Phone trouble hit 911, hospital, homes

Customers of Frontier Communications were hit with telephone service outages yesterday, Wednesday, January 15 and continue to have trouble today in certain parts of Morgan County. On Wednesday, Morgan County 911 lost use of several Frontier phone lines due to the service cut. 911 continued to work despite the phone trouble. Sarah Hogbin, spokesperson for…

Four file for Magistrate race, other county offices attract candidates

by Kate Shunney As of press time on Tuesday, January 14, close to a dozen individuals had filed to run for office in 2020 through the Morgan County Clerk’s office. Candidate filing runs through January 25. Magistrate race Johnnie Walter, the current Chief Deputy of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, has filed to run for…

Hospital sees rise in flu cases, health officials urge prevention & vaccine

by Kate Evans Seasonal influenza activity is high across the United States and continues to increase, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This region was among 46 states and Puerto Rico with widespread flu activity, including West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio. The District of Columbia had local flu activity. A…

Five deer taken in Morgan County during buck season test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

by Kate Evans Five deer that were hunter-harvested in Morgan County during the first two days of the 2019-2020 buck firearms season tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). A deer harvested during the 2018-2019 hunting season also tested positive for the disease – the first one confirmed in the county. West Virginia Division of…

Which season is it?

Last Tuesday’s winter storm dropped five inches of snow around Morgan County, cancelling school on Wednesday, January 8. By last weekend, temperatures had worked their way up into the 60s, erasing the snow and serving up spring-like weather. This weekend’s forecast swings the area back to winter, with snow predicted Saturday and temperatures sliding down…

Vacant house fire is considered suspicious

by Kate Evans Firefighters responded to a fire in a vacant house in Berkeley Springs on Tuesday, January 7 that is considered suspicious. Responders dealt with snowy and icy road conditions as they battled the blaze. The house was a total loss, said Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company Assistant Chief Chris Sipe. A Berkeley Springs…

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