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June 10, 2008

Physician to be honored with bridge dedication

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A bridge over Interstate 81 near City Hospital in Martinsburg will be named in honor of longtime physician C. Vincent Townsend Sr. on June 20 as part of a ceremony on West Virginia Day.

The ceremony honoring Townsend, 85, of Martinsburg, will be held in the Erma Byrd Center auditorium at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center, Eastern Division, on the hospital's campus, according to a news release from Teresa E. McCabe, vice president of marketing and development for WVU Hospitals-East.

State Sens. John Unger, D-Berkeley, and Ron Stollings, D-Boone, are expected to take part in the event that is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., McCabe said.

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The naming of the Exit 14 interstate bridge as the "Dr. C. Vincent Townsend Sr. Bridge" was made possible through the State Legislature's adoption of Senate Concurrent Resolution 18 in March.

Townsend practiced internal medicine and cardiology for more than 40 years in Martinsburg, his hometown, according to the resolution.

Division of Highways to reduce speed limit in area along W.Va. 480

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - After residents near Morgan's Grove Park have expressed concerns for years about the speed limit in the area along W.Va. 480, the Division of Highways has agreed to reduce the speed limit on the road from 55 mph to 40 mph, according to a news release.

Residents have long been concerned about the speed limit on the road near the entrance to Ledge Lowe subdivision and Morgan's Grove Park, according to the release from Platinum PR.

Local developer Peter Corum and others communicated the concerns to the Division of Highways, which studied the area and decided to reduce the speed limit, the release said.

Corum and two other developers are building Town Run Commons, a development near the park that will have a planned, mix-use community centered on the arts, with designated living space, working space and open space.

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