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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has declined to release the names of individuals who were involved in a robbery Wednesday behind the post office at Shenandoah Junction. The incident resulted in a lockdown at several area schools. Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. R.S. Sell said a handgun was displayed during […]

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BERKELEY SPRINGS – Organizers of next month’s Warm Springs Watershed Association conference hope to attract interested citizens from the Panhandle for a discussion and a free lunch. Next week is the deadline to sign up for the March 1 event featuring a keynote address by Rich Batiuk, the Environmental Protection Agency’s associate director of science. […]

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Business seminar happens today CHARLES TOWN – Charles Town banker Joshua Householder will speak this morning as the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce holds another of its business seminars. Householder, a vice president and commercial loan officer who has worked at Bank of Charles Town since 2004, is set to talk on “Finance Tips to […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN – Though it’s still February, organizers of the Contemporary American Theater Festival plan to give theater fans a taste of summer next week. On Tuesday, the festival’s producing director Ed Herendeen will unveil the five plays to be presented at Shepherd University starting July 5. This summer marks CATF’s 23rd season. The announcment event […]

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Around the State

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W.Va. aims to fight diabetes with ‘lifestyle coaching’ CHARLESTON – West Virginia will launch a national program for the hundreds of thousands of people at risk of developing diabetes, with a focus on intensive lifestyle coaching. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong program for those at high risk and those diagnosed with pre-diabetes. […]

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CHARLES TOWN — A former Jefferson County paramedic fired last year after 13 years on the job has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency. The lawsuit filed last Wednesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court by Robert Shackelford alleges he was the victim of workplace harassment and fired in retaliation […]

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  Feb. 10   12:42 a.m. U.S. 340, assist sheriff’s office (traffic stop), stop conducted/driver not intoxicated   1:30 p.m. U.S. 340, reckless driver, area checked/unable to locate   3:20 a.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, disturbance, area checked/unable to locate   9:10 a.m. East Washington Street, parking complaint, vehicles legally parked/no action taken   […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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  No room for rebuttals   The Spirit of Jefferson has always maintained a strong editorial voice. It was my intention when I came on board as editor more than a year ago to enrich it even more by both adding an opinion page and recruiting good writers to fill it. Over the past year, […]

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Blaming talk radio in column went too far Robert Snyder’s Feb. 6 column, “Auntie Got My Gun …” requires a response. In it, he calls out defenders of the Second Amendment, which in and of itself is fine, but steps over a line when linking Jimmy Lee Dykes’ actions – killing a school bus driver […]

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A fellow named Vince recently explained to me that he had once been a Democrat but finally concluded that his political leanings were the result of an unfortunate personal flaw – a tendency to blame circumstances for his misfortunes. So, Vince resolved to embrace personal responsibility and with it a conservative political perspective that rejects […]

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