Area News

First snow of the season settles in

Predictions of a snowstorm that would bring five to eight inches of snow and ice to the region are coming true today, Thursday, November 15 as snow blankets the area. Morgan County school officials announced on Wednesday evening that schools would be closed today. The Morgan County Courthouse was on a two-hour delay, but has…

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Forney takes Commission seat; local voter turnout hits 47 percent

by Kate Shunney Republican political newcomer Sean Forney won a six-year term on the Morgan County Commission last Tuesday, pushing out former commissioner and Democrat Stacy Schultz by a wide margin in the county’s most contentious political race this cycle. Forney took 4,197 votes in the election while Schultz pulled in 1,828. Unaffiliated Codi Ford,…

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Paw Paw mayor, councilwoman resign

by Kate Shunney Paw Paw’s elected mayor Tim Mose resigned from his post on Monday, November 5. Mose sent an email message out to town officials shortly after 9:30 a.m. last Monday announcing he would step down. “Due to health concerns, effective close of business today, I must resign as mayor of the town of…

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Sex offender arrested here indicted on federal charges

A South Carolina man who was wanted by police on child pornography charges and was arrested here in September has been indicted in federal court. Douglas B. Bishop, 50, was indicted on Tuesday, November 6 on a failure to register as a sex offender charge. Bishop had moved to the Great Cacapon area in May…

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Great Berkeley Springs Book Read kicks off

by Kate Evans Is there a book you’ve loved that’s really changed your life or that left a long-lasting impact? Or a treasured book you’ve read many times, whose characters inspired you or that holds special memories? The Morgan County Public Library wants to hear about its patrons’ favorite book during their Great Berkeley Springs…

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Fire destroys garage, damages camper

by Kate Evans Area firefighters battled a structure fire last Saturday near Hedgesville that completely destroyed a garage and caused some damage to a camper that was someone’s residence. The fire call came to Morgan County 911 Dispatch Center at 6:13 p.m. on November 10 for a structure fire on Fox Hollow Lane which is…

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Family’s Middle East music & dance program filmed for documentary

by Kate Evans TarabRaqs, a Berkeley Springs family’s Middle Eastern music and dance ensemble, will be featured again in a second mini-documentary filmed and produced by the Middle Eastern Broadcast Network (MBN), a U.S. State Department-funded Arabic-language news organization located in Washington, D.C. MBN film crews came to the home of TarabRaqs band members Jennifer…

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WWI presentation to be held in Hancock Nov. 11

by Geoff Fox This coming Sunday, November 11, is Veterans Day and also the 100th anniversary of the end to a war that was to end all wars – World War I. And to commemorate the anniversary, there will be a WWI presentation at 4 p.m. in the Hancock Community Center. Over the past few…

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Domestic dispute ends in drug, weapons arrests

A Hedgesville husband and wife were arrested on Friday, November 2 after police were called to a residence on Bernice Drive, near Pleasant View, for a domestic disturbance shortly before 3 p.m. Officers from both the Morgan County Sheriffs Department and the West Virginia State Police responded to the call, in which a family member…

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Couple rescued from flooded bridge

Two people from the Baltimore area were rescued from an island in the Cacapon River on Sunday, November 4 after their vehicle got stuck on a flooded bridge on Powerhouse Road. Deputy Chris Roper and Chief Johnnie Walter of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. Police said the couple was traveling from…

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