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A century and a half after the birth of West Virginia, the Mountain State needs to take significant steps economically in order to reach its incredible potential. The challenges facing this state are great: sadly West Virginia consistently ranks near the bottom in almost all economic indicators, not the least of which is job growth. […]

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Pink is known for breast cancer awareness; yellow ribbons are recognized as veteran support; multicolored puzzle pieces represent Autism awareness. You might not have known that green is the official color for mental health awareness. The first step in understanding mental illness is starting the conversation. As we see growth in our community’s desire to […]

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HARPERS FERRY – Two years ago at this time, endurance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis was quickly making her way along the southern end of the Appalachian Trail in record time. 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 […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff HARPERS FERRY – The body of a 30-year-old Winchester, Va., man who fell into the Shenandoah River during a holiday gathering Thursday was recovered by rescuers today, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty. The man’s name has not yet been released by officials. Dougherty said the man fell into the […]

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Gary Chicchirichi is the ‘Guy’ at banquet

Owner of auto dealership honored as 2013 Distinguished Citizen RANSON — The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce gave Guy’s Buick/GMC dealership owner Gary Chicchirichi its Distinguished Citizen of the Year award during its annual banquet at Hollywood Casino June 26. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this […]

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Post office mixup creates headaches for subscribers In recent days, we’ve heard from many Spirit readers concerned about why they didn’t get our June 26 edition in their mailboxes. As the problems have been brought to our attention, we’ve remedied the situation as quickly as possible. In some cases, subscribers have come to our office […]

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Tonight Tonight brings theater lovers their first chance to see this year’s plays as the Contemporary American Theater Festival holds its “Pay What You Can Previews.” Previews continue Thursday and the 23rd season makes its formal debut Friday. For show times or other details, call 800-999-2283 or go to catf.org. For more on the five […]

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A SECOND LOOK – Lending a hand
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July 3 in history

July 3, 2012, brought the passing of TV’s beloved Andy Griffith (left with West Virginia native Don Knotts at age 86 in Manteo, N.C., a stone’s throw from the Roanoke Island arena where he got his start as an actor in “The Lost Colony” during summers in high school. He’s best remembered for playing the […]

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CHARLES TOWN — May’s Jefferson County jobless numbers fell four points to 3.9 percent, the lowest in six years, according to WorkForce West Virginia. The number of people collecting unemployment in Jefferson County dropped from 1,080 in April 2013 to 990 in May. The county’s unemployment rate was at 4.5 percent in March 2007, nine […]

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