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Tri-state briefs

August 21, 2002

Circuit Court clerk named to hall of fame



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Much to her surprise, Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk Patsy Noland found herself in a hall of fame earlier this month.

At the annual meeting of the West Virginia Association of Circuit and County Clerks, Noland was named to the organization's Hall of Fame.

County clerks and circuit clerks are added to the Hall of Fame each year for their work in the field.

Noland, who has been Circuit clerk since 1994, said she was "absolutely flabbergasted" when she was given the award Aug. 13 at the association's meeting in Chester, W.Va.

Before becoming Circuit clerk, Noland was a magistrate for 10 years in Jefferson County.




Back to school prayer services set for Sunday



FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - The public is invited to attend one of six simultaneous prayer walks through Franklin County's high schools on Sunday.

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The fifth annual Back to School Prayer Services will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. at: Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Greencastle-Antrim High School, Fannett-Metal High School, James Buchanan High School, Shippensburg Area Senior High School and Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

The purpose of the event, which is organized by several area ministries and organizations, is to oppose violence in schools through prayer.

In most locations, teenagers will lead the services.

Most Franklin County schools open Monday.




14th Annual Motorcyclist Ride scheduled for Sunday



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg, Pa., Chapter of the Harley Owners Group and M&S Harley Davidson are sponsoring the 14th Annual Motorcyclist Ride to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association Sunday.

Motorcyclists from across the region can register at M&S Harley Davidson, 260 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, between 9 and 11 a.m.

There is a $15 fee per person, and participants are encouraged to solicit pledges to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Pledge forms are available at M&S Harley Davidson.

Prizes will be awarded on the day of the ride, including a 2003 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster motorcycle.

Last year more than 500 riders raised about $36,000.

For more information, contact M&S Harley Davidson at 717-709-9650 or Sue Mott at 717-267-7844.




Economic forecast for region to be detailed



MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The latest economic forecast for the Eastern Panhandle region will be unveiled at the Eastern Panhandle Economic Outlook Conference at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn.

George Hammond, director of the West Virginia Economic Outlook Project, will discuss the outlook for the region, including trends in jobs, income and population. The program will include a panel discussion from leaders of the region's industries and businesses and closing remarks by Jay Coats, dean of West Virginia University's College of Business and Economics.

The conference is sponsored by the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research in the College of Business and Economics. The event is co-sponsored by the economic development authorities of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

Attendance at the conference is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For more information and to register, call Janet Lemunyon at 1-304-293-7831.




Improvements to I-81 interchange requested



WASHINGTON, D.C. - Funding that U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., included in an appropriations bill for improvements to the I-81 South Martinsburg Interchange has been sent to the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

"The widening of the I-81 bridge as it crosses over W.Va. 45 will improve the stability of that bridge and provide necessary additional capacity along the highway," Byrd said in a news release.

Byrd added the $7 million in funding to the fiscal year 2002 Transportation Appropriations bill.

The South Martinsburg Interchange project includes widening I-81 to six lanes as it crosses Route 45 and widening Route 45 to five lanes. The bridge will receive repairs that will raise weight restrictions, strengthen joints, and smooth out the rough deck of the bridge.

The state's Department of Transportation plans eventually to widen all 26 miles of I-81 in West Virginia to coincide with Maryland and Virginia's plans to widen the highway in those states.

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