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Berkeley County official hospitalized

February 08, 2001|By BOB PARTLOW

Berkeley County official hospitalized



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Long-time Berkeley County Commissioner Robert Burkahart is expected to be released from City Hospital today after being admitted with heart problems Tuesday.

"I had this heart fibrillation," Burkhart said in an interview Wednesday night. "I've had it once before. It makes me feel a little dizzy. I fell at home pretty bad the other day."

He also felt weak and tired earlier this week, he said.

He's had a series of tests at the hospital and doctors believe they have the problem under control, he said.

"I'm going to be OK," he said.

If doctors release him from the hospital, he will return home and miss the regular meeting of The Berkeley County Commission today. He missed an afternoon session of the commission Tuesday.

"I should be back at work next week," he said. The doctors have told him he should be able to return to a normal work schedule.

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Burkhart, 72, was first elected in 1962 and has served in the job most of the time since then. He also served as Circuit Court Clerk in the 1980s and 1990s.

He has said he plans to retire when his term expires in January 2003.

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