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Schools right to get tough on truants Playing hooky from school has been an entertaining story line since the early days of public education. From Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” in the 1870s to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in the 1980s, books and movies have celebrated skipping class as youthful adventure — with an […]

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Worth noting

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“Indeed distrust, expressed or implied, of the eternal verity of one’s own views is the secret of the survival of this republic. We have in the case of France an appalling demonstration of what happens to a democracy in which there is no realization of the fact that of political principles, too, it may be […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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King’s message a ‘Dream’ deferred   The March for Freedom and Job Opportunity that took place in Washington D.C. 50 years ago was a first of its kind in our country. One hundred thousand people, three-fourths of them people of color and a quarter of them white, created a proud moment in our history. Those […]

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Scholarship winners
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Another terrific week at the Jefferson County Fair So much has changed about our area since the 1950s, but every August, visiting the Jefferson County Fair reminds that some important elements of life still are much the same. We’re not thinking of the amusement rides, games and food at last week’s fair – though all […]

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Coming up

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Drink it in: Anyone interested in the community’s water quality is welcome to attend the monthly Elks Run Watershed Group meeting set for 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at Snyder Environmental in Kearneysville. Topics of discussion will include water quality monitoring, the development of the group’s website and the upcoming CommuniTree planting along the W.Va. 9 […]

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Aug. 28 in history

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In addition to Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, several other notable events in the nation’s civil rights history all happened on this date, including the brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till on Aug. 28, 1955. The Chicago resident is slain after he runs into a young white […]

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Around the State

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Morrisey: W.Va. not ready for health care rollout CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the state has a “huge problem” in meeting an Oct. 1 deadline to begin open enrollment under the new health care reform law. Morrisey told the State Medical Association’s annual conference on Saturday at The Greenbrier resort that […]

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POLICE Watch

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Charles Town Police Department   Aug. 18 12:15 a.m. Marlow Road, disturbance, advised of options 1 a.m. Bloomery Road, assist W.Va. State Police (structure fire), assistance rendered 10:08 a.m. East Washington Street, vehicle crash, report taken 4:57 p.m. U.S. 340, vehicle crash, report taken   Aug. 19 2:28 a.m. Rosemont Way, assist sheriff’s office (suspicious […]

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