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Gettysburg Times (Newspaper) - May 30, 2012, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania VOL. 110, NO. 129 May 30, 1862 - Confederates abandon the city of Corinth, Miss. Stumbling Orioles lose fourth straight game — SPORTS, Page B1 84° / 58° — Page A6 Deaths ................................. A2 Opinion ............................... A4 Sports ............................ B1- B5 Classifieds ................. B6- B7 Comics ................................ A7 Crossword ......................... B6 50¢ INSIDE E- MAIL: news@ gburgtimes. com sports@ gburgtimes. com WEB: www. gettysburgtimes. com GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA • WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012 Look For Your Card ( brought to you by Agway) in the May 31st, 2012 Issue! See our website for details! CaChingo CaChingo Is Back!! Casino lawsuits won’t be combined A one day non- jury trial has been set for Aug. 14 regarding partnership in a failed Gettysburg casino project. Gettysburg businessman David LeVan, and several others, are seeking separation from a partnership they formed with Mason- Dixon Resorts while seeking a Category Three casino license for the Eisenhower Inn property in Cumberland Township. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board passed up Mason- Dixon’s application in favor of Nemacolin Resort in western Pennsylvania. Mason- Dixon, headed by former state lawmaker Joseph Lashinger Jr., appealed the April 2011 decision, sparking LeVan to fi le a lawsuit asking out of the partnership. LeVan claims the appeal, which is still pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, can’t be successful because funding for the project and a land purchase agreement have expired. The trial is scheduled to begin at 8: 30 a. m. in Courtroom 1 of the Adams County Courthouse in front of Common Pleas Judge Michael George. “ Settlement efforts have proved futile,” George said the court has been advised. George also ruled that discovery in the case should be completed by both sides on or before July 13. In his lawsuit, LeVan claims a restrictive covenant in the partnership agreement precludes him and other minority investors from any involvement in a gaming project within a seven- county region in and around Adams County. He was also upset that Lashinger appealed the gaming board’s decision to award a Category Three resort casino license to the BY JARRAD HEDES Times Staff Writer D ARRYL W HEELER / G ETTYSBURG T IMES QUICK RESPONSE — Gettysburg Fire Department Captain Brandon Hiller sprays water on the corner of the building as smoke pours from the attic. Lightning fi re damages Biglerville Borough of fi ce D ARRYL W HEELER / G ETTYSBURG T IMES MAKING SURE — A Heidlersburg fi re fi ghter uses an ax to cut away some of the roo fi ng material and make sure all the hot spots are out. A fi re at the Biglerville borough of fi ce building Tuesday evening was likely caused by a lightning strike, say fi re of fi cials. The fi re was reported just before 7 p. m. when fl ames were reported to be shooting from the roof of the two- story brick house located at 33 Musselman Ave. “ The initial indication ( of cause) from the fi re marshal was an electrical strike on the back left corner of the building,” said Deputy Chief Eric Bowmaster of the Biglerville Fire Department. “ His initial investigation is complete at this time.” Bowmaster said it was unclear where the lightning might have struck, but that the fi re was mostly present in the back left, or southwest, corner of the building which houses borough of fi ces, the borough council meeting room, and the Biglerville Police Department. He said fi re fi ghters initially encountered “ high heat and fi re visible” in the second fl oor and the attic when they arrived on the scene. The blaze took about 10 minutes to knock down, after which crews spent more than an hour checking the fi re hadn’t spread inside the walls or roof. “ There was minor smoke and water damage to the rest of the second fl oor,” Bowmaster continued. He added the fi rst fl oor also received minor smoke and water damage and that fi re fi ghters threw tarps over documents stored on the second fl oor in an effort to prevent damage. Biglerville Borough Council President Neil Ecker said he was alerted to the blaze by a neighbor, and he was able to quickly drive from his house to the scene. There, he rushed inside to save the borough computer. “ My fi rst thought was the amount of records that we’ve kept,” said Ecker. “ The computer was saved, and we have a backup.” He said borough of fi cials Tuesday night were “ brainstorming” to fi gure out a plan to keep the borough in operation since they are currently unable to occupy their of fi ces. Ecker added the borough secretary needed to be able to take calls and visit with the BY JESS HAINES Times Staff Writer Mr. Smith turns 100 HAPPY 100TH — Former Gettysburg resident and tireless volunteer Clark Smith turns 100 years old today. Mr. Smith currently resides in Naples, Fla. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1932. In Gettysburg he served as president of the following groups: the United Way of Adams County, Annie Warner Hospital Capital Funds Drive, Adams County Library, Hoffman Homes for Youth board of trustees, and Rotary Club of Gettysburg. He also served the Girl Scouts and American Red Cross. He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Good Samaritan Masonic Lodge, Gettysburg Country Club and more. Meetings to discuss future of transportation County residents will be able to share input on the future of regional transportation projects this week in a series of public meetings hosted by the Adams County Transportation Organization ( ACTPO). The meetings, held at 11 a. m. and 7 p. m. on Thursday at the Adams County Agricultural and Natural Resource Center on Old Harrisburg Road in Gettysburg, will center around ACTPO’s recently completed Transportation Improvement Program and Long Range Transportation Plan. “ These are the plans and the programs that dictate how federal and state gas tax money gets spent,” explained Adams County transportation planner Andrew Merkel. The Transportation Improvement Program, which covers 2013 through 2016, envisions the planning and construction of various projects over the next four years. Merkel explained the state mandates an update to the program ever other year, with the plan going into effect on Oct. 1. He said many of the projects included on the new improvement program include projects BY JESS HAINES Times Staff Writer ( See TRANSPORTATION on Page A5) ( See LAWSUITS on Page A5) ( See FIRE on Page A5)
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