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PAGE A2 I pirit oe JEFFERSON d FA ER'SADVOCATZ I Wednesday, September 18, 2013 I NEWS Established 1844 r q f JEFFERSON "No government ought to be without - censors and where the press is free, no one ever will." - Thomas Jefferson 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 Publishers Craig See, Robert Snyder Editor-Publisher Robert Snyder editor@ 304-725-2046, ext. 22 Sports Bob Madison 304-725-2046, ext. 29 Advertising director Mary Burns mary @ 304-725-2046, ext. 23 Conununity editor Robert Smith news @ 304-725-2046, ext. 32 News reporter Bryan Clark bryan@ 304-725-2046, ext. 24 Graphic designers Rachel Fields (ext.26) Sharon Snyder (ext. 27) Lacy Lafferty (ext. 28) Legal notices, subscriptions Cam Young 304-725-2046, ext. 21 officemanager@ Online Rachel Fields 304-725-2046, ext. 26 rachel @ spiritofj efferson .com Life Christine Ford 304-725-2046, ext. 35 To subscribe: The Spirit of Jefferson welcomes your sub- scription. West Virginia resi- dents pay $33 per year for 52 editions of the newpaper deliv- ered by mail while households outside the state pay $35. Another option: the Spirit delivered by email on Wednes- days. The e:edition costs $19.95 per year. You can pay for your sub- scription in secure fashion online at or send a check and your contact infor- mation to Spirit of Jefferson, c/o Subscription Dept EO. Box 966, Charles Town 25414. Didn't get your paper? Call office manager Cara Young, 304-725-2046, ext. 21. See a mistake? The Spirit of Jef- ferson wants to promptly and thoroughly correct all errors that appear in these pages or our website online. Bring such mat- ters to the attention of Editor Robert Snyder (editor@spiritofj- or 304-725-2046, ext. 22) as quickly as possible. Advertising: For informa- tion on rates or to place a dis- 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 lormer Panhandle residents. These obituaries are edited to conform to the Spirit's edito- rial style and are subject to space restrictions. A second op- tion is the memorial, in which the information is treated as an ad and may include any infor- mation desired. Funeral homes and others handling death no- tices may call Christine Miller Ford (christine@ spiritofjeffer- or 304-725-2046, ext. 35) about news obituaries or Mary Burns (mary@spiritofj- or 304-725-2046, ext. 23) about memorials. Calendar news: The Spirit of Jefferson wants to include news of upcoming events that are open to the public in our Com- munity Calendar section. The listings are a free service of the Spirit. Send items at least two weeks prior to the event to Robert Smith (news@spiritofj- or Spirit of Jef- ferson, c/o Calendar, P.O. Box 966 Charles Town 25414). You may reach him at 304-725- 2046, ext. 32. Include the name of the event; the name of the group sponsoring the event; the event's time, date and the street address where it will take place; and an email address or phone number so that readers who want details can reach you. 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). ZI . A SECOND LOOK Paying tribute A crowd of about 100 turned out Sept. ny at Independent Fire Co. in Ranson. llllllll g IITI!: Health ROBERTSNYDER 11 for the community's annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremo- orts, feral cats, more Health reports available on our website: After several weeks of working to make it hap- pen, last week we were able to fulfill a request for the latest facility reports from the Jeffer- son County Health Department, a feature that a number of our readers have sought. Health officials in Berkeley County recent- ly have filed reports about cleanliness issues at the Outback, problems so severe that the Fox- croft Avenue steakhouse has been twice forced to close its doors until the issues could be remedied, so of course Jefferson County residents want to know the latest reports about restaurants, bars, convenience stores and other facilities that serve food. Because only the handwritten reports from the health department are made public - no typed summaries - we were initially stumped as how best to share this news. What we came up with was to summarize in the print edition of the Spirit the reports, noting whether an eatery had any critical violations, and then to point readers to our website where they could review the ac- tual reports. We'll continue to share this information as the health department makes the reports available to us. We're thankful to Jason Elliott and other readers who urged us to make this happen. Is there something you'd like to see in the Spirit? Send an email to speech in D.C. 50 years ago. A few days ago, she made a point to deliv- er to the Spirit a thoughtful card for the writer of the article and another for me, for taking the accompanying photos. She also brought flower arrangements for our desks. This kind of kind- ness not only makes our office look a lot better, it makes the work of putting out the Spirit each week that much more satisfying. Ranson on the map: Ranson's feral cat prob- lem is making news far and wide. Earlier this month, newspapers and news organizations' websites across West Virginia and as far away as California posted a story that first ran in the Spirit in August. Sent out under the headline, "Ranson neigh- borhoods Cope with feral cat overload," the fea- ture by Christine Miller Ford, along with pho- tographs taken by me andby Ford's 12-year-old daughter Claire was selected by editors at the Associated Press as a "member exchange" story i - distributed to news organizations nationwide, i along with the requirement to include the writ- i er's byline, the paper's name and the photogra- [ pher's credit line. F It was gratifying to see more attention brought i to Second Avenue resident Jill Bonvillain's ef- forts to find solutions to this troubling issue. It [ was also neat to see the Spirit of Jefferson and i COMING UP Family Hiking Day: The Ap- palachian Trail Conse~ancy in: "vires families ,to Harpers Ferry and other cities along the Appala'= chian Trail from Maine to Geor- gia for Family Hiking Day on Sept. 28. For suggested hiking mutes and other information, go online to or email Julie Judkins at jjudkins@appa7 lachiantrail .org Register to vote: Voter Regisi tration Day is observed on Tues- day. In 2008, 6 million Ameri'- cans didn't vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn't know how to register. The League of Women Voters is once again observing Voters Registration Day by registering voters at The Shenandoah Com- munity Health Center in Martins: burg, the Charles Town Shopping Plaza, and the Maddex Square Shopping Center in Shepherd: stown. Volunteers will be there between 11 aan. and 2 pan. The League is a nonpartisari organization open to men and women interested in promoting good government through edu- cation and advocacy. For infor- mation about joining the Jef- ferson County League, contact or visit civicwomen.wordpress.i com/. To help register vot- ers, contact Carolyn Watson at 304-725-8049 or libladyuw@i yahoo .com. This week in history editor@spiritofjef- Farmer's Advocat~ name inl print editions and I webs~tes for dozens of paoers such as the San i - w or drop a note in the mail (,114 N. " ' " -~ ' Charles St. Charles Town 254~1h~). There s noth- Francisco Chronicle, the" Miami~ Herald, ~e- ~~] ~. Lotus tsennett ;JL a~,?bOr~,m. ing more valuible than~ettihg feedback from [ weston on ~iept '~ 1894 B'n- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, arid many more t . = " ~ '~ ":-~ , It's i el this ~ nett was West Vkginia s ohly~ our readers. " !k y ~as a first for a Sptrtt story. WorldWarlfl " ace * Saying thanks for a "thank yon": It was our Christine, who had her first professional byline ymg . ,]: pleasure to get to profile Bettye Webb-Hayes of as a high school senior in 1985, says this is a W'flliam "Bill'" Blizzard- is first in her long career. Because it's our goal to keep bringing you the most important, interest- ing stories we can, we'll aim to do this again. As always, thank you for reading. --Robert Snyder INDEX Ranson on Aug. 28 on the anniversary of Dr, Mar- tin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. This remarkable retired music teacher had sung for Dr. King as a child in Georgia and then had her life changed when she attended his landmark Business/Farm A10 Life B10 Classifieds B5 Legals Racing Sports B5-B8 B1,B8 B1 Around the State A5 Editorial A6 Opinion A7 bom on Sept. 19; 1892, in Cabin [ Creek. Bli~'d became one:of i West V'wginia,s most influelalal and controversial labor leaLlers [ of the 20th century.: : : i' ' Ken HecMer turns 99 ,this , week. He was bom on Long Is- land, N.Y on Sept. 20, 1914. i Hechler served 18 years in the U.S. Congress and four terms as secretary of state. Turn to Page B9 for a column by: Hechler on how he came to West Virginia. eee now offer PRESCRIPTIONS FREE to your front door! 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! So while others may offer low prices our FREE Delivery makes ours the BEST OFFER IN TOWN! From filling pres~pCJons to home health equipment and supplies - WE DELIVER! Your home-town pharmacies for more than 29 years Scott Boyd, R.Ph. Consumer Attorneys Who Care I