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Man gets jail time for fleeing police, court settles 2005 indictment

by Kate Shunney A Mt. Nebo, W.Va. man was sentenced last month for reckless fleeing from police during a May 2021 incident in Berkeley Springs. Bradley R. Backus, 42, was convicted by a local jury in March of fleeing from law enforcement in reckless disregard and destruction of property. In June, Circuit Court Judge Debra…

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Police searching for pair in Tuesday burglary incident

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a local woman and man in connection with a larceny incident in Great Cacapon on Tuesday, June 28. Residents in the area of Milo School Road and Youngblood Road reported yesterday seeing and hearing law enforcement officers in vehicles and in helicopters searching the area for hours.…

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North Berkeley Park to get extra monitoring after repeated vandalism

by Trish Rudder The North Berkeley Community Park will be protected with new security cameras and lighting with help from the Morgan County Partnership. The Partnership applied for and received grant funding to purchase wireless and solar security cameras and lights to fight vandalism at the North Berkeley Community Park on Williams Street in Berkeley…

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Goodwin named one of Girl Scouts 2022Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) will recognize four local community leaders during the annual Women of Distinction Luncheon in October. Honorees include Carol Asam, Lyn Goodwin, Helen Harris, and Bonnie Stubblefield. The Women of Distinction Luncheon honors extraordinary women who have made significant contributions to their communities and the region. The Council has awarded the…

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Depot renovations uncover busy past

by Trish Rudder The Berkeley Springs Train Depot is slowly being brought back to life. Building Systems, Inc. of Hagerstown, Md. has been performing the renovations inside the historical building since late May. Supervisor Kevin Goode and craftsman Lee Stine said they enjoy working on historical renovations. They both have worked on projects in Maryland,…

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Public water line replacement project delayed by supply issues

by Trish Rudder The last of the Phase IV water line replacement project that was to begin on June 1, cannot start until the supplies arrive, Town of Bath Councilman Chris Chapman said in the June 7 council meeting. Chapman heads up the town-owned water department committee, Berkeley Springs Water Works (BSWW). The anticipated start…

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A fresh surface on 522

by Trish Rudder Repaving the U.S. 522 roadway got underway on Sunday, June 12 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. that runs north of town around the Moose and south towards Blue Flame. Pavement milling work could be seen last week, preparing the roadway before the blacktop is applied. Town of Bath Mayor Scott Merki…

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Gat Creek to double capacity with expansion

by Lisa Schauer “Nothing’s better for the furniture business than a pandemic,” said William Gastin “Gat” Caperton IV, owner and CEO of Gat Creek, a solid wood furniture company in Berkeley Springs. “People were sitting around at home thinking, this isn’t good enough. Instead of spending money on vacations, they started spending money on their…

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State lawmakers receive updates about delinquent property tax sale process

by Matt Young West Virginia Press News Sharing The Joint Standing Committee on Government Operations met, on Monday, June 13, during the second day of the June Interim Legislative Session. Christal Perry, deputy director of land with the W.Va. State Auditor’s office, delivered a presentation on the delinquent property sales process. Perry began by expressing…

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