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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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Here’s some statistics that you might find as unsettling as I do. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of West Virginia that year was about the same as it was in 1960. From 1971 to 1997, West Virginia had the lowest crime in the nation, before settling for second lowest in 1998 with […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Charles Town City Council’s pathetic funding choices The left wing of the Charles Town City Council is at it again. This time it plans to use city revenue to help fund a state-enacted bureaucracy called the teen court. It is disturbing that certain council members want to fund a duplicate social program in these tight […]

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