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This month brings the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before a crowd of some 250,000 civil rights supporters gathered at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. As part of the Spirit’s coverage of this landmark anniversary, we’re hoping to hear from our readers. Did […]

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Lending students a hand

Virginia native devotes attention to Panhandle youth INWOOD – Since retiring from teaching, Dorothy Davis has divided her attention between volunteer work in her native Virginia, where she strives to preserve the past, and West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, where her focus is on ensuring students a bright future. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The attorney for the Charles Town Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association told the Jefferson County Commission last week that it should be concerned about the impact of Penn National Gaming’s proposed split into two corporations. PNGI announced plans last year to split into a casino and racing operation company and a real […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) – About 350,000 West Virginians will see a reduction in federal food assistance benefits when a temporary boost expires this fall, according to a nonprofit policy research group. The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy said the increase to federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits expires on Oct. 31. This article is […]

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CVB wrestling with less state aid, declining hotel tax   CHARLES TOWN – The new head of the county’s Convention and Visitors Bureau told the Jefferson County Commission that potential cuts to grant programs the agency relies on could affect its new strategy for marketing the county. Visitors’ bureau CEO Annette Gavin said Jefferson County’s […]

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Cash crunch

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Commission works to get a handle on Jefferson’s budget CHARLES TOWN – In light of a seasonal cash flow crunch, the Jefferson County Commission is examining its policies to attempt to exert more control over spending. In the first of two discussions on budget issues, the commission last week explored a variety of accounting and […]

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CHARLESTON — George Washington won the boys division of the Class AAA state tennis tournament. The Patriots had 19 points to move past runner-up Huntington’s 13 points. Washington High was tied for fifth with three points. Jefferson High didn’t score. Huntington High was the Class AAA girls division state champion with 16 points. Runners-up Hurricane […]

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PARKERSBURG — Cameron Pine, a student at Charles Town Middle School, won his fourth Junior State Wrestling tournament title in Parkersburg in the month of March, 2013. Cameron had won previous titles in 2009, 2011, and 2012. The 12-year-old is the brother of Washington High assistant wrestling coach Chantz Griffith and the son of Donald […]

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Washington traveled to Baker to play East Hardy in a baseball doubleheader last Tuesday. The homestanding Cougars won the opener, 14-8, and then the Patriots got a split of the two games by winning the nightcap, 10-5. Washington’s record was 10-13 after the doubleheader split with the Cougars while East Hardy was 17-10 overall. The […]

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VIENNA — On the first day of the WVIAC softball tournament, Shepherd defeated Charleston, 7-2, behind the three-hit pitching of Shannon Lyons. The Lady Rams led, 5-0, after the first inning. Savannah Snyder and Taylor Schaefer both had two-run homers for Shepherd. Later that day, West Virginia State stopped the Lady Rams, 8-0. Sara Pelegreen’s […]

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