Federal marshals return suspect to Morgan County to face burglary, theft charges

by Kate Shunney U.S. Marshals transported the suspect in a Morgan County burglary case back to the area from Idaho to face felony charges this week. Idaho State Police arrested Joseph S. Puffinberger, 55, of Smithsburg, Md. in Kootenai County in northern Idaho on May 18. U.S. Marshals brought him to the area and Morgan…

Greenwood Church signs contract to take over former school and property, including Observatory

by Kate Evans Greenwood United Methodist Church signed a contract of sale for Greenwood Elementary and its 5.74 acres and property with the Morgan County School Board before the July 31 school board meeting. The closing date for the property will occur at a later date. School officials said the agreement is a win-win situation…

County weighing move to replace 78 voting machines

by Kate Shunney A routine request for a grant resolution last week turned into a lengthy discussion about how Morgan County voters will cast their ballots in the future. County Clerk Kim Nickles requested a resolution from the County Commissioners on Wednesday, August 1 in support of a grant request from Help America Vote Act…

Back To School Events

Back To School Bash Friday, August 10 5-7 p.m. at Warm Springs Middle School 271 Warm Springs Way Berkeley Springs Free school supplies for grades pre-K-12. Fun activities for kids of all ages. Pop-up Farmer’s Market & Informational exhibits.   Berkeley Springs High School 149 Concord Avenue Berkeley Springs (304-258-2871) Thursday, August 16 5 -7…

Back To School Bash set for Aug. 10

by Kate Evans Morgan County students and their families can have fun while they receive free school supplies at the community Back To School Bash on Friday, August 10. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Warm Springs Middle School, which is located at 271 Warm Springs Way in Berkeley Springs. The event…

Governor creates teams to tackle roadwork conditions, site to monitor road bond work

Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) on Monday introduced two new initiatives that engage the public in state road projects. Gov. Justice has formed a Highways Response Team called SWAT. It stands for Safety With Action Today. “It’s an initiative for citizens and visitors of West Virginia to report issues…

Monday showers cause minor flooding

Heavy rains Monday afternoon dropped upwards of three inches of water on parts of Morgan County, causing minor flooding in Berkeley Springs. Several roadways across the county were shut down by the West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Many were usual high-water spots, including Powerhouse Road in Great Cacapon…

Man left at hospital was from Montgomery County, Md.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department has identified the deceased black man who was dropped off at War Memorial Hospital on July 13. Police say the 28 year old man was Elgin Malik Smith. Smith was from the Montgomery County, Md. area, said Sheriff K.C. Bohrer. Deputy Luke Shambaugh is still investigating the circumstances surrounding Smith’s…

County unemployment rate up, but still below state average

West Virginia labor force statistics released by Workforce West Virginia on July 24 show unemployment rates for Morgan County have risen since last June, but still remain below the state average. Workforce West Virginia, which is a division of the state’s Department of Commerce, reports that Morgan County’s unemployment rate in June of this year…

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