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CHARLESTON – A task force on substance abuse has made policy and program recommendations for the Legislature to consider when lawmakers begin their 60-day regular session Feb. 13. One of the recommendations offered by the Governor’s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse: Raise state alcohol and tobacco taxes and put the new revenue toward prevention, early […]

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Jan. 20 12:45 a.m. South West Street, disturbance, unfounded 1:51 a.m. U.S. 340, traffic stop, arrest made (DUI) 2:30 a.m. South West Street, disturbance, unfounded 4:07 a.m. West Washington Street, suspicious person, area checked/unable to locate 4:18 a.m. East Washington Street, suspicious persons, transported to motel 4:43 a.m. Marlow Road, suspicious person, citation issued/transported to […]

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Faircloth aims for Capito’s seat in Congress

INWOOD – The real estate developer who has lost five straight races since leaving the House of Delegates in 2004 has announced his next try for office: He hopes to replace Republican Shelley Moore Capito in Congress next year. Larry V. Faircloth, 64, was the state’s longest-serving Republican lawmaker eight years ago when he first […]

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Jefferson Asphalt, Thomas family make $50,000 gift to Hospice campaign

CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson Asphalt, the contracting firm doing excavation and site work at Hospice of the Panhandle’s Building the Dream location, has signed on with a $50,000 gift to the agency’s capital campaign. The campaign, designed to build a 14-bed inpatient unit and consolidate offices, has been underway for the past 3 ½ years. […]

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Bluefield leaders want ‘County Roads’ as W.Va.’s state song BLUEFIELD – The city of Bluefield is hoping to lead a renewed push to declare John Denver’s 1971 hit, “Take Me Home (Country Roads)” as West Virginia’s newest state song. The city’s board of directors this week will consider a resolution to adopt the song as […]

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School project featured in national fishing mag

Wildwood teacher is researching putting brook trout back into Flowing Spring SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – The effort by an area teacher to reintroduce native brook trout into Flowing Spring has garnered her a national spotlight in a prominent national fly fishing magazine. A two-page story about Wildwood Middle School teacher Carolyn Thomas’ class project appeared in […]

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City pays $60,000 to settle profiling suit CHARLES TOWN — The city of Charles Town has reportedly paid $30,000 each to two men who accused the town’s police department of engaging in racial profiling and false arrest. Indony and Drix Jean Baptiste said in their lawsuit that they were detained and taken to the Charles […]

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Correction

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A story that appeared in the Jan. 19 edition of the Spirit about the arrest of three people in a drug sting contained an error. Justice Jones is not a member at Citizens Fire Company.

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2 indicted in scrap theft

CHARLES TOWN — Two men were indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury last week for the theft of scrap metal from air conditioning units at South Jefferson Elementary last February. Gary Lynn Heflin, Jr. and Anthony Travis Hoskins were each charged with one count of grand larceny, one count of felony destruction of property […]

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Dog treat

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Dog treat

Furry Ministries’ Kip is good therapy HARPERS FERRY — A wet nose and a nudge can work wonders. Just ask Karin Fellers, whose 6-year-old border collie, Kip, accompanies her on visits to area nursing homes and respite facilities as part of her work with Furry Ministries. Begun in 2007, Furry Ministries is the brainchild of […]

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