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Driven snow

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State wants assessor’s office fixes

CHARLES TOWN – For the seventh straight year, state officials have found deficiencies in the way the Jefferson County assessor’s office runs its operations. None of the state’s other 54 counties has been found to have such problems for so long. Jefferson and 45 other counties have been cited by the state Property Valuation and […]

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Judge denies Shirley evidence requests

MARTINSBURG – A federal judge has denied a request by Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley that the prosecution spell out its strategy, as well as a number of requests to see prosecutor’s evidence earlier than is customary. Judge John Preston Bailey, who is presiding over the case, did, however, allow Shirley’s lawyers to obtain access to […]

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Top 10 of ’12

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Top 10 of ’12

Sheriff Shirley’s indictment tops list of year’s news The federal indictment and subsequent re-election of Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley has been selected as the top news story of 2012 by the Spirit of Jefferson editors. 1. Lawman gets in trouble with the law Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley entered a plea of not guilty in […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly two years after the death of America’s last World War I veteran, Charles Town resident Frank Buckles, plans are moving ahead to recognize those who served in the Great War. But longtime supporters of the project are expressing outrage and dismay that Buckles’ name has been stripped from the effort. Buckles, […]

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Despite Conn. tragedy, schools still ‘safest place’

CHARLES TOWN – Suggestions that schools beef up security in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting in Newton, Conn., aren’t necessary or practical, contends the president of the Jefferson County Board of Education. “Schools are still about the safest places kids can be,” said Peter Dougherty, whose first joined the school board in 1984. […]

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MARTINSBURG — Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley’s criminal defense lawyers have filed a motion to see evidence collected against him by federal prosecutors. Shirley was indicted in June for allegedly using excessive force during the 2010 apprehension of bank robbery suspect Mark Daniel Haines following a high-speed chase and for later falsifying a police report about […]

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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who called for political dialogue in the wake of the shooting that killed 20 students at a Connecticut elementary school, said he wants to know more about fellow lawmakers’ gun proposals. A Democrat and self-described lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Manchin said he would be willing to discuss […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A settlement has been reached in the wrongful termination lawsuit filed three years ago by former County Administrator Leslie Smith. While the full terms of the settlement have not been made public, the county will pay her $55,000. The Jefferson County Commission made no admission of wrongdoing. Smith’s lawsuit against the commission, […]

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Walk this way

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Walk this way

RANSON — Ranson officials want you to take a walk. That’s the reason for the recent sidewalk renovation and crosswalk projects being completed on and around Mildred Street. “The biggest priorities were to make sure that we had good, clear, wide sidewalks and improve Old Town,” said Duke Pierson, who has served on the Ranson […]

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