BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - A check for $500,000 was presented to the Morgan County Commissioners Friday from the W.Va. Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority to help rebuild the courthouse.
The 1908 courthouse on the corner of Fairfax and Washington streets was destroyed by an Aug. 8 fire.
Kris Richmond, executive director of the authority, said usually about 46 of the 55 West Virginia counties apply for courthouse improvement grants each year. This year only 26 counties, including Morgan County, requested funding.
Richmond said many of the other counties said, "if money is available to give, please donate our share to Morgan County, because they need it worse than we do."
Judge L.D. Egnor, chairman of the authority, said the $500,000 is one-fourth "of the annual sums we get" and the largest grant made since the authority was created by the W.Va. Legislature in 2001.