Area News

Grand Jury now set for June 17

Morgan County’s spring term of Grand Jury has been postponed twice, and is now set to hear cases on Wednesday, June 17. This session will be the meeting of the Grand Jury that was supposed to meet in April to consider criminal charges in Morgan County Circuit Court. Grand jurors selected in January will be…

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Gov. Justice rolls out more reopenings under “Comeback” plan

Overnight facilities at West Virginia’s 35 state parks and nine forests, currently closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, will start reopening to state residents this Thursday, May 21. Campgrounds are scheduled to open May 21, while cabins and lodges will open on May 26. To follow the guidelines of Gov. Jim Justice’s…

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Link takes over as Berkeley Springs police chief

The Berkeley Springs Police Department announced via their social media account on Monday that Sgt. Tony Link has taken office as the town’s new police chief. He will replace former police chief T.J. Johnson, who resigned from the post as chief and from the town’s police department in April. According to Town Council minutes, Bath…

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Register to vote or change parties by next Tuesday

West Virginia residents who are eligible to vote have until this coming Tuesday, May 19 to register to vote in the June 9 primary election, or to change their party affiliation or voter registration information. Residents can register to vote online through the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office, or contact the Morgan County Clerk’s…

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Pa. counties see lifting of some restrictions under Wolf reopening plans

by Kate Shunney Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf last week moved 24 of the state’s counties to a “yellow” status, lifting some of the Stay at Home orders and restrictions that have been in place since April amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Monday, Pennsylvania had confirmed 56,611 cases of the respiratory disease. More than 3,700…

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Judge files order rejecting challenge of Reed residency

by Kate Shunney A Kanawha County Circuit judge has denied a Morgan County man’s petition to block Ken Reed from appearing on the Republican primary ballot as a candidate for the House of Delegates representing the 59th district. Reed is currently a Morgan County Commissioner seeking the state legislative seat. He is running against Republican…

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County courthouse reopens Monday with restrictions

by Kate Shunney Morgan County’s courthouse will be open again to the public on Monday, May 18 with specific restrictions meant to reduce person-to-person contact in offices. Morgan County Commissioners issued guidelines for a reopening of the courthouse during a live-streamed public meeting on Wednesday, May 6. Unrestricted access to the courthouse was closed on…

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More than 700 ballots already cast here

by Kate Shunney Morgan County’s election officials said Monday that 715 absentee ballots have already been returned to them during this year’s unusual primary election cycle. County voters last month received an absentee ballot application in the mail, whether they had called to request one or not. Joyce Spring of the County Clerk’s office said…

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