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A SECOND LOOK: Kudos for Kaleigh
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Premiums will skyrocket next year! Premiums will be lower than expected! Premiums will be about the same! Consumers are understandably confused after weeks of conflicting pronouncements about the expected cost of plans, for individuals and small groups, to be sold in new online insurance marketplaces under the federal health law beginning Tuesday. New York regulators […]

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Coming up

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Middleway Day: Plans are underway for Middleway Day, the annual street festival/village homecoming set for Oct. 12. The Middleway Conservancy Association is looking for farmers and other food producers as well as crafters to be part of the daylong event, which typically draws a crowd of 1,000 to 1,500 along East Street in the historic town. […]

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When I came to the Spirit just over two years ago, one of my first changes involved our editorial section, the pair of facing, ad-free pages inside the A section. This is where we display our newspaper’s official viewpoint on the important issues of the day along with editorial cartoons, letters to the editor, and […]

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This week in history

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This week in history

David Hunter Strother, the artist known by the pseudonym “Porte Crayon” (French for “pencil carrier”), is born in Martinsburg on Sept. 26, 1816. He worked as a topographer for the Union in the Civil War, then enjoyed a successful career as a magazine illustrator. He died in Charles Town in 1888 and is buried in […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The County Commission will hold a special meeting this morning to consider whether to award former county administrator Leslie Smith a contract of up to $10,000 to review the county’s stretched budget. Smith was fired by the commission in 2009 after 20 years as administrator in a contentious 3-2 vote. She later […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A Charles Town house was damaged Friday after a fire broke out in the basement, according to Dan Fritsch, assistant fire chief with Citizens Fire Company. The fire, which was likely caused by a dryer, resulted in “significant smoke, water and fire damage,” to the house at 545 Brooke St., Fritsch said. […]

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Amazon to collect 6 percent sales tax in W.Va.

CHARLESTON — Amazon will start collecting a 6 percent sales tax on purchases shipped to West Virginia starting next month. The e-commerce giant will start applying the state sales tax on Oct. 1. The Legislature this year signed off on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s plan to pursue more sales taxes from online retailers. The law […]

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POLICE Watch

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JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE   Sept. 16 10:22 a.m. County Route 230, accident, report taken 11:08 a.m. Wright Brothers Way, destruction of property, report taken 1:54 p.m. Wide Horizon Boulevard, counterfeiting, report taken 9:02 p.m. Martins, shoplifting, arrest   Sept. 17 No calls   Sept. 18 10:46 a.m. Oak Ridge Drive, breaking and entering/grand larceny, […]

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EDITORIAL

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Internet on the outs You must give Verizon some credit for laying its cards flat on the table for the three judges of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to see ahead of their decision about whether to uphold the company’s appeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order, which we know of as […]

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