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Thursday, December 27, 2012 A3 ~p~[t of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE News Top FROM PAGE A2 Third Districts - failed to uphold the U.S. Constitutional standard of "one person, one vote" and the state constitutional requirement that dis- tricts be compact. Skinner and Hammer prevailed when the case was heard by a fed- eml three-judge panel in Charles- ton in a 2-1 decision. After lawyers fdr Senate President Jeff Kessler and House Speaker Mike Thomp- son appealed the decision to the Su- preme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a stay until the ap- peal could be heard, causing the 2012 elections to be conducted with the existing map. ..Then, in September, the court is- sued a decision in the case without h~afing any oral arguments. 1'he high court reversed the lower federal tribunal, saying that the judges had not shown adequate deference to the West Virginia Legislature, which created the map. With that decision, the congressional district map will be allowed to stand until the next re- districting session in 2021. 9. Bad year for Company 5 The year proved tumultuous for Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Company, but officials say they hope to leave the past behind and move forward in their task of providing fire and emergency med- ical services to residents on the Blue Ridge Mountains. After scandals involving accu- sations of arson committed by for- mer department members as well as embezzlement by the deparlment's former treasurer, Susan Roxanne Carter, a minor shakeup in leader- ship brought aboard community ac- tivist Ed Bums. But Bums' term as president was short-lived, and he c~mplained that the company's board of directors had blocked his attempts to shore up the company's practices. Months after his resignation, Burns died in a July 16 accident on his property. Following Bums' departure, Fred Collins was elected president, also on promises to promote openness, good business practices and im- provement of company morale. He told the County Commission that Company 5 had hired an account- ing firm to review its books and that all evidence of fraud had been turned over to prosecutors. In October, prosecutors released a slew of indictments against Cart- er - 134 felony counts - alleging that she had embezzled more than $14,000 from Company 5. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: A strong storm, called a derecho, felled trees and power lines and sent Jefferson County residents to emer- gency shelters in June. In November, Republican Jane Tabb regained her seat on the Jefferson County Commission following a re- sounding win over incumbent Frances Morgan. A new bridge spanning the Shenandoah River opened to no fanfare in November. Part of an extension of W.Va. 9, the new road and bridge cost $113 million to build. Mountain State University was stripped of its accredita- tion this year over mishandling of its academic programs. In January, Shepherdstown native and Miss West Virginia Spenser Wempe traveled to Las Vegas to compete in this year's Miss America pageant. Washington High School football players sported No. 75 on their helmets during a game against Musselman following the death of assistant coach Mike Grant in September. 10. A local student tries for Miss one of'the county's representatives tion to attend the Democratic Na- America in the Legislature. She reigned as tional Convention in Charlotte, Shepherdstown native Spens, Miss West Virginia 2006. N.C., as one of the youngest del- er Wempe traveled to Las Vegas egates there; the conclusion of the in January to compete in the Miss Other top news stories of 2012 Shepherdstown 250 celebrations; America pageant. In the competi- included protests by commuters to Waslxington High's quarterback Ty- tion's more than 90-year history, Maryland officials' plans to change ler Wilt, who is battling cancer, had no Miss West Virginia ever has MARC train service; an end to the the chance to hang out with New won the title, controversial power company's York Jets' quarterback Tim Tebow The last Eastern Panhandle res- plan for the multi-state power line before a September game in East ident to compete as Miss Ameri= known as PATH; Washington High Rutherford, N J.; a deadly trailer fire ca was Tiffany Lawrence, today senior Hannah McCarley's selec- in Shenandoah Junction in January that left a mother and son dealt; the cipal at C.W. Shipley Elementary construction of a new Middleway and his subsequent election to the fire station; and in June, the grotmd- county school board; the celebra- breaking for a new site for Jefferson tion of the 200th birthday of Afri- Memorial Hospital. can-American icon Martin Delany, Editors also cited as top news the born in Charles Town; a Septem- discussion of layoffs by the Jeffer- ber rafting trip to Harpers Ferry by son County school board; the hub- President Obama's daughters; and bub over the state's plans to build a the Surprise fLring in November of highway through the recently com- state schools chief Jorea Marple, pleted Ryan's Glen subdivision; who'djust toured Ranson Elemen- Mark Osboum's retirement as prin- tary and other local schools. main street December 31, New Year's Eve- Special Dinner Menu February lOth- Chinese New Year "Year of the Snake" February 14th- Valentine's Day- Special Dinner Menu This discount not valid with other offer or discount. g of 2012, your opportuni for great savings is here! : our 2012 styles we will not be carrying in the new year. 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