Area News

School Superintendent resigns; May to take position in Pa.

by Kate Evans Morgan County Schools Superintendent Dr. Erich May submitted his resignation as superintendent on Tuesday, April 30, effective June 30. He has accepted a position as superintendent at Brookville Area School District in northwestern Pennsylvania. The Morgan County School Board was scheduled to approve May’s resignation as part of the personnel actions at…

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County to get $126K back from Warm Springs Run oil cleanup

by Kate Shunney The Morgan County Commission last week voted unanimously to accept an offer of $126,255 in reimbursements from the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center for money the county spent cleaning up a 2017 heating oil spill. According to county officials, a total of $128,828 was spent to contain a November 6,…

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Balloon event to honor Miller, benefit family

Several memorial efforts for the family of crash victim Lexus Miller have taken shape since the Berkeley Springs teen was identified as one of two fatalities in a May 3 accident along U.S. 522. Individuals have set up a memorial fund effort to help the family pay for burial expenses and other needs. By Monday…

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Johnson Pentoney Farm will stay in the family

by Trish Rudder Many Morgan Countians have families with deep generational roots. The Garvin Johnson family is no exception. Local resident Donna Johnson Didawick said her family has lived in Morgan County for generations and believes her original descendants were Scandinavian who migrated to England. Didawick is the living heir to the Johnson Pentoney Farm…

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Friday crash now has second fatality

A second person has now died as a result of a Friday morning head-on crash along U.S. 522 north of Berkeley Springs, according to police. Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer announced Saturday evening that the driver of a northbound pickup truck involved in the May 3 accident succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the…

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Truck takes out 522 traffic signal

An early morning collision on Wednesday, May 1 between a tractor trailer and a traffic signal pole along U.S. 522 has left the county’s major intersection without a permanent traffic control light. Temporary stop lights are now posted in three directions at the intersection of Martinsburg Road and U.S. 522 in Berkeley Springs near Roy’s…

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Cain takes plea in burglary case, avoids potential life sentence

by Kate Shunney A Rio man with a lengthy criminal record in Morgan County pled guilty last week to a 2018 burglary in Great Cacapon and waived possibility of parole for the offense. Kevin R. Cain, 45, admitted in Morgan County Circuit Court that he broke into a home on Woodmont Road last August and…

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Ride share services roll into Morgan County

by Kate Evans Morgan County residents now have access to established ride share services Uber and Lyft through three major local drivers, who are seeing the demand for the app-based ride service rise. Potential riders download Uber and Lyft apps online through each company’s website. Users create an account and request rides by entering their…

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Hundreds hit Cacapon for Enduro race

by Kate Shunney A rainy Sunday morning didn’t dampen the lively atmosphere at Cacapon State Park this past weekend as 160 mountain bike racers gathered for the first Enduro event on the park’s new bike trails. Racers of all ages hit the park’s trails in four stages, riding up the side of Cacapon Mountain on…

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