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March 7, 2013
The executive director of the Berkeley/Jefferson Day Report Center said Wednesday that he is resigning from the position to take a job that is much closer to his Harrisburg, Pa., area home. Jason Castillo, who replaced Joe Sacchet in May 2012, is resigning from heading up the grant-funded alternative sentencing program to work for Avertest as a regional manager at a forensic drug testing facility in York, Pa. Castillo said the hour and one-half commute to Martinsburg and gas prices factored into his decision to resign from what he said has been the greatest job he has ever had. “I'm very sad to go,” Castillo said.
NEWS
July 17, 1997
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department has been awarded $150,000 from the federal government to add two deputies to its staff, according to U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller. The sheriff's department currently has 26 deputies. The money was part of $653,847 distributed to four communities across the state to increase the size of police departments, Rockefeller said in a news release. The money was awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services, also referred to as COPS.
NEWS
March 19, 2013
The West Virginia Fair Housing Action Network (WVFHAN) will present two free workshops in Martinsburg this week to provide information to consumers and housing professionals on fair housing and tenant rights in West Virginia. The first workshop, on Tenant and Landlords: Rights and Responsibilities, will be held Wednesday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Mountaineer Room at Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, WVU-East. This workshop will focus on the new state landlord/tenant manual developed with the support and assistance of the WV Office of Attorney General Civil Rights Division, WV Senior Legal Aid, and other partners.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | January 20, 2005
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Fire broke out on the front porch of a house along Williamsport Pike (U.S. 11) Wednesday night, emergency dispatchers said. Scott Schill, assistant chief for the Bedington Volunteer Fire Co., said someone came to the back door of the home to notifty the residents that their house was on fire. When crews arrived, the fire was on the right corner of the front porch. Crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly and contain it to the porch and to the attic where it had spread.
NEWS
July 4, 2005
YOUTH LEAGUES District 1 Senior League All-Star Tournament South Mountain 12, Valley 2 South Mountain: Aaron Dixon 11 Ks, 2 hits; Kyle Bittner, Ross Collins 2 hits each. Junior Legion Funkstown 12, Berkeley 3 Mark Dattilio 3 hits, GS; Chad Bickle, Tommy Evans, Marcellus Sumlin 2 hits each. Funkstown 9, Berkeley 8 Zeke Ricketts 4 hits, HR; Chad Bickle, Brock Jamison 2 hits each.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | January 22, 2013
Two Eastern Panhandle lawmakers have been named to the powerful Rules Committee in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Dels. John Overington, R-Berkeley, and Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, were among a number of committee appointments  for the 81st Legislature announced Tuesday by House Speaker Rick Thompson. Among major committee assignments, Cowles also was appointed to the Finance Committee and is the only delegate from Morgan, Berkeley or Jefferson counties to be named to it. Overington, along with Dels.
NEWS
February 26, 2005
If you go What: 14th annual Parsons Ford Original Toughman Contest Where: Berkeley 200 Recreation Center, Woodbury Avenue, Martinsburg, W.Va. When: Today. Doors open at 6 p.m., fighting starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $25
OBITUARIES
September 4, 2012
Geraldine “Gerri” Ann Dellinger, 59, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at City Hospital. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Brown Funeral Home. The service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center with the Rev. G. Edward Grove officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Memory Gardens.
NEWS
August 22, 2012
About 200 Shepherd University students and staff volunteered Tuesday for the school's 12th annual Day of Service at 20 locations in Jefferson and Berkeley counties. The volunteers performed tasks that ranged from sorting paperwork and making bulletin boards to cleaning streams and trimming trees at sites that included nonprofit agencies, public parks, schools, memorials and day care centers. “I just want to give back to the community because I know they always are giving to Shepherd University,” said Hailey Brown, a first-year student and business major from Annandale, Va. She spent the morning organizing class rosters at Jefferson High School.
OPINION
By TOM FIREY | December 21, 2011
Americans lost one of their few true friends in Washington this fall when economist William Niskanen shuffled off this mortal coil at age 78. You probably don't recognize his name, and that's unfortunate; he worked hard to get Washington to work for you.   Niskanen stood an imposing 6-foot-4, with the head and ears of an even larger man. His imposing size and gravelly voice compelled attention, though he often delivered messages that people (Republicans...
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | September 10, 2013
Dollie Wendel didn't know how many children in the community might be feeling the pangs of hunger until she began volunteering with the Berkeley County BackPack Program. “I didn't realize it was this bad until I came here to help,” Wendel said Tuesday morning at Hedgesville Church. Wendel is among a group of volunteers who come together each week to sort and package bags of groceries for hundreds of school-age children in need in Berkeley County. The nonperishable food bagged Tuesday was for 417 students from Berkeley County Schools to eat this coming weekend, said Jennifer Yeater, president of the county BackPack Program.
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SPORTS
By JACK HILL II | Staff Correspondent | September 10, 2013
The Clear Spring Blazers dominated the Berkeley Springs Indians from start to finish as they scored a quick 25-5, 25-10, 25-8 sweep on Tuesday night in a high school volleyball match. “I think our girls were working well together,” Clear Spring coach Sabrina LeHew said. “We were trying some new things. We were serving aggressively, which actually resulted in 10 errors. But it is hard to be mad at that, because we had 28 aces. I was happy that my girls came out with a lot of intensity and we never had a lull in the action.
EDUCATION
September 8, 2013
Eleanor Jones, president of the Berkeley Medical Center Auxiliary, recently announced the names of eight recipients of the 2013 Landis Health Professions Scholarship. Each of the students was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the college he or she is attending this fall.  Two of the recipients are recent graduates,  while six are reapplicants from previous years.  The two new recipients are Searra Carter and Gage Hurlburt of Martinsburg High School. Recipients from previous years receiving scholarships again this year include Holly Brown, Jessica Burkhart, Kristen Kirkpatrick, Emily Kline, Molly Quinn and Sean Woodruff.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2013
More than 70 people crowded into the Hedgesville fire hall Thursday night to air concerns about making churches pay fire service fees, about how homeowners associations can enforce covenants and the need for more police and emergency services in The Woods development. The gathering was a town hall meeting of the Berkeley County Council. Harriet Kopp, a member of the Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church, said she objects to the April 12, 2012, county council vote to amend the county's 27-year-old fire service fee to include churches.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 31, 2013
The Berkeley County Historical Society's museum in Martinsburg is expected to be open daily thanks to a new partnership with the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The CVB's visitors center will move to the museum at 126 E. Race St. no later than Dec. 1, said Laura Gassler, executive director of the CVB. The move comes at the end of a three-year lease for the visitors center's current location at 115 N. Queen St., Gassler said. “For the CVB, it will save a considerable amount of money on rent, which we can then put into other tourism projects,” Gassler said.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
General Motors Access Road, which has been closed since January due to a bridge reconstruction project, was expected to reopen to traffic Friday afternoon, the West Virginia Division of Highways announced. The access road to Cumbo Yard Industrial Park from W.Va. 9 was expected to reopen sometime between  1 p.m. and 5 p.m. , state highways officials said in a news release. Motorists should be alert for changes in the traffic pattern, but no delays are expected, officials said.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
A water-main break off Blairton Road early Friday left about 40 Berkeley County water customers without service for several hours, according to a water district official. The service break in the 8-inch plastic line along Mercedes Drive damaged about 200 feet of the road, said Paul Fisher, executive director of the county Public Service Water District. Water service was turned off about 5:30 a.m., until short-term repair was completed Friday afternoon, Fisher said. Hundreds of feet of water line - from Blairton Road to a second cul-de-sac in the residential development served by Mercedes Drive - will be replaced with ductile iron pipe by water district workers, he said.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
Berkeley County Schools were placed on a modified lockdown Friday as a precaution due to unusual activity reported at a Jefferson County school, according to school and law-enforcement officials. No such action was taken at Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Elementary School, where the activity was reported, or at any other Jefferson County school, Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Susan Wall said. Wall said she was advised that a crossing guard reported two males tried twice to park in a prohibited space at Shepherdstown Elementary at about 11 a.m. The males, who said they wanted to go into the building to see someone, left the campus after being told they had to park in the appropriate area and adhere to normal procedures if they wanted to enter the school, according to Wall.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
Police in Berkeley County are investigating two home invasions reported on Wednesday, one of which resulted in a victim being taken to the hospital for treatment. At Sperry Avenue near Martinsburg, three males entered the residence and used a blunt instrument to strike a man several times in the face and torso about 6:40 p.m., the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Deputies said the victim was taken to Berkeley Medical Center to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
When Berkeley Springs-area businessman Larry Omps and his two sons emerged this week with the winning bid for the historic 65-room Country Inn, Jeanne Mozier said she knew it was going to be a good fit. Mozier - vice president of Travel Berkeley Springs, the local convention and visitors bureau - said the fact that the sons were involved in the purchase tells her that the family has made a commitment for the future of the inn, which has faced financial...
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