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Jefferson County Commission approves solar text amendments

CHARLES TOWN — Following a mixture of pro and con comments from members of the public on a proposed solar text amendment to the Zoning and Land Development Ordinance, File #ZTA19-03 to allow solar energy facilities to process as a principal permitted use in various zones, the Jefferson County ...

Sunrise service reinstated at Harper Cemetery

HARPERS FERRY — Following a break with tradition due to the COVID-19 Pandemic last spring, members of churches in Harpers Ferry and Bolivar once again made the journey to Harper Cemetery on Easter Sunday morning this year for a sunrise service. Nearly 100 individuals, many of whom are ...

AbbaCare Pregnancy Resource Center plans open house

MARTINSBURG — The Eastern Panhandle’s sole AbbaCare Pregnancy Resource Center location will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 14 at 10 a.m. at its new location at 319 South Raleigh Street in Martinsburg. AbbaCare was officially begun in Virginia more than 30 years ago, serving ...

Budget breakdown: School board hears about pandemic’s effect on annual budget

CHARLES TOWN — The Jefferson County Board of Education, at its regular meeting on Monday, received a detailed budget report from Beth Marrone, treasurer and chief business officer for the school system. In the meeting, Marrone highlighted current fiscal information, as well as offered a look ...

Volunteers gearing up for 2021 Relay for Life

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Both Jefferson County and Berkeley County are gearing up for another successful fundraising year in 2021, for Relay for Life. Looking ahead to June, when the traditional Relay for Life events are normally planned, the goal remains to secure as much funding as possible to help ...

Taking a ‘day-cation’: National parks offer alternative fun

SHEPHERDSTOWN — As spring approaches, people are hoping to escape their cabin fever and move past the COVID-19 restrictions. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, travel to vacation spots may not yet be the safest choice for many. Visiting a national park on a “day-cation” is one vacation ...

Sheriff’s office to lose deputies, as grant funds not awarded

CHARLES TOWN — Sheriff Tom Hansen came before the Jefferson County Commission last Thursday to learn that the commission is converting a position previously funded through a grant to a county-paid position prior to its elimination through attrition. County finance director Michelle Gordon ...

Board of Education hears recommendation for device purchase

CHARLES TOWN — The Jefferson County Board of Education heard an extensive presentation recommending the purchase of Touch Chromebooks for kindergarten through second grade students at their regular meeting Monday night. A committee had been tasked to determine what would be the most ...

Sheetz to open transportation depot in Jefferson County

KEARNEYSVILLE — It was announced on Monday by West Virginia Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch that Jefferson County will become the site for a Sheetz transportation depot. The facility, to be located at the Burr Industrial Park, will serve as a transfer station for trucks operated by the gas ...

Jefferson County Parks & Recreation requests input on environmental assessment

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public input on a draft environmental assessment, in conjunction with a grant request for land purchase. The park board, at its regular meeting last week, discussed the possible expansion of Moulton Park, ...