Area News

Child drowns Saturday in southern Morgan County

West Virginia State Police are still looking into the circumstances surrounding the drowning of a two-year old girl in southern Morgan County on Saturday, July 24. Morgan County 911 received an emergency call at 10:19 a.m. on Saturday morning for a possible drowning at a residence in the 12000 block of Valley Road. South Morgan…

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Paw Paw officials set process to fill empty council seats

by Kate Shunney Two Town of Paw Paw council seats left empty by a shortage of candidates in the town’s June municipal election are set to be filled on August 3, according to town officials. Under the town’s charter, elected council members will appoint qualified town residents to the serve on the five-member council. Paw…

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County seeking town’s involvement in water, sewer line extension

by Trish Rudder & Kate Shunney Morgan County Commissioner Sean Forney will meet with the Bath Town Council at its July 27 meeting to request the town extend its public water system south along U.S. 522. Councilman Chris Chapman said Forney met with the town’s water committee on July 12 regarding a proposed water line…

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Golden to serve 11-50 years on drug dealing, weapon charges

Morgan County Circuit Judge Debra McLaughlin sentenced Berkeley Springs resident Robert D. Golden Jr., 53, of Tower Circle, to 11-50 years in prison following his conviction for multiple drug dealing charges and a weapons charge stemming from an investigation by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department in 2020. In May, Golden had pled guilty to three…

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Morgan County lags behind state in COVID vaccination rate

by Lisa Schauer As of Monday, July 12, the percentage of people in Morgan County who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is lower than any other county in West Virginia except Mingo. Statewide, 42.2% of West Virginia residents are fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources.…

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Case of animal hoarding still under investigation, police say

by Geoff Fox The seizure of more than 100 animals from a Hancock-area residence has not yet led to criminal charges by police agencies according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. On June 8, members of the Humane Society of Washington County and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence east of Hancock…

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