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CHARLESTON – Dozens of West Virginia public schools have armed law enforcement officers, but the December massacre of 20 first-graders and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school has officials talking about expanding their presence. Thirty-two of West Virginia’s 55 counties have Prevention Resource Officers at 64 middle and high schools through a U.S. Justice […]

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CHARLESTON – The budget cuts previously called for by the governor have helped balance the next budget proposal, and any resulting pain to agencies or programs won’t include layoffs, according to the state’s budget director. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has called for all state agencies to slash 7.5 percent, though large spenders including K-12 – […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – In a unanimous vote, the Jefferson County Commission today agreed to provide the majority of matching dollars for a federal grant to fund construction of a bike path along W.Va. 480, just outside of Shepherdstown. The letter of commitment which the county will issue is a prerequisite for […]

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Around the State

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CHARLESTON – An architect says moving the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind to another location could cost nearly $100 million. That’s about $18 million more than it would cost to renovate or replace the existing facilities in Romney. David Ferguson with ZMM Architects and Engineers of Charleston said his financial recommendation would […]

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KEARNEYSVILLE – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will begin the second session of its Deputy Sheriff Reserve Academy next Tuesday. Jefferson County currently has 14 Reserve Deputies, and, with their next session full to capacity with 12 students, the program is looking to expand in coming years. The program is jointly run by Sheriff’s Deputy […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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Obituaries are, after all, news Careful readers of the Spirit’s obituary section might notice a few listings that include only “a sister” or “two brothers” without providing names or other identifying information. We wanted to explain our efforts to include such detail whenever possible. Almost always, information about a person’s death comes to our newsroom […]

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PanTran plans open house today CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County residents can check out PanTran firsthand today as the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority hosts an open house. Executive Director Cheryl Keyrouze says PanTran buses will pick up passengers at a number of locations, including the Jefferson County Courthouse. The event, happening from 11 a.m. to […]

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 MORGANTOWN (AP) – There’s no homework, no tuition and no tests. No credit, either. But now anyone with access to the web can become a college student.  This month, West Virginia University is launching a series of free online courses taught by professors. The experiment follows a national trend, and the courses are open to […]

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Ranson Police Log

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Jan. 8 – Jan. 14   Suspicious person:   Hallmark       Domestic:   Preston Place   Apple Tree Gardens       Disturbance:   Rumorz   Baltic Lane   Slusher Park   Park Avenue (three times)   South Marshall Street   Ambrose Drive   Jefferson Memorial Hospital (two times)   West Seventh Avenue […]

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Jan. 27 6:04 a.m. East Washington Street, disturbance, verbal argument only/female transported from scene 1:38 p.m. U.S. 340, vehicle crash, minor damage/information exchanged 2:23 p.m. East Washington Street, assist W.Va. State Police (alarm), assistance rendered 5:25 p.m. Eagle Avenue, domestic, arrest made (domestic battery and brandishing) 5:36 p.m. East Washington Street, vehicle crash, report taken […]

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