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WILLIAMSTOWN (AP) – Visiting the lesser-known half of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge requires dressing in appropriate attire for the occasion: scuba gear. “The refuge consists of 22 islands and four mainland tracts scattered along 362 miles of river, most of it in West Virginia,” said refuge biologist Patty Morrison. “Altogether, we have […]

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Shopping (and helping)

Shoppers came out Saturday for Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County’s annual fall craft fair and soup and sandwich sale in the Charles Town Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. The nonprofit’s next fundraiser comes Oct. 25 – a “Super Hero Soiree” with steak dinner at Asbury United Methodist Church. To buy a ticket or get more information, call 304-725-1601.  

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Dividends of Hope

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Dividends of Hope

Pastor Duane Jensen of Charles Town’s Asbury United Methodist Church stands with Robert Shefner of Jefferson County Community Ministries as he accepts a check for $1,400 from Diane Stewart, founder of the new Ministry of HOPE Inc., following the ministry’s first event – an Aug. 22 concert by Adam Crabb of the Gaither Vocal Band […]

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W.Va. GeoExplorer Project workshop set for Saturday With the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission set to offer free workshops on how to use the West Virginia GeoExplorer history database this weekend, we asked the workshop’s instructor Bill Theriault to tell us more about the project. The innovative web database allows users to explore the history, […]

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RANSON – The Dairy Queen at 109 S. Mildred St. here is on track to open on the same site in January following a May 19 fire that destroyed the previous building. The eatery’s owner, Vicki Peterson, said work on the building has been going well. “The outside is nearly finished, but the inside still […]

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At Shepherd, Hickam recalls growing up in West Virginia, learning to write

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Homer Hickam, the West Virginia native who grew up to become a NASA engineer and then a bestselling author, brought stories of growing up in a coal company town, his lifelong love of rockets and a sneak peek of his new book as he made his home in Shepherdstown last week. Hickam served […]

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Love. We all long for it. We sometimes obsesses over it. We watch love played out in the cinema, in the great works of literature and even in our music. “All We Need is Love,” the Beatles told us so. And we do not disagree. Human beings are always looking for it, remembering it or […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) – Martinsburg’s Blue Ridge Community Technical College is one of three West Virginia schools awarded more than $9 million in federal funding for a workforce training initiative. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Rep. Nick Rahall announced the grant on this week. The funding is part of a nationwide effort to assist military members […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN – Shepherd University will play host to a showcase of Appalachian cultural events this week as the Appalachian Heritage Festival begins and bestselling author Homer Hickam starts his time as Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence. Hickam, a native of McDowell County who became a NASA engineer, is the author of “Rocket Boys,” which became the hit film, […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Following a student’s stabbing after a Jefferson High football game on Friday, additional steps may be taken to ensure students’ safety at games, school board president Scott Sudduth said Tuesday. “We will review the policy to see whether additional steps are necessary,” he said. “But I have the sense we had good […]

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