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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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WHEELING – William Lawrence was sentenced to three years of probation Monday after pleading guilty to one count of knowingly selling a firearm to a convicted felon. Lawrence had faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors said Lawrence, a gun collector who sold rifles and shotguns at the […]

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In conjunction with National Missing Children’s Day, the Charles Town Police Department will be offering free fingerprinting from noon to 2 p.m. May 25 for all Jefferson County children at the Charles Town Police Department. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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CHARLESTON — West Virginia law enforcement officials are seizing methamphetamine labs at a record pace in 2013. They have seized 200 meth labs to date, nearly approaching the 288 they shuttered in all of last year. Law enforcement is on a pace to seize about 570 labs this year, despite a new law intended to […]

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Charles Town Police Log May 5   3:30 a.m. East 7th Avenue — Ranson, assist Ranson Police Department (disturbance), assistance rendered 4:40 a.m. North Mildred Street — Ranson, assist Ranson Police Department (disturbance), assistance rendered 2:55 p.m. East 1st Avenue, suspicious person, subject located/no problems 4:50 p.m. Joshua Freeman Boulevard — Ranson, assist Ranson Police […]

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Shirley’s sentence was a just one For those disappointed by Monday’s sentencing of onetime Jefferson County Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley, they must at some measure take heart that the man who accused Shirley of beating him will still be serving time in federal prison long after Shirley is a free man. And that’s as it […]

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Medicaid expansion benefits outweigh costs In deciding to loosen West Virginia’s tight restrictions on the state’s Medicaid program, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin made the right call. Taking into account a variety of factors, the governor announced Thursday that the state will expand Medicaid under the controversial federal health care reform law that goes into full […]

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