Area News

Sheriff’s Department issues warnings about hot car dangers for children

Outside of crashes, heatstroke is the number one vehicle-related killer of children in the United States. The Morgan County Sheriff’ Department is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of vehicular heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars.…

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County allocates $130K in lodging funds to local groups

by Kate Shunney The Morgan County Commission made their annual decision about how Hotel/Motel tax revenue will be divided among groups who requested the funds. Under West Virginia law, a county or town can impose a lodging tax on rooms and vacation rental units. The tax has to be used to promote tourism, recreation, beautification,…

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Blue Ridge CTC eyes Proctor & Gamble space at The Pines

by Kate Shunney A high-tech quality control training lab installed by Proctor & Gamble at The Pines Opportunity Center in Berkeley Springs two years ago could become part of the space leased to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, county officials said last week. The county’s lease with Proctor & Gamble, the manufacturing company with…

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Black bear sightings continue as bear numbers rise

by Kate Evans Black bears have been making the rounds in both populated and rural areas of Morgan County with the numbers of bears in the region still on the upswing. State wildlife officials are reminding people to not feed bears or other wildlife. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) District Wildlife Biologist Rich…

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Time to register your wares for the Morgan County Expo

Woodworkers, home bakers, jelly-makers, quilters, gardeners and all those with an interest in making things have an opportunity to enter their wares in the annual Morgan County Expo. The Expo will be held on Saturday, July 27 at the Berkeley Springs Senior Center on Sandmine Road. Exhibitors can pre-register for free before Monday, July 22.…

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Bear draws crowd on lope through town

A sizeable black bear ambled through downtown Berkeley Springs on Saturday afternoon, July 6, and drew lots of attention as it crossed U.S. 522 at the Star Theatre and headed toward Mercer Street. Cpl. Sam Smith of the West Virginia State Police responded to multiple 911 calls about the animal shortly after 2 p.m. He…

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Property owners along bypass route get notices from DOH

by Kate Shunney Property owners along the route of a proposed U.S. 522 bypass around Berkeley Springs have gotten letters from the Division of Highways (DOH) about the affect of the project on their land parcels. Others have been contacted by local appraiser Kent Kesecker Associates, who is under contract with the DOH Right of…

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“Back to School Bash” donations wanted for school supplies

by Trish Rudder School supplies are needed for pre-K to college level students, said Morgan County Parks & Recreation director Dawn Beal, who is looking for donations from the community for the needed supplies. At the July 2 Bath Town Council meeting, Beal said Parks & Rec is partnering with the Morgan County Partnership, Starting…

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Town wants survey before extending water lines

by Trish Rudder Berkeley Springs Water Works (BSWW), the town-owned water department, has been approached by the Warm Springs Public Service District regarding extending its water lines south of town to the ball field area if the sewer company extends its lines. At the July 2 town council meeting, Councilman Chris Chapman, who chairs the…

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