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Journal Junction Nov. 27

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 02:06

Here is my recommendation for redistricting West Virginia when we lose a seat in the U. S. House of Representatives due to the 2020 Census: create one district to include the prosperous counties which border neighboring states and the other district to include the devastated internal counties. These two groups have roughly the same number of counties, roughly the same population, and characteristically different education and income.

Crime Report Nov. 24

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 06:16

Steven Ray Bowers, 48, of Cottage Road, Martinsburg, was arraigned May 16, 2016, in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony of fraudulent schemes. Jennifer Rebecca Dunkin, 38, of Roparian Lane, Ranson, was arraigned Oct. 27 in Jefferson County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge for failure to stop for school bus stop sign.

Community comes together for dinner

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:56

Journal photo/Tim Cook Rodney Fitzgerald, above, a member of Destiny Baptist Church in Martinsburg, gets a plate filled while taking a break from volunteering with the annual All Are Welcome Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Martinsburg. The annual All Are Welcome Community Thanksgiving Dinner took place in Martinsburg on Thursday.

Operation Christmas Teen continues to serve

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:56

There are many organizations created to help less fortunate children during the holidays. Those programs provide a needed service and have done a great job in fulfilling their mission - but often only collect gifts for children up to the age of 12. Operation Christmas Teen caters to teenagers, a group that is often missed.

Holiday shopping season kicks off

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:56

Still digesting her family's Thanksgiving meal, DeBoard accompanied her daughter and two friends there Thursday evening outside a Five Below store. The ladies chatted and waited together outside in the chill for the store to open at 6 p.m. Locally, Kmart, Best Buy, Walmart, ULTA, DICK's Sporting Goods and Target were just a few of the retailers that opened on Thanksgiving Day.

Journal Junction for Nov. 23

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 01:33

I was disgusted to read Rep. Mooney's lies about the GOP's proposed tax cut. Neither the House nor the Senate versions will benefit the middle class.

Around the Region Nov. 23

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 01:33

Unique and creative gifts from over 25 local artists and artisans are offered by the Berkeley Arts Council through Dec. 24. The eighth annual Holiday Art and Craft Market is now open at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen St. The Art Works will be open every week until Christmas, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; and from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. On display is a range of affordable original gifts including jewelry, pottery, wood work, glassware, quilted banners, soap and scrubs, hand-made clocks, and knitted items as well as fine art paintings and photographs.

Talking about taxes: Protesters rally against tax reform; legislators offer support

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 02:49

About 18 people turned out, including the speakers. Billed as a Candlelight Protest Rally, the event was a protest against the GOP plan to overhaul the federal tax code for the first time in three decades.

Crime Report for Nov. 21

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:17

Mariah Ann Elder, 21, of no fixed address, was arraigned Oct. 26 in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of unlawful assault. Crystal M. Tephabock, 33, of McDonald Drive, was arraigned Friday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of false information and three felony counts of DUI with injury.

Deck the halls: Doors to Christmas returns to Martinsburg Library

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 01:00

Main Street Martinsburg's annual Doors to Christmas returns to the Martinsburg Public Library this year, opening today and running through Dec. 6. The wreaths and trees will be on public display during regular library hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The library will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, but will be open Saturday.

Secretary Warner presents Berkeley County Development Authority with award

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:57

Secretary of State Mac Warner is pleased to announce that the Berkeley County Development Authority is the recipient of a national award for the organization's work in bringing major economic development projects to the Eastern Panhandle. Secretary Warner was in Berkeley County on Thursday to personally present the award to Executive Director Sandy Hamilton during the Berkeley County Council meeting in Martinsburg.

Four dead from carbon monoxide in Jefferson County

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:10

Jefferson County Sheriff Pete Dougherty told WEPM News the victims were found shortly Sunday morning in a home that was without electricity. "I don't know whether the wind knocked their power out or whether they just didn't have power at all," he said Monday.

Life sentence for man gets reversed by supreme court

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 06:34

The life sentence of a Berkeley County man who was convicted of a violent sexual assault of a woman has been reversed by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Berkeley County Judge John Yoder originally sentenced Marc A. Kilmer, 41, of Martinsburg, to life in prison to be served consecutively with a 10- to-25-year sentence, under the state's Kilmer was found guilty by a Berkeley County jury in February 2015 on two felony counts of unlawful assault, one felony count of second-degree sexual assault and two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery after violently sexually assaulting a woman in November 2013.

Journal Junction Nov. 20

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 02:07

A little tiny jail time would have made the UCLA boys know how good they have it here in the USA. You were wrong Mr. President.

Dealing hope in the opioid crisis

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 13:33

For many, coping with the loss and frustration of addiction is debilitating - and understandably so - but four Martinsburg women decided to do something about it. met at a Nar-Anon meeting each attended to help them cope with an addicted loved one.

Around the Region

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 00:54

Morgan County Chapter 2263 of The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet Nov. 21 at Cacapon State Park dining room. Everyone is welcome to join us for fellowship and dutch treat lunch at noon with meeting to follow at 1 p.m when plans will be finalized for the Dec. 19 members and friends Christmas luncheon.

EPTA facilities study confirms HQ need

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 00:54

What started out as a study to find a new transfer point for Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority buses, has grown into a facilities study for a new EPTA headquarters. The recently completed study was presented to the EPTA board of directors at their meeting Monday.

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Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:45

MARTINSBURG-While advances in technology have created opportunities to engage students in the classroom in new and exciting ways, they also present an opportunity to be misused. In February, a $2.3 million deal with Apple Inc. was approved by the Berkeley County Board of Education, providing 4,120 iPads for third, fourth and fifth-grade students to use in and out of the classroom.

Crime Report Nov. 18

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:22

Michael Palmer, 20, of Good Drive, Martinsburg, was arraigned Oct. 23 in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony charge of burglary. Robert Wesley Pifer Jr., 20, of Crow Drive, Winchester, Virginia, was arraigned Thursday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of shoplifting, public intoxication, littering, battery and underage consumption.

Martinsburg tree planting a success

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 01:51

On Oct. 28, volunteers planted 16 trees along streets in town as part of the Cacapon Institute's CommuniTree program and homeowners planted 16 trees as part of CI's Best Management Practices pilot program. The CommuniTree, or CTree, program offers matching grants to agencies and organizations to plant trees on public property, but not private property.