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Guns at midnight

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Guns at midnight

If you were outside at around midnight on New Year’s Eve, you likely heard the reports of a huge variety of firearms and a demonstration of the wide discrepancies in local time pieces. The shots should all occur at the stroke of midnight but usually start at about four minutes before and continue for about […]

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Just a walk in the park

My cousin Eddie always has something going on, whether it’s biking the C&O Canal, going out west to round up horses because it sounded like fun, or seeing if he could walk 200 miles in a year. Eddie is my older cousin and if he could log 200 miles, why not me? The idea seems […]

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Grouse hunt

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Grouse hunt

As another year passes and winter sets in, it’s time to get the shotgun out and follow the dogs to the grouse woods. Although grouse populations aren’t as high as they use to be there are a few still around, especially in the higher elevations of the mountain counties. Most hunters have left the woods […]

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Disparities in settlement helped fuel state’s split

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of columns about West Virginia becoming a state, which is commemorated this year in its sesquicentennial celebration. Statehood for West Virginia was a long, hard road. In spite of popular belief to the contrary, the countdown to statehood and the western part of the state’s problems […]

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Bean there, wrote that: Food writer’s life offers plenty to relish

For its size, the carton that arrived at my doorstep this week was surprisingly weightless. There isn’t much heft to a carton of snack chips, not even when it contains 24 bags. The chips are Beanitos, a product of Bean Brand Foods, a Texas company that has sent them to me so that I can […]

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Decisions, actions- — and so went 2012

The year 2012 has been an interesting one in West Virginia because of actions taken by the state Legislature earlier in the year and decisions made by voters in two elections afterwards. A failure by lawmakers to take action to reduce the state’s growing prison population was one of several disappointments at the 60-day regular […]

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Worthy neighbor, what of the year ahead?

“When the song of the angels is stilled; When the star in the sky is gone; When the kings and princes go home; When the shepherds return to their flocks; The Work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, […]

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Sixth-grade surrealist

During this holiday season we were all treated to displays of Christmas decorations on main streets everywhere. In Berryville, Va., I happened to notice a parking meter somehow done up as the Nehi leg lamp from the motion picture, A Christmas Story. This movie was excerpted from Jean Shepherd’s book, In God We Trust — […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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EDITOR’S NOTE

A welcome from our new home at North Charles Street As we here at the Spirit of Jefferson prepared to move to our new offices at 114 N. Charles St., I hurriedly penned an editor’s note that relied on two faulty assumptions — the reliability of my memory and my sense of direction. As a […]

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Leaders shooting blanks after Newtown

West Virginia politicians, both at the national and state levels, have rushed to present their middle-of-the-road views on proposals to control the use of firearms in the wake of the tragic event in a Connecticut school that claimed the lives of 20 innocent young children as well as a half dozen adults. Most of them […]

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