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BOE continues to hear comments on math program

CHARLES TOWN — Members of the public continued to bring comments to the Jefferson County Board of Education about a Black Math Genius program that had been slated to run during the summer school session. Controversy over the program, concerning its potential exclusionary title and the lack of ...

Seniors glad to be back at center

RANSON — The Jefferson County Council on Aging welcomed senior citizens back to the Ranson Senior Center on Tuesday for the first time since March 2020. The center had been closed through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, seniors gathered daily at the center, located on 5th ...

Ganstagrass kicks off Levitt Amp concert series

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — A little rainfall did not deter more than 250 local residents from turning up for the music of Gangstagrass at the kick-off of the Levitt Amp Concert Series at Sam Michaels Park on June 10. Gangstagrass has toured internationally, blowing minds on main stages from SXSW ...

BOE addresses controversy over summer program, votes approval

CHARLES TOWN — The Jefferson County Board of Education, in a special meeting on June 2, approved hiring staff for the summer program, Black Math Genius (BMG). The program had drawn some concern from members of the public at a previous board meeting, who questioned whether Jefferson County ...

Fishing Derby draws record number of participants

LEETOWN — Jefferson County Parks and Recreation held their annual Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday at the Izaak Walton League in Leetown. The event, which has been a favorite of youth for more than 20 years, is the first at-capacity event the park system has hosted since the COVIC-19 Pandemic ...

Commissioners question sheriff’s use of discretionary fund

CHARLES TOWN — The Jefferson County Commission has questioned Sheriff Tom Hansen’s use of discretionary funding in his office for items they would not likely have approved. Earlier this month, Hansen’s office hosted a Cruiser Competition event, welcoming multiple police jurisdictions to ...

County selects Ath as commissioner

CHARLES TOWN — The Jefferson County Commission voted last Thursday, during their regular meeting, to appoint Clare Anne Ath to fill a vacant seat on their board. Ath steps into a seat vacated by Josh Compton earlier this month. Compton resigned from his position in preparation for a move ...

Summer camps on tap at Parks and Rec

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — As more and more events are returning to some semblance of normalcy, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation is planning a plethora of summer camps for local youth. To kick off the season, park staff hosted an open house last Friday evening to encourage registrations and ...

Harpers Ferry Half Marathon returns

HARPERS FERRY — After a cancellation in 2020 of the popular Harpers Ferry Half Marathon, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, organizers have decided to bring back the event this year. “We had a cap on the number of runners with COVID restrictions,” said Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, organizer of the ...

BOE hears cultural unity and diversity goals

CHARLES TOWN — Tanya Dallas-Lewis, cultural diversity/staff development coordinator for Jefferson County Schools, appeared before the Jefferson County Board of Education Monday evening, to present a variety of cultural unity and equity goals and how they are being reached in the school ...