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Re-elect Gary Kable  First elected to the Jefferson County Board of Education when the school system was experiencing low morale because of the employment climate, Gary Kable has served six years on a school board that has increased the pay and benefits of employees and has seen the percentage of highly qualified employees rise from […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The race for prosecuting attorney this year will likely be decided in the primary election this year because the two candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring – incumbent prosecutor Ralph Lorenzetti and challenger Ruth McQuade – are both Democrats. It remains possible that an independent could enter the race […]

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CHARLESTON — Under intense public pressure, the U.S. Department of Labor has abandoned its proposal to apply child labor laws to the family farm and West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass said that is good news for both parents and children. “Thanks to the outcry of rural Americans, this ill-conceived proposal has been […]

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The Friends of Big Mike presented Coach Mike Grant and wife Paula a $20,000 check from the proceeds raised during the “Coach Mike Grant Cash Bonanza” held April 14 at the Ranson Civic Center. Friends of Big Mike members Kim Athey, Mike Thomas, John Thomas, Marci Thomas and Ronda Lehman organized the event in an […]

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You had to see far into the future to see his true reflection. That future – today — is really when we see and can appreciate Martin Delany’s prescience. He rose before the world’s most prestigious scientific body in 1860 in London, faced the United States’ ambassador and said coolly and pointedly after pleasantries to […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — State troopers will be riding along with some students across West Virginia this week as government agencies try to crack down on the estimated 600 motorists a year who illegally pass stopped school buses. State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple says failure to stop is putting children at risk of injury about […]

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Improvements announced at Jefferson Memorial Park

The City of Charles Town’s Board of Parks and Recreation announced plans to fully renovate the large playground at Jefferson Memorial Park over a period of three years. Phase One of the project began on Tuesday, April 24. Within a week, the playground will host new swings, teeter-totters, a slide, a climbing structure and a […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A North Carolina man who allegedly punched his brother, resulting in his death, in a Charles Town hotel, was one of 37 people indicted this week by a Jefferson County grand jury. Christopher Blake Jacobs, 28, was indicted on one count of voluntary manslaughter and one count of malicious wounding for allegedly […]

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CHARLES TOWN — The three candidates competing for the seat of sheriff of Jefferson County all say that if elected they’ll work to want to grow and improve the department’s law enforcement capabilities. Incumbent Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley, former sheriff Everett “Ed” Boober and retired deputy Earl Ballenger, are vying for the sheriff’s job in […]

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No one. It’s long been the policy of the Spirit of Jefferson not to endorse political candidates and it’ll remain that way through this election cycle as well. To be sure, there’s much good in directing readers attention to one political hopeful over another. Endorsements help make newspapers a viable member in a community’s conversation […]

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