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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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Prosecutors want prison for Shirley

Ex-sheriff alleged to have tried to ‘influence’ witness MARTINSBURG — Federal prosecutors will seek a prison sentence for former Jefferson County Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley, who pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to using excessive force during the 2010 arrest of a bank robber. The admission came as part of a plea bargain in […]

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CHARLESTON — If House minority leader Tim Armstead and a sizable number in the House of Delegates have their way, voters will be required to show photo identification at the polls in the future. Armstead, a Republican, is the primary driver behind the proposal that would mandate a photo ID at the polls. Armstead, who […]

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Gunning for Joe: Protesters to rally at senator’s EP office

MARTINSBURG – Organizers of Saturday’s pro-gun rally outside U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s office here say they’re expecting a crowd of 300 or more from across West Virginia as well as neighboring states. “People are mad, angry, passionate,” explained Art Thomm of Martinsburg, the vice president of the statewide, pro-gun lobbying group West Virginia Citizens Defense […]

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Morrisey makes history
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Keeping King in mind

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Keeping King in mind
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