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Nighttime fire claims barn, livestock

By Staff | Feb 18, 2011

A fire destroyed a barn along Winebrenner Road in Shepherdstown Tuesday night, and the cause is still undetermined, according to Danny Thomas, Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department health and safety officer who responded to the call.

The SVFD and six other units responded to a call at approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thomas said. He reported that there were no fatalities or injuries; however, there was some loss of livestock.

Two adult pigs and eight piglets perished in Tuesday night’s fire that destroyed a barn near the line between Berkeley and Jefferson counties, a relative of the property’s owner said Wednesday.

The barn owner’s daughter said one sow got free but is severely burned and suffering from smoke inhalation.

Thomas said he didn’t know the extent of the damage, but “the barn was a complete loss.”

SVFD was first to respond to the scene. Other assisting units included Baker Heights, Bedington, Sharpsburg, Citizens, Independent and Friendship fire departments, Thomas said.

– Ogden Newspaper employees Ed Marshall and Tricia Fulks contributed to this report.

Town Hall announcements

Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21 in observance of President’s Day.

Trash collection will be done on Tuesday and resume regular schedule for the remainder of the week. Recycling collection will be on schedule.

Wind ensemble to take the stage

The Shepherd University Wind Ensemble will perform tonight at 8 p.m. at the Frank Arts Center.

Free with admission is a pre-concert lecture describing the works beginning at 7 p.m. The audience is invited to spend an hour with the conductor and the ensemble learning about and hearing excerpts from the music to follow.

The Wind Ensemble will offer a program featuring music spanning 500 years. The program includes Billboard March by John N. Klohr, English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams, an arrangement Percy Grainger of Prelude in the Dorian Mode by Antonio de Cabezon, Danzon No. 2 byArturo M’rquez, Viva El Rumbo! by Cleto Zabala, Serenade by Derek Bourgeois, Gazebo Dances by John Corigliano, and the Washington Post March by John Philip Sousa.

The SU Wind Ensemble, comprised of music majors and a few select non-majors, is the premier wind group of Shepherd and each year the audition becomes more competitive. This ensemble has been invited to perform around the world. The ensemble is looking forward to touring Spain this coming May.

Admission and seating for the Wind Ensemble concert is on a first-come, first-serve basis; advance sales or reservations are not available.

The box office will open one hour prior to each performance. General admission is $10, $5 for students 18 and under and free to Shepherd students with Rambler ID and Friends of Music MAC Cardholders. For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.

Ballot positions for primary set

CHARLESTON – The ballot positions for the Democrats and Republicans running in the special gubernatorial primary have been set.

Republican county clerks Vera McCormick of Kanawha County and Brian Wood of Putnam County drew for the Democratic ballot positions. Democratic county clerks Sue Morgan of Pleasants County and Karen Cole of Cabell County drew for the Republican ballot positions.

The names will appear on the Republican primary ballot in this order: Bill Maloney; Ralph William Clark; Larry Faircloth; Mark A. Sorsaia; Clark Barnes; Cliff Ellis; Betty Ireland; Mitch B. Carmichael.

The names will appear on the Democratic primary ballot in this order: Earl Ray Tomblin; Jeffrey V. Kessler; John D. Perdue; Rick Thompson; Arnie Moltis; Natalie E. Tennant.

The Mountain Party exercised their legal option to choose their nominee via a party convention. The name of the Mountain Party nominee will be submitted to the Secretary of State’s office by May 21.

More information on the 2011 special gubernatorial election can be found at www.wvsos.com.