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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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State school reform debate ‘absolutely exciting,’ Combs says

CHARLESTON – Tina Combs’ first state school board meeting came the same day as Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin delivered his State of the State speech, including its call for a massive overhaul for West Virginia’s public school system. “It was absolutely exciting to hear the governor focus so much on education,” said Combs, who was […]

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Business owner’s ideas put Berkeley Springs on the map

  BERKELEY SPRINGS – Jeanne Mozier’s accomplishments since her arrival here in 1977 include making a Depression-era movie theater into a weekend gathering spot, fostering the Apple Butter Festival into an event that draws thousands each October, helping to create an award-winning arts council that’s become a state and national role model and introducing a […]

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A pair of firsts

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A pair of firsts

CHARLES TOWN – As Jefferson County’s first-time lawmakers Stephen Skinner and Paul Espinosa begin their work in the Legislature today, they’re also making history as, respectively, West Virginia’s first openly gay lawmaker and the state’s first Hispanic legislator. Both natives of the county, Skinner is a 44-year-old Shenandoah Junction resident, a progressive Democrat elected in […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The West Virginia Nature Conservancy is asking the county to conserve a group of rare marshes from degradation in the wake of a decision by the Jefferson County Commission to rezone an asphalt plant along W.Va. 51. Commissioners voted 3-2 last week to rezone the Jefferson Asphalt property from a rural designation […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The Jefferson County Commission has begun officially accepting applications for the position of sheriff, though it has been informally accepting applications over the past several weeks. Commissioners voted unanimously to begin advertising the position at their meeting last week, and also decided to reject the advice of Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Grove, […]

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