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January snow, Round 2

Somewhere between six and nine inches of snow fell across the region Sunday, January 16 and into Monday morning, finishing off with a layer of freezing rain. Offices and businesses that were not already closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day stayed shut Monday as many roads around the county remained covered. Highway crews moved…

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Morgan County Partnership gets $702,864 opioid-substance use initiative grant

by Kate Evans The Morgan County Partnership was awarded a $702,864 grant for a three-year program that will provide parent education, school-based substance use prevention programming and therapeutic supports for county youth and families that are opioid and substance use affected. The Partnership’s Opioid-Affected Youth Initiative grant was awarded by the Department of Justice’s Office…

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Forney is 2022 commission president

Morgan County Commissioner Sean Forney will act as the county’s Commission President this year, taking on the role that Joel Tuttle has held for five years. During the commission’s first meeting of 2022 last Wednesday, January 5, Tuttle said he was ready for someone else to take the president’s title. He nominated Forney, who just…

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Good Samaritans help Good Samaritan get back to street cleanup

by Trish Rudder A Good Samaritan is defined as a person who helps other people and especially strangers when they have trouble. We found that Morgan County has many Good Samaritans who came to the aid of Berkeley Springs resident Ellen Lachewitz (Watson) right before Christmas. Lachewitz had been seen along U.S. 522 with a…

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Three school bus runs cancelled last week due to no drivers

by Kate Evans Two Morgan County Schools bus runs and one Head Start bus runs had to be shut down last week because there were no substitute bus drivers available to transport students. Morgan County Schools Transportation Director Tammy Painter said that on Tuesday, January 4 it was Bus 16-10, a Paw Paw route that…

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Friday night fires both started in flues

by Kate Evans Area firefighters responded to two separate fires on Friday night that both started in flues.  Crews dealt with icy road conditions as they responded to the fires. Northwoods Drive fire The fire call for a structure fire at Northwoods Drive near Hedgesville came in to Morgan County 911 Dispatch Center around 11:49…

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DHHR warns of fraud messages about vaccine status

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has received reports of individuals receiving spam text messages asking them to validate their driver’s license through the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No such message has been generated by DHHR and should be…

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