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Soaked by Sandy

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Soaked by Sandy

 No area damage reported from ‘superstorm’ BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – That gust you might be feeling today is as much the remnant of 1,000-mile wide superstorm Sandy as it is the sigh of relief that much of Jefferson County escaped relatively unscathed. Sandy, which some dubbed a “Frankenstorm,” built into one of […]

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Candidates targeted by EPFF mailer file cease and desist letter BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN — Jefferson County is seeing an unprecedented level of spending by political action committees in legislative races the week before the Nov. 4 election. Nearly $70,000 has been spent by PACs in local delegate and Senate races in the […]

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A haunting in Middleway

MIDDLEWAY — The story goes like this. Adam Livingston was a nearby resident of the town not yet formally incorporated as Smithfield, Va., having moved his family from Pennsylvania four years earlier, when one night, around 1790, Livingston, a devoted and hard-working Lutheran, answers a knock at his door and is greeted by a stranger, […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Should Jefferson County Schools switch to a school calendar with four short breaks rather than the whole summer off? School board members are asking parents and community members to share their thoughts on the idea before Friday. The short online survey – five questions for parents or three for other interested residents […]

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CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – A record number of early voters already have turned out in Jefferson County, according to Jennifer Maghan, the county’s chief elections officer. Early voting was suspended Tuesday as county residents dealt with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but will resume today and continue Thursday, Friday and Saturday. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Utility crews are working to restore service to at least 216,000 customers in West Virginia. Appalachian Power’s website says there are 118,000 customers without electricity Wednesday, down from 154,000 on Tuesday. Kanawha County has 30,000 customers out, compared with 50,000 on Tuesday. Other outages included 12,800 in Fayette County, 11,000 in Raleigh […]

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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A West Virginia University researcher is examining potential sources of pollution that could result from natural gas drilling. The Morgantown school says that assistant professor Shikha Sharma has received $265,000 from the National Science Foundation to support the Stable Isotope Research Laboratory. Officials say the lab advances research and training in earth […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal officials say 18 West Virginia hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics received drugs from a pharmaceutical manufacturer linked to a multi-state outbreak of fungal meningitis According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, only one of those facilities received the steroid shots linked to the meningitis outbreak that has killed 28 people […]

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Charles Town Middle School defeated Shepherdstown Middle School in the MAC football championship game. The MAC title was Charles Town’s third in four seasons. It also marked the third time this season the Panthers beat the Cardinals. Charles Town finished with a 7-1 overall record with three wins over the Cards and two victories over […]

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The Jefferson County African-American Non-Partisan Political Action Committee endorses the following candidates for County, State and U.S. seats. President: Barack Obama Governor: Earl Ray Tomblin U.S. Senate: Joe Manchin U.S. House: Howard Swint Attorney General: Darrell McGraw Secretary of State: Natalie Tennant W.Va. Supreme Court: John Yoder W.Va. Supreme Court: Letitia Chafin W.Va. Senate: Herb […]

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