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July 24, 2013
A 25-year-old man is accused of soliciting an 11-year-old Eastern Panhandle girl for sex, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Wade Eugene Decker of 1819 Berkeley Station Road, Martinsburg, was arraigned Tuesday by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on single felony counts of solicitation of a minor using a computer, attempted use of a minor to produce obscene matter, use of obscene matter to seduce a minor and display of obscene matter to...
July 22, 2013
Virginia Dare Smith Poling, 101, died on July 19, 2013, at Ravenwood Nursing Care Center in Hagerstown, Md. She was the daughter of the late Rev. Leander Smith and Mary Susan Wine Smith, born on Dec. 31, 1911, in Nevada, Mo. As a part of a pastoral family she lived her early years in several western states. She graduated in 1932 from Albany College (now Lewis & Clark University) near Portland, Ore. While employed in the denominational offices of the Church of the Brethren in Elgin, Ill., she met and married the Rev. Newton L. Poling on May 26, 1941.
July 19, 2013
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor birding field trips on the historic Claymont property outside Charles Town, on Tuesday July 30, and Monday, Aug. 5. Both trips will begin at 6:30 a.m. They are free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of their birding skills. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required. Field trip participants should meet the trip leader on the Claymont entrance road. The entrance is at 667 Huyett Road; it is marked by a street sign that says “Claymont Mansion.” The trips will involve about three miles of moderate hiking.
July 18, 2013
Virginia May Grove, 84, of South Cannon Avenue, Hagerstown, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at her residence. A graveside service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Harman, Kenworthy & Minnich Funeral Home, Hagerstown.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | July 9, 2013
In January, then-Commissioner of Agriculture Gus Douglass presented brothers Bruce and Greg Butler with a $1,000 check as owners of the West Virginia Conservation Farm of the Year. On Tuesday, Douglass' successor, Walt Helmick, presented the brothers - owners of B&G Orchards and the Butler Farm Market on Dry Run Road - with a plaque honoring the occasion and the keys to a new $60,000-plus John Deere tractor to use free for 200 hours or four months, whichever comes first. After that, they can buy the tractor at a substantial discount, said Steve Cronin, owner of Middletown Tractor Sales of Fairmont, W.Va.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | June 28, 2013
Rumble strips will be placed in the Interstate 81 work zone in Berkeley County to try to slow motorists who are speeding through the swath of construction to widen the highway to six lanes, a West Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman said Friday. Transportation officials also decided to install signs to direct truck traffic to travel in the left lane in the construction zone, which begins north of Exit 16 near Martinsburg and ends in the vicinity of Exit 23 for Marlowe/Falling Waters, W.Va., Brent Walker said.
June 26, 2013
West Virginia answered Hagerstown's run in the top of the 12th with two in the bottom of the 12th as the Power stunned the Suns 7-6 on Wednesday night in the South Atlantic League. Facing Suns reliever Cody Davis (1-1) - who had worked a scoreless 10th and 11th - Walker Gourley led off the bottom of the 12th with a single to right and Jordan Steranka walked. Raul Fortunato followed with a bunt single in front of the plate, and Hagerstown catcher Pedro Severino compounded the trouble by throwing the ball away, allowing Gourley to score to tie the game at 6. Max Moroff followed with a walk-off single to right, scoring Steranka with the winning run. Hagerstown (42-32, 4-3)
June 21, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013 GOLF VIENNA, W.Va. (AP) - Starting the final round with a three-shot lead at the West Virginia Open on Friday, David Bradshaw gave the rest of the field little chance to catch him. Bradshaw shot a 5-under-par 67 to beat Hurricane amateur Sam O'Dell by four strokes at Parkersburg Country Club. Bradshaw finished at 11 under, pulling away with birdies on three of the final four holes. O'Dell also shot 67 and finished at 7 under. Charleston pro Christian Brand and Morgantown pro Bob Friend tied for third at 3 under.
June 12, 2013
Two Indiana residents were charged after West Virginia State Police seized more than 19 pounds of marijuana from a pickup truck that was  stopped Tuesday on Interstate 81, according to police and court documents. Marshea Nicole Dunn, 27, and Cody James Godina, 19, of Francesville, Ind., were arraigned Wednesday on single felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, transporting a controlled substance into the state and conspiracy, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | June 8, 2013
West Virginia's congressional district lines, which were redrawn by state lawmakers in 2011 and challenged unsuccessfully in court, might be challenged again because some say the boundaries do not meet the state's compactness requirement. “I would still like to see the court address that,” Jefferson County Commissioner Patsy Noland said Friday. Noland and commission President Dale Manuel led the commission's unsuccessful legal challenge in federal court of the map drawn for the state's three House of Representatives districts.
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