Area News

Town of Bath voters elect mayor, council with 32 ballots

by Trish Rudder Municipal election results from the Town of Bath on Tuesday, June 11 for mayor, town recorder and five council members were cast as follows: Mayor Scott Merki –28 Town Recorder Susan Webster–20 Councilman Chris Chapman–27 Councilman Rick Weber –26 Councilwoman Rose Jackson –25 Councilwoman Elizabeth Skinner –23 Write-in candidate John Bohrer will…

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Police have suspect in Tuesday bank robbery in custody

Police have taken into custody the man they believe robbed City National Bank in Berkeley Springs on Tuesday, June 4. Berkeley Springs Police Chief T.J. Johnson said he spotted the man, identified as Steven Silverman of Maryland, on the sidewalk in front of City National Bank on Friday afternoon — three days after the robbery.…

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Police search for many suspects in cycle theft ring

by Trish Rudder West Virginia State Police Sgt. H.D. Heil, who is leading the investigation of a May 17 break in at Ridersville Cycle on Valley Road in Berkeley Springs, said on Tuesday, May 28 that police have firm leads on the identity of one of the suspects. The man is believed to be out…

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Starting Points marks 20 years of serving families

by Kate Evans Starting Points of Morgan County is celebrating its 20th year as a family resource center offering services, resources, education, information and support to Morgan County families. The agency is holding a community picnic on Thursday, June 13 from 4 p.m. to 6p.m. at their South Green Street location to mark their anniversary.…

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Tuttle up for interim school superintendent post

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board was scheduled to approve Kristen Tuttle as Morgan County Schools Interim Superintendent beginning July 1 through June 30, 2020 at last night’s board meeting. School Superintendent Dr. Erich May will leave the post June 30 to take a job in Pennsylvania. He has served as superintendent for…

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New section of Western Maryland Rail Trail opens in Little Orleans

by Kate Shunney An added 4.5 miles of the paved Western Maryland Rail Trail officially opened last Saturday, June 1 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in Little Orleans on National Trails Day. State, county and local officials marked the occasion by recognizing the individuals who have pushed to see the trail opened to its final…

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Berkeley Springs police search for bank robber

The Berkeley Springs Police Department, along with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police, are searching for a white male suspect who robbed the City National Bank in Berkeley Springs shortly after 3 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 4. Berkeley Springs Police Chief T.J. Johnson said the man is 6′ tall, around 220…

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McCauley hearing rescheduled

by Trish Rudder The preliminary hearing for the Berkeley Springs man who is charged with killing Riley Crossman, 15, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 12 at 2 p.m. in Morgan County Magistrate Court. It was scheduled for Friday, May 24 to be heard by Magistrate Kermit M. Ambrose. Andy J. McCauley, 41, who was…

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Partnership gets $200,000 grant to plan local opioid response

by Kate Evans The Morgan County Partnership was awarded a one-year $200,000 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program planning grant to help end the opioid crisis. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). West Virginia received a total of $600,000 in HRSA grants –$200,000 for…

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