Area News

Local man accused of threatening witness to crash

A head-on crash last Wednesday, December 26 off Winchester Grade Road has led to multiple charges against a Berkeley Springs man who allegedly lied to police and threatened another man. According to a press release on December 31, Sheriff K.C. Bohrer investigated a two-car accident on Harvest Drive last Wednesday, December 26. After completing a…

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Officials bid farewell to Ford

by Kate Shunney Former county commissioners, county employees and fellow elected officials spent the first part of the December 19 commission meeting honoring the work of Commissioner Bob Ford. The meeting was Ford’s last as an elected official. Ford served two terms as a County Commissioner – the first as a Democrat from 2000 to…

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Day Report Center aids courts and offenders

by Kate Shunney Morgan County will start 2019 with a new tool in its box. The county has opened a Day Report Center in the ground floor of The Pines Opportunity Center on Fairfax Street, the location of the former War Memorial Hospital. The center is a treatment and supervision facility for non-violent criminals who…

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Clerk to buy voting machines from Jackson County, county approves hires

by Kate Shunney The Morgan County Commission approved the purchase of 30 touch screen voting machines from Jackson County during a December 19 commission meeting. The county will pay $4,700 for the machines and two racks to store them. County Clerk Kim Nickles said Jackson County is upgrading their machines and was willing to sell…

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Local man found deceased Thursday morning

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the unattended death of a Berkeley Springs man after family members found the 70 year old man in a drainage ditch on his property on Tuesday, December 18. According to a press release from Sheriff K.C. Bohrer, police responded to a residents on Murphy Lane off Johnsons Mill…

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Remains are probably missing migrant worker, says medical examiner

by Kate Shunney West Virginia’s medical examiner has said the human remains found on a wooded hillside in Berkeley Springs on November 1, 2017 is likely a migrant farm worker who had last been confirmed in the area in February 2016. Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer issued a press release on Friday, December 14 about…

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Two rescued from rising waters Sunday

Local rivers and streams flooded Saturday night into Sunday as a weather system dropped several inches of rain on Morgan County and the region. Emergency officials rescued two people from the roof of their vehicle when the car got stuck in high water in the 5500 block of River Road shortly after 9 a.m. on…

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Berkeley Springs water line project gets $1.5 million grant

In a press release on Friday, December 14, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said the funds “will bring valuable, much-needed infrastructure upgrades to this growing community… when completed, this project will impact over 4,000 residents and 1,142 households in Morgan County.” Berkeley Springs Water Works (BSWW), the town-owned water department, has committed $500,000 to support…

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Seniors share special Christmas memories of family, gifts and fun

by Trish Rudder When the holidays come around, sometimes the special memories come back to visit us, especially the older we get. Some of our resident seniors shared their special memories with The Morgan Messenger last week. Wanda Woods said she was a “military brat” since both her father and husband served in the military.…

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