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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff MARTINSBURG – The attorney representing convicted bank robber Mark Daniel Haines in a civil suit against former Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley and seven other area law enforcement officers says the two sides have reached a settlement agreement through mediation. Lawyers for the defendants declined to comment on the case, and have […]

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Slave Dick Pointer is hailed as a hero May 29, 1778, after helping save some 60 settlers attacked by Shawnee Indians at Fort Donnally near Lewisburg. His freedom purchased in 1801, Pointer is granted a life lease to a piece of land where he lives until his death at about age 89 in 1827.   […]

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Warm welcome

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Warm welcome
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Today A display of local quilters’ work – full-sized quilts, wall hangings and table toppers – continues at South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point. The exhibit is No. 44 in the “Art in the Library” series designed to highlight talented local artists. The exhibit runs through June 30 at the library at 49 Church […]

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Better deal than a cup of coffee CHARLES TOWN – Since coming on board at the Spirit 20 months ago, I’ve heard lots of feedback from faithful readers as well as those new to the paper, nearly all of them telling me how much they look forward to reading what we put together each week […]

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Getting colorful to fight cancer
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Stricter seat belt law set to take effect July 9

CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a stricter seat belt law for West Virginia motorists. Tomblin signed the bill Thursday during a ceremony at the state Capitol. It is effective July 9 and allows police to pull over motorists if the driver or passengers aren’t wearing seat belts. Previously the driver had to […]

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POLICE Watch

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Charles Town Police Log May 19   5:45 a.m. Jefferson Memorial Park, suspicious person, advised of park closure and to vacate area 5:58 a.m. East Washington Street, welfare check, contact made/assistance rendered 7:55 a.m. East Liberty Street, parking complaint, vehicle towed/citation issued 10:50 a.m. Eldon Drive, assist Clarke County (attempt to locate), negative contact 11:50 […]

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PRAISE&nays

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PRAISE for beefing up the Mountain State’s seat belt laws. Come July 9, drivers and passengers in West Virginia can be pulled over if they aren’t properly restrained. Late last week, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed legislation making failure to buckle up a primary offense. Before, drivers could be cited only if they were being […]

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Thank you, with a capital ‘Tea’ I feel it is very important for the community at large to become aware of how many dedicated volunteers it took to put on the Back Alley Tea. They have cheerfully responded to anything I have asked of them and I want everyone to know how much I appreciate […]

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