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4" ~.-~ti...i ':J '!:.~ ('9 ~:; ".t ..- ;::: b:: i:-:, :-,., JEFFERSON AND FARMER'S ADVOCATE SPIRITOFJEFFERS ON.COM I WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013 I 90 (vLus TAx) By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN - Officials with the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevo- lent and Protective Association say they are pleased with a recent decision an- nounced by Revenue Secretary Robert Kiss to throw out a portion of an inter- agency agreement they had opposed at the Supreme Court of Appeals. The Horsemen say they are still re- viewing the agreement, however, and are not yet sure whether they will be sat- isfied with the remaining portion of it. The interagency agreement would have transferred many legal decisions made now by the Racing Commission to the Lottery Commission, and from the Attorney General's office, which See HBPA Page A10 looks at By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN - The Pub- lic Service Commission has ordered FirstEnergy, and its subsidiaries Po- tomac Edison and Mon Power, to submit regular reports on customer complaints, meter reader staffing lev- els so that the commission can dis- cover whether inconsistent billing is- sues have been resolved. The case stems from widely re- ported problems with customers who had received badly estimated bills for several months in a row and sudden- ly received bills several times larger than their average monthly bill. See PSC Page A4 ROBERT SNYDER Since 2009, 12-year-old Harpers Ferry resident Evan Frank has raised $35,000+ for a nonprofit that builds wells for those in need around the world. Explains the Harpers Ferry Middle School student: "No matter what, we all have a choice to help people or turn our head." Harpers Ferry boy has raised $35,000+ for safe drinking water By JESSlCA WIANT At Christmas and his birth- a stop at Canterbury Center of Special to the Spirit days, he asked for donations for Shepherdstown, where he add- Water for Life instead of pres- ed another $300-plus to his life- - ents. He,s also hosted a banquet, t!n~e total. - HARPERS FERRY - Evan and continued to bake batch af- Samantha Viands, recreation Frank's life changed four years ter batch of brownies, coordinator at the Canterbury ago. He doesn't see himself as ex- Center, said the residents were At age 8, the Harpers Ferry traordinary, impressed with Evan's demean- Middle School student saw a "I never really thought about or. video at church promoting the it like that," he responded when "He's not your typical 12- nonprofit Water for Life. The asked about his determination year-old," she said. "They loved organization raises money to at such a. young age. "No mat- him." help communities in Cambodia, ter what, we all have a choice to The center started collecting Rwanda and other nations build help people or tum our head." money for Evan and Water for wells to provide residents with So far, Evan has raised moreLife after resident Doily Forkey safe drinking water, than $35,000 for Water for Life expressed desire to use her 25 Evan was so moved he want- and he continues to work to raise cents in bingo money for a chil- ed to donate his college fund, more by speaking about the or- dren's charity. his father explained. The young- ganization at churches, schools Residents held a doughnut ster persisted in his request and and to other groups, fundraiser and then Evan came finally his parents told him he Evan's goal is to raise enough to speak and accept a check, she could donate to Water for Life money to build 100 wells. His said. Musician Steve Warner by raising money on his own. fundraising has paid for six so came along to provide entertain- He started off selling brown- far. ment. ies for the cause and soon had Recently a visit to the Shep- collected more than $240. herdstown Rotary Club led to See EVAN Page A8 Health officials: Outbreak risk 'low' By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN - The chief public health official in Jefferson County says that a case of tuberculosis was diagnosed six weeks ago in an employee at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town races. However, the case is unlikely to pose a major threat to public health, he said. i "The risk is low," said George Bernadino, the county's health administrator. "We got [the employee] on medication right away." "People can be quick to panic, and it's un- derstandable," he said. "Right now, there is no outbreak. We had one case, but one case isn t an outbreak. Bernadino said the Health Department is working with state officials to monitor the situation and ensure that individuals who may have been exposed to the disease re- ceive testing and, if necessary, treatment. "We are in contact with the state. They will tell us if there is an outbreak. We don't make that call," he said. "We have all the key players working together." According to Bernadino, the Health De- partment has tested a number of employees who worked on the same shift as or attend- ed training sessions with the diagnosed em- ployee. In addition to the one case that was di- agnosed, Bernadino said a handful of indi- viduals who came into contact with the em- ployee have tested positive for exposure to the disease. "There are people that have the bacteria, but they are not symptomatic or contagious," he said. "You could go to any county, and there are a number of people who would test pos- itive for the disease," Bernadino said. "This happens all the time whether it's TB or an- other disease." PNGI spokesperson Karen Bailey said the casino is working with the health de- partment on the issue. "We are cooperating with public health agencies on this matter," Bailey said. Bernadino said there are two forms of See TB Page A8 Opinion Retreating is another kind of self defense A6 Sunday B10 @2013 The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc. Published weekly in Charles Town, W.Va Established 1844 ,1111]!1!!!11!!!!i!1111 Tyree Kable of Keameysville Thank you for subscribing Find us On Jefferson has won three of the last four 'big tree' competitions By JESSlCA WIANT Special to the Spirit MARTINSBURG -- The hunt is on for the Eastem Pan- handle's largest tulip poplar tree, and the prize for finding it is $500. For each of the last five years, the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District has helped conduct a "big tree" con- test, according to administrative officer Sherry Duncan. This year's contest will mark the fifth for Delegate John Overington, R-Berkeley, who came up with it and puts up the money for the reward. "Trees have a special meaning for me, and I am glad this contest is becoming an annual event," Overington said in a news release. See TREE Page A3 Taking caution ROBERT SNYDER Recreational boaters cling to each other as they zip through a section of rapids along the Potomac River below Harpers Ferry Sunday. A Virginia man became the second person to die in the area this month after he was swept downstream while swimming last week, See Page A4. .i L LI Farmers Market eat. freah, local ..... 2lma.