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Deskins: - SPanhandle's economic outlook is bright

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:38

Job growth in the Eastern Panhandle is stable, and predicted to be higher than the state rate and even higher than the national rate, according to John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research. "And very importantly, the labor force participation in the Eastern Panhandle is higher than the state by far, and in a couple of the counties, it's higher than the national rate," He will present the annual Eastern Panhandle Economic Outlook beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn on Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg.

Crime Report Nov. 14

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 06:44

Hannah Alice Lockhart, 28, of Wilson Boulevard, Winchester, Virginia, was arraigned Thursday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled David Samuel Reed, 60, of Buick Avenue, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was arraigned Saturday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of brandishing deadly weapon. John Arnold Haderer II, 40, of Back Creek Valley Road, Hedgesville, was arraigned Sunday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony charges of DUI 3rd, driving revoked DUI, no proof of insurance, refusal to fingerprint and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

Martinsburg welcome signs project gets OK

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 02:21

Council members voted unanimously at their regular meeting Thursday to approve the amended scope of services for the signage project by Frazier Associates, the Staunton, Virginia, -based company designing the system, and Martinsburg-based Alpha Associates, acting as the civil engineer for the project. After a presentation by Sandy Hanger of Frazier Associates during a committee of the whole meeting last month updating council members on the latest changes, they reached a consensus to go ahead with the long-awaited signage project.

Duo inducted into West Virginia Band Hall of Fame

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 05:45

WV Comissioner of the Division of Culture and History presenting John Lynch Sr. wit the 2017 Band Director Hall of Fame Plaque at Laidley Field in Charleston, WV Oct. 21, 2017. SHENANDOAH JUNCTION-As Jefferson High School's Cougar Marching Band took the field to compete at the West Virginia Marching Invitational in Charleston on Oct. 21, their director, JP Lynch, Jr., was inducted into the West Virginia Band Director Hall of Fame, along with his father, JP Lynch Sr. The band proudly played the Jefferson Cougar fight song in Lynch Jr.'s honor.

Journal Junction for Nov. 13

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 01:15

Thank you to all the participating restaurants that generously gave a free dinner to all veterans. This was a gracious demonstration to honor those who served and are now serving our country.

In the spirit of giving, fellowship

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 11:47

Many residents look forward to the holiday season with anticipation. For them, the holidays are full of family, joy and giving.

Man facing felony charges for indecent exposure

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 04:55

A Martinsburg man and convicted registered sex offender is facing felony charges for alleged indecent exposure incidents in June, September and Monday and Thursday, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Brian Lee Whalen, 47, was arraigned and charged Thursday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court with two counts of indecent exposure third offense or subsequent.

Martinsburg council hires headhunter

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 02:44

Martinsburg City Council members have unanimously voted to hire an executive search firm to find a candidate for the city's economic and community Following an executive session during their regular meeting Thursday, council members agreed to hire Jorgenson Consulting of Greensboro, North Carolina, from among several firms that submitted proposals. agreement, the city will pay Jorgenson 30 percent of the first year's compensation for the director's position, or a minimum of $30,000 plus expenses.

Martinsburg council gives final OK to police levy vote

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 02:44

At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting Thursday, Martinsburg City Council members unanimously approved the final reading of an ordinance providing for an election to continue a special police levy. The election would be held May 8, 2018, in conjunction with the state primary.

Around the Region

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 02:44

Heart of Heritage Community Outreach, a non-profit outreach, where those in need can find clothing, will hold its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Heritage FWB Church, 2395 Middleway Pike, Bunker Hill. In addition, Glitter Hair Salon & Day Spa, 287 Rock Cliff Drive, Martinsburg, will host a clothing drive Monday through Nov. 29 for Heart of Heritage.

A moment for optimism

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 00:35

Too many people in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and West Virginia as a whole are so well-trained in keeping up their defenses and cynicism that I noticed the announcement of a planned nearly $84 billion investment in the state by China Energy Investment Corp. Ltd. did not receive the shouts of joy I might have expected. Well, that's not fair; I wouldn't have expected them, because I didn't shout for joy, either.

Journal Junction for Nov. 10

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 01:22

To the person who wrote in about Luke 11:21 from NIV. He/she is the gun owner. They need to go back and research what they said.

Around the Region for November 10

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 01:22

Bells and Bows Florist and Gift at 118 W. Martin St. will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, offering 20 percent off Christmas items and door prizes. Depot Florist at 532 W. King St. will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, offering refreshments and door prizes.

Unsung Heroes: The Journal honors veterans at luncheon

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:04

Since the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg began giving out pins to Vietnam War veterans two and a half years ago on the 50th anniversary of the war, Tim Cooke, director of the VAMC, said it has been his pleasure and privilege to have given out 3,600 pins. "For those of you who may not have received the welcome you deserved when you got home from Vietnam, let me say today, 'Welcome home,'" Cooke also handed out pins recognizing every branch of service and era of conflict.

Automated service lets DMV customers - skip the line'

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:25

West Virginia Commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles Pat Reed and several members of her staff were on hand for the dedication of a new self-serve kiosk at the DMV office on W.Va. 9, west of Martinsburg.


Wed, 11/08/2017 - 16:08

Before moving to the United States from Nepal 10 years ago, he'd never even seen a vacuum cleaner. Now he's a small business owner with a pair of vacuum stores, including his latest storefront on Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg.

Fewer funds? Council opposes historic tax credit elimination

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:14

A resolution urging the president of the United States and the U.S. Congress to continue the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program is on the agenda for Thursday's Martinsburg City Council meeting. During a recent special session of the West Virginia Legislature, lawmakers increased the state Historic Tax Credit from 10 percent to 25 percent, bringing West Virginia in line with neighboring states, and bringing the potential total federal and state tax credit to 45 percent.

Final vote on police levy election on council's agenda

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 01:32

The third and final reading of an ordinance providing for an election to continue a special police levy is on the agenda for the Martinsburg City Council's regularly scheduled monthly meeting Thursday. The election would be held May 8, 2018, in conjunction with the state primary.

Journal Junction-Nov. 8

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 01:32

Thank you HPRC for denying the request for a new police station. The area downtown needs so much more than 13.7 million on a station.

Martinsburg Police Department welcomes canine to the team

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 01:32

Patrolman Fritz and Titan just completed an intensive six week training and certification course. Capable of reaching speeds of 30 mph and leaping over a 4 ft fence, Titan understands 8 commands and will serve the community upwards of 8-12 year depending on health.