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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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Red hot sellers

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Red hot sellers

Missy Hill of The Fruit and Veggie Wagon makes a sale Saturday morning at the Charles Town Farmers Market on South Samuel Street. Middleway’s Tudor Hill Farm also is selling tomatoes at the market along with Ash Creek Farm near Martinsburg, Green Gate Farm in Shepherdstown and Middleway Farms. Hill is carrying on the tradition started by her parents, Turner and […]

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CHARLES TOWN — Impact fees are too high. That was the near-consensus during a recent work session attended by a bevy of county officials and business leaders, who met to discuss what to do about the one-time fee on new construction in Jefferson County. Revenue raised from the fee is used to offset the cost […]

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School staffers prep for 2014-15

CHARLES TOWN — Jefferson County Schools administrators will get a chance to discuss the nationwide learning target Common Core during a staff development program today at the Quality Hotel Conference Center in Harpers Ferry. Speakers at the program will include Robert Hull, associate superintendent of the West Virginia Department of Education; Erin Sponaugle, a Berkeley […]

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‘Broken’ promises: Ruland suing mobile device repair CEO

CHARLES TOWN – Nearly a year ago when Patrick Petersen first came to the Eastern Panhandle talking about relocating Broken Mobile, his mobile device repair business, from Northern Virginia and hiring a work force from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, Jim Ruland said he quickly bought into the vision. “The idea of keeping […]

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