THIS WEEK

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CHARLES TOWN—The motto of the United States Postal Service is, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Now visitors to the Jefferson County Museum online or in person can see how the post office system has …

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HARPERS FERRY — It has taken nearly three years, but the Jefferson County Welcome Center, formerly the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, officially opened its doors Saturday.

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CHARLES TOWN – As many as 1,200 children in Jefferson County could be considered homeless under a broad federal definition of the term, and coordinating the work of about six dozen government and charity social services efforts can better address the problem.

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KEARNEYSVILLE —Back in 2010, the Brown Marmorated stink bug cost farmers more than $37 million with its invasion and destruction of crops, in addition to populating in huge numbers in area homes. However, the future is a bright one thanks to the work of Tracy Leskey of the Appalachian Fruit …

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CHARLES TOWN – Lolita Kirk remembers several flash points during her 30-year career in public health. The mobilization of the health community during the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009, she said — that was a hectic, stressful time.

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CHARLES TOWN – State officials, including Gov. Jim Justice, now recognize that Jefferson County and other counties haven’t received as many coronavirus vaccination doses as they should have—and that they’re working to correct the disparity.

OPINION

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Congressional Democrats are trying to pass the biggest immigration amnesty in decades on a strict party-line vote, using the “budget reconciliation” process to deny Republicans any say in the matter. The proposal could offer citizenship — and work permits — to millions of people who illegally crossed the border or overstayed their visas.

SPORTS

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A. Wayne Nichols, 66, of Kearneysville, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 26, 2021 at Hospice of the Panhandle in Kearneysville.

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Alexander Miller died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, due to complications from cholangiocarcinoma.  

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Martha Rebecca Ruffner, “Butterfly,” 73, of Winchester Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, November, 16, 2021 at Winchester Medical Center.

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Dora Mae Custer, 71, of Kearneysville, West Virginia passed away Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, West Virginia.

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Margaret F. Smith, affectionately known as Marge, was born on July 18, 1928, to Donald J. and Edith M. Farley in Spanishburg, West Virginia.

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Richard Lee Ring Sr., 67, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia passed away on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

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Reva Nicodemus Mickey, 82, of Charles Town, WV, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2021, at her home on Cloverdale Farm surrounded by her loving family under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle. Reva was born on April 27, 1939, in Charles Town. She was the daughter of the late Calvin Lee…

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Mae E. Kearns, 84, of Middleway, passed away at her residence on September 29, 2021. Mae was born on April 15, 1937 and grew up on a farm in Jefferson County, WV.  

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Joan Arthur Platten, 81, of Charles Town, West Virginia passed away on Friday, November 5, 2021 at Willow Tree Healthcare Center.

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Frances Louise Barron, 73, of Summit Point passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at Canterbury Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

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Roger Dale Johnston Sr., 71, of Miami, Oklahoma passed away on Saturday, October 23 at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa.

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Margaret Joanne Crotchett Woollen, 87, of Charles Town, WV, passed away on October 18, 2021 under the dedicated supportive care of Shenandoah Genesis Center and Hospice of the Panhandle. Her family wishes to acknowledge and thank the staff for the provided care.

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Robert Taylor Hall, Sr., 83, of Winchester, VA, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center.

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Jonathan Westley Day departed this life on Friday, October 15, following a long battle with depression. Jonathan was beloved by his family, friends, and students, and will be remembered by all who knew him for his humor, creativity, intelligence, and kindness.

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Paula Renee Payne, loving wife, mother, daughter, friend and dedicated registered nurse, passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021 in Myrtle Beach, SC at the age 55 due to complications from the coronavirus. She was born into this world on June 16, 1966 in Charles Town, WV, where she spent most o…

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dearly loved one, Kenny Watson. He passed away peacefully at Winchester Medical Center on October 5, 2021. He was the son of the late Nelson and Nancy Weller Watson.