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70 304-876-0822 Tom & Michele Maiden's INSURANCE OUTFITTERS Erie Insurance" Vaulting to a state title A16 Let's hear it for our grads! !1t Serving the people of Jefferson Count. since 1844 EFFE AND FARMER'S ADVO N CATE The week from MAY 16, 2018 to May 22, 2018 I 95 (PLUS TAX) JEFFERSON CO. COMMISSION <; By CHRISTINE SNYDER editor@spiritot] CHARLES TOWN - It ap- pears there's a single candi- date under consideration for an appointment as the citizens rep on the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agen- cy board - Ramona Wesling, the leader of the West Vir- Ramona Wesling ginia Liberty Political Action Committee who calls the county's ambulance fee an "ambulance tax" and has urged county leaders to do away with it. The appointment - which will be considered when the Jefferson County Commission meets Thursday - would be for an unexpired term that ends June 30, 2019. Wesling is known for ferocious Facebook posts, including one in December that compared Charles (See WESLING Page A4) PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICT Forshee doubles' down on minutiae By CHRISTINE SNYDER KEARNEYSVILLE -- When the Jefferson County Public Ser- vice District last met on May 7, board chairman Roger For- shee came in for criticism from Jefferson County Commission .Roger Forshes President Josh Compton, his col- league on the three-member PSD board 'Tara Ashley, PSD General Manager April Shultz and others. "I don't know why you're getting into the weeds ," Compton told Forshee after the board chairman questioned the PSD's purchase of bleach at Home Depot, a late fee to Frontier Communications for (See PSD Page A2) Students at Charles,Town's Martin Robison Delany Opportunity Learning Center work . increases er canvassing By JUSTIN GRIFFIN Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN -- It turns out Jefferson County Commissioff- er Jane Tabb's May 8 victory over her Republican primary opponent wasn't quite as close as reported last week. Jane Tabb Nikki Painter After coun- ty election of- ficials added in provisional and absentee bal lots, Tabb's lead over Jack Hef- estay rose from 39 votes to 40. In the contest for the Middle- way district on the five-mem- ber commis- sion; Tabb- a lifelong Repub- lican seeking a third six-year term - finished with 1,961 votes to Hefes- tay's 1,921. Nikki Painter; Jefferson Coun- ty's chief deputy clerk in charge of voter registration and election ; said Tuesday that no recounts had been requested. ' The canvassing process involv local election officials recounting a precinct by hand. Should thos numbers check out within the cepted error percentage of less than 1 percent, the results are certified. Provisional and. absentee votes are counted and added to the totals dur- ing this step. Canvassing for Jefferson County was completed on Monday, Paint- er said. The end of canvassing is an important date because from that time; candidates have just 48 hours (See CANVASS Page A9) State lawyer group to meet Friday in Shepherdstown By CHRISTINE SNYDER Friday at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherd- stown. The Huntington-based SHEPHERDSTOWN-Meshea Mountain State Bar Association Poore, the president of the Moun- dates to 1947, and organizers say tain State Bar Association and a no one can remember the group former state lawmaker in Charles- holding itsannual get-together in ton, will be here this weekend for this part of the state. the group's annual meeting. The two-day meeting begins (See LAWYERS Page A5) RIGlfr: Meshea Poore, Mountain State Bar Association president, will be in Shepherdatown starting Friday for the group's annual meeting. Governor: Supreme Court's betting on By JIM WORKMAN Related Special to the Spirit story A16 CHARLESTON -- All states are now free to operate in sports betting; thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday. West Virginia is poised to take advan- tage of the new opportunity as state law- makers voted to legalize it during the ses- sion that ended in March. Gov. Jim Justice (See BE'R'ING Page A4) ~,!ii !7; i:!i Honored for General Excellence by the West Virginia Press Association in 2012, 20!3, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 CttMRtlSm 912 Somerset Boulevard, Suite 102; U 5047 Gerrardstown Road. Sunday Noon - 8pm