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Tensions over Ferguson shooting spur concerns here

CHARLES TOWN – As hundreds turned out last weekend for Charles Town’s annual African-American Culture and Heritage Festival, many attendees found themselves opening up about the unrest continuing in Ferguson, Mo., after an unarmed black teen’s slaying by a police officer. “We represent people who fought for their rights and freedom 150 years ago,” explained Robert […]

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Back in the saddle

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Back in the saddle

Jefferson County Fair-goers champing at the bit as bull riding returns LEETOWN — Bull riding is back! It’s one of the most thrilling events a rodeo has to offer, and this year bull riding returns to the Jefferson County Fair after an absence of several years. “There’s a lot of people excited about (the show),” […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Besides pencils, notebooks, backpacks and the like, Jefferson High teacher Anne Portrey would add something else to the list of back-to-school must-haves: A positive attitude. When students return to the classroom Monday for the start of the 2014-15 school year, Portrey said “a smile and high hopes” are the best way to ensure […]

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CARE Clinic adapting after Obamacare

RANSON — Who benefitted from the decision by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to expand Medicaid following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act? Annette Jackson did. Now when Jackson, a 56-year-old housekeeper who lives in Charles Town, goes to the Eastern Panhandle CARE Clinic in Ranson, Medicaid will pay for her health care […]

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SHANNONDALE — If action isn’t taken this fall, trees from Shannondale to some parts of Harpers Ferry could become permanently defoliated. That’s the dire prediction of Shannondale resident Camille Campbell, of Moonridge Lane, who is the head of the Gypsy Moth Committee for the area. But the problem isn’t gypsy moths. It’s cankerworms. “In May, […]

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CHARLES TOWN — There’s more free parking coming to Charles Town. The City Council voted unanimously Monday to open up two spaces for two-hour free parking in the lot on Liberty Street. The spaces, which had been available by permit only, will be labeled with signs. The measure is part of a broader plan by […]

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CHARLES TOWN — School board members had their first look last week at plans for a new facility that will house the school system’s fleet of buses. The new garage facility, which is set to be open by June 2015, is to be built on the site of the onetime Bardane Industrial Park’s Bercazi property. […]

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Big turnout for Big Latch On

Twenty-two moms, offspring take time for nursing event at Jefferson Mediical RANSON – Nearly two dozen breastfeeding moms toted their babies and toddlers to Jefferson Medical Center Saturday morning hoping to put the health benefits of nursing squarely in the public eye. “Breastfeeding is really important, and so is bringing visibility to all the benefits […]

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CHARLES TOWN – For 17 Jefferson County teens, the summer has involved more than family vacations, part-time jobs and hanging out with friends. They recently completed six days at the West Virginia Sheriffs’ Youth Leadership Academy in southern West Virginia. The Jefferson students were among 130 young West Virginians who got a taste of law […]

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Skinner named West Virginia Association for Justice’s Member of the Year

CHARLESTON – Lawmaker Stephen Skinner has been honored by the West Virginia Association for Justice as its 2014 Member of the Year. “Stephen Skinner is a tireless advocate on behalf of his clients in the courtroom and behalf of all West Virginians in both Charleston and Washington, D.C.,” said WVAJ past president Bernie Layne, who […]

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