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PSC will investigate on a case-by-case basis BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN — Public Service Commission officials say they are continuing to investigate individual claims by ratepayers who are questioning recent billing practices by Potomac Edison, but the commission is not prepared to launch a general investigation into Potomac Edison’s billing practices at the […]

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CHARLESTON — Few states plow as much money into health care as West Virginia, but you wouldn’t know it from the results, according to a study issued Sunday that urges major change in health services and the government department that helps provide them. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered the audit, conducted by the consulting firm […]

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They’re back: After 17 years, cicadas hit East Coast – but not W.Va.

KEARNEYSVILLE — This month, the 17-year cicadas are expected to emerge from underground in many East Coast states. However the constant buzz of the insect will not be prominent in West Virginia. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng again to view […]

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Big splash

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Big splash

About 50 young people competed in the Kids Fun Run as part of The Charge 5K Obstacle Challenge held Saturday at Sam Michaels Park near Harpers Ferry. The Challenge included three races for contestants of different skill levels and was inspired by the popularity of Tough Mudder and Ironman competitions. About 130 people participated in […]

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MARC bill called only ‘first step’

CHARLES TOWN – Sen. Herb Snyder calls the passage of a bill designed to preserve the Brunswick line of the MARC commuter train a welcome development, but much remains to be done. “I am extremely pleased that, finally, after 30 years of that service, West Virginia has recognized our rail line,” Snyder said. “It has […]

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Jockeying to help at Races

Chaplain aiding unseen crews CHARLES TOWN – The new chaplain serving the backstretch of the Charles Town Race Track is a familiar face for many there. For 18 years, Pastor Joel Hiradlo Alvira was a jockey himself, spending the last nine of those years at Charles Town. “It is very familiar,” Hiraldo laughs. “Everyone here […]

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Shirley’s sentence to come

MARTINSBURG – Former Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley will face a sentencing hearing on May 23, before Judge John Preston Bailey at the federal courthouse in Wheeling. Shirley pleaded guilty in January to charges of using excessive force under color of law for the 2010 beating of since-convicted bank robber Mark Daniel Haines. Haines, who will […]

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Not ready to give up the ghost

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‘Joyful’ Boston Marathon recalled

CHARLES TOWN – Charles Wilson, who ran the Boston Marathon in 2011 and 2012, had hoped to be there again Monday. Instead the Shepherdstown native was in New York City texting with a New York Times colleague shortly before 3 p.m. as two explosions occurred on packed Boylston Street near the finish line, an unexplained […]

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Flea market hoax?

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Flea market hoax?

Mystery over stolen Renoir gets stranger HARPERS FERRY – Word that a Virginia woman had found an authentic painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in a $7 box of odds and ends at a flea market here made international news in September. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest […]

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