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Legislators discuss upcoming session

CHARLES TOWN — The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce's annual Town Hall Meeting on Jan. 7 allowed legislators to share with Chamber members their insights into the upcoming legislative session. Attending the meeting, which was held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, were Delegate ...

Board of Education meeting draws public response

CHARLES TOWN — Monday evening’s Jefferson County Board of Education meeting drew a significant amount of public comment, with much of the focus centering on Gov. Jim Justice’s order to return to school in-person. Many teachers mentioned concerns about the safety of returning to the ...

Commissioners look ahead to 2021

CHARLES TOWN — With its first meeting in 2021 this week, the Jefferson County Commission is looking ahead at what will be their focus for the coming year. The five-member governing body will see two new members as Tricia Jackson and Steve Stolipher begin their six-year terms on the ...

Speedway Motors coming to Jefferson County

KEARNEYSVILLE — Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that Speedway Motors will be locating a distribution center in Kearneysville. The company, founded in 1952, is a family owned business started by “Speedy” Bill Smith, providing a broad selection of high-quality, affordable automotive parts ...

Five female JCESA employees complete training

RANSON — Five women who have completed the requirements for certification in Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2 and Hazardous Materials training gathered Tuesday at the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency for a brief recognition ceremony -- Kaila Napier, Brittany McLaughlin, Ciara Schult, ...

Dougherty concludes decades of public service

KEARNEYSVILLE -- Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty concluded his term in office at the end of 2020, after having served as the lead law enforcement officer and county treasurer since 2013. Dougherty was appointed to the seat following the resignation of Sheriff Bobby Shirley. He was then ...

Light the Cities campaign announces contest winners

RANSON — Liz Cook, Charles Town Now’s downtown coordinator and Emily Burlett, Ranson Convention and Visitor’s Bureau tourism specialist, took to the airwaves Monday to announce the recipients of top honors in the towns' combined Light the Cities contest. To spark holiday cheer at the end ...

County gets broadband study report

CHARLES TOWN — The Jefferson County Commission was presented in its meeting this week with an initial report from Andrew Cohill, a consultant with Design Nine, Inc., who was hired to perform a broadband study. The study was made possible through grant funds secured from the federal ...

Emergency Services training focuses on ‘live burn’

RANSON — While many in our community were enjoying a quiet Saturday afternoon, perhaps getting the family Christmas tree or watching a favorite holiday classic, a group of dedicated first responders were participating in a live burn training exercise at the Jefferson County Emergency Services ...