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A somber reminder

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A somber reminder
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CHARLES TOWN – The man who was shot by police after he barricaded himself in a home outside of Charles Town over the weekend did not have a gun, according to a statement released Tuesday by West Virginia State Police, though they say he “was armed with a black metallic object that he represented to […]

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CHARLES TOWN – County Republicans say they are disappointed with a recent court decision that removes the name of a party candidate from the ballot in November. Jefferson County magistrate candidate Ronald “Ronnie” Bell will not appear on the ballot as a result of a ruling last week by Circuit Court Judge David Sanders. The […]

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Current events

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Current events

HARPERS FERRY – First daughters Malia and Sasha Obama traded the White House for some whitewater on a recent Saturday. As President Barack Obama headed to Charlotte, N.C., to test the political waters as the Democratic National Convention gave his re-election bid its official kickoff, his daughters spent the day in Harpers Ferry. River Riders […]

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Still growing strong

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Still growing strong

CAIRO – Though Euell Gibbons is no longer a household name, a West Virginia gathering inspired by the folksy nature writer’s passion for foraged delicacies is still going strong. The 45th annual Nature Wonder Wild Food Weekend is set to begin Sept. 21 at North Bend State Park near Parkersburg. Put on by the National […]

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Crop yields strong despite wild weather

LEETOWN — Despite a fairly average growing season, this year will likely prove to be an excellent one for area crop farmers as a result of an extreme and persistent drought in the Midwest that has sent corn and soy prices skyrocketing. The good times are not being felt by all however; beef and dairy […]

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MARTINSBURG – A funeral is scheduled for Thursday for Don Wood, the Berkeley County native who served for more than two decades as president of the Berkeley County Historical Society. The 79-year-old died Sunday in City Hospital in Martinsburg. According to his obituary, Wood graduated from Martinsburg High School and was employed by a florist […]

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Big game: Wilt set to meet Jets’ Tebow

CHARLES TOWN – Tyler Wilt, the Washington High quarterback diagnosed with cancer four months ago, will be back on the field this weekend in a big way. Football fans can look for the teenager on the sidelines with quarterback Tim Tebow Sunday as the N.Y. Jets’ host the Buffalo Bills. Wilt’s encounter will come through […]

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Tough farming laid groundwork for town

SCRABBLE — The land next to the Potomac River here always has made for difficult farming. Thin soil over limestone offers little nourishment for crops. After two brothers, John W. Hollida and George Washington Hollida, moved from Frederick County, Md., to begin farming here with their families, the town of Hard Scrabble was formed in […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Fielding requests for interviews from local, state, national and even international media since he arrived for the Democratic National Convention on Sunday, Young Democrats of America national president Rod Snyder says this may be the busiest week of his life. “I have something scheduled about every 15 minutes,” said Snyder, who attended […]

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