September 7, 2013
West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox will be joined by Martinsburg Mayor George Karos, officials from the Federal Highway Administration and other state and local leaders Wednesday as they cut the ribbon to mark the opening and completion of the 1.2-mile Raleigh Street Extension in Martinsburg. Beginning at 3 p.m., the event will take place on the new highway, just off W.Va. 9 (Edwin Miller Boulevard). The public is invited to attend. Division of Highways personnel will be on hand to assist with directions and parking.
July 22, 2013
Police seized more than 9 grams of cocaine in a traffic stop in Martinsburg Saturday and charged a man and a woman riding in the vehicle with drug-related offenses, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Anna Jo Hughes, 35, of 262 Lariat Drive, Kearneysville, W.Va., and Steven Lewis Twigg, 26, of no fixed address, were each arraigned Sunday on single counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy. Martinsburg Police Department Patrol Officer S.A. Shelton said in a complaint filed in magistrate court that he made the arrests Saturday after a short vehicle pursuit from the intersection of Race and Queen Street to Stephen Street.
June 14, 2013
A microbrewery was among the most popular redevelopment ideas pitched Friday for the Matthews Foundry, a dilapidated 19th century stone building located in Martinsburg's historic industrial core. Built before the Civil War, the building at 420 N. Queen St. was one of five projects in Main Street communities across the state that the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative chose earlier this year to receive technical assistance that could help spur revitalization. “We're really excited about this project,” Carrie Staton, the collaborative's coordinator, told community stakeholders invited to a kickoff for the Benedum Foundation grant-funded project.
May 12, 2013
Dorothy Kerns Widmeyer died Saturday, May 11, 2013. The viewing will be Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg, W.Va. A service of remembrance will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church on Queen Street in Martinsburg. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery immediately following the remembrance.
April 16, 2013
A chocolate cupcake contest takes place Saturday, April 27, as part of Main Street Martinsburg. Bakers must enter two dozen cupcakes. All cupcakes will be entering the Chocolate Walk for the public to taste, as well. Cupcakes must be in standard cupcake liners. All cupcakes must contain chocolate with anything else you want to add. Participants may submit two entries and there are no age restrictions. Bring a small index card stating the type of your cupcake. Please put your name on the card.
November 28, 2012
In his more than 50 years of real estate ventures, Benson Fogle says his purchase of the Shenandoah Hotel building in downtown Martinsburg stands alone - and not in a good way. “I've never had a property I wasn't able to find tenants for until I ran into the Shenandoah,” Fogle said in a recent interview. Built in the 1920s by community investors, the hotel, its restaurant and ballroom once was a civic and social center for Martinsburg. Former U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy visited and actors Debbie Reynolds and Robert Mitchum once stayed at the five-story landmark on the corner of Martin and Queen streets.
October 18, 2012
The 33rd Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival parade on Saturday is expected to effectively detour traffic in downtown Martinsburg for more than three hours, according to organizers and police. Vehicle traffic will be prohibited from traveling on the parade route and the course for Apple Trample 5K race beginning about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. The parade, which starts in the 1300 block of West King Street, is slated to start at 1 p.m. With 196 parade units registered, Apple Harvest Festival board member Kevin McBee said this week he expects the procession could last three to four hours from start to finish.
September 14, 2012
State highway officials have agreed to study two intersections in Martinsburg's north end in response to the city's request to address traffic concerns there. State Transportation Secretary Paul A. Mattox Jr. told Mayor George Karos in a memo Aug. 7 that a study of traffic volumes, crash history and physical conditions at Moler Avenue's intersection with North High and North Queen streets should be completed within 90 days. “Once it is completed, I will advise you of the findings of the study and any actions planned by the Division of Highways,” Mattox said in the memo.
January 19, 2012
The West Virginia Division of Highways announced Thursday that Rosedale Cemetery Road (Berkeley County Route 45/6) will be closed on Monday. The closure is approximately one-tenth mile south of the intersection with Jenny Wren Drive and will be in place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in order to replace a culvert, according to a news release from the division of highways. Motorists are advised to use Burke Street, Queen Street and Moler Avenue.
August 27, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man was killed Thursday afternoon when the commercial box truck he was driving south on Interstate 81 collided with a 2010 Ford Edge midway between the Queen Street and Dry Run Road exits, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department. David Hull, age unavailable, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a police press release. After hitting the Ford, Hull's truck veered off the interstate and struck several trees, the release stated.