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CHARLESTON – Parents of a West Virginia public school student filed papers Friday continuing their court challenge of the firing of Jorea Marple as state superintendent, rejecting last week’s do-over vote by the Board of Education to dismiss her as a “dog and pony show.’’ James and Michelle Hicks allege that the only way to […]

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Bronze Star Medal given to area airman

MARTINSBURG — Capt. Christopher T. Tusing has four tours of duty under his belt, enough to make you think his fifth and most recent six-month deployment to Afghanistan would be a relatively routine one. Not so. Tusing, of Berkeley Springs, and the installation deployment officer for the 167th Airlift Wing, found his latest deployment to […]

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POLICE LOG

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Charles Town Police Department call log Nov. 25 — Dec. 1 Nov. 25 1:50 a.m. North West Street — Alarm — Business secure 6:15 a.m. West Liberty Street — Alarm — Accidental 8:25 a.m. West Academy Street — Welfare Check — Unfounded 8:45 a.m. State Route 9 — Motorist Assist — Assistance rendered 9:01 a.m. […]

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EDITORIAL

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Motive in Marple firing: self interest of board members So it appears there may be a clue to explain the firing last month of state schools Superintendent Jorea Marple, and as we expected it had not much at all to do with improving education or the well-being of West Virginia’s schoolchildren. According to a report […]

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I’ve said this before and it’s worth repeating: competition is necessary in order to spur innovation and efficiency. We have laws and regulations that attempt to ensure that there is competition in the marketplace. When it comes to education, however, this principle is ignored and whether or not we are happy with the results, we […]

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Letter to the Editor

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Medicare enrollment deadline approaching The Medicare Open Enrollment deadline is fast approaching, so now is the time to check and see if you will have the Medicare coverage you need to meet your needs, at a price you can afford, starting Jan. 1. Friday is the last day that most people with Medicare can chose […]

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BCT rezoning showdown put off

BOLIVAR – The owner of a parcel of land at the entrance to Bolivar has asked that a rezoning hearing be delayed while it negotiates with a potential buyer who is interested in keeping the land undeveloped. Bank of Charles Town President Robert Barroner said he asked the Jefferson County Commission to delay the rezoning […]

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CHARLESTON – Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has announced she will seek election to the U.S. Senate in two years following her landslide victory in 2012. Sen. Jay Rockefeller has held the seat that will be contested in 2014 since 1984. He has not yet said whether he will seek re-election to a sixth term, but […]

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Team effort for Coach Grant
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CHARLESTON – Incoming Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s victorious 2012 campaign has a $1 million debt hangover he is attempting to remedy with fundraisers in Charleston, according to reports from the Charleston Daily Mail. Morrisey lent his campaign well over $900,000, and, now that he has won, he hopes more donations will allow him to pay […]

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