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SHEPHERDSTOWN — Last Wednesday evening, the Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications at Shepherd University made its first foray outside of Shepherdstown, by holding a panel discussion in Musselman High School’s LGI Room.

The “Community Growth and Infrastructure: At What Cost?” panel featured Berkeley County Council Vice President Eddie Gochenour, Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association Vice President Lynch Christian, Berkeley County Public Service Water District Executive Director Jim Ouellet and Berkeley County smart growth advocate Clarence Settle, moderated by Jefferson County Schools Public Information Officer Hans Fogle.

“Thank you for joining us today, for what promises to be an interesting discussion on the area’s rapid growth and the infrastructure that supports that growth,” said Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications Executive Director Ashley Horst, as she opened the event. “We are thrilled to be here today, for what we hope will be the first in a series of discussions on community growth.