Area News

Special grand jury indicts McCauley on new felony charge

by Kate Shunney A special grand jury of the April term of Morgan County Circuit Court has indicted Andrew McCauley Jr. on another felony charge after hearing a single case on June 17. McCauley is awaiting trial on charges that he murdered Riley Crossman, 15, of Berkeley Springs in May of 2019, and disposed of…

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Lineup for Saturday Concerts in the Park summer series released

  by Lisa Schauer After taking a break last year due to restrictions on public gatherings during COVID-19, the Morgan Arts Council has announced the season lineup for the 2021 Concerts in the Park summer program. Free Summer Concerts in the Park have been held in Berkeley Springs State Park on Saturday afternoons since 1987.…

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Fireworks show this Saturday, July 3 in Berkeley Springs

  An Independence Day fireworks display will set off at Widmyer Elementary south of Berkeley Springs on Saturday, July 3 at about 9:30 p.m. Limited parking is available at the school. Overflow parking will be at Berkeley Springs High School. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. No smoking or alcohol is permitted on school…

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Commissioners declare Morgan County as Second Amendment Sanctuary

by Kate Shunney Morgan County officials, in response to what they described as persistent and widespread requests from county residents, last week took the step to declare the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary. In a unanimous vote following the reading of a three-page document during the June 16 commission meeting, County Commissioners adopted a Resolution…

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Farmland Protection program growing with added real estate revenue

by Kate Shunney Morgan County’s Farmland Protection program has a lot more money at their disposal to preserve agricultural and woodland space in recent months. The program is funded in part by an Estate Transfer Tax collected by the County Clerk.  Funds used to purchase conservation easements from this source are matched by the Natural…

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Bath election results finalized

At the end of canvassing early last week, the results of the June 8 Town of Bath Election have been made official. Mayor Scott Merki won another term in his unopposed big with 62 votes. Town Recorder Susan Webster won another term with 54 votes. The Bath town council saw the addition of one new…

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Maryland couple arrested after passing out in Liberty parking lot

by Lisa Schauer A Cumberland pair arrested in Paw Paw on Wednesday, June 16 and charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin.  Brady A. Twigg, 28, and Clarissa M. Twigg, 24, of Cumberland, Md. face those charges after being found unconscious in a vehicle at a local gas station. According to a criminal complaint…

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Fund set up to place headstone for Paw Paw man killed in Vietnam

by Kate Shunney An effort underway in Paw Paw to add a headstone to the grave of Ray William Stotler is more than half way toward the goal of raising money needed for the memorial marker. Community member and Vietnam veteran Luther “Jock” Shambaugh has organized the fund. The target is to raise $3,500 to…

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