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Local health officials on watch for coronavirus

by Kate Evans Local health officials and physicians are prepared for and watching for any emergence of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Some 15 confirmed cases in the United States have been linked to travel to China, especially to Wuhan in Hubei Province where the outbreak originated. There are no confirmed cases in West…

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30th International Water Tasting starts Thursday

The 30th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting festival kicks off this Thursday, February 20 downtown as waters from around the globe are poured for panels of judges. The event this year welcomes more than one hundred waters from across the country and around the world. Preliminary judging starts Thursday, followed by water-themed seminars on…

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Clothing Den has new stock, thrifty prices

by Trish Rudder The Clothing Den, located south of Berkeley Springs next to Herb’s Auto, has budget friendly new and used clothing for sale. Owner Emily Kuhn has stocked the store with 75% new clothes from close-out sales from JC Penneys and Macy’s, said store employee, Jayme Souders. Souders said the new high-end jeans that…

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Child resuscitated, hospitalized after ATV rollover Saturday

An 11-year-old child injured in a Saturday ATV accident was resuscitated by emergency medical personnel and flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. A second child was evaluated for injuries and released after the incident. According to Morgan County 911 officials, dispatchers received a call at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 15…

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Berkeley Springs man fatally struck on U.S. 522

This story was updated at 1:15 p.m. to include details released from the West Virginia State Police about the identity of the victim and the circumstances of the incident. ———————————————————————- A Berkeley Springs man was struck and killed along U.S. 522 in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 16, according to local emergency officials.…

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Former Hancock councilman found deceased on canal towpath

by Geoff Fox & Kate Shunney Hancock resident and former Hancock councilman Nigel Dardar was found deceased along the C&O Canal east of Hancock on Thursday, February 13 following a brief search. Officers started searching for Dardar along the canal on Thursday morning after his car was found in the parking lot of the Bowles…

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Local flu now considered outbreak

by Kate Evans Flu is very prevalent now in the region with cases of Influenza A with some Influenza B, said local health officials last week. Berkeley/Morgan County Nurse Director Angela Gray said that Morgan County is deemed as a community outbreak with flu since there are so many cases. Gray and Dr. Gerald Bechamps,…

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Bath council approves pizza shop, other permits

by Trish Rudder Two Berkeley Springs businesses received permission from the Bath Town Council to make changes on their properties. At the February 4 meeting, the owners of the property at 33 Fairfax Street received approval to build a small pizza shop on the vacant lot next to the Fairfax Coffee Shop that is also…

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County K-9 Troy retires

One of Morgan County’s K-9 officers was retired last Thursday, February 6 after seven years working with Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Jenkins. K-9 Troy was given a service commendation and will spend his retirement years with Deputy Jenkins, who has been the dog’s exclusive partner during his service to the county. Sheriff K.C. Bohrer recognized Troy’s…

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Public party kicks off Morgan County’s 200th birthday

by Kate Shunney The commission meeting room and hallway of the Morgan County Courthouse were packed with people on Sunday, February 9 for the county’s bicentennial birthday party. A large cake, decorated with the county’s bicentennial logo, was flanked by stacks of cupcakes in the western hallway of the courthouse. In an over-capacity meeting room,…

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