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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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Braking news

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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CHARLES TOWN – The move by the Jefferson County Commission to cut commercial impact fees was a good one, says John Reisenweber, executive director of the county Economic Development Authority. “We’re pleased about it,” said Reisenweber. “The hope is that it makes Jefferson County a more attractive place to do business and we hope that […]

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Plum offering

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Plum offering

MORGANTOWN – Thanks to the work of retired West Virginia University professor Mannon Gallegly, West Virginians have a sweet, juicy way to celebrate the Mountain State’s sesquicentennial this year. Starting next month, university officials will mail out free seed packets of Gallegly’s “West Virginia 63,” the blight-resistant variety of tomato unveiled in 1963 for the […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Both of the candidates who were defeated in last year’s election for Jefferson County sheriff are now seeking to replace the man who beat them. Democratic primary challenger Everett “Ed” Boober and then-Republican general election challenger Earl Ballenger have each asked the Jefferson County Commission to consider appointing them sheriff until the […]

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Snyder: Rail incentive proposal a ‘tough sell’

CHARLES TOWN — An Eastern Panhandle lawmaker thinks a tax incentive might help boost the amount of service for West Virginia’s commuter rail service passengers. Sen. Herb Snyder has introduced a bill that would provide tax incentives to CSX Transportation Inc., which owns the rails used by the Maryland Transit Administration’s Brunswick line, in exchange […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Area volunteer fire companies and the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency are asking the County Commission to implement a fire fee that they say will help responders improve service times that are well below national standards. Ed Hannon, deputy director of the JCESA, told the Jefferson County Commission that county emergency medical […]

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