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January 10, 2003

Pennington not reappointed to panel



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A former political opponent of two of Berkeley County's three commissioners was not re-appointed Thursday to his post on the planning commission.

County Commission candidate Butch Pennington lost to Commissioner Howard Strauss two years ago, and to Commissioner Steve Teufel in November. Pennington is a Democrat, while all three commissioners are Republicans.

At the County Commission meeting Thursday, Strauss made a motion that Pennington be re-appointed to another term on the planning commission, a separate entity.

Strauss asked two times whether someone would second the motion. Neither Teufel nor Commissioner John Wright spoke, and the motion died for lack of a second.

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Emergency call procedures approved



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Procedures that spell out how emergency calls should be dispatched, what calls should be prioritized and how often dispatchers should check on police officers were approved at the Berkeley County Commission meeting Thursday.

The approval follows more than a month of disagreement between Central Dispatch Director Mary Kackley and Sheriff Randy Smith.

Other guidelines established in the procedures include how to contact a K-9 unit, how to dispatch a be-on-the-lookout warning and how and when to transfer a caller from 911 to a police agency.

Opinions sought on farmland protection program



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Anyone who wishes to voice an opinion on Berkeley County's proposed Farmland Protection Program can do so at the County Commission meeting next Thursday.

In the meantime, copies of the 80-page document can be reviewed at the commission's office at 110 W. King St., Martinsburg.

After working on it for nearly two years, Farmland Protection Board members submitted the program to the commissioners Thursday. It is designed to "address the irreversible loss of agricultural land in Berkeley County," according to a press release from the board.

The commissioners will meet next on Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the county courthouse on the corner of King and Queen streets in Martinsburg.

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