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County issues Emergency Order to restrict social contact

“Take this seriously,” commissioner says of county order by KATE SHUNNEY Morgan County Commissioners on Tuesday approved and signed an Emergency Order to locally impose rules meant to help stem the spread of the highly-contagious coronavirus between county residents. The order passed three days after West Virginia Governor Jim Justice directed tighter rules about gatherings and…

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Primary Election now June 9

by Kate Shunney West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced last Wednesday, April 1 that the state’s Primary Election would be held on June 9, not in May. The move is part of the state’s official response to the coronavirus. Eligible state residents now have until May 15 to register to vote in the party primary…

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Hay wagon fire shuts down 522

A trailer load of hay destined for a Virginia farm caught fire on Saturday, April 4 in downtown Berkeley Springs. The West Virginia Division of Highways shut down U.S. 522 for over an hour while firefighters pulled hay bales off the 28-ft. wagon and sprayed down the load to extinguish the fire. James Steiner of…

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Tighter rules in effect as counties see jump in COVID cases

by Kate Shunney West Virginia Governor Jim Justice last Friday issued an Executive Order directly aimed at limiting the spread of a growing number of cases of coronavirus illness in the Eastern Panhandle. The order took effect at 12 a.m. on Saturday, April 4. The new rules come on top of West Virginia’s “Stay at…

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Gun, money stolen from Warfordsburg home

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred along High Germany Road in Warfordsburg where money and a gun were taken. According to police, sometime between March 20 and March 23, an 80-year old victim reported an assorted coin collection, a .38 caliber Lyman “Cap and Ball” rifle, and cash were stolen from his…

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CDC provides cloth face mask guidance

The Centers for Disease Control has now said individual use of cloth face masks, even those made at home, can be helpful in slowing the spread of the highly-contagious coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as COVID-19. There is a nationwide push to supply the necessary commercially-made masks to medical staff who need them…

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Washington County sees large jump in COVID-19 cases

by Geoff Fox Hancock News On Tuesday, March 31, Washington County had a total of 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There were also seven cases of non-county residents who tested positive. By Wednesday, April 1, that number had jumped to 27 cases in Washington County.The number of cases of non-county residents rose to 12.…

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Voters urged to use absentee ballots for primary election

Editor’s note: On Wednesday, April 1, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced the state’s primary election would not be held on May 12, but would be delayed until June 9. The story has been edited to include that information. —————————————————————– by Kate Shunney Morgan County Clerk Kimberly Nickles has said her office is preparing to provide…

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