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The U.S. Department of Education as we know it today was created in 1979 during the Carter administration. The Department of Education Organization Act divided the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, which was created in 1953 during the Eisenhower administration, into two new entities — the Department of Health and Human Services and the […]

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Wendy is a 23-year-old with two young children. She grew up in poverty and had her first child when she was 15. The children’s father, quite a few years older than her, worked as a security guard. For awhile, they had enough money to get by. Then he got involved with drugs and lost his […]

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CHARLESTON – The deadline to comply with new federal identification requirements meant to curb terrorism doesn’t happen until Jan. 15, but the Mountain State is ahead of the game. West Virginia is one of just 13 states to comply with the Real ID Act, which enforces stringent proof-of-identity requirements for anyone trying to get a […]

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Dec. 30 1:10 p.m. Augustine Avenue, vehicle crash, report taken 3:07 p.m. South George Street, welfare check, subjects okay 11:40 p.m. East Washington Street, traffic stop, arrest made (aggravated DUI) Dec. 31 4:15 p.m. East Washington Street, vehicle crash, report taken 9:50 p.m. Vinton Lane, alarm, residence secure 10:50 p.m. Vista Court, welfare check, subject […]

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Disparities in settlement helped fuel state’s split

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of columns about West Virginia becoming a state, which is commemorated this year in its sesquicentennial celebration. Statehood for West Virginia was a long, hard road. In spite of popular belief to the contrary, the countdown to statehood and the western part of the state’s problems […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN – Cherri Branson, a Jefferson County native who serves as the chief counsel for oversight for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Homeland Security committee, is set to be the guest speaker here Saturday at a luncheon honoring five Panhandle leaders. Teresa Holmes-Lindsey, executive director of Full ‘Steem Ahead Career/Community/Life Coaching, is organizing the event, […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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West Virginia celebrates its 150th birthday this year This year is a special one for West Virginia as it celebrates its 150th year of statehood. Admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, as the nation was still midway through the War Between the States, West Virginia was carved from Virginia as part of an […]

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“Almost heaven, West Jamaica”? That’s the first line in Toots & the Maytals’ adaptation of “Take Me Home (Country Roads).” And that’s just fine with the song’s creator Bill Danoff. Iconic Hawaiian singer Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole, known for his sweet, ukulele-driven “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” also took a crack at “Country Roads,” changing the song […]

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EDITORIALS

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What has W.Va. gained by ousting Marple? This week, state school board members Priscilla Haden and Jenny Phillips made good on their mid-November threat to resign over board president Wade Linger’s clumsy ousting of respected schools chief Jorea Marple. It’s a shame for the state board to have lost two hard-working, conscientious board members – […]

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Worth noting

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“In the affairs of men, there always appears to be a need for at least two things simultaneously, which on the face of it, seem to be incompatible and to exclude one another. We always need both freedom and order. We need the freedom to lots and lots of small, autonomous units, and, at the […]

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