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Tri-State briefs

February 26, 2007

Panhandle schools closed today



Schools in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia are closed today because of the wintry weather.

According to school officials and Web sites, public schools in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties are closed today.




Youth Art Month exhibit on tap



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Arts Centre will present the work of Berkeley County high school students with its annual Youth Art Month exhibit. Students from Martinsburg, Musselman and Hedgesville high schools will exhibit work in various media - including painting, drawing and sculpture - through March 30.

According to Martinsburg High School art teacher Karen Barrett, this year's exhibit will focus heavily on three dimensional art. An assignment on telephones inspired some very interesting submissions for the exhibit, including a freestanding sculpture measuring 3 feet wide, and an installation of two cardboard rooms connected by a string and can telephone.

A reception for this exhibit will be held on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. The public is invited to both the reception and the exhibit.

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The Arts Centre is in the old Federal Post Office and Courthouse, 300 W. King St. Operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on The Arts Centre and its programs, call 304-263-0224.




Police: Man shot in the stomach



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police who responded to a call of shots fired at the Martins Landing apartments Saturday night said a man was shot in the stomach.

Martinsburg Police Department officers responded to the apartments along Tavern Road across from City Hospital and interviewed several people, police said.

Officers determined that a male had gone to City Hospital to be treated for the gunshot wound, the release said.

Police gathered evidence in the Martins Landing area and the hospital's emergency room, the release said.

Among the items recovered were fired bullet casings and fired rounds, the release said.

Police did not release the man's name.

Anyone with information about the incident may call city police at 304-264-2100 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.




Fire damages barn in Berkeley County



HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Officials are still trying to determine the cause of a fire early Saturday morning which significantly damaged a barn along Cannon Hill Road in Berkeley County.

The barn, which caught fire about 3:30 a.m., was being used to keep chickens and horses, among other belongings, said Adam Mauck, spokesman for the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co.

The building at 2924 Cannon Hill Road was about 40 feet by 48 feet in size, Mauck said.

It took firefighters about an hour to bring the fire under control, Mauck said.

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