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.…

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John Mundey wins U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Award

U.S. Army Reserve Spc. John Mundey was named as a winner of the 2018 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition Best Warrior and Best Noncommissioned Officer in a ceremony at the Crown Complex in Fayetteville, N.C., on Friday, June 15. Thirty-six U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from U.S. Army Reserve commands throughout the world, with occupations…

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“Golden Girl” leaves legacy

by Jamie Harris It seems each year a prolific group of male or female cross country and track athletes graduate Berkeley Springs High School with numerous state championships or all-state honors. In the past, names such as Valerie Peer, Rachel Buser, Megan Mock, Tone Belt, Lenny Hovermale, Shaun Spielman, Corey Shetler, Danielle Haynes, Kinsey Reed,…

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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…

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State utility agency to hold hearing on Columbia Gas surcharge request

The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold two public hearings this month on the application by Columbia Gas of Maryland to adopt a new gas system infrastructure and improvement plan and the surcharge to fund it. Columbia’s program, known as STRIDE (for strategic infrastructure development and enhancement) would result in a monthly surcharge at the…

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Chip Shots

Koepka wins again by Jim Buzzerd Brooks Koepka won his second U.S. Open title Sunday at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y. No player has successfully defended the U.S. Open title since Curtis Strange in 1989. That kind of makes one wonder why Koepka isn’t more of a household name. Koepka has won 10 times as…

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Hendershot promoted in Army National Guard

by Geoff Fox This past Saturday, Tiffany Hendershot was promoted to first lieutenant in the West Virginia Army National Guard during a swearing in ceremony in front of the War Memorial in Hancock’s Widmeyer Park. Her husband, Andrew, her children, and parents, joined Hendershot at the memorial. Hendershot has been a member of the 167th…

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Two firms bid for broadband planning contract

by Kate Shunney The Morgan County Commission opened two bids for professional services for broadband internet planning for the county during their June 6 regular meeting. Morgan County received a $75,000 broadband planning grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this year. The bids will be evaluated and bidders interviewed before a…

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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…

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Town hearing June 20 about Hancock tax rate

Hancock officials are estimating that property values within the town limits will increase their property tax collections beginning with the July 1, 2018 fiscal year. The town is not proposing raising their town tax rate, but will hold a public hearing about the estimated higher tax revenue. A notice of the hearing in Hancock was…

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