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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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3 hopefuls picked to replace Helmick

ROMNEY — A Hampshire County judge is one of three people selected to fill the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Walt Helmick, this month following his election as commissioner of agriculture. < p align=”justify”>Romney resident Judge Donald H. Cookman’s name will be submitted this week to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to fill the open 15th […]

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EDITORIAL

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A right for more than just the ‘right people’ Republican lawmakers in West Virginia eager to approve a measure that would require voters to show a photo identification card at the polls liken the requirement to having an ID for cashing a check or driving a car or buying a beer. It’s ironic to see […]

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Many deserve thanks First of all, thank you for publishing my article about the march January 13, 2013 in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and in memory of the ministry, witness and martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I truly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of […]

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Worth noting

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“Not only should all forms of violent behavior be discouraged in the home, but so should all instruments of violence, real or imitated. Guns are not playthings, and no child should ever be allowed to believe that they are. To regard a lethal weapon as a toy, even in toy form, is to train children […]

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Gun control laws are a breach of trust

Sometime back I was invited to speak at a civics club. Its members consisted of parents and their teenage children – and the purpose of the club was to study the Constitution. The subject matter of that day was the Bill of Rights. It is widely believed that several important states, Virginia in particular, would […]

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It’s odd that in our debate about guns and killing we rarely mention the form of death in which guns are most frequently involved. It’s not murder or acts of self-defense, which serve as the usual bookends of the argument. It’s suicide. Even if you add all of the murders, all of the killings that […]

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