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CHARLES TOWN – The Jefferson County Commission will soon begin the search for a replacement for former Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley following his resignation on Friday and his entering a guilty plea to a federal felony charge in U.S. District Court on Monday. Commissioners had initially planned to allow the county’s Democratic Executive Committee to […]

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MARTINSBURG – A funeral will be held Friday for Robert W. Miller, the president and CEO of Millers Electric Co. on Tavern Road here. He died Saturday at 56 of what friends said was a heart attack. The Martinsburg native purchased the business from his father in 1991 and in recent years saw the business […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN – Jefferson High’s longtime baseball coach John Lowery and his wife Vicki weren’t home Friday evening when a fire severely damaged the second floor of their Shepherdstown home. According to family, the cause of the blaze at 199 Berridge Drive in the Heatherfield subdivision isn’t known, but officials don’t suspect arson. Firefighters from Berkeley […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Newly elected GOP House of Delegates member Paul Espinosa will host two legislative town meetings before the 81st Legislature convenes Feb. 13. The first forum happens from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point. Espinosa will then co-host a forum with Democrat Stephen Skinner, another […]

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Gun owners who are calling statements by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to entertain a discussion about firearms a “knee-jerk reaction” to the mass shooting of children at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., should know all about knee-jerk reactions. Their plan, to hold a gun rally outside of Manchin’s Eastern Panhandle office to protest the […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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The future looks bright It is hard not to take notice of the overwhelming number of news articles dealing with the shortcomings of adolescents as opposed to their recognizable accomplishments and noteworthy successes. This negative publicity has led many in our society to adopt a discouraging and pessimistic attitude towards the character of our young […]

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Worth noting

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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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