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Family Fire Benefit Held for Berkeley County officer

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 03:49

Community members have rallied behind a Berkeley County Sheriff's officer, who was the victim of a house fire over the New Year's holiday. A family fire benefit was held at the Mountaineer Grill and Pub in Martinsburg Sunday to raise money for Lt.

Accountability website to go live Monday

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 23:52

The West Virginia State Auditor's Office will unveil its new transparency website Monday, which will allow visitors to monitor how tax dollars are being spent. Auditor J.B. McCuskey is scheduled to unveil the website at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, and will host a training workshop on using the site beginning at 3 p.m. in Charleston at the State Auditor's Office in the Capitol building.

Cribsides for February 11

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 07:57

Jenna Whiteley and Shane Rippie, of Martinsburg, announce the birth of their son, Tyler Allen, at 6:32 a.m. Dec. 31, 2017, at Berkeley Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 inches long.

New peer support group starting up in Martinsburg

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 03:43

Nurture and Balance counseling service in Martinsburg is offering a new peer support group, where people can discuss mood disorders and anxiety at no cost. Nicholas Trietsch, licensed independent clinical social worker and co-owner of Nurture and Balance PLLC, said in a recent interview.

Two men face felony charges for stealing, damaging logging equipment

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 03:43

Two men are facing felony charges after allegedly stealing property valued over $3,000 and damaging over $1,200 in damage to logging equipment from Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records. Daniel Ashbridge Rauch, 21, of Lost Drive, Martinsburg and Clarence Scott Blankley, 19, of Swinging Bridge Road, Hedgesville, were arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of destruction of property, grand larceny and conspiracy to inflict injury to persons or property.

Martinsburg council passes bevy of amendments

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 12:25

Martinsburg City Council members approved - almost unanimously - the first and second readings of six amendments to city code at their meeting Thursday. Councilman Jason Baker voted against an amendment to an ordinance requiring helmets for people driving or riding motorcycles, motor-driven cycles and mopeds.

Martinsburg woman given 40-year sentence for murder

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:02

A Martinsburg woman was sentenced to serve 40 years in prison Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court on a second-degree murder charge for shooting her boyfriend while he was taking a shower in the couple's home in May 2016. Jennifer Pendias, 33, was sentenced after entering a guilty plea Thursday to second-degree murder, a lesser included offense of first-degree murder, under Alford circumstances.

Martinsburg council approves leasing ambulance from BCEAA

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:02

Martinsburg City Council members at their meeting Thursday evening unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the city's fire department to lease an ambulance from the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority, because one of the city's ambulances is out of service as the result of a car crash. Bragg told council members Thursday that most of damage was to the cab and chassis, and that he had just gotten an estimate for repairs, which is $14,024.64.

Bids submitted for police department, municipal court building

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:02

Martinsburg city officials were pleased with the number of bids and bid amounts submitted Thursday afternoon to build the new police department and municipal court facility. Brian Estep of Silling Architects said after the bids were opened.

Man testifies in suit alleging Mormons overlooked sex abuse

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 21:04

The Salt Lake Tribune) Mourners cross temple square on their way to the Conference Center to pay their last respects to LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson during his funeral service in Salt Lake City Friday, January 12, 2018. Martinsburg, W.Va.

Ice storm downs trees, power lines throughout region

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:38

Crews were busy clearing downed trees and power lines from roadways Wednesday afternoon following an ice storm that coated the region earlier in the day. Most of the downed trees and power lines were reported within about an hour and half period from around noon to 1:30 p.m. throughout the region, according to emergency services and Division of Highways dispatchers in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

Mountaineer Gas gets approval for stormwater permit

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 19:10

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection approved the company's stormwater permit Wednesday, opening the way for it to build its $30 million natural gas pipeline to run from Berkeley Springs in Morgan County to Martinsburg in Berkeley County that would more than double its natural gas output in the area. The pipeline construction stormwater permit allows WVDEP and its enforcement officers to oversee construction activity along the route of the pipeline including water crossings, uplands and every other part of the impacted surface through which the pipeline crosses.

Crime Report Feb. 7

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 14:28

Lester Logan Hess, 19, of Poorhouse Road, Martinsburg, was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer. Craig Alam McFarland, 54, of Marlowe Drive, Inwood, was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of DUI 2nd offense.

Amendments dominate Martinsburg council agenda

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:51

The first and second readings of six amendments to Martinsburg city ordinances are on the agenda of this week's Martinsburg City Council meeting. According to City Recorder Gena Long, the changes are to bring Martinsburg's ordinance in line with amendments to West Virginia code.

Car crash puts city ambulance out of service

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:51

As the result of a car crash, one of Martinsburg's ambulances is inoperable, so the Martinsburg Fire Department is leasing an ambulance from the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority. "It was at the intersection of West Martin Street and North Tennessee Avenue, that funny intersection, a vehicle ran the stop sign and hit one of our ambulances," "It was one of the new ambulances.

Around the Region Feb. 7

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:51

Shepherd University is now accepting student nominations for the second annual Mentzer Award for Inspirational Teaching . All Shepherd students are invited to nominate a professor for the award and describe how that professor has made a difference in the student's life or the life of a classmate.

Snow, sleet, freezing rain forecast for region

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 20:06

Motorists and pedestrians should use caution during the morning rush hours Wednesday. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain predicted to begin around 3 a.m. will last into the afternoon.

D&E student artwork now on display

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 07:52

More than 30 Davis & Elkins College students are displaying their creative works at the Randolph County Community Arts Center throughout February.

Gov. Justice appoints new drug policy director

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 03:09

Looking for a new game plan to use in the state's opioid crisis, Gov. Jim Justice appointed Dr. Michael Brumage as director of the office of drug control policy within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. A former U.S. Army colonel, Brumage said in a telephone interview that he will be looking at opioid strategies across the state.

HPRC OKs new ADA compliant Amtrak platform

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 03:09

Members of the Martinsburg Historic Preservation Review Commission unanimously approved at their meeting Monday, Amtrak's request to build a new platform on the east side of the tracks at the Caperton Train Station on Martin Street. Amtrak operates a westbound train and an eastbound train daily between Washington, D.C., and Chicago with stops in Martinsburg.

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