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Honor role

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Honor role

    CHARLES TOWN – Today, for the first time in decades, Mark Osbourn won’t spend the first day of school in the trenches. But the 60-year-old, who retired at the end of the 2011-12 school year after 23 years as principal at C.W. Shipley Elementary in Harpers Ferry, said he’s still likely to find […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A pair of lawsuits filed by two Haitian citizens – one of them a former Loudoun County, Va. Sheriff’s deputy – alleging racial profiling and false arrest by four Charles Town Police officers are set to go to trial early next year. The lawsuit also argues that the city of Charles Town’s […]

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New principal, familiar face

HARPERS FERRY – When Mark Osbourn announced plans to exit after 23 years as principal at C.W. Shipley Elementary School here, it didn’t take long for the school’s staff to agree on the right person to take the helm. Once school board members formally named long-time Shipley teacher Heather Boucher to become principal, there was much […]

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MARTINSBURG – A federal judge has ruled the trial in a civil suit that alleges that Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley and 14 other as-yet unnamed law enforcement officers beat a suspect in custody will take place in November of next year if it is not settled before then. The 14 unnamed law enforcement officers will […]

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Martin Delany ‘most important man’ says area author O’Connor

CHARLES TOWN – There are a number of interesting links between John Brown and Martin Delany, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated this year. Delany – a Charles Town native and a prominent African-American abolitionist, author, publisher, doctor and civil war veteran – was part of a momentous assembly in the escaped slave enclave of […]

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CHARLES TOWN — Independent candidate Fred Blackmer has pulled out of the race for the 66th delegate district, leaving that race a two-way contest between a Republican and a Democrat. Blackmer had been the only independent delegate candidate in the state, though five candidates from the Green Party-affiliated Mountain Party have made the ballot in […]

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General Excellence award goes to Spirit

ROANOKE – Judges with the West Virginia Better Newspaper Contest have for the first time cited the Spirit of Jefferson for overall excellence among large weeklies in the state. At Stonewall Resort in Lewis County last weekend, the Spirit’s managing editor Robert Snyder accepted the second-place General Excellence plaque, a first in the newspaper’s history. […]

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Nursing students file suit against MSU

CHARLES TOWN – In the latest of a string of lawsuits filed against Mountain State University since it lost its accreditation, a group of students alleges the school was a ‘criminal enterprise’ engaged in racketeering, devouring public funds without providing students an adequate education. The complaint, filed this week in Jefferson County Circuit Court by […]

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A wish to be reunited

CHARLES TOWN – Nancy Lutz bought an ornate pre-Civil War marriage certificate years ago thinking it would look lovely in her living room, but now she’s had a change of heart. “I’d like nothing more than to get this back in the hands of the family,” the Charles Town woman explained. But that hasn’t proved […]

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