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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff     CHARLES TOWN – The Planning Commission has filed a notice of appeal in the recent ruling by Jefferson County Circuit Judge David Sanders, which found that it had violated the Open Government Proceedings Act, according to statements made by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Grove at last week’s County Commission meeting. […]

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MARLA PISCIOTTA Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN — There is no evidence of foul play in the death of a 66-year-old Jefferson County man, whose body was discovered in his home Saturday after a neighbor checked on him following last week’s storms, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. James Daniel Arbuthnot Jr., who was confined […]

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To all water customers of the Charles Town Utility Board: The Charles Town water system is NOT under a boil water advisory.  Though power was lost at the water treatment plant for a short time after the storm passed Friday evening, Board employees as well as Potomac Edison worked diligently to make the necessary repairs.  […]

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CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – Power company crews won’t take a break for Wednesday’s Fourth of July holiday. Workers will continue with 16-hour shifts until homes left without power after Friday night’s massive windstorm are back on the grid, said Scott Surgeoner, a FirstEnergy spokesman. “Oh yes, we’ll be out on the […]

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Free cooling stations set up

CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit StaFF KEARNEYSVILLE – Anyone without power in need of a place to cool off can come to a free cooling station set up at the Jefferson County Health Department at 1948 Wiltshire Road in Kearneysville, officials say. “We’ll be set up all week,” said Jennifer Maggio of the Jefferson County Homeland Security […]

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Thousands cope with historic storm’s aftermath

ROBERT SNYDER and CHRISTINE MILLER FORD RANSON — Thousands of Eastern Panhandle residents awoke this morning to a second day of no electricity and the prospect of a third straight day of a heat wave. Forecasters say temperatures this afternoon again could come close to 100 degrees. Across much of Jefferson County, Friday night’s powerful […]

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Storms topple trees, lines — many without power in Jefferson County

RANSON — Many residents throughout Jefferson County remain without power  in the wake of a fierce storm that blew through the region late Friday night that ripped up old trees and downed power lines. Shari Jordan, who lives on First Avenue in Charles Town, was out Saturday morning assisting with a cleanup effort after a […]

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Trucking companies doing business in west Virginia are being warned by the state’s Public Service Commission against taking water from fire hydrants without first getting approval from local water utilities. According to a news release from the PSC, the problem was first reported in the north central part of the state where truckers were allegedly […]

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One person killed in Ranson shooting, another hospitalized

[cleeng_content id="398709002" description="Read it now!" price="0.15"]RANSON — One man is dead and a woman has been hospitalized following a double shooting in an apartment building in Ranson overnight. Dontrell Tyree Curry, 27, of Ranson was shot in the head sometime around 5 a.m. in a second-floor residence in Building 8 at Apple Tree Apartments, according […]

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Court dissolves CVS injunction

ROBERT SNYDER Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN — A Jefferson County Circuit Court today dissolved an emergency injunction it leveled late last week against the developer that wants to build a retail drug store in downtown Charles Town. Judge David H. Sanders ruled that petitioners Betsy Wells and Donald Rohel had no special standing as residents […]

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