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The first weekend in October in the Jefferson County Youth Football League found the Eastern Panhandle PeeWee 49ers defeating the Jefferson County Bears, 25-6, the Freshmen Bears blanking the 49ers, 45-0, and Jayvee Bears thrashed the 49ers, 61-12. The Jefferson County PeeWee Hurricanes stopped the Eastern Panhandle Colts, 14-7. The Freshmen Hurricanes beat the South […]

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TED BLACK Special to the Spirit On a weekend that may have finally brought the end of summer temperatures, Charles Town hosted a bevy of allowance races for varying age groups and at numerous distances for those runners looking for one last tuneup before the upcoming West Virginia Breeders Classics and Maryland Million cards on […]

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The Jefferson County Zoning Board upheld Director Jennifer M. Brockman’s Sept. 21 decision to deny the Homeless Coalition of Jefferson County a permit for a cold-weather shelter in Rippon by a vote of 3-2. Look to this Wednesday’s Spirit of Jefferson for the full story.

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The leader of the West Virginia National Guard said Tuesday that the state isn’t as prepared to respond to a disaster as it should be due to the federal government shutdown. Maj. Gen. James Hoyer told reporters that a lack of funding is eroding the guard’s preparedness. He says his units aren’t […]

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LOST CREEK (AP) — Services will be held Sunday for a South Harrison High School football player who collapsed at a game last month. The funeral for 17-year-old Dylan Jeffries will take place at the school’s football field in Lost Creek. In case of rain, services will be held in the school’s gymnasium. “The family […]

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ALTA (AP) — Greenbrier County emergency officials say 19 cattle were killed by a pair of tractor-trailers after they escaped from a farm and wandered onto Interstate 64. Media outlets report that the accident occurred around 1:43 a.m. Wednesday in the Alta area. Several cattle were euthanized because of their injuries. The others were killed […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A Civil War battle reenactment at Burnsville Lake has been cancelled because of the partial federal government shutdown. The Battle of Bulltown reenactment was scheduled for Oct. 12 at the lake’s Bulltown Campground. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday that all of its campgrounds and day-use parks across the nation […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN (AP) — A section of a Civil War battlefield in Shepherdstown is being protected from development. The Civil War Trust recently paid $70,000 to acquire six-tenths of an acre that’s part of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown site. The trust deeded the land to the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission. About 265 of the […]

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WESTON (AP) — A January trial is set for two people charged in the death of a 15-month-old boy in Lewis County. Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Thomas Sheppard of Hepzibah in Harrison County is charged with child abuse resulting in death. The child’s mother, 30-year-old Julia Mick, is charged with child neglect resulting in death. Investigators say […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The state Department of Education is urging more than 13,000 West Virginians to complete their GED before the test changes. On Jan. 2, 2014, an electronic version of the high school diploma equivalency test will debut. The new version’s content will align with the national Common Core standards. West Virginia head GED […]

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