Eastern Panhandle

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After a chemical spill in the Kanawha Valley left more than 300,000 people with contaminated drinking water for days, state lawmakers passed legislation in an effort to prevent a similar crisis. One part of that legislation requires most water utilities in the state to draft source water protection plans – with public input. West Virginia Public Broadcasting attended a public forum in Shepherdstown Thursday night aimed at educating the community about the plans.

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The former Coolfont resort in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle is going on the auction block.

An auction will be held June 21 at Cacapon Resort in Berkeley Springs.

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Lawmakers have until June 30 to come up with a state budget for next year, and lawmakers in the Eastern Panhandle are eager to see a solution soon.

Eight Eastern Panhandle lawmakers met with members of the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce to recap the 2016 legislative session Tuesday during a wrap-up breakfast in Martinsburg.

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Every year, dozens of people in Harpers Ferry go back in time. In the shops and at the national park, it's 1864 all over again. It's fun for locals and visitors to see how people in Victorian-era West Virginia celebrated Christmas. But it's also a reminder of how bittersweet it can be for people to try to find a bit of good cheer in the midst of a long and terrible war.

 

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A regional committee plans to study bicycle needs and priorities in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and Washington County, Maryland.

The Journal reports that the Regional Bike Plan Study is part of the Hagerstown Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization's Long-Range Transportation Plan.

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In July, the United States House of Representatives voted on House Resolution 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. It passed the House and has now moved on to the Senate. If passed into law, it would create a federal voluntary labeling standard for genetically modified foods or those with genetically modified ingredients. Labeling would also be regulated by the FDA. Here in West Virginia, there’s been some talk and show of concern from some over this bill, including a group in the Eastern Panhandle.

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Since 1986, legislators from the Eastern Panhandle have been meeting with their fellow lawmakers from what they call the quad-state region - Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania - to discuss issues as well as accomplishments they share along the interstate 81 corridor. This year, the group focused on drug trafficking and what the four states can do to combat the problem.

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A state fire official says a fire in Harpers Ferry's commercial area caused about $2 million in damage.

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When you think of something being solar powered, what do you picture? Solar panels on roofs, bridges, in fields, maybe you think of solar cars. But what about a solar musician?

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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.

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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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  A cable TV miniseries filmed in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle will debut next month.

The state Film Office says the eight-part series "American Genius" will premiere on June 1 on the National Geographic Channel.

The series that chronicles battles in innovation was predominantly filmed in Berkeley and Jefferson counties. Among the genius rivals highlighted were Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, firearms makers Samuel Colt and Daniel Wesson, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, and the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss.

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The West Virginia Judiciary’s Unified Electronic Filing System has expanded to the Eastern Panhandle.

Justice Brent Benjamin announced the expansion of E-filing to the Eastern Panhandle at the Circuit Courtroom in the Jefferson County Courthouse Monday.

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In the first days of the 2015 Legislative session, energy was the focus of legislators’ attention. A bill that first began as a total repeal of the alternative and renewable energy portfolio act soon became only a partial repeal as lawmakers’ attempted to leave in place current net metering standards.

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The Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce held a public forum Tuesday bringing together lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle to discuss this past session.

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In the House Small Business Committee this week, House Bill 2385 was discussed. The bill has to do with brewer, resident brewer, and brewpub licensing and operations in the state.  The bill was introduced at the request of Governor Tomblin who noted the issue in his state of the state address last month.  The bill is finally receiving some legislative attention.

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An Eastern Panhandle distillery decided to close its doors this week because of uncertainty about regulations the owners say are making their business unprofitable.

Distilleries must sell their liquor to the state and buy it back at a 28 percent markup under a provision of the liquor law called bailment. Bloomery Sweetshine Distillery in Jefferson County says that markup has made doing business unsustainable.

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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.

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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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