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Audit: $24M in routers bad for W.Va.

Tiny Panhandle towns among those given oversized devices CHARLES TOWN — More than $2 million worth of high-end broadband routers purchased with federal stimulus funds were installed throughout the Eastern Panhandle, many in rural locations, according to a scathing audit of the imbroglio that was released last week. The report by the West Virginia Legislative […]

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Dougherty selected as new sheriff

CHARLES TOWN – Peter Dougherty was named the sheriff of Jefferson County Tuesday in a 3-2 County Commission vote. Dougherty, currently the director of homeless veterans programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, has served on the Jefferson County Board of Education for 25 years. He will resign both of those posts in […]

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CHARLES TOWN — The home where a woman perished this week in a house fire had no working smoke detector, a fire official said Tuesday. Jeanne Thomas of Charles Town died after her house at 75 Packett Drive in the Tuscawilla Hills subdivision caught fire early Monday, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Mark Lambert. […]

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SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – Despite the snow in the forecast for the Panhandle this week, springtime and a number of 5Ks and other invigorating outdoor events are just weeks away. Next month, leaders with Jefferson County Parks and Recreation will offer their first-ever 5K obstacle race. Officials say “The Charge” will be a first for the […]

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Souper night

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Souper night
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Osbourn remembered for courage, coaching

SHEPHERDSTOWN – When mourners gathered last week to remember C. William “Coach” Osbourn Jr., many of them described his influence on their lives and careers, said his son Mark Osbourn. “People told us they’re in banking or engineering or teaching today because of Dad – every day they use skills he taught them,” said Osbourn, […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Sen. Joe Manchin has harshly criticized congressional inaction and $85 billion in spending cuts that are expected to go into effect next month, saying that they would “take an axe to West Virginia.” “It is discouraging and shameful that Congress cannot work in a bipartisan manner to come together and reach a […]

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Welcoming ‘Baby!’

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Welcoming ‘Baby!’
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CHARLES TOWN – The County Commission will interview three candidates for the office of sheriff next week before a possible vote on the matter early next month. In all, 16 county residents have applied for the opening. Commission President Dale Manuel said the three candidates to be interviewed will be the lead vote-getters from among […]

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Braking news

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Expert offers tips for drivers fuming over higher gas prices CHARLES TOWN – Though no one can coax gas prices back in the $3-per-gallon range, longtime green activist Dave Bassage can offer suggestions for wringing the maximum from each fillup. The Fayette County resident regularly gets more than 50 mpg in his 9-year-old Toyota Prius, […]

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