Area News

Commissioners put 911 director on leave

by Kate Shunney Morgan County commissioners placed the county’s 911 director, Zachary Caldwell, on paid administrative leave on Wednesday, October 3 and said he would not perform any duties for the county for at least two weeks. County officials declined to answer questions about what caused the personnel action, which came after commissioners returned from…

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Planners approve permit for distillery in business park

by Kate Shunney The Morgan County Planning Commission has approved a commercial building permit for Capstone Spirits, a distillery operation planned for the U.S. 522 Business Park south of Berkeley Springs. Planners unanimously okayed the permit on Tuesday, September 25, at their monthly meeting. The permit will allow construction of six small buildings on Lot…

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When Paw Paw smelled like apples in the fall

by Kate Shunney Editor’s note: Folks gathered to make apple butter at the Paw Paw senior center last week had many memories of the time when orchards in and around town were a major part of life. Their recollections here are just a small part of the story of Paw Paw’s fruit industry. Paw Paw…

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New Partnership directors focus on building a positive community for kids

by Kate Evans The Morgan County Partnership’s Executive Director Kristen Gingery and Director Robin Langenstein began their new positions at the helm of the organization this summer. The Morgan County Partnership works together with local government, organizations, schools, businesses, churches and individuals to create a safe, healthy and drug-free community and to empower young people…

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State roads have larger culvert planned for damaged Route 9

A section of State Route 9 outside of Paw Paw that was damaged in the June 3 flood and remains closed to traffic will be repaired with a larger box culvert, state road officials said. The eastbound lane of the roadway, which has been blocked by concrete barriers for four months, collapsed when flood waters…

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Feds grant more time in Columbia Gas rehearing request

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order last Monday, September 17 that will extend the time the agency has to reconsider a permit for Columbia Gas to build a 3.4-mile natural gas pipeline near Hancock and under the Potomac River. Federal energy regulators granted a certificate of convenience and necessity to Columbia Gas…

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Local cowboy shooting group hosts 27th State Championship

by KATE SHUNNEY Cowboy Action Shooting Sports and the Single Action Shooting Society held the 27th annual Appalachian Showdown in Largent last weekend. The event, which is the West Virginia State Championship for chapters in the state, ran from Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23 at the Singing Hills Ranch between Great Cacapon and…

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Cheese shop brings world flavors to Fairfax Street

by TRISH RUDDER The Fleur de Lis Cheese Shop has a wide variety of imported and domestic cheeses plus a little bit of everything to dazzle the taste buds, from wild game meats, fine wines, gourmet chocolates and “on-the-go” desserts. The shop opened in May. Owner Regina Aamacha, who goes by “Regina,” resided in Berkeley…

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Debris pile fire draws responders

Multiple fire companies from Morgan and Berkeley County responded to a fire on Fox Hollow Lane in eastern Morgan County shortly after 9 p.m. on Monday, September 24. The blaze was reported as an outdoor fire of multiple piles of debris, but was upgraded to a structure fire when responders determined that part of what…

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