Area News

VFW Post 4019 donates $2K to Hospice

Berkeley Springs’ VFW Risinger-Stotler Post 4019 donated $2,000 to the Hospice of the Panhandle on Thursday, September 18. The veterans’ group has been a longtime donor to the Hospice organization. The VFW donated $2,500 in 2019 to their programs. “We are grateful for their support,”  said Maria Lorensen, development director from Hospice of the Panhandle.…

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Man arrested after repeatedly disrupting church service

A Berkeley Springs man was arrested on Sunday, September 20 by the Morgan County Sheriff after the man disrupted services at a local church, was escorted out, then returned again. A security team at the church reportedly drew their weapons at the man after he kicked open a main entry door. Jeremiah J. Goodwin, 38,…

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Bath parking meters subject of council discussion

by Trish Rudder Two decisions will be made at the October 6 Bath Town Council meeting regarding decorating the parking meters in town. One, the length of time the decorated parking meters are left in place is being considered, and two, the council will decide if the meters must be decorated in a way that…

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Chesapeake ag group offering free farmer training

Future Harvest, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, is now accepting applications for their Beginner Farmer Training Program. Applications are due October 16. The Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP) offers a 12-month immersive training experience that combines a comprehensive classroom curriculum with hands-on learning at some of the region’s leading sustainable farms. The group’s 2020 program…

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Lemon & Shambaugh promoted in rank ceremony

Two deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department were promoted in rank last Friday, September 18 during a  ceremony with friends, family, colleagues, County Commission President Joel Tuttle and County Administrator Stefanie Allemong. Corporal Scott Lemon was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Deputy Luke Shambaugh was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Both…

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First wave of absentee ballots sent out by County Clerk

Close to 1,000 ballots heading to voters by KATE SHUNNEY Staff with the Morgan County Clerk’s office mailed out 917 absentee ballots on Friday, September 18 – the first day clerks could send out ballots to registered voters who had requested them. More ballots will be mailed out at voters request the mail-in option to participate…

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Nine companies bid on 522 Bypass project; bids top out at $73.2 million

by KATE SHUNNEY The West Virginia Department of Transportation has received construction bids from nine companies vying to build a 3.4-mile, four-lane U.S. 522 bypass around Berkeley Springs. Bid letting ended at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 15. Bids ranged from $59.8 million to $73.2 million. Five of the construction companies that submitted bids are based…

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Long forgotten Morgan County railroad tragedies

by Steve French 1842 was an exciting year for the people of Morgan County. On the morning of May 30, a passenger train carrying B & O executives and various Baltimore VIP’s departed Baltimore and, after stops at Harpers Ferry and Martinsburg, that afternoon arrived at Alpine Depot, just across the Potomac from Hancock. While…

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