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This week Chamber of Commerce July meeting: Yellow Brick Bank Restaurant, Shepherdstown, Thursday, noon to 1 p.m. Attendees are requested to bring canned goods for Jefferson County Community Ministries. Miller/Orndorff/Nesmith reunion: The descendants of Phillip Setzer Orndorff and Mary Jane Tevault, Jacob Sylvanius Miller and Mary Catherine Reynolds, and Bethuel Middleton Nesmith and Alice Dortha […]

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HARPERS FERRY — Cans, bottles, diapers, and automobile parts are among the items that the Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition and volunteers removed from the Shenandoah River on July 14. The cleanup was the second of what the Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition plans to be a bi-annual event. Volunteers also found piles of tires, car doors, […]

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The 401(k) plan is one of the most popular retirement plans available. Employers typically offer these plans for the benefit of their employees. However, many people will change jobs multiple times in their lives, and for some, this can mean having several 401(k) accounts, complicating retirement savings and losing track of assets. When employees leave […]

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Rizzos celebrate 48 years
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Christian Ramey and Christopher Kidwell, of Kearneysville, welcomed their daughter, Caidence Niquel, on June 8, 2012 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 0.2 ounces and was 17 inches long. Welcoming the baby at home was Damien and Aiden. Kassandra Hamm and Anthony Tanner, of Ranson, welcomed their daughter, Nevaeh Skye, at 10:50 […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – A proposal to require extensive audits in order for local volunteer fire departments to receive county funding drew strong opposition from local firefighters at last week’s County Commission meeting. The objection, explained Ronald Fletcher, president of the Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Association, stems from the fact that […]

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ROBERT SNYDER Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN — West Virginia suffers from one of the highest rates of illicit drug use in the country. Even worse, the state’s prison population is near to overflowing. But there is good news and it was on display last week at the Jefferson County Judicial Center as area officials welcomed […]

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Lost Dog Coffee in trademark dispute

    SHEPHERDSTOWN – When Garth Janssen, the proprietor of Lost Dog Coffee, received a cease and desist letter from the Driscoll and Seltzer law firm last week, he was dumbstruck. “My initial reaction was shock,” Janssen said. “‘Whoa. This can’t really be real. What’s next?’” When Janssen started reading further, he felt like the demands […]

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Off to the party – the Democratic Party

17-year-old Hannah McCarley will turn 18 at the National Convention in September CHARLES TOWN — West Virginia Democrat Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin won’t be attending the Democratic Party’s National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. Neither will U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. But Washington High School senior Hannah McCarley will be taking a week off of […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff MARTINSBURG – Federal Judge John Preston Bailey is expected to rule soon on a motion filed by Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley that would delay his trial, currently set to take place in two weeks, until the spring of next year. Shirley is charged with one count of deprivation of rights under […]

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