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CHARLES TOWN – A defamation lawsuit filed by a former town clerk against Harpers Ferry, along with its former mayor and treasurer, will move forward, a judge has ruled. In a July 30 ruling, Judge David Sanders of the Jefferson County Circuit Court ruled against a motion to dismiss the case brought by Brenda Smith […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN – With Shepherdstown marking the 250th anniversary of its founding this year, what better time for a book that sheds light on leaders, Civil War soldiers, artists and others buried in the village’s historic cemetery? Officials with the Elmwood Cemetery Association have just put out a 168-page guide detailing every gravesite in Elmwood, from […]

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HARPERS FERRY – Assurances by the Harpers Ferry Planning Commission that a proposed change to parking regulations is only at a very preliminary stage did little to quell a vehement protest by residents, during a recent meeting. The plan includes a number of policy proposals including allowing individual neighborhoods to require permits for on-street parking, […]

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Ranson on the road to new look

RANSON – Workers today are scheduled to start pouring concrete for new, wider sidewalks along Mildred Street, part of an extensive overhaul of parts of both Ranson and Charles Town. “It’s exciting to see the changes we’ve been talking about actually taking shape,” explained Andy Blake, Ranson’s acting city manager. The Spirit asked him to […]

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Kadian kept in mind

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Friends here continue to remember Kadian Harding, the 14-year-old former Shepherdstown resident killed last week in a bicycling outing not far from his new home in southwest England. On Friday morning, Harding’s parents Thomas and Debora and his 13-year-old sister Sam will hold small service under a canopy of birch, maple and ash […]

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Shirley trial delayed till after election

MARTINSBURG – Voters will decide whether to keep Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley in office this fall before his fate is decided in U.S. District Court. On Monday, Judge John Preston Bailey of the Northern District Court granted a motion filed by Shirley’s lawyers, Kevin Mills and Shawn McDermott that sets Shirley’s trial for Jan. 22. […]

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Lost Dog Coffee in trademark dispute

    SHEPHERDSTOWN – When Garth Janssen, the proprietor of Lost Dog Coffee, received a cease and desist letter from the Driscoll and Seltzer law firm last week, he was dumbstruck. “My initial reaction was shock,” Janssen said. “‘Whoa. This can’t really be real. What’s next?’” When Janssen started reading further, he felt like the demands […]

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Off to the party – the Democratic Party

17-year-old Hannah McCarley will turn 18 at the National Convention in September CHARLES TOWN — West Virginia Democrat Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin won’t be attending the Democratic Party’s National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. Neither will U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. But Washington High School senior Hannah McCarley will be taking a week off of […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff MARTINSBURG – Federal Judge John Preston Bailey is expected to rule soon on a motion filed by Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley that would delay his trial, currently set to take place in two weeks, until the spring of next year. Shirley is charged with one count of deprivation of rights under […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff     CHARLES TOWN – The Planning Commission has filed a notice of appeal in the recent ruling by Jefferson County Circuit Judge David Sanders, which found that it had violated the Open Government Proceedings Act, according to statements made by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Grove at last week’s County Commission meeting. […]

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