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iii: 1'4o. 35 Thursday, September 1, 2005 "No government ought to be without censors: and where the press is free, no one ever will." - Thomas Jefferson 24 pages - 50 cents per copy Year's edi- the Jefferson Fair is his- the won- es of mlar event for quite Spirit staff take a look i Year's fair in visual on Page paper. you enjoy Q 17, Bank of (BCT) will cel- in business. to join in Day Celebration at five branch loca- be popcorn, ice gifts for the chil- chance to win a adults. their corn- the communi- effective 17, the Martins- will offer Satur- from 9 am. to the Charles lobby. 84 Lumber Founder Visits Here 84 Lumber Company Founder and CEO Joe Hardy paid a brief visit to the newly opened store in Ranson Tuesday morning. Hardy was greeted by employees of the store as well as corporate officials who were in Jefferson County for the grand opening. Hardy founded the company in 1956 in a small town in Eighty Four, Pa after purchasing land and opening a "cash and carry" lumber yard. The business has continued to grow since its inception and currently boasts more than 500 stores in 38 states. According to Doug Fritsch, Director of 84 Homes and Package Sales, the store in Ranson is an ex- pansion store. The company owns and operates a store in Charles Town and one in Martinsburg, however, Fritsch says neither of those stores is in jeopardy of closing. "We outgrew the Charles Town location," he said, but business is good at that location and it will remain open. 84 Lumber offers, in addition to lumber, windows, doors, trim, wall panels and more. Aline of employees awaited Hardy's arrival in Ranson Tuesday and cheered as he made his way down tlae line shaking each hand offered. "I don't think I've seen a better 84 Lumber in the country," Hardy remarked in reference to his new store. He took a brief tour of the facility before leaving to at- tend grand opening ceremonies at two other locations Tuesday, one in Poconos, Pa. and one in Win- st on-Salem, N.C. Maggie Hardy Magerko, daughter of Joe Hardy, has served as the company's president since 1992. She began training for the position early in life and offers an energetic approach to running the, com- pany. Hardy joked that he tried two sons in the position, 'q~ut I had to throw them out." Maggie, he said, provides a symbol that there is a future at 84 Lumber. Hardy feels that that future is what makes the company successful. "Promotion from within keeps people happy," he said. The secret of our company is our people." A grand opening celebration was held Tuesday evening at the new location in Ranson. lUeKY Grand Opening Your Lucky Find, located in Ranson, has come under new ownership. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this week to celebrate. Shown in the pho- to at left, from the left, are Teal Pindell, Miss Jefferson County Fair, owners Jimmy and Rose- mary Emmer, Selena Jackson, Jr. Miss Jefferson County Fair, Howard Shade, Ranson Coun- cil member and Chuck Eliison, President of Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. e In a workshop format last lunches to each polling place Thursday, County Commis- the day of the election, a pro- sioners attempted to get an- cess which took from 10 a.m. swers regarding problems to after 6 p.m despite the hir- during the Special Election ing of an alleged catering corn- held June 25. Two local citi- pany to deliver the meals. zens, Reva Mickey and Mike Maghan informed com- Cassell, had brought concerns missioners that she was not to the attention of the corn- aware that extra staff would missioners prior to the work- be needed to accept the ballot shop, questioning election pro- boxes at the court house be- cedures which were allegedly cause this was her first elec- not followed, tion. "It would have been nice County Clerk Jennifer if folks who had worked in the Maghan presented a chart to past had volunteered informa- commissioners outlining the tion," Maghan said to commis- concerns raised by Cassell sioners. Since Maghan took of- and Mickey which either re- rice in January, a large num- futed the citizen claims or ex- ber of the clerk's staff has left plained problems in the elec- the office. Maghan said that tion process. The chart also former deputy clerk Debbie outlined what Maghan sees as Pittinger requested that she solutions to what problems did not be asked to help with elec- arise during the election, tions. "I respected her deci- Maghan stressed that de- sion," Maghan said in answer spite Mickey's report that at to a question from Commis- least one polling place did not sioner Jane Tabb about seek- open until after 10 a.m that ing help from those who knew the particular polling place the election procedures. in fact opened at 8 a.m only Maghan again told commis- slightly late because of the sioners that it was a desperate need to substitute poll work- fight to get poll workers for ers. Maghan told commission- the election. She said that the ers that statewide, "every- Democratic party in the coun- thing for this election was run- ty was most difficult to get poll ning late." workers. She continued to say that Maghan stressed that her concerns about notification of office is "developing a plan m- polling location changes be- cluding back up protocol for ing inadequate were partly pre-election through securing correct. While Maghan adver- ballot boxes" for future elec- tised in local newspapers that tions. some precincts changed, not Commissioner Greg Corl- all were advertised. Accord- iss requested that Maghan ing to the Secretary of State's prepare before things become office, each voter should have problems. He also requested been notified with a letter that that she keep the county com- pelling places were changing; missioners informed on proce- however, Maghan said she dures as they are put in place only had about three weeks to assure a fair and adequate- before the election after poll- ly run election. ~ing places were confirmed and Cassell, Mickey and several that did not provide her with poll workers who had concerns adequate time to notify by were present at the workshop; mail. She told commissioners however, Commission Presi- a better effort a~ that would be dent Rusty Morgan failed to made in the future, if neces- allow them to speak. Proce- sary. dures of workshop sessions are Cassell's main concerns not clear as past workshops on brought before the commis- other topics have often been sioners centered on the sup- addressed by all parties con- posed unattended ballot box- cerned. Mickey and Cassell es. Cassell said that ballot box- indicated they would place es were brought to the court themselves on this Thursday's house; however, the county agenda to re-address concerns clerk was not there to receive not adequately answered by them. Maghan was delivering the clerk. ToS onU.S. Constitution C. Byrd will first annual Tom on Shep- September h~ the Storer Ball- Student Center. the general pub- is sponsored University and the Robert for Legisla- It will be Shep- main event Day/Citizen- national- 17 each year. 17, 1787, ttion was meet- the Fed- Moses Memorial S. Constitu- the late Tom civil liber- of the Bill founded the branch of Civil Liberties Served on the board of directors of the ACLU-WV. portance of the Constitution of He was a medical paratrooper the United States in the daily with the 82nd Airborne dur- lives of its citizens and its lin- ing World War II and received portance to the nation and the the Bronze Star. The Moses world. Memorial Lecture was estab- Through the leadership of lished by his three daughters, Senator Byrd, the Consolidat- Lynn Yellott, Merle Crawford, ed Appropriations Act of 2005 and Jeri Moses-Eichler. contained language that edu- The Moses Lecture se- cational institutions receiving ries will bring distinguished federal funds shall hold an ed- speakers to Shepherd Univer- ucational program for its stu- sity each September to discuss dents on the United States major constitutional and civil Constitution on September 17 liberties issues as part of an each year or during the week ongoing dialogue on the signif- before or after if September 17 icance and fundamental ira- falls on a Saturday. Conducting Sobriety Checkpoint The Charles Town City Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in the 500 block of East Washington street. The checkpoint will begin at 10 p.m. on September 2, and con- clude at 2 a.m. on September 3. q~he checkpoint is being funded by the WV Governor's Highway Safety Program and is part of Oper- ation Checkpoint Strike Force, "You Drive, You Drink, You Lose" campaign. Alternate routes include WV Route 115 South George Street and East 5th Avenue. The checkpoint is an ongoing effort by the Charles Town City Police Department to deter and arrest those who choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. McDonald's Restaurant to Rebuild On Monday, August 29, McDonald's Restaurant at 605 E. Washington Street closed for renovations. The restaurant will be demolished and rebuilt, with a target opening date in mid-November. The store is scheduled to be rebuilt and back in operation within 90 days. The current restaurant was built in 1976 and has been owned for 20 years by owner/operator Nick Nerangis, of Winchester, Va. '~Ve would like to thank our loyal customers for their patronage over the last 29 years," Nerangis said. "We apologize for the inconvenieMce that our temporary closing will cause our customers, but we are also very excited to bring an improved, state-of-the-art restaurant to Charles Town. Increased seating, increased parking and better access will make the McDonald's ex- perience much more pleasant for our customers in Charles Town. We are confidant that our customers ' will find the results to be worth the wait." The new restaurant will have an attractive brick and stucco exterior and a green metal standing seam roof. The interior will feature comfortable, contemporary decor that includes a lobby fireplace.