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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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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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Lively history

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Lively history

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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