The fire-damaged former Ratcliff Market building at along state Route 28 in Fort Ashby, W.Va., is being razed Tuesday. A fire inside the structure on July 13, 2012, claimed three lives and left up to 20 people homeless. The property loss in the building owned by John Daskal and Denver DeHaven was estimated at up to $1 million. The building also formerly housed the Sav-A-Lot Pharmacy and Cindi’s Restaurant on the first floor. The West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire originated in a second-floor hallway. The pharmacy now operates at a location on Route 28.
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House approves minimum wage hike
The Maryland House of Delegates voted Friday to phase in an increase in the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2017.
W.Va. Senate passes $1.50 increase
The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill to raise the minimum wage by $1.50 over three years.
Employees speak out against Deaf and Blind school
Eleven child care workers at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are upset, saying their jobs are in jeopardy due to their education.
Two left homeless after Flintstone house fire
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Riverside Design Services
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Off-duty firefighter aids in department’s quick response
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Del McCoury and family perform during benefit for new animal shelter
Del McCoury and his musical family spent the day in Cumberland on Thursday to do a round of advance media publicity for this year’s 7th annual DelFest and to perform at a benefit to raise funds for a new Allegany Animal Shelter.
Protective order bill clears House with unanimous vote
A bill that would make it easier for abuse victims to obtain protective orders cleared the House of Delegates with a unanimous vote on Thursday.
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