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West Virginia is nothing if not a dual-natured state. On one hand, it was during the “War between the States” that a dedicated, wily few decided to form a new free-leaning state – finally wresting unsuspecting Eastern Panhandle slavery-leaning counties from the Old Dominion by hook or by crook to secure the railroads heading west. […]

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Our state has a unique history

West Virginia does, in fact, have an amazing history. Residents of Berkeley and Jefferson counties might have a unique perspective on that history though. Many of those old Berkeley and Jefferson County families and their descendants trace their roots deep into old Virginia and those ties remain strong today. When the state was formed in […]

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My name is Paul Jackson and I have so many reasons to be proud of the state I live in — West Virginia. One reason for being proud of living in the state is that 88 years ago — on June 20 — I was born in Millville. I have lived in the state all […]

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Two ‘green’ thumbs up

Volunteers from the Ranson branch of BB&T, along with area residents, took a break Tuesday while working in the new community garden on West Third Avenue in Ranson. The garden came to fruition through the efforts of the City of Ranson as well as from BB&T, which donated $2,200, and The Pollination Project, which provided […]

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BEST OF THE BRUNCH

At the Bavarian and other eateries, weekends offer ideal time to indulge SHEPHERDSTOWN – Brunch provides the perfect excuse to put off weekend chores and unwind from the stresses of a long week. Gather friends or loved ones and take in the simple pleasure of a thoughtfully prepared, thoroughly delicious midday meal. This article is […]

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Out&about

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Arts, crafts festival: Visitors can see how 200 of the East Coast’s top crafters and artists work during the 42nd annual Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival. The festival happens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Sam Michaels Park at 1330 Job Corps Road in Shenandoah Junction. Put on each spring […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The Charles Town Library invites all children to register for our Summer Reading Program, “Dig into Reading.” Children who read consistently over the summer are less likely to suffer a drop in skills and are able to easily resume learning when they return to the classroom in the fall. Weekly (or even […]

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Community notes

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Summer camps: The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation hosts a variety of summer camps for children ages 5 to 12. Go to www.jcprc.org or call 304-728-3207 for details. Reunion: The Jefferson High School Class of 2000 hosts a reunion at the Skyline Ballroom at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Sept. 14. Cost is $30 […]

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Mountain State ‘Mac’ daddy

A West Virginian gave McDonald’s – and the world – the big burger CHARLESTON – State lawmakers this year chewed over the idea of naming the pepperoni roll West Virginia’s”official food,” but some say a McDonald’s burger known the world over stacks up as a better choice. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view […]

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‘Big’ feat: Sandwich is gone in one bite

RANSON – Even before Jefferson High science teacher David Wright shows how he can consume an entire Big Mac in just one bite, he wants all eyes on his mouth. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng again to view it. The […]

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