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MARTINSBURG – Many of the workers handling holiday orders at the Macy’s Fulfillment Center here will have the chance to stay on long after the Christmas shopping season ends, a company spokesman said. More than 1,300 workers are on board now at the 1.3 million-square-foot facility that opened in July, according to Jim Sluzewski, senior […]

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History preserved

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History preserved

CHARLES TOWN – The hard work of the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society has succeeded in saving one of the area’s earliest stone structures built by free African-Americans. The Webb House was built by James H. Webb between 1829 and 1830. The home preserves an often-overlooked part of local history: Webb, a free black […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN – A policy debate on Monday about replacing the electoral college with a popular vote for presidential elections was met with low turnout, but that didn’t prevent a vigorous exchange on the topic. The National Popular Vote Act, which has already passed in eight states and the District of Columbia and will once again […]

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Flea-market Renoir still tied up with FBI

HARPERS FERRY – More than two months after an auction house cancelled plans to sell the Renoir landscape found amid trinkets at a flea market here, the artwork remains in the hands of the FBI. The Potomack Co. of Alexandria, Va., had scheduled to auction the miniature painting by the French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir on […]

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A lesson in 9/11

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A lesson in 9/11

CHARLES TOWN – David Beamer, a soft-spoken retiree from Potomac, Md., held middle schoolers here spellbound Tuesday afternoon as he shared details of his son’s death on Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. Many students already had heard the dramatic tale of David and Peggy Beamer’s only son, Todd Beamer, who famously gave the rallying […]

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Penn Gaming to split

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CHARLES TOWN – Penn National Gaming Inc. enjoyed a dramatic overnight spike in its stock price following an announcement that the company intends to split into two companies. Penn National, which owns and operates Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, made the announcement on Nov. 15 that it intends to split into two publicly traded […]

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Board to revisit Marple firing

CHARLESTON – It’s expected a majority of the state Board of Education during a special session here Thursday will again fire Jorea Marple, the highly regarded former principal and Kanawha County superintendent named state schools chief 18 months ago. According to the board’s agenda, the 10 a.m. meeting in Room 353 in Building 6 on […]

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CHARLES TOWN – A number of prominent lawyers, lawmakers and business leaders — including a number from the Eastern Panhandle — have been tapped by Patrick Morrisey to fill out the incoming attorney general’s transition team. The team will “examine the key issues and matters that will confront (Morrisey) in the coming months,” according to […]

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Staying on the ball

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Staying on the ball

RANSON – Steve Fitzhugh, the onetime Denver Broncos defensive back set to deliver a motivational talk here tonight, says young people today face many of the same challenges he did growing up in Ohio in the 1980s. But in key ways, students today have an even tougher time, notes the 49-year-old. Thanks to the Internet, […]

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CHARLES TOWN — Heating assistance and other services for low-income families could be just among the programs hurt if partisan bickering in Washington for the second year in a row stymies the budget process. “We don’t know how much funding we are going to receive as the federal budget hasn’t been agreed upon,” said Dan […]

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