State says it will improve Magnolia-Detour Road with COVID funding

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced Monday a plan to put $50 million of federal CARES Act funding toward road projects that would improve resident access to medical facilities. The West Virginia Department of Transportation launched a new program to identify and fund the road projects, called Medical Access Road Projects (MARP). The MARP program…

Planning board approves expansion of gun range

by Kate Shunney During their July monthly meeting, the Morgan County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the expansion plans for a Morgan County gun range near the state fish hatchery in the southern end of the county. 10X Freedom Range had applied for approval of plans to expand the existing range by adding 27,000…

522 Bypass project now out to bid

by KATE SHUNNEY West Virginia’s Department of Transportation is now seeking contractor bids to build a long-planned U.S. 522 Bypass around Berkeley Springs. The Division of Highways issued a Notice to Contractors that they would receive bids and sealed proposals until September 15. Bids will be opened and read publically after the deadline, the Department of…

Heavy rains, flash flooding possible with Tropical Storm Isaias impact

by Kate Evans A flash flood watch was in effect for the area from 11 p.m. Monday night through 11 p.m. Tuesday night due to Tropical Storm Isaias. The storm was heading towards the Carolinas after sparing Florida a lot of its wrath. A National Weather Service advisory said that rainfall from the tropical storm…

Paw Paw Class of 2020 graduates in sunny ceremony

by KATE SHUNNEY Rain moved out of the area well in time to let the Paw Paw High School Class of 2020 finally gather together for a graduation ceremony on Friday night. A dozen of the class’s 14 graduates were seated, spaced apart, at the edge of the school’s front loop on July 31 as the sun…

Delayed and damp, Berkeley Springs High School Class of 2020 graduates

by KATE SHUNNEY A football field of wet grass marked off in grids, families under umbrellas and graduates mingling on the bleachers above it all – that’s what the Berkeley Springs High School graduation looked like for the Class of 2020 on Thursday night. A storm system pushed the start of the July 30 commencement ceremonies…

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