School officials commend special levy passage; approve multiple actions

by Kate Evans Morgan County school officials expressed their deep appreciation at the May 10 school board meeting that the special levy was approved by voters during the May 8 primary election. Board vice-president Aaron Close congratulated Superintendent Erich May and board member Pete Gordon on their efforts to encourage the levy’s passage. Board member…

Governor includes sections of county in Opportunity Zone program

West Virginia governor Jim Justice released a list on May 18 of 55 U.S. Census tracts that will be part of the state’s Opportunity Zone program. The federal program encourages private investment in rural and low-income communities through tax credits for investors. One census tract in Morgan County that includes the Town of Bath and…

Spring gobbler season hits high; Morgan hunters take 64

According to preliminary data gathered by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, turkey hunters in West Virginia harvested 12,274 gobblers this spring, which is a 15-year high and a 6 percent increase over 2017. This year’s harvest also is more than 10 percent above the 10-year average, said Mike Peters, Game Bird and Small…

Paw Paw to host annual Memorial Day parade, events Saturday

The Annual William H. Norton Memorial Day Parade and Car Show will be held this Saturday, May 26 in Paw Paw. The car show, held at Paw Paw Schools, begins at 9 a.m. and continues to 3 p.m. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at Woodrow Cemetery at 10 a.m. and a program at the…

Long-awaited bridge work underway on River Road

by Kate Shunney Contractors began work on a new bridge over Sleepy Creek along River Road on May 3, and major excavation work unfolded last week for the structure. Rock Forge Bridge Company, LLC of Amma, W.Va. was the winning bidder to construct the Sleepy Creek Arch Bridge. Their bid of $1,933,906 was one of…

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…

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