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August 19, 2010

Copies of documents to be displayed at Morgan courthouse

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Copies of the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights will be displayed on the third floor of the new Morgan County Courthouse.

Resident artist Chris Bosley made wall hangings displaying the documents for Berkeley Springs High School and Warm Springs Middle School, Morgan County Prosecutor Debra MH McLaughlin said at Thursday's Morgan County Commission meeting.

Instead of a wall hanging, the documents will be displayed on a 12-foot-long oak table that Bosley is building and will be placed in front of the windows overlooking the Fairfax Green on Fairfax Street.

McLaughlin said the third floor, which houses the circuit courtroom, will be a great place for the display.

Only the original form of the Constitution will be displayed, not the amendments, Bosley said.

He said he would have it in place on the third floor before the Constitution Day celebration on Sept. 16.


The presentation will be made before the afternoon commission meeting begins, Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said.

McLaughlin said the roughly $5,000 cost was paid by donations from her, the Morgan County sheriff and other community members.

"I think it's a good idea. It's pretty good to refresh yourself," Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said.

- Trish Rudder

VA Medical Center to host open house during air show

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg VA Medical Center will host the 2010 Welcome Home American Heroes Celebration Sept. 4 and 5.

The celebration will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show hosted by the 167th Airlift Wing West Virginia Air National Guard at Shepherd Field in Martinsburg.

Veterans will be able to get information on VA health care, benefits, enrollment, education, employment, and more. For more information visit or

GOP candidate Toomey to be in Franklin Co. next week

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey will be on hand for a meet and greet in Franklin County as part of the "More Jobs, Less Government" statewide bus tour.

The event will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 2:45 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Norlo Park Community Center, 3070 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, Pa.

Refreshments will be provided.

Animal adoption center accepting vehicle donations

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Spay Today and the Briggs Animal Adoption Center (BAAC) are now accepting vehicle donations.

A tax deduction can be claimed from donated cars, trucks, boats, campers, motorcycles and tractors in working or non-working condition.

To arrange a pickup, call 304-724-6558. Donations will be used to further the missions of Spay Today, which offers reduced-cost spay/neuters, and the BAAC, which provides comprehensive adoption services for cats and dogs.

Spay Today and the BAAC are programs of The National Humane Education Society. The adoption center is at 3731 Berryville Pike in Charles Town.

For more information on Spay Today or the BAAC, please call 304-724-6558 or visit

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