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ELKINS (AP) — A new study shows nonprofit arts and culture are big contributors to the Elkins-area economy. The Arts & Economic Prosperity study was released this week at a community meeting at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. The study was conducted by Americans for the Arts to document the economic impact of the […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — Federal prosecutors want to delay the sentencing of the former superintendent of the Upper Big Branch Mine by about 60 days. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger had scheduled Gary May’s sentencing for Aug. 9 in Beckley, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Ruby wants to postpone. Ruby says May is cooperating in an […]

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PARSONS (AP) — The son of a Tucker County employee who died after inhaling dust from a construction project has filed a wrongful death lawsuit and wants the courthouse closed. The Inter-Mountain says Paul Wamsley Jr.’s mother, Virginia, died May 2 after developing pneumonia and undergoing several hospitalizations. The circuit court lawsuit says she had […]

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Shirley indicted by feds

He could face 30 years in prison, hefty fines BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday afternoon on charges related to the arrest of bank robber Mark Daniel Haines, the Associated Press reported Tuesday night. Shirley has been charged with one count of […]

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Service expected to be restored in three hours Spirit staff CHARLES TOWN — Rodents chewing into two fiber optic cable facilities is being blamed for a disruption in service to customers of Frontier Communications throughout Jefferson County Thursday. According to Frontier general manager Paul Espinosa, service is expected to be restored in about three hours […]

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CHARLES TOWN – It’s nearly time for Jefferson County to name its 2012 Distinguished Citizen, an honor to be unveiled June 27 at the county chamber of commerce’s annual awards dinner. For citizens who know of someone deserving recognition for his or her contributions to Jefferson County, there’s still time to submit a nomination. The […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Some area residents and members of the building community are at odds over a proposal being considered by the Jefferson County Commission that would extend the approvals of developers’ construction plans. The measure in question has been proposed by Jefferson County Citizens for Economic Preservation, and it mimics a proposal that died […]

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It was just four years ago that West Virginia lawmakers came up with a resolution to a threat by MARC to curtail rail service into West Virginia by settling on a plan that would require riders to pay a surcharge of $2 a day. Just how permanent that solution was became evident earlier this year […]

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On the evening of Dec. 27, 2010, Mark Daniel Haines was engaged in a dangerous enterprise; that much we can agree on. Haines, of Harpers Ferry, was on the run from Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley following a failed attempt to rob a bank in Ranson, and thereafter led sheriff’s deputies from both Berkeley and […]

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Shameful oversight I was happy to learn that my neighbor was graduating from Jefferson High School in the Class of 2012 and delighted to receive a graduation announcement. My pleasure ended there. The graduation announcement which was provided to students at Jefferson High School contains a grammatical error. The word “its,” a possessive pronoun which […]

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