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Thursday, December 27, 2012 News pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Established 1844 f F of JEFFERSON. "No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will." -- Thomas Jefferson www.spiritofjefferson.com PUBLISHED EACH WEDNESDAY BY The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc. PUBLISHER Craig See EDITOR Robert Snyder editor@spiritofjefferson.com EDITORIAL STAFF Bryan Clark, Reporter bryan @ spiritofjefferson.com Robert Smith, Copy Editor/Reporter news@spiritofjefferson.com, Christine Miller Ford, Life & Business Editor christine@spiritofjefferson.com Bob Madison, Sports Editor sports@spiritofjefferson.com BUSINESS STAFF Jennifer See; Cara Young officemanager@spiritofjefferson.com ADVERTISING STAFF Mary Burns mary@spiritofjefferson.com sales @spiritofjefferson.com GRAPHICS STAFF Kim Schell kim @spiritofjefferson.com Sharon Snyder sharon @spiritofjefferson.com Rachel Painter-Fields rachel@spiritofjefferson.com CIRCULATION STAFF Robert Smith news@spiritofjefferson.com ONLINE STAFF Rachel Painter-Fields rachel@spiritofjefferson.com webmaster@ spiritofjefferson.com CONTACTIHG US Office: 114 N. Charles St., Charles Town, W.Va. Mailing address: P.O. Box 966, Charles Town, WV 25414 Phone: 304-725-2046 Fax: 304-728- 6856 E-maih editor@ spiritofjefferson.com ABOUT DELIVERY (USPS 510-960) Periodical postage paid at Charles Town; W.Va., and additional post offices POSTMASTER: Send Address Changes to The Spirit of Jefferson, P.O. Box 966, Charles Town, WV 25414 SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Yearly in Advance: $27 in West Virginia and $29.50 outside the state. EDITOR'S NOTE As we hereatthe Spirit ofJef- very beginning of its publishing of what we were told initial- and what should it do to pre- ferson prepared to move to our history. The paper moved to that ly turned out to be wrong. The vent such a failure in the future. new offices at 114 N. Charles St., location in 1915 and enjoyed a shooter was not 24-year-old Clearly, the events in Newtown I hurriedly penned an editor's 98-year history there.. Still im- Ryan Lanza, but his younger were a lost opportunity for news- note that relied on two faulty as- pressive, brother, Adam. There were not papers and other media outlets to sumptions -- the reliability of With the publication of this edi- two shooters and the first victim, demonstrate authoritativeness my memory and my sense of tion, the Spirit is now housed in Lanza's mother, Nancy, was not instead of stampeding to be first direction. As a result, I got two its new office on North Charles. a teacher in the school. And Lan- with a hashtag. things wrong -- about where we The subject of errors has been za was not buzzed into the school In a recent piece in the New were and where we were going, much on my mind since theby staff who knew who he was; York Times, Public Editor Mar- The second error I corrected in shooting on Dec. 14 of 26 stu- he stormed his way in. garet Sullivan recommends that the paragraph above. The Spirit's dents and teachers at Sandy Hook While a debate rages in Wash- the way to not be swept up in the new home is on North Charles Elementary School in Connecti- ington D.C about whether to en- "maelstrom of Twitter" is for re- Street, not West Charles Street. cut. On that day, I was driving to act new gun control legislation porters and editors to require Mea culpa. Morgantown to get my son and and what form it would take, for named sources, verification and As for the first error: the Spirit listening to the reporting of the the media the conversation might transparency. On each point, I was not, it turns out, housed at its event as it unfolded, better be about how it could have' agree with her, especially on George Street location from the As we all know now, so much gotten so many details so wrong the matter of being transparent. J Top ing the arrest. His criminal tri- al is scheduled to begin Jan. 22 in Martinsbui:g. If convicted on both counts he faces a maximum after being indicted for his al- 30-year sentence. The civil suit is leged role in the beating of scheduled for trial late next year. Mark Daniel Haines, now a convicted bank robber, during 2. Derecho rips through Jeffer- his 2010 arrest, son Shirley, a Democrat who An extremely intense thunder- won a close re-election in No- storm system that tore through vember, will begin serving his the county on June 29 left resi- second term next month, dents without electricity and wa- Haines filed a separate civ- ter for days, causing many to flee il suit against Shirley ahead of to hotels and shelters. the sheriff's indictment by fed- The derecho, as the um~sual eral officials. The indictment bow-shaped storm system was charges that Shirley used ex- called, left more than 300,000 cessive force against Haines people throughout the state with- and subsequently falsified a out power - and air conditioning use of force report to cover up - during an oppressive heatwave. the incident. It also left hundreds of downed No other officers face crim- trees and limbs in its wake, which inal indictment, though nine brought down phone and power have been named as defen- lines, crushed cars and seriously dants in Haines' excessive damaged homes. force lawsCait, including dep- Power losses for the Harpers uties from the Jefferson and Ferry Water Works meant that Berkeley Sheriff's depart- the town was supplied only by ments and Ranson police de- reserves in water tanks. Luckily, partments, and the West Vir- power was restored shortly be- ginia State Police. fore the tanks went dry. Shirley maintains he corn- The county Health Department ported himself properly dur- and Department of Homeland FROM PAGE A1 coo We now offer There is no shame in reporting that you don't know a piece of information. Far better to report that you don't know something for certain than to report some- thing that you don't know for certain. Sullivan also recommends that news organizations'exercise a willingness to "cede the front of the pack," that is, not to rush to be first with a story. She's right. There's another way to lead, and it's not by being first; it's by be- ing best, Rob Snyder Editor .iiiii ................................................ Fire in pherdstown SETH FREEMAN Several fire companies responded to a blaze Saturday at 302 West German Street where damage to a residence was extensive. The long-burning fire was reported by a Shepherdstown firefighter in the early aftemoon, but no one was home when the fire broke out and no injuries have been reported. The home is owned by Shepherd University Professor Carl Bell. The cause of the fire has yet to be deter- mined. It is under investigation by the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office. PRESCRIPTIONS FREE to your front door! Security and Emergency Man- agement quickly stepped in, set- ting up "cooling stations" where affected residents could obtain ice,water and rest in an air-con- ditioned environment. Repairs came to the area slowly, due to the considerable amount of damage. Some two weeks later, a few residents still remained without power. 3. New W.Va. 9 opens With no fanfare, the new sec- tion of W.Va. 9 opened on Nov. 14. The new four-mile section of four-lane highway - which con- nects the top of the Blue Ridge Mountain, passes over the Shenandoah River and joins with U.S. 340 near Charles Town, thereby bypassing the communi- ty of Mannings - cost some $113 million, with more than 40 per- cent of those funds going toward construction of a new bridge across the Shenandoah River. Department of Transportation officials had hoped to host an opening ceremony, but schedul- ing conflicts caused the ceremo- ny to be canceled. Need for the new construction was first outlined in a 1978 Divi- sion of Highways study that pre- dicted traffic on W.Va. 9 would more than double between 1992 and 2012. The late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd secured funding for the project. 4. Patrick Morrisey elected to statewide office Republican Patrick Morrisey demurred, as he had in previous elections. Morrisey, a former health care lawyer and lobbyist, as well as a popular figure with the local Re- publican Party, ran a campaign centered on ethics reform, pro- business growth policies and promises to fight federal regu- lations which, he argues, have overstepped legal and constitu- tional prerogatives. He won Jefferson County and the broader Eastern Panhandle by strong margins, but captured the state by a slimmer 2.4 per- cent. Morrisey's victory broke a number of long-standing histor- ic trends. He will become the first Republican attorneygener- al elected in the state since 1933 and the first attorney general from the Eastern Panhandle in state history. 5. Washington High loses be- loved coach Washington High's football coach Mike Grant died Sept. 14 after a long battle with brain can- cer. At their next game, an away competition against Musselman High, players sported No. 75 on their helmets and observed a moment of silence in memory of their coach. \ 6. Mountain State University no more At the start of 2012, Mountain State University was a thriving private school with campuses in Martinsburg, Beckley, Florida, time to re-establish its academ: ic programs. The University of Charleston has stepped in to take over many of the programs MSU. offered, and Shepherd Universi- ty is also making plans to bring classes to Martinsburg as MSU shuts down. 7. Jane Tabb retakes commis- sion seat After six years out of office, Republican Jane Tabb will re- sume her duties as Jefferson County, Commissioner next month. She defeated incumbent Democrat Frances Morgan in November. Growth and planning issues were the centerpiece of debate in the campaign. Tabb defeated Morgan by a 16-point margin, a drastic rever- sal from the outcome in 2006, when Morgan narrowly ousted Tabb. When Tabb first won elec- tion in 2000, she was Jefferson County's first female commis- sioner. With Tabb's victory, the commission will be made up of three Democrats and two Re- publicans. 8. Redistricting lawsuit a near- miss A lawsuit filed by the Jefferson County Commission challenging the layout of the state's congres- sional districts made it all the way to the U.S. SupremOCourt only to be thrown out without a hearing. The suit, filed by attorneys Ste- phen Skinner and David Ham- 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 d'rugs 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 presofptions to home health equipment and supplies - WE DELIVER! made history last month as he unseated five-term incumbent Democrat Darrell McGraw to become West Virginia's next at- torney general. He will take over his duties next month. For months before the vote, Morrisey challenged McGraw to public debates, but McGraw North Carolina and elsewhere. This month, the school held its final commencement. Stripped of its accreditation this summer, the school faces numerous law- suits filed by nursing students and others. The Chicago-based accrediting body this month re- jected MSU's final effort to have mer, argued that the Second Congressional District - which stretches from Jefferson Coun- ty to Kanawha County, is only tens of miles wide at its natrow- est point, and was made more populous than either the First or 4~ See TOP Page A3 Your home-town )harmacies for more than 29 ears Scott Boyd, R.Ph. Shirley FROM PAGE A1 eral other law enforcement officers. In a motion filed last w~ek, Shirley's legal team - Martins- burg attorneys Kevin Mills and Shown McDermott - argued that In a second motion, Mills and McDermott argued that Shirley should be able to get an early look at a variety of evidence the prosecution normally turns over to the defense two weeks before the trial date. This evidence requested in- prosecutors should be required cluded Shirley's statements made to file a "bill of particulars" that to FBI investigators and prosecu- would more explicitly spell out tors, grand jury testimony taken the charges made against him. from other police officers at the "The allegations in both counts scene, expert witness opinions, of the indictment are insufficient and any deals which were offered to Haines or other potential wit- to adequately apprise the Sheriff n sses in return for their testimo- Consu met A tto s Who~_M~/Te of the charges against him and to allow him to prepare a defense," they argued. Bailey granted Shirley the ROBi=RT SHIRLEY Prosecutors will have until Jani Bailey rejected that argument right to see any of the statements 3 to file a response to the request'~ entirely, saying the "indictment he made, but denied Shirley ac- at which time Bailey will rnle on in this case sets out the defen- cess to expert witness opinions whether Shirley ought to have dant's participation in the alleged and any deals offered to witness- early access to other evidence. substantive criminal charges with es in the case, ruling that he saw If the case is not delayed, Shirr ii sufficient precision to fully ad- "no reason to deviate from the ley is slated to face trial at U.S, vise the defendant of the charges time periods that were set out in District Court in Martinsburg on against him." the local rules." Jan. 22. I