UPDATED: Collision kills two Wednesday on U.S. 522, police identify victims

Thursday, 9 a.m. — Story updated with names of those killed in the accident. ————————————————————————————————- A two-vehicle crash on Wednesday, August 21 has claimed the lives of the drivers of the two vehicles, according to police. Sheriff K.C. Bohrer on Thursday morning identified the deceased as Richard N. Keefer, 53, of Buzzard Acres in Berkeley…

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Jenkins, Shambaugh receive Life-Saving award

Morgan County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dennis Jenkins and Sgt. Wade Shambaugh were named as recipients of their department’s Life-Saving Award on Wednesday, August 21. The officers were honored for their response to a 911 hang-up in July that led to the discovery of potentially fatal carbon monoxide in a Great Cacapon home. Sheriff K.C. Bohrer…

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Bypass taskforce to host property session

The Route 522 Bypass Taskforce will host an information session for those affected by a planned bypass on Thursday, August 29 at the Ice House theatre from 6 to 8 p.m. Attorneys Hamstead & Associates will talk about how the property acquisition process works and about property owners’ rights. The session is free and open…

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Chip Shots

by Jim Buzzerd   Who? Last week I kind of stumbled through what I believed to be the status of the starting quarterback job for the West Virginia University Football Team.  Admittedly, I had no clue how the quarterback battle was going and, one week later, I still don’t. New head coach Neal Brown has…

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County to get new 911 service, local addresses to be checked

by Geoff Fox Washington County 911 will be conducting a study in the Hancock area starting in January 2020 to make sure addresses are correct as they begin a new 911 system for emergency responders. The Next Generation 911 system isn’t just coming to Washington County, it’s going to be a nationwide rollout. This new…

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DNR chief: Cacapon poised to be top destination

by Kate Shunney West Virginia’s DNR chief is looking at Cacapon State Park as a source of future tourism growth in the West Virginia State Park system. In a meeting with statewide media earlier this month, Division of Natural Resources head Stephen McDaniel named Cacapon and Canaan Valley State Park as two parks poised to…

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Rainfall and temperatures both above normal in area this year

by Kate Evans It’s been a wetter and warmer six months than in previous years, according to weather data from the NOAA National Weather Service. Regional rainfall has been above normal every month since April except for in August so far, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Pallozzi from the Sterling, Virginia forecast office.   Area…

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Police seek information about driver in accident with injuries

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information about a driver involved in a traffic accident that resulted in injuries last Wednesday, August 14. The incident occurred on Martinsburg Road just east of Goller Road at the intersection with River Road. Cpl. Kevin Barney investigated the crash with assistance from the West Virginia State Police.…

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Man killed in I-70 crash

by Geoff Fox A Halfway, Md., man was killed Monday night in a single vehicle accident along Interstate 70 in Big Pool. According to Maryland State Police, troopers from the Hagerstown Barrack were dispatched to the accident scene at Exit 12 on westbound I-70 at 9:17 p.m. Police said a witness told them a dark…

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