Area News

Concern for environment leads Fulton County farmer to go solar

by Geoff Fox Melinda Golden is “truly concerned about the use of fossil fuels in our society” and has no doubt in her mind there is climate change occurring. And if each person made a little bit of difference, it would help. For Golden, it was installing solar panels on her farm in Fulton County…

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Region saw wettest May to September period in 92 years

by Kate Evans The rain kept coming for months and the tri-state area experienced periodic flash flooding in downtown Berkeley Springs and on roads and bridges throughout Morgan County and surrounding counties. So just how much precipitation did we really get during that time? NOAA Meteorologist Ray Martin from the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington Weather…

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Hancock United Methodist Church to hold festival

by Geoff Fox The Hancock United Methodist Church will be holding their third annual Free Fall Family Fun Fest in Widmeyer Park this Sunday, October 14, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Among the activities planned to be at the festival are hayrides, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, bouncy house, face painting, pumpkin ring toss, beanbag…

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Commissioners put 911 director on leave

by Kate Shunney Morgan County commissioners placed the county’s 911 director, Zachary Caldwell, on paid administrative leave on Wednesday, October 3 and said he would not perform any duties for the county for at least two weeks. County officials declined to answer questions about what caused the personnel action, which came after commissioners returned from…

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Planners approve permit for distillery in business park

by Kate Shunney The Morgan County Planning Commission has approved a commercial building permit for Capstone Spirits, a distillery operation planned for the U.S. 522 Business Park south of Berkeley Springs. Planners unanimously okayed the permit on Tuesday, September 25, at their monthly meeting. The permit will allow construction of six small buildings on Lot…

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When Paw Paw smelled like apples in the fall

by Kate Shunney Editor’s note: Folks gathered to make apple butter at the Paw Paw senior center last week had many memories of the time when orchards in and around town were a major part of life. Their recollections here are just a small part of the story of Paw Paw’s fruit industry. Paw Paw…

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New Partnership directors focus on building a positive community for kids

by Kate Evans The Morgan County Partnership’s Executive Director Kristen Gingery and Director Robin Langenstein began their new positions at the helm of the organization this summer. The Morgan County Partnership works together with local government, organizations, schools, businesses, churches and individuals to create a safe, healthy and drug-free community and to empower young people…

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State roads have larger culvert planned for damaged Route 9

A section of State Route 9 outside of Paw Paw that was damaged in the June 3 flood and remains closed to traffic will be repaired with a larger box culvert, state road officials said. The eastbound lane of the roadway, which has been blocked by concrete barriers for four months, collapsed when flood waters…

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