Area News

Property owners along bypass route get notices from DOH

by Kate Shunney Property owners along the route of a proposed U.S. 522 bypass around Berkeley Springs have gotten letters from the Division of Highways (DOH) about the affect of the project on their land parcels. Others have been contacted by local appraiser Kent Kesecker Associates, who is under contract with the DOH Right of…

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“Back to School Bash” donations wanted for school supplies

by Trish Rudder School supplies are needed for pre-K to college level students, said Morgan County Parks & Recreation director Dawn Beal, who is looking for donations from the community for the needed supplies. At the July 2 Bath Town Council meeting, Beal said Parks & Rec is partnering with the Morgan County Partnership, Starting…

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Town wants survey before extending water lines

by Trish Rudder Berkeley Springs Water Works (BSWW), the town-owned water department, has been approached by the Warm Springs Public Service District regarding extending its water lines south of town to the ball field area if the sewer company extends its lines. At the July 2 town council meeting, Councilman Chris Chapman, who chairs the…

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Town to seek up-front funding for Rail Trail & Streetscapes

by Trish Rudder The town and the state Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways (DOH) are working together on the proposed Rail Trail project and Streetscapes Phase 4A that encompasses Congress Street and one block on North Washington Street. But the DOH no longer allows the town to “pay as you go,” said Rail Trail…

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Seely Foundation gives $115K in grants to local youth organizations

by Kate Evans In their 22nd year of funding projects that benefit local children and youth, the Tom & Virginia Seely Foundation presented a total of $115,394 in 22 grant awards to 20 organizations serving Morgan County youth. Grants were presented at a June 13 annual awards ceremony. The Foundation was formed by the former…

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DOH says traffic light work near Widmyer to begin this summer

by Kate Evans Work on a new four-way traffic light at Myers Road on U.S. 522 near Widmyer Elementary is expected to start within the next few weeks, said West Virginia Division of Highways District 5 Construction Engineer Daniel Watts last Friday. The work consists of widening and foundation work for the traffic signal. P…

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Neighbors find missing man’s body after Friday search

A search effort for a Berkeley Springs man that was suspended after dark on Friday night came to end when neighbors found the man’s body on Cacapon Mountain late Friday night. According to Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer, police began searching for Carl Hillsman, 57, around 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28 after receiving a…

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Celebrating the Fourth

Local events are set for the 4th of July around Morgan County. Berkeley Springs The 2019 Fourth of July will be celebrated in Berkeley Springs with a free fireworks display on Wednesday, July 3 on Widmyer Elementary School grounds at dark. This year, vendors will sell sandwiches, drinks and funnel cakes in the school parking…

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Rail Trail cleanup costs considered

by Trish Rudder Cleaning up the lot meant to be the public trailhead for the North Berkeley Rail Trail (NBRT) is moving forward.   A portion of the North Berkeley Rail Trail (NBRT) known as “parcel 3” is being considered for brownfields cleanup by using EPA grant funding. The former rail yard by the Berkeley…

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Sewer district asks Water Works to extend line

by Trish Rudder  Sewer manager Scott Crunkleton of the Warm Springs Public Sewer District told the Bath Town Council on June 18 that since a sewer line extension on U.S. 522 to about the Morgan County Ball Field is being discussed, would the town want to extend the public water line as well. He said…

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