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Vote to Re-Elect Jill Paid for by Upso. For WV, Laura Galvin, Treasu~er ,304 Erie Insurance" i Above all in sERvicE" :i;v=;:ii i L)b, IN l: 'f:::d::'l-ii:RS f the road Cl 'i:;~;~ii::;" N I:,!(:i:t:LR(:](::iD (:~Ui~::: S H ii:: L T D I",t ! j (::'1 ::l r:: : c: /::l ~ :; : ~:.~--I ' Sample ballot D2 October is Br{, 4 r The week from October 31 to November 6, 2018 95= (+ tax) 28 pages, 4 sections I SINCE 1844 1 I I l By CHRISTINE SNYDER More on Rockwooi, A6, A7 and A8 sent to property owners in the city. It ap- pears on paper with a City of Charles might stop the project. Town letterhead and the words "Office CHARLES TOWN - The West Vir- The Spirit of Jefferson obtained a of the Mayor" at the top. ginia Ethics Commission has been asked copy of the filing made by Ray Brun- In Bmning's filing, he writes that the to role on whether Charles Town May- ing, a Summit Point resident who serves mayor should have made it clear that the or Scott Rogers erred earlier this month on the appointed Jefferson County Plan- opposition to Rockwool is his personal when he sent a letter to city residents in ning Commission. view and not a formal position taken by which he called Rockwool "the wrong Neither Bruning nor Rogers returned the city. fit for Jefferson County" and pointed to requests for comment at press time. Bruning also writes that Rogers "failed a petition the factory's opponents hope Rogers' four-paragraph message was to disclose the repercussions" if the city RIGHT: Mayor Scott Rogers is fighting against the Rockwool Insulation manufacturing facility planned for a former apple orchard near Kearneysvllle. doesn't pass a sewer bond, a piece of the infrastructure slated for the former Jef- ferson Orchards site. In his complaint Bruning says Rogers had a nonprofit - that would be Jeffer- (See ETHICS Page A2) Md. man could get 15-year jail term in Shepherdstown crash By TIM COOK Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN - A day before he i was to stand trial at the Jefferson Coun- ty Courthouse here, a Maryland man en- tered a guilty plea Tuesday inthe single- car crash that killed a Shepherdstown fa- ther of five last year. Jefferson County Prosecutor Matt (See GUILTY Page A3) RIGHT: Demetrius J. Steele (top) will be sentenced in January for his role in a 2017 crash that killed Robert C. Johnson, a Shepherdstown father of five. r,x Tour. County election official stresses Vote security By TIM COOK Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN - As Jefferson Countians head to the polls Tuesday, Nikki Painter is doing what she does all year long - making sure the county's elections run smoothly, fairly and accurately. She has a message for anyone concerned about cyber- hackers stealing, altering or disrupting their votes. "It doesn't happen," she said, nodding her head confidently. Here's why, Painter explained. (See SAFETY Page A2) Harpers Ferry sculptor happy to find her calling nne Rule-Thompson's first experi- ence creating with clay came when she was a wide-eyed 4-year-old, and remembers it as exuberant but messy. Inspired by artisans she saw during a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Va she em- ployed an antique record player of her moth- er's as a potter's wheel. "I truly mined her record player," she re- called, a sheepish note to her voice all these years later. "I got into trouble, obviously." Over the years, Rule-Thompson would go on to experiment with all kinds of art medi- ums. She. studied painting and illustration at (See SCULPTOR Page A4) Story and photo by Tim Cook mllll :s a By BONNIE WILLIAMSON 432 W. Second Ave. began in June. . .~ Special to the Spirit "We can now have trade shows, con- : --- certs and a wide variety of community 'i RANSON Z With the Ranson Civ- events. We have big plans for future pro- ic Center spruced up after $350,000 in grams," Burhans said. "This is the kind renovations, the facility is set to pro- vide all kinds of new opportunities for thelcommunity. ;That's according to Terri Burhans, the:director of Ranson Parks and Recre- ation. She said work on the structure at LEFT: Ranson Mayor Duke Pierson stands inside the newly renovated Ranson Civic Center on Friday. Special events marked the unveiling of the building's makeover. of space the community truly deserves. Now the civic center - a 40,000- square-foot building that can hold about 1,600 people - is home to a pair of bas- ketball courts, four volleyball courts, new multi-purpose flooring and wall panels, energy efficient lighting, and improvements in the building's heating (See CIVIC CENTER Page A3) Honored for General Excellence by the West Virginia Press Association in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 IINII