Autopsy confirms Brooks father & son killed before house burned

by Kate Shunney The results of an autopsy report from the State Medical Examiner’s office support the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department findings earlier this year that a father and son found dead in a burned house last November had been shot prior to the blaze, according to a June 21 press release by Sheriff K.C.…

Zimmerman looks back on 76 years of musical fun

by Kate Shunney Paul Zimmerman swears he isn’t that good at playing the tuba. He’s been playing it for more than 75 years. Mostly for fun, he says. For 40 years of his musical hobby, Zimmerman hefted the large brass instrument onto vans, into cars, up on parade floats and around his shoulder as a…

McClintock is county’s Teacher of the Year

by Kate Evans Pleasant View Elementary fourth grade teacher Summer McClintock was chosen as the Morgan County Schools Teacher of the Year at a June 5 school board meeting awards ceremony. McClintock is finishing her twelfth year of teaching fourth grade at Pleasant View Elementary. McClintock received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education…

State road crews still rebuilding bridges, roads after June 3 flood

by KATE SHUNNEY A handful of county roads are still closed due to damage from a June 3 flood that hit a wide swath of Morgan County. State road crews have been working their way around the county to address problems like debris on public roads, unstable shoulders and sink holes caused by water undercutting…

Local man killed in accident

A Berkeley Springs man died last Saturday, June 9 in a single-vehicle accident in the Martinsburg area. Bobby A. Omps II, 44, was pronounced dead after being transported from the accident scene to Berkeley Medical Center, according to news reports. Omps was one of two men in a 2003 Chevy pickup truck which struck a…

Teams raise $29K for Morgan County Relay For Life

by Patricia Keys A sprinkling rain shower did little to dampen the spirits of participants in this year’s Morgan County Relay For Life on Saturday, June 9. Clouds filled the skies and umbrellas were hoisted at the beginning of registration; however, most of the event was rainless but extremely humid. Tents were erected by organizers…

County tracking flood damage, but disaster relief unlikely

by KATE SHUNNEY It’s not likely that Morgan County or local residents will qualify for government disaster assistance to help with cleanup or repairs after June 3 flooding, according to county officials. Individual homeowners and businesses have been sorting through options to fix and pay for structures and property that were damaged when streams, creeks…

State to seek third round of Cacapon bids

West Virginia State Park officials have rejected two construction bids for a promised expansion project at Cacapon State Park, but say they will seek a third round of bids this month. Bids for the expansion of the Cacapon State Park lodge and upgrades to the existing lodge, plus associated infrastructure improvements, were received by the…

Senior Center facility issues heat up

by Kate Evans As another summer begins, the Senior Life Services of Morgan County Senior Center in Berkeley Springs is facing their third summer without consistent air conditioning. The center is in the former U.S. Silica corporate headquarters north of Berkeley Springs. The senior center’s dining area was incredibly hot on a recent Thursday as…

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