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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 2, 2012
The assessed value of Berkeley County real estate appears to have declined by 6 percent from 2011 and the size of a cushion that has helped offset previous declines - new construction - has plummeted, according to unofficial figures released by Assessor Gearl G. Raynes. As of Tuesday, the net assessed value of real estate in Berkeley County slipped from $4.1 billion to $3.9 billion for the 2012 tax year, according to Raynes' office.  And Berkeley County saw a 48 percent drop (about $25.2 million)
NEWS
May 11, 2011
A male died in a pick-up truck crash Tuesday evening on Fish Hatchery Road in Berkeley County, according to emergency officials. The 6:13 p.m. accident occurred when the truck flipped, according to a Berkeley County 911 dispatcher. Further details were not available Wednesday morning. Fish Hatchery Road is off U.S. 11 in Darkesville.
NEWS
October 29, 2011
Due to the inclement weather, the Berkeley County, W.Va., recycling program will not operate today. For more information, call the recycling hotline at 304-671-2925  .
NEWS
February 25, 2011
A train engine caught fire early Friday at the Cherry Run railroad crossing in Hedgesville, W.Va., a Morgan County Emergency Services dispatcher said. The incident happened at about 1:45 a.m., the dispatcher said. No one was injured.
NEWS
June 22, 2011
The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau has been awarded $131,126 through the Matching Advertising Partnership Program from the West Virginia Tourism Commission. The funding will be used to implement the MBCCVB’s annual marketing campaign that showcases the Eastern Panhandle, specifically Martinsburg and Berkeley County, as a tourist destination. “We built our 2011-12 marketing campaign around the fact that there’s so much to do here,” said Andrea Ball, executive director of the MBCCVB.
NEWS
July 30, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Friday was the first of four days for Berkeley County residents to get rid of unwanted used tires as part of the 2010 tire collection event, the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority announced in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The tire collection events at the South Berkeley Recycling Center at 637 Pilgrim St. in Inwood, also will be held Saturday and then again on Aug. 20 and 21, all from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a news release from the Solid Waste Authority.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 23, 2011
A former Berkeley County, W.Va., woman was killed Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash in Glen Burnie, Md., that remains under investigation, the Anne Arundel County Police Department said. Wilda L. Scott, 67, formerly of Bunker Hill, W.Va., was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened about 11 a.m. on Crain Highway in the vicinity of Md. 100. The driver of the second vehicle, 52-year-old Young Jea Kim of Glen Burnie, was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment, police said.
NEWS
February 8, 2013
Del. John Overington has scheduled two town meetings to gather input from residents. The first will be Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bedington Ruritan Building, south of Bedington Crossroads on the west side of U.S. 11. The second town meeting will be Feb. 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Marlowe Ruritan Building. To reach the Ruritan building, take U.S. 11 to Marlowe Elementary School and turn onto Broad Lane. The Ruritan building is on the right. “This will be my 29th year of holding these meetings at the start of the 60-day legislative session which begins Feb. 13 at noon and concludes on April 13,” Overington, R-Berkeley, said in a news release.
EDUCATION
July 22, 2013
The following Berkeley County students received degrees during Shepherd University's 140th Commencement on May 4: Students receiving master's degrees: Falling Waters, W.Va. - Jennifer Sue Jones, Cherry Lynn Linton, Thomas James Roccograndi Hedgesville, W.Va. - Lillian Viola Bayer, Jennifer Lynn Kesecker, Wendy Michelle Lee, Jada Whitacre Nichols Inwood, W.Va. - Randall Lewis Friend Jr., Sean Michael Milito Martinsburg, W.Va. - Gerald Herbert McAllister III, Elizabeth Mae Apolinar, Davita Carolyn Melander, Ashley Ann Pill, Karen Mirr Rice, Sarah LaRue Smith, Trina Denise Elliott, Ian Benn Gingold, Anna Louise Hawes, Lindsey Marie Larson, Bradley Keith Sponaugle, Michelle Nicole Files, Ashley Anne Fredlock, Courtney Lynn Carroll, Jodi Nicole Dyson, Radonna Jean Mullenax Students receiving degrees: Bunker Hill, W.Va.
NEWS
April 22, 2012
The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority (BCSWA) will provide a paint-collection event at the Grapevine Road Recycling Center on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no cost to participate. The event will be held rain or shine. The following items are acceptable: Latex paint, oil-based paint, stains and polyurethanes of any age, manufacture, condition or quantity are acceptable. The paint can be accepted in aerosol cans, metal or plastic paint cans. The following are not acceptable: Paintbrushes, drywall compound, automotive products, pesticides, bug sprays, cleaning products and similar household hazardous wastes.
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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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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 MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
Parents of students in Berkeley County Schools can check on their children's grades in real time with their smartphone by using Engrade, a new web-based program the school district is offering this year. The program, which also provides teachers with a gradebook, attendance, seating chart, discipline information in one user-friendly “interface,” is being used by many West Virginia counties, according to Assistant Superintendent Margaret Kursey, who is in charge of curriculum and instruction.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
A newly launched geocaching trail in Berkeley County has attracted people from as far away as North Carolina and New Jersey. About 100 people have successfully completed The Villages of Berkeley County, an Internet-based treasure hunt, since it was launched Saturday afternoon by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Executive Director Laura Gassler said Wednesday. “The trail is definitely doing what we hoped it would do to bring people in,” Gassler said.
NEWS
August 23, 2013
The Berkeley County Council this week informally endorsed an effort to extend the Eastern Panhandle Recreational Trail west through parkland that the county owns. Councilman Jim Barnhart was appointed Thursday by council President Anthony J. “Tony” Petrucci to explore the viability of creating a pathway through Charlotte Prather Park. The park, next to P.O. Faulkner Park in Martinsburg, is home to the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Girl's Softball League. The homefield for American Legion and Martinsburg High School baseball teams are also part of the athletic complex.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
Berkeley County Council awarded a long-delayed flooring work contract for the county's new public safety building to a Winchester, Va.-based company. The Floor Shop, one of two bidders for the flooring work at 510 S. Raleigh St., bid $127,000 for the materials and installation. The other company, Lasco Contracting Co. LLC of Sandston, Va., bid $391,200, according to bid results. County Operations Officer Alan J. Davis said the county met with the low bidder to review the building again to be assured the bid was accurate, given the wide disparity between the proposals.
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