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Harpers Ferry welcomes new librarian

The new head librarian at the Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library said she’s found her nook. “I love it, it’s great. It’s my dream job,” Gretchen Fry said. Fry officially took the helm at the library Feb. 6, replacing longtime head librarian Nancy Manuel, who retired Jan. 30. after serving at the library for 19 years. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller is urging President Barack Obama to expedite the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The West Virginia Democrat wrote to Obama on Monday. The letter said that while the United States should continue pursuing a counterterrorism strategy, the expense of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan “is neither sustainable, nor […]

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Last week attorneys for the State of West Virginia filed a jurisdictional brief in the case of Tennant, et. al. v. Jefferson County, the case in which the 2011 redistricting plan was declared unconstitutional by a federal three-judge panel. Though the state had previously sought and obtained a stay of the panel’s decision from Chief […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s secondary roads will benefit from a mild winter that left the Department of Transportation with about $30 million in unspent funds allocated for snow removal and ice control. The surplus will be used for secondary road improvements and maintenance. Counties with unspent funds will roll that money into their maintenance […]

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GERRARDSTOWN – The former Fire Chief of Bakerton Fire Department has been accused of improperly using the fire company’s credit card for personal purchases. James Fonz Johnson has been charged with one count of obtaining goods under false pretenses for which he could face a sentence of one to 10 years in prison and a […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — The only confirmed nesting pair of bald eagles in the New River Gorge National River has a full nest again this year for the third year in a row. Wendy Perrone of the Three Rivers Avian Center tells The Register-Herald of Beckley that the pair’s two eaglets hatched the first week in […]

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CLARKSBURG (AP) — Harrison County’s smoking ban has withstood a legal challenge by a group of fraternal organizations. The West Virginia Supreme Court voted 4-1 on Friday to affirm a circuit judge’s dismissal of the group’s lawsuit against the Harrison-Clarksburg Board of Health. The Harrison County Fraternal and Service Association Inc. had argued that organizations […]

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (AP) — Several environmental groups are voicing their opinions about natural gas drilling on the heels of a West Virginia conference on the topic. The groups are gathering as an industry conference on the topic begins Sunday at the Greenbrier Resort. West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and […]

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Not just a two-day battle In 1911 the United Confederate Veterans, Jefferson County Company, No. 123 published a booklet, “Military Operations in Jefferson County,Virginia (Now West Virginia) 1861-1865.” Its purpose was to serve as a guide to 25 monuments recently erected throughout the county marking where skirmishes or battles took place. The booklet has been […]

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Arrest made in copper theft

CHARLES TOWN — A Harpers Ferry man has been arrested in connection to the theft of copper materials that caused extensive damage to the roof of South Jefferson Elementary School. Gary Heflin, Jr., of 34 Spring Court, was arrested without incident at his home on Saturday by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy Cpl. Ben Williams and […]

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