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i" Jefferson shakes down Hampshire B1 Jefferson County Fair livestock auction winners INSIDE SPIRITOFJEFFERSON.COM I WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 I 90 (PLUS TAX) e By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.eom CHARLES TOWN - mer County Adminis- trator Leslie Smith was fired by the Jefferson County Commission in a controversial 3-2 vote, the commission is now considering awarding her a con- tract of up to $10,000 to review the county's stretched budget. Smith was fired in 2009 Four years after for- Leslie Smith after almost 20 years as the county's i ^ See SMITH Page A4 < . Jefferson student at WVU mourned By ROBERT SMITH news@ MORGANTOWN - Police continue to search for the driver in a hit-and-run accident earlySunday that killed 22-year-old West Virginia University student Joseph Dzuris of Harpers Ferry. The news of Dzuris' death left many in the Panhandle mourning the Jefferson High School grad. John Lowery, who was the young man's 'baseball coach at Jefferson, described him as great teammate who had a positive outlook on life. See MOURN Page A10 Patriots' kicker Kaleigh Pierce scores points in a man's world ANDREW WILT "After the ball goes through the uprights, I feel just a rush of adrenaline and just pure excitement," says Washington High's Pierce. "It's so fun." CHARLES TOWN emember the saying "Anything men can do, women can do better"? Washington High sports fans are seeing there's some truth to the old adage, at least when it comes to kicking a football through Kaleigh Pierce has made school history as the Patriot's first female football player. And the 17-year-old senior isn't spending the season on the sidelines either. The Patriots, 2-1 so far this season, have seen Kaleigh -'a longtime soccer standout - come.through with extrapoints in big wins against Berkeley County rivals Hedgesville and Spring Mills as well as in last week's close loss to Virgin- ia's Sherando. Many high schools don't have a kicker trusted enough to send out for 20-yard extra points, so Kaleigh's double-digit tally in just three games is a considerable feat. Her road to the gridiron can be traced to last year's homecoming powderpuff football game, when Kaleigh's junior team defeated the seniors; thanks-in part to ~r-n~.a~- ing on one of two field goal attempts. Encouraged by her performance and by her soccer team- mates, she decided to give it a shot and started attending football conditioning sessions in June. See KICKER Page A10 Story by Brian Englar Kaleigh iWhen mom-to-be can't make it to :hospital, 911 dispatcher delivers :IBy CHRISTINE MILLER FORD christine@ spiritofjefferson.eom SHANNONDALE - Bethany Ulsh doesn't remember a lot about the six- minute call she made to 911 in the pre- dawn hours of Memorial Day, but the outcome made for a labor day she'll i never forget. Hours earlier, Ulsh's 17-year-old stepdaughter Autumn had been sent "home from the hospital 30 minutes away in Winchester, Va assured her contractions weren't close enough to merit a stay even though she was a week past her due date. By the time Autumn woke Ulsh just after 5 a.m her labor had progressed :so far, Ulsh worried they wouldn't make it back to Winchester - or even to the closer hospital in Ranson -- be- :fore the baby arrived. : Then as Ulsh gathered her keys and :slipped on shoes, Autumn crumpled up ANDREW WILT TeVon Brown sits with his fiancre Autumn Ulsh. Autumn's stepmother Bethany Ulsh (right) delivered the couple's daughter Maiyah Marie Brown at home May 27 with direction from 911 dispatcher Bill Schweitzer. in pain on her bed and Ulsh realized said in an interview Saturday. "He they wouldn't even be able to make was so calm the whole time and he it to the car. had such a confidence as he walked So she dialed911, me through every step. That gave The man on the other end of the me confidence and helped me help line, Jefferson County Emerge0- Autumn. cy Communications dispatcher Bill "I can't say enough good things Schweitzer, had never assisted in about Bill Schweitzer. He didn't an over-the-phone delivery before, miss a beat." When Ulsh's call came in, he was Schweitzer last week accepted a preparing to head home for the holi- formal commendation from Jeffrey day after putting in a 12-hour shift. A. Polczynski, director Of communi- 'Tm so grateful for him," Ulsh See BABY Page A3 siness: Farms urged to work with schools By CHRISTINE MILLER FORD christine@spbitotjefferson.eom CHARLES TOWN - Long before last week's official kickoff of a state- wide "Farm to School" program, Pan- handle school systems have been add- ing locally grown apples, cucumbers and other fresh produce to the menu. "I buy as much locally grown fruits and vegetables as I can," said Arlene Leonard, who has served as the Coor- dinator of Child Nutrition for Jeffer- son County Schools since 2008. Leonard said the school system is buying more and more food grown in the Panhandle. "It's something that's continuing to increase," she said. On Friday at Preston High School in Kingwood, state Agriculture Commis- Related column, Page A7 sioner Walt Helmick formally unveiled the Farm-to-School initiative with a noon meal of hamburgers, po- tatoes, broccoli and cantaloupe, all of it sourced from West Vir- ginia farms. Officials in Preston Coun- ty said they're looking at ways to serve more Walt Helmick locally grown food in all 10 of the public schools there. The county serves meals to See FOOD Page A4 David John of Charles Town Thank you for subscribing Find us on 2013 The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc. Published weekly in Charles Town. 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