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Stink bugs: Back, in a big way

CHARLES TOWN — The brown marmorated stink bug is back and in much bigger numbers than last year. “We started out with a very few stink bugs this season. Now we are seeing a six fold increase over last year,” said Tracey Leskey, a research entomologist at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville. Leskey […]

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Washington heeded Mill Creek town

GERRARDSTOWN – A Baptist minister’s stone home tucked into a hillside next to Mill Creek here drew the attention of none other than George Washington, who made note of the structure in journals he kept as a teenage surveyor for Lord Fairfax. When the future president rode past on his way from Winchester, Va., in […]

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Cherry picked

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Cherry picked

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – Band members at Jefferson High School are busy prepping for Friday’s Homecoming game and other performances on the lineup this fall, but they’re also thinking ahead seven months to spring. Specifically, they’re eager for April 13 when they’ll march in the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in D.C. “It’s a tremendous […]

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Update: Bell will not appear on the ballot. Judge David Sanders has denied a writ of mandamus and reaffirmed the ballot commission’s decision. He found that the commission did have the power to remove a candidate because it “has a duty to strike a candidate that it (knows) to be ineligible.” Sanders also ruled that […]

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RIPPON — Several homeowners here fear they may be thrown into bankruptcy by plans by the Division of Highways that would require seizing their homes to make way for a new bypass on U.S. 340. Those plans to run a four-lane highway through their land were made public in 2003 – two years before their […]

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Paying tribute

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Paying tribute
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Dixon ‘grateful’ for Scouts’ honor

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Ora Dixon says her selection as one of three Eastern Panhandle “Women of Distinction” would be a huge honor any time. But the fact that she’s being feted during the Girl Scouts’ centennial celebration makes it extra special, the Shepherdstown resident said. “I’m truly grateful for this honor,” said Dixon, a former Girl Scout […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Manchin invoked President Harry Truman on Thursday in a rebuke against fellow lawmakers, who are preparing to vote on a resolution to fund the government until after the November election with no major changes in taxes or spending. The measure, called a ‘continuing resolution,’ is expected to […]

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West Virginian’s legacy: More younger voters

During the Democratic National Convention earlier this month in Charlotte, N.C., Rod Snyder predicted that young voters would be a deciding factor in this year’s presidential vote. Snyder, the national president of Young Democrats of America and a political devotee since his childhood in Shenandoah Junction, can tick off issues he believes will persuade younger […]

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Flea philosophy

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Flea philosophy

HARPERS FERRY – As news spread that a Virginia bargain hunter had found an authentic French Impressionist’s landscape valued at $100,000 or more at the flea market here, Roger Droneburg’s attitude remained easy-going, not envious. And that’s the case even though he might have been the vendor who unknowingly sold the gold-framed painting that turned […]

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