Area News

Paw paws making annual appearance along canal, river bottoms

by Kate Evans Nestled in fertile valleys, along river banks and in rich woodlands, the paw paw tree grows bearing a custard-like fruit that has a mixed flavor of banana, mango, pineapple and cantaloupe. This time of year, the fruit starts becoming visible under the towering canopies of the large-leaf paw paw tree. The trees…

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Cleanup begins on North Berkeley Rail Trail

by Trish Rudder Brush removal and fencing work began on the trailhead lot of the future North Berkeley Rail Trail last Friday, July 10. The cleanup of the section of an old rail bed just north of the Berkeley Springs Depot is necessary as part of an agreement between the Town of Bath and the…

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Governor limits gatherings to 25 people as COVID cases rise

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced on Monday that an Executive Order would immediately reduce the size of social gatherings statewide from 100 to 25 people. “We want everyone to know this is not playtime stuff,” Gov. Justice said. “We now, in West Virginia, have 1,338 active cases. We have grown 206 active cases since…

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Mobile Food Pantry here on Thursday & Monday

Mountaineer FoodBank will be bringing their Mobile Food Pantry to Morgan County twice in the coming week. The first foodbox giveaway will take place at the Berkeley Springs Senior Center on Sandmine Road on Thursday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food will be given out while supplies last. A second food giveaway will…

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School board members, school superintendent sworn in

by KATE EVANS Re-elected Morgan County School Board members John Rowland and Pete Gordon were sworn in for their new four-year term on the school board at their June 30 morning meeting at the Morgan County Board of Education office. Morgan County Commissioner Joel Tuttle administered the oath of office to them. Gordon and Rowland were…

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Bicentennial speeches touch on county history, promise

by KATE SHUNNEY Summer heat and public health restrictions kept crowds small at the “Morgan County Day” celebration in Berkeley Springs State Park on Monday. Morgan County Commissioners last year agreed to proclaim July 6 as the official day to celebrate the county’s 200th birthday. The county was officially formed in February of 1820. Bicentennial committee…

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Morgan County bicentennial quilt unveiled

A 35-panel handmade quilt created by the Delectable Mountains Quilt Guild to mark the occasion of Morgan County’s 200th birthday was unveiled during a public event at Berkeley Springs State Park on Monday, July 6. Monday was “Morgan County Day,” proclaimed by county officials late last year as the day to mark the county’s bicentennial.…

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Local residents charged with drug dealing in Maryland

Two Berkeley Springs residents were arrested by Maryland police on June 26 off I-70 in the Mount Airy area and have been charged with drug dealing offenses there. According to news reports in the Carroll County Times, Randy W. Davis, 58, and Brenda L. Marsce, 54, both of Berkeley Springs, were involved in a rear-end…

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West Virginia governor mandates masks starting at midnight

by Kate Shunney West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has issued an Executive Order that requires those in the state to wear a face covering while in buildings outside of their homes. The order takes effect at midnight and will be in force on Tuesday, July 7. Gov. Justice said he is making the move following several…

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County Expo won’t be held this year

The Morgan County Fair Board has voted not to hold the Morgan County Expo this year due to public health and economic concerns. Fair officials said they plan to hold the 20th county fair/expo event in July of 2021. West Virginia University Morgan County Extension Agent Cindy Smalley said this in an announcement: “[T]he new…

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