Magistrate finds probable cause to move McCauley murder case to Grand Jury

by Kate Shunney Berkeley County Magistrate Richard Stephens on Wednesday found probable cause to shift a murder case against Andy J. McCauley into the Circuit Court. The case will likely be presented to the next Morgan County Grand Jury, which meets in September. Magistrate Stephens was appointed to preside over the June 12 preliminary hearing…

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Paw Paw voters pick Abe as new mayor

Voters in the Town of Paw Paw have selected a new mayor and council to take office on July 1. Darlene Abe beat out appointed mayor Tina Meyers by a landslide in a three-way mayoral race, pulling in 82 votes over Meyers’ 12. A third candidate, William Hayes, brought in 11 votes during early voting…

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Bank robbery suspect in jail awaits preliminary hearing

by Trish Rudder The man who was arrested for allegedly robbing City National Bank in Berkeley Springs on Tuesday, June 4 is in Eastern Regional Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing. Steven L. Silverman, 49, of no fixed address, was taken into custody on Friday, June 7 by Berkeley Springs Police Chief, T.J. Johnson. The crime…

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Chip Shots

by Jim Buzzerd No golf for Washington This isn’t likely news to those of you who follow professional golf, but I missed the news that the Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament has left the area. Tiger Woods and his foundation saved golf in D.C. in 2007 when he brought the AT&T National to Congressional Country…

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2019 Morgan Messenger & Hancock News All Area Softball Team

by Jamie Harris & Bill Sterner The sports writers from The Morgan Messenger and The Hancock News partner  with the area high school head coaches and athletic directors from Berkeley Springs High School, Hancock High School and Paw Paw High School to select an All-Area Team for varsity sports programs that the schools compete in.…

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Tuttle hired as interim school superintendent

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board unanimously approved Kristen Tuttle as Morgan County Schools Interim Superintendent beginning July 1 through June 30, 2020 at their June 4 meeting. School Superintendent Dr. Erich May accepted a superintendent position in Pennsylvania and is leaving June 30. He has been the county’s school chief for two…

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Hancock students’ mural to be displayed in Hagerstown

by GEOFF FOX Last November, the City of Hagerstown started discussing ways to beautify the railroad overpasses on Franklin Street with murals created by students from Washington County Public Schools. Hancock Middle-Senior High School was among the 10 schools chosen. Hancock is joined by Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, Clear Spring High School, E.R.…

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Horton found guilty of killing Hancock man in 2016 robbery

by Geoff Fox Three years after Edward Gilhart of Hancock was murdered on his way to work in Pennsylvania, a jury in Franklin County has found one of the accused murders guilty in the murder and other counts. Jurors found Ryan Lynn Horton, 30, of McConnellsburg, guilty of first-degree murder on Friday, June 7 in…

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School board sells Great Cacapon ball field to fire company

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board approved the sale of 9.9 acres of surplus land in Great Cacapon to the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company for $31,500. The amount was determined by a public auction that was held at the property on June 1. The board’s approval of the sale came at their…

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