Area News

Clerk to buy voting machines from Jackson County, county approves hires

by Kate Shunney The Morgan County Commission approved the purchase of 30 touch screen voting machines from Jackson County during a December 19 commission meeting. The county will pay $4,700 for the machines and two racks to store them. County Clerk Kim Nickles said Jackson County is upgrading their machines and was willing to sell…

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Local man found deceased Thursday morning

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the unattended death of a Berkeley Springs man after family members found the 70 year old man in a drainage ditch on his property on Tuesday, December 18. According to a press release from Sheriff K.C. Bohrer, police responded to a residents on Murphy Lane off Johnsons Mill…

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Remains are probably missing migrant worker, says medical examiner

by Kate Shunney West Virginia’s medical examiner has said the human remains found on a wooded hillside in Berkeley Springs on November 1, 2017 is likely a migrant farm worker who had last been confirmed in the area in February 2016. Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer issued a press release on Friday, December 14 about…

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Two rescued from rising waters Sunday

Local rivers and streams flooded Saturday night into Sunday as a weather system dropped several inches of rain on Morgan County and the region. Emergency officials rescued two people from the roof of their vehicle when the car got stuck in high water in the 5500 block of River Road shortly after 9 a.m. on…

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Berkeley Springs water line project gets $1.5 million grant

In a press release on Friday, December 14, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said the funds “will bring valuable, much-needed infrastructure upgrades to this growing community… when completed, this project will impact over 4,000 residents and 1,142 households in Morgan County.” Berkeley Springs Water Works (BSWW), the town-owned water department, has committed $500,000 to support…

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Seniors share special Christmas memories of family, gifts and fun

by Trish Rudder When the holidays come around, sometimes the special memories come back to visit us, especially the older we get. Some of our resident seniors shared their special memories with The Morgan Messenger last week. Wanda Woods said she was a “military brat” since both her father and husband served in the military.…

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Morgan hunters took 621 bucks

Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicates that deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 antlered deer during the two-week buck firearms season which ran from November 19 through December 1, according to Gary Foster, assistant chief of Game Management with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. Morgan…

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Developers seek permit for new sewer plant at Coolfont

by Kate Shunney Owners of the core pieces of property once known as the Coolfont Resort near Berkeley Springs are seeking discharge permits to build and operate a new sewer treatment plant at the former resort. Larry Omps, manager of Berkeley Springs Development LLC, and the Warm Springs Public Service District have applied for a…

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Main road into Paw Paw will stay one lane for months

A box culvert replacement project that will repair Paw Paw Road and restore a second lane of traffic won’t start until early next year, according to state highway officials. The roadway was damaged during the June 3 flood, when a culvert collapsed and the pavement gave way in the southbound lane. Large barriers are in…

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