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,? A12 Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Gowers big day' ROBERTSNYDER Kip Waldeck, 4, of Shepherdstown, cradles a rabbit Saturday afternoon during the 20th anniversary celebration at Cowers Feed and Pet at 1208 N. Mildred St. in Ranson. Kip's older sister Chloe brought the bunny and other animals from her Chloe's Farm Friends petting zoo to the festivities, which also featured raffles, door prizes, special discounts on purchases, a moon'bounce and other fun. For details on the business, see O MARLA PISCIO'R'A Spirit Staff records the lowest unemployment rate in the state, by either singly or by tying CHARLES TOWN -- Jefferson with another county," Sisk said. and Monongalia counties have teeter- Jefferson has not come out ahead tottered for the lowest unemployment over Monongalia County since No- since 2007, but in August Jefferson vember 2007 when the Jefferson Coun- County's jobless rate was 5.1 percent, ty unemployment rate was 2.5 percent edging out Monongalia County, which and Monongalia's was 2.6 percent. had a rate a tick higher at 5.2 percent. West Virginia's unemployment rate It marks the first time Monongalia climbed to 7.5 percent in August, still has not reported the lowest rate since better than the national average, which 2011, when Pendleton County report- decreased to 8.1 percent in August. ed a rate of 6.1 percent and Monon- The increase was fueled by rates galia, Jefferson, and Lewis counties climbing in 29 West Virginia counties, reported a rate of 6.2 percent, said according to the August Workforce Courtney Sisk, publiC information West Virginiareport. specialist for the West Virginia De- Twenty-three counties reported de- partment of Commerce. "Monongalia County nearly always See UNEMPLOYED Page A13 CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff MARTINSBURG - An idea dating to 2008 that aims to make the Mountain State more business-friendly is becom- ing a reality. Plans for West Virginia's business court - a separate docket within the circuit court system, to be administered by Panhan- dle judge Christopher Wilkes - were an- nounced in mid-September by state Su- preme Court Justice Robin Jean Davis. Though the court is set to make its de- but on Monday, high court spokeswom- an Jennifer Bundy said that so far there aren't any cases in the pipeline to be heard that day. The new setup will focus on complex litigation between businesses as well as groundbreaking technology and com- mercial law cases. Complex tax appeals also will be eligible to be heard by the business court. West Virginia's business court will be housed inside the sprawling Berkeley County Judicial Center, with many of the parties involved taking part from their locations around West Virginia, connecting with the Martinsburg court via video conferencing. It's the latest in a series of special- ized jurisdictions that allow for separate docket systems for criminal cases, civil cases, juvenile cases and cases involv- ing abuse and neglect. The idea for a business court was born from legislation proposed four years ago by Rick Thompson, a Wayne County Democrat who has served as Speaker of the House since early 2007. "This sends a powerful message to the business community that this state is business friendly," explained Thomp- son, who served in the House from 1981 to 1983 before returning to the Legisla- ture in 2000. Last year, he ran for gov- ernor, losing in the primary to Gov. Earl We :#.::~. 2 West Virginia's new statewide business court will Berkeley County Judicial Center in Martinsburg. Ray Thompson. A separate business court will make it easier for circuit judges to manage cas- es that often are highly complex, said Thompson, who holds degrees from Marshall University 'and the West Vir- ginia College of Law. Thompson said he introduced the idea in West Virginia after he learned of Del- aware's "Court of Chancery," a business court that dates back two centuries. "Delaware's Chancery Court is known nationally for efficient handling of com- mercial law and complex litigation be- tween businesses," Thompson said. "It is no coincidence that Delaware is home to a very large percentage of Fortune 500 companies. "This is a concept I have been advo- cating for the past four years because I think a separate business docket focus- ing on resolving commercial litigation will make our state a much more wel- bu" 'S S be housed in the ROBERT SNYDER Panhandle, inside the , coming environment for businesses." According to a news release sent by Davis, the business couL-t will reliev some of the burden from the state's 70' , circuit judges in 31 judicial circuits who now must handle business cases' along with other court matters. Attorneys will be required to get ap-L' proval from the state Supreme Court be4 fore cases may be transferred to the ne, business court, Davis said. The goal will be something of a "rock-" et docket," with cases resolved in just 10 months, officials say. Steve Roberts, who is president of West Virginia Chamber of Commerce in Charleston, has called the need for a separate business court "great" and has predicted the new court will stay busy. In a news release, Davis said put-." ting the business court in the Panhandle' q See COURT Page A13 Breast & Cervical Wl 5 V)RG N ,A Screening Program Available at Jefferson Co; Health Department Free Exams & Mammograms available for females.ages 25-64 that are not seeking birth control and meet income requirements Breast & Contact 304-728-8416 1948 wiltshire Rd. Kearneysville, WV 25430 for mort information Timothy O hanides M.D. Gastroenterology BOARD CERTIFICATION: American Board of Gastroenterology, American Board of Internal Medicine FELLOWSHIP: Graduate Hospital - University of Pennsylvania RESIDENCY: Thomas JeffersonUniversit Hospital ~~ ~l~ Thomas JeffeBofi U,i~eisi~ Hospital ,. ::!i~i"" New Yo~E uni~ersibi School of Medicine ~l~ii~i '~'i:i::~ THE 19TH ANNUAL Jefferson County Fairground Charles Town, WV OPEN RAIN OR SHINEr 7 t9/14-- 11 PM Adults-S7 Under 12-$4 Sponsored by Country Roads Car Club www.thehauntedfairgrounds.cem or call Ron (304) 725-4141 GPS: 1707 Old Leetown Pike, Kearneysville~ WV25430 WVUH-East welcomes Gastroenterologist, Timothy Orphanides, M.D. to the WVUH-East Gastroenterology City Hospital Medical Staff. Dr. Orphanides will be practicing at WVUH-East 2000 Foundation Way, Suite 3700 Gastroenterology, Martinsburg, WV 304.596.6893 For more information, call our Physician & Services Referral Line 1.888.WVU.1DOC. ....... ' [ ' ' l F 'T VII ........... NITED' Ii E A LT H Y S m WVUHS ' Medic on Duty, for the faint of heart. BRAVE ENOUGH? WE'LL FIND OUT! Follow the Haunted Fairground signs from Charles Town, WV. Rt. 9 by-pass, take Wiltshire Rd. (8 EAST) 3 miles to stop sign, right onto Leetown Pike 1/2 mile to Jefferson Co. Fairground on the right. This event has DONAlnED S138,000. to (Jefferson County) charities! Panhandle Free Clinic, rood Pantry, Santa's Toy Shq), & Rre & Rescue.