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August 2, 2010
As much as I hated to disappoint Chelsea, I had more pressing matters to attend to this weekend because it seems that once again the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area needs to be saved from itself. I didn't know this before, but apparently the District of Columbia, et. al., has been feeling inadequate over the decades because it doesn't have a proper nickname. (Yes, me too -- I thought everyone referred to it as "The Swamp," but I guess not.) See, New York is the Big Apple, Chicago is the Windy City and even Cleveland is the Mistake by the Lake.
NEWS
April 23, 1998
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles recently mailed about 65,000 biennial disabled parking placards and 7,000 annual motor vehicle/physically disabled license plate recertification applications. The applications must be recertified by a physician. Failure to submit a recertification application will result in delay of the reissuance. Applications are available at the DMV central and regional offices. Motor vehicles/physically disabled license plates expire July 1 and placards expire on June 30.
NEWS
March 18, 2008
MARTINSBURG, Pa. - A deer smashed through a plate glass window at the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles office on Edwin Miller Boulevard on Monday afternoon, but escaped serious injury, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. The deer jumped through the window at about 5 p.m., Deputy Rich Palmer said. "He broke in, got scared and ran around," causing some damage to the inside of the building, Palmer said. The deputy and an officer from Animal Control were able to get the frightened animal outside.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | October 20, 2005
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. martinsburg@herald-mail.com Police charged a Martinsburg woman Wednesday with making fake insurance cards and selling them to Hispanic residents, according to court records. Barbara Lynn Gonzalez, 46, of 1201/2 Five Point Ave., was charged with two felony counts of false affidavits in connection with the case, which police have been investigating for months. West Virginia State Police Trooper Nathan Harmon launched an investigation May 22 after a confidential informant provided detailed information about the alleged activities.
NEWS
October 30, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A school bus struck a house in Tuscawilla Hills and a girl going to take her driver's test nearly struck the state Division of Motor Vehicles office in Bardane in separate accidents Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson County, police said. School bus driver Tabetha Dawson, 42, of Charles Town was turning from Tuscawilla Drive onto Lindsay Drive in the Tuscawilla Hills subdivision at 2:28 p.m. when her foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas, said Deputy S.E. Demory of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.
NEWS
By BRYN MICKLE | July 14, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A new computerized child identification system in West Virginia will help police get a quicker jump on missing child cases, West Virginia State Police Sgt. Rob Blair said. "It allows us to get the information out to police across the country at the touch of a button," Blair said. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles last week began its SAFEKIDS PIX program that creates a computer database of identification cards for children. The program allows parents of children ages 2 through 15 to register vital personal information that may help police if the child is ever lost or kidnapped.
NEWS
May 22, 2004
State wants to close drivers' exam centers KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) - The state Division of Motor Vehicles will close seven drivers' license testing centers June 1 as part of its plan to eventually close 34 centers statewide. Centers in Kingwood, Follansbee, Keyser, Danville, Hamlin, Paden City and Wayne will close, agency spokeswoman Mary Jane Lopez said Friday. If authorized, the other 27 would close as leases end, with most closing before the new fiscal year begins July 1, DMV Commissioner F. Douglas Stump said Thursday.
NEWS
March 1, 1998
Community briefs New traffic signals turned on today New traffic signals in the area of Burhans Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue will be turned on today and Tuesday, said Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue. The signals are at: Pennsylvania Avenue and Burhans Boulevard. Pennsylvania Avenue and Park Lane. Burhans Boulevard and Park Lane. The new signals are computerized and will improve traffic flow, Tissue said. It will take a week or two to fine-tune the signals, he said.
NEWS
January 20, 1998
Citations issued over vehicle registration By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Vehicle owners in the city who are suspected of not registering their cars and trucks in West Virginia have been finding warning citations on their vehicles over the past two weeks. "We've probably issued about 60 to 70 warning citations," Cpl. C.R. Ellis Jr. said Monday. The citations are accompanied by information sheets telling the owners what they have to do to comply with state law. "We've got a lot of people who live here and work out of the state," said Ellis, who added that unregistered vehicles are a significant problem in the city.
NEWS
January 28, 1998
Mail Call Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line. Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call weekdays at 301-791-6236. Readers are welcome to leave their recorded message on any topic they choose, but some calls are screened out. Here are some of the calls we have received lately: "To the person who called in the number for the DMV and them selling our private information for a mere $2, I thank you. I'm sure there are lots of people who used this number thanks to you and your consideration of calling in this information to the wonderful column Mail Call.
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NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 9, 2012
A handful of people seemed perplexed Monday morning as they peered into the empty windows of what was the familiar office of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles at 1438 Edwin Miller Blvd. They were nine days too late. The office closed for business June 30. As of noon Monday, it was replaced by a shiny, new 9,000-square-foot regional office about three miles west of Interstate 81 at 38 Severna Parkway off W.Va. 9. The new office was built in an attempt to adhere to DMV's mantra of locating offices “within 25 miles of any West Virginia resident ... as the crow flies,” DMV Commissioner Joe E. Miller said at Monday's dedication ceremony.
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2012
The Martinsburg regional office for the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles will be closed next week so the agency can move into a new building, DMV spokeswoman Natalie Harvey said Tuesday. Set to open at noon on July 9, the DMV's new, 9,000-square-foot facility is west of Interstate 81 off W.Va. 9 at 38 Severna Parkway,  Harvey said. The regional DMV office in Jefferson County, which is about nine miles east of Martinsburg off W.Va. 9, will be available to area residents who need service next week while the relocation is under way, she said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 15, 2011
 West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Joe E. Miller said Wednesday the agency's Martinsburg regional office is expected to move into a new building west of Interstate 81 next year. The DMV's new 9,000-square-foot facility is expected to open sometime between July and September of 2012, depending on weather conditions, according to Miller. “We'll be breaking ground before too long,” Miller said. Miller said the DMV office will be built on the south side of W.Va.
OPINION
August 2, 2010
As much as I hated to disappoint Chelsea, I had more pressing matters to attend to this weekend because it seems that once again the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area needs to be saved from itself. I didn't know this before, but apparently the District of Columbia, et. al., has been feeling inadequate over the decades because it doesn't have a proper nickname. (Yes, me too -- I thought everyone referred to it as "The Swamp," but I guess not.) See, New York is the Big Apple, Chicago is the Windy City and even Cleveland is the Mistake by the Lake.
NEWS
June 5, 2009
Fundraisers net money for Pa. nonprofit group To the editor: The Arc (Advocacy & resources for citizens with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities) of Franklin & Fulton Counties raised more than $6,000 at two recent fundraisers. The Arc's annual golf tournament at Whitetail Resort raised $3,900. The fundraiser was a success thanks to the support of The Arc board of directors; Rich Hogan, the golf pro at Whitetail; the staff at Whitetail, the golfers; and the hole sponsors.
NEWS
October 30, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A school bus struck a house in Tuscawilla Hills and a girl going to take her driver's test nearly struck the state Division of Motor Vehicles office in Bardane in separate accidents Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson County, police said. School bus driver Tabetha Dawson, 42, of Charles Town was turning from Tuscawilla Drive onto Lindsay Drive in the Tuscawilla Hills subdivision at 2:28 p.m. when her foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas, said Deputy S.E. Demory of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.
NEWS
October 1, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles regional office in Martinsburg will not be issuing or renewing driver's licenses on Saturday, Oct. 11 because of annual upgrades to the Social Security Administration verification system, the agency announced Monday. All other business will be conducted and the office will remain open until noon on that day, according to a news release.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 15, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Residents in need of vehicle registrations and license plates were turned away from the Martinsburg and Kearneysville offices of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles Thursday morning when a communication circuit problem surfaced, officials said. "Hopefully, we won't have any issues with it (today)," DMV manager Eleanor Zoe Bender said. Bender said the problem involving a main line used by state offices was being fixed by the agency's service provider, but could not immediately verify exactly what caused the system failure.
NEWS
March 18, 2008
MARTINSBURG, Pa. - A deer smashed through a plate glass window at the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles office on Edwin Miller Boulevard on Monday afternoon, but escaped serious injury, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. The deer jumped through the window at about 5 p.m., Deputy Rich Palmer said. "He broke in, got scared and ran around," causing some damage to the inside of the building, Palmer said. The deputy and an officer from Animal Control were able to get the frightened animal outside.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | March 27, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Summit Point, W.Va., man was charged with terroristic threats Friday after police were told that a man had been at the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Jefferson County that day and threatened to burn down the building, according to court records. Trammel Eugene Alexander Jr., 36, of 4356 Summit Point Road, also was charged with willful disruption of government process, Jefferson County Magistrate Court records said. West Virginia State Police Trooper J.C. Moon said he was called to the Division of Motor Vehicles office about noon for a man making threats against the establishment.
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