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Amazing photographs show off Jefferson’s past

CHARLES TOWN – Collecting old photographs was a natural outcome of Ray Parks’ interest in Jefferson County’s history, an interest which began when he moved here 65 years ago. For many years, he displayed some of the photos at his Ranson barbershop, and from time to time, customers would bring in their old photos to […]

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Painter primer

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Painter primer

HARPERS FERRY – More than 30 years after the death of painter Garnet Jex, Deborah Piscitelli is keeping alive the legacy of the man who spent decades preserving on canvas the bygone days of this beautiful, historic town. This week, Piscitelli will present “Jex: The Artist and the Art,” a special talk on the American […]

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Out&about

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Crafts festival: The Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival happens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Held at Sam Michaels Park, midway between Charles Town and Harpers Ferry, the festival costs $7 for adults or $4 for children ages 6 to 17. Younger children get in free. For a look at […]

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Lincoln’s trip to Harpers Ferry proved the end for McClellan

CHARLES TOWN — President Abraham Lincoln made only one visit to Harpers Ferry. En route to Sharpsburg during the first four days of October 1862, obstensibly to meet with soldiers to congratulate them for the recent battle at Antietam two weeks earlier, Lincoln was determined to meet with Union Gen. George McClellan to learn why […]

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Cool jazz, great cause

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Cool jazz, great cause

Onetime Shepherd student Brad Rambur – now a jazz musician of note in California – returns to Shepherdstown for a benefit Saturday, with ticket proceeds earmarked for the university’s music department. CHARLES TOWN – The roots of Brad Rambur’s weekend benefit for Shepherd University’s music program go back to his day job in information security […]

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Charles’ town

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Charles’ town

CHARLES TOWN — “Charles Washington’s Town” is the theme for this week’s Third Thursday event. Organized by Discover Downtown Charles Town, the evening’s fun will be dedicated to Charles Washington, the founder of Charles Town and the youngest brother of the nation’s first president. He lived from 1738 to 1799. Third Thursday also will serve […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Every month at Charles Town Library, we receive a number of requests about e-books and each time we reply, “Not yet.” E-books have been rapidly evolving in the last several years as have e-reader and tablet computing devices. About 20 percent of the adult population owns an e-book reading device, according to […]

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Out & About

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Clothes call: Shepherdstown 250 on Thursday will host a special program open to anyone interested in learning more about the clothing local residents made and wore in the 18th and 19th centuries. Kathy Corpus, an assistant professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at Shepherd, will deliver the free program, which begins at 7 p.m. in […]

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Uneasy verdict

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Uneasy verdict

CHARLES TOWN – John Brown has been called many things. A monomaniacal terrorist. An idealist and zealot. Psychologically unbalanced. A great American who gave his life to a cause to which he subscribed. Indeed, Brown, who arrived in the quiet of night to lead a violent assault on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry in […]

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Out&about

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Oktoberfest: Shepherdstown’s Bavarian Inn plays host to its annual celebration of all things German on Sunday, though the festivities are scaled back a bit this year thanks to road construction nearby that necessitates a detour to get to the inn. Still, visitors can expect to enjoy German sausage, beer, music and dancing from noon to […]

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