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At Identity Crisis, cancer fundraiser comes dressed up as nonstop fun in Shepherdstown

What do you get when you mix a VIP party at Wild Goose Farm, an enthusiastic gaggle of costumed revelers, a red carpet, a dance party and a slew of supportive Shepherdstown’s business owners together on a Saturday night? The answer can only be an “Identity Crisis” – the annual costume-studded event organized by Tara […]

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Farmland program adds 40th property

CHARLES TOWN — Jefferson County added its 40th farm to the county’s farmland protection program, bringing to 4,028 the number of acres preserved. An agricultural conservation easement was purchased for $290,640 to add the 76.5-acre Circle N Farm, which is owned by William and Deloris Nicewarner, on Aug. 19. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural […]

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Tennant, Holt in Charles Town for Women’s Equality Day rally

CHARLES TOWN – Natalie Tennant, West Virginia Secretary of State and the Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, stressed the needs of women at a rally here Tuesday evening. On National Women’s Equality Day – held every Aug. 26 to celebrate the passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to […]

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Fairest of them all

17-year-old Miranda Godfrey reigns as 2014 Miss Jefferson County Fair LEETOWN — On Saturday, 2013 Miss Jefferson County Fair Kaitlyn Kave handed her crown to a new queen: 17-year-old Miranda Godfrey. Godfrey stood out among the 30 other contenders in a sleek, glittering silver-sequined dress. A pageant participant since she was old enough to compete […]

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Festival puts African-American history in the spotlight

CHARLES TOWN – It’s tough to think of a place in the United States with richer African-American history than Jefferson County. Abolitionist John Brown staged his failed 1859 raid here, and then stood trial for treason and was publicly executed. The famed Storer College, one of the first Southern schools for freed blacks after the […]

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New ministry plans concert, aims to bring hope

CHARLES TOWN – I’d like to share with you details about a new ministry, Ministry of HOPE Inc. I’ve felt a persistent strong calling from the Lord to provide uplifting opportunities for the community while providing comfort and compassion in the face of adversity – to change a life and bring some form of happiness […]

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Local 4-H’er takes top honor in Morgantown

MORGANTOWN – Ksusha Lowry-Neufeld, a member of the Shenandoah Shamrocks 4-H Club that meets in Ranson, recently emerged a winner at State 4-H Days held on the campus of West Virginia University here. The three-day event began July 24. 4-H members from across the state tackled a host of activities organized by the leaders with […]

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Show to boost Jefferson teen’s well project

BERRYVILLE, Va. – Steve Warner and The Rolling Coyotes are lending a hand to a 13-year-old who wants to raise money for clean water wells drilled in South Africa. Evan Frank of Harpers Ferry is aiming to place 100 clean water wells. Warner and his band will stage a benefit concert, “Songs for Life,” at […]

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Tomato to-do: Celebrate summer’s favorite taste next week

CHARLES TOWN – Every year about this time I recall a funny episode with my twin nephews when they were about 4. It had been an awful wet, stormy day with thunder, lightning and tornado warnings. When my sister arrived to pick them up from preschool that afternoon, they ran to her car, quickly buckled […]

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Oh, boy! Burlesque adds twist to McFarland House’s ‘Girls Night Out’

When I signed on to cover Girls Night Out  at the Historic McFarland House in Martinsburg, I read the flyer with much curiosity. It promised an enticing mix: hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and burlesque dancing lessons by Teresa Powers, owner of Sassy Girl Fitness in Martinsburg. “Bring your feather boas,” the flyer said. I […]

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