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From planning to day-of coordination, Bridal Expo offers plenty of tips

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 05:20

Love was in the air Sunday afternoon as more than 100 brides-to-be gathered for inspiration on how to plan for their big day. Whether they were hoping to find a last-minute vendor, or just in the beginning stages of planning, the 20th Annual Ultimate Wedding Expo had everything a bride and groom could need.

WV teachers, service personnel gather at candlelight vigil

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 20:18

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A candlelight vigil of teachers and service personnel at the state Capitol began and ended with "Country Roads."

Construction contract awarded for police station, courthouse

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 04:20

One of the recommendations made by the Garner Economics LLC economic development study for the City of Martinsburg in 2013 was to "Invest public dollars to build a signature building downtown that shows the city's commitment to change and draws activity to the core business district." During a special City Council meeting Tuesday, W. Harley Miller Contractors Inc. of Martinsburg was awarded the contract to build a new police station and municipal court facility in downtown.

Parks and Rec board awards contracts

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 04:20

Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation board members awarded contracts during their meeting Tuesday for improvements to several parks around the area. Taylor Sports and Recreation of Martinsburg was awarded the contract for playground equipment and basketball units at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, $9,020, and Leeland Playground, $17,561, both on West Martin Street in Martinsburg, and Oak Street Park, $6,948, in Martinsburg.

Berkeley County building auction a no show

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 04:28

All the arrangements were in place for Berkeley County to auction the Royce Hosiery plant Thursday afternoon, except for one important element: bidders. Scheduled for 4 p.m., the planned auction never became one when Berkeley County Council President Doug Copenhaver asked the group of roughly 20 people congregated inside the cold and dark former hosiery located at 750 Baltimore Street who planned to make a bid on the building.

Berkeley County educators demonstrate on first day of statewide strike

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 23:56

MARTINSBURG, W.Va . - Classrooms were quiet today in Berkeley County as the first statewide teacher and service personnel strike since 1990 began its first day.

Crime Report for February 22

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 07:15

Steven Schaeffer Barrett, 52, of St. Andrews Drive, Charles Town, was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of DUI drugs, possession of heroin, driving while license suspended and no insurance. Gideon E. Elliott Jr., 33, of Catalina Point, Martinsburg, was arraigned Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of possession of heroin.

Man arrested for threatening police on Facebook

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:39

A Martinsburg man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly threatening police in comments made on The Journal's online post about an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday. Gary Owen Jones, 46, of Paynes Ford Road, Martinsburg, was arrested on a warrant for the felony count of threatening to commit a terroristic act, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Judge denies bond reinstatement in attempted murder case

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:39

The motion by a Martinsburg man, accused of attempted murder and wanton endangerment, to reinstate his bond was denied Wednesday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Debra McLaughlin. Billy Evans, 36, of Karla Court, is accused of shooting another man at a Sheetz convenience store in early 2017.

Sliding seasons

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:41

From left:a SWarner Marcel-Rene, 17 months, enjoys the warm weather with his dad, Emmanuel Marcel-Rene Monday afternoon at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg.

City will appeal zoning decision

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:56

During a special Martinsburg City Council meeting Tuesday, members voted to authorize the Bowles Rice law firm to appeal to the West Virginia Supreme Court a ruling by Circuit Court Judge Christopher Wilkes that the Berkeley County Council and Berkeley County Building Commission do not have to abide by Martinsburg's zoning regulations. "State code is specific that no government should interfere with another government.

Field training officer for DJS recognized for dedication

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:56

Esposito, who is the field training officer for the Division of Juvenile Services, was recently recognized in Charleston for going above and beyond at the Vicki V. Douglas Juvenile Center in Martinsburg by volunteering for difficult assignments, building positive relationships with the community and donating hours of his personal time to improve the facility. On Feb. 9, Esposito was one of nine correctional officers, support staff members and other employees given the Secretary's Freedom Award, which recognizes dedication, perseverance and above-and-beyond service in the line of duty within the Division of Corrections, Regional Jail Authority and Division of Corrections.

Around the Region Feb. 20

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:38

The United Methodist Churches in the City of Martinsburg, invite the community to join them as they continue their Lenten worship series. The next Lenten Worship Service will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 700 New York Ave..

Crime Report Feb. 20

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:38

Kayleigh Ann Wagner, 24, of Thornberry Drive, Martinsburg, was arraigned Friday in Jefferson County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charges of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and speeding. James McCormick, 64, of South George Street, Charles Town, was arraigned Jan. 31 in Jefferson County Magistrate Court on the misdemeanor charge of dog running at large.

Officer-involved deadly shooting under investigation in Berkeley County

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:50

Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputies responded to reports of a massive fight inside the Coco Loco Club around 2:00 Saturday morning. "That's protocol whenever there's an officer involved shooting," Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Catie Wilkes Delligatti said.

Bad day? Fix your outlook

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 04:50

Don't worry, I wasn't upset, since for half a day last year I was convinced I was already 39, this year feels like a freebie. When you forget how old you are, it's much easier to put things in perspective.

Wood County Board of Education paid $6K for employee investigation

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 00:48

The Wood County Board of Education spent $6,000 on an employee investigation conducted in the fall that resulted in no public disciplinary action. The board on Tuesday approved a payment of $4,984.22 to Hewett & Associates in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Man found guilty on 1 count of sex abuse of minor

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 04:59

After approximately three and a half hours of deliberation, an eight male and four female Berkeley County jury returned a guilty verdict on one count of sexual abuse of a juvenile minor in the case against Patrick Francis Stritch. Stritch, of Martinsburg, was indicted in August on 30 counts in a superseding indictment of 2015 charges after allegedly assaulting and abusing a then 8-year-old girl.

Special Martinsburg council meeting called

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 04:59

W. Harley Miller Contractors Inc.'s bid to build the new Martinsburg police station and municipal court facility has been recommended by Silling Architects, the Charleston-based firm designing and engineering the new facility. Martinsburg City Council members will be asked to vote on the recommendation during a special meeting called for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

State officials, Eastern Panhandle lawmakers discuss funding fix for MARC

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:50

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - State Transportation Secretary Tom Smith led transportation officials and lawmakers from Charleston to the Eastern Panhandle Thursday to discuss a funding fix for the MARC train that serves Jefferson and Berkeley Counties.

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