West Virginia briefs

January 03, 2013

Petrucci elected president of Berkeley Co. Council

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Anthony J. “Tony” Petrucci, the senior member of Berkeley County Council, was elected to serve as the board’s president for 2013, council members unanimously decided Thursday.

The lone Democrat on the five-member board, Petrucci succeeded William L. “Bill” Stubblefield, who was serving as president when he opted not to seek re-election last year. Stubblefield’s term ended Dec. 31.

Among other organizational actions, Douglas E. Copenhaver Jr. was unanimously elected to serve as vice-chairman, replacing Elaine C. Mauck.

Mauck, along with new council member Jim Barnhart, were sworn into office Thursday by Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr., who presided over the organization of County Council Thursday.


Mauck and Barnhart were elected to six-year terms in the 2012 election in November.

Effort under way to ring courthouse bell more often

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Council on Thursday informally endorsed a volunteer-driven effort to have the bell in the historic Berkeley County Courthouse in Martinsburg rung on weekdays.

Council member James P. “Jim” Whitacre said the bell used to be rung routinely. Restarting of the practice was suggested at the time the bell was rung last month for the Newtown, Conn., school shooting victims.

Given that West Virginia is celebrating 150 years of statehood in 2013, council member Elaine Mauck said she felt the timing was good to start the practice.

Whitacre said a list of volunteers has been started of people interested in ringing the bell when the courthouse opens at 9 a.m..

County Clerk John W. Small’s Jr.’s office is coordinating the practice, which began Wednesday, officials said.

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