Area News

Trailer rolls off interstate into Maryland Ave. yard

by GEOFF FOX An early morning incident on eastbound Interstate 70 woke a Hancock family on Maryland Avenue when the trailer from a tractor-trailer rolled off the interstate and landed next to their house. According to homeowner Richard Powers, the tractor-trailer driver began losing the trailer as the driver was making the curve coming out of…

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Judge okays survey of jury pool by McCauley legal team

by KATE SHUNNEY Circuit Judge Debra McLaughlin has ordered that a survey of potential local jurors can go ahead as part of preparations for the murder trial of Andrew McCauley Jr. Judge McLaughlin filed the order on September 8. In that order, the judge also approved court funding for the survey work, which is being done…

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School system faring better financially despite pandemic, officials say

by KATE EVANS The Morgan County Board of Education’s financial state was improved this past year of Fiscal Year 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Morgan County Schools Treasurer Ann Bell said in her annual financial review at the September 22 school board meeting. Net position The school board’s total net position (assets minus liabilities) as of…

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VFW Post 4019 donates $2K to Hospice

Berkeley Springs’ VFW Risinger-Stotler Post 4019 donated $2,000 to the Hospice of the Panhandle on Thursday, September 18. The veterans’ group has been a longtime donor to the Hospice organization. The VFW donated $2,500 in 2019 to their programs. “We are grateful for their support,”  said Maria Lorensen, development director from Hospice of the Panhandle.…

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Man arrested after repeatedly disrupting church service

A Berkeley Springs man was arrested on Sunday, September 20 by the Morgan County Sheriff after the man disrupted services at a local church, was escorted out, then returned again. A security team at the church reportedly drew their weapons at the man after he kicked open a main entry door. Jeremiah J. Goodwin, 38,…

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Bath parking meters subject of council discussion

by Trish Rudder Two decisions will be made at the October 6 Bath Town Council meeting regarding decorating the parking meters in town. One, the length of time the decorated parking meters are left in place is being considered, and two, the council will decide if the meters must be decorated in a way that…

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Chesapeake ag group offering free farmer training

Future Harvest, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, is now accepting applications for their Beginner Farmer Training Program. Applications are due October 16. The Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP) offers a 12-month immersive training experience that combines a comprehensive classroom curriculum with hands-on learning at some of the region’s leading sustainable farms. The group’s 2020 program…

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Lemon & Shambaugh promoted in rank ceremony

Two deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department were promoted in rank last Friday, September 18 during a  ceremony with friends, family, colleagues, County Commission President Joel Tuttle and County Administrator Stefanie Allemong. Corporal Scott Lemon was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Deputy Luke Shambaugh was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Both…

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First wave of absentee ballots sent out by County Clerk

Close to 1,000 ballots heading to voters by KATE SHUNNEY Staff with the Morgan County Clerk’s office mailed out 917 absentee ballots on Friday, September 18 – the first day clerks could send out ballots to registered voters who had requested them. More ballots will be mailed out at voters request the mail-in option to participate…

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