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By Lyn Widmyer | October 9, 2005
rwidmyer@msn.com Senator Byrd was talking to me. At his Constitution Day speech at Shepherd College last month, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., said people spend more time watching shows like "American Idol" than studying the Constitution. I swear he was looking straight at me when he said this. Senator Byrd must know I have watched almost every episode of "American Idol" since it premiered. I can name all the winners and most of the runners-up. I am sorry, Senator Byrd, but I cannot tell you who signed the Constitution and I am even a little fuzzy as to when it was signed.
NEWS
December 28, 1999
I've been wronged by Senator Byrd To the editor: Your Dec. 13 edition gave prominence to Senator Byrd's local speech in which he said, in part: "We can boycott filthy books, filthy music and videos and the merchants that stock them on their shelves. " Please give equal prominence to my remarks as follows: Senator Byrd's staff people apparently keep him oblivious to the true feelings of his constituents, such as my letters to his office, for obvious reasons surrounding their need for a part of the power halo worn by the senator.
NEWS
November 8, 2008
CHARLESTON, W.VA. - As one of West Virginia's most powerful politicians steps down from a coveted Senate post, political leaders across the state Friday talked about what may be next. U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who turns 91 this month, announced plans to step down as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. As chairman or ranking minority member of the committee for the last 20 years, Byrd helped steer vast amounts of federal money for projects in the state, earning him the affectionate nickname "Big Daddy.
NEWS
August 20, 1997
By DON AINES Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A consolidation of U.S. Coast Guard computer centers could increase the number of jobs at the Operations Systems Center by 140 in the next few years, according to the center's commanding officer. "There's a government-wide initiative to consolidate computer centers," Capt. Bill Ashforth said Tuesday. He said the Coast Guard plans to consolidate much of its computer operations at the Liberty Business Park center over the next five years.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | August 9, 2010
RANSON, W.Va.--A $16 million appropriations bill for West Virginia, the last one proposed by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd before his death, includes $435,000 for the Ranson Police Department for a high-tech aerial photography and tracking system. The money, if approved by the full House and Senate, covers nine requests ranging from $300,000 to $4.3 million. The money would be spent by state colleges and universities, counties, communities and nonprofits on a variety of projects. The grants would come through U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller's office.
NEWS
April 7, 2006
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced Thursday that a $6.8 million contract has been awarded for the construction of a new state-of-the-art building for Shepherd University's nursing education program. The $6.8 million construction contract was awarded to Palmer Construction Co. of McConnellsburg, Pa. Byrd added $10 million to legislation in 2004 for construction of the nursing facility. The two-story, 37,000-square-foot building will house classrooms, labs, office space, conference rooms and student study centers.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 14, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller said Friday he will run for re-election in 2008 and West Virginia's junior senator believes fellow Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd is in "great shape" to win another six-year term in November. Rockefeller joined Byrd, Gov. Joe Manchin, former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., congressional candidate Mike Callaghan and a host of state and local Democratic Party leaders and supporters Friday for the second annual Regional Jefferson-Jackson Dinner fundraiser and rally in Martinsburg at the Holiday Inn. Before dinner was served, Manchin said he would be campaigning as much as he could for area state lawmakers seeking election in November, praising their "hard and tough work they've done.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 6, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA.-U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd said Saturday he is committed to finding additional money for needed Eastern Panhandle highway projects. He said the war in Iraq is at least partially to blame for lack of funding. "I'm doing everything I can ... money's scarce," said Byrd, D-W.Va., after shaking hands with hundreds of people for nearly three hours at an open house celebrating his new Eastern Panhandle office in Martinsburg. "I was against getting in that war," Byrd said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 20, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- On his 92nd birthday, and two days after becoming the longest-serving member of Congress, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., was celebrated Friday in Charles Town for a trademark of his nearly 57 years in office -- bringing millions of dollars in highway money to West Virginia. In Washington High School's auditorium, Byrd joined Gov. Joe Manchin, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and state and transportation officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for another four-lane section of W.Va.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 30, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? The construction of an alternate route to Martinsburg's often-congested North Queen Street and its cramped underpass is not expected to begin until at least 2009, said Gregory Bailey, Engineering Division director for the West Virginia Division of Highways. Estimated to cost about $25 million and possibly more, the estimated 1.2-mile road known as the Raleigh Street Extension will connect West Race Street in Martinsburg's historic district to Edwin Miller Boulevard on the city's north end. "We probably have enough money (now)
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | August 9, 2010
RANSON, W.Va.--A $16 million appropriations bill for West Virginia, the last one proposed by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd before his death, includes $435,000 for the Ranson Police Department for a high-tech aerial photography and tracking system. The money, if approved by the full House and Senate, covers nine requests ranging from $300,000 to $4.3 million. The money would be spent by state colleges and universities, counties, communities and nonprofits on a variety of projects. The grants would come through U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller's office.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 20, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- On his 92nd birthday, and two days after becoming the longest-serving member of Congress, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., was celebrated Friday in Charles Town for a trademark of his nearly 57 years in office -- bringing millions of dollars in highway money to West Virginia. In Washington High School's auditorium, Byrd joined Gov. Joe Manchin, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and state and transportation officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for another four-lane section of W.Va.
NEWS
November 8, 2008
CHARLESTON, W.VA. - As one of West Virginia's most powerful politicians steps down from a coveted Senate post, political leaders across the state Friday talked about what may be next. U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who turns 91 this month, announced plans to step down as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. As chairman or ranking minority member of the committee for the last 20 years, Byrd helped steer vast amounts of federal money for projects in the state, earning him the affectionate nickname "Big Daddy.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 6, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA.-U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd said Saturday he is committed to finding additional money for needed Eastern Panhandle highway projects. He said the war in Iraq is at least partially to blame for lack of funding. "I'm doing everything I can ... money's scarce," said Byrd, D-W.Va., after shaking hands with hundreds of people for nearly three hours at an open house celebrating his new Eastern Panhandle office in Martinsburg. "I was against getting in that war," Byrd said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 5, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd said Saturday he is committed to finding additional money for needed Eastern Panhandle highway projects. He said the war in Iraq is at least partially to blame for lack of funding. "I'm doing everything I can ... money's scarce," said Byrd, D-W.Va., after shaking hands with hundreds of people for nearly three hours at an open house celebrating his new Eastern Panhandle office in Martinsburg. "I was against getting in that war," Byrd said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 1, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA.-The construction of an alternate route to Martinsburg's often-congested North Queen Street and its cramped underpass is not expected to begin until at least 2009, said Gregory Bailey, Engineering Division director for the West Virginia Division of Highways. Estimated to cost about $25 million and possibly more, the estimated 1.2-mile road known as the Raleigh Street Extension will connect West Race Street in Martinsburg's historic district to Edwin Miller Boulevard on the city's north end. "We probably have enough money (now)
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 14, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller said Friday he will run for re-election in 2008 and West Virginia's junior senator believes fellow Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd is in "great shape" to win another six-year term in November. Rockefeller joined Byrd, Gov. Joe Manchin, former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., congressional candidate Mike Callaghan and a host of state and local Democratic Party leaders and supporters Friday for the second annual Regional Jefferson-Jackson Dinner fundraiser and rally in Martinsburg at the Holiday Inn. Before dinner was served, Manchin said he would be campaigning as much as he could for area state lawmakers seeking election in November, praising their "hard and tough work they've done.
NEWS
April 7, 2006
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced Thursday that a $6.8 million contract has been awarded for the construction of a new state-of-the-art building for Shepherd University's nursing education program. The $6.8 million construction contract was awarded to Palmer Construction Co. of McConnellsburg, Pa. Byrd added $10 million to legislation in 2004 for construction of the nursing facility. The two-story, 37,000-square-foot building will house classrooms, labs, office space, conference rooms and student study centers.
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By Lyn Widmyer | October 9, 2005
rwidmyer@msn.com Senator Byrd was talking to me. At his Constitution Day speech at Shepherd College last month, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., said people spend more time watching shows like "American Idol" than studying the Constitution. I swear he was looking straight at me when he said this. Senator Byrd must know I have watched almost every episode of "American Idol" since it premiered. I can name all the winners and most of the runners-up. I am sorry, Senator Byrd, but I cannot tell you who signed the Constitution and I am even a little fuzzy as to when it was signed.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 23, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Shepherd University will be able to build a $10 million nursing facility and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will be able to purchase more than 100 acres for an expansion thanks to federal funding secured by U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd. The $12.9 million obtained for the two projects was announced by Byrd, D-W.Va., on Monday. The $10 million for the new nursing facility at Shepherd University will come from the fiscal year 2005 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, according to a press release from Byrd's office.
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