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March 02, 2009

Five appointed to development authority

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday appointed five people to serve on the county's development authority.

Those appointed by a unanimous vote of the commission were attorney Hoy Shingleton; Monte Hicks of BB&T bank; Helen Harris of Harris Community Care Inc.; Herbert J. "Joe" Edwards, former director of BWI Business Park; and Mountain State University Provost Layne Diehl.

The individuals were nominated by Commissioner William L. "Bill" Stubblefield, who serves as the commission representative to the authority.

Development authority grant announced

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Rep. Shelley Moore Capito was credited Friday for helping the Berkeley County Development Authority net a $332,500 federal transportation grant for the continued development of the infrastructure and roads for the Tabler Station Business Park.

"These funds are a direct result of the hard work by our congresswoman, Shelly Moore Capito, and her staff," said Stephen Christian, the development authority's executive director. "I work closely with all our elected officials to leverage federal and state support for the programs and projects our development authority pursues. And this is another example of the kind of commitment we see every year from Congresswoman Capito."


Funds from the grant will be used to continue construction of needed roads, water and sewer infrastructure within the business and industry park, a 300-acre site between exit 8 off Interstate 81 south of Martinsburg and U.S. 11 near the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport.

The $332,500 grant was approved by the House of Representatives with passage of the omnibus appropriations package on Wednesday, according to Capito's office. The funds were specifically included in legislation to fund programs operated through the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

- Matthew Umstead

Berkeley Co. student art to be featured in March

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Arts Centre will present the work of Berkeley County high school students with its annual Youth Art Month exhibit March 7 to 27.

Students from Martinsburg, Musselman and Hedgesville high schools will exhibit work in various media, including painting, drawing, and sculpture.

A reception for this exhibit will be held on Sunday, March 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. The public is invited to both the reception and the exhibit.

The Arts Centre is in the old Federal Post Office and Courthouse, 300 W. King St., on the corner of King Street and Maple Avenue.

Information on all of The Arts Centre's programs is available at, or by calling 304-263-0224.

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