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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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MORGANTOWN (AP) — A 17-year-old girl charged with the murder of her former best friend can get a fair trial in Monongalia County, and the prosecutors says it shouldn’t be relocated. In response to defense motions this week, Prosecutor Marcia Ashdown also says Shelia Eddy’s rights haven’t been violated, and the confession of her alleged […]

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HUNTINGTON (AP) — A suspect in the shooting of six at a West Virginia housing complex has been arrested in Brooklyn. 31-year-old Antonio Michael Smith was arrested Thursday by the FBI. Back in West Virginia, Smith faces six counts of malicious wounding and one count of wanton endangerment. All are felonies. Huntington police say the […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — An unidentified worker died of a head injury Friday at CONSOL Energy’s McElroy mine in Marshall County, and the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training said it was investigating. The accident happened just before 1 p.m., but it was not immediately clear how the worker was injured. The miner […]

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The Jefferson County Board of Health will retain George Bernadino as a consultant for three months By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com KEARNEYSVILLE – The Jefferson County Board of Health voted unanimously Friday to accept the resignation of Health Administrator George Bernadino after seven months on the job. They agreed to keep Bernadino on for three months as […]

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Federal shutdown has widespread area impacts

By BRYAN CLARK bryan@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN – As the third day of the first federal government shutdown in 17 years comes to a close, a broad spectrum of Jefferson County’s residents and businesses are feeling the negative effects of congressional gridlock. The shutdown is already harming active duty military service members, veterans, federal workers and students […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – Dozens of firefighters from Jefferson, Berkeley and Loudoun counties responded to a house fire in a residential section of Charles Town at around 1:00 this afternoon. There were no injuries in the fire, though two cats died. One firefighter was examined by paramedics for heat exhaustion at the scene […]

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