West Virginia governor mandates masks starting at midnight

by Kate Shunney West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has issued an Executive Order that requires those in the state to wear a face covering while in buildings outside of their homes. The order takes effect at midnight and will be in force on Tuesday, July 7. Gov. Justice said he is making the move following several…

County Expo won’t be held this year

The Morgan County Fair Board has voted not to hold the Morgan County Expo this year due to public health and economic concerns. Fair officials said they plan to hold the 20th county fair/expo event in July of 2021. West Virginia University Morgan County Extension Agent Cindy Smalley said this in an announcement: “[T]he new…

National Park Service seeks input on Paw Paw tunnel rock slide repairs

The National Park Service (NPS) invites public comment through July 25 on a proposal to improve visitor safety near the Paw Paw Tunnel Hollow in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. This section of the park, between mile marker 155 and the downstream portal of the Paw Paw Tunnel, has experienced rockfalls and landslides…

Local agencies start to see federal funds for COVID-related efforts

by KATE SHUNNEY & KATE EVANS Federal funds authorized by the CARES Act to help offset expenses and economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have made their way to Morgan County in several ways, from stimulus checks to business loans. Local government agencies have also gotten federal funds to cover the costs of adjusting their…

Morgan County Day celebrations set for Monday

Morgan County’s Bicentennial celebrates Morgan County Day in Berkeley Springs State Park on Monday, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beginning at noon is an hour of ceremonial speeches by state and local political figures from the park gazebo. Following the speeches, assembled public guests are invited to be part of a Bicentennial…

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