Berkeley County

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The Martinsburg City Council is considering an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in both housing and employment. The state of West Virginia does not provide these protections to the LGBT community although lawmakers have introduced bills for several years that would do so.

Because of the lack of support at the state level, members of Fairness West Virginia, an LGBT rights group, have spent the past year or so calling on cities to pass these protections. At the Martinsburg meeting Wednesday night, members of the community were heavily divided.

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Members of the Martinsburg City Council are expected to take up an ordinance Wednesday that will prohibit discrimination against the LGBT community in their city.

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A Maryland countertop company plans to move its operations to West Virginia.

Countertop Solutions employs about 22 people in Washington County, Maryland. Owner Jason Singer tells The Herald-Mail that he plans to move the company to the Falling Waters Industrial Center in neighboring Berkeley County, West Virginia.

On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis reports on another shale discovery, this one in western West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.  And producer Catherine Moore reports from Berkeley County where citizens are asking “what’s next?”  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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A new 8-part miniseries filmed mostly in West Virginia comes to TVs across the country Monday. It’s from producer Stephen David, who won two Emmys for The Men Who Built America.

June 11, 1900: Confederate Spy Belle Boyd Dies at 57

Jun 11, 2015
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On June 11, 1900, Confederate spy Belle Boyd died of a heart attack at age 57.

Boyd was born in 1843 to an influential Berkeley County family. When the Civil War erupted, she and her family were decidedly pro-Southern. On July 4, 1861, Belle shot and killed a Yankee soldier in the Boyds’ Martinsburg home but was cleared of any criminal charges. She was only 18 at the time.

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A miniseries filmed predominantly in the Eastern Panhandle premieres Monday on the National Geographic Channel.

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As law enforcement officials are increasingly turning their attention to the growing problem with heroin in West Virginia, many of them have strong opinions on the legislation that provides greater access to Naloxone, an opioid antagonist that combats the effects of an overdose. That bill, which goes into effect Wednesday, will allow police officers to carry the medicine. But some law enforcement officials believe that increased access enables heroin users.

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US Senator Shelley Moore Capito hosted a Drug Prevention Summit Monday in Martinsburg. Dozens of community members and lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle came together to discuss drug trafficking in Berkeley County. Heroin addiction is a major problem in the area, and the community is concerned about where to send those who need help.

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Groundbreaking for the new Procter & Gamble Company in Berkeley County is expected to be this fall.

Stephen Christian is the executive director of the Berkeley County Development Authority. In a speech to the community Friday, Christian said negotiations for what became the plans to bring Procter & Gamble into the county began in fall of 2012.

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A West Virginia official says Procter & Gamble's planned factory in Berkeley County will be bigger than originally envisioned.

The maker of Tide detergent and Charmin bathroom tissue announced in February that the $500 million plant in the Tabler Station Business Park near Martinsburg would employ 700 workers when it opens in 2017.

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  Procter & Gamble plans to construct its new manufacturing plant in Berkeley County in two phases.

The majority of construction will be completed in the first phase. Construction is expected to begin in October.

The Journal reports that Procter & Gamble outlined the project in site and development plans filed with the Berkeley County Planning Department.

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On February 17, 1735, pioneer Morgan Morgan was commissioned a captain of militia in present Berkeley County. Nearly three centuries later, a successor to Morgan’s militia regiment is still going strong.

30 Days In, 30 To Go

Feb 12, 2015

At the legislature today, the House passed a Senate bill relating to deer farming in the state.  It’s an issue that’s been around a while.  In the Senate, the health committee amends a bill about immunization that gives the state more control over exemptions for vaccination.  And we’ll check in with legislative leadership for a update at the midway point on The Legislature Today. 

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  Procter & Gamble plans to invest $500 million in a West Virginia manufacturing facility slated to open in 2017.

In a news release Tuesday, the multinational manufacturer said it expects to create 700 permanent jobs at the planned facility in Berkeley County, near Tabler Station outside Martinsburg.

Another 1,000 temporary construction positions are expected.

The Cincinnati, Ohio-based company hasn't announced which brands will be produced there.

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Earlier this month the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared a flu epidemic in the nation and named West Virginia a state with widespread flu activity. Now some hospitals in the eastern panhandle are taking extra precautions to make sure the virus doesn’t spread in their facilities.

At the end of the Civil War, Lamon was dispatched to Richmond, making him unavailable to guard the president on that fateful night at Ford’s Theater.
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On January 6, 1828, Ward Hill Lamon was born in Jefferson County. He was raised at Bunker Hill, in Berkeley County, before moving to Danville, Illinois, at age 18. In 1852, Lamon’s life took a historic twist when he became the law partner of a former congressman—Abraham Lincoln.

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West Virginia's superintendent of schools is heading to the Eastern Panhandle this week to meet with teachers and students in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

Michael Martirano starts his road trip on Wednesday at Musselman High School in Berkeley County. He has other stops at county schools that day before moving on to Jefferson County schools on Thursday. He wraps up the tour on Friday in Morgan County.

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Berkeley County is giving residents an opportunity to recycle food as well as paper, aluminum and glass.

The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority's food waste collection program is part of a 12-month composting pilot initiative funded by a $7,400 federal grant.

The authority is encouraging residents, businesses, church groups, restaurants and others to participate in the program.

Food waste that will be accepted includes meat, poultry, fish, table scraps, bread, coffee grounds and tea bags.

Pioneer Morgan Morgan was an influential member of the Bunker Hill community and helped found Christ Episcopal Church. Today, his grave is part of the church’s cemetery, and a log cabin he built stands nearby.
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Generations of schoolchildren grew up being taught that Morgan was the first permanent white settler in present West Virginia. Now, though, we know that others came before him. A native of Wales, Morgan emigrated in 1712 to Delaware, where he worked as a tailor and a coroner.

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