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News A2 Wednesday, July 24, 2013 bpirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Established 1844 p of JEF[ZERSOy "No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will." -- Thomas Jefferson t* t4 tl W~ I is 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 editor@ 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) Sharon Snyder (ext. 27) Lacy Lafferty (ext. 28) Community editor Robert Smith 304-725-2046, ext. 32 News reporter Bryan Clark bryan @ 304-725-2046, ext. 24 Legal notices, subscriptions Cam Young 304-725-2046, ext. 21 Offlcemanager@ sph' Online Rachel Fields 304-725-2046, ext. 26 Life 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 $33 per year for 52 ad and may include any infor- editions of the newpaper deliv- mation desired. Funeral homes ered by mail while households and others handling death no- outside the state pay $35. 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 304-725-2046, scription in secure fashion online ext. 23) about memorials. at or send a check and your contact infor- Calendar news: The Spirit of mation to Spirit of Jefferson, c/o Jefferson wants to include news Subscription Dept., P.O. Box of upcoming events that are 966, Charles Town 25414. open to the public in our Com- munity Calendar section. The Didn't get your paper? Call listings are a free service of office manager Cara Young, the Spirit. Send items at least 304-725-2046, ext. 21. two weeks prior to the event to Robert Smith (news@spiritofj- See a mistake? The Spirit of Jef- or Spirit of Jef- ferson wants to promptly and ferson, c/o Calendar, P.O. Box thoroughly correct all errors 966 Charles Town 25414). You that appear in these pages or our may reach him at 304-725- website online. Bring such mat- 2046, ext. 32. Include the name ters to the attention of Editor of the event; the name of the Robert Snyder (editor@spiritofj- group sponsoring the event; the or 304-725-2046, event's time, date and the street ext. 22) as quickly as possible, address where it will take place; and an email address or phone Advertising: For informa- number so that readers who tion on rates or to place a dis- want details can reach you. 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 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). ED|TOW$10Tf: When the news is like " into 'the abyss'. Some weeks back I received a series "attachment parenting," and the news of increasingly irate phone calls from weekly illustrating the point with a way a reader who didn't like a column the too good-looking mother staring down Spirit ran on our opinion page. The call- the reader with a hand on her hip, her er also disliked the Spirit's publishing 3-year-old son clamped to a breast. what he called "controversial" stories, How the media presents its informa- disliked the Spirit's publishing feature tion is always a moving target and pro- pieces, disliked the Spirit'suse of pho- voking, challenging the reader, even, is tographs. After a while it started to feel a dicey affair -- risks a'plenty in this a little like "Groundhog Day." age when many news consumers prefer I recalled my caller's complaints this the echo chambers of the Left or Right. week after reading about the fallout Some will say they only want the news from the decision by Rolling Stone mag- to educate and inform them then happily azine to run a cover that depicted Boston ingest anything Ed Schultz or Scan Han- bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev done up like nity have to say, as if Hannity or Schultz some smoldering rock hero. Because are not peddling a point of view. the cover appears to glorify Tsarnaev, But cold feet and a free and viable a number of newsstands have said they press don't mix. won't carry the issue. Critics say Roll- The media is not doing its job if it is ing Stone should concentrate on report- not forcing us to evaluate and re-evalu- ing on what it's good at -- music, ate our sacredest of cows. What repels Readers will remember a similar erup- us also has the power to compel us, to tion more than a year ago as a result give clear expression to half-formed no- of Time magazine's cover story about tions, or sometimes even to bounce us into a great paradigm shift. You never know. In an opinion piece on about the cover and the subsequent re- lease of photographs by Boston Police Sgt. Scan Murphy, Dr. Keith Ablow comes to completely the wrong conclu- sion about the Rolling Stone cover, de- spite brilliantly citing Friedrich Nietz- sche, who wrote: "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he him: self does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you." Readers of the news are sometimes forced to gaze into the abyss, to confront things we don't understand and to try to make sense of them. And the media, if it's doing its job, is here to throw some light into the pit, to find silhouetted with- in some outline of understanding. Otherwise you're just here for a daily update about Uncle Walt and Skeezix. -- Robert Snyder A SECON LOOK ROBERTSNYDER Remembering Marcus Charles Town resident Glenn Ramsburg (left) presents Judy Marcus with a bouquet of flowers during a park bench dedication ceremony in memory of her husband and Iongtime Jefferson Memorial Park board member Terry Marcus at the park in Charles Town last week. Marcus died in December 2010. INDEX Around the State ....... A5 Editorial ..................... A6 Opinion ..................... A7 Obituaries .................. A9 Business .................. A10 CORRECTION An article that ran in the July 17 Spirit of Jefferson contained an error. The Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board has formally closed on 38 agricul- tural properties in the farmland protection program. Farm ......................... All Sports ......................... B1 Racing ........................ B4 Classifieds .................. B5 Legals ................... B5-B8 Life ............................. B10 COM|NG UP Officials from the Department of Transportation's State Rail Authority will be in Charles Town this weekend for one in a series of statewide public information meetings on the future of rail travel. Saturday's meeting hap- pens from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St. A formal presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Other public hearings will be held'in Beckley, Weirton, Morgantown and Moorefield. Residents also can weigh in by mailing comments be- fore Aug. 23 to Cindy But- ler, West Virginia State Rail Authority, 120 Water Plan Drive, Moorefield 26836. An evening of cocktails, dining, live music and danc- ing Sept 14 will benefit the Friends of Happy Retreat. Only 125 tickets will be sold for the Harvest Ball, a fund- raiser for the continuing ef- fort to buy Happy Retreat, the home built in 1780 for Charles Washington, Charles Town's founder and the youngest brother of the nation's fLrst president. The event, happening from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., will include a buffet dinner and Big Band music from the Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra. Tickets cost $100 per person or $1,000 for a table for eight. For details, go online to To reserve a seat, call 304-724-7956 be- fore Sept. 6. July 24 in history Confederate Lt. Gen. Jub- al Early on July 24, 1864, emerges victorious from the Second Battle of Kernstown just outside Winchester, Va. After Early drives the Union troops from the Shenandoah Valley back across the Potomac into Maryland, he launches an at- tack on the B&O, the South's last major raid into Union territory. He also orders his cavalry to set ablaze the city of Chambersburg, Pa. - pay- back for a Union leader's de- cision earlier in the month to burn several wealthy South- ern sympathizers' homes in Jefferson County. Beckley-bom actor Chris Sarandon turns 71 today. Af- ter he earned a degree from West Virginia University, he won acclaim in "Dog Day Af- ternoon" and "The Princess Bride." Others with birthdays to- day: South American liberator Simon Bolivar (below), avia- tion pioneer Amelia Ear- hart, sing- er Jennifer Lopez, au~ thor Zelda Fitzgerald, basketball's Karl Ma- lone, base- bali's Barry Bonds, and ac- tors Ruth Buzzi ("Laugh-In"), Robert Hays ("Airplane!"), Michael Richards ("Sein- feld"), Lynda Carter ("Won- der Woman"), Kristin Che- noweth ("The West Wing"), Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") and Anna Paquin ("The Pia- no," "True Blood"). now offer PRESCRIPTIONS FREE to your frontdoor! 201 S. Preston Street, Ranson 304.725.6533 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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