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CHARLES TOWN – It’s never easy to endure a heat wave, but Jefferson County residents and others across the mid-Atlantic have faced additional challenges following a massive June 29 windstorm that left millions without power for days. “So many people are dealing with so much right now,” said Amy Jones, the county’s Health Department administrator. […]

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HARPERS FERRY – Tuesday morning’s news that power had been restored at the Harpers Ferry Water Works came as a welcome relief to residents, who had learned just a day earlier that their faucets would soon be dry. Four large trees fell on the facility during last Friday’s powerful thunderstorms. Though no damage was done […]

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W.Va.’s new texting law takes effect Sunday

CHARLES TOWN — West Virginia drivers accustomed to tapping out text messages and talking on their cells while behind the wheel will soon have to put those habits on hold. Starting Sunday, motorists in the Mountain State can be given tickets for sending or reading text messages while driving (a primary offense) and talking on […]

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CHARLES TOWN – West Virginia’s top transportation exec has written to his counterpart in Maryland saying Panhandle commuters are “almost unanimously opposed” to altering the MARC train schedule. Going ahead with the changes will hurt the quality of life commuters enjoy here, state Secretary of Transportation Paul A. Mattox Jr. wrote in a letter dated […]

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HARPERS FERRY – The president of the department charged with fighting fires in Blue Ridge communities wants the public’s support as his company recovers from a series of public scandals that broke over the last two years. Fred Collins said there are two things the Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Department needs from the public […]

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In Jefferson, fireworks won’t wait till 4th

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – Fourth of July revelers hoping to see fireworks close to home will be out of luck next week. The county’s only such display is happening not on the holiday, but this weekend. Organizers of Saturday’s show at Sam Michaels Park discussed scheduling the fireworks show on July 4, but opted for Saturday […]

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Shirley pleads not guilty

MARTINSBURG — Jefferson County Sheriff Robert E. “Bobby” Shirley was arraigned Monday in the same federal courthouse that weeks earlier was the setting for the sentencing of the man who Shirley now stands accused of beating during an arrest almost a year and half ago. Shirley, 60, pleaded not guilty at the U.S. District Court […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Ask MARC spokesman Terry Owens if the latest changes for Eastern Panhandle train commuters are indeed final, and you get something close to a straight answer. The revised schedule will be presented Thursday to the MARC Riders’ Advisory Council, Owens explained in a phone interview. But ask state Sen. Herb Snyder if […]

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Students welcome new outdoors classroom

SHEPHERDSTOWN — The children are heading outdoors, but not for recess. Last week, officials and members of the public gathered behind the Children’s Treehouse Child Development Center at the National Conservation Training Center to officially open the recently completed Nature Explorer Classroom. Mary Danno, the project leader, said the “outdoor classroom,” which is modeled after […]

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$5M fed grant headed to Ranson

RANSON – A federal grant for $5 million to enhance Fairfax Boulevard and create a pedestrian-friendly connection with Charles Town will mean an economic transformation of the area, Ranson’s acting city manager said Tuesday. “We are thrilled,” said Andy Blake of Tuesday’s news of the federal transportation grant. “For over 18 months, we have engaged […]

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