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Bold bike ideas could boost tourism, health

SHEPHERDSTOWN – It’s been nearly two years since the 10-mile W.Va. 9 Bike Path opened to the public, and some community leaders say it’s time to do more to attract cyclists to the Panhandle. Nationwide, bicyclists compose one of the fastest-growing segments of the tourism industry, explains Lois Turco, the co-creator of Freedom’s Run, the […]

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Library wants community feedback

SHEPHERDSTOWN — The biggest stumbling block toward converting the former Shepherstown landfill to a new public library is also its biggest asset, according to the director of the state’s brownfields assistance center. Brownfields are abandoned and contaminated lands, such as landfills, that through reclamation may be made available for re-use. What often holds back development […]

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CHARLES TOWN – It’s nearly time for Jefferson County to name its 2012 Distinguished Citizen, an honor to be unveiled June 27 at the county chamber of commerce’s annual awards dinner. For citizens who know of someone deserving recognition for his or her contributions to Jefferson County, there’s still time to submit a nomination. The […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Some area residents and members of the building community are at odds over a proposal being considered by the Jefferson County Commission that would extend the approvals of developers’ construction plans. The measure in question has been proposed by Jefferson County Citizens for Economic Preservation, and it mimics a proposal that died […]

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It was just four years ago that West Virginia lawmakers came up with a resolution to a threat by MARC to curtail rail service into West Virginia by settling on a plan that would require riders to pay a surcharge of $2 a day. Just how permanent that solution was became evident earlier this year […]

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On the evening of Dec. 27, 2010, Mark Daniel Haines was engaged in a dangerous enterprise; that much we can agree on. Haines, of Harpers Ferry, was on the run from Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley following a failed attempt to rob a bank in Ranson, and thereafter led sheriff’s deputies from both Berkeley and […]

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Shameful oversight I was happy to learn that my neighbor was graduating from Jefferson High School in the Class of 2012 and delighted to receive a graduation announcement. My pleasure ended there. The graduation announcement which was provided to students at Jefferson High School contains a grammatical error. The word “its,” a possessive pronoun which […]

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Plant’s tax credit, increased power rates cancel jobs benefit

It’s still not clear just how far state and county officials might be willing to go in terms of tax breaks to help Century Aluminum agree to reopen a plant that has been closed since February 2009. But a critical 3-2 decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals last week that denied an […]

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About those times when I don’t restrain myself

The Maryland state trooper parked and hidden in the grassy median must have seen me before I saw him, for within a moment he was riding alongside me in the next lane flagging me to pull over, post-haste. My violation: an absolute failure to be barricaded into my moving vehicle via a lap and shoulder […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County’s schools chief is defending a proposal to change how planning happens in middle schools here. Superintendent Susan Wall said the county will continue with what’s called the middle school “team concept” – designed to help transition students from elementary to middle and from middle to high school. In the past, […]

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