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Let’s rename Charles Town Middle School for the late Mary Doakes, who served as the school’s principal from 1974 until 1989. She’d been the school’s assistant principal since 1971.

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – A lifelong love of reading provided the inspiration for Peyton Lavallee’s Girl Scout project where she constructed bookcases then donated them and books to three local elementary schools.

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CHARLES TOWN – Business owner Jean Petti is ahead by two votes after Thursday’s Charles Town City Council election, but determining the ultimate winner of the Ward 3 race could take another week or longer, said City Manager Daryl Hennessy.

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RANSON – As opposition continues to mushroom against the Rockwool insulation factory under construction, executives from the Danish company are mounting a vigorous public relations and information campaign.  

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SHEPHERDSTOWN – The judge who last week issued an injunction halting the Jefferson County school system’s plan to seize the controversial Rockwool factory site for a just-unveiled regional student support center has many ties to Jefferson County.

KEARNESYVILLE – The Jefferson County Commission plans to put the last piece in place Thursday to allow the Jefferson County Development Authority to convene and conduct its business.

CHARLES TOWN – Nic Diehl, who stepped in as executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority in late 2017 just as details of the Rockwool factory here first made news, will leave his post next month.

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CHARLES TOWN – Rivalry games are always important to players – playing to earn bragging rights over their cross-county friends, but sometimes athletes have bigger reasons to fight for a win.

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When a team is laden with injuries – whether prior to the season kicking off, or as the year progresses – it could spell doom for them. Add in the factor of having freshman and sophomores as the majority of your reserves, and you’re really in a pickle. 

HARPERS FERRY – Robert Kelly will travel nearly 500 miles to get a Bible into the hands of a descendant of its original owner, a man born in Pennsylvania in 1820.

In the post-Civil War era, Charlestown had at least three women’s academies. In 1882, Mt. Parvo Institute opened at the top of Tater Hill in James Gallaher’s house near present-day 580 W. Liberty St. The Rev. C.N. Campbell rented Gallaher’s property and served as the institute’s first principal.

CHARLES TOWN – Theater fans can see the Washington High actors who captured top honors at the West Virginia Thespian Festival next week at a fundraiser here.

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In the post-Civil War era, Charlestown had at least three women’s academies. In 1882, Mt. Parvo Institute opened at the top of Tater Hill in James Gallaher’s house near present-day 580 W. Liberty St. The Rev. C.N. Campbell rented Gallaher’s property and served as the institute’s first principal.

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Following two decades of being the lowest funded baccalaureate institution in the state, Shepherd University finally received an appropriations increase of $3,012,287 and additional authorization for a one-time supplement of $500,000, effective July 1, 2019. This critical funding represents …

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It’s been 10 years since my brother Andrew passed away. It will be 11 years in September. This year is extra special for me because this week I will mark my 24th birthday. Twenty-four is my favorite number. It was my dad’s baseball number, it was Andrew’s baseball number and Andrew was born …

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You may not know the name Luther Burbank, but if you eat fries from McDonald’s or other processed foods made with potatoes, you’re benefitting from his work.

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Spring is on its way, and we have a fantastic lineup including story hours at 11 a.m. on March 12 and 1 p.m. on March 13 when the theme is Green Day. Kids are invited to wear green to story hour. The following week, the theme will be “Spring is here.” Both will include colorful books and crafts.