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The news is familiar. A man was electrocuted Wednesday and a second arrested in connection with an attempted copper theft in our area. Familiar, but with a twist this time. According to investigating officers, the pair used a rifle to shoot down a power line owned by Appalachian Power Co. in an alleged attempt to […]

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Phantom candidate Geary Johns I was surprised to read in Charles Town Ward 4 candidate Geary Johns’s campaign literature that he would “seek repair (sic) to sidewalks.” This seemed odd because his neighbors had torn out their sidewalk and left forms and rebar in place for the better part of a year. At the far […]

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Clumsy moves from Obama

During the Watergate brouhaha — the real one 40 years ago — I was one of a number of newspaper reporters who received telephone calls from people purporting to be agents of the Internal Revenue Service. I was told I might be subject to an audit of my income taxes so it would be wise […]

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Ted Nugent wrong on gun rules

I’m a member of the National Rifle Association and a former Army officer with assignments in the military police, artillery, and operations research and intelligence at the Pentagon. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng again to view it. The rest of […]

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Citizens are holding their own public hearing today on the ongoing problems with Potomac Edison’s business practices. The need for a hearing is hard to miss. Everywhere you go, people are complaining about their electric bills. It’s not that the bills are too high – though they are – it’s that because Potomac Edison has […]

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Observance: Thomas Doyle will be the guest speaker and Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith will be the Memorial Day address speaker at a Memorial Day observance conducted Monday at 11 a.m., at Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town. Wreaths will be laid by the American Legion Post No. 71, the Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the […]

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Earning his wings
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CHARLESTON, W.V. (AP) _ West Virginia has won some limited freedom from the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. Federal officials say the state can start using its own system to identify struggling schools and devote resource to improve them. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state education officials heralded the waiver Monday. […]

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HARPERS FERRY – The Harpers Ferry Police Department has identified the man who was killed after being hit by a train last night. Paul R. Cavalier, 78, Summit Point, was struck by a train at approximately 7:20 p.m. last night after he stepped onto the tracks near the train station at 112 Potomac Street. “It […]

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One of the things about new media that gives me fits are the message boards and readers’ forums. I hate ‘em and I think when analysts of everything that is wrong with journalism today point to one of the areas where we are failing as information providers it’s to do in part with the ease […]

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