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Fight over voter ID bill

West Virginia’s secretary of state said she is gearing up to fight legislation that she claims would make it harder for some citizens to vote. On Monday, Tennant appeared at a press conference with newly elected Delegate Stephen Skinner as well as officials from the ACLU, AFL-CIO, AARP and the League of Women Voters and […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Shepherd University will raise tuition nearly 7 percent next year to offset dwindling state aid, President Suzanne Shipley said. She said the percentage of the cost of educating students at Shepherd University has been eroding for years and with big budget cuts also likely to come this year, the school is having […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A state gun rights advocacy group will hold a rally here this weekend to force state Sen. Herb Snyder to bring to a vote a bill approved last week by the House of Delegates that would prevent municipalities from regulating firearms. Art Thomm, the vice president of the West Virginia Citizens Defense […]

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Jefferson’s health picture full of puzzles

CHARLES TOWN – The infant mortality rate in the state’s easternmost three counties has more than doubled in the last decade, skyrocketing within the last five years, according to a report from the West Virginia University School of Nursing. Trina Bartlett, the coordinator of community research initiatives at the eastern division of the nursing school […]

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Jefferson’s insurer paid Smith $170,000

CHARLES TOWN – The county’s former administrator, who was fired by the Jefferson County Commission in a 3-2 vote in 2009, received $225,000 in total compensation from the commission and its insurer, according to the settlement agreement. The county paid Leslie Smith $55,000 directly, according to current county administrator Debbie Keyser, with the county’s liability […]

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School board to begin search for fifth member

CHARLES TOWN – As the Jefferson County Board of Education said farewell to Peter H. Dougherty Monday night, school officials said they aren’t sure yet just how to replace him. Named by the Jefferson County Commission last week as Jefferson County’s new sheriff, Dougherty had served on the school board for a quarter century. He […]

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Organizer of Earth Day fest hoping for a hand

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Organizer Todd Coyle is pleased that there will be no admission charge or parking fee for those who come out for next month’s Panhandle Earth Day Celebration at Morgan’s Grove Park here. But staging the event – covering the fees for the musicians who play throughout the day and providing reimbursement to the […]

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CHARLESTON – A nearly unanimous West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday approved a measure that would repeal a handful of municipal gun control ordinances, affirming the Legislature’s supremacy over that area of law. The bill and its 94-4 passage to the Senate also signals lawmaker support of Second Amendment rights amid a debate renewed […]

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War stories

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War stories

Exhibit showcases life of late WWI vet Frank Buckles CHARLES TOWN – Before he settled on Gap View Farm here to raise beef cattle starting in the 1950s, Frank Buckles spent decades without a permanent home. Working as a chief purser on steamships, he kept items he treasured most in several small footlockers. “He could […]

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