Tri-State briefs

August 13, 2008

Proposed subdivision changes are available

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Proposed changes to the county's subdivision ordinance are available on the Berkeley County Commission's Web site and copies of the revised ordinance were expected to be distributed at county libraries Tuesday, Planning Department director Stefanie Morton said Monday.

Copies of the document also are available at the planning department's office at 400 W. Stephen St., Morton said.

The Planning Commission has scheduled a workshop on Aug. 20 to examine the draft in advance of input from a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15.

Anticipated changes to the subdivision ordinance were delayed until after county voters decided questions on zoning and transferable development rights. Both ordinances were overwhelmingly defeated in the primary election in May.

Copies of the July draft of the subdivision ordinance can be downloaded for free from the County Commission's Web site at


Registration open at Hedgesville High

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- New students who need to enroll at Hedgesville High School for the 2008-09 school year may do so now. To register, students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and have the following: copy of birth certificate, copy of transcripts from previous school, immunization reports and proof of residence.

New student enrollment packets may be picked up at the school Monday through Friday. Call the school at 304-754-3354, ext. 3106, to schedule an appointment with a counselor. Call first, because there will be days when the counselors are attending other meetings.

Hedgesville High School will host a freshman/new student parent orientation on Monday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. All parents are encouraged to attend the informal meeting. The orientation is for parents only, students should not attend.

Wilson program is aimed at new students

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Wilson College will host "The Ultimate Road Trip: Campus2Career," a free success presentation for first-year and returning college students, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 in Alumnae Chapel in Thomson Hall.

The program, which is open to the public, also is helpful for high school seniors and their parents, as well as parents of current college students.

The program emphasizes the importance of academics, time management, setting goals and maximizing opportunities both in college and in future careers. It will be presented by a representative of Making It Count, which is part of

More information can be found online at or by contacting Heather Drumm, Wilson's career development director, at 717-262-2006, ext. 3314 or

Jefferson Co. woman wins $250 gas card

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Amanda Grantham, of Middleway in Jefferson County, was chosen Tuesday as the fifth winner of West Virginians for Better Transportation's Gas Tax Giveaway.

Grantham was randomly selected out of the more than 3,500 entrants to the contest thus far and will receive a $250 gasoline debit card.

West Virginians for Better Transportation (WVBT) launched the contest on July 7. The prize is intended to cover a person's average state gasoline taxes for a one-year period, which is $250.

Grantham actually pays much less than that average. She drives approximately 20 miles per day, getting an average of 30 miles per gallon on her vehicle. With the $250 prize, Grantham will be able to cover more than three years of her state gasoline taxes.

The contest runs through Sept. 1 and is open to all West Virginia residents 18 years or older. To enter, go to

DOH to celebrate birdhouse installations

CHARLESTON-- Two ceremonies will be held on Aug. 26 to mark the installation of purple martin and blue bird houses at the Interstate 81 welcome centers in Berkeley County, the state Division of Highways announced Tuesday.

Doug Hovatter of the West Virginia University Extension office is expected to coordinate the ceremonies, beginning with one at the northern Berkeley County facility at 3 p.m., followed by the second ceremony in southern Berkeley County at 4 p.m.

The birdhouses were donated by David R. McClaskey, president of S&K Manufacturing of O'Fallon, Mo., according to a DOH news release.

The birdhouse installations are a statewide project, involving purple martin enthusiast Zelma Boggess, the 4-H Clubs of West Virginia and the DOH.

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