Martinsburg

West Virginia History
11:02 am
Mon October 20, 2014

October 20, 1966: Senator Harry F. Byrd Dies

Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Harry F. Byrd, Martinsburg Evening Journal, Richard Byrd, 1966, 1887

  U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd died on October 20, 1966. The Democrat was a pivotal political figure for much of the 20th century.

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West Virginia History
10:34 am
Mon October 13, 2014

October 13, 1903: Bishop John Joseph Kain Dies

A native of Martinsburg, John Joseph Kain's missions ranged from nearby Harpers Ferry to Leesburg, Virginia. During his seven years in this position, he helped rebuild communities that had been ravaged by the Civil War.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / John Joseph Kain, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Diocese of Wheeling, St. Louis, Civil War, Harpers Ferry

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West Virginia History
8:19 am
Mon October 6, 2014

October 6, 1933: Civil Rights Legend J.R. Clifford Dies

Civil rights trailblazer J. R. Clifford, a native of present-day Grant County, founded Martinsburg’s Pioneer Press, the first black-owned newspaper in West Virginia.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / J.R.Clifford, Pioneer Press, Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, NAACP, Civil War, Taylor County, Grant County

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Environment
1:20 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

W.Va. Tank Registration Tally: 45,500 and Growing

Credit AP

  State environmental officials have tallied more than 45,500 aboveground storage tanks as a deadline passed to register them.

Officials say they're still registering thousands more.

In Charleston on Wednesday, tank owners questioned the state Department of Environmental Protection about upcoming steps. DEP's stakeholder meeting is covering proposed rules for a new law regulating aboveground tanks.

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Air National Guard
7:18 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

167th Airlift Wing to Get Eight C-17 Aircrafts

Remaining C-5s at the 16th Airlift Wing.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Thursday, September 25th marks the end of an era for the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg. The National Guard unit is getting the first of eight C-17 aircrafts, which will eventually replace the 11 C-5s that have been on the base since 2006. This transition comes at a price. About 160 fulltime positions are going away, but the West Virginia National Guard is trying to help the people affected find other jobs.

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Healthcare
12:10 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Martinsburg VA Holds Town Hall to Hear Veterans Healthcare Concerns

Veterans gathered together for Martinsburg VA Medical Center's first town hall meeting.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A group of impassioned veterans showed up to a town hall meeting at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center last week to voice a litany of complaints. But for the most part, they did NOT echo the national outrage about wait times for doctors' appointments. Instead, the veterans raised issues ranging from homelessness to hospital food.

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West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Where Are the Gas Wells in W. Va.?

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on an on line map compiled by the state Department of Environmental Protection showing where horizontal gas well are located.  And Liz McCormick attended a town hall meeting where veterans told officials from the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center what they really need.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

BE-Hive, A Family Inspiration Place

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There’s a place in historic downtown Martinsburg that’s known to the community as… the BE-Hive. It’s spelled B-E, meaning “to be,” and “hive” meaning “home.” It’s an activity center for children, but it’s not a drop-off point. The parents have to be involved too.

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Medical
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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Complaint
11:48 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Board Alleges W.Va. Doctor Unqualified to Practice

Credit Sponge / wikimedia Commons

  The West Virginia Board of Medicine says in a complaint that a Martinsburg doctor isn't qualified to practice medicine.

The complaint alleges that Dr. Tressie Montene Duffy pre-signed prescription pads and directed non-physician staff to prescribe controlled substances while she wasn't in the office. She also is accused of dispensing prescription medication without being registered as a dispensing physician.

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Education
5:57 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

NASA Teacher's Workshop Brings Robotics and the Universe into W.Va. Classrooms

Two teachers show off their robot during the "WeDo Robotics!" lesson.
Credit Chris Fleming / STARBASE Martinsburg

Local elementary and middle school teachers in and around the Martinsburg area attended a NASA Teachers Workshop, Wednesday, hosted by STARBASE Martinsburg. Going on its twelfth school year, STARBASE has hosted these workshops each summer to better prepare educators in the ever-evolving field of science and math. But the question is, with all the demands teachers face during the school year, can they effectively take the time for these new resources in their own classrooms?

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Government
9:16 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Martinsburg, Nitro To Try Home Rule

An Eastern Panhandle city and another city in the Kanawha Valley will seek to participate in the state's Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program.
 
 The Martinsburg City Council and the Nitro City Council both approved ordinances on Tuesday authorizing the submission of applications to the program.
 

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Local Government Control
9:12 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Final Vote Set on Martinsburg Home Rule Proposal

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Martinsburg's City Council plans to vote this week on whether the city will apply for the state's home rule program.

A final vote is scheduled Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that would authorize Mayor George Karos to submit the city's application.

The Journal reports that Martinsburg's application includes adopting a 1 percent sales tax. Business and occupation taxes on wholesale and retail businesses would be reduced. The B&O tax on amusement businesses would be eliminated.

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Municipalities
10:55 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Martinsburg to Hold Public Hearing on Home Rule

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Martinsburg officials plan to gather input from residents and property owners on the city's home rule application. A public hearing is set for tomorrow night as part of a special City Council meeting.

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Gun Ordinance
8:56 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Martinsburg OKs Preliminary Firearm Regulations

Downtown Martinsburg.
Credit Martinsburg Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Martinsburg City Council has given preliminary approval to four proposed firearms ordinances designed to bring the city into compliance with a new state law.
 
The law prohibits municipalities from enacting firearms regulations that are greater than those of the state and federal governments.

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Guns
8:53 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Martinsburg to Take Up New State Firearms Law

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Martinsburg is scheduled to grapple with a new state law that prohibits municipalities from enacting ordinances regulating firearms.
 
The City County is scheduled to take up the issue at its Thursday meeting.
 

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Breaking
2:46 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Fire, Leak Reported at Martinsburg Chemical Site

Credit West Virginia Department of Commerce

Original story posted Friday, Jan. 31 at 2:46 p.m.

Emergency units in Berkeley County are responding to a reported fire at Ecolab Inc. in Martinsburg.

Ecolab is located in the 900 block of Baker Road near the V.A. Medical Center. The company manufactures industrial strength chemicals, solvents and cleaners.

911 officials said they received reports of an outside tank on fire. Nine equipment units were on scene as of 2:30 p.m. on Friday and were reporting no active fire, but a Hazmat team is checking for any possible leaks as a result.

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High School Football
12:44 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Historic Win: Martinsburg Football is Four-Time Champion

A Martinsburg High football fan expresses support for the team.
Cecelia Mason WV Public Radio

The Martinsburg High football team made West Virginia high school sports history Saturday by beating Huntington High 9-7 to win the state AAA championship in Wheeling, W.Va.

It’s the first time in West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission history an AAA ranked school has won four state football championships in a row.

Martinsburg (13-1) was ranked number two during the season and Huntington (13-1) was ranked number one.

“Anytime you have number one versus number two it should be a tight ballgame and it was today,” Martinsburg Coach  Davis Walker said.

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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.