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A new manufacturing plant will set up shop in the Eastern Panhandle. Gov. Jim Justice announced it will create up to 150 new jobs in the state.

The new plant will produce stone wool insulation. This type of product is used in buildings, industrial applications, and in acoustic ceilings.

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Officials in Ranson and Charles Town have decided to table a Jefferson County bike race.

The Journal reports the cities' councils postponed the Two Cities Criterium race indefinitely. The event was scheduled for July 9.

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Longtime Ranson Mayor David Hamill has died of cancer. He was 71.

City Manager Andy Blake and Ranson deputy mayor Duke Pierson announced in separate statements that Hamill died on Friday.

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The 23rd Annual African American Heritage and Culture Festival took place in Jefferson County over the weekend. From a parade to live music, and a memorial walk to the original site of John Brown’s Fort – the festival offered a variety of events for visitors.

Harpers Ferry was the site of the US Armory, and played a vital role before and during the Civil War.
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The 23rd Annual Jefferson County African American Heritage Festival begins Friday, August 14 in Charles Town.