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West Virginia briefs

December 26, 1997

Grant to help finish ballfield project

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The West Virginia Development Office last week announced a $5,000 grant to help pay off a $50,000 project at Charlotte Prather Park in Martinsburg.

That means the five members of the board of directors of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Girls Softball League will breathe a little easier. League president Mary Kackley said Monday the directors had signed a personal loan to get the project completed.

"We tore everything down and started from scratch," Kackley said. The end result was three new softball fields with lights, a T-ball field and a concession stand with locker room, storage, office and restroom facilities.

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The park off State Circle serves about 350 girls between the ages of 5 and 19, Kackley said. The fields are also used by the Martinsburg High School varsity and junior varsity softball teams.

The project was completed in 1996 and the league has played on the new fields for the past two seasons. Kackley said Del. Vicki Douglas, D-Berkeley, was instrumental in getting the state grant.

Kackley said the league still owes more than $30,000 on the seven-year loan. She said the league hopes concession stand sales and fund-raisers will pay off the rest of the debt.

Shepherd, GM pair up for education

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Community and Technical College at Shepherd College is extending its reach into the community through a United Auto Workers-General Motors partnership at the GM plant in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Beginning in the spring, Shepherd will offer a two-part educational program at the James H. Diehl Skill Center at the plant to employees and their families.

The courses will be based on the interests and requests of the employees and will include general interest courses such as computers, real estate, conversational Spanish and CPR, along with credit courses in history, business and psychology. GED, Adult Basic Education and English as a second language will be offered as needed.

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