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Past articles by Steven:

Maryland legislature at halfway mark

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WDVM) — With the conclusion of our workweek the Maryland General Assembly has reached its halfway mark for 2022. Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson held a press conference Friday afternoon with his outlook for the remaining weeks of legislative business. Such issues as legalized marijuana, education reform and climate policy remain on the […] → Read More

Turning corner from pandemic, plans for that “big wedding” are back on

JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDVM) — Talk about pent up demand! Those big weddings we haven’t been having these past two years because of the pandemic. The weather is going to warm up in a few weeks, and couples are drawing up those huge wedding guest lists. As a matter of fact, industry professionals predict 2.5 […] → Read More

Former Navy Engineer pleads guilty to espionage

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDVM) — An Annapolis U.S. Navy engineer pled guilty this afternoon to federal espionage charges, Jonathan Toebbe was arrested in October. Toebbe has agreed to serve at least 151 to 210 months behind bars to sell U.S. Navy submarine propulsion intelligence to what he thought was a foreign agent who was working for […] → Read More

Motorist on Rt. 9 in Jefferson County escapes flames from vehicle

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. (WDVM) — Some anxious moments on Route 9 in Jefferson County near Kearneysville early Tuesday afternoon. A westbound vehicle became engulfed in flames. Emergency crews arrived promptly on the scene. Traffic was stopped in the westbound direction while firefighters extinguished the fire. “I saw the gentleman run out of the car,” said Officer […] → Read More

Rising rents are driving inflation at alarming rate, expert says

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — We’ve been hearing it from economists across the country for weeks now: inflation is raging. The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) said increases approach 40% in some markets. In major cities, average monthly rents are closing in on $1,900. This is having a strong impact on the economy since housing makes up […] → Read More

Moore leads Democrats in funding in 2022 Maryland Governor

BALTIMORE, Md. (WDVM) — The Maryland primary is not until June, but campaign finance reports show a clear winner in the crowded Democratic Party field for governor. Nonprofit executive Wes Moore from Baltimore has raised $4.8 million. He faces a challenge from Comptroller Peter Franchot, former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and former state Attorney […] → Read More

Maryland General Assembly back to mapping legislative districts

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WDVM) — For you Marylanders who couldn’t get enough coverage of congressional redistricting… well, that matter is in the hands of the Maryland courts over whether or not the new lines were drawn reasonably. But now, state lawmakers are reworking the maps for the General Assembly districts based on the latest census figures. […] → Read More

High expectation for Virginia’s new governor on first week in the job

WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — As the song says, “meet the new boss.” And that’s precisely how it is this week as Virginia’s new governor, Glenn Youngkin, settles into office Youngkin was sworn in on Saturday and addressed the General Assembly in Richmond to start the week. Meanwhile, local officials across the Commonwealth weigh in on […] → Read More

Firefighters urge prevention of danger during cold weather season

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. (WDVM) — In these cold winter temperatures, firefighters are warning us to take precautions to prevent flammable danger in the home and workplace. In addition, public safety officials have sound advice for the season, especially how a carbon monoxide detector is an important tool for protection. It’s the time of year when […] → Read More

Health officials advise precautions as COVID infections surge in West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDVM) — West Virginia starts the new year with a surge in positive COVID cases. The Mountain State hit a single-day record last week of confirmed daily cases that have more than tripled since then. The state now has its highest positivity caseload since October, with 31 COVID deaths, pushing the statewide total […] → Read More

Young interns have important role in history museum’s success

SHARPSBURG, Md. (WDVM) — The town of Sharpsburg, Maryland — in the heart of Civil War battlefield country — takes pride in its history museum and the museum’s internship program is a big part of its success. While not quite high school age, the interns at the Sharpsburg History Museum are a big part of […] → Read More

Dot Foods trucking operations meet holiday challenges of these pandemic times

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. (WDVM) — This week leading up to Christmas can often be stressful; and with pandemic-related supply chain issues, this year’s holiday could be especially challenging. Waiting on that Christmas ham or turkey? A Dot Foods warehouse could be loading it on the truck right now. The Williamsport, Maryland Dot Foods trucking warehouse is […] → Read More

Washington County Day Report Center welcomes Meaghan Willis as new director

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has named a new director for its Day Report Center. Meaghan Willis takes over operations at the criminal justice facility, which works closely with those making the transition from a prison sentence to the workforce and reconnecting with their family. Much of her work involves substance-related […] → Read More

Early childhood education programs in West Virginia struggle to find staff, personnel

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDVM) — In the heart of Appalachia, West Virginia was a pioneer in early childhood education programs — but this economy (with its desperate shortage of labor) is taking its toll on families who most need the help. An eastern panhandle universal and pre-K and kindergarten program is a perfect example. West Virginia […] → Read More

Latest trends show affordable home prices outstripping incomes, though interest rates still low for now

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — Have you been thinking about buying a new home? The inventory of affordable properties may have passed you by. Prices are rising at a record pace, but incomes are not keeping up. The demand for new homes during the pandemic has made this a seller’s market with a shortage of choices […] → Read More

West Virgnia, like many states with low vaccination rates, sees leap in COVID infections

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDVM) — West Virginia was out of the gate fast getting vaccines in arms months ago, but things today are a different story. So what’s really driving the reluctance to get vaccinated? Coronavirus cases in the Mountain State are reaching record levels. Schools are closing. Hospitals are choked with Delta variant patients. West […] → Read More

Computer security professional guards against ransomware attacks

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — With so much in the news lately about computer hacking and ransomware, what are you doing to protect yourself? Just before Memorial Day weekend, there was a pipeline hack that triggered panic buying and gas shortages — it compromised half of all gas, jet fuel and diesel to the east coast. […] → Read More

Community of Hancock pulls together to keep schools open

HANCOCK, Md. (WDVM) — The western Maryland town of Hancock is celebrating — two schools that were in danger of closing will remain open. The recommendation of the Washington County school superintendent to close Hancock Middle & Senior High and Cascade Elementary has been rejected by the board of education. The closings were considered because […] → Read More

Maryland legislator concerned for small businesses in wake of COVID

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — Governor Larry Hogan announced on Friday that he is awarding more than $6 million to dozens of industry partnerships as a way to help rebound from the economic downturn during COVID. Meanwhile, a member of the Transportation and Environment Committee in the House of Delegates made a swing through some western […] → Read More

Washington County readies new round of small business relief grants

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — More than 1,000 Washington County small businesses have pulled down over $11 million in small business aid to weather the pandemic. More help is on the way for some of those businesses. The county commission has approved the release of over one million dollars in four categories of funding. Small Business […] → Read More