September 8, 2013
Eleanor Jones, president of the Berkeley Medical Center Auxiliary, recently announced the names of eight recipients of the 2013 Landis Health Professions Scholarship. Each of the students was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the college he or she is attending this fall. Two of the recipients are recent graduates, while six are reapplicants from previous years. The two new recipients are Searra Carter and Gage Hurlburt of Martinsburg High School. Recipients from previous years receiving scholarships again this year include Holly Brown, Jessica Burkhart, Kristen Kirkpatrick, Emily Kline, Molly Quinn and Sean Woodruff.
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.
August 21, 2013
Joseph Franklin Gambino III, Ph.D., 82, of Martinsburg, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at his residence, while under the care of a hospice and his family. Born Oct. 30, 1930, in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Joseph F. Gambino Jr. and Ruth Adalene Burkhart Gambino. He was a well-known educator in Berkeley County, W.Va. and Washington County, Md., and a member of the National Education Association and National Rifle Association. Gambino attended Burke Street School, was a graduate of Martinsburg High School, Class of 1948; a graduate of Shepherd College, Class of 1952; and he also did postgraduate work at West Virginia University and Shippensburg University.
June 8, 2013
Thumbs up to Hagerstown Community College student Jeremiah Sater of Waynesboro, Pa., whose first short story, “Planet 239,” recently was published in the online literary magazine The WiFiles. Sater began writing short stories at the age of 8 and hopes to publish a collection of short stories and a novel within the next 10 years. Thumbs up to the participants in the Operation God Bless America benefit motorcycle ride, which traveled 45 miles from Greencastle, Pa., to Martinsburg, W.Va., to raise money for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
May 27, 2013
Mrs. Catherine Elizabeth Brown Bachtell, 94, of Hagerstown, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Ravenwood Lutheran Village, Hagerstown. She was the wife of the late James Ira Bachtell, her husband of 66 years, who died Nov. 22, 2008. Born June 15, 1918, in Martinsburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Amos Franklin Sr. and Estella Bernice Dunham Brown. She was a graduate of Martinsburg High School. Mrs. Bachtell was a member of Mount Vernon United Church of Christ, Keedysville; and was past Matron of the former Olive Branch No. 34, Order of the Eastern Star, Keedysville, now Hagerstown Chapter No. 89. Surviving is her son, James B. Bachtell and wife, Joan, of Hagerstown; as well as stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
May 21, 2013
Martinsburg High School graduates, their families and faculty were forced to evacuate the Butcher Center at Shepherd University Tuesday night when the second of two fire alarms went off moments before the commencement ceremony was to begin. Campus police investigated the incident, along with members of the Shepherdstown Fire Department. An unofficial report circulating among faculty members indicated that one or more pranksters were involved. “All we know is that two alarms were activated on the lower floor,” said fire department Lt. Zachary Morgan.
May 21, 2013
Gerald Eugene Ingram Sr. passed to his heavenly home May 17, 2013, at the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Gerald, also known as Roney, was born in Dargan, Md., on July 25, 1923, to the late Dola Ingram. He lived in Martinsburg for most of his life and was raised by his grandmother, Laura Ingram. He graduated from Martinsburg High School, Class of 1941. Gerald was a veteran of World War II with the 179th infantry regiment, Thunderbird Division, serving in the Mediterranean Theater of Operation in Africa and Italy.
May 7, 2013
Mayor supports renewal of police excess levy To the editor: The City of Martinsburg special election is Saturday, May 11. On behalf of the City of Martinsburg, I would encourage all registered voters in the city to vote “for” the renewal of the Police Excess Levy. The current levy expires June 30, 2014. City residents have shown their support for the police excess levy for 23 years. The police excess levy was originally approved in 1990. As stated, the police excess levy is a “renewal” and would be for five fiscal years, beginning July 1, 2014.
May 3, 2013
Lillian Virginia Evans, 89, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at Homewood of Williamsport in Williamsport, Md. Born Aug. 14, 1923, in Martinsburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of Arlie B. Hutzler and Lillian Nesmith Hutzler. She was a 1942 graduate of Martinsburg High School. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where she served on the altar guild. She was a member of the Gateway Garden Club and the Junior Civic League. Ginny was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.
April 25, 2013
Strike Out Cancer Night rescheduled again MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Martinsburg High School baseball team will host the seventh annual Strike Out Cancer Night on Monday at P.O. Faulkner Park in Martinsburg. Opening ceremonies will begin at 6:45 p.m. followed by the Bulldog varsity baseball team taking on the opposing Washington High School Patriots at 7 p.m. There will be cancer donation and information booths throughout the ballpark as well as a memorial and survivor wall.