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We got a chance to chat with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin this morning. He seems optimistic about what is going on in Washington. He repeated his call for common sense and compromise, but those can be difficult to deliver in D.C.
Next Pete Mulford and Tiffany Lawrence joined us from the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle to get people revved up for the Community Campaign. This year's message is “Stronger Together” and you can hear in this interview exactly why. With so much need right now, there is no way any one of us can make the difference, but together we can really change things! Learn more by visiting the United Way's website.
Bart Cookus was in to promote the Pre-Holiday 5k & 10k Run/Walk coming up at Poor House Farm Park on Dec. 8th. The event benefits Immanuel's House. Be sure to bring some TP or another toiletry item for the needy! Check out LoCo Racing to register.
And Fred Persinger II was with us to talk Martinsburg High School Football. They have a big game this Friday and want everyone to wear black in support of the team. It will be a Black Out for Black Friday at Coburn Field! Game time is 1:30pm, Fred and crew take to the air at 1:00pm on 1340AM andonline at www.wepm.com.
The new Spirit of Jefferson hit news stands today. Bryan Clark came in to take us “Behind the Headlines.” You can get all the information by picking up the latest Spirit or checking it out online. We also got to meet the new Gastroenterologist at West Virginia University Hospitals-East Dr. Timothy Orphanides. He spoke about his experiences in the field and what brought him to the Eastern Panhandle. Teresa McCabe was with us as well for the latest on what's happening in the hospital system.
Next we got an important update on philanthropy in the area. Maria Lorensen and Robin Zanotti joined us to share their expertise. The Tri-State Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is recognizing West Virginia lottery winner/philanthropist W. Randy Smithas the Individual Philanthropist of the Year. The group is also hosting three workshops before the luncheon designed to assist non-profit fundraisers and boards of directors in their work. Speakers for the morning sessions as part of philanthropy week. Cost of the three workshops and luncheon is $35/person or $240 for a table of eight. Those interested in attending or finding out more should contact Niki Wilson, director of development for Valley Health (Southern Region) at (540) 636-0363 or (540) 303-0582 (cell) or by e-mail.
This morning we got a behind the scenes look at the Rumsey Radio Hour with Mark Kraham and Todd Coyle. The beloved Shepherdstown tradition is back this weekend (11/16 & 11/17) for two shows. The Rumsey Radio Hour is an old style radio program featuring music from local performers. With political satire, comedy skits, and far fetched stories the Rumsey Radio Hour offers a unique form of entertainment. The shows will be 8PM at the Opera House in Shepherdstown Friday night and 8PM at the Frank Arts Center on Saturday. For ticket information and other details check uot the website, visit them on facebook or just call 304-876-2786 or 304-876-2783. They had to turn people away last year so hurry!
We welcomed back Donna Seiler, Berkeley County’s Litter Control Officer for our trash talk segment. She is back on the job and ready to go. A lot of people kept moving forward with the effort but she said some new dump sites have cropped up that she plans to deal with asap. She still needs everybody's help, though. She can be reached via email and by calling (304) 267-5091.
And David Melton from the Social Security office was in to talk about some big changes there. First, Effective November 19, 2012, the Martinsburg Social Security office will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. In addition, beginning January 2, 2013, the office will close to the public at noon every Wednesday. It was not all bad news today. David also reminded Veterans about their opportunities with Social Security. For those who return home with injuries, it will be our turn to help them. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Security’s Wounded Warriors website. The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs. Even active duty military who continue to receive pay while in a hospital or on medical leave should consider applying for disability benefits if they are unable to work due to a disabling condition. Active duty status and receipt of military pay does not necessarily prevent payment of Social Security disability benefits. Receipt of military payments should never stop someone from applying for disability benefits from Social Security.
First thing today, a big thank you to all the men and women who have served. Veterans Day is certainly a great occasion to mark the significance of the sacrifice so many make, but we need to make sure it is something we do everyday. We started the program chatting with Stefani Pierson, executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle. Thanks to the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, the United Way and the Promise Neighborhood Initiative, the club will have hours during the school holidays. Get all the details in the interview.
After that Helen Harris, recently named the 2012 Citizen of the Year in Berkeley County joined us. Learn the story of the All are Welcome Community Thanksgiving Dinner. It will be at the St. Joseph Parish Cafeteria on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) form noon to 4pm.
And Art Thomm was on the line to talk about the importance of Veterans Day. Art served in the U.S. Air Force. He fills us in on a few ideas for making a genuine gesture of gratitude for the men and women in uniform. A nice way to give back on Veterans Day or otherwise!
Dan Woodrum joined us this morning from the WV Agricutlure Department. He previewed the WV Wine and Artisan show coming up November 30th and December 1st at the Inwood Farmer's Market. He also had some insight into what's been happening at the Ag Dept. during the big election. There are still spots available, although the deadline is fast approaching. Anyone interested can e-mail Dan.
Cheryl Dolan joined us from the GWFC Women's Club of Martinsburg. This Sunday (11/11) they have their Annual Holiday Design Show. It runs from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Cheryl also told us about membership opportunities. Contact Barbara at (304) 263-8437.
And Kelly Tanksley had a ton of information from the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library. They have a very busy schedule and are doing so many new things! Check them out on Facebook and visit their YouTube channel!
There was an election last night, and while some things turned out exactly as expected, there were a few surprises in there as well. As expected West Virginia supported republican candidate for president Mitt Romney. In the U.S. Senate race incumbent Senator Joe Manchin defeated Morgantown businessman John Raese. Manchin had 61% of the vote in that contest. All three members of the U.S. House won reelection, including Second District Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito. She defeated democrat Howard Swint 70% to 30%. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will serve a full term after once again beating republican Bill Maloney. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant won handily against republican challenger Brian Savilla. Auditor Glen Gainer III edged the Eastern Panhandle's Larry Faircloth by almost 90,000 votes. Treasurer John Perdue weathered the storm against republican Mike Hall. And democrat Walt Helmick defeated Republican Kent Leonhardt for West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture.
The big state wide change came in the race for Attorney General. Democrat Darrell McGraw hjas served as AG since 1992. He was unseated last night by republican Patrick Morrisey, a resident of Jefferson County. Morrisey won 51% to 49% with a margin of about 16,000 votes.
Incumbent Robin Davis will return to the West Virginia Supreme Court. Republican
Allen Loughry won a seat as well. Eastern Panhandle judge John Yoder came in third but did not get enough votes for a place on the state's high court.
Craig Blair the Republican candidate for the 15th District won against constitution party candidate Daniel Litten. In the 16th District Democrat Herb Snyder defeated republican Jim Ruland. An unofficial count by MetroNews shows the GOP picked up 11 seats in the 100 member House yesterday. The count now is 54 Democrats and 46 Republicans. Republicans won 7 of 10 single member district seats in the Eastern Panhandle, including the new 63rd and 66th Districts with wins by Mike Folk and Paul Espinosa. Democrat Tiffany Lawrence retained her seat in the 65th district against a republican challenge in Jill Upson. Incumbent republican delegate Walter Duke lost to democratic new comer Jason Barrett in the 61st district. Democrat Stephen Skinner defeated Elliott Simon in the 66th.
Berkeley County Council woman Elaine Mauck was elected to a full term last night along with fellow republican Jim Barnhart. Democrat Mark Barney came in third in that race. Meanwhile democratic Jefferson County Commissioner Frances Morgan lost in a rematch against republican Jane Tabb. Berkeley County Sheriff Kenny Lemaster and Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley were each elected for second terms. And Larry Hess won the assessor’s office in Berkeley County. Angie Banks won the job in Jefferson County.
Breathing a sigh of post election relief! This morning we went Behind the Headlines with Bryan Clark and the Spirit of Jefferson. He broke down some of the results from last night's General Election. Some surprising things happened in the Eastern Panhandle.
We also spoke with Paul Espinosa who was elected to the 66th Delegate District last night. He pledged bipartisanship and spoke about how he'd like to move the state forward.
And we got an update on overall wellness from Marian Morrison, RN from
the Berkeley County Health Department and WVU Nursing Student Rachael Sween. It is important to take some responsibility when it comes to health. As Marian points out, the department can offer a lot of help there. Check out the health department's website for more information or call (304) 263-5131.
Jerry Mayhew got us started this morning. We took a different approach to PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) looking at what might change is Mitt Romney were elected and succeeded in overturning the legislation. Jerry had some interesting ideas about what might change and what might actually stay the same. He also had some advice for anyone looking for coverage today.
Democratic Candidate for the 61st Delegate District Jason Barrett was in studio. He answered some questions about the recent tone of his campaign and about some of the things he'd like to see changed in Charleston. You can find out more about Barrett in the interview or by sending him and e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Combs and Tracey Eberling from the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce stopped by to recap the 5th Annual Community Showcase. More than 50 exhibitors were at the Mall Saturday and it sounds like a good crowd gathered as well. We also previewed Wednesdays 86th Annual Chamber Dinner. Get all the details in the interview and at the Chamber's Website.
And we wrapped up with Conrad Lucas, Chairman of the WV Republican Party. He joined us via the Frontier Communications Hotline to try and rally the troops to get out and vote. He thinks the republican party has a real shot at taking control of the legislature and some key state and national offices as well. He said voting fro any democrat is a win for President Barack Obama. We discuss that notion
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We started November with politics, fitting as we are down to the wire for the General Election on November 6th. We began with Mike Folk, the republican candidate for the 63rd Delegate District. He spoke about why he is running and some of the problems he sees in West Virginia today.
We also spoke this morning with republican candidate for the U.S. Senate John Raese. He's in a rematch against Democratic Senator Joe Manchin who won the special election to fill the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd's seat. Raese says he and republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are the team West Virginia needs in Washington. Find out what Mr. Raese plans to do if that team gets a chance to take the field.