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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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CHARLES TOWN – Should Jefferson County Schools switch to a school calendar with four short breaks rather than the whole summer off? School board members are asking parents and community members to share their thoughts on the idea before Friday. The short online survey – five questions for parents or three for other interested residents […]

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CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – A record number of early voters already have turned out in Jefferson County, according to Jennifer Maghan, the county’s chief elections officer. Early voting was suspended Tuesday as county residents dealt with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but will resume today and continue Thursday, Friday and Saturday. […]

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The Jefferson County African-American Non-Partisan Political Action Committee endorses the following candidates for County, State and U.S. seats. President: Barack Obama Governor: Earl Ray Tomblin U.S. Senate: Joe Manchin U.S. House: Howard Swint Attorney General: Darrell McGraw Secretary of State: Natalie Tennant W.Va. Supreme Court: John Yoder W.Va. Supreme Court: Letitia Chafin W.Va. Senate: Herb […]

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Conservative PAC spends $30K on attack ads

Sen. Herb Snyder calls expenditure ‘unprecendented’ BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff Editor’s note: Morrisey has responded to the statements made by Sen. Herb Snyder and Stephen Skinner. See the update at the bottom of the story. CHARLES TOWN –  A conservative political action committee that had been sitting on a war chest of nearly $30,000 has […]

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CHARLES TOWN — The Division of Highways is using a new technique to prolong the pavement life of an area road — micro-surfacing. “It’s a real thin pavement overlay,” said District 5 Engineer Lee Thorne.  About 2.2 miles of W.Va. 480 will be surfaced at a cost of $265,040. The cost includes doing some minor […]

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CHARLES TOWN — In the late 1820s, Andrew H. Hunter, the chief prosecutor in the John Brown Trial, built the estate known as Hunter Hill in Charles Town. On July 19, 1864, Union Gen. David Hunter, one of Andrew’s cousins, was attempting to drive Confederates from the Shenandoah Valley. To expedite their departure, he ordered […]

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