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CHARLESTON (AP) — In jail for more than a decade for allegedly killing a member of the McCoy family during the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud, Alexander Messer wanted to know how his daughter was getting along. Messer sent his daughter, Haney Prater, 10 letters in the early years of the 20th century. Those letters — passed […]

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Think tank sizes up jobs in West Virginia

CHARLESTON (AP) — A report by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy concludes the state lost 21,300 jobs during the Great Recession and would have to add 27,000 jobs to regain its pre-recession employment rate. The think tank’s findings are contained in the report “The State of Working West Virginia 2012,” published last […]

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“King” of Togo visits Shepherdstown

SHEPHERDSTOWN – A ceremony held last week to honor a visitor proclaimed to be the King of the West African nation of Togo drew clergy from around the region, a small crowd, Shepherdstown’s mayor and a police protection detail. But an important question remains surprisingly difficult to resolve – is the visitor, Francois Ayayi Ayi, […]

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KEARNEYSVILLE – Todd Wilt said Tuesday he heard much praise and only a few gripes during the just-completed Jefferson County Fair. The 60th annual event, which concluded its weeklong run on Saturday, brought out several thousand visitors to the 80-acre site at 1707 Leetown Pike. “All in all, we had a lot of compliments and […]

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BECKLEY (AP) — A federal agency will take over a criminal investigation into prescription drugs that are missing from the Beckley Police Department’s evidence room, a prosecutor said. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin tells The Register-Herald that the case will now be handled by the Drug Enforcement Agency’s tactical diversion squad. “We’re not jumping to any […]

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Farm bureau awards scholarship
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CHARLES TOWN – In a 4-1 vote on Thursday, the Jefferson County Commission agreed to enter into negotiations to purchase the Briel building in order to alleviate space constraints on county government. Commissioner Frances Morgan voted against the proposal. The Briel building, at 201 N. George St., in downtown Charles Town, currently houses the Jefferson […]

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The Spirit of Jefferson recently received a letter announcing that the Ku Klux Klan would be holding a rally Sept. 8 at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Park Police have since confirmed that the Klan has been issued a permit to assemble and protest on that day, as is required by the First Amendment. This […]

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Audubon plans trip to ‘Nature’s Ice Box’

NORTH RIVER MILLS – Hikers interested in seeing Hampshire County’s unique geologic site known as “Nature’s Ice Box” can sign up now for a special Potomac Valley Audubon Society field trip later this month. The land – also home to one of the most stunning views of West Virginia – has been owned since 1991 […]

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General Excellence award goes to Spirit

ROANOKE – Judges with the West Virginia Better Newspaper Contest have for the first time cited the Spirit of Jefferson for overall excellence among large weeklies in the state. At Stonewall Resort in Lewis County last weekend, the Spirit’s managing editor Robert Snyder accepted the second-place General Excellence plaque, a first in the newspaper’s history. […]

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