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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff HARPERS FERRY – The body of a 30-year-old Winchester, Va., man who fell into the Shenandoah River during a holiday gathering Thursday was recovered by rescuers today, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty. The man’s name has not yet been released by officials. Dougherty said the man fell into the […]

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BOLIVAR – The winners of the 2013 municipal elections in Bolivar have been announced. With incumbent Edmund Stazyk stepping down from his seat on the town council and two newcomers throwing their hats in the ring, only town council seats were contested. Each voter cast a ballot in which they chose all five candidates they […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff MARTINSBURG – The attorney representing convicted bank robber Mark Daniel Haines in a civil suit against former Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley and seven other area law enforcement officers says the two sides have reached a settlement agreement through mediation. Lawyers for the defendants declined to comment on the case, and have […]

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Protect the public’s right to know

BRYAN CLARK The leadership of the Department of Justice ought to be routed for the blatant contempt they showed for the First Amendment last week when they seized the Associated Press’s phone records. Attorney General Eric Holder, while noting that he had not ordered the seizure, defended it nonetheless, saying that a 2012 story written […]

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HARPERS FERRY – The Harpers Ferry Police Department has identified the man who was killed after being hit by a train last night. Paul R. Cavalier, 78, Summit Point, was struck by a train at approximately 7:20 p.m. last night after he stepped onto the tracks near the train station at 112 Potomac Street. “It […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Bluegrass musicians Melvin and the late Ray Goins are among seven unique state artists that will be inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. The Mercer County brothers will be part of the class of 2013 that will be inducted Nov. 16 at the state Culture Center in Charleston. Separately […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6.6 percent, the lowest it’s been in four years. WorkForce West Virginia said Tuesday that’s down four-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month. It says the number of unemployed state residents fell by 2,600 to 53,500. Spokeswoman Courtney Sisk said county-by-county […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of gunning down Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum may go on trial Oct. 21. Tennis Melvin Maynard received the date after pleading not guilty at his Wednesday arraignment. Maynard is accused of fatally shooting Crum on April 3. The sheriff was parked in downtown Williamson. After a […]

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CHARLESTON — House Speaker Rick Thompson will take over as the cabinet secretary for the state Department of Veterans Assistance next year. Keith Gwinn, who has held the position for two years, said this morning he would retire for health reasons and Thompson would take over the post. “I have to [retire],” Gwinn said. “I […]

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CHARLES TOWN – In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Jefferson County Commission agreed to send an official letter to the Public Service Commission requesting that they open a general investigation into the billing practices of Potomac Edison and its parent company FirstEnergy. Del. Stephen Skinner, who has also written a letter calling for a general […]

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