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NEWS
April 13, 2010
RANSON, W.Va. -- Police were looking for a man who robbed the BB&T bank at 301 S. Mildred St. in Ranson shortly before noon Monday. The man took an undisclosed amount of money from the bank, Ranson Police Chief William "Bill" Roper said. The robber was armed with an unknown caliber pistol when he demanded money from a teller shortly after entering the bank at 11:38 a.m., Roper said. No one was injured, Roper said. The robber was described as a black male in his early to mid-20s with freckles, a medium build and a slight beard.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2012
Frontier Communications showcased its newly remodeled retail store and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with community leaders Nov. 16 at 1108 N. Mildred St. in Ranson, The store, which has been part of the Ranson community for 15 years, is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
NEWS
April 15, 2012
A fire that destroyed a vacant storage building Saturday night was intentionally set, Independent Fire Co. Chief Donald Longerbeam said Sunday. “It was an arson fire,” Longerbeam said. There was no power to the 30-by-60-foot wooden building and witnesses said they saw juveniles running from the scene, he said. The fire in the 200 block of North George Street was reported at 10:16 p.m., Longerbeam said. Though the building is four blocks from the firehouse, it had partially collapsed by the time firefighters arrived, he said.
NEWS
March 10, 2011
Five fire companies responded to a house fire Thursday morning at 209 W. Seventh Ave. in Ranson, an administrative officer at the Independent Fire Co. said. The officer said few details were available, but firefighters were called at 1:10 a.m. and cleared the scene at about 4:30 a.m. The Blue Ridge, Citizens, Friendship and Middleway fire companies also responded, the administrative officer said.
NEWS
September 23, 2010
RANSON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Eastern Division broke ground Thursday for a medical office building on South Preston Street in Ranson. The 7,200-square-foot building with 16 to 18 exam rooms will be across the street from the main entrance to WVUH-East Jefferson Memorial Hospital, according to a news release from WVU Hospitals-East. The building will house two existing medical practices, WVU Maternity and Women's Health Center, and University Medical and Surgical Associates.
NEWS
May 29, 2012
A Ranson, W.Va., man accused of shooting another man at Jefferson Memorial Park in Charles Town, W.Va., last week was taken into custody Tuesday morning by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Mountain State Fugitive Task Force, police said. Maurice Larnard Hough, of 300 S. Marshall St., Apt. 5, was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow on one count of attempted murder and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to court documents. Hough was being held Tuesday night in Eastern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond for the attempted murder charge and a $50,000 bond for the drug charge, according to court and jail records.
LIFESTYLE
July 19, 2013
 University Healthcare Jefferson Medical Center will hold its third annual Big Latch On event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.  The event will be held in the medical center's first floor conference room, and all area women who are breastfeeding their babies or children are invited to attend.   Each year, to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action organises World Breastfeeding Week from Aug. 1 to 7.  Breastfeeding women and their babies gather in their communities on Aug. 2 and 3 to take part in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | May 14, 2013
The clothes Abraham Lincoln wore to Ford's Theater, the flag on Iwo Jima, Stonewall Jackson's uniform, pre-Columbian textiles and hundreds more artifacts like them have been spread across tables in a small shop in Ranson. Cathy Heffner came on board in 1989 and bought the business from Thomsen in 2007. A 1976 graduate of Brunswick (Md.) High School, Heffner's participation in a work-study program in National Park Service conservation labs during her senior year led to a full-time job as a textile conservator with the agency.
NEWS
June 1, 2009
RANSON, W.Va. -- Voters in Ranson won't have trouble picking candidates in Tuesday's City Council elections. Only three candidates are running and all three are unopposed. Assured of keeping their jobs for the next four years are Mayor A. David Hamill, who has served the city for 22 years; Duke Pierson, who will add four more years to the 16 he's already served and Kim Biddle, the only woman on the seven-member board, who is going back for four more years. Incumbents whose terms have two years to go include Recorder Tony Braithwaite, and Councilmen Scott Coulter, Howard Shade and Donnie Haines.
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OBITUARIES
September 1, 2013
Katherine Summers Williams, 72, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, W.Va. The service and burial will be private. Arrangements are by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Berkeley Springs.
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OBITUARIES
August 11, 2013
Nancy Lucille Lowry Kelvington, 80, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at her residence. The service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Ranson, W.Va. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.  
OBITUARIES
August 3, 2013
Kenneth Lee Rickard Jr., 65, of Ranson, W.Va., died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Willow Tree Manor in Charles Town, W.Va. The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer and Norton Funeral Home, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The service will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
LIFESTYLE
July 24, 2013
Birthday Today - Danica Dodson, Ranson, W.Va., turns 25.
OBITUARIES
July 19, 2013
Charles Hugh Via, 75, of Ranson, W.Va., died Friday, July 19, 2013, at Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Winchester, Va. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, W.Va. The service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Charles Town Baptist Church, Charles Town. Burial will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town.
LIFESTYLE
July 19, 2013
 University Healthcare Jefferson Medical Center will hold its third annual Big Latch On event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.  The event will be held in the medical center's first floor conference room, and all area women who are breastfeeding their babies or children are invited to attend.   Each year, to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action organises World Breastfeeding Week from Aug. 1 to 7.  Breastfeeding women and their babies gather in their communities on Aug. 2 and 3 to take part in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
A Ranson, W.Va., woman was charged Wednesday after she allegedly sold a half-pound of marijuana to a confidential informant in the parking lot at Food Lion in Inwood, W.Va., according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents. April D. Johnson, 28, of 510 E. 11th Ave. was arraigned Wednesday afternoon by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, according to court documents. Police said the $860 transaction occurred while Johnson's 6- and 7-year-old daughters were in the back seat of the vehicle she was driving, according to court documents.
OBITUARIES
June 22, 2013
Anna "Marie" Fiery Ransone died June 14, 2013, at the age of 88 at Oak Crest Village, where she had been a resident since 1995. She was preceded in death by her husband, Price; parents, J. Ralph and Grace Fiery; brother, Donald Fiery; and sister, Jane Hollinger. She is survived by her children, Suzanne (Michael) Ranson, Dr. Ralph (Jeannie) Ransone, Jeanette (Larry) McGowan, Jennifer Guercio and friend, Dave Strawderman, Robert (Heather) Ransone, and Steven Ransone and partner, Jon Skogen; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
OBITUARIES
June 19, 2013
Philip Dale Stephenson Jr., 59, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., died Friday, June 14, 2013, at his home. The family will receive friends Saturday one hour prior to the service at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home in Ranson, W.Va. The service will be Saturday at 2 p.m.  at the funeral home in Ranson. Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg, W.Va.
OBITUARIES
June 9, 2013
Mildred Marie Lanham, 91, of Ranson, W.Va., died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Shenandoah Center in Charles Town, W.Va. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. The service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Douglas Fraim officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg, W.Va. 
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