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COVID cases jump here, disrupt school schedules

Residents urged to get tested, set up first vaccine shot now by Kate Shunney & Kate Evans Morgan County’s COVID cases have jumped significantly during the last week, rising from 48 active cases last Monday to 76 active cases on Sunday, March 28. The additional cases over the last seven days have been concentrated in…

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Police arrest roommate in Hancock homicide

This story has been updated with information from police.   The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man as a result of a homicide investigation in Hancock. According to Sgt. Ward of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, at 6:15 p.m. March 27, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Hancock Police Department responded to a…

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Overdue Thanks: Morgan County Vietnam Veterans Memorial now in place

More than a decade of fundraising, research, publicity, paperwork and design have come to life on the Fairfax Green in downtown Berkeley Springs. On Friday, March 26, crews from Gordon’s Memorials and Digging & Rigging lifted and placed the granite pieces of the Morgan County Vietnam Veterans Memorial on their permanent home. Memorial effort founders…

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School board proposes steady levy rate

Morgan County School Board approved the same proposed regular state school levy and special levy rates for Fiscal Year 2022 that they approved for the last seven fiscal years. Their action took place at a March 16 special meeting that followed their regular March 16 school board meeting at the school board office. Tax rates…

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High school, Widmyer students in quarantine with COVID-19 cases

by Kate Evans Some 97 Berkeley Springs High School students are currently quarantined as a precaution following contact tracing done on two high school students that tested positive last week for COVID-19. Students could’ve been exposed to the coronavirus from classes or athletics, School Superintendent Kristen Tuttle said on Monday afternoon.  A couple of those…

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More than 4,300 vaccine doses given in county so far

As of Monday, 1,507 Morgan County residents were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state health officials. Health workers have administered 4,328 doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines here. The West Virginia DHHR COVID-19 website reports the statistics under the “Vaccine Summary” tab at the top of their county alert map. Weekly Morgan County…

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Goodwin hired to lead EDA

Morgan County officials unanimously voted to hire Lyn Goodwin as the county’s new Economic Development Authority (EDA) Director last Wednesday, March 17. Goodwin was one of six applicants to the director post, and the EDA’s top pick for the opening left after Daryl Cowles resigned in December 2020. Commissioner Sean Forney, who sits on the…

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Local attorney was a notable West Virginia woman in history

by Christina M. Vogt. Ph.D. About a year ago, the Morgan County Commission declared March to be West Virginia Women in History Month as part of a statewide initiative organized under the Secretary of State, Mac Warner’s office. West Virginia has many great women from the past to celebrate. A few to remember will be…

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Paw Paw seeking federal dollars for sewer plant & line upgrades

Public hearing about grant proposal set for March 23 by Kate Evans The Town of Paw Paw is pursuing federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Rural Utilities Service to make upgrades to the town’s sewer system in part to bring it into environmental compliance. The town’s proposed sewer improvement project…

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Bath to meet about historic district guidelines

by Trish Rudder A meeting between the Bath Town Council, the Ordinance Committee and the Historic Landmark Commission will meet on Monday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ice House. David Abruzzi, who heads up the Landmark commission, said on Monday the purpose of the meeting is to let the town council know what…

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