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W.Va. judge: Shops can’t use old parts on new cars

CHARLESTON (AP) — A Kanawha County judge has granted Attorney General Darrell McGraw’s request for a permanent injunction against an insurance company and a St. Albans body shop owner accused of illegally installing junkyard parts on new vehicles. The judge on Friday ruled that Liberty Mutual and Greg Chandler — owner of Greg Chandler’s Frame […]

BECKLEY (AP) — Some West Virginia health care providers say they’re seeing patients being infected with the flu earlier than usual. The Register-Herald reports that at Raleigh General Hospital there have been 75 positive flu screens since Dec. 20 and there were another 25 before that. At Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital there were 20 confirmed […]

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Driven snow

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Driven snow
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State wants assessor’s office fixes

CHARLES TOWN – For the seventh straight year, state officials have found deficiencies in the way the Jefferson County assessor’s office runs its operations. None of the state’s other 54 counties has been found to have such problems for so long. Jefferson and 45 other counties have been cited by the state Property Valuation and […]

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Judge denies Shirley evidence requests

MARTINSBURG – A federal judge has denied a request by Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley that the prosecution spell out its strategy, as well as a number of requests to see prosecutor’s evidence earlier than is customary. Judge John Preston Bailey, who is presiding over the case, did, however, allow Shirley’s lawyers to obtain access to […]

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Top 10 of ’12

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Top 10 of ’12

Sheriff Shirley’s indictment tops list of year’s news The federal indictment and subsequent re-election of Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley has been selected as the top news story of 2012 by the Spirit of Jefferson editors. 1. Lawman gets in trouble with the law Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley entered a plea of not guilty in […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly two years after the death of America’s last World War I veteran, Charles Town resident Frank Buckles, plans are moving ahead to recognize those who served in the Great War. But longtime supporters of the project are expressing outrage and dismay that Buckles’ name has been stripped from the effort. Buckles, […]

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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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