Area News

Rankin celebrates 30 years at Park N Dine

by Geoff Fox In 1991, Dana Rankin started working as a server at Park N Dine restaurant and on March 1, 2021, she celebrated her 30th anniversary at a job she loves. Rankin said she didn’t anticipate being at Park N Dine for 30 years. She had worked at a smaller restaurant before coming to…

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Route 9 planning meeting to be held online Thursday

West Virginia highway officials will talk about planning information about Route 9 between Berkeley Springs and Martinsburg this Thursday, March 4 at 6 p.m. in an online meeting open to the public. The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) will hold the virtual public meeting for the “WV 9 Planning and Environmental Linkages Study.” “The…

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Three low water bridges closed, Potomac still rising

Three low-water bridges in Morgan County have been closed today, Monday, March 1, due to high water. Morgan County Division of Highways (DOH) Supervisor Rodney Crowell said Monday morning that the bridges on Johnson Mill Road, Rockford Road, and on Kilgore Road at the Morgan County-Hampshire County line have been closed. The low water bridge…

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Ready to put vaccines into arms

by Kate Shunney Morgan-Berkeley County Health Department staff are more than a year into unprecedented demands to act as the front line of public health here in the COVID-19 pandemic.  Local staff has now put their primary focus on getting vaccines to county residents. Nursing director Angela Gray said her vision is very clear –…

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Case of missing man still open after recent search

by Kate Shunney A late January foot search of an area of eastern Morgan County did not turn up evidence of the movements or whereabouts of a man reported missing from the area in April 2020, but police have said that case is still open and they continue to seek information about John Jesse Willey,…

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I-70 ramp effort widens, Hancock settles agreement with Park Service

by Geoff Fox A Hancock-led effort to add a new interchange on Interstate 70 leading to the Orchard Business Park is picking up momentum as six resolutions in six jurisdictions in three states have been passed in support of the project. Hancock Town Manager Joe Gilbert said he has received letters of support from elected…

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Choose your three best local pictures for the 2021 Photo Contest

Photographs are now being accepted for the 2021 Morgan County Photo Contest, sponsored by The Morgan Messenger. The deadline for entries is Friday, April 16. Anyone may submit up to THREE photos of Morgan County scenes and people, landscapes or local events. Winners in each category will receive a year’s subscription to The Morgan Messenger…

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