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West Virginia Legislative Interims: Differences between Public Employees Retirement System and Municipal Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement System discussed

By Matt Young, West Virginia Press Association BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – The legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Pensions and Retirement met on Tuesday during the last day of the November interim session. The only business before the committee was the proposal to transfer control of service regarding police and firefighters[Read More…]

West Virginia Legislative Interims: Experts testify additional policies needed to protect older residents from financial exploitation

By Autumn Shelton, West Virginia Press Association BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Legislature should consider creating additional policies to help protect older residents from financial exploitation, according to experts.  “Financial exploitation is the biggest silent crime in the United States,” said Legal Aid of West Virginia Financial Exploitation[Read More…]

West Virginia Legislative Interims: Report presented on transformative system for early literacy

By Matt Young, West Virginia Press Association BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – The Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability (LOCEA) met on Monday to hear reports regarding the “transformative system for early literacy,” as well as safety and security measures from representatives of the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). This[Read More…]

Buck season opens Monday, Nov. 21

West Virginia’s buck firearms season open this coming Monday, November 21 and remains open through December 4. During the season, hunters may take one antlered deer per day, and a maximum of three antlered deer during the season in conjunction with the appropriate licenses. Any deer kill must be registered[Read More…]

Berkeley Springs Police has new patrolman

by Trish Rudder Patrolman Nicholas Queen, 19, is the newest member of the Berkeley Springs Police Department for the Town of Bath. Queen graduated from Martinsburg High School in May. He applied for his new job in Berkeley Springs and was hired on September 26. He will receive training at[Read More…]

Chip Shots – Some fire after all

Some fire after all by Jim Buzzerd For several weeks there has been ongoing speculation about Neal Brown’s future as head football coach at West Virginia University. While there was widespread support to end Brown’s tenure at West Virginia as his team was 3-6 last week except for one gigantic[Read More…]

High-dose flu vaccine recommended for older adults

Flu season is here and on track to be severe. Currently, the U.S. is experiencing the highest influenza hospitalizations seen during this time period in the last ten years. This year, health officials have new flu shot guidance for older adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend[Read More…]

Veterans Day ceremony honored valor, echoed cost of service

by Lisa Schauer Steady rain fell over a somber Veterans Day program at Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60 in Berkeley Springs last Friday, November 11. An undeterred crowd filled the dining hall to honor and remember the sacrifices of America’s war veterans and their families. Placemats handmade by local student[Read More…]