Area News

Judge sentences Ball to 150-363 years in prison

by Kate Shunney Circuit Court Judge Debra McLaughlin on Tuesday sentenced David Ball, 41, of Berkeley Springs to 150 to 363 years in prison for sexual crimes against a child. During the sentencing hearing on July 30, Ball chose not to address the court or the victim of the crimes, which took place in 2018.…

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4-H members wrap up their projects for display at the Morgan County Expo

by Kate Evans County 4-H club members have been busy getting ready for this weekend’s Morgan County Expo where their annual projects will be displayed. Kids’ projects this year include pets, cooking, electricity, woodworking, photography, Rockets Away, poultry, Choose Your Own and first aid, said West Virginia University Morgan County Extension Agent Cindy Smalley. The…

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Federal records show Berkeley Springs pharmacies received 5.1 million pain pills in six years

by Kate Shunney Newly-released records from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) show that Morgan County pharmacies received 5,096,310 prescription oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from four drug distributors between 2006 and 2012. The data, reported by The Washington Post and released publicly last week, shows that Reed’s Pharmacy in Berkeley Springs received 3,939,400 of…

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Sheriff’s Department issues warnings about hot car dangers for children

Outside of crashes, heatstroke is the number one vehicle-related killer of children in the United States. The Morgan County Sheriff’ Department is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of vehicular heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars.…

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County allocates $130K in lodging funds to local groups

by Kate Shunney The Morgan County Commission made their annual decision about how Hotel/Motel tax revenue will be divided among groups who requested the funds. Under West Virginia law, a county or town can impose a lodging tax on rooms and vacation rental units. The tax has to be used to promote tourism, recreation, beautification,…

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Blue Ridge CTC eyes Proctor & Gamble space at The Pines

by Kate Shunney A high-tech quality control training lab installed by Proctor & Gamble at The Pines Opportunity Center in Berkeley Springs two years ago could become part of the space leased to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, county officials said last week. The county’s lease with Proctor & Gamble, the manufacturing company with…

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Black bear sightings continue as bear numbers rise

by Kate Evans Black bears have been making the rounds in both populated and rural areas of Morgan County with the numbers of bears in the region still on the upswing. State wildlife officials are reminding people to not feed bears or other wildlife. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) District Wildlife Biologist Rich…

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Time to register your wares for the Morgan County Expo

Woodworkers, home bakers, jelly-makers, quilters, gardeners and all those with an interest in making things have an opportunity to enter their wares in the annual Morgan County Expo. The Expo will be held on Saturday, July 27 at the Berkeley Springs Senior Center on Sandmine Road. Exhibitors can pre-register for free before Monday, July 22.…

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Bear draws crowd on lope through town

A sizeable black bear ambled through downtown Berkeley Springs on Saturday afternoon, July 6, and drew lots of attention as it crossed U.S. 522 at the Star Theatre and headed toward Mercer Street. Cpl. Sam Smith of the West Virginia State Police responded to multiple 911 calls about the animal shortly after 2 p.m. He…

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