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Out crept a mouse “The mountains were said to be in labor and uttered most dreadful groans. People came together far and near to see what birth would be produced; and, after they waited a great while in expectation, out crept a Mouse.” — Aesop’s Fables Assume that the “expectation” was over a year’s wait […]

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Redbuds line walking trail

RANSON – A quarter mile of redbuds and other native trees have been planted to beautify the scenery for users of the bike and pedestrian trail along W.Va. 9. The 162 trees were paid for by Project CommuniTree, a state project that implements tree planting initiatives for community beautification and in order to reduce runoff […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN – Shepherdstown’s tiny public library has been awarded a big chunk of funding from the West Virginia Library Commission. Officials in Shepherdstown plan to use the $25,000 in the effort to construct a larger library just outside of downtown. Meanwhile, the nonprofit Friends of Shepherdstown Library is seeking donations for its book sale fundraiser […]

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Togans tapped for school board vacancy

CHARLES TOWN – With a Saturday deadline to name a replacement for Pete Dougherty, Jefferson County’s four school board members Monday night turned to a familiar name: Larry Togans, who served on the body from 1994 to 2002. Togans, a former school board president and 10-year member of the school system’s Cultural Diversity Committee, won […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A local farmer, a current Board of Zoning Appeals member and a former county commissioner were chosen last week to replace three outgoing Planning Commission members. Wade Louthan, Darlene Truman and Gary Phalen were appointed after three rounds of voting at Thursday’s County Commission meeting. Planning Commission members William Kelly Baty, Morgan […]

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CHARLESTON – Sen. Herb Snyder says a bill that would reduce the costs to Maryland taxpayers for providing MARC commuter train services into Jefferson and Berkeley Counties has a good shot at being passed by the House of Delegates. The bill – Senate Bill 103 or the Commuter Rail Access Act – is currently in […]

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CHARLESTON – Delegates Tiffany Lawrence and Paul Espinosa, who both serve on the House Education Committee, agree that education reforms that appear poised to become law during this legislative session has not gone far enough toward addressing the state’s underperforming education system. Espinosa said he sees this as a major missed opportunity. “I think there […]

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CHARLES TOWN — A Maryland man was killed Saturday when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car not far from the McDonald’s restaurant in Charles Town. Andrew Orville Oey Kuntaraf, 33, of Laurel was pronounced dead at  Jefferson Memorial Hospital after the crash, which occurred about 4:38 p.m. at East Washington Street […]

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Drug busts common for slain Mingo County sheriff WILLIAMSON — The late Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum made it his mission to clean up the county’s pervasive drug problem. He wanted residents to live without fear that illegal drugs were being sold in their neighborhoods. He wanted to cut off the flow of drugs that […]

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March 31 2:27 a.m. East Washington Street, traffic stop, arrest made (DUI) 9:59 a.m. U.S. 340, vehicle crash, drivers exchanged information prior to arrival 4:45 p.m. U.S. 340, vehicle crash, report taken April 1 1:47 a.m. Clay Street — Harpers Ferry, assist Harpers Ferry Police Department (domestic), assistance rendered 10:15 a.m. West Virginia Way — […]

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