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What has W.Va. gained by ousting Marple? This week, state school board members Priscilla Haden and Jenny Phillips made good on their mid-November threat to resign over board president Wade Linger’s clumsy ousting of respected schools chief Jorea Marple. It’s a shame for the state board to have lost two hard-working, conscientious board members – […]

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Worth noting

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“In the affairs of men, there always appears to be a need for at least two things simultaneously, which on the face of it, seem to be incompatible and to exclude one another. We always need both freedom and order. We need the freedom to lots and lots of small, autonomous units, and, at the […]

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I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that your New Year has gotten off to a great start. This is the last in a series of three columns inspired by the Legislative Summit in December. The summit produced two priority lists and the issue of unfunded mandates — after considerable discussion — […]

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In the days after the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., I made it clear that I believe it is time for us to move from rhetoric to action to prevent future acts of senseless mass violence. Since then, much has been made of those comments — some of it accurately reflecting what I said, some […]

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As we look out upon the world in 2013, with a baleful eye toward Washington and its doings, we can reliably predict a very messy world. All our local headlines that do not dwell on auto wrecks, inane Washington and Charleston politics and drug arrests are currently talking about Syria and Egypt. And so, a […]

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Martinsburg police say that 45-year-old Tiffany Lee Overholser was pronounced dead at City Hospital following the Dec. 28 incident outside her residence. Two Martinsburg officers went to the home at 108 S. Georgia Ave. in Martinsburg around 3 a.m. after police received a call from a woman who told Central Dispatch another woman was pointing […]

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Dec. 23 3:25 a.m. East Washington Street — Traffic stop — Arrest made (obstructing and forgery) 9:21 a.m. West Congress Street — Assist fire department — Assistance rendered 12:39 p.m. North George and Liberty streets — Vehicle crash — Report taken 1 p.m. Crescent Drive — Disturbance — Subject located/Advised of ordinance 1:15 p.m. Augustine […]

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Law firm exceeds goal for Hospice

MARTINSBURG – Britt Reed Law Offices was successful in its challenge to the community to raise $25,000 for Hospice of the Panhandle’s “Building the Dream” campaign – so successful, in fact, that Hospice was able to raise $66,160 through the match, and reach its 2012 year-end goal of $3.5 million. Terry Britt, of Britt Reed […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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EDITOR’S NOTE

A welcome from our new home at North Charles Street As we here at the Spirit of Jefferson prepared to move to our new offices at 114 N. Charles St., I hurriedly penned an editor’s note that relied on two faulty assumptions — the reliability of my memory and my sense of direction. As a […]

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Eyes that don’t lie

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Richard Pryor famously joked about a husband caught in bed with another woman by his wife. Rather than try to explain the inexplicable, the husband indignantly denies having an affair and even the existence of the woman beside him in bed. “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?” he demands. That is also […]

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