West Virginia briefs

June 09, 2009

Suicide prevention workshop announced

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide will host a suicide-prevention workshop Friday, June 26, in Martinsburg.

The workshop to educate the community and increase awareness about the "silent epidemic" of suicide is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn at 301 Foxcroft Ave., according to a news release from the suicide-prevention organization.

West Virginia ranks 16th in the nation for suicide as of 2005, and was the state's second-leading cause of death in those ages 14 to 25, according to the American Association of Suicidology.

A $15 registration fee will be charged for the daylong event.

To register, call Lora Lowdermilk at 304-296-1731, ext. 4269.

For more information about the workshop or the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide, contact Bob Musick at 304-296-1731, ext. 4181, or at; or Patrick Tenney at 304-296-1731, ext. 4197, or


Ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for Shepherd University's Wellness Center

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Shepherd University's new Wellness Center will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

The $21.6 million Wellness Center includes a 25-yard, eight-lane pool; scoreboard with video capabilities; two basketball courts, which also are lined for volleyball and badminton; six basketball hoops; two racquetball courts; indoor elevated 1/10-mile jogging track with rubber flooring; two multipurpose rooms for group exercise classes featuring mirrored walls and floating wood floors, which reduce joint and muscle strain; 7,500-square-foot weight and fitness area with new free weights, resistance machines, cardio equipment and nine flat-screen televisions; men's, women's and family locker rooms with private showers and swimsuit dryers; dining venue operated by Shepherd University's Dining Services offering soups, salads and sandwiches; a casual seating area; and administrative offices.

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