School News

County schools adopt 2020-2021 calendar

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board voted to officially adopt the 2020-2021 school calendar at their March 17 meeting which was held at the school board office. The board held two public hearings on the proposed school calendar at previous meetings-one on February 18 at Berkeley Springs High School and one on March…

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Schools to stay closed for most of April

Hundreds of students still being fed daily by Kate Shunney Due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in West Virginia, Governor Jim Justice has said all public and private schools in the state will remain closed until at least Monday, April 20. The announcement has led local school officials to shift gears…

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School policies updated; Extension Office gets funding

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board held a second reading and adoption of the following policies at their March 3 meeting: sabbatical leave for professional educators and teachers’ aides, surviving spouse use of deceased spouse personal leave, job-related expenses, leave time for organ donation, audits, uniform records and accounts, system of accounting, authorization…

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Arnold, Heath, Helmick are Golden Horseshoe winners

Three Morgan County 8th graders have been chosen as the newest members of West Virginia’s Golden Horseshoe Society because of their outstanding knowledge of the Mountain State. All three are students at Warm Springs Middle School in Berkeley Springs. Alivia Arnold, Marley Heath and Audrey Helmick were announced as the county’s Golden Horseshoe winners late…

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Schools close to stem virus spread

by Kate Evans Morgan County Schools are closed for students through at least Friday, March 27, due to Governor Jim Justice’s March 13 order to close all West Virginia public and private schools. The move is meant to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Morgan County Schools has already taken steps to continue…

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Showcase of Morgan County student art on display all month

The Morgan Arts Council hosts its annual Student Art show throughout the month of March at the Ice House gallery in Berkeley Springs. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, pottery and mixed media artworks are on display at the galley, which is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5. p.m.    …

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Local teacher shares projects at arts conference

by Kate Evans Warm Springs Intermediate School art teacher Marianna Ruggiero was one of three educators that led presentations at the “Arts in Our Communities” conference which took place in Charleston on February 25-26. Ruggiero spoke about two classroom project collaborations with local artists-endangered animals sculptures and a recycled plastics ocean mural-and shared around 50…

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Keith T. Tomlinson

Keith T. Tomlinson 1930-2020 Keith Thomas Tomlinson, 89, of Paw Paw, died Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at his home. Born April 28, 1930 in Lynchburg, S.C., he was the son of the late Charles and Mary E. Hinson Tomlinson. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 16 years, the U.S. Navy for four years then…

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County’s fifth stoplight now online

Driving through Morgan County changed last Thursday, January 30. The county’s newest four-way traffic signal, located at U.S. 522 and Myers Road, went online in the morning. Morgan County now has four stoplights. School traffic at the busy intersection was controlled by red and green lights for the first time last week, after two week…

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