Tri-State briefs

February 08, 2007

Panhandle schools on two-hour delay

Schools in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia are operating on a two-hour delay today, according to school officials and the district's Web site.

Public school students in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties are being asked to report two hours late for school today because of the cold weather.

Morgan County Schools officials also announced that Widmyer Elementary School in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., will be closed today because of a heating problem at the school.

Independent Fire Co. receives federal grant

RANSON, W.Va. - The Independent Fire Co. in Ranson has been awarded $78,656 from the federal government to purchase new portable radios, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito announced Wednesday.


The radios are part of a new $2 million communication system being planned for emergency response crews in Jefferson County, Capito said in a news release.

Capito wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security last year as part of her work to obtain funding for the Independent Fire Co., the release said.

"Considering how close the Eastern Panhandle is to the Washington metro area, I believe it is doubly important to have the technology to handle a sudden influx of people caused by an emergency situation in our nation's capital," Capito said in the release.

Charles Town council member resigns

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Town City Council member Randy Breeden has announced his resignation from the council and city officials are considering how to replace him, Charles Town City Clerk Joe Cosentini said Tuesday.

The council would typically advertise the availability of a vacant council seat and appoint someone, Cosentini said.

But with a city election coming up in May, city officials are considering leaving the seat open until then, Cosentini said.

Mayor Peggy Smith announced Monday night that the city had received a letter from Breeden saying he was stepping down for personal reasons, Cosentini said.

Breeden represents Ward I, which is roughly the west end of Charles Town north of Washington Street.

Waynesboro water gets high rating

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's two-day evaluation of Waynesboro's water treatment plant resulted in the highest attainable rating for the facility, a borough official said Wednesday.

Only 5 percent of water filtration plants in the state receive the "commendable" rating, Waynesboro Utilities Director S. Leiter Pryor said.

The plant's performance results in "the consistent production of safe, high-quality water to consumers," Pryor said.

"The plant operators are dedicated and conscientious in producing the highest water quality possible," he said.

He said the plant staff management and administration are progressive in pursuing techniques to both assess and enhance performance.

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