October 18, 2012
The Berkeley County Council voted 4-0 Thursday to hire six people part-time to do construction work on the county's public safety building project and also separately awarded a $276,000 contract for the new facility's electrical system. County Councilman Jim Whitacre was absent. Robert Shoup, Ronald Dunmire II, Richard Allen, Calvin Barrett, Michael Young and Ryan Dougherty were hired at hourly rates of $10 and $15 per hour to do work as laborers and framers in the construction of interior walls for the building at 510 S. Raleigh St. Shoup, Allen, Barrett and Young were listed as having 20 or more years of construction experience and owning their own business, according to an Oct. 15 memo that outlines Deputy County Administrator Alan J. Davis' hiring recommendation.
October 11, 2012
An accident that resulted in the drowning death of a Clear Spring man at a Hagerstown cement plant in January is being blamed on the management's failure to follow adequate safety precautions, the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration said. Amy Louviere, Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman, said the conclusion to the investigation in the death of Herman L. Weaver Jr. was issued Wednesday. Officials said the accident occurred Jan. 27 when the skid loader that Weaver was driving plunged into a 5-foot-deep water hole at the Security Quarry off Security Road.
October 7, 2012
Recommending two escape routes from every part of a home and reminding people to have smoke detectors in their homes were among the fire safety tips firefighters were promoting Sunday at the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company's fall open house. “Have 2 Ways Out” is the theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week, which began Sunday. In addition to the normal ways people have to exit a room, determining a backup escape route is recommended, Clear Spring Fire Chief Michael Reid said.
September 24, 2012
The Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway has received a $63,360 federal grant to put smoke detectors and other safety devices in more than 5,000 homes. Firefighter Dave Donohue said he applied for the grant in April from the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The Halfway firefighters found out Wednesday night that they received the money. “It will just give us another tool to meet our mission and protect our neighbors,” Donohue said. “Does it provide more firefighters?
September 21, 2012
Friday night lights. Gridiron glory. With the start of a new school year comes another fall ritual - the return of football. But as teams step onto the field, coaches are chalking more than Xs and Os. Concussions are now part of their play books. There was a time when head traumas were called dingers and playing with injury was a sign of toughness. You got your bell rung, you sat out a play and then went right back into the huddle. But with former National Football League players bringing more public attention to the topic, the affects of concussions are being addressed at all levels of athletics, including youth programs.
August 27, 2012
What Pennsylvania's State Department calls a “safety net” photo identification card is now available to certain registered voters. The card, which is being rolled out Monday and Tuesday at PennDOT centers, was developed in response to complaints many voters cannot qualify for a conventional PennDOT identification card. To apply, voters must first apply for a PennDOT card. If they cannot provide the required birth certificate, officials say they'll be issued a State Department card so long as they're registered to vote, know their Social Security number and can verify their address.
August 16, 2012
A Martinsburg-area contractor was the apparent low bidder for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning work to be done in Berkeley County's new public safety building for the sheriff's department's law-enforcement division. The $340,000 bid by Air-ROW Sheet Metal Co. Inc., announced Thursday by Berkeley County Council President William L. “Bill” Stubblefield, was $9,000 less than the bid submitted by Hagerstown-based M.S. Johnston Co. Inc. Millers Electric Co. Inc., also of Martinsburg, submitted a $434,200 bid for the county project under way at 510 S. Raleigh St. A fourth bid was rejected because the contractor failed to attend a mandatory prebid conference, Berkeley County Deputy Administrator Alan Davis said.
August 6, 2012
Witnesses testifying Monday in an evidence hearing for a 2009 slaying described a victim who prayed for her safety, sought legal protection, and changed her phone number and locks. Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard Walsh heard testimony throughout the morning as the lawyers and judge determine what evidence will be used in Marcus Wallace's December trial. Wallace, 41, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault.
July 31, 2012
On an improved defense last season, the Washington Redskins' safety play was still a weak link. Strong side starter LaRon Landry never truly recovered from the Achilles injury that ended his 2010 season prematurely, and newcomer Oshiomogho Atogwe was often ailing and wasn't the playmaker he had been during his best years with the St. Louis Rams. Exit Landry and Atgowe. Enter free agents Brandon Meriweather, Madieu Williams and Tanard Jackson. The 28-year-old Meriweather was a Pro Bowl player in New England in 2009 and 2010.
July 13, 2012
AARP is offering its driver safety course to those who are employed or retired from the education field. The course this month and in August will be offered at a reduced cost of $5. The offer is for teachers, professors, principals, guidance counselors, school secretaries, administrators, cafeteria workers, maintenance and janitorial personnel, bus drivers and anyone else who is retired from or is working for any private or public education institution....