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Organizers move ahead with fall’s Thunder Over the Blue Ridge

MARTINSBURG – Months after a deadly crash halted the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show, organizers say they’re making progress on staging another spectacular aerial event for autumn. In the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 17 crash that killed a North Carolina-based stunt pilot, organizer Nic Diehl heard from Panhandle business sponsors and citizens […]

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CHARLES TOWN — The Jefferson County Board of Education attendance rates for last year was 98.98 percent, an impressive number thought the West Virginia Supreme Court, which lauded the county Tuesday for having the second highest rate, behind only Ohio County at 98.85 percent. “We have been working very hard on this,” said superintendent Susan […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN — A 19-year old man was injured during a brawl early this morning at an eatery in Shepherdstown, according to a press release from the Shepherdstown Police Department. Terrell Leonard, 19, of Natrona, Pa., was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital after being stabbed in his upper left arm inside Tony’s Pizza at 126 E. […]

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CHARLESTON – Barbara Bayes asks potential donors to think back to how they got their first car. For many in West Virginia, Mom and Dad lent a hand – if not buying the vehicle outright, then in providing food and shelter while you toiled to save up for the big purchase. “In most of West […]

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Offering insight into mother’s ordeal

No surprise: the Spirit’s story last week about Amanda Underwood drew a strong response from readers, with just as many prepared to eviscerate Underwood as defend her; likewise Berkeley County’s Department of Health and Human Resources. Because of the overwhelming reaction, the occasion has become an opportunity for me to do something different — neither […]

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Top-notch journalism showcased Wow! The article on Amanda Underwood’s quest to get her children back from an arrogant and all powerful DHHR in Berkeley County (Spirit, March 21) was the best example of real journalism that I have ever seen in West Virginia. The investigative reporting by Bryan Clark was impeccable and the writing was […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — A state appeals court has ruled that sex offenders are only required to re-register their information after a conviction, not after an arrest. The court ruled last week that the West Virginia State Police lacked the right to arrest 30-year-old Timothy Judge of Tyler County for failure to re-register on a sex-offender […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — From West Virginia’s last living Medal of Honor recipient to the former military chief of its National Guard, veterans are calling for a more fair and consistent process for boosting the pensions of state employees who have served in the armed forces. But officials at the Consolidated Public Retirement Board defend their […]

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NEW MARKET, Md. (AP) — A reward has been increased for information leading to an arrest in the vandalism of a cemetery in Frederick County. Overseers for the New Market cemetery had originally posted a $500 reward. WTTG-TV in Washington reports that local businesses, fraternal organizations and individuals have pledged more money, increasing the reward […]

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MINERAL, Va. (AP) — Virginia continues to experience aftershocks from last summer’s earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.1-magnitude aftershock occurred at 11:21 p.m. Sunday 8 miles south of Louisa and 8 miles south-southwest of Mineral. Mineral was the epicenter of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck on Aug. 21, 2011. No damage has been […]

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