Berkeley County

7:04 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Nov. 17 1766 Pioneer Morgan Morgan Died

A native of Wales, Morgan emigrated in 1712 to Delaware, where he worked as a tailor and a coroner. In 1731, he settled in the Bunker Hill area of present Berkeley County. Four years later, he received a land patent in the region for 1,000 acres.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Morgan Morgan, Bunker Hill, Berkeley County, Christ Church Episcopal Church, Potomoke

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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10:10 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Two W.Va. Counties Designated Drug Trafficking Areas

Credit RayNata / wikimedia

The federal government will provide additional help to two West Virginia counties to reduce drug abuse and drug trafficking.

Berkeley and Harrison counties are among 26 counties and cities in 11 states designated as high intensity drug trafficking areas.

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4:33 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Berkeley County Sheriff's Dept. Says Residents Are Properly Disposing of their Pharmeceutical Waste

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Courthouses and police departments across the state have been collecting prescription drugs for a few years now. The idea is to cut down on waste in the streams and keep unused prescriptions out of the hands of drug abusers. The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department says collections have almost doubled in the past 5 months.

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6:57 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Libraries in the Eastern Panhandle Say They Need More Funding

(From left to right) Hali Taylor, director of the Shepherdstown Public Library, Dana Jenkins, director of the South Jefferson Public Library, Marcella Genz, director of the Charles Town Library, Gretchen Fry, director of the Bolivar Harpers Ferry Public Library, and Pam Coyle, director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley Public Library.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As the demand for Internet resources increases, libraries are the starting place for free information. However, budget cuts have forced libraries across the state to scale back drastically on operating hours and access to services, just when it seems those resources are most needed. The Jefferson County branch of the League of Women Voters hosted a public forum on ways the community in the Eastern Panhandle can support the public libraries in their area. These libraries say they have much to offer the public but need more funding.

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Hazardous Roads
11:20 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Update: State Police Say Two Killed in Pileup During Whiteout in W.Va.

Credit The Martingsburg Journal

Updated Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.:

West Virginia State Police say two multi-vehicle accidents on Interstate 81 during whiteout conditions have left two people dead and more than half a dozen others injured.
State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says the fatalities occurred in a seven-vehicle wreck in the northbound lanes around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Five to seven people were taken by helicopters to hospitals in the area.

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After the Water Crisis
10:49 am
Sun February 23, 2014

What Does the World's Best Water Smell Like? (Hint: It's Not Black Licorice)

Judge Michael Cervin smelling the water at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition

When I signed up to be a judge at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, I thought it would just be a bit of fun -- a relaxing weekend in an historic West Virginia mountain spa town.

Then came the water crisis: a massive spill of the coal-cleaning chemical MCHM into our water supply, and more than a week under a “do not use” order.

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Snow Day
10:41 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Shutdowns, Shoveling, and Sleighriding: A W.Va. Winter Story

Several businesses in Mercer County were closed or shutdown early on Thursday because of the winter weather.
Jessica Lilly

Several public school systems across the state remained closed Friday. It was the same story at several universities and colleges. Some West Virginians are still digging out of a deep snow that fell over Wednesday and Thursday.

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New Industry
11:21 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Garbage-to-Fuel Plant Coming to W.Va.

A European method for converting garbage to fuel is coming to West Virginia. The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority has signed an agreement to lease part of its property to the Italian company Entsorga. The company will build a $19 million facility there.

The mixed waste resource recovery facility will sit on 12 acres next to the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority’s Grapevine Rd. recycling center.

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Apple Harvest Festival
12:29 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Berkeley County celebrates the apple

Crowds line King St. to watch the 32nd annual Apple Harvest parade.
Cecelia Mason West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The 32nd Apple Harvest Festival took place Oct. 17-20, 2013, and featured a 5k run, pancake breakfasts, a craft fair in the historic Martinsburg, W.Va., roundhouse with entertainment, music on the town square Friday evening and a Grand Feature Parade Saturday afternoon.

The Festival usually includes agricultural tours but the web site says those were cancelled this year because of the partial shutdown of the Federal Government. But there were apple centric contests to determine who baked the best pie or grew the best fruit.