Area News

Burn ban lifted, fall burn laws and drought limits still in effect

Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation today, officially rescinding the recent statewide ban on all types of outdoor burning. This action comes after the state received sufficient rainfall over the past several days to warrant ending the outdoor burning ban. Standard fall burning season laws and regulations take effect immediately. The burning of forestland, grass,…

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Tractor trailer struck power pole on Saturday

No injuries were reported after a tractor trailer struck a power pole on Saturday, October 5 on South Washington Street (U.S. 522) near the BB&T Bank. According to the Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company, the crash happened around 9:30 p.m. The trailer was partially on the sidewalk and partially in the northbound travel lane with…

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Governor declares drought, town water supplies OK

by Kate Shunney & Trish Rudder Rain over the last few days provided some relief for growing drought conditions in the area, but have not made up for the lack of precipitation throughout the summer. Morgan County has been under a statewide outdoor burn ban for close to three weeks, and Gov. Jim Justice last…

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Vietnam monument effort tops $200K mark

A vision for creating a public recognition for veterans of the Vietnam War started 10 years ago with $1. Last Thursday, organizers of the Morgan County Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Fund and many supporting veterans marked another milestone in the effort. More than $200,000 has now been raised to build a permanent memorial structure on the…

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County reading, math scores below state level

by Kate Evans West Virginia public school districts   recently received their West Virginia Balanced Scorecard accountability ratings from the West Virginia Department of Education for the 2018-2019 school year. The Balanced Scorecards indicate how well students are learning, growing and achieving and show areas where schools are doing well and need improvement. Morgan County Schools…

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Berkeley Springs man dies in Tuesday crash

A single-vehicle motor vehicle accident in the 5000 block of Martinsburg Road on Tuesday, October 8 claimed the life of a Berkeley Springs man. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department said Warren Bishop Jr., 79, of Camp Harmison Lane died after his Chevy pickup overturned Tuesday morning. Police said Bishop lost control of his vehicle on…

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Sheriff’s Department to move Friday

by Kate Shunney Offices for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department will be closed this Friday, October 4 and again next Monday and Tuesday while the agency moves from the county courthouse complex to their new station at 226 Gayle Drive, behind the Food Lion. Sheriff K.C. Bohrer said the department’s administrative operations will be suspended…

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First Peoples brings banking back to Warfordsburg

by Kate Shunney Local banking has made a return to Southern Fulton with the operation of First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union in Warfordsburg. The bank opened on June 24 at 560 Great Cove Road, and held their Grand Opening event last Wednesday, September 25 with giveaways and refreshments. First Peoples has numerous branches in…

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