Area News

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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Rivers rose from heavy rains

The low water bridge on Rockford Road in Great Cacapon on Friday, May 1 was clogged with large tree debris after heavy rains Thursday night drove the Cacapon and Potomac Rivers up overnight. The Cacapon topped out at 9,150 cubic feet per second at around 5:30 a.m. on Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey…

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Graduation plans set for county seniors, Last day of school is May 29

by KATE EVANS Morgan County School officials have announced graduation ceremonies for both county high schools will take place at the end of July. The board was scheduled to approve the events at their May 5 school board meeting. Berkeley Springs High School’s graduation is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m. Paw…

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Governor’s “Safer at Home” order takes effect, allowing some doors to reopen under health guidelines

by KATE SHUNNEY West Virginia Governor Jim Justice last Thursday said the state will continue on its path to reopen businesses in stages if COVID-19 positive test rates stay under 3%. On April 30, he issued a new Executive Order that takes effect today, Monday, May 4, at 12:01 a.m. Read the order here: Executive-Order-April-30-2020-Safer-At-Home-Order Several types…

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Local nursing home testing done, partial results show no positive cases

by Kate Evans COVID-19 coronavirus testing began in all 17 Stonerise Healthcare skilled nursing centers around West Virginia on Friday, April 24. The testing was to be administered over the next several days. Testing here at the Berkeley Springs Center has been completed for both residents and staff, said a facility spokesperson. Tests were administered…

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Health officer says county has “limited testing ability”

by Kate Evans Numbers of positive novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases keep rising in the four-state region. As of Monday, April 27 some 36 West Virginia residents have died from the virus with 1,063 residents testing positive for the disease, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Morgan County’s positive COVID-19 cases…

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