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American Legion revs up

CHARLES TOWN – Veterans with a taste for the road will soon have a new organization to call home. Jackson-Perks Post 71 of the American Legion will hold the first meeting of its American Legion Riders motorcycle organization Tuesday. “It’s basically a group that are motorcycle enthusiasts,” explained Shawn Suiters, who is organizing the new […]

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Raising a stink:

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Raising a stink:

Busy breeding season means big comeback CHARLES TOWN — Their numbers held back last year by unfavorable weather, the brown marmorated stink bug is back and in much bigger numbers. Tracey Leskey, a research entomologist who studies the stink bug at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, said researchers are seeing a sixfold increase […]

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Tabb takes seat on commission

CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County’s newest commissioner took her seat for the first time last week after emerging victorious in the 2012 election. “It was nice to be back in the saddle again,” said Jane Tabb, who was ousted from the commission by Democrat Frances Morgan in 2006. Tabb says the environment in the county […]

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Lucky ’13

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Lucky ’13
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HARPERS FERRY – Plans to revitalize Potomac Street in the lower town of Harpers Ferry will soon be completed, according to Mayor Joe Anderson. “The design consultants have virtually completed their design work and we are now in the process of easement negotiation with a few property owners,” Anderson said, adding the town hopes to […]

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Water rates set to rise in Harpers Ferry

HARPERS FERRY – Residents here will see a modest increase in their monthly water bills following a unanimous decision of the Harpers Ferry Town Council. “We haven’t had a rate increase since 2009, and we all know that prices are going up,” said Mayor Joe Anderson. “When we put together the budget last year – […]

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Fewer Ryan’s Glen homes to be in way, road officials say RIPPON – Homeowners in the Ryan’s Glen subdivision may soon see revised plans for the expansion of U.S. 340, which officials say could reduce the impact to their homes. Responding to an inquiry by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller last month, Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox […]

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Songwriter tells how W.Va. got its famous ode

As he drove down a two-lane road lined with silos, farms and a pasture filled with black-eyed Susans, Bill Danoff says an idea for a song began to bloom. The spark that late summer day in 1970 would become “Take Me Home (Country Roads)” – a No. 2 hit for John Denver and the globally […]

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Heave-ho, O Tannenbaum
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Grantham remembered for love of farm, family

MIDDLEWAY — With his father’s death in 1944, James Grantham took over the Tudor Hall farm that had been in his family since before the American Revolution. He was just 20. “My dad has said it wasn’t easy,” recalled his older son, Amon Grantham, following his father’s passing on Monday at age 89. “But working […]

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