Kira Young (from left) and David Levine take turns speaking at the Take A Stand Rally Thursday in Ranson. Kira Young (from left) and David Levine take turns speaking at the Take A Stand Rally Thursday in Ranson. MARTINSBURG — One of the most polarizing issues of 2019 for Jefferson County was the presence of the Rockwool plant in Ranson. Rockwool, a Danish company that makes a variety of mineral wool products for both commercial and residential applications, began in April, garnering criticism from community members that claim emissions coming from the plant would be hazardous for the environment and those residing in Jefferson County. However, there are community members that support the construction of Rockwool, claiming the plant will boost the economy in the Eastern Panhandle. In April, the Jefferson County Board of Education allegedly told Rockwool that it had outstanding plans to construct a Regional Student Support Center, and the board offered to buy 194.7 acres of Rockwool’s property for $1,362,900. According to court documents, the board also threatened to condemn the property if the offer was rejected. Rockwool then filed a motion in May for a temporary restraining ord...