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PRAISE for your momma, and for Mother’s Day. Inspired to highlight the work of mothers after her mother’s death in 1905, West Virginia-born Anna Jarvis worked for years to make the second Sunday in May a national holiday for mothers. But she spent even longer fighting against Mother’s Day, saying it had become too commercial: […]

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EDITORIAL

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Medicaid expansion can be managed Expanding Medicaid for West Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens was the right thing to do, despite the ever-present threat that the federal government could scale back its commitment to the program, as many Republicans warn could happen. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin acknowledged as much during a press conference last week when […]

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No need for smear attacks   A letter that was recently mailed to the citizens of Charles Town attacked Rich Bringewatt in his bid for re-election to the city council. This letter suggested there were serious questions about his ethics and integrity. We are outraged by such tactics and the fact that Rich’s opponent is […]

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Kaiser Health News compiled this roundup of viewpoints on the latest rules on emergency contraception, the so-called morning-after pill, and its availability to young women. Legal and political controversy has been part of the picture ever since the pill’s approval by the FDA. Two years ago, the FDA ruled the drug should be available to […]

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Janae Johnson-Tyler watched her father rocking her newborn daughter, her wide smile was joined by a few tears of gratitude. A volunteer had stopped by the Columbus woman’s hospital room at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center to bring gifts of healing consistent with the new mother’s Muslim faith. “It’s a […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN — Shepherd University has received approval to open an additional location in Martinsburg. The Martinsburg Center is anticipated to open June 16. “With the formal approval of the Higher Learning Commission, Shepherd will provide working adults convenient opportunities to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees at its new center at 261 Aikens Center in Martinsburg,” […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Public Broadcasting says one of its longtime on-air hosts has died. George Walker was found dead in his home over the weekend. He was 60. Details weren’t immediately released Monday. Executive Director Scott Finn says an autopsy will be performed. Walker was the regular host of “All Things Considered,” the […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  A week of comings and going

We’re happy to say that the Spirit of Jefferson is now available in more places than ever. After last week’s edition went out, we set up two new newspaper boxes, one outside of Rainbow Diner & Truck Stop, a dinette in Rippon, and the other outside the post office in Summit Point. We’re also very […]

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Street art

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CHARLES TOWN – The Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition of Harpers Ferry is now accepting applications for a program that will offer septic pumping assistance to residents of the Blue Ridge in Jefferson County. Qualifying homeowners are eligible for a onetime $150 reimbursement to assist in covering the cost of septic tank pumping. Funds are available […]

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