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Washington picking winners, losers on energy front Guiding Washington policy these days seems to be the philosophy of picking winners and losers, and it is an approach that is doing significant harm to West Virginia because of its effects on the state’s natural resource industries. One example is the Obama Administration’s recent upward recalculation of the […]

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I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of […]

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Motorists should use an alternate route and avoid the Charles Town business district between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday due to road closures for the Charles Town Car Show. Motorists traveling eastbound on Washington Street should use congress Street as an alternate route. Motorists traveling westbound should on Washington Street should use Liberty Street […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – Today FirstEnergy reached a settlement with several groups who had opposed intra-company sale of the Harrison Power Station, that is projected to lead to an immediate decrease of $1.50 per month in residents’ electric bills. Critics of the sale argue those costs will rise in the future, however. […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

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Of the fair, MLK anniversary and a sad passing LEETOWN – There’s unquestionably a special feeling in the air as the Jefferson County Fair continues through late Saturday. If you haven’t made it to the fairgrounds in a while or if you’re new to the area and wondering whether to head out, we’d urge you […]

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A SECOND L OOK

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A SECOND L OOK

Here we go Claudia Diaz brought her children, 5-year-old Sarah and Gabriel, 3, to Wildwood Middle School last week for a special parents’ breakfast. Her son Francis, 11, (not shown) will attend Wildwood when the 2013-14 school year kicks off Thursday. During the first-ever “Wildwood Academy,” he and dozens of other sixth-graders from Ranson had […]

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CHARLES TOWN – The Jefferson County Development Authority will soon ban adult and gambling establishments from the Burr Business Park. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng again to view it. The rest of this article is exclusive, , click “buy” and […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Sewer rates in both Charles Town and Ranson, both served by the Charles Town Utility Board, are set to increase soon due to increased costs, the result of what town officials call “unfunded mandates” from efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Sewer rates in Ranson are set to tick up from […]

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Around the State

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Around the State

1st female secretary of state turns 100 CHARLESTON — The first woman to hold a statewide officer in West Virginia has turned 100. Helen F. Holt celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday. Former Gov. Cecil Underwood appointed Holt as secretary of state in 1957 following the death of D. Pitt O’Brien. She served until 1959. […]

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POLICE Watch

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Charles Town Police Department   Aug. 11 3:03 a.m. W.Va. 51, traffic stop, arrest made (DUI) 4 a.m. North Mildred Street — Ranson, assist Ranson Police Department (disturbance), assistance rendered 3:15 p.m. South Lawrence Street, unattended death, report taken 8:19 p.m. West North Street, petit larceny, advised of options 9:14 p.m. Eastern Regional Jail, warrant […]

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