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MARTINSBURG – With the West Virginia Air National Guard hosting the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show here this weekend, officials warn that traffic will be affected both Saturday and Sunday. Highway officials say drivers not headed to the air show should use the alternate travel route of Interstate 81 to […]

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Water flushing on tap

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Workers with the Charles Town Utility Board will flush the water system in Charles Town, Ranson and other parts of Jefferson County starting Monday. Field crews will be opening and operating fire hydrants to scour and clean the inside of the water mains through Sept. 19. Officials say the work is necessary to maintain water […]

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Hero’s welcome

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Hero’s welcome
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EDITORIAL

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‘Even grief recedes with time and grace’ – Excerpts from remarks delivered by President George W. Bush to Congress on Sept. 20, 2001: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President Pro Tempore, members of Congress, and fellow Americans: In the normal course of events, presidents come to this chamber to report on the state of the Union. Tonight, […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Limited government is the way to freedom I write to the Spirit in response to the editorial posted by Sean O’Leary on Aug. 29. Although I understand his knee-jerk desire to pigeonhole the Tea Party into a neatly biased box as liberals are subject to do. I prefer, as a Tea Party supporter, to define […]

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On John Brown

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— from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Jan. 6, 1860, ‘Speech at Salem’ Mr. Chairman: I have been struck with one fact, that the best orators who have added their praise to his fame,— and I need not go out of this house to find the purest eloquencein the country,— have one rival who comes off a […]

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Middleway opening Saturday
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Grilling for a good cause
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SHEPHERDSTOWN (AP) — Scholars from around the world are set to gather in West Virginia to discuss the health of the American chestnut tree West Virginia University is partnering with the International Society of Horticultural Sciences, the American Chestnut Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host the fifth International Chestnut Symposium. The four-day […]

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CHARLES TOWN — Two Maryland residents are in custody following a Thursday morning bank robbery. Reginald Andre Taylor, 48, of Bladensburg, Md., and Yolanda Rochelle Armstrong, 41, also of Bladensburg, were charged with robbery. The pair were stopped by Ranson Police Department Capt. Robbie Robertson and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies when they fled from the […]

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