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Unger introduces amendment making water public good

By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLESTON – Democratic Senate Majority Leader John Unger today introduced a resolution that would amend the state constitution to declare water resources a publicly held good, if approved in a voter referendum on the 2014 ballot. The amendment reads: “The waters of the State of West Virginia are hereby claimed as […]

By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com  CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson High School Principal Howard Guth submitted his resignation from the Jefferson County Public Schools system Thursday after pleading guilty to a charge of criminally negligent manslaughter stemming from a car accident last March. Guth, 58, had a blood alcohol content of .08 — the legal limit in Maryland […]

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By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN – Charles Town City Manager Joe Cosentini has accepted a position as the town administrator of Thompson’s Station, a town of 2,194 people 30 miles south of Nashville, Tenn. He will serve out the month of February leading the City of Charles Town’s staff, and begin work at his new […]

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Commission told it must cut $3.9 million in spending over next six months By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN – Newly-appointed financial director Tim Stanton told the County Commission today that it will have to cut $3.9 million in expenditures to keep this year’s budget in balance – about 13 percent of its budgeted spending […]

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CHARLES TOWN — Police are searching for a man who robbed the United Bank at Jefferson Crossing Shopping Center about 1:39 p.m. Monday. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a man left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money after giving a teller a note demanding money. He was last seen running toward […]

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By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com  HARPERS FERRY – Police are currently searching for a man who attempted to kidnap a woman yesterday near Mission Road in the Blue Ridge Mountains. State Trooper P.S. Kennedy responded to a 911 call at around 5 p.m. yesterday, lodged by the woman who alleged that an unidentified man driving a […]

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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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