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MARC funding bill passes Senate

CHARLES TOWN — A bill that would preserve MARC passenger rail services to the Eastern Panhandle by providing tax breaks to rail line owners passed through the state Senate yesterday, a first. “This is the fifth session I have introduced it, and we finally got it through,” says Sen. Herb Snyder. “This is the first […]

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Barrett a ‘shining star’

CHARLES TOWN – Whitney Burch Barrett, the high-energy Jefferson County Development Authority program manager who died last week after a short illness, is being remembered for her love of friends and family and passion for helping her community. Mary Duke teaches at Ranson Elementary School, where Barrett led her class academically and also was crowned […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Charles Town officials say they’re taking the first steps toward addressing the city’s long-festering problem with vacant buildings. Last week, leaders were on hand for the demolition of an abandoned building on West Street and the proposed razing of another building is in the pipeline. “It’s been a long-standing concern for a […]

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Race for the history books

Civil War-themed challenge to benefit nonprofits HARPERS FERRY — The popular Ironman and Tough Mudder competitions are tough, but they’re not getting-chased-by-a-Civil-War-general-on-horseback tough. If competitors want that kind of tough they’ll have to try the Charge 5K Obstacle Challenge Race and Kids Fun Run happening April 13 at Sam Michaels Park in Harpers Ferry. The […]

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Dozens of gun-related bills get attention at Capitol

CHARLESTON – As lawmakers in Colorado passed tougher gun measures in response to recent mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado and elsewhere and Congress weighs similar changes, West Virginia legislators could open the door for a variety of new laws that would make it easier to buy and carry firearms. Among the more than 33 gun-related […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A bill that would reduce the minimum number of racing days each year at state racetracks has stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but that hasn’t stopped Horsemen’s Benevolent Protection Association President Randy Funkhouser from worrying about it. Last week, Funkhouser squared off before the Jefferson County Commission with Hollywood Casino General […]

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Third push for Mannings incorporation set to begin

CHARLES TOWN – The third time was the charm for Mannings residents who are trying to have the small community on the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains incorporated. The Jefferson County Commission agreed in a 3-1 vote last week to hold a public hearing to consider incorporating the village. This will be the […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Members of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League, together with Republican Delegates Paul Espinosa and Mike Folk, gathered in front of City Hall Saturday for a rally aimed at exerting pressure on Sen. Herb Snyder to take up a bill that would remove the authority of municipalities and counties to regulate carrying […]

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Seminar’s goal: Bring the Civil War into the 21st century

CHARLES TOWN – Though the Civil is 150 years behind us, fresh details about the conflict are emerging every day thanks to new technologies, explains an expert from Charles Town’s online American Public University System. “New tools are changing the way we research the Civil War,” said Brad Wiles, APUS’s archivist. “Every day, we’re seeing […]

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Against all odds

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Against all odds

Cancer diagnosis sidelined Tyler Wilt but Washington’s QB is back on track now CHARLES TOWN – Tyler Wilt says the certainty came over him during Washington High’s Senior Night ceremony in late October. After a summer spent battling a rare kind of cancer – and then weeks on the sidelines watching his teammates tackle opponents […]

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