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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – A proposal to require extensive audits in order for local volunteer fire departments to receive county funding drew strong opposition from local firefighters at last week’s County Commission meeting. The objection, explained Ronald Fletcher, president of the Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Association, stems from the fact that […]

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ROBERT SNYDER Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN — West Virginia suffers from one of the highest rates of illicit drug use in the country. Even worse, the state’s prison population is near to overflowing. But there is good news and it was on display last week at the Jefferson County Judicial Center as area officials welcomed […]

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Lost Dog Coffee in trademark dispute

    SHEPHERDSTOWN – When Garth Janssen, the proprietor of Lost Dog Coffee, received a cease and desist letter from the Driscoll and Seltzer law firm last week, he was dumbstruck. “My initial reaction was shock,” Janssen said. “‘Whoa. This can’t really be real. What’s next?’” When Janssen started reading further, he felt like the demands […]

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Off to the party – the Democratic Party

17-year-old Hannah McCarley will turn 18 at the National Convention in September CHARLES TOWN — West Virginia Democrat Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin won’t be attending the Democratic Party’s National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. Neither will U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. But Washington High School senior Hannah McCarley will be taking a week off of […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff MARTINSBURG – Federal Judge John Preston Bailey is expected to rule soon on a motion filed by Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley that would delay his trial, currently set to take place in two weeks, until the spring of next year. Shirley is charged with one count of deprivation of rights under […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff     CHARLES TOWN – The Planning Commission has filed a notice of appeal in the recent ruling by Jefferson County Circuit Judge David Sanders, which found that it had violated the Open Government Proceedings Act, according to statements made by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Grove at last week’s County Commission meeting. […]

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Candidates speak at forum
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HARPERS FERRY – Harpers Ferry is on the verge of codifying into law a set of regulations that would allow for a regulated, supervised urban bow hunt in an effort to control an exploding deer population in the town and surrounding areas. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest […]

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Jefferson County residents with damage to their houses and property as a result of the June 29 storm should report damages to Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Damages are being reported to state and federal officials in support of a possible major disaster declaration for individual assistance from the president. Residents are also […]

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Help offered for drought- stricken areas

CHARLES TOWN — Lack of substantial rain and high temperatures have created drought conditions in most counties throughout the state, according to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng again to view it. The rest of […]

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