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Leaders shooting blanks after Newtown

West Virginia politicians, both at the national and state levels, have rushed to present their middle-of-the-road views on proposals to control the use of firearms in the wake of the tragic event in a Connecticut school that claimed the lives of 20 innocent young children as well as a half dozen adults. Most of them […]

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Here’s some statistics that you might find as unsettling as I do. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of West Virginia that year was about the same as it was in 1960. From 1971 to 1997, West Virginia had the lowest crime in the nation, before settling for second lowest in 1998 with […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Charles Town City Council’s pathetic funding choices The left wing of the Charles Town City Council is at it again. This time it plans to use city revenue to help fund a state-enacted bureaucracy called the teen court. It is disturbing that certain council members want to fund a duplicate social program in these tight […]

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BETHANY – A scholarship fund has been created to remember a Northern Panhandle college grad’s daughter, one of the young victims of this month’s massacre in Newtown, Conn. Members of Bethany College’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity have created a scholarship fund in memory of 6-year-old Caroline Previdi. Her father Jeffrey W. Previdi is a 1994 […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Maryland voters’ decision last month to OK a casino in suburban Prince George’s County – and the repurcussions the change will mean for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races – has been selected as the top business story of 2012 by the editors at the Spirit of Jefferson. Other important business developments […]

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Whether you are a Beatles fan or not, you must recognize that John Lennon was one of the great musical minds of our age. In 1971, he wrote and recorded a song that was a gentle protest against the war in Vietnam, but has become a standard for this time of year. Some of the […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook says the police officer that fatally shot an Alabama tractor-trailer driver acted heroically to save the life of a local security guard. A preliminary investigation shows Stephen Fitz fired four gunshots in killing 32-year-old Joshua Emerson of Hamilton, Ala. Holbrook said Emerson allegedly attempted to attack the […]

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Police Logs

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Charles Town Police Log Dec. 16 2:10 a.m. Filmore Street, Harpers Ferry — Assist Harpers Ferry Police Department (open door) — Assistance rendered 2:53 a.m. Willingham Knolls Park — Suspicious vehicles — Advised of park closure and told to move on 1:02 p.m. East Congress Street — Disturbance — Advised of options 6:05 East Washington […]

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A North River dilemma

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A North River dilemma

On its complex meandering course, the North River flows through our back yard. It’s called the North River, I presume, because its confluence with the Cacapon River is north of this river’s source. Therefore, it can be said that the North River flows north through, when we’re standing on its banks, it would seem to […]

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Top traditions

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Top traditions

Special foods, customs will help kick off 2013 CHARLES TOWN Parties are a New Year’s Eve staple, of course, but many of us rely on a variety of other foods and customs to mark the passage of one year into the next. When we asked readers of the Spirit of Jefferson to share some of […]

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