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CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County Schools today begins kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year. For additional information, go online to boe.jeff.k12.wv.us or call the school system at 304-725-9741. A look at the registration schedule: Today, C.W. Shipley Elementary; Thursday, Shepherdstown Elementary; Friday, Driswood Elementary; March 27, South Jefferson Elementary; March 28, North Jefferson Elementary; […]

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Around the state:  Snowshoe gets $713K for broadband

SNOWSHOE – Vacation homes and condos at Snowshoe Mountain resort in Pocahontas County are poised to get high-speed Internet service thanks to a $713,000 state grant. The West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council awarded the funding last week even though an independent consultant advising the council urged it not to fund the project. Council members who […]

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Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department   March 10 9:00 a.m. Orchard Drive, trespassing, under investigation 1:30 p.m. Bloomery Road, traffic accident, report taken 4:03 p.m. Patrick Henry Road, shoplifting 1st, arrest 5:09 p.m. Martinsburg Pike, DUI/drugs, fail to maintain lane, fail to stop, arrest 8:10 p.m. Jefferson Orchard Road, DUI w/minor, possession, arrest   March 11 […]

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The Charles Town Police Department will conduct a safety belt checkpoint at the 1000 block of South George Street from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday. Motorists who wish to avoid the checkpoint can use Jefferson Avenue if they are traveling north and Mordington Avenue is traveling south. The purpose of the checkpoint is to educate […]

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HARPERS FERRY — The Harpers Ferry Town Council adopted a water rate increase at a public meeting on March 10. Under the increase, the minimum water bill for zero to 2,000 gallons of water used will rise by $3.11 from $21.69 to $24.80. The rate structure has also been flattened from five tiers to three […]

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No Justice on tax break Everyone knew going into this legislative session that the state had some monumental challenges in terms of balancing the FY2015 budget. Declining gambling revenues as well as declining coal severance tax revenues, combined with higher Medicaid costs from the federal government, created a $200-plus million budget shortfall. The challenge was made […]

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Bill makes no horse sense I think the recent legislative session was very unfortunate for the West Virginia racing industry. Two terrible options were on the table and both hurt. Ending up with the best of the bad does not seem like much of a win. Any sentence that begins with “permanent reduction” can’t be a […]

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Charleston Mayor Danny Jones is one politician who doesn’t tiptoe around controversial issues. So it came as no surprise when he described the passage of Senate Bill 317 that will allow concealed firearms to be brought into city recreation centers where children are present in a single word —disgraceful. Current municipal laws in West Virginia’s […]

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently ended the “state of emergency,” an official term that helps to define what kind of help is available to the public. However, the effects of Freedom Industries spilling thousands of gallons of a coal-washing chemical into the drinking water will be felt in this region for a long time. Indeed, […]

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