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With Marple gone, fallout hitting W.Va.

CHARLES TOWN – A local lawmaker says the Legislature will want answers about last week’s abrupt ouster of West Virginia Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple. “The problem is, that won’t happen until after we’re in session in February,” said Senate Majority Leader John Unger, a Berkeley County Democrat who also serves on the body’s Education Committee. […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County’s legislators, both incumbents and newcomers, all agree on two things: roads are vital for the life and economic development of communities throughout the state, but there are no simple solutions for emerging funding problems. They suggest it will take a radical change in the way the state pays for road […]

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LEETOWN – The election of local Republican Patrick Morrisey to the office of attorney general represents a significant shift in the history of state elections, as he is keen to point out. “This is the first time in our state’s history that Jefferson County has elected a state official, and I’m honored by that,” Morrisey […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The Jefferson County Commission has declined to take any action on the U.S. 340 Gateway Plan developed by its planning staff, arguing that doing so would interfere with a steering committee’s work on the county’s 2014 Comprehensive Plan. Outgoing Commissioner Frances Morgan moved to send the plan to the steering committee directly […]

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APUS construction to begin in ’13

CHARLES TOWN – Construction on new American Public University System facilities across North George Street from buildings erected in the last two years is expected to begin in the latter half of 2013, according to APUS officials. Mike White, vice president of budgeting, taxes and facilities at APUS, says plans for the site, currently under […]

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Economic forecast positive

Ah, there’s good news tonight. Jefferson County is expected to enjoy both state-leading increases in both job growth and population over the next few years, according to Paul Speaker, a professor of finance at West Virginia University College of Business and Economics. Speaker said the county’s population growth is expected to average 1.42 percent per […]

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Shepherdstown spectacle
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SHEPHERDSTOWN – Did outside spending in the form of an attack mailer help an Eastern Panhandle Republican win out over his Democratic rival? One local political observer says it might have. David Hostetter, formerly the director of programs and research at Shepherd University’s Robert Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, pointed to the Berkeley County delegate […]

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W.Va. 9 to open to little fanfare

CHARLES TOWN — The final leg of W.Va. 9 from Charles Town to the Virginia state line opens today without celebration, said Brent Walker, director of communications for the Department of Transportation. “We had hoped to celebrate a few weeks ago but it wasn’t ready,” Walker said. “It is a project certainly worth fanfare.” The […]

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