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School under fire

MARTINSBURG – The news that Mountain State University no longer meets accreditation standards has thousands of West Virginia students scrambling to figure out what’s next. School officials have vowed to appeal the regional Higher Learning Commission’s decision to revoke the school’s primary accreditation. The decision, which was made public in a posting on the HLC’s […]

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HARPERS FERRY — Members of the Blue Ridge Mountain community are saddened by the death of fellow resident Ed Burns, who died in a tree-trimming accident on his property on Monday.” He really cared about other people,” said Ros Rutledge-Burns, his wife. “I think that’s why he was so involved and active in Jefferson County. […]

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‘Stop the freeze!’

MARTINSBURG – Parents and day care workers gathered Friday to express their discontent with the Department of Health and Human Services’ recent decision to scale back child care subsidies. The child care subsidies in question go to families in which the families are working, attending college or enrolled in the West Virginia Works program. Under […]

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MARTINSBURG – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, Macy’s CEO Terry J. Lundgren and other leaders today will officially unveil Macy’s new online fulfillment center here. The dedication and ribbon-cutting at 333 Caperton Blvd. off Interstate 81’s Exit 16 begins at 10 a.m. Macy’s officials have said they won’t provide details prior to […]

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On the court

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CHARLES TOWN — Life in Jefferson County is slowly returning to normal as power crews, businesses and residents work to put back together what damaging thunderstorms broke apart two weeks ago. Many residents remained without power for a week or more, but as of Tuesday Potomac Edison reported that there were five or fewer residents […]

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This story has been corrected from the original version, which contained an error. Political action committees based in Jefferson County have already raised and spent a large amount of money this year, which could have a significant impact on local and state-level elections. A total of $87,319 was either already spent or was sitting in […]

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Federal judge accepts Underwood lawsuit

CHARLESTON – A lawsuit filed by a local woman against the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has been accepted by a federal judge in the Southern District Court. The suit stems from the seizure of Amanda Underwood’s two children, an incident which the Spirit investigated in March. Her parental rights were subsequently […]

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WHAT’S in a NAME?

BAKERTON — From the air, the area around Bakerton rolls away into a patchwork of farm fields and narrow roads. Silos, barns and frame homes dot the landscape. What established the town, and its name, is a gap of calm, cerulean blue that was once an engine of commerce. The now-defunct Engle Quarry, mined by […]

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‘Historic’

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