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December 03, 2002

Bids accepted for work on new W.Va. school

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - At their meeting Monday night, members of the Berkeley County Board of Education approved the low bids for work to be performed at the planned Spring Mills Middle School off U.S. 11 North.

Cumberland, Md.-based R.H. Lapp & Sons Inc. was the low bidder for two projects - plumbing and fire-related work, including the installation of sprinklers. The bids were $658,050 and $133,475, respectively.

W. Harley Miller Contractors Inc., based in Martinsburg, was the low bidder for general trades work, with a bid of $5,063,500.

Canada-based Arrow Sheet Metal Ltd., was the low bidder for HVAC work, with a bid of $990,009.

Master Service Mid-Atlantic, based in Elkins, W.Va., was the low bidder for electrical work, with a bid of $1,189,000.

All of the bids came in within the estimated budget, architect Ted Shriver told board members.

The school is to open in the fall of 2004.


Bedington teacher gets ACE award

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Vicki Mason, a first-grade teacher at Bedington Elementary School, received a certificate at the Berkeley County Board of Education meeting Monday for being an ACE - A Caring Educator.

Mason has taught at the school for more than 30 years.

Ten ACE awards are given out each year. ACE award recipients receive a plaque and are honored at the board's monthly meeting.

Hearing for man charged in Pa. shooting delayed

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The preliminary hearing for a Chambersburg, Pa., man charged with murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife last month was postponed.

Bruce Forsythe Sr., was scheduled to appear before District Justice Shirley Shatzer Monday, but the hearing was postponed until Dec. 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Forsythe, 53, is charged with one count of first-degree murder, according to court records. He was being held without bail in the Franklin County Prison.

His estranged wife, Joanna Plummer, 32, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest in front of her Molly Pitcher Highway South home on Nov. 24.

Pennsylvania State Police said a domestic dispute between Forsythe and Plummer erupted at around 2:45 p.m. and ended with the fatal shooting.

Plummer had obtained a protection from abuse order against Forsythe through the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas less than two weeks before her death, according to court records.

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