Area News

County adopts ordinance to regulate unsafe structures

by Kate Shunney County officials approved a new law on Wednesday that created the Morgan County Building Enforcement Agency and set the rules under which the agency can force the repair or demolition of unsafe structures in the county. In a 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Bob Ford voting no, the Morgan County Commission adopted the…

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Messenger staff win state newspaper awards

Three members of The Morgan Messenger news staff brought home editorial awards from this year’s West Virginia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The annual press award ceremony was held in Charleston on Saturday, August 11. Articles published in 2017 were eligible for the awards. The Morgan Messenger competed in the largest newspaper category – weekly…

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Man charged with burglary in Fairview Drive area

A Berkeley Springs man was charged with burglary and illegal possession of a firearm last Thursday, August 9 after residents reported seeing him peeking into house windows. Deputy Luke Shambaugh of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department arrested Stephen A. Kuykendall, 33, of Golden Lane late Thursday afternoon. Kuykendall was charged with burglary and being a…

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Fire causes damage to Resley Road home

by Geoff Fox An early morning electrical fire caused some damage to home on Resley Road west of Hancock on Friday, August 3 around 12:30 a.m. According to Hancock Fire Chief Robert Hoopengardner the fire was in the attic above the bathroom closet in a light fixture. The attic, he said, had about six to…

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Pa. man charged for abusing child, other charges expected

A Pennsylvania man has been arrested and charged with first-degree sexual abuse for allegedly having sexual contact with a young child several years ago in Berkeley Springs. Robert J. Taylor, 32, of Warfordsburg was arrested on August 1 by Captain Tim Stapleton of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department on a warrant stemming from an investigation…

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County weighing move to replace 78 voting machines

by Kate Shunney A routine request for a grant resolution last week turned into a lengthy discussion about how Morgan County voters will cast their ballots in the future. County Clerk Kim Nickles requested a resolution from the County Commissioners on Wednesday, August 1 in support of a grant request from Help America Vote Act…

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Monday showers cause minor flooding

Heavy rains Monday afternoon dropped upwards of three inches of water on parts of Morgan County, causing minor flooding in Berkeley Springs. Several roadways across the county were shut down by the West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Many were usual high-water spots, including Powerhouse Road in Great Cacapon…

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