Martinsburg

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Martinsburg officials have voted to allow the establishment of a proposed detox and crisis center after hours of heated debate.

The Journal reports that the Martinsburg Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously Tuesday to grant a special zoning exception for the facility.

World War I Ends: Nov. 11 1918

Nov 11, 2016
The last-surviving WWI veteran was Frank Buckles died at Charles Town in 2011 at the age of 110.
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On November 11, 1918, World War I ended after more than four years of brutal fighting. Nearly 39 million soldiers had been killed, wounded, or listed as missing. American soldiers arrived on the scene only during the last year-and-a-half of the war. Still, some 116,000 died in the conflict.

About 58,000 West Virginians served in the war. Of these, more than 1,100 were killed in action, and nearly 700 died in training. Many others died from influenza or other diseases.

Senator Harry F. Byrd Died: October 20, 1966

Oct 20, 2016
Harry Byrd, in 1907, he established the Martinsburg Evening Journal newspaper.
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U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd died on October 20, 1966. The Democrat was a pivotal political figure for much of the 20th century.

Born in Martinsburg in 1887, Byrd was descended from the city’s leading families. His great-great-grandfather had built the historic Martinsburg mansion known as Boydville. His great-uncle was Charles James Faulkner, who had served as U.S. ambassador to France and as an aide to “Stonewall” Jackson during the Civil War. And his brother was polar explorer Richard E. Byrd.

Bishop John Joseph Kain served as bishop of the Wheeling Diocese, and Archbishop of St. Louis.
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Roman Catholic Bishop John Joseph Kain died on October 13, 1903, at the age of 62. In the late 1800s, he was the driving force behind the growth of the Catholic church in West Virginia.

Kain was ordained as a priest in 1866. His first pastoral assignment was in his native town of Martinsburg. His 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.

J.R. Clifford used the Pioneer Press to fight for better economic and social conditions for African Americans.
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Civil rights trailblazer J. R. Clifford died on October 6, 1933, at age 85. A native of present-day Grant County, he served in an African American unit during the Civil War. Afterward, he taught at a black school and founded Martinsburg’s Pioneer Press, the first black-owned newspaper in West Virginia. He used its editorial pages to fight for better economic and social conditions for African Americans.

Martinsburg Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Seven Eastern Panhandle residents have been accused of keeping almost all of the money from bingo and raffle games that were being held for charity.

Strawberry Smoothie
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More than fifty people, including at least three West Virginians in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, have tested positive for hepatitis A.  The outbreak has been traced to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and used by the chain Tropical Smoothie Cafe. The most common way a person contracts hepatitis A is by eating something that has been contaminated with the feces of an infected person, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The strawberries were linked to the outbreak in early August.

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The Martinsburg City Council is discussing the possibility of adopting a panhandling ordinance.

The Journal reports that legal counsel to the city council Kin Sayre presented a suggestions for an ordinance to the Martinsburg City Council on Thursday after county councilman Dan Dulyea approached him about coming up with solutions for panhandling.

Peaches, Peach, Orr's Farm Market
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It’s the peak of the peach season here in West Virginia, and lots of folks are clamoring to their nearby farmer’s markets to get some. But the late frost this year did a number on the state’s peach crop, and some say it was the worst frost in 30 years.

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A candidate for sheriff in West Virginia who has been charged with heroin possession says he plans to continue his campaign.

A statement released Wednesday on the campaign website of Republican John Orem says he's "completely capable" of serving Berkeley County residents.

Jonathan Wienke House
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  Court documents say a Department of Homeland Security employee who entered his agency's Washington headquarters with a gun and other weapons kept ingredients for explosives at home.

A document detailing a search of Jonathan Wienke's Martinsburg home was unsealed Tuesday.

Dept. of Defense

Martinsburg-area veterans organizations and community leaders have come together to develop the Community Veterans Engagement Board.

The Journal of Martinsburg reports that the board held its first meeting last month at the Shepherd University Martinsburg Center to foster collaborations at the community level and resolve local veteran concerns and issues.

Jonathan Wienke House
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Agents who searched the West Virginia home of a federal homeland security colleague after he was discovered at work with a gun and knife told a magistrate judge that they would look for other weapons, "lists or notes of potential targets" and written evidence of any potential co-conspirators.

The list of items agents were looking for at the Martinsburg home of Jonathan Wienke was filed in federal court in West Virginia. Wienke was arrested June 9 at the Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Washington on a gun charge. He is not in custody.

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Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Bishops to The Sea The Sea, Rozwell Kid to New God and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

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The City of Parkersburg will provide water to some parts of Vienna in response to high levels of a carcinogenic chemical in the town’s drinking water.

The Parkersburg Utility Board’s Assistant Manager Eric Bumgardner says the lower-third of Vienna, also known as the town’s commercial district, had its water switched over to Parkersburg’s water supply Wednesday.

This will remain in effect until a permanent fix is in place.

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A new policy that'll assign police dogs to another handler has sparked protest from some Martinsburg residents.

The Journal reports Martinsburg police said in a statement Saturday that supervisors will no longer be assigned as canine handlers.

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The Martinsburg detachment of the West Virginia State Police led the state in felony arrests in fiscal year 2015.

Citing the agency's annual report, The Journal reports that the detachment made a total of 1,135 arrests.

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Despite having been barred from marching down Martinsburg's streets, West Virginia's Sons of Confederate Veterans members say they will gather in the city and celebrate Southern heritage and the Confederate flag this weekend.

Paul Williams, commander of the state's division of the group, tells The Journal that his group will be appealing the city council's decision next week, but members will still assemble in Martinsburg on Saturday to celebrate the 155th anniversary of the first official flag of the Confederate States of America.

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The West Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is seeking permission to parade through downtown Martinsburg.

Media outlets report that the group has requested to use portions of Queen and Race streets on March 5 for the procession, which the group says will be in celebration of southern heritage and the birth of the Confederate flag 155 years ago. The Martinsburg City Council will consider the request Thursday.

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Martinsburg City Council members are expected to cast the final vote on an amendment to the city's zoning ordinance that would define public buildings in a way that would prevent the Berkley County Council from opening a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in the city.

The Journal reports the proposed amendment was approved by the City Council in January.

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A Martinsburg man has been sentenced to at least 14 years in prison for his role in the 2013 home-invasion robbery of former NFL player Fulton Walker Jr.

A Berkeley County Circuit Court judge on Monday sentenced 29-year-old Roger C. Doleman Jr.to 12 years in prison for armed robbery, followed by between two and 10 years for assault, to be served concurrently with a one- to five-year sentence for failing to appear for trial.

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A groundbreaking is set for a trash-to-fuel facility in West Virginia. 

A ceremony is set for Wednesday for Entsorga West Virginia's facility in Martinsburg.

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The family of a Virginia man killed during a confrontation with Martinsburg police is appealing a judge's decision to dismiss a $200 million federal lawsuit against the West Virginia city and the officers.

Wayne Arnold Jones of Stephens City, Virginia, was shot more than 20 times in March 2013 after police said the 50-year-old shrugged off two jolts from a stun gun, fought with officers and stabbed one of them.

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The West Virginia Mine Wars is a period of our state’s history that until around the 1980s was often censored or left out in classrooms across the state. But a new class through Shepherd University's Lifelong Learning Program will offer tools for history teachers in West Virginia and beyond.

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A 27-year-old Windsor, Maryland, man faces up to 20 years in prison for his leading role in a heroin trafficking ring that distributed the drug in West Virginia, Virginia and elsewhere.

The government says Brian Alexander Hall entered a guilty plea to a conspiracy count Thursday in federal court in Martinsburg. Besides a prison term, he also could be fined up to $1 million.

National Governors Association

With President Obama’s visit to Charleston just two short weeks ago, people and organizations across the state have responded to the President’s call to fight drugs and overdose deaths in West Virginia.

On Wednesday, Governor Tomblin continues this fight and travels to Martinsburg to host a summit with law enforcement and the community on substance abuse in the area.

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The MBA program at Shepherd University hosted a panel discussion in Martinsburg Wednesday night that drew in a large crowd. The topic – the Affordable Care Act. The goal of the discussion was to look at the good, the bad, and the unknown and discuss how it directly affects West Virginians.

Dozens of people attended the event at the historic McFarland House in Martinsburg. Like most controversial pieces of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has received plenty of attention since it was first enacted in 2010 – good and bad.

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Martinsburg City Council is considering a proposal that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's nondiscrimination law.

Multiple media outlets report that a 30-day public comment period on the proposed amendment began Thursday.

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Federal safety regulators say a Martinsburg construction company faces more than $44,000 in fines for exposing workers to safety hazards at a Morgantown townhouse project.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the proposed fines Tuesday for K&F Construction Inc.

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The 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg celebrates the official opening of its C-17 Training System Facility Thursday, September 24, 2015.

At this new training facility, C-17 pilots, loadmasters, and maintenance engine run technicians from the 167th Airlift Wing will receive a combination of classroom instruction and simulator training.

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