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Mail delays of Spirit reported; show us your 150th snapshots In recent weeks, we’ve had a number of readers call the Spirit of Jefferson office to let us know their weekly editions weren’t arriving on time – and sometimes not arriving at all. Needless to say, that is not news we want to hear. Each […]

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Thursday This week, the first “Third Thursday” event of summer coincides with West Virginia’s 150th birthday. From 5 to 9 p.m., come to the 100 blocks of North and South Charles Street for an array of free, special fun centered on the theme, “Mountaineer Mania.” Learn details at the Discover Downtown Charles Town website, charlestownwv.us. […]

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This week in history

On June 19, 1861, Virginia Unionists name Francis H. Pierpont as provisional governor of what will two years and a day later become the Mountain State. Known as “the Father of West Virginia,” the Republican later serves as an IRS collector under President James Garfield.   Jurors in Fall River, Mass., on June 20, 1893, […]

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Around the State

Va. men sue over police shooting MARTINSBURG — The family of a Virginia man shot to death by police in March is suing the city of Martinsburg for $200 million. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court by two brothers of 50-year-old Wayne Arnold Jones of Stephens City, Va. It says police used […]

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POLICE Watch

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CHARLES TOWN POLICE LOG   June 9 7:40 a.m. North George Street, alarm, building secure 7:41 a.m. West North Street, alarm, building secure 8:27 a.m. North Samuel Street, alarm, building secure 4:36 p.m. East Washington Street, suspicious vehicle, arrest made (second offense DUI) 6:45 p.m. South Water Street, suspicious persons, citations issued for open container […]

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The Standing Joint Select Committee on Government Organizations, which is co-chaired by Sen. Herb Snyder, has been assigned to investigate Potomac Edison’s billing practices. The committee is set to meet today in Wheeling.

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Editorial

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Jefferson County officials are understandable nervous about the fortunes of one of the county’s largest employers and one of its deepest sources of tax revenue, Hollywood Casinos. The encroachment of gambling into Pennsylvania and Maryland presents an uncertain future for Jefferson’s economy, indeed for West Virginia itself. This doubt lies behind area lawmakers’ efforts to expand U.S. 340 from the Virginia line around Rippon in […]

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CHARLESTON — Delegate Tim Miley, a Democrat from Harrison County, was elected the new House Speaker on Wednesday. Miley was chosen in a 53-47 party-line vote. He beat out Minority Leader Tim Armstead, a Kanawha County Republican. Current Speaker Rick Thompson, a Wayne County Democrat, resigned his seat to become Secretary of Veterans Assistance.

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Sheriffs not obligated to enforce federal laws   Once again Mr. Sean O’Leary (“The Land of 3,327 constitutions”) has failed to take cognizance of a seminal fact. In 1996, the United States Supreme Court (Printz v. United States) essentially ruled that county sheriffs are not obligated to enforce federal law. Thus the sheriffs of Raleigh, […]

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W.Va. is worth celebrating every day

This week, the state of West Virginia will celebrate the sesquicentennial of its birth – a brave and daring declaration of statehood that is unprecedented in American history. Born out of the fiery turmoil of the Civil War 150 years ago, West Virginia was founded by patriots who were willing to risk their lives and […]

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