Eastern Panhandle

Education
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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Gas Prices
4:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Senate Debates Bill on Unfair Trade Practices

Senate President Jeff Kessler at the podium during a floor session.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Legislators stood Thursday to speak to legislation that has not yet made it to the floor. Senate Bill 368 was introduced by Senator Herb Snyder early in the session repealing unfair trade practices.

The bill focuses on a section of code written in the late 1930s. At the time, many states and the federal government put laws in place that prevented major retailers from undercutting the prices of mom and pop stores, forcing them out of business.

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West Virginia Morning
11:54 am
Fri November 22, 2013

West Virginians Remember JFK's Assassination, Eastern Panhandle Discusses Child Poverty, & More

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West Virginians remember where they were and what they were doing 50 years ago today--the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, residents in the Eastern Panhandle discuss issues related to child poverty, and Buddy & Julie Mille Miller perform "All My Tears" on this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Public Forum
8:06 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Eastern Panhandle Residents Discuss Child Poverty

Pamela Dugan, director of West Virginia's Promise-The Alliance For Youth, writes ideas for addressing child poverty.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The forum started with opening remarks from State Sen. John Unger (D-Berkeley) and Del. Tiffany Lawrence (D-Jefferson). Participants then watched part of the PBS film Poor Kids and a short preview of a film about child poverty in the state being produced by West Virginia PBS.

They then met in smaller groups to talk about how poverty affects children academically and socially, stereotypes associated with being poor, what resources are available in the community and what can be done to prevent families from becoming poor.

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Growth Projected
11:44 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Economic outlook for Eastern Panhandle is promising

John Deskins, Ph.D., WVU Bureau of Business and Economics Research director, gives the Eastern Panhandle economic forecast to a group of business leaders in Martinsburg, W.Va.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The economic outlook for West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle over the next five years looks good according to West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

The state has added about 3,000 jobs since the middle of last year according to this year’s Outlook report. John Deskins, Bureau director, presented the outlook for the Eastern Panhandle to a ballroom full of business leaders from Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties gathered at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn, beginning with a look at the statewide forecast.

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Podcast
9:15 am
Wed October 30, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 30, 2013

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A look at the economic outlook for the Eastern Panhandle, juvenile detainees testify on the conditions of the centers where they're being held, and the second part of a series of ghostly stories on the Whipple Company Store.

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Health Survey
11:17 am
Tue October 8, 2013

What would it take to make three W.Va. counties healthier?

Joy Buck
Credit Submitted Photo

The West Virginia University School of Nursing Eastern Division is tackling health and wellness problems in the Eastern Panhandle counties of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan. A three year study is leading to a conversation in the community about how to make the area a healthier place to live.

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Podcast
9:27 am
Tue October 8, 2013

West Virginia Morning - October 8, 2013

On this West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly details one mine safety advocate's concerns over the federal shutdown, Cecelia Mason reports on a study on health and wellness in the Eastern Panhandle, and Glynis Board has more on WVU President James Clements' State of the University address.

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