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Chip Shots – Basketball Thoughts

Basketball thoughts by Jim Buzzerd There has yet to be much written in this space about the 2021-22 West Virginia University Men’s Basketball Team. Today I’ll offer some of my observations. The most positive thing I can offer is the team has a decent 13-3 record heading into Tuesday’s home game with defending NCAA Champion…

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January snow, Round 2

Somewhere between six and nine inches of snow fell across the region Sunday, January 16 and into Monday morning, finishing off with a layer of freezing rain. Offices and businesses that were not already closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day stayed shut Monday as many roads around the county remained covered. Highway crews moved…

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Morgan County Partnership gets $702,864 opioid-substance use initiative grant

by Kate Evans The Morgan County Partnership was awarded a $702,864 grant for a three-year program that will provide parent education, school-based substance use prevention programming and therapeutic supports for county youth and families that are opioid and substance use affected. The Partnership’s Opioid-Affected Youth Initiative grant was awarded by the Department of Justice’s Office…

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Meritus modifies care plan as patient volumes spike

On Friday, January 14, officials with Hagerstown’s Meritus Health announced they had put “crisis standards of care” into effect to manage rising case loads and staffing shortages. “This week, Meritus Medical Center has noted a continued and significant increase in demand for hospital care, intensive care, and increased length of stay,” they wrote in a…

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Hancock council considers getting back in the trash business

by Geoff Fox Apple Valley Trash has been picking up Hancock residents’ trash each week, but the company is not under contract to the town, council members said last week. Mayor Tim Smith said the town has been paying the company as they come pick up the trash. The town has been notified Apple Valley…

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George Elliott Chiles III

George Elliott Chiles III 1987-2022 George Elliott Chiles III, 34, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. passed January 12, 2022 from complications of covid at Winchester Medical Center. Born September 25, 1987, he was the son of George Elliot Chiles II and Kimberlee K. Chiles. George had a passion for cooking. He loved nature, fishing and hunting.…

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Robert Kelley Porter

Robert Kelley Porter 1970-2022 Robert Kelley “Rob” Porter, age 51, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. Born November 28, 1970 in Highlands, N.Y., he was the son of Stephanie Diane Perry Porter of Martinsburg and the late William Chester Porter. Rob was a Christian. He…

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Homer W. Price

Homer W. Price 1942-2022 Homer W. Price, 79, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., passed away Saturday, January 1, 2022, at Winchester Medical Center. Born November 26, 1942, in Little Orleans, Md., he was the son of the late John O. and Lola (Creek) Price and the husband of Cheryl A. McCumbee Price, whom he married on…

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Vivian Jo Morcek

Vivian Jo Morcek 1941-2022 Vivian Jo “Vicky” Morcek, age 80, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Winchester Medical Center. Born December 15, 1941 in Chattanooga, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Paul Jefferson and Beatrice Jewell Wooden McDade. She was a Christian. Vicky attended Southern High School in…

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Portia Rico Shives

Portia Rico Shives 1936-2022 Portia Rico Shives, age 85, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Monday, January 10, 2022 at The Berkeley Springs Center LLC. Born August 14, 1936 in Morgan County, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Herbert Thornton and Annie Elizabeth Allen Merchant. She attended Berkeley Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church. Portia…

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