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HARPERS FERRY – Area river excursion outfitters and tour services will retain the right to use a pull-out on the Potomac River following a decision by a Washington County, Md. judge. Administrative Judge M. Kenneth Long ruled this month that Maryland courts do not have jurisdiction over shores on the Virginia side of the Potomac, […]

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Pickin’ to move this fall

MARTINSBURG — Barbecue and bluegrass festival Pickin’ in the Panhandle is moving to a new venue. The long-running bluegrass and barbecue festival, which will be held on Sept. 6, 7 and 8, has agreed to partner with Inwood-based Shiley Acres, according to Matthew DeHaven, president of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are […]

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ENTER, STAGE RIGHT

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ENTER, STAGE RIGHT

Back in the day, a printing press used to rumble in the rear of the building at 210 N. George St. Come this summer, it will be the site of pirouetting ballerinas in training. Meet the Old Opera House theater company’s newest acquisition — the onetime home of the Spirit of Jefferson. The Old Opera […]

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MARTINSBURG – Volunteers who gather here monthly to feed children from low-income families are hoping for more help to expand their efforts in Jefferson County. Kidz Power Packs, a program started in 2010 by Diana Wall and several others, already provides weekend, holiday and summer meals to more than 300 children in Berkeley and Jefferson […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The Jefferson County Commission has asked Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to weigh in on the legality of holding a special election for sheriff ahead of the 2014 general election. The request, made by commissioners following the resignation earlier this month of Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley following his pleading guilty in U.S. District […]

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Chamber exec joins state school board

MARTINSBURG – For the first time since late 2006, the Eastern Panhandle has a representative on the West Virginia Board of Education. Late last week, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced he’d appointed Tina Combs, a Bunker Hill resident and the longtime executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, to the nine-member board. No […]

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Byrd archive opens for research

SHEPHERDSTOWN – A newly opened archive at Shepherd University offers an unprecedented level of insight into the life, politics and beliefs of the nation’s longest-serving senator. It took archivist Marc Levitt, along with his colleague Lily Phipps and a host of interns, almost 2 1/2 years to organize into a usable form a significant portion […]

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Panhandle rally sends gun-rights message

MARTINSBURG – Hundreds of pro-Second Amendment protesters picketed U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s Martinsburg office Saturday in response to what they perceive as a weakening of his pro-gun stance following the shootings in Newtown, Conn. “We came out here in response to Senator Manchin, as well as other politicians across the country, and their reaction, after […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN — With plans for a garage at Shepherd University on hold, school officials are considering other solutions to discourage students from parking in town and ease parking woes for residents, business owners and visitors. John Sherwood, the former Board of Governors chairman heading a committee in charge of the university’s long-term building plan, said […]

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Crunch time: Apple gets stamp of approval

CHARLES TOWN – The apple is getting its day. The U.S. Postal Service’s latest postcard stamp, released last week, showcases the apple – the fruit that serves as the mascot for Musselman High School, is the centerpiece of the Eastern Panhandle’s Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival every October and one of the top crops for […]

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