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JCC hears residents’ thoughts on Impact Fee Study

CHARLES TOWN — The Jefferson County Commission heard from less than a dozen individuals during a public hearing on a draft Impact Fee Ordinance presented in December. The hearing, held last week, allowed members of the community to share their comments with the governing body regarding a ...

BOE changes stance on in-person learning at emergency meeting

CHARLES TOWN — In an emergency meeting last week, the Jefferson County Board of Education changed their decision on having students attend school in-person, as opposed to the planned virtual education format. The board had initially voted on Jan. 14 to keep students home, rather than follow ...

Jefferson County Commission pursues opening additional early voting locations

CHARLES TOWN — In a special meeting on Jan. 15, the Jefferson County Commission had a discussion on adding an additional location for early voting in future elections. The talk was held after county voters waited sometimes more than two hours to early vote in the Nov. 2020 election. “I ...

Board of Education staff action discussed by JCC

CHARLES TOWN — The Jefferson County Commission heard comments from several members of the public last Thursday, following the addition of an agenda item pertaining to the Jefferson County Schools superintendent and disciplinary actions taken against two bus drivers. Commissioner Steve ...

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 ...