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Shirley receives prison term Remanded to BOP custody

BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff   WHEELING – Former sheriff Robert “Bobby” Shirley was sentenced to a prison term of one year and one day by a federal judge in Wheeling today, following a two-hour sentencing hearing. Shirley requested the privilege of self-reporting to prison, but Judge John Preston Bailey denied that request, saying that he […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Making sure your news gets in the Spirit

Our latest Letters to the Editor, announcements of readers’ birthdays, engagements, weddings and other celebrations along with the notices that run each week in our Community Calendar, Community Notes and Out&About sections don’t tend to be flashy, but they’re consistently among the best-read parts of the Spirit. They’re also parts of our paper that fill […]

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MARTINSBURG — Country artist Kellie Pickler of “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars” fame will headline Pickin’ in the Panhandle at the festival’s new location at Shiley Acres near Pikeside in September. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng again to […]

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Around the State

City’s smoking ban sparks complaints BUCKHANNON — A new smoking ban in Buckhannon apparently is headed for some revisions. Mayor Kenneth Davidson says he supports the ban on smoking in public parks and recreation areas, but the ban might be going too far by including electronic cigarettes. Davidson also wants city police officers to ease […]

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The Charles Town City Police will be conducting a safety compliance checkpoint in the 1000 block of South George Street from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Motorists choosing to avoid the checkpoint may use Jefferson Avenue when traveling northbound and Mordington Avenue when traveling southbound. Charles Town Police Department call log April 28 12:44 a.m. […]

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April 29 9 a.m. Crestview Drive, petit larceny/trespassing, report taken 10:45 a.m. Charles Town Road, petit larceny/destruction of property, report taken 11 a.m. Shepherdstown, forgery and uttering, report taken 1:37 p.m. Daniels Road, traffic accident, report taken 1:41 p.m. Augustine Avenue, obstructing/resisting/fleeing, report taken 3:14 p.m. U.S. 340, traffic accident, report taken 8:20 p.m. Flowing […]

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PRAISE for your momma, and for Mother’s Day. Inspired to highlight the work of mothers after her mother’s death in 1905, West Virginia-born Anna Jarvis worked for years to make the second Sunday in May a national holiday for mothers. But she spent even longer fighting against Mother’s Day, saying it had become too commercial: […]

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Medicaid expansion can be managed Expanding Medicaid for West Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens was the right thing to do, despite the ever-present threat that the federal government could scale back its commitment to the program, as many Republicans warn could happen. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin acknowledged as much during a press conference last week when […]

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No need for smear attacks   A letter that was recently mailed to the citizens of Charles Town attacked Rich Bringewatt in his bid for re-election to the city council. This letter suggested there were serious questions about his ethics and integrity. We are outraged by such tactics and the fact that Rich’s opponent is […]

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Kaiser Health News compiled this roundup of viewpoints on the latest rules on emergency contraception, the so-called morning-after pill, and its availability to young women. Legal and political controversy has been part of the picture ever since the pill’s approval by the FDA. Two years ago, the FDA ruled the drug should be available to […]

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