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KEARNEYSVILLE – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will begin the second session of its Deputy Sheriff Reserve Academy next Tuesday. Jefferson County currently has 14 Reserve Deputies, and, with their next session full to capacity with 12 students, the program is looking to expand in coming years. The program is jointly run by Sheriff’s Deputy […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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Obituaries are, after all, news Careful readers of the Spirit’s obituary section might notice a few listings that include only “a sister” or “two brothers” without providing names or other identifying information. We wanted to explain our efforts to include such detail whenever possible. Almost always, information about a person’s death comes to our newsroom […]

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PanTran plans open house today CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County residents can check out PanTran firsthand today as the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority hosts an open house. Executive Director Cheryl Keyrouze says PanTran buses will pick up passengers at a number of locations, including the Jefferson County Courthouse. The event, happening from 11 a.m. to […]

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 MORGANTOWN (AP) – There’s no homework, no tuition and no tests. No credit, either. But now anyone with access to the web can become a college student.  This month, West Virginia University is launching a series of free online courses taught by professors. The experiment follows a national trend, and the courses are open to […]

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Ranson Police Log

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Jan. 8 – Jan. 14   Suspicious person:   Hallmark       Domestic:   Preston Place   Apple Tree Gardens       Disturbance:   Rumorz   Baltic Lane   Slusher Park   Park Avenue (three times)   South Marshall Street   Ambrose Drive   Jefferson Memorial Hospital (two times)   West Seventh Avenue […]

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Jan. 27 6:04 a.m. East Washington Street, disturbance, verbal argument only/female transported from scene 1:38 p.m. U.S. 340, vehicle crash, minor damage/information exchanged 2:23 p.m. East Washington Street, assist W.Va. State Police (alarm), assistance rendered 5:25 p.m. Eagle Avenue, domestic, arrest made (domestic battery and brandishing) 5:36 p.m. East Washington Street, vehicle crash, report taken […]

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Manchin’s safety pin Not only did Sen. Joe Manchin recently sell out our Second Amendment rights, but he also came out in favor of the most constitutionally repugnant provision of the National Defense Authorization Act — the authorization of the federal government to arrest and indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without charge or trial. Manchin was […]

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To cite a Robert Burns poem written in 1785: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry and leave us nothing but grief and pain, for promised joy. In the lyric from John Lennon’s song “Beautiful Boy,” — one of the last songs he ever wrote — is one of my favorite […]

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“At wast! The wong arm of the waw is weaching out and cwosing in on you, you scwewy wabbit.” – Elmer Fudd In this case, the long arm of the law is that of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and the “scwewy wabbit” isn’t Bugs Bunny but the federal government, which, in Morrisey’s view, […]

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BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff Update – Feb. 1, 9:40 a.m. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued an advisory opinion on the proper process for appointing a replacement late yesterday afternoon, indicating that the Jefferson County Commission should appoint a replacement as quickly as possible. “After a thorough review of this request, my office has determined that […]

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