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HARPERS FERRY – A 30-year-old man who fell into the Shenandoah River during a holiday gathering Thursday has been identified as Josue Menendez, of Winchester, Va., according to Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty. Dougherty said the man fell into the water at the Shannondale Springs boat launch and was unable to return to shore on […]

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POLICE Watch

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Charles Town Police Department call log   June 30 6:20 a.m. U.S. 340, abandoned vehicle, vehicle towed 12:26 p.m. U.S. 340, vehicle crash, report taken 2:18 p.m. U.S. 340, vehicle crash, report taken 4:45 p.m. East 2nd Avenue — Ranson, assist Ranson Police Department (disturbance), assistance rendered 10:11 p.m. U.S. 340, vehicle crash, report taken […]

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The West Virginia Division of Highways wishes to alert the public about an upcoming change in the traffic pattern at the intersection of South George Street (W.Va. 115) and Citizens Way (County Route 115/4) in Charles Town. Stop signs will be added on South George Street to make the intersection an all-way stop. Work is […]

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PRAISE&nays

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PRAISE for Harrison County Prosecutor Joe Shaffer, who announced he will seek to indict the Jarvisville woman who fatally shot her 11-year-old grandson last month as he slept in his bed. Clearly, what happened after Tina Owens fired again and again from her .40 caliber handgun in the dark, worried that someone was trespassing on […]

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OTHER VIEWS

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Cell phone user? Steer clear A lot has changed in the past quarter-century. Can you imagine pulling out in your new car in 1988 and seeing countless other drivers speeding by, eyes downward, reading a stack of index cards or their daily newspaper? That would have seemed very peculiar, indeed. Yet here we are, 25 […]

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An apology extended I have enjoyed spending time in Jefferson County, when possible, for well over two decades. Whether rafting at Blue River Outfitters, attending the Contemporary American Theater Festival, fishing in ponds or rivers, or just enjoying the majestic views of Harpers Ferry. Some years ago (I believe it was right around Independence Day, […]

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A village has to be pro-active to stay in place

I have the privilege of living in one of Jefferson County’s rural villages, Middleway. Diversity of employment, opinion, and economic status enhance village life and culture. Neighbors stroll and back-fence conversations are the coin of information. Garden patches are admired and compared, kids and grandkids bragged about, while differences of church and politics are put […]

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Tax cuts are job killers for W.Va.

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is home to a fascinating group of policy wonks who do economic research in the public interest. Call them liberals, call them progressives, call them do-gooders, but by all means call them rigorous because, in an environment of often unsubstantiated rhetoric, the Center’s take on economic issues […]

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A century and a half after the birth of West Virginia, the Mountain State needs to take significant steps economically in order to reach its incredible potential. The challenges facing this state are great: sadly West Virginia consistently ranks near the bottom in almost all economic indicators, not the least of which is job growth. […]

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Pink is known for breast cancer awareness; yellow ribbons are recognized as veteran support; multicolored puzzle pieces represent Autism awareness. You might not have known that green is the official color for mental health awareness. The first step in understanding mental illness is starting the conversation. As we see growth in our community’s desire to […]

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