Area News

More than 100 gather in park to condemn racism

by Kate Shunney A group of protestors occupied the sidewalks along the edge of Berkeley Springs State Park last Wednesday, June 3 for roughly three hours, joining a nationwide movement to speak out about racial inequities in the U.S. The event, dubbed “Justice for Floyd,” was organized through Facebook by local resident Henry Gill-Newton. At…

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No positives from last week’s COVID tests here, say health officials

Morgan County Health Department officials have said that they have received no positive test results from the 353 COVID-19 tests given during two days of free testing locally on May 29 and May 30. Health Department administrator Bill Kearns confirmed the county’s case numbers hadn’t gone up following the testing event. There are 18 lab-confirmed…

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Protestors say peaceful gathering set in Berkeley Springs tonight

Protestors holding signs at the corner of U.S. 522 and Fairfax Street on Tuesday afternoon, June 2, said a larger gathering in support of racial justice is set for today, Wednesday, June 3 in the same location. A Facebook event called “Justice for Floyd” has been created to promote a peaceful protest in Berkeley Springs…

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More than 350 people tested here for COVID-19 last week

by KATE SHUNNEY & KATE EVANS A mass COVID-19 testing site at Warm Springs Middle School last week tested 353 residents for the highly contagious respiratory disease on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30. Dr. Kevin McLaughlin, Deputy Health Officer for the Morgan-Berkeley County Health Department, said that 200 people were tested at the middle school on…

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Park pool, water pumps reopen

The Berkeley Springs pool in Berkeley Springs State Park opened on Saturday, May 30 for the summer season and remains open daily under new restrictions. Pool users must have their temperature taken at the front gate and may not be admitted if they have a fever or report other symptoms of respiratory illness. The pool…

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It’s time again to check for ticks

by KATE EVANS Ticks are already prevalent this spring and area physicians are treating people for tick bites and Lyme disease. Health officials urge everyone to keep checking for ticks on themselves, their children and pets and watching for signs of tick bites, Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness. Lyme disease Lyme disease is a bacterial…

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Rabies alert issued in Fish Hatchery Road area

by KATE EVANS The Morgan County Health Department issued a rabies alert for the Fish Hatchery Road area in Berkeley Springs in the early evening on Friday, May 29. The Health Department put the rabies alert on their Facebook page and their post was also shared by Morgan County Animal Control. Health Department officials said the…

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Dozens of people line up for free COVID-19 testing in Morgan County

by KATE SHUNNEY At least three dozen people had already passed through screening and testing areas by 10 a.m. today, Friday, May 29, as two days of free testing for COVID-19 opened  to the general public at Warm Springs Middle School in Berkeley Springs. The testing takes place until 4 p.m. today and continues on Saturday, May 30 from…

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School board adopts $29.9 million budget for 2021

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board adopted their proposed total $29,998,331 Fiscal Year 2021 budget at their Tuesday, May 19 meeting, pending approval by the West Virginia Board of Education.  A public hearing on the budget was held at the meeting before its adoption.  No members of the public offered any comments. School…

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