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Gowers big day

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CHARLES TOWN — Jefferson and Monongalia counties have teeter-tottered for the lowest unemployment since 2007, but in August Jefferson County’s jobless rate was 5.1 percent, edging out Monongalia County, which had a rate a tick higher at 5.2 percent. It marks the first time Monongalia has not reported the lowest rate since 2011, when Pendleton […]

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Hot spot

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BARDANE — Fans of Brian Bircher and Jennifer Maghan’s Black Dog Coffee Co. now have a new way to get the fresh-roasted java they crave. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng again to view it. The rest of this article is […]

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Small business profile: Ranson sports store ‘caters to individuals’

What: The Locker Room Where: 809 N. Mildred St. Suite 10 in Ranson Open: Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sunday and Monday For more: Call 304-724-6878 or go online to www.TheLockerRoomWV.com Ranson is home to a family-owned retailer selling sporting equipment, custom apparel, team jerseys, hats, […]

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The karma of giving

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The karma of giving

In the past, I have shared a brief outline of the Five Pillars of Business Growth, which represent core characteristics business owners must develop as they transition from being product sellers and service providers to owners of profitable, scalable companies. These characteristics are: 1) Knowing what they sell is an experience, not just a product/service, […]

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Serene stylist

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Serene stylist

Two years after a concert scam landed Jefferson County native Luke Loy handcuffed in Berkeley County Circuit Court, the 47-year-old hairstylist says his life is no longer rocky. Inside his elegant new salon in a sprawling historic home on North Mildred Street in Charles Town, Loy says these days he feels tranquil about both his […]

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Dog lover’s aim: A ‘Yappy Hour’ for pets, owners

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Barbara Keech would like nothing more than for her retirement to go to the dogs. Within the next few years, the Shepherdstown resident hopes to give up her long weekday commute from the Panhandle to suburban Maryland and to instead focus on a pet project – taking natural-light portraits of families and pets. […]

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Think tank sizes up jobs in West Virginia

CHARLESTON (AP) — A report by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy concludes the state lost 21,300 jobs during the Great Recession and would have to add 27,000 jobs to regain its pre-recession employment rate. The think tank’s findings are contained in the report “The State of Working West Virginia 2012,” published last […]

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Spirit adds Burns as ad chief, promotes Snyder

CHARLES TOWN – The Eastern Panhandle’s oldest newspaper has a new ad director and is promoting its award-winning managing editor to a new position, Spirit of Jefferson publisher Craig See has announced. Mary Burns, a longtime Charles Town resident with more than a decade of experience in newspaper advertising, joins the Spirit staff this week. […]

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The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation has announced it will be considering grant proposals from local charitable organizations and schools interested in integrating the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, with the arts as a part of its Arts-in-Education program. Interested applicants may download the Community Foundation’s 2012 Arts-in-Education grant guidelines/application at […]

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