Area News

Merki seeking another term as Bath mayor

Six file for council seats by Trish Rudder Monday, April 12 was the deadline for candidates to file to run for the Bath town council.  As of the end of Monday, the following candidates filed for council positions: Mayor Scott Merki will run again and is running unopposed. Merki has served three terms as mayor.…

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Grand Jury indicts 11 in April term

The Morgan County Grand Jury indicted 11 individuals when they met last Tuesday, April 6 in their April term. Indictments mean members of the Grand Jury determined there was enough evidence against an individual to proceed with a case in Morgan County Circuit Court. Those accused of the crimes will enter pleas of guilt or…

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Paw Paw groups gear up ideas to boost economic activity, tourism

by Kate Shunney Separate efforts to encourage business activity and expand tourism appeal in Paw Paw exchanged ideas and sought help from the Morgan County Commission last Thursday during a meeting that fell on the 130th anniversary of the town’s incorporation. Commissioners held their monthly meeting at the Paw Paw Town Hall, and invited representatives…

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Streetscapes work, Mozier star to be dedicated at April 24 event

by Trish Rudder Streetscape committee member, Rebecca MacLeod said a “Taste of the Town” event is scheduled for Saturday, April 24 that includes a dedication to Jeanne Mozier and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Congress Street. At the April 6 Bath Town Council meeting, MacLeod said at 9:30 a.m. there will be an unveiling and dedication…

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A DMV in Berkeley Springs?

by Kate Shunney Talk recently that there may be a Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office coming to Berkeley Springs has been confirmed by a state spokeswoman, and a bill is now before the West Virginia Legislature that could fund that facility. Natalie Holcomb of the West Virginia Department of Transportation confirmed to The Morgan…

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Outreach packets & events planned for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Morgan County Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center (EPEC) advocates Nicole Roehm, Rose Jackson,  and Trey Goldizen are launching a month-long awareness event. Staff will be passing out packets to local businesses and organizations located within Morgan County that have information on important dates throughout April to participate in activities, such as…

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Vaccine waiting list narrows; COVID cases rise again

by Kate Shunney As active cases of COVID-19 in Morgan County continue to spike up over the last two weeks, the wait to get vaccinated against the highly-contagious respiratory disease has shrunken from months to days. All adults are now eligible to receive the vaccine that can protect them from being infected by the disease.…

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Brush & other fires fueled by gusty winds

by Kate Evans Area firefighters battled a number of brush fires and weather-related fire calls from last Friday through the weekend and on into Monday during high wind advisories and difficult conditions.  Some incidents were major fires that were starting to spread into the woods or that involved outbuildings or home burning. Sarah Hogbin from…

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To move forward, town council must agree to safeguard historic district

by Trish Rudder The Bath Historic Landmarks Commission met with the Bath Town Council  on March 23 to brief the council members on its guidelines that would protect historic landmarks in the town. David Abruzzi, the Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) president, gave a presentation outlining the proposed design guidelines and to answer questions and concerns…

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County approves $8.65 million budget

Property value jump to  boost tax revenue by Kate Shunney The Morgan County Commission last week signed a 2021-2022 fiscal year budget in the amount of $8,650,861 to cover county operations from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Commissioners pointed out that the total budget figure includes an estimated $1.5 million in carryover from…

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