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Minority Affairs office will hold listening tour session here

The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) continues its statewide listening tour in November with stops in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties. The tour was launched in August to hear what communities need and how the state’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) allocation can help. The Office of Minority Affairs will continue…

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Study for U.S. 522 water line extension moves forward

by Trish Rudder Berkeley Springs Water Works (BSWW), the Town of Bath-owned water department, is seeking professional engineering consulting firms to be considered for a water line extension project along U.S. 522. An advertisement was placed in The Morgan Messenger that the town’s public water system “is accepting Statement of Qualifications from qualified professional engineering…

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Morgan next to last on vaccine rates in state

by Kate Shunney As of early this week, Morgan County’s vaccination rate was second from the bottom of West Virginia’s 55 counties. Only Mingo County, on the south border of the state, has a lower rate of vaccination for their residents. On Monday, October 11, 29.9% of Morgan County’s population of 17,884 residents had received…

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Missing man found deceased

A Great Cacapon man who police had asked the public to be on the alert to locate has been found deceased. According to Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer, Charles Stotler was located over the weekend. Stotler’s family had reported him missing early last week. He said family noted that Stotler had been acting out of…

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Clear Spring to celebrate 200th anniversary this Saturday

The town of Clear Spring, located about 18 miles east of the town of Hancock, will be celebrating its 200th Anniversary this Saturday, October 16. Several activities are planned to commemorate this milestone including a Passport to Clear Spring, Landmark Hunt of Clear Spring, tours of historical buildings including Brown’s Meeting House, the 1823 Post…

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Health Dept. offering booster shots for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine now

by Kate Evans People that received two Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines at least six months ago are now eligible to receive booster shots of that particular vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine booster shots are now available at county health departments, pharmacies and area physicians’ offices. Pfizer is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for booster shots by…

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Nine deaths now associated with nursing home COVID outbreak

by Kate Evans The Stonerise Healthcare Berkeley Springs Center has had a total of nine COVID-19 associated deaths as of Friday, October 1, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) COVID-19 dashboard. Three COVID-19 associated deaths were listed previously as of Monday, September 20 from the outbreak.   There were 18…

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Mast Survey & Hunting Outlook report shows favorable conditions for 2021 hunting in local area

Hunters getting ready for the fall hunting seasons can now review the 2021 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook publication available on the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ website at WVdnr.gov. “Beech, walnut, hickory and black cherry production was up dramatically above last year and the long-term average,” said Chris Ryan, supervisor of WVDNR’s Game…

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