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4-3-14 Smooth sailing now for boat decals

SUNRISE SUMMIT — If you’ve had trouble getting a renewal registration sticker for your boat at the DMV lately, representatives there say they’ve finally been able to right their keel. For several weeks, DMV offices around the state ran out of the decals, frustrating boaters hopeful to get their crafts in the water at the […]

4-2-14 County commission meets Monday

The Hampshire County Commission holds a rare Monday session next week. The date is one a handful mandated by state law. Here’s the agenda:   Monday, April 7, 2014 Hampshire County Commission 9:00 am   Call to order, minutes, President’s and Commissioner’s reports 9:15 am   Steve Moreland, re:  Library Board nomination and levy discussion 9:30 am […]

Happy 21st

HCAC party

The Hampshire County Arts Council celebrated its 21st birthday at its annual meeting Saturday, held in the Bottling Works. Phineas Rolls entertained with some old-school rock music, members feasted on barbecue and a live auction was held.

2 dead in I-81 pileup


MARTINSBURG — At least 2 people are dead and a dozen others injured in car crashes that occurred during a whiteout on Interstate 81 this morning. Northbound lanes on I-81 are expected to be closed until late this afternoon. Northbound traffic is being re-directed onto Route 11, which parallels the interstate. Traffic was reported backed […]

3-21-14 Commission to set budget

Budget matters big and small will be at the forefront for Tuesday’s meeting of the Hampshire County Commission.  The commissioenrs will set the county budget for the year and will also hold discussions on animal control and funding the PRO officer at Hampshire High. Here’s the complete agenda: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Hampshire County Commission […]

Slanesville man found guilty of selling heroin


ROMNEY — A confidential informant’s use of a hidden video camera during a controlled buy was instrumental in leading to the conviction of a local heroin dealer yesterday in Hampshire County Circuit Court. A 12-member jury found Robert G. Ford, 43, of Slanesville, guilty of 1 count of delivery of a controlled substance — heroin […]

3-19-14 Water problem postpones donkey game

SUNRISE SUMMIT — The water problems that sent Hampshire County students home early today claimed another victim, the annual donkey basketball game. The game, scheduled for 7:30 tonight, has been postponed until April 29.  It’s a fund-raiser for the HHS cross country teams. Tickets will be available at Romney and Augusta Elementary schools, as well […]

UPDATE: Water running to schools


SUNRISE SUMMIT — Water problems that led to all Hampshire County schools being dismissed 3 hours early today have been resolved at least temporarily. “We’re pumping better than we had been,” said Jim Hoffman, general manager of Central Hampshire Public Service District at 2:15 pm. Wednesday. He said conditions as they now stand will allow Hampshire […]

3-14-14 Would you help with a community garden?

The Romney community will be exploring the idea of starting a local community garden by holding a community meeting on Tuesday, March 18, 6 p.m., at the Hampshire County Public Library, 153 W. Main St., Romney, sponsored by Sustainable Potomac Highlands. Community Gardens are not a recent phenomenon, they were first organized in this country […]

Chamber installs officers

Magistrate Ron DiCiolla swears in Chamber of Commerce President Steve Bommarito, as (from left) Treasurer Rodney Matheny, Secretary Sheila Keister and directors Patty Anderson, Cat Haines and Sandra Hunt look on.

SUNRISE SUMMIT — The Hampshire County Chamber of Commerce wrapped up one year and kicked off another at its annual banquet Thursday night at the South Branch Inn. Jonathan Bellingham of Capon Springs and Farm talked about his family’s resort, tucked into the southeast corner of the county. Officers were installed and sworn in by […]

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