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Electric rates could rise   I am a citizen of West Virginia that receives my electric bill from Potomac Edison. First Energy, which is the parent company of Potomac Edison, has requested the West Virginia Public Service Commission to approve its purchase of the Harrison coal-fired power plant from its Ohio subsidiary. The cost of […]

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Human rights equals equal protection for all

Last week, Harpers Ferry, with all of 286 residents, became the third municipality in West Virginia and the smallest in the entire United States to enact an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation. Anti-discrimination ordinances are not a new thing, of course; they have been around for years in all levels of government in this […]

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Gitmo observance offers a look at military hearings

I had the opportunity last month to travel to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base’s Camp Justice as a non-governmental observer representing the National District Attorneys Association as part of the Military Commission Hearings on Abd Al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad Al Nashiri. Mr. Al Nashiri is accused of planning the explosions that hit the USS Cole on Oct. […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County school board members next week could name a replacement for Pete Dougherty, who resigned earlier this month to become Jefferson County Sheriff. Board member Scott Sudduth said the four current board members plan to discuss the vacancy in executive session on Monday just prior to the board’s regularly scheduled meeting […]

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CHARLESTON (AP) — His proposed changes to West Virginia public schools are getting plenty of attention, but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin also has more than two dozen other measures pending at the Legislature. Halfway through the session, the governor is counting on lawmakers to begin advancing the rest of his 29-item agenda. With the education […]

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Buckles’ life, and more
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Saturday Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the North Berkeley Public Library offers a 2 p.m. workshop called, “Tracing Your Irish Roots.” Jane Sullivan will offer an overview of Irish history as it relates to genealogy along with tips on using print and online sources to discover Irish ancestors. The library is located at […]

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On March 13, 1862, the federal government forbids Union army officers from returning fugitive slaves, thus ending the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. On March 13, 1943, Stephen Vincent Benét, whose “John Brown’s Body” won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1929, died in New York City at 44.

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Quote of the week

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“Those people are obsessed with me and attacking us. They won the election. Why won’t they turn their attention to what they should be doing, and that’s providing legal representation for state agencies?” FRAN HUGHES, former Deputy Attorney General under Darrell McGraw, talking about Republican Patrick Morrisey’s administration.

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Correction

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An article that ran in the Feb. 13 Spirit of Jefferson about the rezoning of the Jefferson Asphalt property contained an error. The initial expansion of the Tuscawilla Wastewater Treatment Plant will allow it to discharge 2.5 times its current amount and the second expansion will allow it to discharge five times its current amount.

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