Area News

Support group helps caregivers take on child-rearing roles

by Kate Evans With so many grandparents and family relatives caring for children in West Virginia, the Healthy Grandfamilies program was created to bring information, resources and support to relative/kinship caregivers that are raising one or more grandchildren or children. A five-year estimate has 205 Morgan County grandparents with grandchildren living with them in their…

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Several local fire cases still under investigation

by Kate Evans West Virginia Assistant State Fire Marshal George Harms reported on several area fires that had been flagged as suspicious or as arson. Harms said his office determined that the January 7 Eckerd Lane house fire in Berkeley Springs does not meet the requirements of the law for arson. The Eckerd Lane house…

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Driver in fatal crash pleads to misdemeanor

by Kate Shunney The driver of one of the trucks involved in a double-fatal crash in early May 2019 has pled no contest to one count of negligent homicide in Morgan County Circuit Court. Bryce G. Waugh, 18, of Waugh Road in Berkeley Springs entered the plea during a January 23 hearing before Circuit Judge…

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Bicentennial birthday party this Sunday

On February 9, 1820, the General Assembly of Virginia formed Morgan County from parts of Hampshire and Berkeley counties. Two hundred years later, the citizens of Morgan County are invited to celebrate their county’s 200th birthday with a party at the County Courthouse on Sunday, February 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Balloons, cake, beverages…

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County’s fifth stoplight now online

Driving through Morgan County changed last Thursday, January 30. The county’s newest four-way traffic signal, located at U.S. 522 and Myers Road, went online in the morning. Morgan County now has four stoplights. School traffic at the busy intersection was controlled by red and green lights for the first time last week, after two week…

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As flu hits area, local schools urge parents to keep ill students home

  by Kate Evans Seasonal influenza activity and flu-like illness is now widespread in our area, with growing numbers of flu cases confirmed at War Memorial Hospital and illnesses prevalent in local schools. War Memorial Hospital’s emergency room has seen an increase of patient cases with flu and flu-like illness symptoms, said Chris Parsons, Emergency Department Director. Medical staff confirmed…

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Maryland DNR to begin new survey of Mason-Dixon Line

Department Begins New Survey of Mason-Dixon Line January 27, 2020 Effort To Document Remaining Original Markers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources The Maryland Geological Survey, a unit of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, will lead professional surveying societies of Maryland and Pennsylvania in a new survey of monuments along the Mason-Dixon Line.…

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Not sleepy on Saturday

Pam Bergmann took this photo of the low water bridge over Sleepy Creek on Saturday, January 25. Rains on Friday made streams swell and rivers rise in the region. The low water bridge was closed to traffic until Monday morning, January 27.

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Man charged for holding woman captive, firing gun in residence

by Kate Shunney Police have charged a man with kidnapping and wanton endangerment with a firearm after responding to a Great Cacapon residence late on Friday, January 24 and finding a woman being held against her will in a Hammond Street home. According to a criminal complaint filed in Morgan County Magistrate Court by Deputy…

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Rabies alert issued after cat bite

by Kate Evans The Morgan County Health Department issued a rabies alert for Mae Butts Lane in Berkeley Springs last Tuesday, January 21. Mae Butts Lane is located off Spohrs Road near Peter Yost Road in eastern Morgan County off of Martinsburg Road. Health Department officials said in their social media alert that the West…

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