Area News

Sheriff named to state council on substance abuse

Sheriff K.C. Bohrer has been appointed by Governor Jim Justice to the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment as the board’s law enforcement representative. Appointments to the board were made on January 2. The 13-member council includes the state’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources, the Secretary of Military Affairs…

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Grand Jury indicts 19 in January term

Members of the Morgan County Grand Jury returned 19 true bills when they met on Tuesday, January 8, indicting 19 individuals for a variety of felony crimes. The accused will be arraigned in Morgan County Circuit Court on Monday, January 28 and will enter a plea of guilt or innocence to the charges. Among those…

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Stop light by Widmyer back in the works

by Kate Evans The installation of a new four-way traffic light at Myers Road on U.S. Route 522 near Widmyer Elementary and the Morgan County Schools bus garage will now be able to move forward. West Virginia Division of Highways officials had hoped to complete the traffic light installation last summer while school was out,…

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Two injured in I-70 accident in Hancock

by Geoff Fox Two people were injured in a five-vehicle accident on Monday morning, January 14, at the 2-mile marker on westbound Interstate 70 in Hancock. The accident scene was just before the bridge over Pennsylvania Avenue. According to Maryland State Police, around 10 a.m. Monday morning, troopers from the Maryland State Police Hagerstown Barrack…

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New River Road bridge could open this week

State Highway officials have said the new two-lane concrete bridge over Sleepy Creek along River Road could open to traffic on Thursday, January 10. Construction and opening of the bridge have been delayed multiple times by flooding in that area. Contractor Rock Forge Bridge Company LLC started building the new bridge in May. A state…

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Flood control dams need maintenance to function

by Trish Rudder Seeking continued financial support to maintain the county’s flood control dams, Brian Farkas, executive director of the WV Conservation Agency met with the Morgan County commissioners on Wednesday, January 2 along with Jim Michael and Lin Dunham of the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District. Farkas said West Virginia has 170 small watershed flood…

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Tuttle tapped as 2019 commission president

by Kate Shunney Morgan County Commissioner Joel Tuttle was chosen to serve as president of the commission for 2019 during an organizational meeting on January 2. This will be the third year Tuttle will lead commission meetings and serve in that role. Commissioners were assigned to serve as county representatives on various boards at the…

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Early morning ice causes accidents Tuesday

Freezing temperatures early Tuesday morning turned wet spots on roadways into ice, causing several accidents before dawn. The Hancock bridge was shut down for several hours on January 8 after a tractor-trailer jack knifed on the two-lane bridge. Hancock Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Chief Ben Hoopengardner said that the 911 about the tractor-trailer accident came…

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Maryland blocks access across Western Maryland Rail Trail for gas pipeline

by Kate Shunney Maryland’s Board of Public Works voted on Wednesday, January 2 not to grant an easement across the Western Maryland Rail Trail to Columbia Gas/TransCanada for an 8-inch natural gas pipeline. The gas company has received state environmental approval and federal energy commission certificates to go ahead with the 3.4-mile, $25 million pipeline…

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