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NEWS
April 18, 2013
  The following appropriations for area fairs and festivals were included in the 2013-2014 budget bill that state lawmakers approved this week, according to the enrolled final version of the legislation posted on the Legislature's website:   Berkeley County Apollo Theater-Summer Program, $1,710 Belle Boyd House, $1,710 Berkeley County Youth Fair, $15,818 General Adam Stephen Memorial Foundation, $15,840 ...
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NEWS
April 18, 2013
A Hagerstown man was resentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II. Robert John Summerville III, 31, was resentenced to 10 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, according to the release. Summerville entered a guilty plea on March 22, 2012, to one count of possession of a firearm on Nov. 7, 2010, in Jefferson County after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, according to the release.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 13, 2013
A bill that would provide support for the operation of MARC commuter train service in the Eastern Panhandle passed Saturday by a 98-1 vote in the House of Delegates on the last day of the West Virginia Legislature's 60-day session. The state Senate later concurred with amendments the House made to Senate Bill 103, which now awaits consideration by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, according to an audio webcast streamed live on the Legislature's website. The bill creates a special fund in the state treasury and requires the state to negotiate agreements with Maryland or the Maryland Transit Administration for the continued operation of the service from Washington, D.C., into West Virginia.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 12, 2013
Legislation aimed at eliminating “puppy mills” in West Virginia now awaits the signature of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The House of Delegates, after a floor debate, voted 66-33 to pass Senate Bill 437, according to an audio webcast streamed live on the state Legislature's website. The vote came with only one day remaining in the 60-day regular session of the Legislature. The session ends at midnight Saturday, but area lawmakers are still hoping to push through legislation to support the MARC commuter train service, among other proposals.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2013
Larry Togans, a former eight-year member of the Jefferson County Board of Education, has been chosen to fill out the remainder of the term of former board President Peter Dougherty. The vacancy was created last month when he was appointed to succeed ousted Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley. Shirley faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in a civil-rights case involving the brutal beating of a fugitive bank robber in December 2010. His sentencing is pending in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg, W.Va.  Togans, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday, will serve out Dougherty's term.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2013
All six Eastern Panhandle Republican members of the West Virginia House of Delegates voted against a bill that requires central office administrators to substitute for absent teachers three days a year. Senate Bill 80 was sent Tuesday to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin as a move to reduce substitute teacher costs, which can amount to $125 per day per substitute. Seventy-eight Democrats in the House of Delegates voted for the bill, while 20 Republicans opposed the measure. Area Republicans opposed the bill because the authority to enforce it rested with the state, not local school boards.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 9, 2013
A bill that would free up $100 million for public sewer treatment plant upgrades to meet Chesapeake Bay cleanup requirements in eastern West Virginia was advanced Tuesday by state lawmakers. Senate Bill 596 was reported to the House floor Tuesday evening after clearing the House Finance Committee earlier in the day, according to an audio webcast streamed live on the state Legislature's website. The committee passed Senate Bill 596 with a title amendment, which Jefferson County state Sen. Herb Snyder, the bill's lead sponsor, said was technical in nature and “thankfully not significant.” Twelve plants in seven of the eight Eastern Panhandle counties that feed into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will have access to the $100 million beginning in January, if the bill passes, Snyder has said.
NEWS
April 6, 2013
A motorcyclist was killed Saturday in a collision with another vehicle at the intersection of East Washington Street and Hollywood Drive, according to the Charles Town Police Department. The name of the motorcycle operator had not been released as of Saturday night and the accident still was under investigation, Sgt. James Knott said. The operator was pronounced dead at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., Knott said. The accident occurred at 4:38 p.m., a Jefferson County 911 dispatcher said.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 4, 2013
No Quakers were present Thursday to support their earlier request that the Jefferson County Commission adopt a resolution calling for “all reasonable restrictions on sales of firearms.” The gun-rights side, however, was well-represented, with about 20 men and a handful of women who spoke on behalf of their “constitutional rights.” The commissioners, following their own debate after closing off public comments, voted 3-2 to drop the...
OBITUARIES
March 20, 2013
Eleanor Burr Miller, 93, of 16505 Virginia Ave., Williamsport, Md., and formerly of Venice, Fla., passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, at Homewood at Williamsport. Born Friday, Sept. 19, 1919, in Charles Town, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles Milton Burr Sr. and the late Ethel (Rogers) Burr. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence E. "Woodie" Miller, in 1983. She was of the Methodist faith, and a former deputy county clerk of the county court of Jefferson County, W.Va.
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