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Veterans asked to take survey As we approach Veterans Day 2012, I would like to remind West Virginia veterans and current military members — from all eras, ages, and services — to complete the 2012 West Virginia Military Survey. The deadline for completing the survey, sponsored by the West Virginia Legislature, is Nov. 30. The […]

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It started on Oct. 11 when Jared Hunt, a reporter for the Charleston Daily Mail, wrote an article that ran under the headline, “Md. casino vote could cost W.Va. $1 billion in revenue.” The projected loss, which would take place over 10 years, is based on a study by the Sage Policy Group, a consulting […]

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Poverty rates are generally higher in rural areas than in urban centers. Also, residents of rural West Virginia are more likely than their urban neighbors to be self-employed or working for a small business without employer-sponsored health insurance. They are, therefore, more likely to be uninsured or underinsured.   As written, the Affordable Care Act […]

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A real treat

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A real treat
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EDITORIAL

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Scraping the ‘bottomless filth of faction’ If there’s one thing area Republicans have coming to them for their half-headed attempt at a smear campaign against a bevy of Democratic statehouse candidates, it’s blowback. When it comes to elections, voters can count on the truth being shaded this way or that for the purpose of making […]

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Consider Marshall for delegate   During presidential election years, we tend sometimes to forget the importance of local politics. The 63rd Delegate District in West Virginia is one such situation where what happens locally could have a significant impact on residents of the Eastern Panhandle and in our state. Most of you from West Virginia […]

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Cement truck accident on W.Va. 9 cleared

An overturned cement truck that crashed on W.Va. 9 has been cleared from the road, according to Captain Daniel Fritsch of Citizens fire company. Personnel from Blue Ridge, Citizens and Independent Fire Companies responded to the accident, and Fritsch took over as incident commander. Personnel from the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency, Berkeley County and […]

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Soaked by Sandy

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Soaked by Sandy

 No area damage reported from ‘superstorm’ BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – That gust you might be feeling today is as much the remnant of 1,000-mile wide superstorm Sandy as it is the sigh of relief that much of Jefferson County escaped relatively unscathed. Sandy, which some dubbed a “Frankenstorm,” built into one of […]

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Candidates targeted by EPFF mailer file cease and desist letter BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN — Jefferson County is seeing an unprecedented level of spending by political action committees in legislative races the week before the Nov. 4 election. Nearly $70,000 has been spent by PACs in local delegate and Senate races in the […]

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A haunting in Middleway

MIDDLEWAY — The story goes like this. Adam Livingston was a nearby resident of the town not yet formally incorporated as Smithfield, Va., having moved his family from Pennsylvania four years earlier, when one night, around 1790, Livingston, a devoted and hard-working Lutheran, answers a knock at his door and is greeted by a stranger, […]

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