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Tonight The county’s future takes center stage as “How Do We Get There: Tackling Transportation and Growth in Jefferson County” begins at 7 p.m. at Shepherd University. The League of Women Voters is sponsoring the forum at the Robert C. Byrd Legislative Studies Auditorium, which will feature state Sen. Herb Snyder, who helped enact legislation […]

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  The Supreme Court rules in favor of interracial marriage on June 12, 1967, in its landmark decision, Loving v. Virginia. At the time, interracial marriage was still illegal in 17 states, including West Virginia.   What crime had Mildred and Richard Loving committed? Getting married in 1958 despite their racial differences – Mildred was […]

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Births

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Jessica Andrews and Paul Whitmore II of Harpers Ferry welcomed their daughter, Chloe Lynn Whitmore, at 11:32 a.m. April 13, 2013 at Jefferson Medical Center. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 12.6 ounces and was 17 3/4 inches long. Welcoming the baby at home were Annastasia, 6 and Jaiden James, 5.   Ashley and Christopher Croson […]

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CHESTER – Some local cyclists are headed around the state to raise money for 4-H through the “Outspoken for 4-H” bike ride. Riders raise funds for the cause through individuals and organizations that sponsor them during the trek. The money raised is used to award 4-H camp scholarships to young people across the state. This […]

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Ohio man catches record skipjack

CHARLESTON – An Ohio man has set the West Virginia state record with his skipjack catch in Mason County in May. Officials say the fish was caught by Zachary Hankins of Chesapeake, Ohio, while fishing from a boat below the R.C. Byrd Lock and Dam tailwater on the Ohio River. According to the West Virginia […]

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POLICE Watch

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CHARLES TOWN POLICE LOG   June 2   12:10 a.m. West Washington Street, disturbance, advised of options 1:12 a.m. Eagle Avenue, welfare check, citations issued for public intoxication 3:50 a.m. Augustine Avenue, suspicious vehicle, vehicle information documented 5:07 a.m. South George Street, alarm, business secure 3:15 p.m. East Washington Street, vehicle crash, report taken 7:53 […]

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PRAISE&nays

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PRAISE for the life and immense contributions of Dr. Donald C. “Doc” Master, the Canadian-born veterinarian who spent most of his career in Charles Town. Long before the computer age gave us the master doc, “Doc” Master offered a blueprint for making a difference in a community. In addition to his commitment to providing excellent […]

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OTHER VIEWS

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Legacy of slavery leaves W.Va. with split personality Three weeks hence, West Virginia will conduct a huge observation of the state’s 150th birthday. This sesquicentennial season is a good time to remember all the powerful forces that brought the 35th state into existence. Oddly, you might say that slavery created West Virginia, as follows: If […]

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

EPA-bashing ignores need for wastewater treatment fixes I am glad that local water issues are being highlighted in the Spirit of Jefferson. However, I feel the information provided in Elliot Simon’s piece a little lacking. I say this with great respect for Mr. Simon is a friend of the watershed and was involved in the forming […]

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Jefferson County residents fought for Union

On this, the 150th commemoration of the United States Colored Troops and their contributions to the Civil War, I thought it was timely to talk a bit about the local African-American men who participated in the Union army. The Bureau of U.S. Colored Troops was established on May 22, 1863. With the able assistance of […]

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