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CHARLES TOWN – Efforts to douse the fire that destroyed the clubhouse at Locust Hill Golf Course last week were hampered by cold weather, poor water pressure and a lack of available firefighters, according to one area fire official. [cleeng_content id=”273848585″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]Lt. Billy McDonald of Independent Fire Company said it took […]

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Community rallies to rebuild greenhouse

HEDGESVILLE – James “Jimi” Foltz has been scraping out a living the old-fashioned way for three decades. Farming by hand, planting his herbs by the phases of the moon, refusing modern fertilizers and pesticides, Foltz has built a life around raising natural, organic produce. [cleeng_content id=”169947147″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]But just like that of […]

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Harpers Ferry upgrades could cost $6M HARPERS FERRY – Harpers Ferry loses between 41 and 62 percent of its publicly available water and will need to spend more than $6 million in upgrades to its aging system, according to a study prepared for the town that was released late last year. [cleeng_content id=”405467628″ description=”Read it […]

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A pair of rulings by the state’s Supreme Court, one as recent as last year, appear to back a move this week by the House of Delegates, which approved an ethics bill for the state’s top legal officer, despite a protest from the attorney general’s office that doing so will provoke a “constitutional crisis.” [cleeng_content […]

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Leaders in both Charles Town, Ranson want added authority RANSON – As the state’s nascent home rule pilot project prepares to expand from four to 20 cities, both Charles Town and Ranson have their eyes on the new authority it grants municipal governments. [cleeng_content id=”364973780″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]During an opening joint meeting between […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A bill that would allow unlimited quantities of fracking waste to be deposited in the state’s commercial landfills has passed the House Judiciary Committee and is currently on the House floor awaiting a vote. [cleeng_content id=”821937327″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]While the original version of HB4411, which was authored by the Department […]

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Goodbye to pumped-up prices?

Some want to kill W.Va. ‘minimum markup’ CHARLES TOWN – A pair of bills that seek to exempt gasoline prices from an obscure 1939 law that established minimum mandatory markups for wholesalers and retailers is idling in the state Legislature. [cleeng_content id=”829821085″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]The minimum markup rule was part of the Unfair Trade Practices Act, […]

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Bryan Clark bryan@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLESTON – A bill that would allow unlimited quantities of fracking waste to be disposed of in the state’s commercial landfills is encountering near-unanimous opposition from a coalition of county solid waste authorities, environmentalists, consumer advocates and church associations. The current version of HB4411 allows commercial landfills, which are normally capped to […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A bill by a Berkeley County Republican that would prevent homeowners from being required to hook up to public water and sewer utilities has until the weekend to be taken up on the floor of the House of Delegates. [cleeng_content id=”615616932″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]Delegate Larry Kump introduced HB4007 last month. […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County school officials will finalize the school schedule at the March 10 meeting of the Board of Education. [cleeng_content id=”276897916″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]Superintendent Susan Wall said Jefferson County Schools are tentatively projecting that the last day of school this year will be June 12. Without the 13 days school […]

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