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PAGE A2 I pirit of JEFFERSON ..d FAmV'S ADVOCATE [ Wednesday, May 21,2014 I NEWS JEFF BRAMMER Cara Young has been the office manager at the Spirit since 1998. With her is Nellie, her faithful office companion. Established 1844 Published Wednesdays by The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc., a local, family-owned company Winner, West Virginia Press Association General Excellence (Third place) Visit us: Send mail: 114 N. Charles St. Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town P.O. Box 966 304-725-2046 Charles Town 25414 Fax: 304-728-6856 Publisher Craig See Editor-Publisher Robert Snyder editor@ 304-725-2046, ext. 22 Sports editor Life editor Jeff Brammer Christine Snyder jeff@ christine@ 304-725-2046, ext. 29 304-725-2046, ext. 35 Graphic designers Sharon Snyder 304-725-2046, ext. 27 Greg Smith 304-725-2046, ext. 26 Office manager Advertising Cam Young Mary Bums 304-725-2046, ext. 21 304-725-2046, ext. 23 "No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will." -- Thomas Jefferson To subscribe: The Spirit of Jeffer- son welcomes your subscription. West Virginia residents pay $33 per year for 52 editions of the newpa- per delivered by mail while house- holds outside the state pay $35. Another option: the Spirit deliv- ered by email on Wednesdays. The e-edition costs $19.95 per year. You can pay for your subscrip- tion in secure fashion online at or send a check and your contact information to Spirit of Jefferson, do Subscrip- tion Dept., EO. Box 966, Charles Town 25414. Didn't get your paper? Call office manager Cam Young, 304-725- 2046, ext. 21. See a mistake? The Spirit of Jefferson wants to promptly and thoroughly correct all errors that appear in these pages or our web- site online. Bring such matters to the attention of Editor Robert Sny- der (editor@ spiritoj or 304-725-2046, ext. 22) as quickly as possible. Advertising: For information on rates or to place a display ad, call Advertising director Mary Bums between 8 a.m. and 4:30 pan. weekdays or email her at mary@ Ads also may be faxed to 304-728-6856. Death notices: The Spirit of Jef- ferson offers two types of death no- rices. One option is our news obitu- ary, a free listing with news about any current or former Panhandle residents. These obituaries are ed- ited to conform to the Spirit's edi- torial style and are subject to space restrictions. A second option is the memorial, in which the information is treated as an ad and may include any information desired. Funeral homes and others handling death notices may call Christine Snyder (christine @ spiritofjefferson .corn or 304-725-2046, ext. 35) about news obituaries or Mary Bums (mary@ or 304-725- 2046, ext. 23) about memorials. 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 (edi- tor@, fax (304-728-6856) or snail mail (Spir- it of Jefferson, c/o Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 966 Charles Town 25414). The Spirit thanks you for read- ing this week. #IT@RS H@TE [ Christine Snyder Deadlines, commitments.., and Saturday's up-close look at ICU and new perspectives CHARLES TOWN - Most weeks at the Spirit are hectic. There's always a lot going on around here. Last week saw us extending our regular Tuesday evening deadline to midnightso that we could report the winners of the school board race and other primary election decisions. Wednesday, we got out the papers and started planning for this week's - including trying to wrap up our first-ever special section heralding Jefferson County's latest high school graduates. Thursday, we hurried to announce online the big news that Dave Mills had been selected as Charles Town's city manager. Friday, Rob spent the day taking back- to-back photo assignments and conducting interviews including getting a portrait of Mills in front of City Hall and meeting with the lovely Fisher family in Middleway to hear about their efforts to bring attention to the little-known health disorder that is now part of their beautiful 5-year-old daughter's life. Saturday should have been restful but Rob had an early-morning appointment in A SECON@ LOOA "We heard Mills and the Fishers say that their lives changed forever in an instant, but now we understand their stories in a new way." Shepherdstown as a guest on Elliot Simon's radio show, then caught up on work. I caught up on some work, too, and then got groceries, took 11-month-old Laura to visit my parents for a bit and then checked on my 13-year-old, who was tackling her biggest babysitting gig yet. Finally as dinner time neared, Rob and I happily had a chance to reconnect and headed to a friend's dinner party. But Rob was feeling off. His back, usually troublesome, felt worse than ever and he had a tightness in chest that he thought signaled a cold coming on. At the get-together, though, we both enjoyed the chance to talk to so many nice people and sit down to a wonderful meal to boot. "I am worn out," he told me around 8 o'clock and we made our way out, determined to finally have a few quiet hours at home, to get the rest that had been all so elusive all week long. But almost as soon as we began the eight-block walk home, it became clear something was not at all right. Rob was having trouble breathing. His back was wracked with pain. He was sweating and seemed at least a little disoriented - or at least in so much pain that it was hard to think straight. Only an hour later, an EKG at the ER at Jefferson Medical Center showed what was wrong - a severe heart attack - and a HealthNet crew was prepping Rob for a helicopter flight to Winchester, Va., See EDITOR Page AIO Courthouse considerations ...... , . -..... Jefferson County Commissioner Patsy Noland digests the latest numbers at the Jefferson County Courthouse May 13. Unopposed i in her party's primary, the Democrat's re-election bid will be on the ballot when voters go to the polls again in November. THIS #M 00EST l/|t00i00jlA FISTOIY Though West Virginia politics certainly seems adrift at times, our state officials exited Charleston aboard the steamer Emma Graham/ modem travails pale when we look back to the state's earliest days. Their destination? Wheeling. How come? Legislators had movedl On May 21,1875, for instance, Gov. John Jacob and several other the state capital (temporarily) to Wheeling. Police report s ' A5 Advocate A6 Perspectives ..................... L ...................... A7 Index Community Calendar ............................. A8 Obituaries ............................................... A9 Sports ...................................................... B1 Racing ........................... . ........................ 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