Area News

Governor includes sections of county in Opportunity Zone program

West Virginia governor Jim Justice released a list on May 18 of 55 U.S. Census tracts that will be part of the state’s Opportunity Zone program. The federal program encourages private investment in rural and low-income communities through tax credits for investors. One census tract in Morgan County that includes the Town of Bath and…

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Long-awaited bridge work underway on River Road

by Kate Shunney Contractors began work on a new bridge over Sleepy Creek along River Road on May 3, and major excavation work unfolded last week for the structure. Rock Forge Bridge Company, LLC of Amma, W.Va. was the winning bidder to construct the Sleepy Creek Arch Bridge. Their bid of $1,933,906 was one of…

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Flooding Cacapon River tops two bridges

The Cacapon River in western Morgan County continues to rise on Saturday, May 19 and has flooded over the Powerhouse Road and Rockford Road bridges. Rockford Road beyond the bridge in now inaccessible. According to river gage information from the U.S. Geological Survey, the river topped flood stage (9 ft.) on Thursday and has remained…

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Bond reduced for missing woman found in jail

by KATE SHUNNEY A Hancock woman who had been reported missing on February 8 and was the subject of a police search has been released from the Eastern Regional Jail and permitted by the court to return to Hancock under bond supervision. Brandy Lee Croasmun, 26, was arrested on March 27 in Martinsburg and charged…

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Suspect in April pursuit and accident caught

by Geoff Fox A Berkeley Springs man who led Hancock police on a pursuit into West Virginia was arrested in Frederick County last week. According to Hancock Police Chief Rich Miller, Christopher Jay McCauley was picked up in Frederick County, Maryland, on Thursday, May 10, and is being held on $10,000 bond pending a bond…

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Residents dig down into unsafe structure rules

by Kate Shunney There was a light turnout last week for the first of two public hearings about a property enforcement ordinance for Morgan County. Fewer than 20 residents gathered at Warm Springs Middle School in Berkeley Springs at the hearing last Wednesday, May 9, to learn more about the ordinance and voice their opinion…

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Hammer, Redding take judicial seats; Kump defeats Reed in 59th

Two winners have been announced in judges races for two seats on the bench in the 23rd judicial circuit, which includes Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties. David Hammer of Shepherdstown defeated Judge Debra McLaughlin of Berkeley Springs in the Division 2 race. Hammer pulled in 12,408 votes over McLaughlin’s 10,192 during voting the May 8…

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Local voters make early start in primary

During the 10 days of early voting in West Virginia’s primary election, 8 percent of Morgan County voters took to the county courthouse to cast their ballots ahead of the May 8 precinct voting. Morgan County election officials said 1,094 ballots were cast on voting machines and another 26 absentee ballots were received between April…

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Chaney brings national park experience to Cacapon

by Kate Evans New Cacapon State Park activities coordinator Valerie Chaney has spent most of her career with the National Park Service in some of the nation’s most spectacular national parks. She started her position as Cacapon State Park activities coordinator on March 3. Chaney is excited to have the opportunity to interpret the history…

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County officials ask state to change bypass design

by KATE SHUNNEY & TRISH RUDDER Morgan County Commissioners and Town of Bath officials have both joined an effort by local business officials to seek changes to state Division of Highways (DOH) plans for a U.S. 522 bypass east of Berkeley Springs. Commissioners penned a letter to DOH officials on May 7, supporting the bypass…

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