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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.

Crime Report-Nov. 7

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 07:08

Joseph Richard Gephardt IV, 35, of Saint Monica Drive, Baltimore, Maryland, was arraigned Oct. 20, 2016, in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and telephone harassment. Scott Wayne Clark, 47, of Inwood, was arraigned Feb. 20, 2014, in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the felony charge of fraudulent schemes.

HPRC denies request for new police station, courthouse

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 02:45

By a vote of 4-3, members of the Martinsburg Historic Preservation Review Commission denied a request by the City of Martinsburg for a certificate of appropriateness for the city's new police department and municipal court facility. Plans call for a three-story, about 33,000-square-foot police station and municipal courthouse on the site of the vacant American Legion post as well as remodeling the parking lot behind city hall and installing a bioswale, or rain garden, for stormwater management.

Patrolman Fitz, Canine Titan named MPD Officers of the Month

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 01:17

The Martinsburg Police Department announced that Patrolman Ryan Fritz and his partner, Police Canine Titan, have been selected as MPD's Officers of the Month for November, 2017. Officer Fritz and Canine Titan form MPD's new Canine Unit.

Around the Region-Nov. 6

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 01:17

Donations are still sought for Harvest Lighthouse Ministry's Thanksgiving dinner celebration, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Moose Lodge, 201 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg. All are welcome to the event, including children.

HPRC schedules public hearings

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 01:33

The City of Martinsburg has applied for a certificate of appropriateness to build a new police department and municipal court facility at 125 W. Race St. Plans call for a three-story, about 33,000-square-foot police station and municipal courthouse on the site of the vacant American Legion post as well as remodeling the parking lot behind city hall and installing a bioswale, or rain garden, for stormwater management. Andrew Johnson has requested a certificate of appropriateness to renovate the storefront at 131 N. Queen St., which is known as the Cohen building.

Pastor steps forward to care for black cemetery

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 01:27

The Rev. Ed Hall of Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Martinsburg is interested in taking over the care of an abandoned, forgotten black cemetery next to Green Hill Cemetery off East Burke Street.

Crime Report for Nov. 3

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 07:09

Douglas Kirk Stephens, 60, of New York Avenue, Martinsburg, was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of trespassing, third offense public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Orlando Santos Barahona, 20, of Hanshew Lane, Martinsburg, was arraigned Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of obstructing, underage consumption, disorderly conduct, battery on an officer and refusal to finger print.

Around the Region for Nov. 3

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 02:39

Tickets are still available for the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra's concert in Shepherdstown on Nov. 18. However, seating is limited and those who wish to attend are advised to purchase tickets soon. Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members.

Former NAACP leader Tolbert remembered for advocacy work

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 13:30

The Charles Town native, who was known across the state for his advocacy work, is being remembered for his impact on West Virginia. During an appearance Thursday on Panhandle Live on MetroNews affiliate WEPM in Martinsburg, Martinsburg-Berkeley County NAACP Treasurer Christina Lundberg said it had been a pleasure working with Tolbert over the last 10 years.