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of JEFFERSoQN ROBERT$NYDER Driven snow About three inches of snow fell in Jefferson County early Wednesday as part of a storm system that brought sleet, freezing rain and high winds to Ohio, western Pennsylvania, Maryland and throughout West Virginia. The storm closed government offices and some businesses as road conditions made area driving hazardous. Emergency officials received numerous calls of cars that had drifted off the roads in the slick conditions. Cold weather is expected throughout the rest of the week with more snow expected Saturday, CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN - For the seventh straight year, state of- ficials have found deficiencies in the way the Jefferson County assessor's office runs its opera- tions. None of the state's other 54 counties has been found to have such problems for so long. Jefferson and 45 other coun- ties have been cited by the state Property Valuation and Training Procedures Commission for de- ficiencies in their operations that affect property values. Besides Jefferson, the com- mission found just three other counties - Barbour, Grant and Monongalia - have had prob- lems for five years or more. Jef- ferson's 'neighboring counties, Berkeley.~..and Morgan, were among the nine counties without deficiendies. Under a new state law, Jeffer- son's school system could lose state funding because of short- comings in the assessor's office, according to commission mem- Angle Banks has worked in the Jef- ferson County Assessor's Office for nearly two decades, and has served as assessor since 2009. ber Cal Kent, the vice president of Business and Economic Re- search at Marshall University. Now Angie Banks - who has worked in the Jefferson County Assessor's Office for nearly two decades and has served as asses- sor since 2009, having won re- election just last month - must put together a written report ex- plaining how the cotmty is ad- dressing the problems outlined See ASSESSOR Page A5 BRYAN CLARK statements he made to FBI inves- Spirit Staff tigators. Shirley isunder indictment MARTINSBURG - A feder- for allegedly participating in the al judge has denied a request by beating of Mark Daniel Haines, a Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Shirley then-suspected bank robber who that the prosecution spell Out its has since been convicted, and strategy, as well as a number of then allegedly trying to cover it requests to see prosecutor's evi- up by falsifying a use of force re- dence earlier than is customary, port. Judge John Preston Bailey, Haines has also filed a civil who is presiding over the case, suit against the sheriff and sev- did, however, allow Shirley's lawyers to obtain access to the ~ See SHIRLEY Page A2 A judge has granted Sheriff Bobby Shirley access to statements he made to FBI investigators about Mark Haines' 2010 arrest. heriff hirl 's indictment tops list of year's news BRYAN CLARK and CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff he federal in- dictment and subsequent re-election County Sheriff Bobby Shirley has been selected as (i, the top news story of by the Spirit of editors. 1. Lawman gets in trou- ble with the law Sheriff Robert "Bob- by" Shirley entered a guilty in June 4~ See TOP Page A2 CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff WASHINGTON, D.C. - Near- ly two years after the death of America's last World War I veter- an, Charles Town resident Frank Buckles, plans are moving ahead to recognize those who served in the Great War. But longtime supporters of the project are expressing outrage and dismay that Buckles' name has been stripped from the ef- fort. Buckles, a Missouri native who moved to Jefferson County to farm in the 1950s, spent the fi- nal years of his life pushing for a national monument to recognize the sacrifices of Americans in the war that ended Nov. 11, 1918. But the bill that U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., twice in- troduced to create a World War I memorial in Washington, D.C., no longer bears the name of Buckles, who died just weeks after he turned ll0, on Feb. 27, 2011. See BUCKLES Page A5 Frank Buckles (above, in his later years and below, as a young sol- dier) spent the last years of his long life lobbying for a suitable World War I monument to replace this humble bandstand (left) tucked away in D.C. I]11111111 I Nlllll ]11111 III I P.trc. i ,,.xtw..,. ,~a,t,, i Pro,,,. i '"' Longerbeam the Spirit of Jefferson i Brian Hotaling writes See the world Get ideas to of Harpers Ferry will publish i about his hope for through Jocelyn celebrate this New Thank you for on Jan. 3 the new year, Robinson's lens, Year's Eve, subscribing A7 B1 B1 I ] I~11 III~ I~H~IITII II IIII I1[][ II I]IIH - ' [H H[[ ............................................... I-III] FII~I[III~[ I-I~IIIIH-I I-I ~1 I1[[ I~IITII~II HI-I~II I-I-I--I~ I1~1 I [[ I1[ [[ [ I1~1 II I1-1~ --T]IIIIII~I ..................................................... ~ i. ~ .............. I 5 ,~