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CHARLES TOWN — A Ranson man has been charged with having one wife too many after police said he married a woman in June without first divorcing his wife of 10 years. Paul Franklin Donaven, 36, was charged with one count of felony bigamy Friday, according to police. Donaven is accused of marrying an area […]

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EDITORIAL

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Another fine meth A West Virginia lawmaker who wants to introduce a bill that would require medications containing pseudoephedrine be available by prescription only has an uphill battle in the state Legislature. But the facts are on his side. Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient for making addictive methamphetamine and its use is exploding in West […]

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OTHER VIEWS

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Long live the progressives Residents of rural, southerly states, including West Virginia, have more sickness and shorter lives, according to an actuarial report from the Centers for Disease Control. For example, it says West Virginians who are 65 years old can expect to live an average of 17.5 more years and suffer ill health for […]

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Ryneal offer turned down by JCESA   I would like to express my concerns regarding the Jefferson County Emergency Service Agency current management. Doug Pittinger has stated that a fee is required to meet the growing demands of Jefferson County because the trend of people volunteering their time for emergency services is becoming non-existent. The […]

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Ag potential is great in Jefferson Co.

I recently spent two days in Jefferson County, visiting a variety of farms, markets and other agriculture-related facilities. The goal of the tour was to find ways the WVDA can help boost the agriculture industry in West Virginia’s easternmost county. Jefferson County is uniquely poised to make substantial strides in its agricultural economy. First, it […]

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Jack Germond, columnist and commentator, dies at 85

Jack Germond, “The McLaughlin Group” staple and longtime political columnist for The Sun of Baltimore, passed away this morning at his home along the Shenandoah in Kabletown. He was 85 and had just finished his first novel. A fan of horse racing, Germond first came to Jefferson County to visit the Charles Town Races and […]

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MARTINSBURG – George Rutherford said he knows what it feels like to be stopped by police because he’s black. 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 this article is exclusive, , click “buy” and view […]

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WHEELING – The staff of the Spirit of Jefferson has won recognition for work done during 2012, taking home six first-place plaques at Saturday’s annual West Virginia Press Association awards banquet at Oglebay Resort here. “We’re proud of the effort we put in every day to create the best possible newspaper for our community,” said […]

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A SECOND LOOK – ‘More’ please
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Aug. 14 in history

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Astronaut Jon McBride is born Aug. 14, 1943, in Charleston and grows up in Beckley. He studies at West Virginia University, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and Pepperdine University before becoming an astronaut in 1971. He piloted the space shuttle Challenger on an eight-day mission in 1984 and in 1996 ran for the GOP nomination […]

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