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Free lunch bill is no free ride If  words were calories, enough of them have already been burned panning the Senate’s recently passed Feed to Achieve Act, an ambitious measure introduced by lead sponsor Sen. John Unger and approved unanimously by state senators last Friday that will by 2015 vastly expand West Virginia public schools’ […]

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PRAISE for the life led by Ranson native Whitney Burch Barrett. The 31-year-old, who passed away suddenly March 27 after a short illness, spent her career with the Jefferson County Development Authority, where she toiled as an advocate for the county and aided entrepreneurs and other business leaders. Smart, beautiful, thoughtful, friendly, capable and tireless […]

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From blankets to blow dryers: Your donations make our community better

CHARLES TOWN – I’ve long known that many are struggling each day to be warm enough, to be fed enough, but it wasn’t until I attended a volunteer orientation at the Jefferson County Community Ministries in Charles Town that I really came to understand just how entrenched poverty has become in our county. I came […]

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The budget shortfall in Jefferson County Over the last year and a half, the Jefferson County Commission has voiced their concerns about when, not if, there would be a budget shortfall. Even at the interview for the appointment for sheriff the question was asked, “How would you handle a budget shortfall?” Now, remember several years […]

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Teen court gives wayward youth a jury of their peers

Imagine making a poor decision that could change the course of your life. Now imagine having a second chance to correct your mistake and learning how to be a productive citizen. The Jefferson County Teen Court program in partnership with the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle is a community-based intervention/prevention program designed to provide […]

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Making threats is no reason to kill gun bill

When I was in the third grade, I remember an incident where a classmate shot a spitball that stuck to the blackboard while the teacher had her back to the class. She was writing a lesson on the board. For those of you not familiar with what a spitball is, it is a little wad […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Charles Town City Manager Joe Cosentini says that a bill that recently cleared the state Senate should help area municipalities keep down the rate increases that will be necessary to pay for water treatment plant upgrades required by the Chesapeake Bay Initiative. “Any time we were going to have to do one […]

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CHARLES TOWN – As a bill that would allow quicker adoption of reciprocal recognition of concealed carry licenses from other states appears poised to become law, a feud between a gun rights group and state senate leadership continues. Concealed carry reciprocity allows citizens of other states who hold concealed carry licenses to practice the same […]

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CHARLES TOWN — While the candidate filing period for this year’s municipal elections in most of Jefferson County’s towns has come to an end, many municipal races are already effectively decided because of a low number of candidates, though there is still time for write-in candidates to apply in many races. Ranson will hold mayoral […]

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Three airport towers in West Virginia face closure

Three airport towers in West Virginia face closure CHARLESTON — Air traffic control towers at three West Virginia airports are on a list of 149 across the country set to close starting April 7. The list issued Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration includes contract towers at airports in Lewisburg, Parkersburg and Wheeling. Earlier this […]

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