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… can history produce an instance of rebellion so honorably conducted (as Shay’s insurrection)? I say nothing of its motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be […]

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In my last column I discussed ongoing attempts by the federal government to nationalize education through programs created under the auspices of the Department of Education. Hundreds of billions of federal tax dollars have been spent on programs such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top to entice states to adopt programs […]

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Customers speak out: How do we grow Charles Town Farmers Market?

Last year, I helped introduce a variety of successful changes to the Charles Town Farmers Market, which is held on Saturday mornings on South Samuel Street. On Jan.8, the market held an open house and forum to gather feedback from vendors, customers and observers before the start of this year’s growing season in mid-April. Based […]

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After 40+ years in politics, Rockefeller moves to retire

CHARLESTON — Friday’s news that West Virginia’s senior U.S. Senator won’t seek a sixth term next year brought cheers in some circles and handwringing in others. Still others reacted to word that 75-year-old Democrat John D. “Jay” Rockefeller would step down after five terms in Washington by simply expressing gratitude for his decades of service […]

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MORGANTOWN – A new survey has found one in five West Virginia veterans is at risk for suicide. The research by West Virginia University psychology professor Joseph Scotti was commissioned by the Legislature. It found half of veterans surveyed showing signs of post-traumatic-stress disorder, depression or both. Scotti and other researchers analyzed responses from more […]

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CHARLES TOWN — A man and a woman were arrested last Tuesday shortly after robbing a bank in Kearneysville, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. Darius Wayne Cook, 27, of Martinsburg, and 28-year-old Candace Brooke Leber were taken into custody after being stopped by sheriff’s deputies at Wiltshire and Charles Town roads soon after […]

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CHARLES TOWN — Total court costs in Jefferson County were 17th highest in the state for fiscal year 2012. Expenditures in the county came to almost $2.6 million, with the county circuit court costs totaling $1,234,932, magistrate court costs equaling, $797,818, and family court adding up to $555,869. There were 1,087 cases filed in Jefferson […]

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CHARLES TOWN — Three people, one of them a Jefferson County emergency medical technician, were charged with selling prescription drugs following a lengthy investigation by area law enforcement officers. Justice Jones, 26, of the 7800 block of Leetown Road, was charged with two counts of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance. Justice, who has […]

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Jan. 6 12:05 a.m. Belvedere Drive, disturbance, advised of options/subject transported 3:20 p.m. U.S. 340, welfare check, area checked/unable to locate 5:30 p.m. East Washington Street, alarm, residence secure 5:30 p.m. North Mildred Street — Ranson, warrant service, arrest made (active warrant) 10:10 p.m. Davis Street, parking complaint, citation issued   Jan. 7 3:25 a.m. […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County saw a voter turnout rate of about 63 percent in the 2012 General Election. Only four counties in West Virginia had higher turnout rates, according to a news release from Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office. West Virginia’s overall turnout rate was 55 percent, well below the national rate of […]

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