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April 13, 2010
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Most outdoor burning is banned in West Virginia due to a dramatic increase in the number of wildfires and a forestry official said Monday that conditions will likely get worse. The West Virginia Division of Forestry says the number of acres burned by wildfires has jumped since April 1 from 773 to almost 9,100. The number of fires has risen from 108 to 301. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 70s Tuesday through Thursday with little or no rain in the forecast until Friday.
NEWS
July 30, 2000
Abuses seen in W.Va. budget process By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A state lawmaker is criticizing Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson, and Doyle's support of a new community college in Hardy County, saying the proposed school is too close to Shepherd College's Petersburg, W.Va., branch and could hurt Shepherd. continued The criticism is the latest controversy in this year's state budget process, which has come under scrutiny ever since Del. Arley Johnson, D-Cabell, and five other organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the process.
NEWS
June 21, 2000
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The unemployment rate for West Virginia inched ahead two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.4 percent in May 2000, according to figures released by the state Wednesday. Berkeley County's jobless rate rose to 3.0 percent, up from 2.6 percent in April, but still below the 3.6 percent of May 1999. Jefferson County's May jobless rate was unchanged from April at 2.5 percent. The county's unemployment rate for May 1999 was 2.8 percent. In Morgan County, the rate was higher at 3.0 percent, compared to 2.7 percent for April and 1.7 percent for May 1999.
OPINION
February 9, 2013
Thumbs up to the hundreds of Washington County students in the all-county bands, orchestras and ensembles who performed in the past few weeks. These young musicians spend countless hours honing their skills, and their commitment is evident by the quality of the performances. A tip of the hat, too, to the teachers and guest conductors for giving their time and energy to the endeavors. Thumbs up to Washington County government, which will provide temporary medical support service to the Fairplay area and pay surrounding fire companies for response until a permanent solution to serving the area is found.
NEWS
May 10, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Ray W. Lamp Jr., Martinsburg's fire chief from 1974 to 1981, died Friday while on a hunting trip in Hardy County, officials said. Lamp, 66, who was born and raised in Berkeley County, was well-known in the community, and his death took friends by surprise. "He was a tough old gentleman. We really didn't know he was complaining of anything," said Capt. Brad Waldeck of the Martinsburg Fire Department. Lamp joined the department in 1956 and became chief in 1974, said Waldeck.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 23, 2013
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed circuit judge Donald H. Cookman of Hampshire County to replace former West Virginia State Sen. Walt Helmick, who resigned to become the state's next commissioner of agriculture. “Throughout his years on the bench, Judge Cookman has dedicated himself to the people of the 22nd Judicial Circuit and I'm confident as a State Senator he will continue to serve West Virginians well,” Tomblin said in a news release. Helmick resigned from his 15th Senate District seat last week, but his four-year Senate term does not expire until 2014.
NEWS
September 27, 2010
Two men charged in home invasion-style robbery MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --Two men were in Eastern Regional Jail Monday night on charges they robbed a man and his girlfriend in a home invasion-style burglary on Sept. 13, according to jail and court records. Michael Douglas Stotler, 20, of 812 E. Moler Ave., and Michael Scott Peck, 46, of 482 E. Burke St., were arraigned last weekend on counts of first-degree robbery, nighttime burglary and conspiracy, according to court records.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 18, 2013
A circuit judge and two former state senators were nominated Friday by Democratic Party leaders as candidates to replace former West Virginia State Sen. Walt Helmick, who resigned Monday to be sworn in as the state's next Commissioner of Agriculture. Nominated by the 15th District Senate Democratic Executive Committee were 22nd Judicial Circuit Judge Donald H. Cookman of Hampshire County and former State Sens. Thomas J. Hawse III of Hardy County and Mike Ross of Upshur County.  The committee met Friday in Romney, W.Va.
SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | May 26, 2012
After taking the lead for good in Saturday's race, Williamsport senior Evan Hardy still had one guy left to beat - Jeff Scuffins. And he got past him too. Hardy convincingly won the Class 2A boys 1,600-meter run at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University in 4:17.82 to break Scuffins' long-standing Washington County record in the event. The former North Hagerstown star's mark of 4:18.94 had stood since 1980. “I wanted to beat 4:18 and I just went for it,” said Hardy, who took the lead for good at the end of the first lap and won by 4.68 seconds.
NEWS
August 25, 2011
A 28-year-old woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Martinsburg to one count of possession with intent to deliver 783.7 grams of cocaine in Moorefield, W.Va., the U.S. Attorney's Office's said. Danielle Kristina Corbin of Martinsburg faces a sentence of between five and 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine in U.S. District Court, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II's office. The incident happened in the Hardy County town on Nov. 27, 2010, the release said.
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OPINION
February 9, 2013
Thumbs up to the hundreds of Washington County students in the all-county bands, orchestras and ensembles who performed in the past few weeks. These young musicians spend countless hours honing their skills, and their commitment is evident by the quality of the performances. A tip of the hat, too, to the teachers and guest conductors for giving their time and energy to the endeavors. Thumbs up to Washington County government, which will provide temporary medical support service to the Fairplay area and pay surrounding fire companies for response until a permanent solution to serving the area is found.
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 23, 2013
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed circuit judge Donald H. Cookman of Hampshire County to replace former West Virginia State Sen. Walt Helmick, who resigned to become the state's next commissioner of agriculture. “Throughout his years on the bench, Judge Cookman has dedicated himself to the people of the 22nd Judicial Circuit and I'm confident as a State Senator he will continue to serve West Virginians well,” Tomblin said in a news release. Helmick resigned from his 15th Senate District seat last week, but his four-year Senate term does not expire until 2014.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 18, 2013
A circuit judge and two former state senators were nominated Friday by Democratic Party leaders as candidates to replace former West Virginia State Sen. Walt Helmick, who resigned Monday to be sworn in as the state's next Commissioner of Agriculture. Nominated by the 15th District Senate Democratic Executive Committee were 22nd Judicial Circuit Judge Donald H. Cookman of Hampshire County and former State Sens. Thomas J. Hawse III of Hardy County and Mike Ross of Upshur County.  The committee met Friday in Romney, W.Va.
SPORTS
By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com | May 26, 2012
After taking the lead for good in Saturday's race, Williamsport senior Evan Hardy still had one guy left to beat - Jeff Scuffins. And he got past him too. Hardy convincingly won the Class 2A boys 1,600-meter run at the Maryland State Track & Field Championships at Morgan State University in 4:17.82 to break Scuffins' long-standing Washington County record in the event. The former North Hagerstown star's mark of 4:18.94 had stood since 1980. “I wanted to beat 4:18 and I just went for it,” said Hardy, who took the lead for good at the end of the first lap and won by 4.68 seconds.
NEWS
September 27, 2010
Two men charged in home invasion-style robbery MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --Two men were in Eastern Regional Jail Monday night on charges they robbed a man and his girlfriend in a home invasion-style burglary on Sept. 13, according to jail and court records. Michael Douglas Stotler, 20, of 812 E. Moler Ave., and Michael Scott Peck, 46, of 482 E. Burke St., were arraigned last weekend on counts of first-degree robbery, nighttime burglary and conspiracy, according to court records.
NEWS
April 13, 2010
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Most outdoor burning is banned in West Virginia due to a dramatic increase in the number of wildfires and a forestry official said Monday that conditions will likely get worse. The West Virginia Division of Forestry says the number of acres burned by wildfires has jumped since April 1 from 773 to almost 9,100. The number of fires has risen from 108 to 301. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 70s Tuesday through Thursday with little or no rain in the forecast until Friday.
NEWS
July 30, 2000
Abuses seen in W.Va. budget process By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A state lawmaker is criticizing Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson, and Doyle's support of a new community college in Hardy County, saying the proposed school is too close to Shepherd College's Petersburg, W.Va., branch and could hurt Shepherd. continued The criticism is the latest controversy in this year's state budget process, which has come under scrutiny ever since Del. Arley Johnson, D-Cabell, and five other organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the process.
NEWS
June 21, 2000
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The unemployment rate for West Virginia inched ahead two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.4 percent in May 2000, according to figures released by the state Wednesday. Berkeley County's jobless rate rose to 3.0 percent, up from 2.6 percent in April, but still below the 3.6 percent of May 1999. Jefferson County's May jobless rate was unchanged from April at 2.5 percent. The county's unemployment rate for May 1999 was 2.8 percent. In Morgan County, the rate was higher at 3.0 percent, compared to 2.7 percent for April and 1.7 percent for May 1999.
NEWS
May 10, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Ray W. Lamp Jr., Martinsburg's fire chief from 1974 to 1981, died Friday while on a hunting trip in Hardy County, officials said. Lamp, 66, who was born and raised in Berkeley County, was well-known in the community, and his death took friends by surprise. "He was a tough old gentleman. We really didn't know he was complaining of anything," said Capt. Brad Waldeck of the Martinsburg Fire Department. Lamp joined the department in 1956 and became chief in 1974, said Waldeck.
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