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CHARLESTON (AP) — Since the state Department of Education approved the Archery in the Schools program in 2004, more than 250 schools have adopted the program and host an archery team. A coordinator says teams are added each month. “Don’t rush the shot,” Kevin McMillion tells his daughter. “It’s not about speed it’s about accuracy.” […]

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EDITORIAL

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A promise by the county’s Planning Commission to continue waging the years-long dispute regarding the development into a housing subdivision of the Shepherdstown-area farm on which was fought at least part of the two-day old epilogue to the Battle of Antietam promises more of the same. Last month, a Jefferson County Circuit Court decided the […]

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I’m fast approaching the one-year mark since I began helping to steer the editorial direction of the Spirit of Jefferson. In the months that followed my coming on board and continuing as recently as the day before yesterday, readers long-time and otherwise have been gracious about taking the time to comment on the changes — […]

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Wipe your feet

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It seems that many of our fellow citizens were not taught to wipe their feet before coming into the house or to pick up their toys when they were children. This is probably the result of two or three generations of the anything-goes mentality, the “me” generation, the do-your-own-thing approach to life. The result has […]

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Our Olympic feet: To Montreal at 10 miles a day

Do you remember watching the Montreal Olympics in the summer of 1976?  It was the summer where the world met Nadia Comaneci, Romanian gymnast, who scored seven perfect 10.0s and won three gold medals.   It was the Games of the XXI Olympiad, and brought to the forefront boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and decathlon runner […]

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WELCH (AP) — Two people charged with first-degree murder in the death of War Mayor Thomas Hatcher will remain in jail without bond. Media outlets report that a McDowell County judge cited the risk of flight and community emotions in denying bond for 31-year-old Rebecca Lynn Hatcher of War and her brother, 26-year-old Earl Click […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is targeting nearly $4.6 million toward boosting access to high-speed Internet to rural West Virginians. The FCC’s Connect America Fund will help Frontier Communications Corp. connect more than 5,900 locations statewide to broadband service. Under the deal, Frontier must complete two-thirds of its new broadband installations within two […]

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SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — State Police say 11 people have been arrested in connection with the theft of several generators across West Virginia during the recent summer storms. West Virginia state police said Thursday that authorities have recovered five stolen generators, which has resulted in 11 people being charged with the theft and possession of […]

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The deadline to purchase discounted tickets to the 2012 State Fair of West Virginia is rapidly approaching. Gate admission discounts include an $8.25 adult ticket and a $7.25 youth ticket. Carnival discounts include a $20 Mega Pass, which is valid one weekday and includes 12 hours of unlimited rides. The $15 Big Pass includes six […]

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CHARLESTON — In 2011, total peach production was 5,700 tons, up 400 tons from 2010. Utilized production totaled 5,500 tons, an increase of 500 tons from 2010. Value of utilized production totaled $4.69 million, an increase of 1 percent from 2010. Bearing acres were estimated at 950, unchanged from 2010, with an average yield of […]

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