Washington County sees large jump in COVID-19 cases

by Geoff Fox Hancock News On Tuesday, March 31, Washington County had a total of 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There were also seven cases of non-county residents who tested positive. By Wednesday, April 1, that number had jumped to 27 cases in Washington County.The number of cases of non-county residents rose to 12.…

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Athletic boosters doing fundraiser for press box, other school projects

by Kate Evans The Morgan County Schools athletics committee and buildings and grounds committee both met last month to consider sports and facilities projects. Berkeley Springs High School’s athletic director Dave Mundey reported to the athletics committee that the school’s booster organization is working on a brick fundraiser to raise money for a new press…

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Voters urged to use absentee ballots for primary election

Editor’s note: On Wednesday, April 1, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced the state’s primary election would not be held on May 12, but would be delayed until June 9. The story has been edited to include that information. —————————————————————– by Kate Shunney Morgan County Clerk Kimberly Nickles has said her office is preparing to provide…

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Schools to stay closed for most of April

Hundreds of students still being fed daily by Kate Shunney Due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in West Virginia, Governor Jim Justice has said all public and private schools in the state will remain closed until at least Monday, April 20. The announcement has led local school officials to shift gears…

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Commissioners approve $7.6 million budget for 2020-2021

by Kate Shunney The Morgan County Commissioners on Wednesday, March 25 approved a $7.6 million budget for county operations for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2020 and runs through June 30, 2021. In a meeting streamed over social media to increase public access, county officials unanimously okayed the $7,677,559 budget, which…

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War Memorial staff trained for safety, prepped for patient surge

by Kate Shunney Morgan County’s hospital has taken multiple steps to protect their healthcare workers and prepare for a potential surge of patient cases, said Valley Health system officials this week. Tom Kluge, President of War Memorial Hospital, said all employees of Valley Health hospitals have had “a lot of training” in the appropriate use…

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Spice of Life: Life is still full

by Jody Stottlemyer Do you worry? My mother did. If people could be paid for worrying, my mother would’ve been filthy rich. Since the pandemic situation interrupted our normal routines, I’ve found myself thinking of Mom and, to be honest, feeling somewhat relieved that she didn’t have to deal with it all. For starters, she…

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Distance yourself

Hancock Mayor Ralph Salvagno has installed signs at the Western Maryland Rail Trail parking lot entrance to the C&O Canal towpath to remind those who are using the trails to keep their social distancing to six feet between them. Photo by Ralph Salvagno

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