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CHARLES TOWN – When Jefferson County’s $24.3 million budget kicks in July 1 for the start of Fiscal Year 2015, the county will officially be living within its means, explains Tim Stanton, the county’s financial director. With $2.4 million in funding cuts that include less money for public libraries, the Ambulance Authority, the Arts and […]

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Bullett gets his title shot

CHARLES TOWN – It’s been more than 30 years since Washington High coach Don Bullett wrapped up his college hoops career, but he’s the talk of campus these days, explains Janet Bailey, the athletic director at Glenville State College. [cleeng_content id=”735494682″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]“There’s definitely a buzz – people are excited for him […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A plan by the Jefferson County Commission to slash funding for the arts, libraries and parks drew an outpouring of protest from community leaders who said the cuts would cripple their programs. The commission is scheduled to approve its final budget at meetings Thursday and Friday. [cleeng_content id=”865820290″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ […]

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No fracking waste here

CHARLES TOWN – The Eastern Panhandle won’t see fracking waste at its only landfill, thanks to a change by an area lawmaker to a bill that will allow certain facilities to accept unlimited quantities of it. [cleeng_content id=”274335832″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]That bill, House Bill 107, is awaiting signature by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin […]

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia budget approved by lawmakers Friday dips into millions of dollars in reserves and gives public employees raises. [cleeng_content id=”652225196″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]The Senate voted 25-9 and the House of Delegates voted 77-18 to pass next year’s budget. The proposal would take $147.5 million from the state’s $922 million […]

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ANOTHER HISTORY-MAKING WIN

Kendell Smith takes aim as Washington High’s basketball team became the first in school history to win a sectional title. The Patriots continue with a perfect season that may well end in another bit of history-making for the school: a first-ever state championship. 

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CHARLES TOWN – A proposal to overhaul the county’s emergency services system took its first tentative steps toward implementation last week, despite the reservation of county firefighters still cool to the idea. The Jefferson County Commission voted Thursday to cut the size of the board of the county Emergency Services Agency to six individuals – […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Rob Losey says he worries his business will suffer in the coming year because the House and Senate were unable to agree on just how to roll back the state’s blue laws, which would have allowed the hospitality industry to serve alcohol on Sundays. He said a major opportunity has been missed. […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A bill that would have given cities and possibly Jefferson County, the ability to implement a 1 percent sales tax died in the House Finance Committee last week after gaining unanimous passage in the Senate. [cleeng_content id=”494634836″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]Senate Bill 487 would have allowed cities to impose a sales […]

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Officials with West Virginia Department of Transportation say they’re doing all they can to battle issues brought on by the onslaught of a harsh winter. [cleeng_content id=”248967664″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]Now, they’re moving $12 million in funds from other projects to help fix the most glaring of the state’s current problems: potholes. Spokeswoman Carrie […]

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