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Winner announced for Morgan Co. flag contest

July 15, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER
  • Morgan County Commissioner Stacy A. Dugan holds the design for the flag that will fly in front of the new Morgan County Courthouse. Local resident Linda Caldwell created the design, which was named the winner.
Trish Rudder, Staff Writer

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The design for the flag that will fly in front of the new Morgan County Courthouse was announced Thursday.

Local resident Linda Caldwell created the design, which was named the winner after a drawing by county clerk Debra Kesecker.

"I'm in shock. I'm absolutely thrilled," Caldwell said Thursday after learning her design was selected. "Things like this don't happen to me."

Caldwell's design and the design submitted by Doug Hoyt each received 289 votes, county administrator Jody McClintock said during Thursday's Morgan County Commission meeting. The tie was broken when Kesecker drew No. 2, which was assigned to Caldwell's design, from a hat during the meeting.

The third design, submitted by Ronald B. Carey, received 115 votes.

Morgan County commissioners in June each picked their favorite flag design from 24 entries. The three designs were displayed on the county website and at the commission office, and county residents cast their votes.

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Caldwell, who was born on Biser Street in Berkeley Springs, said she is an artist who creates portraits of her family. She said the medium and dark blues against the light blue sky at the top of the flag depict the area's mountains.

Caldwell's flag will be raised at the grand-opening ceremony for the courthouse, which is planned for September, commission president Brenda J. Hutchinson said.

"This really means a lot to me," Caldwell said.

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