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i t STATE/NEWS I Wednesday, Moy 21,2014 [ pirit of J,[CERSON andFARMER'SADVOCATE [ PA6F A5 Tour FROM PAGE A1 said. Smith said she is grateful to Amer- ican Public University System for pro,iding a sponsorship that covers those costs and others. The Harpers Ferry Historical Association, the Jef- ferson County Convention and Visi- tors Bureau, the Jefferson County Museum, the Jefferson County Com- mission and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department are other for- mal partners in the effort. To get out the word about the new program, Soaith said 10,000 rack cards outlining what's now available and will be distributed at rest stops along Interstate 81, at Gettysburg, Pa., and other places where Civ- il War enthusiasts are likely to see them. Already, the effort has been written up in multiple Washington publications. Visitors to downtown are encour- aged to place the rack card on the dashboard of their cars to park on the street at no cost. Nine rangers will rotate giving the tour and each will offer differ- ent information about the history here, Smith said. "Everyone focuses on what's most interesting to them," she said. "It's going to be something different every time." Frye, who serves along with the mayor on the Convention and Vis- itors Bureau, is a nationally known author and historian who specializes in the Civil War. He's appeared on history programs created for PBS, The History Channel, The Discov- ery Channel and A&E. He's also worked on award-winning televi- sion segments on the Battle of Anti- etam and abolitionist John Brown. The c0-founder of both the Save Historic Antietam Foundation and the Civil War Preservation Trust, his services as a tour guide are in de- mand. He's led tours for organiza- tions such as the Smithsonian, Na.- tional Geographic and numerous colleges and universities. Want to know more? Call 304-535- 2627 or go online to DiscoverltAll- The email address is visi- WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Repairs begun Repairs to the sinkhole at Fifth Avenue in Ranson began Monday, according to West Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carrie Bly. She said that workers with Division of Highways District 5 will remove the box culverts, repair the sinkhole, fill the void, reset the box culverts and open the road back to traffic by the end of this week - if the weather and other forces cooperate. Bly said the sinkhole is about 12 feet deep. Ethics * FROM PAGE A1 Other commissioners unanimously agreed to have the county's legal de- partment look over the code. The legal staff determined that ap- pointees should be informed that fail- ure to follow the ethics rules could re- sult in removal from a board or com- mission, or even in fines and jail time. Staff members also suggested that appointees be made aware that they must also adhere to a state code of eth- ics. "I am very pleased to see these el- ements are required," Widmyer said. "What my agreement is, is a summary of the state code, except that it is makirlg it clear that this county commission ex- pects applicants to realize the rules and laws regarding conflicts of interest." The proposed ethics code stipulates that a board or commission member must also refuse gifts or favors from people involved in a issue or matter under consideration; must exercise fair, honest and independent judgment; cannot use confidential information acquired in the course of their duties to further personal interest; and cannot discriminate against or harass others based on characteristics which are pro- tected under the civil rights laws and regulations. Widmyer said her proposed conduct guide is based on a similar code of eth- ics adopted by the American Planning Association, a nonprofit organization representing city and regional planners from throughout the United States. Widmyer's proposal received mixed support from her colleagues when it was first introduced, but at the May 15 meeting only Commission President Walt Pellish voiced strong opposition to the idea. "Let me add some more mud to the water on this thing," Pellish said. "Come on folks, let's get real about this thing. Either you have ethics and you operate by principle or you don't. Signing a piece of paper that says 'I'm going to be ethical' doesn't mean a damn thing." Pellish said he would not object to signing a piece of paper outlining con- flict of interest stipulations. "But when you talk about getting somebody to sign this politically cor- rect nonsense that says Tm going to be ethical,' it's meaningless," he said. "...Folks, I believe in the dignity and goodness .of man, and the volunteers that serve on these commissions, I don't believe they have error in mind. This thing smacks of guilty until prov- en innocent. It's unnecessary and it's unneeded." Commissioner Dale Manuel dis- agreed, saying the proposal makes a lot of sense. "It's an idea whose time has come," he said. The board also discussed the idea of providing training to appointees, and possibly requiring that they take a class on ethical conduct. "A lot of people who apply for boards don't know what the ethics re- quirements really are, and they honest- ly participate in discussions that they are really banned from under the eth: ics thing," Widmyer said. "So [ethics code] protects them so they can read this and they know what is expected .... This is important and we want to make sure the taxpayers of Jefferson County are there for the public interest not pri- vate gain." PliilCi Watch CHARLES TOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT May 4 1:10 a.m. East Washington Street, traffic stop, arrest made (aggra- vated DUI) 3:05 a.m. West Washington Street, disturbance, advised of options 3:45 a.m. Fuzzy Tail Drive, Ran- son, assist Ranson PD (distur- bance), assistance rendered 5:50 a.m. Crescent Drive, parking violation, citation issued 7:30 a.m. South Samuel Street, trespassing, contact made/advised subject to vacate area 11:40 a.m. Somerset Boulevard, commercial alarm, accidental Noon East Liberty Street, destruc- tion of property, report taken 6:33 p.m. Turf Lane, Ranson, assist Ranson PD (disturbance), cancelled prior to arrival 8:45 p.m. West Washington Street, domestic battery, report taken 11:20 p.m. Park Street, distur- bance, advised of options 11:40 p.m. Marlow Road, commer- cial alarm, businesssecure 11:48 p.m. East Washington Street, traffic stop, arrest made (2rid offense DUI) May 5 8:00 a.m. Spanos Drive, residen- tial alarm, residence secure 12:00 p.m.U.S. 340, assist fire department, assistance rendered 1:30 p.m. Perry Drive, open door, residence cleared/no signs of forced entry 2:20 p.m. West Liberty Street, war- rant service, arrest made (failure to appear) 3:45 p.m. Alia Willa Drive, welfare check, complaint unfounded 5:40 p.m. Washington Patriot Drive, petit larceny, report taken May 6 1:30 a.m. Eagle Avenue, distur- bance, advised of options 8:05 a.m. Somerset Boulevard, commercial alarm, accidental 10:40 a.m. East Washington Potomac Valley Asphalt and Seal Coming 240.603.6947 ( EAGANS gownt0wnCharlesT0wn JEWELERS, INC. 304-725-7411 ROAST BEEF -- DINNER -- Dinner includes: roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert  drink. EAT-IN OR TO-GO Stay [or "You Pick It" BONANZA 5:30-7:00 PM. Tickets are 2 for $5, 5 for $10 and 12 for $20. New grand prize fast cash board with a progressive MIDDL|WAY jackpotpotentialof $860! VOLUNTEER FIRE C0. i Fk i 304-725-0006 Leetown Rd, 1/2 mile south of Middleway across from Hint0n Rd. Harpers Ferry Friendship Co #1 2 2 2 3 2 9 [] 1 1 2 M= 2 2 1 3 ml 1 4 1 s 1 | 2 1 4 1 2 4 14 1 19 . 2 4 3 2 2 1 10 . !: 3k31/tl rH11l 1 i::|lllii'ililRfl EII ' ' ' iil 2 1 1 1 1 1 .iiiiiiiiii! 3 9 7 5 5 1 3 0 9 28 21 41 10 4 3 66 Street, found property, item seized & properly disposed of 2:21 p.m. East Washington Street, traffic stop, arrest made (driving revoked for DUO 3:06 p.m. West Washington Street, parking complaint, cancelled prior to arrival as vehicle had moved 4:37 p.m. South Samuel Street, welfare check, contact made/no. issues 6:25 p.m. US Route 340, assist Ranson PD (vehicle crash/distur- bance), assistance rendered 7:22 p.m. US Route 340, traffic stop, arrest made (driving sus- pended) 7:27 p.m. South George Street, domestic, arrest made ('domestic assault) May ? 5:12 a.m. Augustine Avenue, traffic hazard, removed deceased deer from roadway 5:54 a.m. North Mildred Street, Ranson, assist Ranson PD (distur- bance), assistance rendered 12:15 p.m. Charles Town Road, fu- neral detail, traffic control provided 5 p.m. East Washington Street, service of municipal summons, summons served 7:15 p.m. County Green, destruc- tion of property, report taken 9:23 p.m. Flowing Springs Way, suspicious person, area checked/ unable to locate 9:23 p.m. Perry Drive,open door, cleared residence/no signs of forced entry May 8 12:12 a.m. South Samuel Street, suspicious vehicle, subject sleep- ing in vehicle/advised to vacate area 12:45 a.m. Crescent Drive, parking violation, citation issued 2:34 a.m. North Mildred Street, Ranson, assist Sheriff's office (dis- turbance), assistance rendered 3:16 a.m. East Washington Street, disturbance, citation issued (public intoxication) 4:50 a.m. West Washington Street, disturbance, advised of options 10:07 a.m. East Liberty Street, vehicle crash, report taken 10:35 a.m. East Liberty Street, disturbance, advised of options 2:10 p.m. East Washington Street, motorist assist, assistance ren- dered 3:10 p.m. West Washington Street, suspicious person, contact made/ subject voluntarily vacated area 5:37 p.m. East Washington Street, disturbance, advised of options 6:13 p.m. West Washington Street, vehicle crash, report taken 6:35 p.m. East Washington Street, vehicle crash, VVV State Police handled due to short staffing 7:20 p.m.U.S. 340, suspicious person, area checked/unable to locate 8:01 p.m. East Washington Street, petit larceny, advised of options May 9 3:02 a.m. West Washington Street, commercial alarm, business secure 6:50 a.m. West Liberty Street, ani- mal complaint, animal deceased upon arrival 3:50 p.m. North West Street, ve- hicle crash, report taken 6:53 p.m. North George Street, welfare check, contact made, no issues 8:19 p.m. South Mildred Street, disturbance, advised of options 8:45 p.m. West Washington Street, overdose, arrest made (posses- sion of heroin) 10:25 p.m. West Washington Street, sobriety checkpoint, citation issued (possession of marijuana) 10:26 p.m. West Washington Street, sobriety checkpoint, arrest made (DUI) 10:35 p.m. Davis Street, residen- tial alarm, accidental 11:30 p.m. East Liberty Street & North Mildred Street, vehicle crash, report taken 11:40 p.m. West Washington Street, sobriety checkpoint, arrest made (DUI) May 10 1:44 a,m. West Washington Street, sobriety checkpoint, arrest made (3rd offense driving suspended) 9:30 a.m. Flowing Springs Way, suspicious vehicle, vehicle located /advised of options 9:55 a.m.U.S. 340, motorist as- sist, assistance rendered 12:23 p.m. South Samuel Street, disturbance, advised of options 1:42 p.m. East Washington Street, vehicle crash, minor damage/info?- mation exchanged 2:15 p.m. North Mildred Street, Ranson, assist Ranson PD (distur- bance), assistance rendered 3 p.m. US Route 340, welfare check, area checked/unable to locate 6:22 p.m. Washington Patriot Drive, reckless drivers, vehicles stopped/citations issued 9:30 p.m. Bloomery Road, assist Sheriff's Office (search warrant), assistance rendered i:::::::::::::::::: iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Re-Elect David "Dave" Cheshire City of Ranson Council Member At-Large June 3, 2014 Nationwide has been "serving West Virginia for over 75 years! 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