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CHARLES TOWN – Despite a flurry of effort to come up with a bill to allow disposal of fracking waste in commercial landfills – and broad support for the effort in both chambers of the Legislature – the regular session ended before a final bill could be drafted. [cleeng_content id=”454317083″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]The […]

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Tuesday tradition

With children out of school for another snow day, the annual Shrove Tuesday pancake fundraiser at Citizens Fire Co. in Charles Town was busier than ever. It’s the 55th year the all-volunteer fire company has held the all-day extravaganza. Volunteers served up pancakes, sausage gravy, eggs, syrup and other toppings (including the muchloved apple butter made by the Shepherdstown Fire Department) from 6 […]

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Manuel sees change as way to ease cuts CHARLES TOWN – A bill poised to pass out of the state Legislature that allows cities to impose a 1 percent sales tax could be the saving grace for Jefferson County’s troubled finances, says Commissioner Dale Manuel. [cleeng_content id=”508865818″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]Senate Bill 487, which […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Efforts to douse the fire that destroyed the clubhouse at Locust Hill Golf Course last week were hampered by cold weather, poor water pressure and a lack of available firefighters, according to one area fire official. [cleeng_content id=”273848585″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]Lt. Billy McDonald of Independent Fire Company said it took […]

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Community rallies to rebuild greenhouse

HEDGESVILLE – James “Jimi” Foltz has been scraping out a living the old-fashioned way for three decades. Farming by hand, planting his herbs by the phases of the moon, refusing modern fertilizers and pesticides, Foltz has built a life around raising natural, organic produce. [cleeng_content id=”169947147″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]But just like that of […]

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Water that works

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Water that works

Harpers Ferry upgrades could cost $6M HARPERS FERRY – Harpers Ferry loses between 41 and 62 percent of its publicly available water and will need to spend more than $6 million in upgrades to its aging system, according to a study prepared for the town that was released late last year. [cleeng_content id=”405467628″ description=”Read it […]

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A pair of rulings by the state’s Supreme Court, one as recent as last year, appear to back a move this week by the House of Delegates, which approved an ethics bill for the state’s top legal officer, despite a protest from the attorney general’s office that doing so will provoke a “constitutional crisis.” [cleeng_content […]

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Leaders in both Charles Town, Ranson want added authority RANSON – As the state’s nascent home rule pilot project prepares to expand from four to 20 cities, both Charles Town and Ranson have their eyes on the new authority it grants municipal governments. [cleeng_content id=”364973780″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]During an opening joint meeting between […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A bill that would allow unlimited quantities of fracking waste to be deposited in the state’s commercial landfills has passed the House Judiciary Committee and is currently on the House floor awaiting a vote. [cleeng_content id=”821937327″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]While the original version of HB4411, which was authored by the Department […]

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Goodbye to pumped-up prices?

Some want to kill W.Va. ‘minimum markup’ CHARLES TOWN – A pair of bills that seek to exempt gasoline prices from an obscure 1939 law that established minimum mandatory markups for wholesalers and retailers is idling in the state Legislature. [cleeng_content id=”829821085″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]The minimum markup rule was part of the Unfair Trade Practices Act, […]

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