Impacts on homes, businesses top 522 bypass questions

by KATE EVANS A number of residents and business owners at last Thursday’s public meeting about the U.S. Route 522 bypass project voiced concerns about the project’s impact on businesses, home and property owners and the town’s environment. Many who spoke with The Morgan Messenger opposed the current bypass design and several opposed the project.…

Early voting begins today in May primary election

Registered voters can begin casting ballots in the May primary election today, April 25, as early voting opens for 10 days statewide. Early voting in Morgan County takes place at the Morgan County Courthouse in the first-floor County Clerk’s office during regular business hours and on special voting days Saturday, April 28 and Saturday, May…

522 bypass design outlined at public meeting

by TRISH RUDDER About 220 people who wanted to learn more about the proposed U.S. 522 Berkeley Springs Bypass and the Fairview Connector road to War Memorial Hospital attended the state highway department’s open house public meeting last Thursday, April 19. In the Berkeley Springs High School cafeteria, maps of the proposed bypass from Winchester…

Woman charged with hitting, injuring motorcyclist

A Berkeley Springs woman was arrested last Saturday, April 14 after allegedly crashing into a motorcyclist while she was driving under the influence. Lt. Seth Place of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department charged Heather L. Beckwith, 26, of Wilkes Street with DUI causing serious bodily injury following a two-vehicle crash on River Road. According to…

Alex Rickli Memorial Soccer Complex opens with ceremony and first games

by KATE EVANS The long-awaited grand opening of the 9.92-acre Alex Rickli Memorial Soccer Complex took place last Saturday and was followed by the first Morgan County Soccer League games of the season at the complex’s four soccer fields. Families, soccer league members, coaches, government and school officials, business and organization representatives and community members…

Bypass public meeting is this Thursday, April 19

An open house public meeting on the proposed U.S. 522 Berkeley Springs Bypass and Fairview Connector Project will be discussed by the West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) this Thursday, April 19 at Berkeley Springs High School. Representatives from the DOH and the Federal Highway Administration will be available between 4-7 p.m. to discuss the…

Driver leads police on pursuit, causes crash & escapes

by GEOFF FOX A Berkeley Springs man led Hancock police on a pursuit from I-70 across the Hancock bridge on Friday evening, April 13, and evaded police on the West Virginia side of the river. Police continue to look for the suspect. According to Hancock police, officers were alerted by Maryland State Police to be…

Traffic light planned near Widmyer intersection

by KATE EVANS A new four-way stop light is planned at Myers Road near Widmyer Elementary and the Dollar General store by the end of April or beginning of May, local school officials have said. At their April 10 meeting, the Morgan County School Board approved a right-of-way request from the West Virginia Division of…

Fire Marshal’s Office offers reward for Great Cacapon arson

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a vehicle fire that occurred on Monday, April 16 at 4:18 a.m. in the 300 block of Hammond Street in Great Cacapon. The fire has been ruled incendiary, meaning investigators are considering the fire an arson, said Assistant State Fire Marshal George Harms. The Fire Marshal’s…

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