Monday on the Spir- at that moment prior to his arrest an innocent book page. It matters to us that comments it's website and that was teased on our Fa- man in the eyes of the law. It remained for a left there be those that advance the conver- cebook page about the sentencing of for- court of law, not a booted kick to the head, to sation, for good or ill. mer Jefferson County Sheriff Robert "Bob- make a determination otherwise. After all, if we only allowed good news by" Shirley provoked a strong reaction from But on the matter of what comments ought on our printed pages, I suspect our readers readers, with some criticizing the Spirit for to be allowed to remain on the Spirit's Face- would seek their information elsewhere. aiding in bringing about Shirley's downfall, book page, our editors' opinions split along - Robert Snyder A $ CON OOK ... a previously unpublished photo from the Spirit INDEX Around the State ............... A5 Editorial ............................. A6 Opinion ............................. A7 Obituaries .......................... A9 Property Transactions ......... B8 Farm ................................ A10 Life .................................... B1 Out & About ....................... B2 Community Calendar ......... B4 Racing ................................. B9 Sports ............. BIO Up the middle ANDREW WILT Washington High School Patriots second baseman Hunter Weaver backs up shortstop Dorian Hetzel on a ground ball in a game May 2 against Hedgesville High School's Eagles. The Eagles won, 7-6, May 15 in history Minnie Buckingham Harper is born May 15, 1886. In 1928, the McDowell Coun- ty homemaker becomes the first African- American woman to serve in a state legis- lative body in the United States. Gov. How- ard Gore appointed her to fill the unexpired House term of her husband, Republican E. Howard Harper. She dies in her native Win- field in 1978. Four years after Alexander Graham Bell first demonstrated the telephone, on May 15, 1880, West Virginia's first exchange is placed in service in Wheeling. The 25 sub- scribers could make only local calls until 1883 when long-distance service begins be- tween Wheeling and Pittsburgh. Invented by Iowa-born DuPont chemist Wallace Carothers, nylons go on sale for the first time in the United States on May 15, 1940. After a long run as a fashion must- have, stockings finally begin to fall from fa- vor in the 1990s. "4 Correction i! A caption that accompanied a story i off~ the opening of Jefferson Estate Jeweler in Charles Town in the April 17 Spirit o[ Jefferson contained an errorl The caption should have identified those at the ribbon cutting as (from left) Miss Jefferson Coun: ty Teen Katie Rose, Jefferson Estate Jew~ elers owners Ronald "Matches" Woodfor~, Katherine Allen, Curt Smith, Donna Hffr~ dy and Don Anderson, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce President Patrici~ Hubbard, Chamber leader David White and Chamber Executive Director Heather Mor. gan Mclntyre. 201 S. Preston Street, Ranson 304.725.6533 We now offer PRESCRIPTIONS FREE to your front door! Sign up for the Leader Prescription Savings Club for the low price of $1, we'll provide a list of 200 prescription drugs offered for $6 for a 30 day supply. Plus, we offer drive-thru window pickup service and FREE home delivery! 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