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CHARLES TOWN – A different way of handling street closures for special events in downtown Charles Town is among the challenges facing Charles Town Police Chief Chris Kutcher. Kutcher, who has been chief for two years, said business owners complain when thoroughfares such as Washington Street close for bike races and other special events. “The […]

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City tours to offer visitors ‘the rest of the story’

CHARLES TOWN – Hundreds of thousands of visitors trek to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park each year and starting this weekend, Charles Town has a new way to entice them to spend time here, too. “People come to Harpers Ferry for its John Brown history and what we have in Charles Town is the rest […]

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 Jefferson native ready to make the switch from Ranson to Charles Town CHARLES TOWN – David Mills, Charles Town’s newly designated city manager, can’t wait to get to work helping people recognize what a great community Charles Town is. “Charles Town has so many elements to it,” said the 47-year-old who was born in Ranson […]

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County Commission moves ahead on ethics

CHARLES TOWN – A Jefferson County Commissioner’s proposal requiring residents who serve on the county’s boards and commissions to sign and adhere to an ethical code of conduct is moving forward. After some minor changes, Commissioner Lyn Widmyer’s board col¬leagues agreed at their May 15 meeting to take a formal vote on her proposal when […]

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Long¬time military educators Will and Steph¬anie Poe are set to be honored this Me¬morial Day by members of the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Veterans Association. Both master sergeants, the Poes ini¬tiated the Air Force Junior ROTC pro¬gram at Jefferson High School and have worn the Air Force uniform for a com¬bined 66 years – first serving their […]

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Mills chosen as Charles Town city manager

CHARLES TOWN — David Mills was selected to be the new city manager for Charles Town in a unanimous vote by the City Council Wednesday. Mills, 47, currently works as economic development director for Ranson. A former city manager for that city, he will assume his new duties June 2. Mayor Peggy Smith cited Mills’ […]

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Growing stronger

With community’s help, fire only a setback After decades of selling plants at the Shepherdstown Farmers Market every Sunday, Jimmy Foltz is finding out just how much support he has in the community. Foltz, 55, who owns Peace in the Valley Herb Farm on Back Creek Valley Road in Hedgesville, makes his living selling seedlings, […]

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2 newcomers win school board seats

CHARLES TOWN – Newcomers Kathy Skinner and Laurie Ogden were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s race for the Jefferson County Board of Education. Scott Sudduth also won another term on the board. Skinner finished with 2,026 votes while Ogden had 2,008 and Sudduth came in third with 1,984 on the nonpartisan contest. Voters denied […]

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CHARLES TOWN — A Jefferson County commissioner wants full disclosure from the residents who volunteer on the county’s boards and commissions by having them sign and adhere to an ethical code of conduct at the time they are appointed. Commissioner Lyn Widmyer has introduced a code of ethics that requires appointees to publicly disclose any […]

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CHARLES TOWN — The Charles Town City Council made its selection for the position of city manager Monday, but officials won’t name the person until a formal offer has been made. Three candidates were evaluated during an executive session, which was closed to the public. Charles Town has been without a city manager since March. […]

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