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A haunting in Middleway

MIDDLEWAY — The story goes like this. Adam Livingston was a nearby resident of the town not yet formally incorporated as Smithfield, Va., having moved his family from Pennsylvania four years earlier, when one night, around 1790, Livingston, a devoted and hard-working Lutheran, answers a knock at his door and is greeted by a stranger, […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Should Jefferson County Schools switch to a school calendar with four short breaks rather than the whole summer off? School board members are asking parents and community members to share their thoughts on the idea before Friday. The short online survey – five questions for parents or three for other interested residents […]

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CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – A record number of early voters already have turned out in Jefferson County, according to Jennifer Maghan, the county’s chief elections officer. Early voting was suspended Tuesday as county residents dealt with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but will resume today and continue Thursday, Friday and Saturday. […]

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From staff reports CHARLES TOWN – As forecasters with the National Weather Service warn of high winds, heavy rain and the possibility of widespread power outages here starting late Monday, residents are heading to supermarkets and hardware stores to get ready for the worst. “There’s still a lot of uncertainty about what Eastern West Virginia […]

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CHARLES TOWN — The state’s tourism office spends more than $1.4 million on advertising and the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races offers a big chunk of that amount in matching funds. The casino, with its contribution of $381,842.18, made through the state’s Matching Advertising Partnership Program, is just one of nine tourism industry businesses […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey has vastly outspent his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Darrell McGraw, in his attempt to unseat the 20-year incumbent. Morrisey, a local health care lawyer and lobbyist, has raised nearly half a million dollars – including large self-contributions – and spent more that $410,000, more than 10 times the […]

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CHARLES TOWN — For the second year in a row, Penn National Gaming remains the county’s top employer, beating out the the Jefferson County Board of Education, 2,140 employees to 1,265, according to a 2012 WorkForce West Virginia employment report. Number three on the list is Shepherd University. The county’s public school system retained its […]

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Hunter Hill plan rejected

CHARLES TOWN – Hunter Hill is staying put. That was the verdict of the Charles Town Planning Commission Monday after it rejected a proposal by the property’s current owner, William Trussell, to have the historic property — and onetime home of John Brown prosecutor Andrew Hunter — rezoned. The planning commission voted 4-0 to have […]

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Still following the horse race

KABLETOWN – Retired reporter Jack Germond’s longtime fascination with horse racing has a tie to his other great passion: a love affair with presidential politics that dates to the 1950s. Decades ago during the Nixon Administration, the 84-year-old Boston native learned how to read racing forms from NBC White House correspondent Richard Valeriani as a […]

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