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COMING UP

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Family Hiking Day: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy invites families to Harpers Ferry and other cities along the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia for Family Hiking Day on Sept. 28. For suggested hiking routes and other information, go online to appalachiantrail.org or email Julie Judkins at jjudkins@appalachiantrail.org   Register to vote: Voter Registration Day is […]

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This week in history

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Louis Bennett Jr. is born in Weston on Sept. 22, 1894. Bennett was West Virginia’s only World War I flying ace. William ‘‘Bill’’ Blizzard is born on Sept. 19, 1892, in Cabin Creek. Blizzard became one of West Virginia’s most influential and controversial labor leaders of the 20th century. Ken Hechler turns 99 this week. […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) – A 5 percent increase in the high school graduation rate among males in West Virginia could save $100 million each year in crime-related costs as well as boost the state’s economy, according to a national policy group. The study by the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Excellent Education ties the dropout rate among […]

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Around the State:Many bridges at risk of collapse

CHARLESTON — State highways officials say West Virginia’s bridges are safe despite dozens that are in disrepair and at risk of collapse if hit hard enough in the wrong place. An Associated Press review of federal records found that 178 West Virginia bridges are classified as “fracture critical” and “structurally deficient.” Experts say the combination […]

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Police Watch

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    CHARLES TOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT   Sept. 8 1:05 a.m. East Washington Street, suspicious person, citation issued for urinating in public 2:20 a.m. Keyes Ferry Road, assist W.Va. State Police (crowd control), assistance rendered 11:15 a.m. U.S. 340, motorist assist, assistance rendered 7:03 p.m. Park Street, disturbance, advised of options   Sept. 9 12:50 […]

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EDITORIAL

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The road we can’t afford to stay on It’s tempting to wonder if state GOP lawmakers would only be satisfied once West Virginia is crisscrossed by a network of deer and Indian trails, such an anathema to them is the suggestion that more public funding might be needed for the state to maintain the upkeep on […]

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Columnist’s use of ‘Democrat’ wrong Ron Gregory stumbled badly on two counts in his Spirit commentary last week (“Moore-Manchin alliance shutting door on Democrat run for Senate”). He propounded a theory that Sen. Joe Manchin ( a Democrat) has been keeping a strong Democrat out of the race for U.S. Senate to help his supposed […]

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Worth Noting

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“I believe in freedom with the same burning delight, the same faith, the same intense abandon which attended its birth on this continent more than a century and a half ago… Events abroad give a man a feeling of being pressed for time. Actually I do not believe I am pressed for time, and I […]

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Farm-to-school idea of Helmick’s deserves an A+

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