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State road crews still rebuilding bridges, roads after June 3 flood

by KATE SHUNNEY A handful of county roads are still closed due to damage from a June 3 flood that hit a wide swath of Morgan County. State road crews have been working their way around the county to address problems like debris on public roads, unstable shoulders and sink holes caused by water undercutting […]

Chips Shots – Car Ride

by Jim Buzzerd Monday was a travel day for me and the 480 mile drive cut into the time usually set aside for this column, but over seven hours of listening to sports talk radio gave me a few topics to make quick comments on. One of the first topics that came up was Cleveland […]

2018 Morgan Messenger & Hancock News All Area Track Team

by Jamie Harris & Bill Sterner This past fall the sports writers from the Morgan Messenger and Hancock News have partnered up with the athletic directors and head coaches from Berkeley Springs High School, Hancock High School and Paw Paw High School to select an All Area team for the fall, winter and spring varsity […]

Local man killed in accident

A Berkeley Springs man died last Saturday, June 9 in a single-vehicle accident in the Martinsburg area. Bobby A. Omps II, 44, was pronounced dead after being transported from the accident scene to Berkeley Medical Center, according to news reports. Omps was one of two men in a 2003 Chevy pickup truck which struck a […]

Panther band takes 1st at Busch Gardens music festival

The Hancock High School Panther Band placed first at the Music in the Parks Festival in Busch Gardens, Williamsburg During the first weekend of June. The band, under the direction of Susan Mott, enjoyed a three-day trip to the Williamsburg area where they played in the music festival, spent a day at Busch Gardens and […]

Teams raise $29K for Morgan County Relay For Life

by Patricia Keys A sprinkling rain shower did little to dampen the spirits of participants in this year’s Morgan County Relay For Life on Saturday, June 9. Clouds filled the skies and umbrellas were hoisted at the beginning of registration; however, most of the event was rainless but extremely humid. Tents were erected by organizers […]

County tracking flood damage, but disaster relief unlikely

by KATE SHUNNEY It’s not likely that Morgan County or local residents will qualify for government disaster assistance to help with cleanup or repairs after June 3 flooding, according to county officials. Sleepy Creek flowed over the bridge along Highland Ridge Road on June 3. photo courtesy of Laura Vess Individual homeowners and businesses have […]

Fire Company handled only one flooding call

by Geoff Fox As residents and emergency crews dealt with a number of flooding and swift water rescues on the other side of the Potomac last weekend, Hancock Volunteer Fire Company responded to only one flooded basement in the Hancock area on June 3. Hancock Fire Chief Robert Hoopengardner said the call was for a […]

State to seek third round of Cacapon bids

West Virginia State Park officials have rejected two construction bids for a promised expansion project at Cacapon State Park, but say they will seek a third round of bids this month. Bids for the expansion of the Cacapon State Park lodge and upgrades to the existing lodge, plus associated infrastructure improvements, were received by the […]

Senior Center facility issues heat up

by Kate Evans As another summer begins, the Senior Life Services of Morgan County Senior Center in Berkeley Springs is facing their third summer without consistent air conditioning. The center is in the former U.S. Silica corporate headquarters north of Berkeley Springs. The senior center’s dining area was incredibly hot on a recent Thursday as […]