Eastern Panhandle briefs

July 28, 2009

Martinsburg to use $357,074 grant to hire two more police officers

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The City of Martinsburg was awarded $357,074 in federal Recovery Act funding to hire two additional police officers, according to a press release from the state's congressional delegation.

The COPS grant was part of about $5 million in Recovery Act funding from the Department of Justice awarded to 26 law enforcement agencies in West Virginia to hire, rehire or retain 35 officers, according to the release.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department was authorized by the county commission to apply for funding for additional officers through the program, but apparently was unsuccessful.

After three years, agencies that receive COPS funding are expected to absorb the added personnel cost for a minimum of 12 months, according to the program.


City gets more than $900,000 in federal funds for housing programs

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The City of Martinsburg was awarded more than $900,000 in federal funding for housing programs this week, according to a press release from Sen. Jay Rockefeller's office.

Martinsburg received $394,543 for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program from the Department of Health and Human Resources. Another $574,987 was awarded by the department to the HOME program, which the city administers on behalf of several other Eastern Panhandle governments, according to the release.

CDBG funding has been used by the city for playground improvements, sewer repairs, East John Street bridge improvements, sidewalk ramps for disabled access and other programs.

The city has budgeted CDBG money in the current fiscal year for engineering a solution to storm-water flooding problems in the South Raleigh Street area.

The awards are annual allocations awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the release.

Shepherd named one of the best schools in the Southeast

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- For the fifth year in a row, Shepherd University has been named one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast, according to the Princeton Review's Web site.

The New York City-based education services company selected Shepherd as one of 141 institutions it recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section on its Web site feature "2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region."

The 141 colleges the Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Southeast" designation are in 12 states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Princeton Review also designated 217 colleges in the Northeast, 123 in the West and 158 in the Midwest as best in their areas in the feature.

The 639 colleges named regional bests represent about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

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