THIS WEEK

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People might say a crow is a crow, but in the Potomac and Shenandoah Valley when you see a crow it could be one of three different species. By far the most common is the American crow, followed by the slightly smaller Fish crow. Occasionally a Northern raven will join them. All three species…

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Have you ever felt your clinic visit was rushed, especially when dealing with a chronic condition? Clinicians and patients face many obstacles when trying to help patients manage chronic conditions, the biggest one being limited time. A condition such as obesity or Type 2 Diabetes at their r…

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Sixteen public offices in Jefferson County are up for grabs in this year’s primary election set for Tuesday, May 12. Some nonpartisan contests will be decided by the primary election’s results, including two school board seats and three magistrate judge positions.

OPINION

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Following this week’s observation of Martin Luther King Day and in anticipation of next month’s celebration of Black History Month, it’s worth recalling the outsized role the little village of Harpers Ferry has played in this nation’s long march towards black Americans’ advancement as full and free citizens of the United States.

It was at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, after all, that abolitionist John Brown led his ill-fated raid on the federal armory in October 1859, a tectonic move, according to James W. Loewen in “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong” that made the idea of emancipation of this nation’s 4 million enslaved people seem not so “radical” after all.

SPORTS

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Sara L. Viands, 75, of Charles Town, is now rejoicing with her Lord and Savior. She quietly departed this life on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the Jefferson Medical Center, in Ranson.

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Kathleen Rose Parker, 74, of Harpers Ferry, WV passed away Friday, January 17, 2020 at Hospice of the Panhandle Inpatient Facility in Kearneysville, WV.

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Maureen R. Jackson, 88, of Friendswood TX, formerly of Charles Town WV, passed away on Tuesday November 5, 2019 under hospice care. She was born September 13, 1931 in London England, daughter of James and Ruby (Compton) Turnham.   Maureen attended Latchmore Lane grammar school, Skinner Schoo…

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Ida Mae Sarah Frances Virginia (Posey) Green, of Ranson, WV passed away peacefully at her home on January 16, 2020. She was 90 years of age.

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Billie Jean Henesy Kelly, 68, of Lighthouse Point, Florida, passed away January 16, 2020.  Billie Jean was born in Winchester, VA on December 3, 1951 to the late Darwin and Dorothy (Hopkins) Henesy.

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Lois Doris McElroy, 89, of Harpers Ferry, WV passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Hospice of the Panhandle IPF. Arrangements will be private and at a later date.