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Md. firm gets Shepherd underpass project

SHEPHERDSTOWN — A Maryland firm has won the bid to build a pedestrian underpass at Shepherd University.

Work by C. William Hetzer Inc. of Hagerstown will begin this spring and is set to be completed by the time students return to campus in August, according to school officials.

School officials say the W.Va. 480 underpass is designed to improve pedestrian safety and improve traffic flow on that highway and Duke Street.

The project will connect the east and west campuses and eliminate pedestrian crossings by raising the road and creating a walkway underneath.

The location of the underpass is about 25 yards northeast of the existing crosswalk. For more details, visit


Water relief fund begins in Jefferson

KEARNEYSVILLE – Jefferson Utilities Inc. has begun a water relief fund for its customers.

Lee Snyder, who owns the company, says he began the initiative because he is “acutely aware of the struggles of many of his customers.”

Snyder started the fund with a $6,000 contribution from the company and said he expects to continue to fund it. The Salvation Army is managing the fund with help of the Department of Health and Human Resources.

Water customers may apply for assistance at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources at 239 Willow Springs Drive, Charles Town.

To qualify, customers must meet guidelines put in place by the Salvation Army and DHHR. For more information, call Jefferson Utilities at 304-728-2077.


APUS offering new program for teachers

CHARLES TOWN — Last week the American Public University System announced a new online teaching endorsement and certificate program for K-12 teachers in West Virginia.

The APUS program, developed in collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Education, is designed to help enhance online instructional competencies and improve student achievement outcomes.

The program adheres to the tenets of the U.S. Department of Education National Education Technology Plan 2010, which calls for personalized learning and learning supported by technology.

“We researched the needs of students and teachers for new learning and teaching approaches,” said Henry Brzycki, APUS’s dean of education. “This research helped us implement technology in more innovative ways to help personalize learning and impact both learning and student achievement outcomes.”

In addition to the certificate, West Virginia teachers may enroll in any of the five graduate-level APUS courses individually for professional development, which can be applied toward recertification.

– compiled from Spirit staff reports

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