West Virginia briefs

September 13, 2010

W.Va. officials want to hear about regional arts community and its needs

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Officials with the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will be in Martinsburg on Sept. 30 to hear feedback from the regional arts community about its needs.

The agency's scheduled visit to The Arts Centre at 300 W. King St. is part of a statewide "listening tour" that is being held annually by state officials to help develop new programs and review grant funding policies that can affect communities, schools and individual artists who apply for state and federal funding.

The session in Martinsburg is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Co-hosts for the event include the Berkeley Arts Council and Heritage Crafts, according to The Arts Centre.

A two-hour free grant-writing workshop will be offered Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at The Arts Centre. State Division of Culture and History staff will be available to offer grant-writing tips for individual artists.


Arts administrators, arts educators, artists, art patrons and interested members of the general public are invited to participate in the informal conversations during the listening tour stop.

"These tours allow us the opportunity to gather the information from the community, which is vital in our efforts to provide arts experiences to the state of West Virginia," Jeff Pierson, director of arts for the Division of Culture and History, said in a news release.

For more information about the program, contact Pierson at 304-558-0240, ext. 717, or send e-mail to">; or Mary Lewis of The Arts Centre at 304-263-0224 or by e-mail at">

MHS Hall of Fame inductees announced

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Ten individuals have been named to the second class of Martinsburg High School's Hall of Fame, according to Principal Regina Phillips.

David Ambrose, Marsalis Basey, Richard Harmison, Matthew Morrison and Fulton Walker were named in the Athletic Division, and David R. Deuell, James McGowan, Walter Ridenour, Charles Trayer and Donald Zepp were selected for the Academic/Contributor Division. The inductees will be honored Sept. 24 during halftime of the Fort Hill/Martinsburg High School football game.

The Hall of Fame banquet will be held Sept. 25. The banquet is open to the public and will include dinner, entertainment and the induction ceremony.

Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for those 10 and younger. Tickets may be purchased in the main office of Martinsburg High School during school hours.

The Hall of Fame was established to honor outstanding former athletes, contributors and supporters of Martinsburg High School.

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