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CHARLES TOWN – Forty-two cyclists have signed up so far for the first-ever Two Cities Criterium through Charles Town and Ranson, and organizer Chris Burns predicts many more riders will register before race day on June 28. Cyclists tend to wait until the last minute to sign up, said Burns, who is a promoter of […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The mayors of Charles Town and Ranson will spend part of this morning with President Barack Obama in the White House, where they’ll discuss how technology can boost their communities. “Most small towns never have an opportunity like this,” said Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith. “I feel we’re representing small towns across the […]

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Field trip: Farms open doors to visitors

CHARLES TOWN – Jane Tabb says she helped organize the first Jefferson County Farm Day 13 years ago because so many in our area don’t know as much about the local agriculture scene as they’d like to. “I think people are curious about how farms work, and they can’t just walk on to farms and […]

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Summer blowout

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Summer blowout

Noah Hanshaw and other Blue Ridge Primary students head outdoors for “Water, Water, Everywhere,” the 2013-14 final “Friday Fun” learning event where stations included a sponge toss, bubble-making, float-and-sink experiments, summer safety tips and more. This Friday, Jefferson County School students will have to make their own fun – most students’ summer break begins at 12:45 p.m. Thursday. (Teachers spend the rest of the […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A June 28 bike race will go on as planned despite efforts from Charles Town officials to have the race’s start delayed till noon to accommodate businesses downtown. The Two Cities Criterium Bicycle Race through Ranson and Charles Town will close sections of Washington, Liberty and George streets in ChaPagesrles Town from […]

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Celebrating  seven years

Suzanne Shipley is leading Shepherd in new directions SHEPHERDSTOWN – Seven years after Texas-born Suzanne Shipley became the 15th president of Shepherd University – and the first woman to hold the job – she’s continuing to make her mark here. Among the issues she’s focusing on these days: Guiding Shepherd as it expands into new […]

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War stories

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Free seminar to spotlight Jefferson in 1864 SHEPHERDSTOWN – Experts from the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Historic Shepherdstown Commission are teaming up to highlight what happened in the county during 1864, the turning point of the Civil War. The two-day seminar, “Jefferson County in 1864,” takes place June 23 in Charles Town – […]

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Cancer survivor, church eager for June 21 Relay For Life walk

SHEPHERDSTOWN – “I remember when I received the first word of cancer,” Reba Weller wrote in a letter to organizers of this month’s Relay For Life of Jefferson County. “All I could think of was my family… my world was about caring and helping them.  Also, I remember my first prayer: ‘I ask you, Lord, […]

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Boom time: Cannons kick off season

College students playing for the Charles Town Cannons enjoy a picnic Sunday at Jefferson Memorial Park.                     Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith manned the grill at Sunday’s Cannons picnic.                       Shoppers at Saturday’s Charles Town Farmers Market had […]

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Event would close Washington, other streets downtown June 28 CHARLES TOWN – The Charles Town City Council this week faced complaints about a cycling event that will close sections of Washington, Liberty and George streets from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 28. The Two Cities Criterium Bicycle Race through Ranson and Charles Town is […]

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