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Citizens are holding their own public hearing today on the ongoing problems with Potomac Edison’s business practices. The need for a hearing is hard to miss. Everywhere you go, people are complaining about their electric bills. It’s not that the bills are too high – though they are – it’s that because Potomac Edison has […]

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Observance: Thomas Doyle will be the guest speaker and Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith will be the Memorial Day address speaker at a Memorial Day observance conducted Monday at 11 a.m., at Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town. Wreaths will be laid by the American Legion Post No. 71, the Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the […]

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Earning his wings
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CHARLESTON, W.V. (AP) _ West Virginia has won some limited freedom from the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. Federal officials say the state can start using its own system to identify struggling schools and devote resource to improve them. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state education officials heralded the waiver Monday. […]

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HARPERS FERRY – The Harpers Ferry Police Department has identified the man who was killed after being hit by a train last night. Paul R. Cavalier, 78, Summit Point, was struck by a train at approximately 7:20 p.m. last night after he stepped onto the tracks near the train station at 112 Potomac Street. “It […]

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One of the things about new media that gives me fits are the message boards and readers’ forums. I hate ‘em and I think when analysts of everything that is wrong with journalism today point to one of the areas where we are failing as information providers it’s to do in part with the ease […]

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Up the middle

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Up the middle
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Minnie Buckingham Harper is born May 15, 1886. In 1928, the McDowell County homemaker becomes the first African-American woman to serve in a state legislative body in the United States. Gov. Howard Gore appointed her to fill the unexpired House term of her husband, Republican E. Howard Harper. She dies in her native Winfield in […]

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A caption that accompanied a story on the opening of Jefferson Estate Jewelers in Charles Town in the April 17 Spirit of Jefferson contained an error. The caption should have identified those at the ribbon cutting as (from left) Miss Jefferson County Teen Katie Rose, Jefferson Estate Jewelers owners Ronald “Matches” Woodford, Katherine Allen, Curt […]

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RANSON — A 27-year-old Ranson man was charged with felony child abuse Saturday after allegedly strangling his 10-month-old daughter, police say. Police say John Allen Mitchem, of 108 Valley Drive in Ranson, brought his child to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for treatment for falling off of a bed. The physician on duty called Child Protective Services […]

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