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Litter cleanup collects hundreds of tons CHARLESTON — More than 450 tons of cast-offs were collected by nearly 14,000 volunteers during West Virginia’s annual spring cleanup. Sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection, the litter collection was the result of two programs: Make It Shine and Adopt-a-Highway. The April programs were sponsored by the […]

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POLICE Watch

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Charles Town Police Department   July 7 12:10 a.m. Silverleaf Drive, disturbance, area checked/unfounded 3:30 a.m. Halltown Road, assist W.Va. State Police (search warrant), assistance rendered 9:21 a.m. West Academy Street, welfare check, subject contact/no problems 1:19 p.m. Evitts Run Park, disturbance, advised of options 2:07 p.m. West Washington Street, disturbance, advised of options 7:58 […]

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Drug abuse rising among women Prescription painkiller abuse is achieving gender equity. For many years, men accounted for more cases of drug addiction and most of the overdoses. But that is changing rapidly, and health officials maintain the public and the medical community need to adjust mindsets and practices quickly. The signs certainly have been there […]

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Friends still seek Happy Retreat   Due to summer vacation and travel schedules, no one from Friends of Happy Retreat could be reached for comment when the Spirit wrote its recent article about Happy Retreat (Editor’s note: The above referenced article was written by the Associated Press). We are still very much alive and working […]

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Little progress made on Medicade rollout in W.Va.

Currently, the only people in West Virginia who are eligible for federal Medicaid coverage are those who make 38 percent or less of the federal poverty level — about $8,200 for a family of four. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced back in May he wants to expand that program to 138 percent, which would be […]

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Worth noting

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“I have never declined paying the highway tax, because I am as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject; and as for supporting schools, I am doing my part to educate my fellow-countrymen now. It is for no particular item in the tax bill that I refuse to […]

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Educating the shirt off your back

Recently, Logan County has made national headlines. The event that garnered the attention was the arrest of 14-year-old Jared Marcum, a student at Logan Middle School, in April because he wore a T-shirt to school that displayed the NRA logo, a hunting rifle and the words: “protect your right.” That’s right, arrested. Band teacher David […]

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During a recent meeting with Sen. Joe Manchin, I urged him to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Manchin said he firmly believes that no one should be discriminated against unfairly, including gays and lesbians. However, he said he does not feel the religious exemption in the bill is strong enough and that it “leaves […]

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Harpers Ferry, unlike many Civil War towns, was not devastated by a major battle like nearby Sharpsburg, Md. and Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Those towns had wounded soldiers who were cared for many months after those battles, had to contend with burying thousands of dead soldiers and encountered problems with filing for and receiving damages from […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) – A witness’ testimony has led to a mistrial in the first trial of thousands of surgical mesh lawsuits filed nationwide. U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin declared the mistrial last week after determining that jurors would not be able to disregard improper testimony by a plaintiff’s witness. Dr. Lennox Hoyte had testified that […]

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