Area News

Messenger outdoor column places in national newspaper contest

A 2018 outdoor column by Morgan Messenger contributor Wade Shambaugh has placed second in the National Newspaper Association’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contest. Judging results were announced on Tuesday, June 11. Shambaugh’s outdoor column “Everyday Outdoors” about West Virginia’s buck season won second place for Best Sports Column for daily and weekly papers with a regular…

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Town oks water towers to hold communications equipment

by Trish Rudder A request to place communications equipment on a water tower in Berkeley Springs was made by a local internet provider a few years ago. Before allowing the water towers to hold the provider’s equipment, the town-owned water department – Berkeley Springs Water Works (BSSW) – developed a policy setting up rules to…

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Public libraries launch summer reading programs for all ages

by Kate Evans Morgan County’s public libraries are both the home of a six-week summer reading program with the theme of “A Universe of Stories.” Readers from the youngest ages to the oldest can participate in tracking their reading, attending special library events and get in the running to win prizes. The program begins at…

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Barriers, bridges to recovery subject of opioid forum

by Kate Shunney Four speakers led attendees through the tangle of issues related to the local opioid crisis during a public forum last Saturday, June 15 at Berkeley Springs High School. Fewer than three dozen community members attended the session, which was sponsored by the Berkeley-Morgan County Board of Health and multiple community groups. Facilitator…

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Magistrate finds probable cause to move McCauley murder case to Grand Jury

by Kate Shunney Berkeley County Magistrate Richard Stephens on Wednesday found probable cause to shift a murder case against Andy J. McCauley into the Circuit Court. The case will likely be presented to the next Morgan County Grand Jury, which meets in September. Magistrate Stephens was appointed to preside over the June 12 preliminary hearing…

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Paw Paw voters pick Abe as new mayor

Voters in the Town of Paw Paw have selected a new mayor and council to take office on July 1. Darlene Abe beat out appointed mayor Tina Meyers by a landslide in a three-way mayoral race, pulling in 82 votes over Meyers’ 12. A third candidate, William Hayes, brought in 11 votes during early voting…

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Bank robbery suspect in jail awaits preliminary hearing

by Trish Rudder The man who was arrested for allegedly robbing City National Bank in Berkeley Springs on Tuesday, June 4 is in Eastern Regional Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing. Steven L. Silverman, 49, of no fixed address, was taken into custody on Friday, June 7 by Berkeley Springs Police Chief, T.J. Johnson. The crime…

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Tuttle hired as interim school superintendent

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board unanimously approved Kristen Tuttle as Morgan County Schools Interim Superintendent beginning July 1 through June 30, 2020 at their June 4 meeting. School Superintendent Dr. Erich May accepted a superintendent position in Pennsylvania and is leaving June 30. He has been the county’s school chief for two…

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School board sells Great Cacapon ball field to fire company

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board approved the sale of 9.9 acres of surplus land in Great Cacapon to the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Company for $31,500. The amount was determined by a public auction that was held at the property on June 1. The board’s approval of the sale came at their…

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