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CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Governor’s Service Awards. The Governor’s Service Awards, which are coordinated by Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service, recognize outstanding individuals, families and organizations for extraordinary service and commitment to their communities. The individuals and […]

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The bursting of the housing bubble of five years back has had a strong impact on the Eastern Panhandle and Jefferson County in particular, but has while left much of the rest of the state untouched, according to a housing index report released late last year. In the Eastern Panhandle, home values have fallen precipitously […]

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CHARLES TOWN — Charles Town leaders elected to sit it out this week in the wake of a court order that brought a halt a developer’s plans to build a new drug store downtown. The Rebkee Company will have to wait until the end of the month before moving forward with its proposal to build […]

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Some call for new thinking on library

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Instead of asking how to raise $4.5 million to build a library on a onetime dump near the Clarion Hotel just outside of town, Curt Mason wants local leaders to focus on a different question: Where is the best location for the new library? Citizens might prefer the idea of repurposing the empty […]

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Mark your calendar for May 29

CHARLES TOWN – Schoolchildren across Jefferson County may be keeping their fingers crossed: As long as there’s no snow to cancel classes in the coming weeks, they’ll wrap up the 2011-12 school year in May. It’s been decades since students started their summer break before June, but Jefferson Superintendent Susan Wall notes that nothing’s official […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A House committee has made only minor changes to a prison reform bill despite concerns the measure gives too much authority to the Division of Corrections. The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill Monday but committee members questioned whether the division should draft legislative rules before reducing sanctions for parole violators or […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The contest for the newly created 66th delegate district will be a three-candidate race all to way to the general election in November. Democrat John Maxey and Republican Paul Espinosa will vie for the open seat as will independent candidate Fred Blackmer. Taxing and spending Both Espinosa and Maxey call themselves fiscal […]

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When it comes to the selection of a location for a new library to replace the long-outgrown facility downtown, residents of Shepherdstown deserve a fair, open and transparent process. It appears, however, that members of the Shepherdstown Library Board of Trustees are less interested in ensuring such a process than in steamrolling ahead with the […]

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‘Fat possum’ in the House — Senate too

One of the best known and least understood features of each session at the West Virginia Legislature is fondly known as a “fat possum” bill. It is so named because it travels quietly under the radar screen of most people to avoid attention. A prime example this year was exposed to the sunlight in the […]

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Say ‘no’ to commercial river access The Jefferson County Planning Commission meeting will be held on March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Betty J. Roper Auditorium at Wright Denny Intermediate School, Charles Town. One of the agenda items is a Public Workshop Regarding Recreational Uses/Potential Zoning Amendments. The river outfitters have been sending letters […]

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