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Make the most of all opportunities

Shepherd University saw its seniors complete their educational journey last week. This week, Jefferson and Washington high schools turn their senior graduates out into the world. We at the Chronicle wish every success to both college and high school grads take steps toward their futures.We ...

Summer events sure to help town thrive

Summer in Shepherdstown - the event calendar is filling. And each of the events planned, from the upcoming DogFest to May Day, to Street Fest and CATF, will bring hoards of folks to town. Visitors will spend time shopping in local businesses, eating at favorite eateries and bunking in the local ...

Step up and be an advocate

Country music star Aaron Tippin put it best in song when he said "You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything." And standing for something means getting out there and supporting a cause, ideal or practice. Becoming an advocate for what you believe in is a privilege in this ...

‘Cooperatives’ may take over for RESAs

Public school systems throughout West Virginia may have to do without regional education service agencies in the future.Or will they?RESAs have served some county school districts well for many years. But the same story is not told throughout the state. RESAs have had strong opponents, who have ...

Help counties that help themselves

State officials eager to improve highways and other infrastructure throughout West Virginia should remember that every little bit helps. There is a way counties can augment state and federal funding for such work.In some areas where local economies have gotten shots in the arm from development ...

Oversight is needed for Boards of Ed.

Clearly, West Virginia Board of Education members have made serious mistakes on several issues during the past few years. One of them was taking the state down the Common Core curriculum path and adopting a standardized test geared to it.Critics of action by state legislators to exert control ...

Looking ahead to the next adventure

It is with mixed emotions I begin to write this, my last editorial for The Chronicle. For those who have not yet been made aware, I have taken the position of Library Director for the Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library, starting Monday!I am beyond excited to head into the new position in a ...

Amphitheater will be asset to county

Plans that are in the works to build an amphitheater at Sam Michael's Park cannot come to fruition soon enough. The addition of such a venue will not only bring in much needed revenue to the county's Parks and Recreation Department, it will bring in much needed entertainment to the Jefferson ...

Ambulance fee cut a poor idea

While the majority of the voting members of the County Commission many have good intentions, their decision this week to lower the county ambulance fee will not bode well for safety services in Jefferson County.Three members of the panel, Josh Compton, Caleb Hudson and Peter Onoszko, banded ...

A step in the right direction

A meeting this week facilitated by Pat Blanc, assistant superintendent of Cirriculum and Instruction, at Jefferson High School was the first step in opening communication with parents regarding the forward movement of Advanced Placement classes.The meeting, which came about because of parental ...