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CHARLESTON – Emails between the president of the state Board of Education and acting superintendent of schools Jim Phares show the two men were communicating about the possible replacement of then-Superintendent Jorea Marple for two months before her Nov. 15 firing. Under Freedom of Information Act requests, reporters from The Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily […]

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Jan. 3 12:51 a.m. U.S. 340, welfare check, citation issued/transported to detox 3:57 a.m. East Washington Street, traffic stop, arrest made (DUI) 5:25 p.m. North George Street, EMS assist, assistance rendered 5:50 p.m. Augustine Avenue, alarm, accidental 8:10 p.m. Burberry Lane, alarm, residence secure Jan. 4 7:45 a.m. U.S. 340, vehicle crash, report taken 11:25 […]

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EDITORIAL

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Baubles, baubles everywhere The signature achievement of former state Attorney General Darrell McGraw is not that he wasted taxpayer dollars on self-promotional trinkets. But that he did, and he did it to the degree that its practice became an issue used for political gain by Republican Patrick Morrisey to defeat McGraw by the slimmest of […]

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Thanks to Spirit Thanks so much to the Spirit for the article in the Feb. 6 paper supporting the Citizens Fire Company Pancake Day. You definitely captured the essence of the day in the article! I really appreciate you working to get this in the paper before the fundraiser is held and your help with […]

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Worth noting

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“Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They prescribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and […]

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A valentine to our town

Charles Town: It’s our town. It’s the place where a great many of us were born and raised; and the place where many others have migrated and now call home. Either way, Charles Town is a place of great character, incredible history and a small, quirky town that we all know and love. Those of […]

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Does the West Virginia Division of Highways use fracking waste to treat our roadways before bad weather? I am happy to report that they do not. I asked the question myself after coming across a Dec. 2011 memorandum of agreement between the highways office and the state Division of Water and Waste Management that spelled […]

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Jefferson County landowners wishing to protect their land can benefit from a federal tax provision for this year that was buried in the fiscal cliff legislation. And, if they are located in a Civil War battle area, they may also be able to tap federal money for battlefield protection. Both programs are in addition to […]

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CHARLESTON — The outlook for new jobs created in West Virginia as a result of booming natural gas production from the Marcellus formation is, as many sources have pointed out, “hopeful.” The prospect of more than 50,000 jobs over the next 20 years and annual tax revenues pushing $1 billion offers great hope for Mountaineers. […]

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West Virginia sees jump in apple crop

ROMNEY — West Virginia’s apple production jumped 36 percent in 2012 and, coupled with a big increase in the price per pound, more than doubled in value from 2011. The 2012 peach crop proved more valuable than 2011’s as well because higher prices more than offset a drop in the harvest. So whether it was […]

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