Tri-State briefs

January 04, 2007

City seeking input on block grant program

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The City of Martinsburg will hold a public hearing Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers in Martinsburg City Hall to discuss the Community Block Development Program and potential HOME program funds, and the housing and community development needs of the city.

CDBG funding for FY 2007 is anticipated to be $414,000 and $60,000 for HOME.

Applications for funding proposals may be obtained from the Community Development Department by contacting Patricia McMillan at 304-264-2131, ext. 278, or via e-mail at

Students invited to apply for scholarships

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Mountain View Reclamation and Waste Management of Pennsylvania, together with the Citizens Advisory Committee of Antrim and Montgomery townships, invites high school seniors who are residents of the Greencastle-Antrim School District or Montgomery Township to apply for a one-time scholarship award.

A maximum of $5,000 for students from each area has been reserved for this scholarship.


A $5,000 award will be distributed to high school seniors from Greencastle-Antrim School District and a $5,000 award will be distributed to high school seniors from Montgomery Township.

The number of awards, and the amount of the individual scholarship award, will be decided by a selection committee.

All high school seniors who are residents of the Greencastle-Antrim School District or residents of Montgomery Township, regardless of the school that they currently attend, are eligible.

Deadline for submission of all materials is April 2. All materials, including personal recommendations, must be post-marked no later than April 2.

Applications for this scholarship may be obtained at local high schools, or from Cheryl Shields, who may be reached at 717-593-9948.

Overington to hold town meetings

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Del. John Overington will hold town meetings on the next two Saturdays in advance of the regular session of the state Legislature, the Berkeley County Republican lawmaker announced this week

The first two meetings will be Saturday at the Marlowe Ruritan Building from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and then at the Bedington Ruritan building from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

On Jan. 13, Overington will hold meetings at Scrabble Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and then at Faith Christian Academy at 138 Greensburg Road from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Top teacher to speak at prayer breakfast

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Kimberly Oliver, the 2006 recipient of the National Teacher of the Year Award and a kindergarten teacher from Montgomery County, Md., will be the guest speaker for the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 15, at 8:30 a.m. at Wainwright Baptist Church, Avis and Southwest Streets in Charles Town.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for students, and can be obtained through local churches and community organizations, or by calling 304-263-4409 or 304-229-6447.

Proceeds from the breakfast support the Page Jackson Alumni Scholarship Fund, which annually awards deserving students from Jefferson County.

Scouts launch cookie drive for the troops

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - The leader of a Hedgesville-based Brownie troop is inviting area residents to buy boxes of Girl Scout cookies for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Last year, Brownie Troop #442 sent nearly 800 boxes of cookies, according to a news release from group leader Chris Hogbin.

"It was a huge success," Hogbin said.

"We have a soldier that we sent cookies to last year (who) has sort of adopted us and he has been to a few of our meetings."

Girl Scout cookies can be pre-ordered over the next several weeks. Each box cost $3.50, but not does not include the expense to mail them overseas to the troops, which is about 25 cents, Hogbin said. Individuals interested in supporting the project may send a check or money order to Brownie Troop 442, P.O. Box 1022, Hedgesville, WV 2542. The Brownie troop meets on Wednesdays at the Hedgesville Elementary School cafeteria from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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