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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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Maghan: Early voting in need of more space

CHARLES TOWN – The county’s chief elections official says she’s looking for solutions to the long waits that occurred at the Jefferson County Courthouse during the 10-day early voting period that preceded the general election last week. “Early voting is wonderful and our numbers reflect that, but big turnouts create problems,” said Jennifer Maghan, who […]

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CHARLES TOWN — Hollywood Casino is likely to see increased competition in the next few years following the passage last week of a ballot referendum in Maryland that permits table games and also approved construction of a new casino at National Harbor in Prince George’s County. However, a challenge to the ballot initiative, which was […]

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Doyle: Obama’s unpopularity in W.Va. lifted GOP in House

SHEPHERDSTOWN — President Obama’s unpopularity is one reason for the historic shift in the Legislature that saw Republicans pull to near parity with Democrats, said Delegate John Doyle, who retires this year after serving 22 years in the House of Delegates. Republicans gained 11 seats in the 100-member House, bringing their total membership to 46. […]

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Big victory for Tabb

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Big victory for Tabb

CHARLES TOWN – Voters on Tuesday resoundingly returned Republican Jane Tabb to the Jefferson County Commission post she lost six years ago to Frances Morgan. In a rematch of that 2006 race, Tabb captured almost 58 percent of the vote while Morgan, a Democrat from Summit Point, garnered a little more than 42 percent, according […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Voters on Tuesday sent incumbent Democrats Herb Snyder and Tiffany Lawrence back to new terms in the Legislature, with political newcomers Stephen Skinner and Paul Espinosa set to join them come January. Snyder, a 59-year-old chemist, captured 11,495 votes — almost 54 percent — compared to 9,806 votes — or 46 percent […]

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