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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Lottery revenues are falling but Director John Musgrave says the decline is not as severe as the Lottery Commission expected. Lottery revenues for April totaled about $109 million, down nearly 12 percent from the same month in 2012. Revenues for the fiscal year that ends June 30 totaled $1.1 billion […]

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KEARNEYSVILLE – Two Jefferson Academy students took first place statewide, each in their own grade level, in the 22nd annual Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Contest. Second-grader Brandon Dunbar and first-grader Chloe Edwards received medals for their handwriting skills. Christi Cronin, their teacher, also received an award, and the school received two $200 coupons. More than 285,000 students […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) – Gaston Caperton is done with politics. Many considered the former governor a potential candidate for U.S. Senate when Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced his plans to retire after 2014, but Caperton said he has no interest in Capitol Hill. “I’m almost 73 years old. People ask me, ‘Why are you not running for […]

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LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – Conservative Amish groups have larger families than other Amish and their children are far less likely to leave the church, a trend that is expected to bring dramatic changes for them in the coming years, according to a book on the distinctive religious group being published this week. “ The Amish,” […]

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Haines wins $90K settlement

MARTINSBURG – Convicted bank robber Mark Daniel Haines has agreed to a settlement with the man convicted of kicking him in the head following a high-speed police chase in December 2010, an incident that cost former Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley his job and resulted in his recent sentencing to federal prison. This article is exclusive, […]

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RANSON – The results of Tuesday’s city election will be posted on the Spirit of Jefferson website by this morning. Voters were able to go to the polls through 7:30 Tuesday night, later than our newspaper’s print deadline. None of the seats were contested. Mayor David Hamill was unopposed for another four-year term as mayor. […]

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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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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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