Flooding Cacapon River tops two bridges

The Cacapon River in western Morgan County continues to rise on Saturday, May 19 and has flooded over the Powerhouse Road and Rockford Road bridges. Rockford Road beyond the bridge in now inaccessible. According to river gage information from the U.S. Geological Survey, the river topped flood stage (9 ft.) on Thursday and has remained…

School board to hold public hearing May 22 on $28.5 million budget

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board okayed publication of their updated proposed Fiscal Year 2019 total budget of $28,529,956 at their Thursday, May 10 meeting. The school system’s total budget increased $55,251 from the total preliminary budget that the board considered at their budget work session. Their proposed total budget now has an…

Residents dig down into unsafe structure rules

by Kate Shunney There was a light turnout last week for the first of two public hearings about a property enforcement ordinance for Morgan County. Fewer than 20 residents gathered at Warm Springs Middle School in Berkeley Springs at the hearing last Wednesday, May 9, to learn more about the ordinance and voice their opinion…

Hammer, Redding take judicial seats; Kump defeats Reed in 59th

Two winners have been announced in judges races for two seats on the bench in the 23rd judicial circuit, which includes Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties. David Hammer of Shepherdstown defeated Judge Debra McLaughlin of Berkeley Springs in the Division 2 race. Hammer pulled in 12,408 votes over McLaughlin’s 10,192 during voting the May 8…

County voters back school levy; Forney pushes Ford out of commission race

Morgan County voters renewed the school excess levy by a wide margin during Tuesday’s primary election, picked one new school board member and re-elected two more, and chose a fresh GOP candidate for a November race for the Morgan County Commission. Voting turnout locally topped 28 percent between 10 days of early voting and ballots…

First hearing this Wednesday on dilapidated building rules for county

Morgan County officials have set the dates of two public hearings to collect comments from county residents about a proposed dilapidated buildings ordinance. The first of two hearings will be held on Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Warm Springs Middle School in Berkeley Springs. The proposed ordinance sets forth rules about how the…

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