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April 19, 1997
By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Each year tons of debris, litter, junk, old tires, and even old appliances show up along the 130 miles of gravel road that crisscross the 86,000-acre Michaux State Forest that touches Franklin, Adams and Cumberland counties in Pennsylvania. The task of guarding the forest against illegal dumpers is left to the single ranger who patrols its roads, said Kenneth D. Swartz, chief ranger. "If we can catch them we prosecute, but it's hard to catch them with just one man on five days a week," Swartz said.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | July 31, 2007
Editor's note - There are a lot of people you see around town that you recognize, but don't know anything about. People like... Karol Kennedy Age - 62. Hometown - La Mesa, Calif. She now lives in Hagers-town. Where would you see Kennedy? - Karol Kennedy has always been an animal lover and still remembers the first kitten that "followed her home" as a child. She said she wanted to be a vet as a child, but that women didn't become vets then. Now, Kennedy shares her passion for animals as a volunteer at the Humane Society of Washington County.
NEWS
BY SARAH MULLIN | April 26, 2002
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Commissioner John Wright said Thursday the county needs to get "bitter on litter. Wright said he hopes a committee created by a county resident to deal with the problem will come up with some "new, creative and innovative ways" to deal with it. Commission President Howard Strauss said the committee spearheaded by Bill Stubblefield, who is a member of the Berkeley County Public Service District, will hold its first meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. at the water district offices, 71 Monroe St. Stubblefield has asked a number of county, state and federal organizations to participate and join the committee.
NEWS
April 8, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia officials Tuesday unveiled a new get-tough campaign to fight mountains of litter in the Mountain State. Coordinators for Adopt-A-Highway, the volunteer trash pickup program in the state, offered volunteers a toll-free number they can call to report people who litter. They also discussed other new littler control efforts during a meeting at the Berkeley County Courthouse in Martinsburg. The toll-free number to reporter littering is 1-800-322-5530.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 5, 2012
A Berkeley County employee who was hired last month through a federally-funded program that has since been cut will be laid off at the close of business on July 20. The Berkeley County Council voted 3-2 not to offer Litter Control Assistant Lewis Shifflett part-time employment, either. The council tabled a vote on whether to continue to employ information technology analyst Donald DeChalus, who, like Shifflett, was employed through the WorkForce West Virginia Employee Subsidy Program.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | May 2, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In two places one can find these things: Soda bottles, diapers, cigarettes, clothes, appliances, garbage bags. In a store, those items would be new. Along the side of the road in Berkeley County, the diapers will be dirty, the cigarettes smoked, the garbage bags filled. Litter is a problem in Berkeley County, but something can be done, Bill Stubblefield told the County Commissioners at their meeting Thursday night.
NEWS
April 9, 2001
W.Va. cracks down on littering By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer The battle against litter in West Virginia will be reinforced by a bill recently signed by Gov. Bob Wise. The bill, pushed by Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, and a group of Eastern Panhandle residents, strengthens penalties against littering. The penalties are based on the amount of litter dumped rather than on the number of times a person is caught dumping litter. The bill provides civil penalties and fines attached to a misdemeanor conviction.
NEWS
By BRYN MICKLE | April 22, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In what is almost a rite of the spring season, the assorted junk and tattered shreds of paper that have been discarded over the winter months are drawing more attention. To help combat the litter problem, Berkeley County is turning to some of its youngest citizens for help. The Project Pride campaign next week will use Berkeley County elementary school classrooms to educate children about recycling and litter. A joint effort between Berkeley County Schools and the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, the five-day project is aimed at getting about 6,000 elementary students to work with their parents on anti-litter activities.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | January 21, 2006
Secretary of state to visit on Monday BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland will visit the Morgan County Courthouse Monday at 11 a.m. to meet with the Morgan County Commission to talk about the new voting process, Commission President Glen Stotler said at Friday's commission meeting. The commissioners will ask Ireland, the state's chief elections official, about the new touch-screen voting and optical scanning machines, and how ballots are to be processed.
NEWS
March 9, 2013
Four men were charged Friday with damaging property and vehicles along Bakersville, Fairplay and Tommytown roads in the Boonsboro area, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Office news release. Dustin Keith Clipp, 18, of 17112 Snyders Landing Road in Sharpsburg; Dylan Matthew Martz, 19, of 6533 Gilardi Road in Boonsboro; Nathan Jered Meyers, 18, of 5528 Sharpsburg Pike in Sharpsburg; and Christopher Allen Feigley, 18, of 119 Robelei Drive in Ranson, W.Va., were charged in the incidents, which occurred Friday morning, deputies said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 15, 2013
The Berkeley County Council voted Thursday to set aside the provisions of the county's “clean/safe” law, but decided in a separate 3-1 vote to continue funding the county's related litter control/code enforcement officer position through the end of June 2014. Councilman Douglas E. Copenhaver Jr., who voted against the litter control officer funding issue, said the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority should be handling litter control enforcement efforts, not the county's planning department.
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NEWS
March 9, 2013
Four men were charged Friday with damaging property and vehicles along Bakersville, Fairplay and Tommytown roads in the Boonsboro area, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Office news release. Dustin Keith Clipp, 18, of 17112 Snyders Landing Road in Sharpsburg; Dylan Matthew Martz, 19, of 6533 Gilardi Road in Boonsboro; Nathan Jered Meyers, 18, of 5528 Sharpsburg Pike in Sharpsburg; and Christopher Allen Feigley, 18, of 119 Robelei Drive in Ranson, W.Va., were charged in the incidents, which occurred Friday morning, deputies said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | March 2, 2013
More than 50 cases of unsightly, if not also unsafe, properties have been presented to Berkeley County's Safe & Clean Agency for mediation since it was formed in 2010. “It's a never-ending cycle,” said Donna Seiler, who, as a litter control officer and code enforcement official for the county, has fielded hundreds of complaints about excessive debris and condemned structures. The latest case to trigger action by Berkeley County Council on Thursday involves a mobile home park near Martinsburg Mall at the west end of Mall Drive.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | December 11, 2012
A man was charged with child neglect after police found him and his 8-year-old son living in a Martinsburg home littered with cat feces and overflowing litter boxes in October, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Joshua Craig Adams, 30, of 928 Lemir Drive, Martinsburg, was arraigned Monday night by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on one felony count of child neglect, according to court documents. Martinsburg Police Patrol Officer William Staub found eight to 10 cats in the home at 409 S. Kentucky Ave. while attempting to find a suspect in a larceny case on Oct. 10, according to court documents.
OPINION
By ART CALLAHAM | October 14, 2012
Before you read further, answer for yourself: Do you believe that recycling is a good endeavor? Now don't put in “economical” or “cost effective.” No price tag. Also, don't “Al Gore” yourself by considering your position on the environment, our children's future, global warming or the continued existence of three-eyed tree frogs (I just can't help a small jab at the guy who invented the Internet). A simple yes or no answer please. If you answered no, then read no further because I expect you are already angry with our local governments within Washington County.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 19, 2012
The Berkeley County Council voted 3-2 Thursday to reverse a previous split decision to lay off a litter control assistant that they hired in June. The reversal came after the county learned last week that the state abandoned an abrupt funding cut planned for an employee subsidy program that was used to hire Lewis Shifflett. Information technology analyst Donald Dechalus, who also was hired through the program in January, also will remain on the county payroll after the county council voted 4-1 to continue to his employment.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 5, 2012
A Berkeley County employee who was hired last month through a federally-funded program that has since been cut will be laid off at the close of business on July 20. The Berkeley County Council voted 3-2 not to offer Litter Control Assistant Lewis Shifflett part-time employment, either. The council tabled a vote on whether to continue to employ information technology analyst Donald DeChalus, who, like Shifflett, was employed through the WorkForce West Virginia Employee Subsidy Program.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | June 2, 2012
Since becoming Berkeley County's litter control officer in February 2010, Donna Seiler has sent out dozens of violation notices, advising property owners to clean up or risk being fined. “It's a stewardship thing - you've got to take care of your community,” Seiler said. Yet, even after sending property owners an estimated 200 or so notices, Seiler said she has yet to cite anyone.   “People generally want to do the right thing,” she said. And Seiler, whose passion for her job is readily apparent, is ready to help them.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2012
An artist charged with littering after he placed a toilet on the pedestal in Martinsburg's town square on April 18 has retained an attorney to apparently fight the citation. David Heatwole, 42, of Martinsburg, faces a maximum fine of $500 for violating the city ordinance titled “Littering and Deposit of Garbage, Rubbish, Junk, Etc,” according to city code. Attorney Stephen Skinner said he requested a hearing regarding the citation in a municipal court appearance Wednesday.
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