Area News

Youth fishing rodeo events set; Tonoloway to host May 11

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources released details about opportunities for young people to experience fishing through 44 youth fishing rodeos in 15 counties statewide. Youth fishing rodeos in the state connect 6,000 thousand young people with the Maryland outdoors each year. Events start in March and run through fall. Anyone 16 years of age…

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Paw Paw waits for road repair

by Kate Shunney For the last nine months, daily travel for hundreds of county residents in the Paw Paw area has been slowed down by a road project that hasn’t even started. Promises that a section of Paw Paw Road would be replaced after a June 3 flood have not materialized, leaving the main road…

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Handful of Silica corporate staff to return to local office

by Kate Shunney Half a dozen U.S. Silica corporate employees will return to work in the former company headquarters in Berkeley Springs this summer. Company spokesman Michael Lawson confirmed that six employees working in human resources, accounting, legal and information technology will start working in Morgan County in a few months. U.S. Silica’s corporate headquarters…

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522 bypass entrances, design still up for public comment

by Trish Rudder More than 200 people attended the state Division of Highways (DOH) workshop meeting last Thursday, February 28 at Berkeley Springs High School to review the design changes of the proposed U.S. 522 Berkeley Springs bypass. The majority of comments from the community approved the changes showing on the maps displayed in the…

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High winds topple trees, cause widespread power outages

by Trish Rudder & Kate Shunney More than 2,000 Potomac Edison customers in Morgan County lost power as a result of high winds from Sunday, February 17 into Monday, February 18. Other residents suffered property damage from trees falling on buildings, or items being blown around by powerful gusts. Extreme winds, with gusts that topped…

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Maryland hunters took 77,823 deer during fall & winter seasons

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has released fall and winter deer harvest numbers showing hunters harvested 77,382 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons, from September 2018 through the end of January 2019. The statewide harvest included 29,699 antlered and 44,249 antlerless white-tailed deer; and 1,609 antlered and 1,825 antlerless sika deer.…

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Commission hires 911 director

Morgan County Commissioners voted unanimously on February 8 to offer the post of 911 Director to Ronald Mason at a starting salary of $35,000 plus benefits. Mason has accepted the position, and will start work on March 11, confirmed County Administrator Stefanie Allemong. She said Mason is a former State Police officer. The 911 Director…

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International Water Tasting event this weekend

The 29th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting will bring in nearly one hundred waters from across the country and around the globe this Saturday, February 23 at The Country Inn. The festival is the largest and longest running water tasting competition in the world. On Saturday, a panel of trained judges begin tasting municipal…

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Schools close Tuesday for teacher strike

by Kate Shunney Morgan County Schools were closed on Tuesday, February 19 as teachers and school personnel around the state went on strike in opposition to an education bill making its way through the West Virginia Legislature. SB 451, called the Education Omnibus bill, includes a  pay raise for public employees, investments in the West…

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