Area News

Streetscapes: not just a pretty face

This is the first in a series about local stormwater management and flooding issues by TRISH RUDDER The Town of Bath has been improving the town’s streets, sidewalks, lighting and signage that began with its first grant funding of $200,000. In 2004, Susan Webster was the mayor at that time, and U.S. Senator Shelley Moore…

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Morgan County EXPO is this weekend

Starting off with a hometown field advantage under the Friday night lights and stretching into Sunday afternoon, the Morgan County EXPO promises activities for all ages throughout this weekend. The EXPO, formerly the Morgan County Fair, will be held in a variety of places, but the main event will take place in a new location…

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Purple paint is another way to say “No Trespassing”

In addition to the traditional ways of posting land, West Virginia landowners have another option – the use of purple paint – to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering their property. According to a law passed in 2016 by the West Virginia legislature [§61-3B-1 (B)], boundaries can be marked with a clearly visible purple-painted marking, consisting…

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Rail Trail group to receive award for work on depot lot

by Trish Rudder The North Berkeley Rail Trail Task Force was selected to receive the 2018 West Virginia Brownfield Award for its dedication for community engagement and support of brownfields redevelopment in West Virginia. A brownfield is a former industrial or commercial site where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination. Remediation…

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County takes pass on grant funding for new voting machines

by KATE SHUNNEY In a split vote on August 15, the Morgan County Commission took an official pass on applying for federal grant funds to upgrade the county’s voting systems. Commission President Joel Tuttle was the lone vote in favor of a resolution in support of County Clerk Kim Nickles seeking money through the Help…

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Man in custody for Sunday stabbing at AC&T

by GEOFF FOX Police are investigating a stabbing at a Hancock gas station that sent one man to Meritus Medical Center early Sunday morning. Around 12:30 a.m. on August 19, Hancock police were alerted to the AC&T at 260 East Main Street for a subject who was bleeding. When police arrived, they found Wes Barrett,…

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Drugs, addiction issues raised at Paw Paw community forum

by KATE EVANS A community forum at the Paw Paw Public Library last Thursday focused on the dangers of prescription drugs, heroin and methamphetamine Roughly 20 attended the event. Some   spoke of family members who struggled with addiction or who were lost in drug overdoses. Others expressed concerns about drug activity in the town. The…

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Group to train clergy, church leaders on child victimization

The Morgan County Multidisciplinary Investigative Team will be hosting a free training for church leaders on September 8 on the topic of child victimization and community leaders’ response to the issue. Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center, Shenandoah Women’s Center, the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and West Virginia State Police will lead the event, which…

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Driver in April chase, crash charged in W.Va.

The driver who led Hancock police on a chase down I-70 and across the Hancock bridge in April has been extradited to West Virginia to face charges there. Christopher McCauley, 23, of Berkeley Springs was charged on Thursday, August 16 in Morgan County Magistrate Court with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage,…

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Faulty smoke alarm to blame for fire call at middle school

by KATE EVANS Warm Springs Middle School students and staff were evacuated from the school for around 45 minutes this afternoon after a faulty smoke alarm went off in the ceiling tile between the walls of the band room and the faculty room, said middle school Principal Gene Brock. The alarm was tripped at 12:48…

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