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“Now take any race of animals, confine them in idleness and inaction, whether in a stye, a stable or a state-room, pamper them with high diet, gratify all their sexual appetites, immerse them in sensualities, nourish their passions, let everything bend before them, and banish whatever might lead them to think, and in a few […]

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Readers speak out:

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CHARLES TOWN – Adam Lanza’s horrifying attack at a school Friday morning left dozens dead in Connecticut and in the Panhandle set off a search for answers as citizens grapple with issues of school safety, gun control and our nation’s approach to mental illness. The 20-year-old college dropout’s rampage began when he gunned down his […]

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The Education Alliance commends the West Virginia Board of Education for prioritizing student learning in its “From Audit to Action” response. While the WVBOE’s comments are detailed and thoughtful, we believe the response should also include how students will measurably benefit from recommendations and how the WVBOE will prioritize and work with others (agencies, local […]

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What Lincoln did and didn’t do on slavery

On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln used his war powers to issue his famous Emancipation Proclamation. The document proclaimed freedom for slaves in the states of rebellion. Of interest locally was that Berkeley County and the other 47 counties in the process of forming the new state of West Virginia were specifically exempt even […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Going where the Spirit moves us The Spirit is on the move. Of course, I’ve been a clanging gong on that subject all year long to all who’ve checked in on my editor’s notes throughout the year. But, this time I really mean it. The Spirit, which for each day of its 168-year history has […]

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CHARLES TOWN — The potential for growth in the retirement industry is high in West Virginia. And Jefferson County is viewed as a desirable place to retire, according to a recent study conducted for the state Division of Tourism. The study points out that the growth in tourism locally is directly connected with retirees. “There […]

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MARTINSBURG – Cheryl Keyrouze thinks that the area’s regional bus system is an underutilized resource with real potential for growth. Keyrouze was named executive director of the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority on Nov. 26. The former director of the Shepherdstown Visitors Center thinks she can spur on increased ridership for the PanTran bus service. “This […]

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SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — An accident Monday afternoon sent a woman and two children to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. According to West Virginia State Police Sgt. E.D. Anderson, Tammy Brode, of Shepherdstown, lost control of her vehicle due to wet roads, rolled over several times before striking an electric power pole. The accident occurred […]

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Student lawsuits continue to pile up against Mountain State University, the Beckley-based private school that is being shuttered this month. More than a dozen lawsuits already have been filed in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, with five more lawsuits filed Monday. In June, the Higher Learning Commission revoked the private Beckley-based school’s accreditation because of […]

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CHARLESTON – A former member of the House of Delegates from Lewisburg has been tapped to join the nine-member West Virginia Board of Education. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Monday announced the appointment of Thomas W. Campbell to replace Lowell Johnson, whose term expired Nov. 4. Campbell’s appointment took effect Monday. The state board has […]

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